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NBA Title Odds 2022: Suns are the favorite

With just a few weeks left in the NBA regular season, the contenders are separating from the pretenders which has oddsmakers making changes at legal sportsbooks. One of the most popular betting markets for basketball bettors is the NBA Finals futures, where NBA fans can wager on who will win the NBA Finals in 2022. This market changes drastically based on news, injuries, and results all season long so staying current helps you get the best odds and an edge.

Let’s take a look at the market for the 2022 NBA Finals odds, movement, news and more.

NBA Finals Odds Timeline

Here is a timeline for the NBA Finals odds throughout the 2021-2022 NBA season.

  • March 2022 – After the first few games with James Harden, the Sixers odds rose at many books. Suns favored at +380.
  • February 22nd, 2022 – With initial betting after the trade deadline, the Suns and Warriors moved to favorites at +425. Nets fell to +450.
  • Mid-February 2022 – After Harden is traded the Sixers, Nets odds fell to +400 but still as the favorite. Sixers odds rose to +700.
  • February 2022 – Nets favored at +250, but Warriors odds remain at +450 right behind them.
  • January 2022 – Klay Thompson returns, Warriors odds as high as +450.
  • December 2021 – Nets lead, but Warriors closing in as Klay Thompson nears return.
  • November 2021 – Cavs and Warriors odds climb after hot starts.
  • October 2021 – As the NBA preseason begins, the Nets are still favored to win the NBA Finals at +200 on DraftKings.
  • September 2021 – Nets still favored at +210, Lakers odds rise to +340 at PointsBet.
  • August 2021 – Nets still favored despite odds drop to +210, Lakers and Warriors odds rise after initial betting.
  • July 2021 – Nets Open as Favorites after 2021 NBA Finals.

2022 NBA Title Odds

Here is a look at the latest NBA Finals odds, from various legal sportsbooks.

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Opening 2022 NBA Finals Odds

A look at the opening odds for the 2022 NBA Finals on DraftKings Sportsbook.

TeamOdds to win 2022 NBA Finals
Brooklyn Nets+200
Los Angeles Lakers+400
Milwaukee Bucks+950
Golden State Warriors+1000
Phoenix Suns+1600
Philadelphia 76ers+1600
Utah Jazz+1600
Los Angeles Clippers+1800
Denver Nuggets+2000
Dallas Mavericks+2800
Atlanta Hawks+3500
Miami Heat+3500
Boston Celtics+5000
Portland Trail Blazers+5000
New Orleans Pelicans+8000
Toronto Raptors+8000
Chicago Bulls+10000
Charlotte Hornets+10000
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
New York Knicks+10000
Indiana Pacers+10000
Washington Wizards+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000
San Antonio Spurs+25000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Detroit Pistons+50000
Cleveland Cavaliers+50000
Houston Rockets+50000
Oklahoma City Thunder+50000
Orlando Magic+50000

NBA Finals Odds and News 2022

A look at updated news and more as it surrounds the NBA Finals odds and news.

Ben Simmons for James Harden trade shakes up NBA Finals odds

Just before Valentine’s Day weekend, the NBA saw a massive blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets swapping superstars. Here were the details of the trade.

With the new-look Sixers and Nets looking to make a run at the NBA Finals, the odds shifted greatly for futures bettors. After the deal, the Nets were +400 to win the Finals and the Sixers rose to +700 to win the championship. Before, the Nets were +250 and Philadelphia was +1200 or worse.

After a week of betting and odds movement, the odds settled at:

  • Suns +425
  • Warriors +425
  • Nets +450
  • Sixers +700
  • Bucks +700

In early March, the odds changed again:

  • Suns +380
  • Warriors +450
  • Nets +475
  • Sixers +700
  • Bucks +750

As New Year begins, Nets still favored to win NBA Finals

Despite Klay Thompson returning to the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant being injured, the Nets are still favored to win the NBA Finals. As of mid-January 2022, here were the NBA Finals odds for the top five contenders.

  • Nets +250
  • Wariors +475
  • Bucks +700
  • Suns +700
  • Jazz +1000

Nets Open as NBA Finals Favorites for 2022

The team that was favored all year in 2021 after the James Harden trade is set to be the favorite again for 2022. The Nets are a whopping +200 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2022 NBA Finals. Here is a look at the top 5 in terms of opening odds.

  • Brooklyn Nets (+200)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (+400)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (+950)
  • Golden State Warriors (+1000)
  • Phoenix Suns (+1600)

NBA Finals History

Top 3 NBA Finals Upsets

A look at the top 3 NBA Finals upsets, ever.

2016 NBA Finals – LeBron James and Kyrie Irving defeat Golden State Warriors

The 2016 NBA Finals was the one that cemented LeBron James’ “legacy”, as he defeated the heavily favored Golden State Warriors in seven games to bring a championship to Cleveland. The Warriors were up 3-1, but the Cavaliers won three straight games including a close 93-89 victory in game 7. The Cavs were huge underdogs, even larger when the Warriors were up 3-1. Underdogs prevail sometimes, though.

2011 NBA Finals – Dallas Mavericks Ruin Miami Heat’s Plans

2011 is another NBA Finals that included LeBron James, but the James-led Heat lost in six games to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. This was the first season of the “new” Miami Heat after LeBron James teamed up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, where they promised many championships.

2004 NBA Finals – Pistons Take Down Mighty Lakers

The 2004 Los Angeles Lakers were stacked. From Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O’Neal to an older Gary Parton and Karl Malone, the Lakers were absolutely favored to win the 2004 NBA Finals against a Pistons team led by no superstars, but a very solid core of Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace. Somehow, the Pistons won in five games, and Karl Malone retired without a ring.

NBA Champions By Year

A look at the NBA champions over the years.

YearNBA Champion
2021Milwaukee Bucks
2020Los Angeles Lakers
2019Toronto Raptors
2018Golden State Warriors
2017Golden State Warriors
2016Cleveland Cavaliers
2015Golden State Warriors
2014San Antonio Spurs
2013Miami Heat
2012Miami Heat
2011Dallas Mavericks
2010Los Angeles Lakers
2009Los Angeles Lakers
2008Boston Celtics
2007San Antonio Spurs
2006Miami Heat
2005San Antonio Spurs
2004Detroit Pistons
2003San Antonio Spurs
2002Los Angeles Lakers
2001Los Angeles Lakers
2000Los Angeles Lakers
1999San Antonio Spurs
1998Chicago Bulls
1997Chicago Bulls
1996Chicago Bulls
1995Houston Rockets
1994Houston Rockets
1993Chicago Bulls
1992Chicago Bulls
1991Chicago Bulls
1990Detroit Pistons
1989Detroit Pistons
1988Los Angeles Lakers
1987Los Angeles Lakers
1986Boston Celtics
1985Los Angeles Lakers
1984Boston Celtics
1983Philadelphia 76ers
1982Los Angeles Lakers
1981Boston Celtics
1980Los Angeles Lakers
1979Seattle SuperSonics
1978Washington Bullets
1977Portland Trail Blazers
1976Boston Celtics

NBA Finals MVP By Year

A look at the NBA Finals MVP over the years.

YearFinals MVP
2021G. Antetokounmpo
2020L. James
2019K. Leonard
2018K. Durant
2017K. Durant
2016L. James
2015A. Iguodala
2014K. Leonard
2013L. James
2012L. James
2011D. Nowitzki
2010K. Bryant
2009K. Bryant
2008P. Pierce
2007T. Parker
2006D. Wade
2005T. Duncan
2004C. Billups
2003T. Duncan
2002S. O’Neal
2001S. O’Neal
2000S. O’Neal
1999T. Duncan
1998M. Jordan
1997M. Jordan
1996M. Jordan
1995H. Olajuwon
1994H. Olajuwon
1993M. Jordan
1992M. Jordan
1991M. Jordan
1990I. Thomas
1989J. Dumars
1988J. Worthy
1987M. Johnson
1986L. Bird
1985K. Abdul-Jabbar
1984L. Bird
1983M. Malone
1982M. Johnson
1981C. Maxwell
1980M. Johnson
1979D. Johnson
1978W. Unseld
1977B. Walton

All-Time NBA Finals Stats Leaders

All-Time NBA Finals Points Leaders

Here are the leaders in all-time NBA Finals point scorers.

PlayerCareer Points in NBA Finals
Jerry West1679
LeBron James1383
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1317
Michael Jordan1176
Elgin Baylor1161
Bill Russell1151
Sam Jones1143
Tom Heinsohn1037
John Havlicek1018
Magic Johnson971

All-Time NBA Finals Rebounds Leaders

These players have the most rebounds in NBA Finals history.

PlayerCareer Rebounds in NBA Finals
Bill Russell1718
Wilt Chamberlain862
Elgin Baylor603
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar502
LeBron James490

All-Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders

The NBA Finals assists leaders, below.

PlayerCareer Assists in NBA Finals
Magic Johnson584
LeBron James379
Jerry West306
Bill Russell265
Bob Cousy239

Who has the Most Championship Rings in NBA History?

A look at the players with the most NBA rings.

PlayerTotal NBA Championship Rings
Bill Russell11
Sam Jones10
Tom Heinsohn8
K.C. Jones8
Tom Sanders8
John Havlicek8

NBA Title Odds Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 2022 NBA Finals take place?

The 2022 NBA Finals will take place in summer, 2022.

Which team has won the most NBA Titles?

The Boston Celtics have the most NBA Championships with 17, and the Los Angeles Lakers are second with 16.

Can I bet on the NBA Finals?

Yes, at legal sportsbooks in the US you are able to bet on the NBA Finals and who will win. Try betting at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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