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.
|Team||Odds to win 2022 NBA Finals|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+400|
|Golden State Warriors||+1000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1800|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+8000|
|New York Knicks||+10000|
|San Antonio Spurs||+25000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+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.
|2020||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2018||Golden State Warriors|
|2017||Golden State Warriors|
|2015||Golden State Warriors|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2005||San Antonio Spurs|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|2002||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1999||San Antonio Spurs|
|1988||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1987||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1982||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1980||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1977||Portland Trail Blazers|
NBA Finals MVP By Year
A look at the NBA Finals MVP over the years.
All-Time NBA Finals Stats Leaders
All-Time NBA Finals Points Leaders
Here are the leaders in all-time NBA Finals point scorers.
|Player||Career Points in NBA Finals|
All-Time NBA Finals Rebounds Leaders
These players have the most rebounds in NBA Finals history.
|Player||Career Rebounds in NBA Finals|
All-Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders
The NBA Finals assists leaders, below.
|Player||Career Assists in NBA Finals|
Who has the Most Championship Rings in NBA History?
A look at the players with the most NBA rings.
|Player||Total NBA Championship Rings|
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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