A Look at Each Team’s Odds to Win the NBA Title This Season
Now that four teams are remaining, the NBA championship is getting clearer as the games go by. In the Eastern Conference, Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors look to reclaim NBA gold against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in the West.
As of this writing, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are tied at 1-1 for the Eastern Conference title. So, the series will shift to the TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics have home court advantage. The Golden State Warriors have a 1-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks. Game 2 of the series will still be played at the Chase Center, the Warrior’s home court.
You shouldn’t be disheartened with a tie or a 1-0 lead even with games going on. Both series in each conference are just heating up, and a lot could happen. With that said, here’s a look at the odds for each team to win the NBA title this season.
NBA Title Favorites
First off, let’s start with the favorites. The two favored teams to win the title this year are the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
The Dynasty is Back – Golden State Warriors (+100)
Stephen Curry has been on a tear this season, punching his way to the history book. Although a minor setback pulled him out of action for a while, the Golden State Warriors kept it together and had one of the best records in the Western Conference. With the FanDuel Sportsbook and other sportsbooks, the Warriors are +100 to win the NBA championship.
Currently, Golden State has a 1-0 lead against the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference title. If everything goes smoothly for the Warriors, a dynasty may once again rise from the West.
Back to the Winning Ways – The Boston Celtics (+185)
Speaking of dynasties, the Boston Celtics is one of the teams in the NBA with the most championships. However, the Celtics have been absent from the championship rounds since winning a title in 2008 with the Big Three. Now younger and athletic, the Boston Celtics are the team to beat in the East.
With Jayson Tatum solidifying his status as one of the elites in today’s game, the Celtics are poised to win the title this season. Along with Tatum is fellow all-star Jaylen Brown, a steady contributor to the Celtic’s success. The Celtics had to eliminate loaded teams to get to where they are now.
With the series tied against the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics are heading back to the TD Garden. With home court and momentum on their side, the Celtics are confident against the top team in the East.
NBA Title Underdogs
Never underestimate the underdogs. Although the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are considered underdogs, they have the hunger and skill necessary to deliver an unforgettable upset.
Redemption – Miami Heat (+550)
Jimmy Butler is one of the most complete players in the NBA today. He can score, he can facilitate, and most importantly, he can defend your best player. The Miami Heat’s last finals appearance was in the Bubble. But, against a stacked Los Angeles Lakers team, the Heat lost convincingly.
The Miami Heat from that season is far from the team we’re seeing today. The Heat finished as the best team in the East, beating out Boston, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. With incredible defense both in and out, the Heat are strong contenders for the NBA title.
The Heat are currently tied with the Celtics 1-1. Although Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and the rest of the Miami Heat are going to the Celtic’s home turf for game three, you can expect the Heat to fight tooth and claw towards a victory. If they can win over the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat have a chance to avenge their 2020 defeat in the championship round.
Luka Magic – Dallas Mavericks (+1100)
With a historical performance in this year’s playoffs, Luka Doncic has established himself as one of the elites of the NBA. Along with Jaylen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, the Dallas Mavericks rely on their perimeter to shoot their way towards the NBA championship.
The road has been tough and long for the Mavs as they had to eliminate two championship-caliber teams. In the first round, Dallas eliminated the Utah Jazz 4-2. Next up was a hard-fought seven-game series against the defending Western Conference champions, the Phoenix Suns. Crafty and streaky as he is, Luka Doncic provided the spark for the Mavs that led to an embarrassing defeat for the Phoenix Suns on their home court.
The Dallas Mavericks are down one game against the Golden State Warriors. But, if the Mavs pull an upset and get to the finals, they have the potential to complete one of the best underdog runs in NBA history.
Who Are You Picking?
With the odds out and the final four teams facing each other for that NBA Title shot, we’ll soon see which worthy teams. Will it be the Celtics or Heat? Will it be the Warriors or the Mavs? The conference finals are here; you wouldn’t want to miss the action.