Who Will Win NBA Championship

Betting on NBA futures can go a long way. Since you’re placing a wager on an outcome that’s typically well off in the distance, the returns are higher. You’re less likely to hit on your bet for that reason, but there’s value in knowing your wager is a long shot; it allows you to experiment and take chances you otherwise wouldn’t, which can in turn make this an even more lucrative venture.

NBA Futures Lines

The key to betting NBA futures is remaining up to date with all the odds. They are fluid, fluctuating throughout the season, oftentimes daily.

Potential returns will be at their highest for most teams before the season starts. That’s when you’re taking the biggest risk, because, technically, you don’t know what a team is or how well it will play. Once sportsbooks have had time to adjust, the odds of the best possible options will worsen because they’re more established.

There are a few exceptions, though. Let’s start with the reigning NBA champion, which is the Golden State Warriors following the 2021/22 campaign.

Their odds will always be less than flattering ahead of the season. That’s what happens for current title-toters, unless they totally blow up their roster. They are the most recent standard for excellence and, more often than not, will be listed as one of the two favorites entering the next year.

The other thing you can try doing is capitalizing on teams who fall down in a playoff series.

For example, if the San Antonio Spurs fall into a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 series hole against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, their odds for that best-of-seven set will be tilted toward larger returns. This, quite obviously, will be because they are far less likely to win the series in question.

Still: If you believe the Spurs are going to turn it around and advance, that’s when you strike during the middle of the postseason. Just make sure you’re absolutely certain in their ability to come back. You don’t want to be investing in a team only to find out they have a key injury to Kawhi Leonard or something. (Which, incidentally, is the case in these Western Conference Finals. He injured his left ankle in Game 1, and no one is sure when he’ll return. It’s important to factor this into your betting strategy.)

Also consider wagering a manageable amount. You don’t want to use a mid-series underdog play to recoup losses on other bets you might have whiffed. Gamble money you expect to lose, so that it’s like found cash if you win!

NBA Futures Betting Predictions

Let's take a look at the outright winner for 2022/23.

NBA Champion: Golden State Warriors (+600)

Who's surprised?

Didn't think so.

The Warriors absolutely owned the Celtics in the NBA Finals, and with the entire band expected back for another go-round in 2021/22, we have no reason to predict anything else. They are the overwhelming favorites for a reason. That reason: They deserve it.

Granted, there are some things the Celtics can do to close the gap. Now with Finals experience, they'll instantly be better equipped to contend with the Warriors' versatility. But we can't even begin to think about picking them as title favorites until one or both of those additions are made. And, frankly, there's a better-than-good chance both of them fall through.

That's why it's best to brush up on your Warriors betting.

To make money off of them at this juncture is tough. They are so clearly favored, you have to bet $250 just to win $100. That's not a good tradeoff.

The key is waiting for a rough patch in the season. When the Warriors look to be at their worst, sportsbooks will account for the possibility that they aren't as good as advertised. And that's when you strike. Because you know better.

The Warriors are absolutely as good as advertised. No one in the NBA looks capable of stopping them at the moment. Not the Cavaliers, not the Celtics, not the Spurs. No one. A rough stretch in the middle of a long regular season doesn't do anything to affect real-life title chances.

Until that changes, or unless you're content to dabble in long-shot odds for teams that don't have a viable shot at winning the title, Golden State has to be the pick.

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