The calendar may have changed to 2022, but the Brooklyn Nets are still the consensus favorite to win the 2022 NBA championship at +245 odds, according to a recent futures update by DraftKings. The Golden State Warriors are right behind them at +550 odds, with the defending-champion Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns both at +750 odds to win the title.

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Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets elevates over a defender from the Detroit Pistons during a game at Barclays Center. (Image: Nic Antaya/Getty)

The red-hot Chicago Bulls recently took over as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, yet they are only +3000 odds to win the title. Da Bulls are only 10th on the NBA futures board.

2022 NBA Championship Odds
Now Preseason
Brooklyn Nets +245 +200
Golden State Warriors +550 +1100
Phoenix Suns +750 +1700
Milwaukee Bucks +750 +900
LA Lakers +1200 +400
Utah Jazz +1100 +1500
Miami Heat +1400 +2500
LA Clippers +2200 +1700
Philadelphia 76ers +2200 +2000
Chicago Bulls +3000 +8000
Denver Nuggets +3000 +2000
Dallas Mavericks +4000 +2800
Atlanta Hawks +5000 +4500
Boston Celtics +6000 +4000
Memphis Grizzlies +7000 +10000
Portland Trail Blazers +12000 +8000
New York Knicks +15000 +10000
Charlotte Hornets +18000 +18000
Washington Wizards +18000 +25000
Cleveland Cavaliers +18000 +100000
Toronto Raptors +20000 +250000
Minnesota Timberwolves +20000 +25000
Indiana Pacers +30000 +10000

The Phoenix Suns surprised everyone last season with a berth in the NBA Finals. Now, they’re proving to all of their haters that last season wasn’t a fluke by posting a 29-8 record, which is second-best in the league behind the Warriors.

The Return of Kyrie and Klay

The Golden State Warriors are the top team in the Western Conference and have the best record in the NBA at 29-7. They’re also getting Klay Thompson back in the lineup this weekend, who hasn’t played a game since the 2019 NBA playoffs. The Warriors were +1100 odds in the preseason, but have since rocketed up to second place on the NBA futures board at +550 odds to win the championship.

The Brooklyn Nets (23-12) are the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, and have played the entire season without Kyrie Irving. The Nets are finally getting the unvaccinated Irving back in the lineup after they determined he can play road games. Even without Irving, the Nets have been the public betting favorite all season. The Nets were +200 odds to win the championship in the preseason, and still lead the pack at +245 odds right now.

Lakers trade rumors: Westbrook and LeBron?

The Lakers are a sh-t show. There have been rumors in Tinsel Town for the past couple of weeks that Russell Westbrook and even LeBron James could get traded. The Westbrook experiment blew up in everyone’s face, which everyone except the Lakers anticipated would happen. Now that the Cleveland Cavs are good, LeBron could return to a team he spurned twice before. But let’s be honest, the young Cavs have a much stronger supporting cast than does the current version of the Lakers.

The Lakers (20-19) were +400 odds to win the title in the preseason, but they’ve struggled to stay above .500. The Lakers occupy the #7 spot in the Western Conference playoff seeding, but they need a shot in the arm if they expect they can be a legit contender in the postseason.

Long shots: See ya in 2023

It’s the first week of January and several teams are already out of contention. That list includes some of the same familiar faces from last season, including the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Detroit Pistons.

2022 NBA Championship Odds – Long Shots
Now Preseason
Sacramento Kings +60000 +25000
New Orleans Pelicans +60000 +11000
San Antonio Spurs +60000 +35000
Orlando Magic +100000 +100000
Houston Rockets +100000 +100000
Oklahoma City Thunder +100000 +100000
Detroit Pistons +100000 +100000

Bookies have no faith in the four bottom feeders. They’ve slated the Magic, Rockets, Thunder, and Pistons at +100000 odds to win the title, which is just a polite way of saying they’re about to be taken off the board.

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