Do you have a personal favorite to win the title this year? If so, then take a look at the latest prop bet from DraftKings. There’s a cool prop bet about which division will win the 2022 NBA Championship, with the Pacific Division the betting favorite at +160 odds followed by the Atlantic (+240), and Central (+475).
The last four NBA championships from the Western Conference came out of the Pacific Division, with the Golden State Warriors winning three times between 2015 and 2018, and the Los Angeles Lakers prevailing inside the NBA Bubble in 2020.
The Phoenix Suns, out of the Pacific Division, are the consensus betting favorite to win the 2022 NBA championship at +260 odds.
|Prop Bet: Which Division Will Win the 2022 NBA Championship?|
- Pacific Division +160
- Atlantic Division +240
- Central Division +475
- Southwest Division +950
- Southeast Division +950
- Northwest Division +1300
The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, out of the Central Division, will attempt to become the first repeat winner since the Warriors won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
Pacific Division +160
Only two teams from the Pacific Division locked up spots in the postseason, but the LA Clippers are trying to become the third team if they can succeed in the play-in tournament. The Pacific Division is the favorite to win the championship because they have both the Phoenix Suns (64-18) and Golden State Warriors (53-29) in the mix. Those are two of the top four teams on the NBA futures board at DraftKings.
Sometimes a team has to lose in the championship before they return the next season to win it all. The Suns hope that’s the case after they were the runner-up last season, but finished this season with the best record in the league. The Suns are +260 odds to win the championship and, if you follow the money, that’s who both the public and pros have been backing.
Never count Steph Curry out in the playoffs though, especially with the Splash Brothers back together in the lineup. The Warriors are +850 odds to win the title this year.
Atlantic Division +240
Four out of five teams from the Atlantic have shots in the postseason, with the New York Knicks as the odd team out. The Brooklyn Nets are in the play-in tournament, but they’re expected to get either the #7 seed or #8 seed. The Nets are +600 odds to win the championship as the third-highest team on the Futures board.
The Boston Celtics are one of the hottest teams in the NBA entering the postseason, which is why they have favorable title odds at +900. However, the Celtics, with the #2 seed, could be matched up against the Nets in the first round.
The Philadelphia 76ers are the #4 seed, but only +1400 odds to win the title. We’ll get to see if the addition of James Harden puts them over the hump and helps propel them to a spot in the NBA Finals.
Central Division +475
If you think Giannis “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks can build a dynasty, then take a flier on the Central Division to win the NBA championship at +475 odds. The Bucks are the second-best favorite on the board at +500 odds. They looked good down the stretch and are peaking at the right time.
Southwest Division +950
Two of the top teams from the Southwest — the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks — locked up spots in the playoffs, but two other teams — the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs — have to square off in the play-in tournament.
The high-octane Grizzlies snagged the #2 seed in the Western Conference, but Ja Morant and a young team don’t have much playoff experience to draw upon. They could go deep, but will face a huge challenge against the Suns in the Western Conference finals.
The Mavs, with the #4 seed, are led by Luka Doncic, but lack a legit supporting cast to help them embark on a deep run.
Southeast Division +950
The Miami Heat and the Southwest Division could make a good sleeper pick to win the championship, especially if the Nets can pick off the Celtics with a first-round upset. The Heat are +1000 odds to win the championship.
Northwest Division +1300
The Utah Jazz are the team you should avoid in the postseason after a late-season implosion. All signs point toward the team breaking up after a first-round exit, and head coach Quin Snyder heading to either the San Antonio Spurs or LA Lakers next season. The Denver Nuggets are a tough team thanks to MVP Nikola Jokic, who became the first-ever 2K/1/500 guy in NBA history. But, the Nuggets lack the firepower to maintain a sustained postseason run. It makes sense why the Northwest Division is the long shot on the prop betting board to win the NBA title at +1300 odds.