The Warriors opened this past season at +900 to win the 2021-22 NBA Finals, which were the third-lowest odds of an eventual NBA champion in the past five years. The ‘18-19 Raptors had the lowest odds recently at +1850.
Golden State’s odds shifted again throughout the regular season and in the playoffs. At the start of the postseason, the Warriors were 10/1 (+1000) to win the Finals. However, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green were able to defy the odds as a No. 3 seed and find themselves back into the winner circle.
Golden State is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA title next season at +562, per Vegas Insider. It wouldn't be a shock to see the Warriors win the NBA title again, as they have their core intact and young players who will play significant roles next season. Below, we’ll look at a couple of our favorite pre-draft, pre-free agency value bets as we head into the offseason.
Denver Nuggets (+1675). The Nuggets could be a tremendous sleeper pick in the West next season to challenge the Warriors for the crown. Denver has the reigning two-time NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic and should have both Jamal Murray (left knee) and Michael Porter Jr. (back), who played a combined nine games.
Philadelphia 76ers (+1450). Yes, they’ve struggled to consistently go deep in the playoffs, but with James Harden likely (?) returning next season to play alongside Joel Embiid, the Sixers have a shot to be playing next June.