After the NBA Finals and the NBA Draft, the next step is free agency. This means there is a window of time to wager on NBA futures before the odds shift again. The NBA Finals odds adjust after every major event or if there is some heavy wagering on a certain team or groups of teams, but with that in mind after the NBA Draft the odds have settled at new prices for which team will win the 2022 title.

With the NBA Finals odds being released at many legal sportsbooks, let’s take a look at the opening odds, who is favored, and some long shots worth betting on in the NBA offseason as the NBA Draft has finished.

 

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NBA Championship Odds 2022

The NBA Finals odds for the 2022 NBA Championship have been released. Here’s a look at the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook post NBA Draft.

Team Odds to win 2022 NBA Finals
Brooklyn Nets +200
Los Angeles Lakers +400
Milwaukee Bucks +950
Golden State Warriors +1000
Phoenix Suns +1600
Philadelphia 76ers +1600
Utah Jazz +1600
Los Angeles Clippers +1800
Denver Nuggets +2000
Dallas Mavericks +2800
Atlanta Hawks +3500
Miami Heat +3500
Boston Celtics +5000
Portland Trail Blazers +5000
New Orleans Pelicans +8000
Toronto Raptors +8000
Chicago Bulls +10000
Charlotte Hornets +10000
Memphis Grizzlies +10000
New York Knicks +10000
Indiana Pacers +10000
Washington Wizards +15000
Minnesota Timberwolves +25000
San Antonio Spurs +25000
Sacramento Kings +25000
Detroit Pistons +50000
Cleveland Cavaliers +50000
Houston Rockets +50000
Oklahoma City Thunder +50000
Orlando Magic +50000

Will there be a repeat of the Milwaukee Bucks from last year? The Bucks were 8:1 at one point in June, as you can see below.

 

Will Cade Cunningham help the Pistons NBA Finals odds?

Before the NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons were +50000 to win the NBA Finals. Did the drafting of Cade Cunningham change that? On DraftKings Sportsbook, the Pistons’ odds were still +50000 so it does not seem to move the needle as much right away. With that said, Cunningham was fully expected to be drafted number one overall.

Not all hope is lost in Detroit though, as Cunningham is set to be the face of the franchise for years to come. While it may not be worth betting on the Pistons to win the NBA Finals, there are some props available that an NBA beat writer noted after the NBA Draft. Cunningham is certainly worth betting on at +300 to win Rookie of the Year.

 

Brooklyn Nets Favored to win NBA Finals in 2022

The Brooklyn Nets opened as +210 favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the odds shifted slightly after the NBA Draft as they moved to +200. Here was a look at the opening odds after they were released.

After the NBA Draft, the Nets are +200 and the Lakers are +400, making Brooklyn the clear favorite to win the NBA Finals. While not much impact was made for Brooklyn in the NBA Draft, they did add a few players that will look to fill bench roles right away.

The Nets drafted former LSU guard Cameron Thomas at 27, and he becomes an instant scoring thread for the Nets…which they badly needed off the bench. In the second round, they added some depth including Kessler Edwards, who is also a solid scorer on the wing for them. There is no secret in Brooklyn, as they are looking to outscore every team in the NBA. With Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving returning along with some key players and assets to move around, the Nets are clear favorites in 2022.

 

Long shot picks to win the 2022 NBA Finals

While it is quite rare that a long shot can win the NBA Finals, it certainly has happened before as we just saw the Phoenix Suns come within two games of the NBA Championship. Before the odds move again, here is a look at our picks to win the NBA Finals in 2022.

NBA Finals Long Shot Picks

  • Denver Nuggets (+2000)
  • Miami Heat (+3500)
  • Los Angeles Clippers (+1800)

With NBA free agency set to start in early August, these odds will certainly change so be sure to keep an eye on the latest NBA Finals odds.

 

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