NBA Title Odds 2022: Suns are the favorite

With just a few weeks left in the NBA regular season, the contenders are separating from the pretenders which has oddsmakers making changes at legal sportsbooks. One of the most popular betting markets for basketball bettors is the NBA Finals futures, where NBA fans can wager on who will win the NBA Finals in 2022. This market changes drastically based on news, injuries, and results all season long so staying current helps you get the best odds and an edge.

Let’s take a look at the market for the 2022 NBA Finals odds, movement, news and more.


NBA Finals Odds Timeline

Here is a timeline for the NBA Finals odds throughout the 2021-2022 NBA season.

  • March 2022 – After the first few games with James Harden, the Sixers odds rose at many books. Suns favored at +380.
  • February 22nd, 2022 – With initial betting after the trade deadline, the Suns and Warriors moved to favorites at +425. Nets fell to +450.
  • Mid-February 2022 – After Harden is traded the Sixers, Nets odds fell to +400 but still as the favorite. Sixers odds rose to +700.
  • February 2022 – Nets favored at +250, but Warriors odds remain at +450 right behind them.
  • January 2022 – Klay Thompson returns, Warriors odds as high as +450.
  • December 2021 – Nets lead, but Warriors closing in as Klay Thompson nears return.
  • November 2021 – Cavs and Warriors odds climb after hot starts.
  • October 2021 – As the NBA preseason begins, the Nets are still favored to win the NBA Finals at +200 on DraftKings.
  • September 2021 – Nets still favored at +210, Lakers odds rise to +340 at PointsBet.
  • August 2021 – Nets still favored despite odds drop to +210, Lakers and Warriors odds rise after initial betting.
  • July 2021 – Nets Open as Favorites after 2021 NBA Finals.


2022 NBA Title Odds

Here is a look at the latest NBA Finals odds, from various legal sportsbooks.

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Opening 2022 NBA Finals Odds

A look at the opening odds for the 2022 NBA Finals on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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


NBA Finals Odds and News 2022

A look at updated news and more as it surrounds the NBA Finals odds and news.


Ben Simmons for James Harden trade shakes up NBA Finals odds

Just before Valentine’s Day weekend, the NBA saw a massive blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets swapping superstars. Here were the details of the trade.

With the new-look Sixers and Nets looking to make a run at the NBA Finals, the odds shifted greatly for futures bettors. After the deal, the Nets were +400 to win the Finals and the Sixers rose to +700 to win the championship. Before, the Nets were +250 and Philadelphia was +1200 or worse.

After a week of betting and odds movement, the odds settled at:

  • Suns +425
  • Warriors +425
  • Nets +450
  • Sixers +700
  • Bucks +700

In early March, the odds changed again:

  • Suns +380
  • Warriors +450
  • Nets +475
  • Sixers +700
  • Bucks +750


As New Year begins, Nets still favored to win NBA Finals

Despite Klay Thompson returning to the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant being injured, the Nets are still favored to win the NBA Finals. As of mid-January 2022, here were the NBA Finals odds for the top five contenders.

  • Nets +250
  • Wariors +475
  • Bucks +700
  • Suns +700
  • Jazz +1000


Nets Open as NBA Finals Favorites for 2022

The team that was favored all year in 2021 after the James Harden trade is set to be the favorite again for 2022. The Nets are a whopping +200 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2022 NBA Finals. Here is a look at the top 5 in terms of opening odds.

  • Brooklyn Nets (+200)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (+400)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (+950)
  • Golden State Warriors (+1000)
  • Phoenix Suns (+1600)


NBA Finals History


Top 3 NBA Finals Upsets

A look at the top 3 NBA Finals upsets, ever.

2016 NBA Finals – LeBron James and Kyrie Irving defeat Golden State Warriors

The 2016 NBA Finals was the one that cemented LeBron James’ “legacy”, as he defeated the heavily favored Golden State Warriors in seven games to bring a championship to Cleveland. The Warriors were up 3-1, but the Cavaliers won three straight games including a close 93-89 victory in game 7. The Cavs were huge underdogs, even larger when the Warriors were up 3-1. Underdogs prevail sometimes, though.

2011 NBA Finals – Dallas Mavericks Ruin Miami Heat’s Plans

2011 is another NBA Finals that included LeBron James, but the James-led Heat lost in six games to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. This was the first season of the “new” Miami Heat after LeBron James teamed up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, where they promised many championships.

2004 NBA Finals – Pistons Take Down Mighty Lakers

The 2004 Los Angeles Lakers were stacked. From Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O’Neal to an older Gary Parton and Karl Malone, the Lakers were absolutely favored to win the 2004 NBA Finals against a Pistons team led by no superstars, but a very solid core of Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace. Somehow, the Pistons won in five games, and Karl Malone retired without a ring.


NBA Champions By Year

A look at the NBA champions over the years.

Year NBA Champion
2021 Milwaukee Bucks
2020 Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Toronto Raptors
2018 Golden State Warriors
2017 Golden State Warriors
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 Golden State Warriors
2014 San Antonio Spurs
2013 Miami Heat
2012 Miami Heat
2011 Dallas Mavericks
2010 Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Los Angeles Lakers
2008 Boston Celtics
2007 San Antonio Spurs
2006 Miami Heat
2005 San Antonio Spurs
2004 Detroit Pistons
2003 San Antonio Spurs
2002 Los Angeles Lakers
2001 Los Angeles Lakers
2000 Los Angeles Lakers
1999 San Antonio Spurs
1998 Chicago Bulls
1997 Chicago Bulls
1996 Chicago Bulls
1995 Houston Rockets
1994 Houston Rockets
1993 Chicago Bulls
1992 Chicago Bulls
1991 Chicago Bulls
1990 Detroit Pistons
1989 Detroit Pistons
1988 Los Angeles Lakers
1987 Los Angeles Lakers
1986 Boston Celtics
1985 Los Angeles Lakers
1984 Boston Celtics
1983 Philadelphia 76ers
1982 Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Boston Celtics
1980 Los Angeles Lakers
1979 Seattle SuperSonics
1978 Washington Bullets
1977 Portland Trail Blazers
1976 Boston Celtics


NBA Finals MVP By Year

A look at the NBA Finals MVP over the years.

Year Finals MVP
2021 G. Antetokounmpo
2020 L. James
2019 K. Leonard
2018 K. Durant
2017 K. Durant
2016 L. James
2015 A. Iguodala
2014 K. Leonard
2013 L. James
2012 L. James
2011 D. Nowitzki
2010 K. Bryant
2009 K. Bryant
2008 P. Pierce
2007 T. Parker
2006 D. Wade
2005 T. Duncan
2004 C. Billups
2003 T. Duncan
2002 S. O’Neal
2001 S. O’Neal
2000 S. O’Neal
1999 T. Duncan
1998 M. Jordan
1997 M. Jordan
1996 M. Jordan
1995 H. Olajuwon
1994 H. Olajuwon
1993 M. Jordan
1992 M. Jordan
1991 M. Jordan
1990 I. Thomas
1989 J. Dumars
1988 J. Worthy
1987 M. Johnson
1986 L. Bird
1985 K. Abdul-Jabbar
1984 L. Bird
1983 M. Malone
1982 M. Johnson
1981 C. Maxwell
1980 M. Johnson
1979 D. Johnson
1978 W. Unseld
1977 B. Walton


All-Time NBA Finals Stats Leaders


All-Time NBA Finals Points Leaders

Here are the leaders in all-time NBA Finals point scorers.

Player Career Points in NBA Finals
Jerry West 1679
LeBron James 1383
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1317
Michael Jordan 1176
Elgin Baylor 1161
Bill Russell 1151
Sam Jones 1143
Tom Heinsohn 1037
John Havlicek 1018
Magic Johnson 971


All-Time NBA Finals Rebounds Leaders

These players have the most rebounds in NBA Finals history.

Player Career Rebounds in NBA Finals
Bill Russell 1718
Wilt Chamberlain 862
Elgin Baylor 603
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 502
LeBron James 490


All-Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders

The NBA Finals assists leaders, below.

Player Career Assists in NBA Finals
Magic Johnson 584
LeBron James 379
Jerry West 306
Bill Russell 265
Bob Cousy 239


Who has the Most Championship Rings in NBA History?

A look at the players with the most NBA rings.

Player Total NBA Championship Rings
Bill Russell 11
Sam Jones 10
Tom Heinsohn 8
K.C. Jones 8
Tom Sanders 8
John Havlicek 8


NBA Title Odds Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 2022 NBA Finals take place?

The 2022 NBA Finals will take place in summer, 2022.

Which team has won the most NBA Titles?

The Boston Celtics have the most NBA Championships with 17, and the Los Angeles Lakers are second with 16.

Can I bet on the NBA Finals?

Yes, at legal sportsbooks in the US you are able to bet on the NBA Finals and who will win. Try betting at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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