of celtics A clear favorite to win the 2023 NBA Finals heading into February. This is an important month for the Association, with the trade deadline set for February 9th and the All-Star Weekend starting soon.
At this point in the season, most teams have played 50 games, creating a distinct tier in the SI Sportsbook Championship futures market.
Boston, who have the best record in the league and lost in the 2022 Finals, are the +350 favorites to clinch the title on the SI Sportsbook. There’s quite a dip after the front-runners, but his three teams most likely to win all hail from the East. Bucks When Net Tied with the second lowest odds at +550.of nuggettops the West, has second-best odds at +700 and defending champions Warriors Round out the top 5 with +750 odds.
Remember, the Celtics had a miraculous turnaround after struggling around .500 a year ago in January. They continued their run, earning the No. 2 seed and making it through the Eastern Conference playoffs to the Finals. A fate that seemed unlikely just a few months ago.
It might feel like there’s no such sleeper lurking in the league landscape after top contenders, but something strange has happened.
Boston Celtics +350
Milwaukee Bucks +550
Brooklyn Nets +550
Denver Nuggets +700
Golden State Warriors +750
Memphis Grizzlies +850
Philadelphia 76ers +1100
Los Angeles Clippers +1200
Phoenix Suns +1300
Cleveland Cavaliers +1400
New Orleans Pelicans +1700
Dallas Mavericks +2500
Miami Heat +3500
Los Angeles Lakers +4000
Toronto Raptors +5000
Sacramento Kings +7500
Atlanta Hawks +8000
Portland Trailblazers +10000
Minnesota Timberwolves +10000
Chicago Bulls +22000
New York Knicks +22000
Utah Jazz +25000
Indiana Pacers +30000
Detroit Pistons +50000
Orlando Magic +50000
San Antonio Spurs +50000
Houston Rockets +50000
Oklahoma City Thunder +50000
Charlotte Hornets +50000
Washington Wizards +50000
Favorite: Celtics (+350)
Even as first-year head coaches, the Celtics haven’t had a hangover from their Finals loss. After going, they remain the best team in basketball this season. Jason Tatum When Jalen Brown Both Continue Rising, Winning Off-Season Trades Malcolm Brogdon Sixth Man of the Year contender, despite missing due to injury Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III, the defense hasn’t slipped much.
Boston ranks 4th in defense rating, 4th in attack rating, and 1st in net rating. Only the Warriors have made more of his 3-pointers per game, and the team is also in the top 10 for his assists and rebounds per game. The core of the roster is playoff-experienced, with Tatum, Brown and Smart all making multiple appearances in the Conference Finals before preseason championship appearances that have taken perhaps the hardest path.
Of course, the Celtics are legitimate favorites. But betting on teams that are far ahead always comes with risks. It was worth it in the preseason when Golden State, not Boston, had the lowest odds of winning. Joe Mazulla’s team is racing toward his 55-plus win season, but those odds could get shorter as the postseason approaches. C is the winning team.
Value Bet: Philadelphia 76ers (+1100)
of this iteration 76ers I have never been out of the second round. Despite back-to-back MVP runner-up campaigns, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia fell flat in the semifinals of back-to-back seasons under manager Doc Rivers.the transaction of James Harden Last year’s deadline failed to push the team to the top, but there’s reason to believe that this version of the Sixers has what it takes to finally break through.
Philly ranks 7th in Offensive Rating, 4th in Defensive Rating and 5th in Net Rating. He is 4th in the record, but he is 7th in the title odds. Embiid is making the MVP case again, leading the league with 33.6 points per game, and Harden’s 11 assists per game marks the best in basketball if he plays enough games to qualify. Tyrese Maxey has emerged as the third star after his postseason breakout, following Embiid and Harden, and offseason additions. Deanthony Melton I opened up a role in the starting lineup.
The next few months will tell us more about the 76ers, who have the second-most difficult remaining schedule, according to Tankathon.com. Philadelphia so far has him 3-2 against three other top-four seeds in the East (Boston, Milwaukee and Brooklyn). In playoff time for the seven-game series, he’ll have to get through one or more of these teams, making it very important to maintain his home court advantage. In Embiid’s case, the Sixers always have a case of putting their best players on the floor, and that’s what he often makes a difference in April, May and June.
Sleeper: Kings (+7500)
yes it is wild kings Not only could he end an NBA-record 16-year playoff drought, but he could also win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the same season. But the odds of Sacramento winning the finals are raptors, they are six games below .500. There is value here.
There are 15 teams considered more likely to win the title than the Kings, but seven teams across the league have a better record than Sacramento with home-court advantage in the first-round playoff series. (only two teams in the West). After the regular season ends today. Under coach Mike Brown, who came from Golden State, the Kings rank second in the offensive rating and seventh in the net rating. The kicker is that they rank 21st in ERA, but that’s further evidence of their league-best offense, which largely offsets their lack of defense. Court defense is key, but so far only the Nuggets have a better offense than the Beam team.
Sacramento has the case of having two All-Stars to represent it in Salt Lake City: De’Aaron Fox When Domantas SabonisThe Foxes are having the most efficient year of his career, with Sabonis leading the league in rebounds and assists for his team in his first full season with the team.No. 4 overall pick Keegan Murray is rounding up solid rookie and offseason additions Malik Monk When Kevin Harter Both have contributed significantly to a team that already has three wins to surpass their 2022 total.
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