Summer is quickly coming to an end, NBA training camps are fast approaching and the regular season is right around the corner.
With about 30 days to go until the league’s 75th season, let’s take a look at the teams with the best odds to win this season’s NBA title.
2022 NBA Title Odds
Odds as of Sept. 16 via DraftKings
Entering free agency in early August, the Brooklyn Nets were the title favorites (+200 at the time) followed by the Los Angeles Lakers who were +400. Since then, the Lakers have made several moves, including officially acquiring point guard Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster trade with the Washington Wizards.
Neither that trade, nor subsequent signings by L.A. moved the Lakers ahead of the Nets on the oddsboard as they are still listed behind Brooklyn. The reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks (+900) are the only other team with odds inside 10-1 followed by the Warriors (10-1) and the Western conference winning Phoenix Suns (16-1).
The Chicago Bulls stand out among teams that made a splash this summer by adding Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. The Bulls saw their title odds move from 100-1 ahead of free agency to 70-1 where they currently stand ahead of training camp.
The Dallas Mavericks’ title odds also jumped from 28-1 to 25-1 despite a relatively quiet offseason. The Mavs poached 3-and-D specialist Reggie Bullock from the New York Knicks at the start of free agency but, more importantly, will have Luka Doncic back after a stellar individual performance in the 2020 Olympics.