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Last Updated Feb 27, 2022, 01:25 AM

2022 NBA Title Odds Following All-Star Break

A busy trade deadline led to some major changes in the NBA Championship odds. The Brooklyn Nets had been the favorite for most of the year, but their decision to deal James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers led to the oddsmakers placing them behind the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. In an interesting twist, the Western Conference is now seen as a two-horse race between Golden State and Phoenix, while the East is relatively wide-open.

2021-22 NBA Championship Odds

Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to change

Golden State Warriors +425

The Warriors are now the favorites to win the NBA title after Chris Paul fractured his thumb. Phoenix has the best record in the NBA, but a lot of analysts like Golden State’s chances come playoff time. Klay Thompson’s return gives the Warriors another wing that can score, and Andrew Wiggins is having the best season of his career.

Phoenix Suns +450

Phoenix has won eight straight games and is a sterling 49-10. The Suns should lock up home court advantage even without Chris Paul, but there are real concerns about this team if CP3 isn’t ready for the postseason. Paul is the glue that holds the Suns together, so his health is vital to Phoenix’s playoff hopes.

Brooklyn Nets +600

Although Brooklyn has lost its last two games, the Nets could win the Eastern Conference even if they finish the regular season just over .500. Kevin Durant is expected to return from injury soon, and Kyrie Irving could be cleared to play in Brooklyn shortly too. However, Ben Simmons won’t return to the court until March at the earliest, and that’s a big concern since the Nets are counting on him to be a defensive stopper.

Milwaukee Bucks +600

The reigning NBA champions have a good chance to repeat. Giannis Antetokuonmpo has been fantastic, and the addition of Serge Ibaka gives the Bucks some needed frontcourt depth with Brook Lopez out for nearly the entire year due to injury. The Eastern Conference is crowded though, and a minor injury to Antetokuonmpo could lead to Milwaukee falling out of the top six.

Philadelphia 76ers +700

It’s hard to have a lot of faith in Philadelphia. The Sixers have two superstars in Joel Embiid and Harden, but Embiid has never been able to stay this healthy over the course of the season and Harden is starting his downward decline. Philly got rid of a lot of its depth in the trade to land Harden, so players like Tyrese Maxey, Furkan Korkmaz, and Shake Milton will need to step up in a big way.

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