The NBA season is underway supporters in Wisconsin can certainly be optimistic. The 2-1 Bucks are among the main contenders with some good NBA Championship odds following a strong season last term and a decent start to this season.
Of course, when it gets to the postseason, anything can happen, as the Bucks well know. Finishing top of the conference in the regular season saw the Bucks beaten by the Heat, before the Miami outfit were beaten by the Nuggets in the Finals.
So, how is it looking today?
The sportsbooks certainly are excited by a few teams, but of course the season is long, and if you’re having a punt you’re going to be just as successful blindly putting a bet on a roulette wheel across Casino Netherlands, for example, as you are one of the huge number of contenders with the best 2024 NBA Championship odds.
The sportsbooks don’t too often get it wrong though, so here’s a look at the contenders as we get ever-closer to the season…
NBA Championship Odds: 3 Favorites Emerge
Joint favorites – Bucks and Celtics
There’s a lot of hype around the Bucks at the moment, largely due to the arrival of Damian Lillard. He adds real quality to the side and they have a strong core to start the season with.
He’s already paired well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, beating the Lakers recently and both ballers have already praised each others game as a result. That’s going to be a crucial pairing if the Bucks are going to travel further in the postseason, should they do well in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics have been consistent in recent years, reaching the Conference Finals four times, and been to the Finals once across the last six seasons. It’s just never quite come off for them though.
This year could be different though, with both priced at +350, ahead of last year’s winners, the Denver Nuggets.
Nuggets to repeat last year?
The Nuggets are third favorites for the NBA Championship after a brilliant season last time out. Nikola Jokic will naturally be hugely important in that and he’s come back from the summer looking fresh.
It’s been a relatively positive preseason for them and they do look to be on track for a positive season. The sportsbooks have their NBA Championship odds at +500 to make it back-to-back, repeating the success of the Golden State Warriors a few years ago.
Elsewhere, GSW are fifth favorites for the Championship, just behind the Phoenix Suns, while the Lakers are at +900, the same as GSW, with a few pundits expecting the Los Angeles outfit to enjoy some success.
It’s all set to be a brilliant season anyway, and with the Bucks strengthening, there’s every chance we could see a repeat of 2021 come NBA Finals 2024.