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2023 NBA Championship Odds & Predictions

  • The 2022 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors open the NBA offseason as the favorites for 2023
  • The Finals runner-up Boston Celtics just edge the 2021 Champion Milwaukee Bucks as favorites for the title out of the Eastern Conference
  • The LA Clippers surprise with the fourth-best odds to win the 2023 NBA Championship

After what was a gruelling return to 82-games in the NBA, and a compressed playoff schedule, the Golden State Warriors came out of the year as the NBA Champions. They defeated the Eastern Conference winning Boston Celtics in just six games!

With the NBA off-season underway, many are already looking ahead at who will be the winners of the 2023 NBA season. While the Warriors and Celtics are the sportsbook’s favorite, there are a few teams who look to surprise the contenders next year.

Despite reaching at least the Western Conference Finals in the past two seasons, as well as earning the best record in league in 2022, the Phoenix Suns are currently outside of the top four. The sportsbooks are surprisingly listing the LA Clippers as most likely to compete for the NBA and Western Conference crown with the Warriors.

Let’s take a closer look at the odds to win the 2023 NBA Championship!

2023 NBA Championship Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook

WinnerOdds
BOS Celtics+370
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BKN Nets+600
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MIL Bucks+800
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DEN Nuggets+800
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GS Warriors+1000
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LA Clippers+1000
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PHI 76ers+1300
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PHO Suns+1900
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CLE Cavaliers+2200
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NO Pelicans+2500
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DAL Mavericks+3500
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LA Lakers+3500
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SAC Kings+7000
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ATL Hawks+9000
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TOR Raptors+10000
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POR Trail Blazers+12000
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MIN Timberwolves+20000
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NY Knicks+20000
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CHI Bulls+35000
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UTA Jazz+40000
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WAS Wizards+50000
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IND Pacers+50000
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OKC Thunder+60000
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CHA Hornets+100000
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DET Pistons+100000
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SA Spurs+100000
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ORL Magic+100000
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HOU Rockets+100000
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With so many changes already afoot through the 2022 NBA offseason, it really seems like it’ll be one of the most competitive seasons ever for the NBA championship. While the Warriors top the list, the following teams are also in the running for the NBA title.

Golden State Warriors (+600)

Team21-22 RecordResultPTS LeaderASTS LeaderREB Leader
GSW53-29, 3rd in WestWon FinalsS. Curry (25.5)D. Green (7.0)D. Green, K. Looney (7.3)

Key Players: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins

Head Coach: Steve Kerr

After two non-playoff years after their last performance in the NBA Finals, the Warriors finally find themselves back on the mountaintop. They showed through their defensive standards and incredibly threatening offence, that they are truly one of the greatest franchises in NBA history.

The Warriors don’t project to be the 2023 NBA Champions just because of their status as current champs. Expect young players like Jonthan Kuminga and Jordan Poole to hit another tier in their production, while also having James Wiseman return to the lineup to build off of what was a promising rookie campaign.

The Golden State Warriors like to play small, and that can be a detriment to them at times. They also found themselves struggling to find a secondary scorer to support Curry in the playoffs. At the end of the day their execution and defence won them the 2022 NBA title, but they’re not a team without weakness.

Boston Celtics (+550)

Team’21-’22 RecordResultPTS LeaderASTS LeaderREB Leader
BOS51-31, 2nd in EastLost in NBA FinalsJ. Tatum (26.9)M. Smart (5.9)R. Williams (9.6)

Key Players: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams

Head Coach: Ime Udoka

The Boston Celtics fell just short of their ultimate goal of adding another NBA Championship to their storied franchise. Despite their loss to the Golden State Warriors, it doesn’t take away from the Celtic’s fantastic achievement or the performance of first-year head coach Ime Udoka.

Through the NBA Playoffs, Jayson Tatum showed that he has the potential to be one of the biggest stars in the league. He had his down points, but the play of Smart, Horford, and especially Jaylen Brown, usually made up the difference.

The Boston Celtics’ depth was one of their greatest assets when reaching the NBA Finals. As they aim for another run at the title, their continuity should be what sets them above other contenders in the East.

Milwaukee Bucks (+800)

Team’21-’22 RecordResultPTS LeaderASTS LeaderREB Leader
MIL51-31, 3rd in EastLost in Semi-FinalsG. Antetokounmpo (29.9)J. Holiday (6.8)G. Antetokounmpo (11.6)

Key Players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer

The Milwaukee Bucks were having a dominant season through 2021-2022, however injuries derailed their progress. While they were knocked out in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, their inability to find production through injuries spelled their doom.

Star big man Giannis Antetokounmpo put on another MVP-worthy season with the Bucks in 2021-2022, and doesn’t look as if he’s going to be slowing down anytime soon. His performance will always put the Bucks in the running for an NBA title.

The Bucks need to improve their depth if they hope to get back into the running for the NBA title. Last season showed how injuries can derail their plans, especially considering their scoring ability drops off significantly with any of their main trio unavailable.

LA Clippers (+600)

Team’21-’22 RecordResultPTS LeaderASTS LeaderREB Leader
LAC42-40, 8th in WestLost in Play-In TournamentP. George (24.3)P. George (5.7)I. Zubac (8.5)

Key Players: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Reggie Jackson

Head Coach: Tyronn Lue

Despite not making the NBA Playoffs last season, the LA Clippers find themselves in the top four of most sportsbooks for the NBA title in 2023. While their performance last season disappointed, their potential is incredible.

Of what was meant to be a devastating trio, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Norman Powell combined to play just 36 of a possible combined 246 regular season games. On a positive note, their remaining roster was still able to finish above .500 on the season.

If the Clippers can have a relatively healthy roster, even if just for a playoff run, there’s seemingly nothing they can’t accomplish. However, their success depends purely upon their fantastic role players having a true star to follow.

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Golden State Warriors to Win 2022 NBA Championship

There are so many variables yet to be determined through the NBA offseason, but the Golden State Warriors are one of the teams that actually project to improve without any significant roster changes. In terms of defending their title, the Warriors are the league’s best modern example.

Who Were the 2022 NBA Champions?


The 2022 NBA Champions were the Golden State Warriors! After two down seasons where they suffered from significant injuries to their stars and, at one point, the worst record in the league, they showed that health was the only thing holding them back.

The Warriors faced the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals, winning the series 4-2 on Boston’s home court.

After winning his fourth NBA Championship, Stephen Curry won his first-ever NBA Finals MVP Award.

Their route to the team’s seventh Championship was no easy task:

OpponentConferenceSeed (Record)Series RecordTeam PPGOpp PPGGSW PPG LeaderGSW REB LeaderGSW AST Leader
Boston CelticsEast2nd (51-31)4-2104.8100.8S. Curry (31.2)A. Wiggins (8.8)D. Green (6.2)
Dallas MavericksWest4th (52-30)4-1115.2106.6S. Curry (23.8)K. Looney (10.6)S. Curry (7.4)
Memphis GrizzliesWest2nd (56-26)4-2111.0110.3S. Curry (26.0)D. Green (8.7)D. Green (6.0)
Denver NuggetsWest6th (48-34)4-1118.0110.0S. Curry (28.0)A. Wiggins (6.8)D. Green (7.4)

NBA Champions by Year

Here is a list of historical NBA Champions by year:

YearWestern Conference ChampionSeries ResultEastern Conference Champion
2022Golden State Warriors4-2Boston Celtics
2021Phoenix Suns2-4Milwaukee Bucks
2020Los Angeles Lakers4-2Miami Heat
2019Golden State Warriors2-4Toronto Raptors
2018Golden State Warriors4-0Cleveland Cavaliers
2017Golden State Warriors4-1Cleveland Cavaliers
2016Golden State Warriors3-4Cleveland Cavaliers
2015Golden State Warriors4-2Cleveland Cavaliers
2014San Antonio Spurs4-1Miami Heat
2013San Antonio Spurs3-4Miami Heat
2012Oklahoma City Thunder1-4Miami Heat
2011Dallas Mavericks4-2Miami Heat
2010Los Angeles Lakers4-3Boston Celtics
2009Los Angeles Lakers4-1Orlando Magic
2008Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
2007San Antonio Spurs
4-0Cleveland Cavaliers
2006Dallas Mavericks2-4Miami Heat
2005San Antonio Spurs4-3Detroit Pistons
2004Los Angeles Lakers1-4Detroit Pistons
2003San Antonio Spurs
4-2New Jersey Nets
2002Los Angeles Lakers4-0New Jersey Nets
2001Los Angeles Lakers4-1Philadelphia 76ers
2000Los Angeles Lakers4-2Indiana Pacers
1999San Antonio Spurs4-1New York Knicks
1998Utah Jazz2-4Chicago Bulls
1997Utah Jazz2-4Chicago Bulls
1996Seattle SuperSonics2-4Chicago Bulls
1995Houston Rockets
4-0Orlando Magic
1994Houston Rockets
4-3New York Knicks
1993Phoenix Suns2-4Chicago Bulls
1992Portland Trail Blazers2-4Chicago Bulls
1991Los Angeles Lakers1-4Chicago Bulls
1990Portland Trail Blazers1-4Detroit Pistons
1989Los Angeles Lakers0-4Detroit Pistons
1988Los Angeles Lakers4-3Detroit Pistons
1987Los Angeles Lakers4-2Boston Celtics
1986Houston Rockets2-4Boston Celtics
1985Los Angeles Lakers4-2Boston Celtics
1984Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1983Los Angeles Lakers0-4Philadelphia 76ers
1982Los Angeles Lakers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1981Houston Rockets0-4Boston Celtics
1980Los Angeles Lakers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1979Seattle Supersonics4-1Washington Bullets
1978Seattle Supersonics3-4Washington Bullets
1977Portland Trail Blazers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1976Phoenix Suns2-4Boston Celtics
1975Golden State Warriors4-0Washington Bullets
1974Milwaukee Bucks3-4Boston Celtics
1973Los Angeles Lakers1-4New York Knicks
1972Los Angeles Lakers4-1New York Knicks
1971Milwaukee Bucks4-0Baltimore Bullets
1970Los Angeles Lakers3-4New York Knicks
1969Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1968Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
1967San Francisco Warriors2-4Philadelphia 76ers
1966Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1965Los Angeles Lakers1-4Boston Celtics
1964San Francisco Warriors1-4Boston Celtics
1963Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
1962Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1961St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1960St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1959Minneapolis Lakers0-4Boston Celtics
1958St. Louis Hawks4-2Boston Celtics
1957St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1956Fort Wayne Pistons1-4Philadelphia 76ers
1955Fort Wayne Pistons3-4Syracuse Nationals
1954Minneapolis Lakers4-3Syracuse Nationals
1953Minneapolis Lakers4-1New York Knicks
1952Minneapolis Lakers4-3New York Knicks
1951Rochester Royals4-3New York Knicks
1950Minneapolis Lakers4-2Syracuse Nationals
1949Minneapolis Lakers4-2Washington Capitols
1948Baltimore Bullets
4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1947Chicago Stags1-4Philadelphia Warriors

Do the NBA Champions Receive a Prize?

The NBA Champions receive the Larry O’Brien Trophy upon closing out their opponents in the NBA Finals. The Larry O’Brien Trophy was only awarded beginning in 1984. Before that, teams received the Walter A. Brown Trophy. The Walter A. Brown Trophy now resides in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.In terms of prize money, the NBA Champions don’t receive anything of the sort. Due to the fact that teams participating in the NBA Playoffs are entitled to additional television revenues, players receive a bonus for each game they participate in. In 2018, the amount was reported to be in the realm of $20 million. The winner of the prize pool had approximately $3 million to split between their players.Exposure is also a huge reward for the NBA Champions during their following season. Massive amounts of signage, imagery, and player likeness from the championship side are used for the subsequent season. Champions can also expect an increase in nationally televised games. For example, the 2019 Champion Toronto Raptors received 11 nationally broadcasted games in 2019-2020, compared to an average of just three per season in their previous ten seasons.

What Is the Larry O’Brien Trophy?

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is the ultimate reward for the years NBA Championship team. Introduced in 1984, the Larry O’Brien Trophy replaced the more cup-like Walter A. Brown Trophy. Unlike the Walter A. Brown Trophy, each team gets to keep one version of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for themselves.The Larry O’Brien Trophy is made of seven kilograms of sterling silver and vermeil, with a 24 karat gold overlay as defined by Tiffany & Co. The design imitates a basketball entering the net. The team name and year of their victory is engraved on the base of the trophy, usually displayed prominently in the team’s home arena.Players, coaches, and staff are usually able to organize times during the offseason in which they can acquire the Larry O’Brien Trophy for temporary, personal use.

What Are NBA Championship Rings?

Due to the fact that NBA players on the championship side don’t get to keep a version of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for themselves, Championship Rings have been common for teams to commission for its players.Modest during the outset of the NBA, Championship rings have grown more beautiful and lavish as the years have gone on.Jason of Beverly Hills crafted the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks’ ring. It features more than 400 diamonds, and a removable top that features a QR code that can be scanned to display all of the best moments from Milwaukee’s championship season.

Who Were the First NBA Champions?

The inaugural winners of the NBA Championship were the 1946-1947 Philadelphia Warriors. Technically speaking, at the time of their victory the league was known as the BAA or the Basketball Association of America. If you consider 1948 as the true debut season of the NBA, the eventual NBA Champions were still the Philadelphia Warriors.

Which Franchise Hasn’t Won an NBA Championship?

There are a number of NBA franchises that are yet to win a title. Whether they’ve been terribly close or never within striking distance, these teams are still looking to add the Larry O’Brien trophy to their cabinet.Indiana Pacers (est. 1976)Charlotte Hornets (est. 1988 as Hornets, 2004 as Bobcats, 2014 as Hornets)Oklahoma City Thunder (est. 2008)Brooklyn Nets (est. 2012)Memphis Grizzlies (est. 2001)Utah Jazz (est. 1979)Phoenix Suns (est. 1968)New Orleans Pelicans (est. 2002 as NO Hornets, 2013 as Pelicans)LA Clippers (est. 1984)Denver Nuggets (est. 1976)Orlando Magic (est. 1989)Minnesota Timberwolves (est. 1989)

Which NBA Franchise Was Quickest to an NBA Championship?

Founded in 1968-1969, the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA Championship during the 1970-1971 NBA season. Outside of the Philadelphia Warriors, who won the inaugural BAA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks were the fastest expansion team to the title. But how did they do it?After the drafting of Lew Alcindor, later known as NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1969 and acquiring Oscar Robertson in a trade, the Milwaukee Bucks found their way to an NBA Championship by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals.

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