From Mac McClung’s nearly perfect performance in the dunk contest to the high-scoring game between Team LeBron and Team Giannis, the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend did not disappoint. But now that the festivities in Salt Lake City are over, it’s time to take another look at the NBA championship odds.
Days before the Association descended upon Utah for All-Star Weekend, the league’s trade deadline came and went. One of the most notable trades was the one that sent star Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns. However, more huge moves might be on the horizon. Recent reports indicate that Russell Westbrook — who was traded by the Lakers last week, then released by the Jazz — will sign with the Clippers, Los Angeles’ other and currently, more competitive team.
On the east side of the NBA are the Boston Celtics — the current betting favorites to win it all at FOX Bet (+275, bet $10 to win $37.50 total). The C’s are looking to break their tie with the Lakers by claiming the 18th NBA title in franchise history.
The Milwaukee Bucks currently sit tied for second on the title odds board at +400. But Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injured wrist could sidetrack the Bucks as they pursue their second title in three seasons.
The Suns made the biggest move at the trade deadline by acquiring Durant, but FOX Bet sports trader Henrique Tartaro said there was a reason why the Celtics stood pat last week. They think they’ve already got a roster that can win it all.
“I believe that after last season, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are not letting the title slip away this time,” Tartaro said.
The oddsmaker said an intriguing team that might be worth a sprinkle is the Philadelphia 76ers, who have a dominant inside/outside game with Joel Embiid and James Harden. The Sixers are currently in the rearview mirror of the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics (three games back), but that presents some betting value.
“They are +1400 at the moment for the championship,” Tartaro said. “If you believe in weird coincidences, Philadelphia reached the finals in the MLS, MLB and NFL, so why not the NBA as well?”
What about some of the longer shots? Can Steph Curry win his fifth NBA title with the Warriors despite his injury issues? Or can King James beat Chef Curry to five individual NBA titles?
“I don’t think this year he (Curry) can pull it off again, but one thing I’ve learned is never to doubt him or the King,” Tartaro stated.