The Milwaukee Bucks captured their first championship in exactly 50 years on Tuesday night, but soon after Giannis Antetokounmpo collected his well deserved MVP Award, odds have already been released for who will win the NBA Finals in the 2021-22 season.
Odds to Win the 2022 NBA Finals
The Brooklyn Nets overwhelmingly have the best odds to win it all next season with a +195, and when you look at their roster, it’s easy to see why they are so heavily favored to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy next summer.
Kevin Durant is arguably the best player in the world at this given moment, and the Nets also have two of the best players at either guard position in the league today, and they are Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
The Nets seemed well on their way to taking out the Bucks in the second round this season, but injuries to Irving and Harden all of a sudden saw Durant having to take it pretty much all on himself for the Nets to even have a chance, but he just ran out of gas in overtime of the Game 7 of that series.
Injuries happen, and this was the first season the new Big 3 had with each other, but next season there should be absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t win it all next season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have the second best odds at +600 to win despite suffering a first round exit to the hands of the eventual conference champions Phoenix Suns, but with LeBron James being a whole nother year older and Anthony Davis’s history of injuries, will both of their bodies be able to hold up over the course of an entire season?
Never doubt “The King,” but 37 years old is pushing it well into “father-time” territory, and with Durant considerably younger and other teams building elite teams out West, the path for James to win it all is not as easy as it once was.
The Lakers will probably have to make a couple of moves to re-establish themselves as a legitimate threat to Brooklyn.
The Bucks have the third best odds at +850 to win it all next season, but they easily have the talent to beat Brooklyn next season if the Nets don’t stay healthy or develop the necessary chemistry to win it all.
Antetokounmpo is just 26 years and only getting better, and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have settled into their roles for the Bucks, and both players are humble enough to not care about individual accolades, so ego will absolutely not be a problem for them.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Suns both sit with +1200 odds, as health will be major question marks for both teams.
Kawhi Leonard will miss a significant part of next season due to a partially torn ACL, as the Clippers’ title chances easily hinge on his health.
Chris Paul, assuming he returns, will be 37 next year, and we saw him break down at times during the Finals. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton will have to carry significantly more weight next season if they hope to finish the deal next season.
For the rest of the odds, check out this graphic.