NBA Championship Futures Picks: Nets Slide While Warriors Rise

With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching this could be the week where NBA fans find out if their favorite teams still think they can make a run for the 2022 NBA title. It could also be a week where some teams see significant changes to where they stand in the odds to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship.

The Brooklyn Nets, who have been without their best player, Kevin Durant, due to an MCL injury are beginning to slide from their spot as the top pick to win the NBA title in 2022. Another preseason favorite, the Los Angeles Lakers have also seen their odds get worse as play goes deeper into the season. Meanwhile, clubs like the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are starting to be considered legitimate threats to win the 2022 NBA Championship.

Before we look at the early February odds to win the 2022 NBA Championship, check out the best NBA betting sites and our betting guide for the 2022 NBA Finals. 

2022 NBA Championship Odds

To Win 2022 NBA ChampionhsipBetOnlineBetUSSportsBetting.agBookMakerBovada
Golden State Warriors+375+450+375+450+475
Brooklyn Nets+400+350+400+515+400
Phoenix Suns+475+500+475+435+500
Milwaukee Bucks+650+650+650+505+600
Miami Heat+900+1200+900+975+1100
Utah Jazz+1200+1400+1200+1250+1100
Philadelphia 76ers+1400+1400+1400+1500+1200
Los Angeles Lakers+2000+1800+2000+2000+1500
Chicago Bulls+2500+2000+2500+3500+2200
Memphis Grizzlies+2800+2500+2800+2100+2500
Denver Nuggets+3300+2800+3300+2900+2800
Boston Celtics+4000+5000+4000+3300+4000
Dallas Mavericks+4500+5000+4500+3450+3500
Cleveland Cavaliers+5000+4000+5000+4350+4000
Atlanta Hawks+6000+5000+6000+8000+7500
Los Angeles Clippers+6600+4000+6600+5500+3500
Toronto Raptors+8000+6600+8000+8500+4000
Charlotte Hornets+12500+12500+12500+12500+12000
Minnesota Timberwolves+12500+10000+12500+10000+7500
New York Knicks+20000+15000+20000+46500+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+25000+50000+25000+45000+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+30000+20000+30000+125000+50000
Washington Wizards+30000+12500+30000+700000+15000
San Antonio Spurs+40000+50000+40000+120000+30000
Sacramento Kings+50000+50000+50000+250000+40000
Indiana Pacers+75000+50000+75000+250000+40000
Oklahoma City Thunder+250000+200000+250000+350000+50000
Houston Rockets+300000+100000+300000+500000+100000
Detroit Pistons+400000+250000+400000+800000+100000
Orlando Magic+400000+200000+400000+700000+100000

Brooklyn slides

The Brooklyn Nets are floundering. Kevin Durant suffered an MCL Injury in the January 15 game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Without Durant in the lineup, the Nets have gone 2-10 and have not won a game since they bested the San Antonio Spurs on January 21. The team’s current losing skid stands at nine straight games and they have lost their past three outings by 23 points, 20 points and 35 points.

The Nets were expected to have some struggles with Durant on the court, but there was some hope that having Kyrie Irving as a part-time player would help the club. It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking how badly the Nets would play without Durant.

There is still no timetable for Durant’s return. Original speculation at the time of his injury was that he would be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

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Golden State hangs tough

Like the Brooklyn Nets, the Golden State Warriors have been without one of their best players. Draymond Green last stepped onto the court for Golden State on January 5. The team had a rough go of it without Green in early January, going 3-5 in their first eight games without Green, but they have turned things around and are now on a nine-game winning streak.

Golden State is playing as a team and its top stars are delivering without Green in the lineup. Klay Thompson has found his groove since he returned to the team in January. Thompson was the team’s leading scorer in wins over Sacramento and Oklahoma City and of course, Stephen Curry is having a strong season with an average of 25.7 points per game, which puts him in the No. 8 position in league scoring.

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Miami climbs

The Miami Heat are the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. Miami has a record of 35-20 and they are a half game ahead of the reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks in the standings. The Heat had a short slump in late January into early February when they lost three games in a row, but the club has righted the ship as of late and they are on a three-game winning streak. It should be noted that the Heat was without Kyle Lowry for those losses. Lowry returned to action on February 3 and the team has not lost since he rejoined the lineup.

Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro are pacing the Heat in scoring and Herro is looking like a potential candidate to win the Sixth Man Award in 2022. Herro has improved his per game scoring from 15.1 points last season to 20.1 this year.

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MyTopSportsbook’s Pick

With Brooklyn failing to get things done without Kevin Durant, it’s time to look at the Golden State Warriors as the team to beat for the 2022 NBA Championship. With Klay Thompson back in the mix and the team playing well without Draymond Green. the Warriors look like the best team in the NBA right now.

Pick: Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship in 2022.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He has written for USA Today Sports, Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.

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