Nets, Lakers ahead in 2022 NBA title odds

THE Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are looking up at the favorites to win the 2021-22 NBA title according to early odds released by sportsbooks on Tuesday.

Leading the pack as the favorite for the Larry O’Brien Trophy next summer are the Brooklyn Nets at +210. The Nets lost a seven-game series to the eventual-champion Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals last month.

The Suns eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of this year’s Western Conference playoffs, but it’s LeBron James’ team that has the best title odds in the West for next season, according to DraftKings.

PointsBet rates the top three in the same order — Nets (+250), Lakers (+650) and Bucks (+800) — and the Golden State Warriors are even with the Suns in a tie for fourth at +900.

At +475 via DraftKings, the Lakers are ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers (+800), Golden State Warriors (+1,200) and Suns (+1,400). Golden State missed the playoffs due to a loss to the Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in tournament, but the Warriors expect the return of shooting guard Klay Thompson and have the No. 7 pick in the 2021 draft.

The Suns eliminated the Clippers in the 2021 conference finals.

Philadelphia was the top seed in the Eastern Conference entering the 2021 playoffs, but the 76ers are just +1,600 at DraftKings to claim the championship with tumult on the roster and the future of 25-year-old point guard Ben Simmons unclear. The Sixers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in a second-round series last month.

Bringing up the rear on the DraftKings NBA title odds board, the Detroit Pistons own the No. 1 pick in next week’s draft and share +50,000 odds with the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. — Reuters

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