NBA Championship Odds: Biggest Risers and Fallers After the First Quarter of the Season
Time flies when you’re having fun! We’re approximately a quarter way through the NBA season as the calendar flips to February, and you can still find odds for every team to win the title on FanDuel Sportsbook:
Top 5 to win the NBA Championship
- Los Angeles Lakers +260
- Brooklyn Nets +390
- Los Angeles Clippers +600
- Milwaukee Bucks +700
- Philadelphia 76ers +1600
The Lakers entered the season as the title favorites at +270, and they remain the title favorites today. They’re listed at +260 to win the title after an impressive start to the regular season. They’ve won 15 of their first 21 contests – which puts them in third place in the Western Conference – but they’re just 0.5 games out of first. They also rank second in Net Rating, outscoring their opponents by an average of +7.63 points per 100 possessions. Unless something happens to LeBron James or Anthony Davis, expect this team to be the betting favorites all year.
The Nets are right behind the Lakers at +390, which is not surprising after acquiring James Harden from the Rockets. The Nets have been a juggernaut offensively since acquiring Harden, averaging 121.6 points per 100 possessions over their past eight games. That said, their defense remains a major concern. They’ve allowed 118.2 points per 100 possessions over that time frame, which is an abysmal mark. They need to shore up the defensive side of the ball to be true contenders, so expect them to be active in the buy-out market.
The 76ers are another team that has seen a major move in the futures market. They entered the season at +2400 to win the NBA title on FanDuel Sportsbook, but they’re down to just +1600 at the start of February. They own the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-6, but their Net Rating of +3.87 ranks merely seventh. Still, Joel Embiid has played like a legit MVP-candidate this season, while Seth Curry gives the 76ers some much-needed perimeter shooting. That’s something they were missing desperately over the past few seasons.
The Jazz have made the largest leap up the leaderboard. They entered the season at +3600, yet their odds have been cut to just +1800 currently. That tends to happen when you play as the Jazz have played recently. They’ve vaulted all the way to the top of the Western Conference standings, and they rank first in the league in Net Rating. They also won 11 straight games before losing to the Nuggets on Sunday. They may not have the same ceiling in the playoffs as teams like the Lakers and Nets, but this team is playing as well as anyone at the moment.
Other notable teams include the Bucks and Clippers, whose odds have stayed virtually the same as what they opened at. The Celtics have fallen down the board a bit to +2000, while the Nuggets have dropped from +1600 to +2200. That could make those teams interesting buy-low options. The Celtics are just starting to get healthy – Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum have played just two games together this season – while the Nuggets rank sixth in Net Rating. Their record is down a bit at just 12-8, but they look like a team due for some positive regression.