NBA 2021/22 Winner Odds - Who will win the NBA Championship?
- The Nets and Lakers are the early favourites to win the 2021-22 NBA title
- Defending champion Bucks are also expected to contend for the crown
- The 2021-22 NBA regular season begins on October 19
The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy is awarded to the NBA champions. (Harry How/Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are the early favourites to win the championship in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Both teams were also among the favourites last year but injuries to their superstar players dashed their title hopes.
The Nets can be backed at 3.25 to win their first ever NBA crown. The Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden all return along with Joe Harris and Bruce Brown. Irving and Harden suffered injuries in last year’s playoffs, leaving Durant to singlehandedly carry the team until they were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
To boost their title hopes this season, the Nets acquired veterans Patty Mills, Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge, who played briefly for Brooklyn last season before announcing his retirement due to heart issues.
The Lakers failed to defend their title after losing to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. Anthony Davis missed out in the crucial stages, leaving LeBron James to carry the team.
The Lakers underwent an overhaul in the offseason, losing several mainstays and acquiring Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Malik Monk among others. They can be backed at 5.00 to win a second NBA crown in three seasons.
The Bucks are priced at 9.00 to defend their title. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday all return as they aim to become the first NBA team to win back-to-back championships since 2018. Also back are Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton. Among those acquired in the offseason were George Hill, Rodney Hood and Grayson Allen.
The Golden State Warriors can also be backed at 9.00 to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy they last lifted in 2018. They failed to reach the playoffs last season after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Play-in tournament.
Stephen Curry returns to lead the team but Klay Thompson is not expected to be back until early next year after missing the entire 2021 season with an Achilles injury.
Also back are Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole. Joining the team in the offseason were Nemanja Bjelica, Otto Porter and Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP who led the Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years.
NBA 2021-22 Winner Outright Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||5.00|
|Golden State Warriors||9.00|
|Los Angeles Clippers||12.00|
|Portland Trail Blazers||51.00|
|New York Knicks||51.00|
|New Orleans Pelicans||151.00|
|San Antonio Spurs||301.00|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||501.00|
*Odds provided by Ladbrokes and correct as of Oct. 6, 2021