We’re only a week into the NBA season and a lot will change in the coming weeks. Still, we’re checking in on how all 30 teams have started their 2022-23 campaign.

1. Milwaukee Bucks (2-0)

The Milwaukee Bucks are $6.50 favourites to win the NBA championship and have looked the part to start the season. They’ve struggled at times with the ball but that will improve as their health improves. More importantly, they’re playing with the best defence in the league right now. Add Khris Middleton to this team and they’ll go to another level on offence.

2. Boston Celtics (3-1)

After starting the 2021-22 NBA season poorly, the Boston Celtics have tipped this one off as the second-best offensive team in the league to score 119.8 points per 100 possessions. They had their struggles in the build-up for their season. Losing their coach and an influential player in Robert Williams III could have triggered another slow start but Jayson Tatum, in particular, has continued to play at a high level. The Celtics are on the second line of betting at $7.

3. Golden State Warriors (2-1)

Like the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors had their preseason issues. Interestingly, the Warriors defence hasn’t been quite as good behind Draymond Green and Jordan Poole has struggled to start. Steph Curry, on the other hand, is on fire averaging 33.3 points per game early on. His $18 to win the Most Valuable Player award deserves consideration.

4. Phoenix Suns (2-1)

Twitter lit up to call an end to the Phoenix Suns’ hopes of winning the NBA championship during their season opener. Down by 22 points, the Suns were awful. However, with a 27-7 run in the 4th quarter led by Devin Booker and Damion Lee, the Suns recovered to beat the Dallas Mavericks. Just like that, the Suns became contenders again.

Chris Paul’s form is a concern. Father Time will catch up with him eventually. But with Booker playing at an MVP level ($41), the Suns can afford to wait for the veteran point guard to ease into the season.

5. LA Clippers (2-1)

The LA Clippers are going to be a difficult team to read all season. They’re deep so we can expect a regular rotation of players. Kawhi Leonard has been coming off the bench and is known for coasting it through the regular season to the point he will play as little as possible. John Wall, while impressive so far, is always at risk of injury. Still, on paper, this team is a contender ($7.50) and we will continue to monitor who plays and how it all looks on the court in the coming weeks.

6. Dallas Mavericks (1-1)

The Dallas Mavericks hit the showers early and allowed the Suns to comeback in the opener. Still, they have impressed early on. Luka Doncic looks incredible physically and is the $5 favourite to win MVP for a reason.

“Ten players are averaging over 30 points per game at the moment, but it’s Luka Doncic that I think is the most likely to keep it up throughout the NBA season.” Futures Bet of the Week

Christian Wood has been excellent and Spencer Dinwiddie has taken on the Jalen Brunson role nicely. By the numbers, the Mavericks are playing with a 124.1 offensive rating and 103.6 defensive rating – both comfortably inside the Top 5 in the NBA. This team is really good.

7. Denver Nuggets (2-2)

Losing to the Jazz and being thrashed by the Blazers isn’t what you’d expect for a team sitting 7th in an NBA Power Rankings list, but the eye test suggests this spot is about right.

As long as Nikola Jokic is healthy, the Nuggets are a Top 10 team in the league.

Encouragingly, Michael Porter Jr. is starting to display signs of the player he has long had the potential to become averaging 18 points per game shooting 50% from deep. Jamal Murray has returned relatively well from his injury, too.

8. Memphis Grizzlies (3-1)

The Memphis Grizzlies can score. Ja Morant’s highlights are constantly filtering through social media as he looks to take the next step in his NBA career. There is a long way to go, but he’s playing like an MVP right now ($9). The issue for the Grizzlies comes in defence. They’re 28th in defensive rating allowing 121 points per 100 possessions. While the 137 points conceded to the Mavericks blows that number out a little, there is little doubt that the Grizzlies need to improve without the ball if they’re to compete with the top teams in the league.

9. Portland Trail Blazers (4-0)

And some people thought Damian Lillard might be slow to start this NBA season…

He has been ruthless in leading the Portland Trail Blazers to their first 4-0 start since 1999. New recruit, Jerami Grant, is already becoming a favourite with his play on the defensive side of the ball. Lillard giving up the ball late for Anfernee Simons to hit a game-winner sums up his development over the summer.

The Blazers perhaps should be higher on the list. They will be next time if they keep up this level of play.

10. New Orleans Pelicans (2-1)

The New Orleans Pelicans have navigated their usual injury issues and scares to start the NBA season but have otherwise played well. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram are shooting well while Zion Williamson is doing whatever he likes in the paint. He’s yet to take a shot from outside the paint which is something to keep an eye on as defences adjust.

This team should be 3-0.

11. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-1)

We’ve seen this sort of thing out of Donovan Mitchell before.

He’s started his Cleveland Cavaliers career exceptionally well. It’s doing it consistently across a full NBA season that will determine where the Cavs end up on this list in February and March.

As a team, they’re inside the Top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating. Positive signs for a developing group integrating new players and nursing a few injuries.

12. Brooklyn Nets (1-2)

The Brooklyn Nets are here on reputation and potential more than they are for their performances to start the 2022-23 NBA season.

A lot of that potential comes down to Ben Simmons. He has… not been good to start the year.

“He somewhat bounced back in his second game to record six points, ten rebounds and eight assists. An excellent defensive player, he picked up two blocks against the Raptors, too. However, it looks as though it’s going to take a while for Simmons to find his place in this Nets lineup.” Week 1 In Review

For now, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving look good enough to be hopeful while considering their $9 to win the NBA championship.

13. Atlanta Hawks (2-1)

This Trae Young/Dejounte Murray backcourt is looking the good so far. It all made sense on paper before the season started and it’s showing on the court now, too. John Collins is chipping in nicely as well. The Atlanta Hawks offence has performed well early on, with TraeJonte on the floor together… With them split, the Hawks score only 96 points per 100 possessions. Something to keep an eye on as they embark on an early-season road trip.

14. Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2)

The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a fun team to follow all season long.

Controversy and talking points seem to follow Rudy Gobert wherever he goes and it’s unlikely to be any different in Minny. There will be teething issues pairing him beside Karl-Anthony Towns, but it’s looked good enough through four games.

A middling team that could finish beyond the Play-in spots or miss them entirely, the Timberwolves are one of the more intriguing teams at this stage of the season. Their 28.7% from three-point land is something to monitor.

15. Charlotte Hornets (2-1)

The Charlotte Hornets play with their foot to the floor and that has translated into 119.5 points per 100 possessions through three games – the third-best mark in the NBA. Encouragingly, their defence is in the league’s top half, too.

Expected to flirt with .500 all season while beating teams they shouldn’t and losing to too many they should beat, 15th feels right for the Hornets right now.

16. Philadelphia 76ers (1-3)

They’re the slowest team in the NBA and painful to watch. A team featuring Joel Embiid shouldn’t be such a struggle to sit through, but James Harden will do that to a fan. His style of play isn’t for everybody and it might not be for Embiid if the first few games of the season are anything to go by.

The bench is a major concern. There is next to no production outside of the starters and it’s an area they’ll need to address – fast. Harden, Embiid and Tyrese Maxey can’t do it all every night with the ball.

17. Miami Heat (1-3)

The Miami Heat have disappointed to start the 2022-23 NBA season. They’re currently 1-3 but we can be confident they will come good sooner rather than later. Just how good remains to be seen, though. In typical Heat fashion, they’re going to be a tough team. Defensively they will be tough to break down. It’s their 27th-ranked offence (106.9 points per 100 possessions) that is the concern.

18. Toronto Raptors (2-2)

26.5 points
10 rebounds
6.8 assists
1.5 steals
0.8 blocks

Pascal Siakam is playing like a Top 10 player in the NBA right now. It’s going to take something special for his Toronto Raptors to finish high enough in the standings for him to be considered as a possible MVP at the end of the season, but his $91 looks overs early on.

19. Utah Jazz (3-1)

The Utah Jazz have looked like one of the better teams in the NBA but the expectation is that it won’t last. Danny Ainge won’t allow it. They moved Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell with tanking in mind. The good news is that Kelly Olynyk and Lauri Markkanen have been fantastic and will have eyes around the league on them.

21. New York Knicks (2-1)

Jalen Brunson navigated the first two games of his New York Knicks career without a turnover while dishing out 15 assists. While he handed the ball over three times against the Magic in his third game, he shot at 50% for his 21 points and a +17 for the game.

He turned up to New York with significant expectations on his shoulders and is standing tall to start. With Julius Randle leading the team in scoring (21.3 points per game), RJ Barrett doing a little bit of everything and Cam Reddish shooting 44% from deep off the bench, the Knicks are on a good path despite their relatively low position in the power rankings.

22. Washington Wizards (3-1)

Bradley Beal is balling for his 23 points per game while Kyle Kuzma is shooting well from beyond the arc for his 19.7 points per game. He has had a tough few years, but Kristaps Porzingis is looking like an effective player in this Washington Wizards team. Still, they’re 25th in offence. While the three bigger names are putting up numbers, the Wizards need more from the rest of the roster.

23. Chicago Bulls (2-2)

Zach LaVine missed the start of the NBA season so we can’t read too much into how the Chicago Bulls are travelling right now. They were blown out in his return but beat the Celtics in his second game.

Whether or not the Bulls can lift defensively is what will define their season. A healthy Lonzo Ball would certainly help. Without him, it will be a surprise to see them keep hold of their currently 17th-ranked defence.

24. San Antonio Spurs (3-1)

The San Antonio Spurs don’t really want to be here at 3-1 through four games. They delayed the rebuild for long enough already. Having a young group of players and an elite coach that has been told all summer that they will suck and are eager to prove everybody wrong won’t help them land the #1 pick in the NBA draft.

25. Los Angeles Lakers (0-3)

LeBron James is showing little signs of age.

Anthony Davis appears willing to play more at centre if that is what is required of him.

Russell Westbrook…Well, there’s been no change there.

Until there is a change, the Los Angeles Lakers ($36) aren’t relevant in the championship conversation.

26. Sacramento Kings (0-3)

You can’t fault De’Aaron Fox to start the NBA season. He’s averaging 31.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Keegan Murray has impressed for his 17.5 points per game, too. However, the Sacramento Kings are 0-3. As a middling team that could fight for one of the play-in spots, they can’t afford to drop too many games before registering their first win.

27. Detroit Pistons (1-2)

The Detroit Pistons record should look better considering the teams they’ve played. Being thrashed by the Knicks is bad enough but losing to the Pacers is a shocker…

On a positive note, four players – Saddiq Bey, Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Bojan Bogdanovic – are all averaging over 17 points per game. They’re not short of scoring options.

Jaden Ivey is on the fourth line of betting to win Rookie of the Year at $8.

28. Indiana Pacers (1-3)

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28. Oklahoma City Thunder (0-3)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a strange position. It seemed as though the tank had ended, but when Chet Holmgren was ruled out for the season, it sparked the idea that they would go around for one more poor, poor season. At 0-3, albeit against decent opposition, it might be more of the same for the Thunder faithful in 2022-23.

29. Orlando Magic (0-4)

There isn’t much to like about the Orlando Magic but Paolo Banchero’s Rookie of the Year campaign is off to a good start.

Averaging 22.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 blocks per game, he’s the heavy favourite at $2.20. If he can improve on his 18.8% on four three-point shots per game, his price will come in further.

30. Houston Rockets (1-3)

Jalen Green is producing on the court but he was front and centre of an off-court argument during a timeout in the Houston Rockets win over the Jazz.

This isn’t a good team but they’ll be worth watching for a few weeks yet. Although, Eric Gordon looks like he’d rather be somewhere else already.

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