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NBA Futures- 2022-23 Season Preview

The 2022-23 NBA season is upon us so it’s time to check in on the futures in the hunt for value in the Championship, MVP and Stat Leader markets.

NBA Champions

The Golden State Warriors lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy last season but are on the third line of betting to win back-to-back NBA championships at $8. They have the squad. Steph Curry isn’t slowing down, Klay Thompson will be better for the run last season, Jordan Poole is developing into a top-tier guard and the collection of young players they’ve been able to store away will take another step forward. Plenty will be made about the Draymond Green incident but there’s a good chance that is long forgotten by the time games tip-off.

Beaten by the Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are surprising $7 favourites to go one step further this time around. Many thought Boston caught lightning in a bottle to reach the finals last year. They started the season poorly before coming good from January onwards. How they start this one will tell us a lot about what they learned in 2021-22.

Sandwiched between the Celtics and Warriors at $7.50, the Milwaukee Bucks will be among the contenders towards the pointy end of the season. They didn’t make any notable upgrades over the summer. However, it’s worth remembering that this squad was one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals despite Khris Middleton sitting on the sideline.

The LA Clippers are stacked. On paper, you can see exactly why they’re alongside the Warriors and Brooklyn Nets at $8 to win the NBA championship. However, two of their biggest stars, Kawhi Leonard and John Wall, could be said to be made of paper. Injuries will be the biggest determining factor for this team. Too many early on and they will miss out on time to gel and develop cohesion. If those injuries come late, they’ll struggle to navigate the playoffs without one of their leading men. Leonard took the long road to recovery and Wall has played in a total of 40 games since December 2018. They’ll be fresh at the very least.

It’s the Los Angeles Lakers at $26 that should be investigated. It’s the right price for their team as it currently stands. So long as Russell Westbrook is on the roster and likely to be sabotaging the offence with his poor shooting and defence with his lack of effort, the Lakers aren’t finishing the 2022-23 NBA season on top. However, if they move Westbrook and have Buddy Hield and Miles Turner join the purple and gold, they will become part of the championship conversation.

2022-23 NBA Champions

Boston Celtics$7
Milwaukee Bucks$7.50
Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers$8
Phoenix Suns$11
Philadelphia 76ers$17
Denver Nuggets$18
Miami Heat$19
Memphis Grizzlies$23
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers$26
Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers$34
Toronto Raptors$41
New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks$51
New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers$151
Charlotte Hornets$176
Washington Wizards$226
Sacramento Kings$476
Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic$501



Most Valuable Player

He has been called a “future MVP” since entering the NBA and now Luka Donic is the $5 favourite to do it in 2022-23. Where a team finishes in the standings is often crucial for Most Valuable Player voters. With the Dallas Mavericks’ win total set at 48.5 and Doncic coming off a season in which he averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, Doncic will be towards the top of the market all season. His usage rate could break records, too.

Nikola Jokic collected the award last season. While he should be a chance at winning another one at $9.50, voter fatigue is real when it comes to the MVP award. Jokic will need to improve on his 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game from last season if he’s to go back-to-back-to-back.

Another player that feels destined to finish an NBA season with the MVP award at some stage in his career, Joel Embiid is at an appealing $7 (alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo). He will be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

“I don’t know what else I have to do to win it. To me, at this point it’s whatever. It’s all about focusing—not that I wasn’t focused on the bigger picture—but it’s really trying to put all my energy into the bigger picture, which is to win the whole thing,” Embiid said after missing out on the award last season. As the $4.50 favourite to lead the NBA in scoring, Embiid will have the offensive numbers to go alongside what is typically an elite defence. Surely, this is the year he receives the respect he deserves from the voters…


Luka Doncic$5
Joel Embiid$7
Giannis Antetokounmpo$7
Kevin Durant$9.50
Nikola Jokic$9.50
Jayson Tatum$12
Ja Morant$13
Steph Curry$13
Kawhi Leonard$23
LeBron James$23
Zion Williamson$23
Devin Booker$36
Trae Young$36
Anthony Davis$41
Karl-Anthony Towns$56
Donovan Mitchell$61




Stat Leader Markets

James Harden averaged 10.3 assists per game throughout the 2021-22 NBA season and is on the first line of betting to lead the league in 2022-23 at $2.75. Known for his offseason escapades and slow starts to a season as he gets his body up to the rigors of NBA basketball, Harden looks ready to hit the ground running this season.

Chris Paul has been there and done it all before and comes into this season after leading all players in assists in the last. Father Time can’t seem to catch up with CP3 as a facilitator with the veteran on the second line at $3.40. Injury is an obvious concern here, though.

Top 10 Assists Leaders: James Harden ($2.75), Chris Paul ($3.50), Tyrese Haliburton ($7.50), Luka Doncic and Trae Young ($9.50), LaMelo Ball and Darius Garland ($26), D’Angelo Russell and Russell Westbrook ($31), Damian Lillard ($34).

Joel Embiid led the NBA in scoring with a monster 30.6 points per game last season and is a $4.50 favourite to do it again in 2022-23. He played out a career-best year but the expectation is for Harden to do more of the heavy lifting in their second season together. That may trigger a dip in points for the big man.

On the second line, Giannis Antetokounmpo appeals at $5.20. He seems to get better every year and finished just behind Embiid last season averaging 29.9 points per game. Kevin Durant averaged the same to be on the fourth line of betting at $6.75.

Top 10 Points Leaders: Joel Embiid ($4.50), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($5.20), Luka Doncic ($5.80), Kevin Durant ($6.75), Trae Young ($13), Jayson Tatum ($14), Ja Morant ($17), Zion Williamson ($17), Steph Curry ($18), Damian Lillard ($21).

Bet on more NBA futures markets including Season Wins, To Make Playoffs, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year here:


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