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Unlock Early Betting Value: 2024 NBA Championship Sleepers & Dark Horses to Watch NOW

As the 2024 NBA season gets closer and closer to playoff time, it’s about time we get to scanning the odds, searching for the ultimate underdog story or the next powerhouse to dominate the court. Click here for the latest NBA futures odds.

As we dive deep into the numbers, analyze the trends, and uncover the teams with the best chances of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, buckle up as we break down which squads are looking best in our NBA championship odds!

The Boston Celtics are NBA Championship favorites thanks to Jayson Tatum.
The Boston Celtics are NBA Championship favorites thanks to Jayson Tatum.

 

Unlock Early Betting Value: 2024 NBA Championship Sleepers & Dark Horses to Watch NOW

Ready to win big on the 2024 NBA Championship? With so many contenders and dark horses in the mix, where should you put your money? As we get closer to postseason hoops let’s separate pretenders from contenders, and get a better feel of the teams with the best shot at title glory.

 

Which Teams Are Leading The Pack As NBA Championship Favorites?

Boston Celtics +200

Don’t look now but the Celtics are undisputed betting favorites to win the NBA Championship, with odds at +200. Led by the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have dominated the league, boasting a 60-16 record and a comfortable 13 game lead in the Eastern Conference. Their home-court advantage at TD Garden has been particularly impressive, with a staggering 33-3 record, winning their first 20 straight games at home.

This home-court edge could prove invaluable in the playoffs, as no opponent would relish a Game 7 in Boston. However, there are concerns about their clutch performance, with Tatum connecting on just 25% of crucial shots this season.

If the Celtics’ recent playoff struggles resurface, it could lead to another disappointing finish in tight games. Nonetheless, with the addition of Kristaps Porzingis to their already formidable roster, the Celtics remain the team to beat in the quest for the NBA Championship.

 

 

Denver Nuggets +325

The reigning champion Nuggets, are second in line of top contenders for the NBA title, with their odds at +325. With two-time MVP Nikola Jokic leading the charge, averaging an impressive 26.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 9 assists per game, it’s becoming more and more evident that stopping Denver, especially as the playoffs near is going to be quite the feat.

In a thrilling matchup, the Nuggets snapped the Celtics’ home winning streak with a 102-100 victory, thanks to Jokic’s 34 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. While Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. have been performing well, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s shooting struggles persist, although he has made up for his offensive flaws being a stalwart on defense.

The key to the Nuggets’ success in the playoffs lies in the health of Jamal Murray, whose presence was crucial in their 2023 NBA Finals triumph. Despite Jokic’s dominance, the Nuggets rank sixth in average win margin (+4.7 points) and 14th in points per game (114.6). With a record of 53-23, they are locked in a fierce battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the best record in the Western Conference right now, with the question being, will their championship pedigree push them to leave Minnesota behind and finish as the top seed in the west?

 

 

LA Clippers +700

The Los Angeles Clippers, boasting a star-studded lineup of James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George, are serious title contenders with LA’s odds at +700.

Despite a lackluster start after acquiring Harden, the Clippers found their footing, winning 16 of 20 games in one stretch. However, their recent inconsistency has raised some eyebrows, with a .500 record in their last ten games. The team’s isolation-heavy playstyle is evident, with Harden and Leonard ranking ninth and tenth in iso possessions per game, respectively.

But worry not Clips fans, your team has shown improved ball movement, averaging 116.1 points per game (12th in the NBA) while shooting an impressive 49.2% from the field and 38.6% from beyond the arc (4th).

As with any veteran group, injuries are a concern, with Russell Westbrook out, Leonard nursing a back injury, and George missing time this season. Moreover, Harden and George’s inconsistent playoff performances may haunt them.

While the Clippers possess immense talent, someone besides the two-time champion Leonard must step up for the team to make a deep postseason run though.

 

 

Milwaukee Bucks +750

Speaking of teams that like to run their ship depending on vets, the Bucks, aka the oldest team in the NBA with an average age of 29.7 are right in the middle of the fight for title contention in the east. Despite their veteran status, the Bucks boast two incredible stars in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, whose arrival sent the team’s championship odds soaring.

However, the Bucks’ season has been far from smooth, with the firing of rookie head coach Adrian Griffin despite a 30-13 record, hinting at behind-the-scenes turmoil.

Beyond their star duo, the Bucks face uncertainty, with Khris Middleton’s decline and the solid but not game-changing contributions of Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez. Middleton’s health is crucial, as he battled an ankle injury in March, and the Bucks will need him at his best to support their stars in their title quest.

The departure of defensive stalwart Jrue Holiday has left a void, with the Bucks conceding 116.9 points per game, ranking 22nd in the league. While Milwaukee’s offense can light up the scoreboard with the best of them, their defensive woes could be their Achilles’ heel in the playoffs.

 

 

Which NBA Championship Sleeper Teams Should You Bet Now?

Oklahoma City Thunder +1400

Ah, the Thunder, one of the two teams (besides the New York Knicks, big Knicks fan over here) that has gotten my attention all season long. Led by the most exciting young core of players in the league, OKC fits the scene perfectly as the premier NBA title sleeper this season with its odds at +1400.

Led by MVP contender Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Coach of the Year favorite Mark Daignault, the Thunder have taken the league by storm with their depth and potential. Rookie sensation Chet Holmgren has seamlessly integrated into the team’s system, while Jalen Williams has emerged as a two-way force.

The Thunder’s league-leading 39.1% three-point percentage, combined with their top rankings in points per game (120.5), field goal percentage (49.9%), free throw percentage (83%), blocks per game (6.6), and steals per game (8.3), showcase their all-around dominance.

The Thunder’s youth and inexperience in deep playoff runs may raise concerns though. With the eighth-youngest roster in the NBA and a playoff drought dating back to the 2019-20 season, the Thunder must prove they can handle the pressure of postseason basketball.

Despite these reservations, the Thunder’s +1400 odds seem just right for a team with such immense talent and potential. As they navigate the challenges of the playoffs, the Thunder have the opportunity to silence their critics and emerge as the newest force to be reckoned with in the West.

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves +2200

Minnesota are making a statement in the Western Conference, currently tied with the Nuggets for the No. 1 seed with a 53-23 record. With a dynamic, future face of the league, Anthony Edwards, who averages 26.1 points, 5.1 assists, and a team-high 2.4 three-pointers per game leading the Wolves, the team is poised to make a deep playoff run.

Minnesota’s success can be attributed to their impressive 28-10 home record and a solid 25-13 mark on the road. Rudy Gobert, the team’s defensive anchor, and betting favorite to take the league’s Defensive Player of the Year Award pulls down 12.9 rebounds and scores 13.7 points per game while leading the team with 2.1 blocks per contest. Edwards also showcases his defensive prowess, averaging a team-best 1.3 steals per game.

With the potential return of Karl-Anthony Towns from injury, the Timberwolves could become an even more formidable force in the playoffs. Don’t sleep on the Timberwolves, as they offer an enticing +2200 odds for those willing to back this hungry pack of ballers.

 

 

Looking For A Long Shot NBA Championship Bet? Check These Dark Horses

Phoenix Suns +2500

Brace yourself for the Phoenix Suns’ resurgence as they set their sights on the NBA championship with their odds at +2500. Despite a challenging start to the season, the Suns’ high-powered offense, led by the ageless wonder Kevin Durant, makes them a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.

At 35 years old, Durant continues to defy expectations, ranking fifth in the league with 28.2 points per game and showing no signs of slowing down. His ability to carry the team and close out games, coupled with his impressive playoff averages of 29 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, makes him a formidable threat on the court.

With the addition of Bradley Beal, Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Eric Gordon, Royce O’Neale, Drew Eubanks, and Thaddeus Young, as well as new head coach Frank Vogel, the Suns have undergone a significant roster overhaul.

As Durant and Devin Booker lead the charge, they can strategically manage their workload to ensure they are at peak performance come playoff time.

 

 

New York Knicks +3500

I’ve been waiting to say this for so long, I can’t even remember the last time I actually felt confident enough to blurt it out, but screw it. How about those Knicks ladies and gents? With their title odds currently at +3500, the Knicks finally found a winning formula to go from jokes to bullies.

Since OG Anuoby’s arrival, the Knicks have gone 15-2 in the 17 games he’s played, showcasing the impact of his defensive prowess. The Knicks’ suffocating defense, which ranks second in the league with an average of 106.8 points allowed per game, has propelled them to become a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs.

While the now confirmed absence of Julius Randle for the rest of the season could be a setback, the Knicks’ +3500 odds are too enticing to pass up.

 

 

Complete 2024 NBA Title Odds

  • Boston Celtics +200
  • Denver Nuggets +325
  • Los Angeles Clippers +700
  • Milwaukee Bucks +750
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +1400
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +2200
  • Phoenix Suns +2500
  • Dallas Mavericks +2800
  • Philadelphia 76ers +3000
  • Los Angeles Lakers +3500
  • Miami Heat +3500
  • New York Knicks +3500
  • Golden State Warriors +4000
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +4500
  • New Orleans Pelicans +6500
  • Sacramento Kings +8000
  • Indiana Pacers +12500
  • Orlando Magic +25000
  • Brooklyn Nets +100000
  • Atlanta Hawks +100000
  • Chicago Bulls +100000
  • Houston Rockets +100000

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