NBA Championship Futures: Lakers, Nets Open as Co-Favorites for 2021-22

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The Bucks just won the NBA championship last night, but it’s never too early to look ahead to next year. William Hill Nevada just released its 2021-22 NBA championship futures, with two co-favorites atop the board.

Milwaukee opened with the fourth-lowest odds last year at +800, trailing the Lakers (+400), Clippers (+500) and Warriors (+700). Once again, the Bucks have the fourth-lowest odds at +750 this time around, with the Lakers (+350), Nets (+350) and Warriors (+700) ahead of the NBA champions.

“The Bucks just don’t draw the same level of money as some of those other teams,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “There was so much money for the Nets and Lakers this past season, so that’s a factor. And going back-to-back is no easy chore. Everyone’s gunning for you and you don’t get the same breaks as the year before. I think the Bucks are priced fairly, I don’t think we’ll see a stampede of people running to take them at +750.”

The Bucks’ highest title odds this past season were 16/1 when they trailed the Nets 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals before escaping the series with a Game 7 overtime victory on the road. Brooklyn was the title favorite heading into the NBA playoffs, and now they’re back on top of the board with the Lakers for 2021-22 futures.

“The Nets got every bad break humanly possible this year,” Bogdanovich said. “Those usually balance out. But they got a feel of how to play together and [Steve] Nash got a year of coaching under his belt. I think when push comes to shove and there aren’t any injuries to their Big 3, the Nets will have the most tickets and dollars when the season tips off.”

The runner-up Suns are tied for the fifth-lowest odds with the Clippers at 14/1, with the Jazz next at 18/1. The 76ers (20/1) and Hawks (22/1) are close behind, with the Nuggets and Mavericks at 30/1 each. One team that could be in for an eventful offseason is the Trail Blazers, who sit at 40/1 with the Knicks and Heat.

“With information and money, these prices will be bouncing all over the place,” Bogdanovich said. “Ever since the trio went to South Beach, you have to be prepared for superstars who want to team up and adjust on the fly. It wouldn’t surprise me if [Damian] Lillard left or if he stayed and Portland added a piece. But we’ll see, the NBA offseason is usually pretty wild.”

The team that has attracted the most tickets early on is the Celtics, who are at 50/1 along with the Pelicans.

Check out William Hill’s 2021-22 NBA title futures for every team below.

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