NBA Finals Predictions 2022 | NBA Championship Betting Picks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for basketball fans.
With all due respect to March Madness, which is an elite sports spectacle, the NBA playoffs are by far a more dramatic and exhilarating ride. The best basketball players on the planet are facing off every night for two months, and they’re giving everything they’ve got to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.
These playoffs expect to be the most exciting in a long time. Unlike most years, where top seeds overwhelm their early-round competition with talent, upsets are not only possible but likely.
The Eastern Conference is loaded, where any of the eight qualifying teams could not only win a round but advance to the Finals. The West is more top heavy, led by the dominant Phoenix Suns, but no less wide open.
Here’s a look at what to expect over the next two months.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals Prediction 2022
Nets defeat 76ers, 4-2
The Nets have endured a season’s worth of drama.
From Kyrie Irving‘s COVID-19 vaccine status to Kevin Durant‘s injured knee to the blockbuster James Harden-for-Ben Simmons trade, as well as the tale of two seasons — Brooklyn started 23-9 before winning just 21 of its final 50 games — the roller-coaster ride has been wilder than Space Mountain.
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Even after all that, Brooklyn appears to finally be gaining consistency: The Nets trotted out more than 40 starting lineups during the regular season, by far the most in the NBA, closing the regular season with four straight wins and a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament.
Whoever wins the East will have to run the gauntlet, and the Nets will have to win without home-court advantage against the tough Boston Celtics and defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
That being said, Brooklyn finished tied with Milwaukee, the Miami Heat, and the Toronto Raptors for the best road record in the Eastern Conference (24-17), plus playing a Game 7 away from might be beneficial — the Nets are 0-2 in Game 7’s all-time at Barclays Center.
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I expect the 76ers to right the ship and hold off the Raptors and upset the top-seeded Heat en route to the conference finals. But if the Nets and Sixers face off, expect Irving, Durant, Simmons, plus Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, who came to Brooklyn from Philadelphia in the Harden trade, to provide a staunch personnel challenge to a stacked Philly team.
The Nets are +380 to win the Eastern Conference, which is longer than their championship odds were before the season, and it’s certainly worth the odds to put down money on Brooklyn.
Nets: Win Eastern Conference
Bet $20, Payout $96
NBA Western Conference Finals Prediction 2022
Phoenix Suns defeat Golden State Warriors, 4-1
As much as we’d love to predict the upstart Memphis Grizzlies, the two most seasoned teams in the Western Conference have appeared destined for a conference-final collision course all year.
The Dubs, led by perennial MVP candidate Steph Curry and sidekick Klay Thompson, should have enough offense to dump Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and we expect notable-pest Draymond Green to lock down Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and the Grizzlies in the second round.
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Yet, once Golden State should also meet its match once it is forced to face off against Phoenix. The Suns are on a mission to get back to the Finals for the second straight year after blowing a 2-0 advantage in the championship round and falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in 2021.
Phoenix point guard Chris Paul is refreshed after he lost 15 games to a thumb injury and should be rejuvenated for another run.
Devin Booker is good for 25-30 points per game at least, and the Suns’ bigs, notably Jae Crowder, DeAndre Ayton, JaVale McGee, and even Bismack Biyombo if need be, can rebound, score and cause matchup nightmares for the opposition.
Suns: Win Western Conference
Bet $20, Payout $42
NBA Finals Prediction 2022
Phoenix Suns defeat Brooklyn Nets, 4-2
I bet on the Nets to win the title multiple times this season, so manifesting a Brooklyn win would be great for my playable funds. But it is impossible to bet against the Suns if they can reach the Finals, particularly given the likelihood of Brooklyn running out of gas if it gets to the championship round.
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The Suns are exceedingly deep and finished with identical home and road records (32-9) en route to the best record in the league. Paul’s injury, as well as nicks to Booker, will only freshen those two stars.
Suns-Nets was the series we were hoping for last year, and Brooklyn fell an overtime loss to the Bucks in Game 7 short of making that happen. If this series happens this year, the Suns will be hard to beat.
Suns: Win NBA Championship
Bet $20, Payout $74