With just over a month remaining before the 2022-23 NBA season gets underway, it’s time we turn our attention to the 2023 NBA Finals race — and boy, is it a crowded one.
In addition to the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers headline this year’s group of title favorites.
But as we know, it isn’t always the top contenders that actually reach the NBA Finals. The Warriors opened at (+1100) to win it all at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, and the Celtics were well behind them at (+4000). Health is always an enormous factor, so anything can happen.
Here’s a look at the 2023 NBA Finals odds and our favorites, contenders, and sleepers to win the upcoming title.
NBA Finals Betting Odds 2023
FanDuel Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2023 Finals winner, which are current as of Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m. ET.
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- Boston Celtics (+500)
- Milwaukee Bucks (+650)
- Brooklyn Nets (+700)
- Los Angeles Clippers (+700)
- Golden State Warriors (+700)
- Phoenix Suns (+1000)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+1700)
- Miami Heat (+1800)
- Denver Nuggets (+2100)
- Memphis Grizzlies (+2400)
- Los Angeles Lakers (+2500)
- Dallas Mavericks (+2700)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (+3300)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (+3300)
- Toronto Raptors (+4500)
- Atlanta Hawks (+5000)
- Chicago Bulls (+5000)
- New Orleans Pelicans (+5000)
- New York Knicks (+12000)
- Charlotte Hornets (+12000)
- Portland Trail Blazers (+12000)
- Washington Wizards (+20000)
- Utah Jazz (+20000)
- Sacramento Kings (+43000)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (+50000)
- Orlando Magic (+50000)
- Indiana Pacers (+50000)
- Houston Rockets (+50000)
- San Antonio Spurs (+50000)
- Detroit Pistons (+50000)
2023 NBA Finals Favorites
Boston Celtics (+500)
Last year’s runner-ups are the current favorites to win the NBA title in 2023, which may come as a bit of a surprise — that is until you consider what a tremendous job the franchise did of improving the roster this offseason.
Already an incredibly talented and deep team, Boston went out and acquired Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, two intelligent veterans who figure to make life easier for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Gallinari suffered an offseason ACL tear, but this team’s depth is still tough to compete with.
This could be a career-defining year for Boston’s young stars, who now appear to lead the best team in the Eastern Conference. Time will tell if they can deliver on the hype, but after losing to the Warriors last season, they should be out for blood.
Golden State Warriors (+700)
As the defending champions, the Warriors sit near the top of the list of favorites to win the NBA Finals in 2023. They certainly have what it takes to repeat, too. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green at the helm, this team will continue to remain in contention.
Fortunately for the Warriors, several of their major pieces are slated to return for the 2022-23 campaign as well. Andrew Wiggins, who became a first-time All-Star last season, remains under contract. Jordan Poole still has one more year remaining on his rookie deal.
Golden State did lose a few notable pieces in Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II, but by landing Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green via free agency, they may have plugged up those holes. Kevon Looney also got a well-deserved contract to return to the Warriors.
Nonetheless, Golden State remains a major threat to win it all next year.
Los Angeles Clippers (+700)
On the subject of health, it’s impossible to ignore the Clippers, who might have been more affected by injuries than any other team in the league last season. Kawhi Leonard missed the entire year after undergoing knee surgery, Paul George appeared in just 31 games, and Norman Powell played in five.
All appear primed to return at full strength in 2022-23, which should terrify rival contenders. However, the Clippers’ real strength is their depth. John Wall, Terance Mann, Robert Covington, Reggie Jackson, and Nicolas Batum are just a few of this team’s more notable role players.
Additionally, the Clippers have one of the league’s best coaches in Tyronn Lue, who previously won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Health is paramount here, but if Los Angeles can make it to the postseason with its core intact, this franchise will be well within reach of its first-ever championship.
2023 NBA Finals Contenders
Brooklyn Nets (+700)
Look, I’m still not entirely convinced that this can work. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have to actively work at repairing relationships this offseason if this team is going to be on the same page from opening night.
With that said, the talent on this roster is virtually unmatched across the league. If this group can develop chemistry early on and have all of its star players on the floor together — including unheralded star Ben Simmons — the Nets could truly be a monster.
There’s still some great depth here, too. Seth Curry, Joe Harris, and Patty Mills are terrific shooters. Royce O’Neale and T.J. Warren are good glue guys. There’s also promising youth in the form of Nic Claxton, Day’Ron Sharpe, and Cam Thomas.
If — and it’s a big if — the Nets can stay healthy and together, there’s no reason why they can’t win the NBA title this year.
Denver Nuggets (+2100)
Denver is another team that could represent the Western Conference in the 2023 NBA Finals. It goes without saying that Nikola Jokić is one of the best players in the world, but it’s easy to forget that the Nuggets weren’t fully healthy for the entirety of the 2021-22 season.
Budding star Jamal Murray missed the entire year while rehabbing an ACL injury. Michael Porter Jr. played in nine games before sitting the remainder of the season after undergoing back surgery. It’s difficult to win without two All-Star caliber players, yet Denver still went 48-34 and made it into the playoffs.
With their core intact heading into the 2022-23 season, the Nuggets appear primed to challenge for the NBA title. This is easily the best team Jokic has had around him.
2023 NBA Finals Sleepers
Cleveland Cavaliers (+3300)
It was almost a foregone conclusion that Donovan Mitchell would end up playing for the New York Knicks.
And then the Cavaliers stepped in.
Cleveland, looking to build upon what was surprisingly one of the more successful NBA seasons in 2021-22, went out and dealt for the three-time All-Star — and notably hung onto its core of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen in the process.
The Cavaliers now have a legitimate go-to star to help boost their offense — a unit that ranked 25th in points per game this past season — to go along with what was already one of the top-five defensive units in the league. Don’t forget that this team still has Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, and Kevin Love on the roster, too.
There isn’t much collective experience between this team’s young group of stars, but I wouldn’t rule them out as a legitimate challenger to win the NBA Finals this season. This is an exciting squad that plays with a chip on their shoulder and an imposing swagger.
New Orleans Pelicans (+5000)
The Pelicans gave the Suns plenty of trouble last postseason, taking the then-reigning Western Conference champions to six games in the first round. Impressively, New Orleans managed that feat without the help of Zion Williamson, who will finally make his return to the floor this season.
When healthy, Williamson is one of the most dominant players in the league. The powerful forward is near-unstoppable in the paint, making him a reliable option for CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram to target when they don’t have good looks.
At (+5000) odds, this is a tremendous value. Williamson has the potential to elevate this group from being a pesky lower seed to a legitimate playoff challenger, and with the savvy of coach Willie Green, this team could certainly exceed expectations.
2023 NBA Finals Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (+700)
At this stage of the offseason, the Clippers appear to be the team to beat in 2023. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have looked incredible together in the past, and this is easily the best supporting cast they’ve had to date. Even without those two superstars, this would likely be a playoff team in a crowded Western Conference.
So long as the core of this roster can stay healthy when it matters most, there’s no reason why this team can’t win the 2023 NBA Finals. The Clippers will be strong on both ends of the floor and have more than enough championship pedigree. At (+700) odds, this is the best bet you can make right now.