The Western Conference went through a new team in 2022-23, with the Denver Nuggets making their way out of the bracket with ease en route to winning the NBA Finals. Nikola Jokić‘s squad dominated during the regular season as well, so it didn’t come as a huge surprise.
On the heels of their first NBA title, the Nuggets are slated as favorites to repeat as Western Conference champions in 2023-24, but there will surely be those that rise up to challenge their standing.
Here are the latest NBA Western Conference odds for the 2023-24 season.
NBA Western Conference Betting Odds 2023
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Caesars Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2024 NBA Western Conference winner, which are current as of Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. ET.
- Denver Nuggets (+200)
- Phoenix Suns (+350)
- Golden State Warriors (+650)
- Los Angeles Lakers (+750)
- Los Angeles Clippers (+900)
- Memphis Grizzlies (+1000)
- Dallas Mavericks (+1600)
- Sacramento Kings (+1800)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (+2500)
- New Orleans Pelicans (+2500)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000)
- Houston Rockets (+8000)
- Portland Trail Blazers (+10000)
- Utah Jazz (+10000)
- San Antonio Spurs (+10000)
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Who Will Win The NBA Western Conference?
Denver Nuggets (+200)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit
The Nuggets are the rightful favorites to make it out of the Western Conference in 2024. On top of being the defending champions, Denver is returning the vast majority of its roster this coming season, with Bruce Brown and Jeff Green being the only playoff rotation pieces departing via free agency.
Regardless, they should be virtually as deep this coming season as they were in 2022-23. Brown’s absence will be tough to overcome, but players like Christian Braun and Justin Holiday can help mitigate the loss.
There’s no need to go too in-depth here, though, because the pitch for the Nuggets is as simple as it gets. Jokić is back for another round, and so is Jamal Murray. As long as that duo remains intact, this team deserves to stay atop the list until proven otherwise.
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NBA Western Conference Favorites
Phoenix Suns (+350)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units
The Suns pushed the Nuggets to six games in the Western Conference semis, which is as far as any team took Denver this postseason. Considering Phoenix accomplished that with a sticks-and-stones second unit and just two games of Chris Paul, there’s reason to be optimistic about the coming season.
This franchise also pulled off the first big move of the offseason by dealing for Wizards star Bradley Beal, adding another talented scorer to the mix. From there, the Suns added valuable depth via free agency in players like Eric Gordon, Yuta Watanabe, and Keita-Bates Diop.
The trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Beal has the potential to be the best in the NBA. These are three of the league’s greatest scorers within the last decade.
I’m also eager to see how things pan out for Frank Vogel, who won a title with the Lakers in 2020.
Golden State Warriors (+650)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit
The Warriors disappointed this past season, winning just 44 games and earning the sixth seed in the Western Conference after defeating the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. Golden State’s inability to win road games played a big role in their early playoff exit.
Fortunately for the Dubs, their floor looks significantly higher after trading Jordan Poole and picks to the Wizards for Chris Paul. The 38-year-old is a steady presence on both ends of the floor, and his teams have almost always had successful regular seasons.
With Paul in the mix — and Draymond Green returning — I could see the Warriors earning a top-four seed in the West this coming season and being a formidable two-way force. He should make life easier for both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and that should scare rival teams.
NBA Western Conference Contenders
Los Angeles Lakers (+750)
The Lakers made smart, resourceful moves this offseason that will help them remain in contention in 2023-24. Re-signing standouts Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves highlight the franchise’s productivity, though it also brought in outside talent in Gabe Vincent, Christian Wood, and Jaxson Hayes.
Of course, this team starts and ends with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who helped carry this team all the way to a Western Conference Finals appearance in 2022-23. Their health will be paramount as they enter their fifth season as a duo.
- See where the Lakers rank in the latest 2024 NBA Finals odds.
The Lakers do have what it takes to compete with this conference’s best, but too many other teams — namely the Warriors and Suns, who both reside in their division — made more drastic improvements that should keep Los Angeles from returning to the NBA Finals.
Los Angeles Clippers (+900)
Health continues to be the Clippers’ downfall. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have proven to be a great duo when they play together — they’ve gone 96-46 in the regular season and playoffs — but they’ve also appeared in just 38 games together dating back to the 2021-22 campaign.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks about the Clippers’ intentions to trade for James Harden, whose playmaking would elevate this team to the next level. His availability has been spotty for years, though, and there’s no guarantee that Los Angeles is even able to strike a deal.
- Find out how the other half of the NBA stacks up in our Eastern Conference odds.
Given the uncertainty surrounding their situation — health included — I’d rather not bet on the Clippers until later in the year, if at all.
NBA Western Conference Sleepers
Dallas Mavericks (+1600)
The Mavericks spiraled toward the end of the 2022-23 season, and Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving were unable to save them from falling out of the playoff picture. Despite their lack of on-court success (albeit in a limited sample size), Dallas was quick to re-sign Irving this summer.
With that said, I’m a fan of what the Mavericks accomplished in free agency. Seth Curry provides this offense with another lethal shooter, and Grant Williams checks the ever-so-crucial “dirty work" box.
Their depth will be challenged in the playoffs — as will the backcourt defense — which is enough to keep me from betting on them to win the West right now. However, if Dallas can find a way to improve its roster with a trade or two once the season begins, I may be back on board.
Sacramento Kings (+1800)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.25 Units
I’m skipping over a few other teams and going straight for the value here with the Kings. Sacramento qualified for the playoffs this past year for the first time since 2004-05 and rode what was surprisingly the league’s most efficient offense to the No. 3 seed out West.
Despite that, the Kings are listed at (+1800) to win the West in 2024, ranking behind a couple of squads who missed out on the playoffs entirely in 2022-23. I agree that they shouldn’t be near the top, but this feels far too distant.
Even if it’s only a sprinkle, I’d suggest putting something on Sacramento before this price becomes less favorable. This is an extremely young group that’s already surpassed expectations, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them build upon the success they found this past year.