The NBA has decided on a Finals’ start date. The Association’s championship series starts on June 2. If required, Game 7 happens on June 17. So for an entire 15 days, the best from the Eastern Conference and the best from the Western Conference will throw down for the right to lift the NBA title trophy. Check out possible NBA Finals matchups so you can plan your bets and place them against the NBA Championship Odds.
Possible NBA Finals Matchups: The Championship Series Starts on June 2
2022 NBA Finals
- When: Thursday, June 2 – Friday, June 17
Most exciting matchup: Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks
It doesn’t get any more exciting than arguably the two most important players in the NBA throwing down for a championship. Steph Curry practically saved the Association.
We mustn’t forget that when Curry was on his way up, the great Kobe Bryant was on his way out. Steph reminded basketball fans that the league was in good hands during Golden State’s immaculate championship runs.
Curry isn’t close to being on his way out. But Giannis Antetokounmpo, no matter the fact he hasn’t won the MVP the past two seasons, is the most significant player in the league.
Giannis led his team to an NBA Finals win last season. He’s hoping to repeat the effort while Steph is hoping to lead the Warriors back to the top.
Best small market matchup: Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat
Phoenix and Miami remain two of the top small market teams in the league. They also play blue collar basketball that relies on three-point shooting success.
At 37.9%, Miami ranks first in three-point shooting percentage. But the Heat also rank fourth or better in field goal percentage allowed, 44.7%, points allowed per game, 105.6, and three-point percentage allowed, 33.9%.
Phoenix shoots 36.4% from three, ranking ninth, and allow 34% from behind the arc, ranking fifth. The Suns allow 44.4% from the field, ranking third in the league.
Not only do both small market teams shoot the three well and play great defense, but they are both led by underrated players, Devin Booker for the Suns and Jimmy Butler for the Heat. A Miami versus Phoenix finals would be fantastic.
Historic matchup: Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors
Boston might be the league’s most historic franchise. The Celtics have won 21 NBA Championships, ranking second only to the rival Lakers.
Golden State won the 1947, 1956, and 1974 NBA Finals. Then came the Splash Brother victories in 2015, and back-to-back championship series wins in 2017 and 2018.
A Celtics versus Warriors NBA Finals would be a series between two of the most historic franchises in NBA history.
Most improbable matchup: Memphis Grizzlies or Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Golden State rallied in Game 4 to beat Memphis 101-98. The Warriors shouldn’t allow Memphis to come back from a 3 games to 1 deficit.
Dallas tied Phoenix with a Game 4 win. The Mavericks still have a tough hill climb to beat the Suns and win the series.
So the Dallas Mavericks shouldn’t even make the Western Conference Finals, much less beat the Golden State Warriors and make it to the NBA Finals.
The Philadelphia 76ers are tied 2-2 with the Miami Heat. But even if Philly pulls off the upset against the Heat, they must beat either Boston or Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Improbable matchups can happen. But in the Association, they rarely happen and this season, it seems more than improbable that the Sixers end up facing the Grizzlies or the Mavs in the 2022 NBA Finals.