The current NBA season is in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean we can take a long look out to conference champions. Early season favorites like Golden State have struggled while an under the radar team like the Phoenix Suns have played great basketball. Keep reading for NBA Conference Championship odds, analysis, and free picks for the teams that have a real shot at winning their conference.
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2022-2023 NBA Regular Season
- When: Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, April 9
Top Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +238
The 9-1 Bucks were 9-0 before losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 7. No doubt, Milwaukee will lose more games than just the match against the ATL.
Milwaukee while Khris Middleton has remained on the bench. Think of how well the Bucks will play once all three stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday are the other two, play on the court together.
- Second Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +840
With an 8-2 record as of Nov. 8, the Cavaliers are on the Bucks’ heels. Cleveland boasts the best back court in the NBA.
Everyone knows how good Donovan Mitchell is. Darius Garland averages 19 points and 8.5 assists each game. Watch out for the Cavs.
- Third Pick: Miami Heat +1000
Miami has a losing 4-7 record, but it’s too early to jump off the Heat’s bandwagon. Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and the rest are plenty good enough to make a huge run.
Expect the run to happen right after the all-star game. Miami remains one of the few teams in the East that can win the title.
- Top Pick: Phoenix Suns +370
The Suns are playing with more bravado and energy than they did during last year’s playoff disappointment. The reason?
Owner Robert Sarver has put the team up for sale. With Sarver out of the picture, Phoenix should roll to the best record in the West, especially since the Dubs are struggling.
The backcourt remains one of the best in the league. Not only that, but this could be the season Devin Booker lands his first NBA MVP. In addition, DeAndre Ayton is a happy camper because he signed a massive contract during the offseason.
- Second Pick: Denver Nuggets +820
Jamal Murray is healthy. Murray’s health was the final piece of a three-headed monster puzzle that includes two-time defending NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and underrated Aaron Gordon.
Murray, Gordon, and Jokic haven’t played together long. So when Denver’s Big 3 finally gels, the Nuggets should dominate.
Another reason Denver is so good is because even if Gordon or Murray has a bad game, Jokic can bail out the rest of the team. Nikola isn’t the two-time MVP for nothing.
- Third Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +850
Ja Morant is averaging 28.5 points, over rebounds, and over 7 assists per game. No wonder the Grizzlies have a 7-4 record.
No doubt, the rest of Memphis’ starting five, especially backcourt mate Desmond Bane, must play well in the the postseason for the Grizzlies to win the West. After last year’s playoff experience, the expectation is that this team goes deep into the postseason.
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