Through the opening couple of months of the NBA season, we have seen teams play in the first in-season tournament, which has proven to be a lot of fun for the fans. 2023 NBA Finals Odds to Win MyBookie Sportsbook | Finals: June 2024 | Week 7 of the Season
That tournament is at the semi-final stage now, and you have to wonder if the team that ultimately wins it will have some great prep for the playoffs when they arrive, or if this particular tournament really is no indication of what to expect in the postseason proper. The reality is that a lot can change between now and then, so my feeling is that the in-season tournament is just a way to spice things up in what is usually a pedestrian part of the season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current odds to win the NBA Championship.
While the Celtics are out of the tournament, they are still considered the favorite to win it all this season. They are currently sitting with a record of 15-5, good enough for top spot in the Eastern Conference, but there are a couple of teams hot on their heels. The one thing that really stands out with the Celtics is their home record, which is a perfect 9-0 at the moment. If they can get that #1 seed, then home court advantage is going to be huge.
It’s far to suggest that the Nuggets have cooled off of late, going 5-5 in their last 10 games and crashing out of the tournament with a loss to the LA Lakers on Tuesday night. That aside, this does feel like more of a temporary dip in form as opposed to a bigger issue that could prove to be problematic. They are another team that has thrived at home, going 9-0 in their own building to this point.
It was not the best start to the season for the Milwaukee Bucks, but they seem to be getting into a groove now. They have made it to the semi-final of the in-season tournament and have now won 8 of their last 10 games overall. They are within a half game of the Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference, and I would not be surprised to see them take over at #1 in the next week or so.
We are still waiting to see the best from the Suns, who are currently in the play-in zone, holding the #7 seed in the West. There are some real signs of life, though, as they have won 7 of their last 10 games overall. They do need to get better at home, where they are playing .500 ball at the moment. If they can improve in that area, watch for them beginning to climb the ranks in the West.
After a hot start, the 76ers have cooled off rather dramatically and have now won just 4 games in their last 10. Despite that run, they are still sitting in the #4 spot in the East and are just 2 ½ games out of the lead. They need to get back to winning soon, though, or they will lose more ground and see their current odds get a whole lot worse.
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