Early NBA Finals Betting Predictions: Possible 2023 Championship Matchups

Early NBA Finals Betting Predictions: Possible 2023 Championship Matchups

The 2022-2023 National Basketball Association regular season tips off on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when the Golden State Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. From Tuesday until April, teams will jockey position for the right to win rings in the 2023 NBA Finals. Keep reading for possible Championship series matchups so you can start planning your bets against the best NBA Championship Odds available. 

NBA Finals Possible Matchups to Look For and Bet On 2023

2023 NBA Finals

  • When: Late May – June, 2023

The only rule with these matchups is we can’t use the same teams for each NBA Finals Series. So, for example, since we use the Bucks versus Suns as the top possible matchup, we can’t use the Suns or Bucks for our second most probable matchup. 

Check out the matchups!

Top Possible Matchup: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns

The 2021 NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns produced excellent basketball. The matchup would be even more thrilling in 2023 because the Suns have kept their nucleus together and the Bucks, hopefully, will be one-hundred percent healthy.

Milwaukee failed in last season’s playoffs because Khris Middleton got hurt. Khris should be okay by the time the playoffs roll around this season.

The Suns ditched the hangover that had become owner Robert Sarver. Sarver is selling the team. So Phoenix should have their minds more on hoops. 

Second Probable Matchup: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors

James Harden resigned with the Sixers. Harden’s presence should help relieve pressure from burgeoning point guard star Tyrese Maxey. 

If Maxey takes the next step, Philly should excel because no player dominates the paint like Joel Embiid. The 76ers have a legit shot to take over as the top team in the Eastern Conference. 

The Golden State Warriors will be a good basketball squad. But the Warriors go lucky because the Dallas Mavericks ended the Suns’ playoff run before the Western Conference Finals.

If Phoenix doesn’t get upset, who knows? Maybe, Curry and his mates don’t even make the 2022 NBA Championship Series.

In any case, Golden State will have a chance at the repeat. But a more focused Suns squad will be tough to beat.

Third Probable Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers

The Celtics made a great run but fell short of beating the Warriors in 2022. This season, Boston is an underlay at their odds. 

One of the reasons the Celtics beat Miami and made it to the final series last season is because coach Ime Udoka made brilliant moves throughout the regular season and playoffs. Udoka is suspended for the season. 

The Clippers look solid on paper. But Kawhi Leonard plays for the first time in 2 seasons. So it’s difficult to make Clippers versus Celtics any better than the third most probable NBA Finals matchup. 

Top Under the Radar Matchup: Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat

Denver guard Jamal Murray will play this season. If Murray plays his way into shape, he will boost a team that includes the two-time reigning NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic. 

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra will start Tyler Herro. Tyler was hurt for most of last season. If he doesn’t get injured this season, expect Miami to make another deep run in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.     

Top Underdogs Only Matchup: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers   

Rudy Gobert is one of the top centers in the league. The fact the T’Wolves will pair Rudy with Karl-Anthony Towns makes for one of the NBA’s best frontcourts.

Not only that, but Anthony Edwards has the talent to jump into the top five best players in the league category. If Edwards develops more this season, Minnesota can win the West.

Cleveland added Donovan Mitchell. The Cavs will pair Mitchell with the terrific Darius Garland. The backcourt duo immediately becomes one of the best in the NBA.

It sounds impossible, but Cavaliers versus T’Wolves for the title can happen. If you like to throw money behind longshots and you find a bet pairing Minnesota and Cleveland to face off in the NBA Finals, consider backing the option. 

 
 

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