The Denver Nuggets are fresh off winning the NBA Championship, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to some futures betting for the 2023-24 season.
There was a recent trade acquisition from one of the top three teams that could thoroughly impact their chances this coming season.
Below, we’ll go over the top three teams' odds and discuss their prospects for winning the title next season.
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2023-24 NBA Championship Betting Odds
Updated as of June 19, 2023
Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
2023-24 NBA Finals Best Bets
Denver Nuggets (+450)
After defeating the Miami Heat in five games, the Nuggets won the NBA Finals title for the 2022-23 season. They had a dominant playoff run, losing just four games across four rounds. They also swept the Los Angeles Lakers.
A massive part of their success was the performances of center Nikola Jokic, who had nine games with 30 points or more and had 10 rebounds or more in all but three games.
While Jokic may not have been initially excited for the championship-winning parade (he was when he was there, though), his team is gearing up for another one, per our odds.
The Nuggets are in an interesting position because everyone under contract this season is again under contract for next season. This includes Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
That said, players like Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan are set to become free agents. Since the team is more seasoned with that playoff experience, do they move on from them? Do they bring them back for veteran minimums? We’ll have to wait and see.
Jokic is perhaps the best and most dominant player in the league, and his play, along with Murray and the rest of the supporting cast, will make them a dominant presence again next season.
Boston Celtics (+550)
The Boston Celtics had a wild playoff run. They didn’t put any teams away like the Nuggets did. They beat the Atlanta Hawks in the first round 4-2, went seven games against the Philadelphia 76ers, went down 3-0 to the Miami Heat, and came back to tie 3-3, but lost in Game 7.
The Celtics don’t have many free agents either, with notable names including Blake Griffin, Grant Williams, and Mike Muscala staying on board.
As we head into the offseason, the biggest storyline surrounding the team is Jaylen Brown.
While he had excellent per-game averages during the regular season (26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists), he struggled at key moments during the postseason, most notably in Game 7 against the Heat.
Early in that game, Jayson Tatum rolled his ankle, so Brown had to be relied upon more. Brown scored 19 points with eight rebounds, but he was 8-of-23 shooting and 1-of-9 from three-point range.
The Celtics, under Joe Mazzulla, will be a top contender once again next season either way, but we’ll have to see what they do with Brown.
Phoenix Suns (+600)
Rounding out the top three is another Western Conference team.
At the start of this article, we mentioned that a team made a trade that improved their chances, and that was the Suns.
The Suns traded Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, multiple second-round picks, and some pick swaps to the Washington Wizards for Bradley Beal.
The “Big 4” in Phoenix are now Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton, and Beal.
Playing in 50 games this past season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.
With these four players on the roster, their salary demands will make it extremely difficult for the Suns to build around the team, especially with the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) coming.
Thankfully, there’s not much more the Suns need. Still, throughout the season, if any injuries arise, this could sink their chances.
The Nuggets showed us that having a deep roster is the way to go. The Suns are going the way of the Miami Heat during the era of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Will it work? We'll see this time next year.