It remains a tight two-way race atop the NBA championship odds as the Christmas holiday season approaches. Currently perched atop the Eastern Conference standings, the Brooklyn Nets continue the lead the way as a short 3.45 bet on the NBA futures at Bet99. Despite their recent struggle to maintain control of the top of the Western Conference standings, the Golden State Warriors remain the Nets’ closest competition on the championship odds, where they sit as 6.00 second favourites at Betway.
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|NBA Championship Odds|
|Golden State Warriors||6.00||6.40|
|Los Angeles Lakers||10.00||10.00|
|New York Knicks||64.00||80.00|
|Portland Trail Blazers||81.00||80.00|
|New Orleans Pelicans||151.00||240.00|
|San Antonio Spurs||151.00||260.00|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||301.00||500.00|
Nets and Warriors Neck and Neck
The Nets have been a model of consistency during their climb to the top of the conference standings. Brooklyn stumbled out of the gate to a sloppy 2-3 SU start, with two of those defeats coming while pegged as big home favourites. However, the club has produced steadily since, avoiding consecutive losses while going 19-6 SU in 25 contests.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 21, 2021
In addition to padding their record by posting wins in 17 of 23 dates with Eastern Conference rivals, the Nets have also embraced their role as road warriors, racking up an NBA-best 11-3 SU record away from the friendly confines of Barclays Center. What makes the Nets’ fast start all the more impressive is the team’s ability to maintain its winning ways without the services of Kyrie Irving. The enigmatic star has been absent from the team after declining to get vaccinated for Covid-19 but has been given the green light to rejoin the team in the coming days.
— NBA (@NBA) December 21, 2021
The Warriors have not let up since opening their schedule on a torrid 18-2 SU run. With Stephen Curry demonstrating the form that has twice earned him NBA MVP honours, the Warriors have emerged as one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA so far this season. However, it has been their defensive play that has been particularly impressive. Golden State has held opponents to fewer than 100 points on 14 occasions through their first 31 games, and are tops in the NBA with just 101.0 points allowed per game. Despite those impressive numbers, the Warriors remain in a fierce dogfight with the Phoenix Suns for first place in the Western Conference standings.
Suns Shine as Bucks Falters
Fresh off their first trip to the NBA Finals in three decades, the Suns have proven that last season was no fluke with yet another red-hot start. Losers in three of their first four games of the season, the Suns have been virtually unbeatable since going 23-2 SU in 25 contests since. That run has included 11 wins by double-digit margins and has been key to their rise to a 9.20 bet on the NBA futures. However, Phoenix has struggled to reward loyal sports during their impressive start, compiling a middling 16-13 ATS record, and has covered in just nine of 16 home dates.
The Suns have 24 wins this season.
In contrast, they didn’t win more than 24 games in any of Devin Booker’s first four seasons.
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) December 20, 2021
While the Suns have continued to dominate, the team that knocked them off in last season’s NBA Finals has struggled at times to produce consistent results. The Milwaukee Bucks have followed up their first championship win in 50 years with a streaky start to the 2021/2022 campaign, but continue to sit third on the NBA futures as an 8.20 bet at Bet99. The Bucks mustered just six wins through their first 14 outings, and have limped into the week before Christmas on a middling 5-5 SAU run.
The Suns fast start has made them a high-value bet to repeat as NBA Eastern Conference champions
Championship Hopes Fading in Los Angeles
Perched among the favourites on the NBA championship odds at the outset of the season, both the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers have struggled to justify their strong position at the sportsbooks. Despite the best efforts of LeBron James, who has racked up a respectable 25.9 points per game while seeing action in just 19 games, the Lakers have struggled to maintain consistency. The club has failed to win three in a row at any point so far this season and has suffered consecutive losses on four occasions while compiling an ordinary 16-15 record that leaves them on the edge of the playoff picture.
LeBron’s career stats:
27.0 PPG | 7.4 RPG | 7.4 APG | 50.4% FG
LeBron’s last 11 games:
28.3 PPG | 7.7 RPG | 7.3 APG | 50.9% FG
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— The Lead (@TheLeadSM) December 20, 2021
Pegged as a 15.00 bet on the season-opening season-opening NBA championship betting picks, the Clippers have not fared much better. LA has been without the services of star forward Kawhi Leonard, who has yet to see action this season due to a knee injury. And while Paul George and the supporting cast have stepped up to fill the void in Kawhi’s absence, the Clippers have been susceptible to streaky play this season. The club has endured three lengthy slides through the first three months of the season and compiled a dismal 4-7 SU road record that has done little to add value to their diminished 21.00 odds.
Best Bet: Phoenix Suns (10.00) at Betway
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