2022 NBA Futures Odds Update After the All-Star Break
With the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in the rearview mirror, it’s back to business for the world’s best ballers looking to cap off the 2021-22 NBA regular season with a playoff berth and a deep postseason tun towards the title. That being said, now’s a good time to take a closer look at which teams are worth keeping tabs on in terms of predicting who’ll take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy when all is said and done.
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Phoenix Suns (+425)
With a scorching-hot 48-10 record and a 6.5-game lead atop the Western Conference standings at the All-Star break, the Phoenix Suns are well on their way towards making the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately, superstar point guard Chris Paul broke his thumb on the Wednesday before the All-Star Weekend, which could derail the team’s plans moving forward.
On the bright side, the Suns’ remaining schedule appears to be a cakewalk. Only nine of their remaining 23 games are against teams with winning records, with four of their next five contests following the break against teams below the .500 mark.
Golden State Warriors (+485)
After a torrid start to the 2021-22 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors have cooled off quite significantly, particularly with their 1-4 record in their last five games. Nevertheless, Golden State may just be pacing itself for a strong postseason push, especially with the team about a month away from being at full strength with Draymond Green’s return from his back injury.
Working against the Warriors in the second half is their schedule, which features 14 road games in the final 23 games of the season (tied for most in the league). Their 16-11 road record isn’t very impressive either, which means the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins will need to do a little more heavy lifting until Green arrives as their timely reinforcements.
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Cleveland Cavaliers (+4,949)
Although the top contenders for the Larry O’Brien Trophy reside in the West, the Eastern Conference has arguably the best sleepers to win the NBA title this season; particularly the rising Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is just 2.5 games behind for the best record in the Eastern Conference but did lose two straight entering the All-Star break to snap its five-game run.
Like the Suns, the Cavaliers have the fortune of having 14 of their last 23 games of the season be against teams with losing records. They have two more meetings apiece against the lowly Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons, which has us believing that the Cavs will be this year’s version of the 2020-21 Atlanta Hawks, who were just two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals.
Toronto Raptors (+5,344)
The 2018-19 NBA champs are still in the thick of the title-contention hunt, as the Toronto Raptors are just five games behind the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference lead despite ranking just seventh in the standings.
Toronto’s recent acquisition of Thaddeus Young adds versatility to the team’s lineup that’s already seeing heavy minutes from its top players in Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. The Raptors certainly need all the fresh bodies they can get, as a stretch of seven games over the next 10 days will be a grueling obstacle they must overcome.
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Portland Trail Blazers (+25,000)
It appears as though the first year of the Chauncey Billups regime in Portland has been going as swimmingly as predicted for the Trail Blazers. But despite their struggles, they’ve actually won four straight games entering the ASB, and that’s even after shipping C.J. McCollum and Norman Powell before the trade deadline.
Anfernee Simons, who’s on a three-game, 30-point scoring streak right now, has proven to be just as prolific a scorer in the backcourt as McCollum this season. In turn, Simons’ emergence justifies getting rid of some of the team’s redundancy at the position. If and when Damian Lillard returns from his ab injury, the Blazers could very well be a playoff bubble contender that will be a tough out should they advance to the postseason’s second round.
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