- A dozen games into the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets are still the biggest favorites for the title.
- Compared to the start of the year, the Warriors went up and are now tied second with the Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
- The Miami Heat had the biggest jump of all the potential contenders for the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The Nets aren’t as convincing at the moment as they should be when looking at the odds bookies offer for their title. But they are by far the biggest contenders to take the trophy.
Los Angeles Lakers are slowly falling, the Warriors are heading up while the Bucks sit where they used to be before the campaign began.
Even Without Kyrie the Nets are No.1
Kyrie Irving decided not to take the vaccine, and after many turbulence, the team decided that it would be best to separate the player from the remaining players. Even though he could play road games, the Nets’ management wanted Uncle Drew 100% committed.
At the moment, the Nets are +260 to win the title according to the latest odds, and are by far ahead of all the other rivals. Steve Nash’s side played 14 matches up to this point, having 10 wins and four defeats, and has a massive momentum lately.
We are free to say that Irving’s absence isn’t hurting Brooklyn. Harden plays well enough, and he is yet to reach the full form, Mills comes off the bench and does the job perfectly, and we really don’t need to say too much about Durant.
Lakers Going Down, While the Warriors Look Super-Hot
Now, many are saying that the Lakers are 8-6 because of LeBron’s injury. From what we’ve seen, even with the King in the lineup, the purple and gold aren’t confident. The chemistry with Westbrook is still far from OK, and on the other side, many tend to forget that this team has 10+ players with 30 or more years.
On the other hand, the Golden State Warriors are smashing and bashing pretty much any team that stands in their way, and it’s no wonder why they have an 11-2 record right now. Steph Curry is the best player in the league and the top favorite for the NBA MVP award, and besides him, Steve Kerr found a few more players who developed into lethal scorers.
Meanwhile, the reigning champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, have lots of problems with injuries, and they aren’t playing with the strongest lineup. That’s the reason why we see them outside the playoff zone, but that will change, for sure, as time goes by.
All these teams are +700 to win the title.
Heat Reminds Everyone About Their Power
Many forgot that the franchise from Florida played the NBA Finals back in the bubble, losing it mostly because of injuries and a bit of controversial officiating that favored the Lakers throughout the entire playoffs.
Before the season began, they were +2200 to snatch the trophy, but right now, they are +1200 and sit right behind all of the teams above. After a superb start, the Heat did slow down in recent times, but they look like the team that might be a pretty strong candidate to attack the title.