The story so far for the NBA betting outright favourites 2022-23 season at the time of writing.
It’s way too early to read anything into the early form of teams. However, many believe that the Bucks strong start is a sign of things to come while others see Golden State’s slow start as a positive and not a negative.
NBA Championship Winners – NBA Betting Outright Favourites 2022-23 Season
Despite Boston still being favoured to win another championship (+600) ahead of Milwaukee (+650) and Golden State (+650) many NBA experts have their heads turned by the early pace set by the Bucks.
In particular the headline performances of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Although early in the season he is second in both Points Per Game and Rebounds Per Game. If he continues this momentum it could be a record-setting year for him and Milwaukee.
Despite their slow start nobody is writing off the Warriors. Yes, they are giving away points so far this season but Steph Curry has hit his groove early. His performances are giving Dubs fans encouragement especially when it is clear Steve Kerr is planning ahead to a strong finish to the season and into the playoffs.
This is the only way they can maximise their talent pool. If Golden State hits the playoffs with their senior squad members in good shape then they may go two championships in a row.
Contrary to intuition, the early results are actually a positive for the Dubs to go deep in the playoffs.
The Boston Celtics and The Brooklyn Nets (+850) could be a soap opera this season. The Ime Udoka situation could lead to a movie down the line. Strange circumstances leading to his suspension as Boston head coach after a remarkable year did not impact the Celtics tag as favourites.
The Nets being fifth favourite will be interesting to watch with the return of Udoka. There will be a media circus and that could be an off-court x-factor. We won’t know until further down the season how it plays out.
NBA Betting Outright Favourites 2022-23 Season – Regular Season MVP
Still many have this as a near coin toss between Giannis Antetokounmpo (+340) and Luka Doncic (+310) .
The Slovenian is starting his own hype train early in the season and is slightly favoured over Antetokounmpo. However, the second-half display of the “Greek Freak” in particular against the Nets has many commentators predicting another MVP award if he keeps up that level of performance.
Ja Morant (+750) and Jayson Tatum (+900) are currently the only other players within touching distance of the leading two. Both have started very well and could be in the mix come to the end of the season.
Conference Winners – NBA Betting Outright Favourites 2022-23 Season
This is interesting, especially in the Western Conference where the Clippers (+330) trail the Warriors (+310). This may change if Golden State doesn’t pick things up as we get deeper into the regular season.
In the East, Boston (+275) have a slight edge over Milwaukee (+300) in the current betting.
However, many may wait to see how Boston performs over a longer stretch. If they can show similar form to last season then they will remain at a short price. But if there is a decline in expected performance the Bucks may leapfrog them as favourites to win the Conference.
Rookie of the Year
Right now it is all Paolo Banchero (-300). Bennedict Mathurin (+450) is second favourite but most of the experts believe Bachero’s quality will shine through above all others.
Defensive Player of the Year
Rudy Gobert (+400) leads the charge at the time of writing. Impressive defensive performance has Giannis Antetokounmpo (+450) second favourite with Bam Adebayo (+650) keeping in touch.
NBA 6th Man of the Year
A popular betting market with basketball stats aficionados. The Sixth Man of the Year Award sees Jordan Poole well ahead at (+100). He is followed by Christian Wood (+350) then Malcolm Brogdon and Benedict Mathurin at (+2500) a distant third.
Coach of the Year
Let’s not forget the coaches. This reflects the entire team’s performance against original expectations. At the time of writing, there are a number of coaches in the running. The top eight are very close in price and may represent value for the astute basketball bettor.
Yes, there are many factors to consider with the award but at this very early stage, you may see some value in this market which is usually fun to observe develop throughout the season.
NBA Outright Betting Canada
At this stage of the season, many Canadians may look towards the Raptors and how the Toronto-based team has started.
However, across the league, there are some interesting trends developing. As we see teams perform in more games our understanding of what they will achieve this season will improve.
As some players blow hot and cold while others deliver at high levels consistently we also get an indication of the end of season awards.
Ultimately, this season promises to be one of the most interesting in NBA history with many teams and players capable of delivering at the highest level.
When it comes to outright betting on the NBA despite some heavy favourites there could be some surprises not yet priced into the markets.
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