History Says Preseason NBA Title Odds Put Suns in Good Position

History Says Preseason NBA Title Odds Put Suns in Good Position
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The 2023-24 NBA regular season will be one of high expectations in the Valley, as Phoenix looks to finally snap the franchise’s 57-year title drought.

Entering the season, the Suns rank fourth at Arizona sports betting sites when it comes to NBA title odds, at +650, coming in behind Milwaukee and Boston (+400) and defending champion Denver (+550). Ahead of the Suns’ season opener against Golden State on Oct. 24, BetArizona.com took a look at where recent champions ranked in the preseason.

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Preseason Odds for NBA Title Teams

Year Champ Preseason Odds/Rank
2023Denver+1800/T9th
2022Golden State+900/T3th
2021Milwaukee+550/2nd
2020L.A. Lakers+450/2nd
2019Toronto+1850/5th
2018Golden State-187/1st
2017Golden State-128/1st
2016Cleveland+280/1st
2015Golden State+2800/9th
2014San Antonio+1200/T4th
2013Miami+225/1st
2012Miami+225/1st
2011Dallas+2000/7th
2010L.A. Lakers+225/1st
2009L.A. Lakers+350/T1st
2008Boston+1000/T5th
2007San Antonio+450/2nd
2006Miami+350/2nd
2005San Antonio+400/1st
2004Detroit+1500/T7th
2003San Antonio+1100/T4th
2002L.A. Lakers+200/1st
2001L.A. Lakers+180/1st
2000L.A. Lakers+180/1st

Arizona sportsbook promo codes are available to bet the Suns as a narrow Pacific Division favorite at +140. The L.A. Lakers are second at +350, followed by Golden State at +375.

Recent NBA Champs Come From Top

Since 2000, the average preseason odds of the year-end NBA champion were +755, with the longest shot being 2015 Golden State (+2800) and the shortest being the 2018 Warriors (-187). The Suns’ current +650 Arizona sports betting apps odds would place them between the 2022 Warriors (+900) and 2021 Bucks (+550) on the NBA title odds board.

Phoenix has much better title odds than last year’s champion (Denver), which entered the season at +1800 before storming its way through the Western Conference bracket to earn the club’s first title.

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NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Boston+400
Milwaukee+400
Denver+550
Phoenix+650
L.A. Lakers+1300
Golden State+1400
L.A. Clippers+2000
Philadelphia+2000
Cleveland+2500
Dallas+2500
Memphis+2500
Odds provided by BetMGM Arizona.
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Author

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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