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NBA Playoffs Odds: Celtics, Bucks, and Suns Top Betting Favorites

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Jul 28, 2022 · 8:31 AM PDT

Celtics lead the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs odds.
Apr 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) and forward Grant Williams (12) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
  • DraftKings has released the odds for each team to make the 2023 NBA Playoffs
  • The Suns, Celtics, and Bucks are the favorites to return to the postseason
  • Read on for the full odds and best bets

With the NBA offseason slowly wrapping up, it’s never too early to look at odds for 2022-23. While it’s usually title or conference futures that most bettors put their money on this early, there is another area to monitor: NBA Playoffs odds.

DraftKings has released odds for every single team’s chance of either making the playoffs or missing the cut next year. By no surprise, the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Milwaukee Bucks are surefire locks to be participating in the postseason.

Read on for the full list.

2022-23 NBA Playoffs Odds

Team Odds to make playoffs Odds to miss playoffs
Boston Celtics -4000 +1500
Milwaukee Bucks -3000 +1300
Phoenix Suns -2000 +1000
Los Angeles Clippers -2500 +1100
Golden State Warriors -2500 +1100
Denver Nuggets -550 +400
Philadelphia 76ers -900 +600
Memphis Grizzlies -700 +475
Miami Heat -900 +600
Dallas Mavericks -550 +400
Minnesota Timberwolves -260 +205
Brooklyn Nets -400 +300
Los Angeles Lakers -265 +210
Atlanta Hawks -275 +215
New Orleans Pelicans -165 +130
Toronto Raptors -220 +175
Chicago Bulls -245 +195
Cleveland Cavaliers -130 +105
New York Knicks +120 -150
Portland Trail Blazers +195 -245
Charlotte Hornets +195 -245
Washington Wizards +380 -525
Utah Jazz +500 -750
Sacramento Kings +500 -750
Detroit Pistons +1100 -2500
OKC Thunder +1300 -3000
Indiana Pacers +2000 -8000
Orlando Magic +1300 -3000
Houston Rockets +2500 -10000
San Antonio Spurs +2000 -8000

Odds as of July 27th at DraftKings Sportsbook. Use this DraftKings Sportsbook promo code before betting.

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There isn’t going to be a lot of value in the likes of Boston, Golden State, or Milwaukee to make the playoffs given their odds in NBA betting.

Below, we’ll lay out some of the best bets.

Hawks, Cavs, Pelicans Have Value

Atlanta went out and made a big move this offseason, trading for San Antonio Spurs star Dejounte Murray. He will now form one of the most athletic backcourts in the NBA alongside Trae Young. Right now, the Hawks’ odds to make the postseason sit at -275. There’s still a bit of value there. After also holding onto John Collins, Atlanta should have no problem returning to the playoff picture in 2023 after bowing out in the play-in a few months back.

The Cavaliers frankly dealt with some brutal injury luck last season. After spending most of the campaign within the top-six in the East, Cleveland fell into the play-in and lost to Trae and the Hawks. But, the Big 3 of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen have crucial experience under their belt and the team also managed to re-sign Ricky Rubio, a key piece of their second unit in 2021-22. Add in a much-needed shooter in rookie Ochai Agbaji and to me, it’s a foregone conclusion the Cavs are in the postseason.

Lastly, the Pelicans. This group was resilient and impressive in the playoffs, pushing the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to six games. Brandon Ingram emerged as a star on the big stage, CJ McCollum made his presence felt from the day he stepped in the Big Easy, and most importantly, Zion Williamson is back in 2022-23.

New Orleans is a young, hungry squad with tons of fire on both ends of the floor. They were solid without Zion. With him in the picture again, the Pels are capable of something special.

Picks: Pelicans to make playoffs (-165), Cavs to make playoffs (-130), Hawks to make playoffs (-275)

Don’t Bet on Charlotte

In my mind, the Hornets could find themselves out in the play-in tournament again. Yes, LaMelo Ball took a significant step in Year 2, but we have to remember that Miles Bridges is almost certainly done in Charlotte after his domestic violence case. He may be completely finished in the NBA in general.

Bridges was the Hornets’ second-best player last season and it’ll be hard to replace that production. The East is full of quality, and teams like the Hawks and Knicks are going to be better after adding some intriguing pieces. There are some rumors Charlotte could be interested in a reunion with Kemba Walker and/or Isaiah Thomas, but I don’t see either signing making a big difference in their NBA Playoffs odds.

Pick: Hornets to miss playoffs (-245)

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