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Opening 2025 NBA Championship Odds – Celtics +290 Favorites to Repeat

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in NBA Basketball

Updated Jun 17, 2024 · 7:45 PM PDT

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Jun 14, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) react during the game during game four of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
  • The odds to win the 2025 NBA Championship are out at online sportsbooks
  • The reigning-champion Boston Celtics are head-and-shoulders above any other team in the 2025 NBA title odds
  • See the 2025 NBA Championship odds for all 30 teams

Fresh off a five-game win over the Dallas Mavericks in the 2024 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are +290 favorites to repeat as champions in the 2025 NBA title odds.

The top-five favorites also include the Denver Nuggets (+700), OKC Thunder (+800), Minnesota Timberwolves (+850), and Milwaukee Bucks (+850). The table below lists the opening 2025 NBA Championship odds for all 30 teams in the Association.

2025 NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Boston Celtics +280
Denver Nuggets +700
OKC Thunder +800
Minnesota Timberwolves +850
Milwaukee Bucks +850
Dallas Mavericks +900
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
New York Knicks +1400
Golden State Warriors +1800
LA Clippers +1800
Los Angeles Lakers +2000
Phoenix Suns +2200
Memphis Grizzlies +2800
Miami Heat +3000
Cleveland Cavaliers +4000
Indiana Pacers +4000
New Orleans Pelicans +5000
Sacramento Kings +5000
Orlando Magic +6000
Atlanta Hawks +8000
Houston Rockets +15000
San Antonio Spurs +15000
Chicago Bulls +30000
Toronto Raptors +90000
Brooklyn Nets +100000
Charlotte Hornets +100000
Detroit Pistons +100000
Portland Trail Blazers +100000
Utah Jazz +100000
Washington Wizards +100000

The reigning Western Conference-champion Dallas Mavericks find themselves sixth in the opening 2025 NBA Championship odds at +950, while the 76ers (+1200), Knicks (+1400), Warriors (+1800) and Clippers (+1800) round out the top-ten favorites.

Six teams are tied for the longest odds: Brooklyn, Charlotte, Detroit, Portland, Utah, and Washington, which are all listed at +100000.

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Will Celtics Run It Back in 2025?

Almost every significant contributor on the 2023-24 Celtics team is under contract for the 2024-25 season. The most-notable (potential) free agent is Sam Hauser (9.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 42.4 3P%), whom the C’s can pick up with a $2.1 million team option.

Boston’s only impending UFA’s are Luke Kornet (5.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG), Xavier Tillman (4.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG), and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (4.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG).

So if GM Brad Stevens is content with his squad that posted a league-best +11.7 Net Rating in the regular season (4.4 higher than any other team) and a league-best +8.0 Net Rating in the playoffs (1.6 higher than any other team), he can basically take the offseason off.

Are the Mavericks Poised for Another Deep Run?

West-champion Dallas is in a similar position. Their only notable impending UFA is Derrick Jones Jr (9.0, 3.6 RPG). But the Mavs weren’t exactly the juggernaut that the Celtics were at any point this season. They managed just the 15th-best Net Rating in the regular season (+2.1) and fifth-best in the playoffs (+3.6) despite winning 12 of their first 17 games in the postseason.

While Luka Doncic has an argument for best player in the league, his supporting cast scarcely looked like championship-caliber teammates.

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In the West, OKC appears to be a team built to challenge for years to come. OKC had the second-youngest roster in the league this year, yet still earned the #1 seed in the West and posted the second-best Net Rating in the NBA behind Boston (+7.3).

Gordon Hayward (5.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG) is a UFA along with Bismack Biyombo and Mike Muscala, who combined to average just 2.9 PPG in only 26 games. OKC has a $2.1 million club option on Isiah Joe (8.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG) and a $2 million club option on Aaron Wiggins (6.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG).

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