Could 2022 be the year the Nuggets bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in franchise history? Oddsmakers put them in the middle of the pack as the playoffs get underway.
Denver has +2,800 odds — meaning a $100 bet would win $2,800 — to win the NBA championship, according to BetMGM. The Nuggets are tied for the ninth-best odds with the Jazz.
The Suns (+260) are the favorites, followed by the Bucks (+500), Celtics (+750) and Nets (+800). The Warriors, Denver’s first-round opponents, are fifth at +1,000.
The Cavaliers and Pelicans have the worst odds at +20,000.
Here’s a look at some current odds in the world of sports.
The odds the Nuggets will win the NBA championship, according to BetMGM.
The odds Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will be named the NBA Finals MVP, according to BetMGM. He is tied for the 13th-best odds. Suns guard Devin Booker (+500) is the favorite, followed by Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (+700).
The odds the Nuggets-Warriors series will be determined in six games, according to MaximBet. Seven games (+210) is the next best odds, followed by five (+240) and four (+550).
The odds the Nuggets will advance to the second round, according to MaximBet. The Warriors (-244) are favored to win the series.
The odds the Nuggets will reach the NBA Finals, according to Fanduel Sportsbook. They have the fifth-best odds out of the West, behind the Suns (+120), Warriors (+390), Grizzlies (+550) and Jazz (+950).
The over-under for Jokic’s points average in the Warriors-Nuggets series, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The Nuggets center averaged 29.8 points in 10 playoff games last season. Over his last nine regular-season games, he’s been averaging 34.2 points, 14.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists.