2024 NBA Championship odds: Celtics, Nuggets favored for Finals; Lakers surging

The play-in tournament is underway and Boston is still the favorite to win the title.

The Celtics finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 64-18. They are also the -190 favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

RELATED: 2024 NBA Play-In Tournament: Standings, bracket, schedule, rules

While Boston is at the top of the board, the Lakers are a team to watch. After defeating No. 7 New Orleans 110-106 in their play-in matchup, LAL saw its odds move to +2900 from +3300.

Let’s check out the updated title odds for every team at FanDuel Sportsbook.

CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS FOR 2023-24 NBA SEASON: *

Boston Celtics: +165 (bet $10 to win $26.50 total)
Denver Nuggets: +300 (bet $10 to win $40 total)
Dallas Mavericks: +1500 (bet $10 to win $160 total)
Los Angeles Clippers: +1500 (bet $10 to win $160 total)
Milwaukee Bucks: +1500 (bet $10 to win $160 total) 
Oklahoma City Thunder: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Philadelphia 76ers: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 total)
Minnesota Timberwolves: +1900 (bet $10 to win $200 total)
Phoenix Suns: +1900 (bet $10 to win $200 total)
Los Angeles Lakers: +2900 (bet $10 to win $300 total)
New York Knicks: +3300 (bet $10 to win $340 total)
Cleveland Cavaliers: +4200 (bet $10 to win $430 total)
Miami Heat: +4200 (bet $10 to win $430 total)
Indiana Pacers: +9000 (bet $10 to win $910 total)
Sacramento Kings: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
New Orleans Pelicans +12000 (bet $10 to win $1,210 total)
Orlando Magic: +16000 (bet $10 to win $1,610 total)
Chicago Bulls: +100000 (bet $10 to win $10,010 total)
Atlanta Hawks: +100000 (bet $10 to win $10,010 total)

* odds as of 4/17/24

Before the season, we asked FOX Sports NBA analyst and writer Ric Bucher for some futures bets. 

FOX Sports NBA Analyst Ric Bucher’s picks: *

“Yes, the Nuggets lost a couple of key contributors in Bruce Brown and Jeff Green, but they also have a core that is in its prime, signed through next season — meaning no personal contract agendas — and is now bolstered by the collective understanding of exactly what it takes to win it all. That puts them on par with the current nuclei in Golden State and Milwaukee. 

“The difference? Those teams are exiting their prime. The Nuggets are entering it. Oh, and they have a 7-foot riddle, Nikola Jokic, for which no one in the league appears to have the answer.”

Bet to make playoffs

“The Thunder are currently the 11th-best team in the Western Conference, based on their odds to win the conference title. That almost certainly won’t be where they are at season’s end. I would count on them being one of the eight playoff contestants, even if it requires coming in through the Play-In Tournament. 

“The depth and versatility of their roster, led by All-Star point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, defensive stopper Lu Dort, Inspector Gadget Chet Holmgren and crafty Josh Giddey, might be one of the league’s best-kept secrets.”

PICK: Thunder (-132 at time of pick, bet $10 to win $17.58 total) to make playoffs
PICK: Celtics-Nuggets reach NBA Finals (+900 at time of pick, bet $10 to win $100 total)
PICK: Nuggets to win NBA title (+550 at time of pick, bet $10 to win $65 total)

* Editor’s note: Picks made prior to the start of the NBA season

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