Can a New York Team Capture the 2022 NBA Title?

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They say Madison Square Garden New York City is the “Mecca of basketball.” While that may be true as a result of NYC’s long and decorated history as a basketball haven, the NBA team that calls MSG home hasn’t been all that relevant over the past few decades.

Despite their status as one of the most valuable organizations in all of pro sports, the New York Knicks have just two NBA championship banners hanging in the rafters of that infamous building. The Knicks won two titles in a four-year span between 1970 and 1973. Since then, New York’s most prestigious basketball franchise has appeared in the NBA Finals a grand total of two times. At this point, the Knicks are almost an afterthought in New York City. In fact, they’re not even the best team in their own town.

That honor now belongs to the Brooklyn Nets, who have quickly become an attractive destination for big-name free agents. While the Knicks annually swing-and-miss on star-free agents, the Nets have struck gold in recent years. Back in 2019, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving came to Brooklyn in the same offseason.

Just a couple of years later, James Harden joined them to form the league’s latest “big three.”

The Durant-Irving-Harden trio didn’t last long, but Brooklyn is still among the betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA championship. The Knicks…are not. Some NBA betting sites are giving you the chance to wager on whether a team from a certain state will win the title this season. New York, as of this writing, is listed at +475 to produce the 2022 NBA champion.

Will a New York-based team win it all this summer?

2022 NBA Championship Betting Odds

In case you haven’t heard, the Knicks aren’t enjoying a very good season. That’s at least somewhat surprising considering New York was one of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises a season ago.

In Tom Thibodeau’s first year on the sidelines:
The Knicks used a much-improved defense to finish as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, they haven’t been able to replicate that formula so far in 2021-22. At this point, the Knicks will need a miracle just to qualify for the Eastern Conference play-in tourney. New York’s 29-40 record puts them five games behind Atlanta for the last play-in spot.

The up-to-date 2022 NBA championship betting odds are listed below:

Phoenix Suns:
Brooklyn Nets:
Golden State Warriors:
Philadelphia 76ers:
Milwaukee Bucks:
Miami Heat:
Utah Jazz:
Memphis Grizzlies:
Denver Nuggets:
Chicago Bulls:
Dallas Mavericks:
Los Angeles Clippers:
Los Angeles Lakers:
Cleveland Cavaliers:
Toronto Raptors:
Minnesota Timberwolves:
Atlanta Hawks:
New Orleans Pelicans:
Charlotte Hornets:
Washington Wizards:
New York Knicks:

New York Knicks (+100000)

No, that is not a typo. You can really get the Knicks at 100,000-to-1 odds to win the title. While we don’t have an odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns (+380) currently own the best odds. Phoenix, of course, fell in last year’s Finals at the hands of the Bucks, who come in at +750 themselves.

Obviously, the Knicks can’t win the championship this season if they don’t even qualify for the playoffs.

Not only do they have to make up a five-game gap over the course of their final 13 games, but they would also have to leapfrog two different teams just to make the play-in. The Wizards are currently a half-game in front of the Knicks for 11th place in the standings.

The Knicks’ NBA Eastern Conference championship odds aren’t any more favorable than their overall title odds. You can also get New York at +100000 just to win their own conference. That ties them with the Pacers and Wizards for the longest odds of any team. The Pistons and Magic, meanwhile, have already been eliminated from playoff contention altogether.

Even the most optimistic Knicks fan out there knows this team has no prayer of winning a championship this season.

If you wanted to bet on the chances for New York to pull off the most remarkable Finals run we’ve ever seen, you might as well just take a shot on their +100000 odds to win the Eastern Conference or NBA title outright. There’s no sense in even thinking about the Knicks if you want to bet on the +475 odds on a New York team to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy later this summer.

Brooklyn Nets (+475)

About a decade ago, then-Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov decided that New York was, indeed, big enough to house two teams.

The Russian billionaire moved the Nets from New Jersey into Brooklyn back in 2012 with an eye on turning the team into one of the NBA’s marquee franchises. While the Nets are still hunting for their first title since making the move, it’s safe to say the move was a smart one. The Nets have made the playoffs six times in nine years since arriving in Brooklyn. The Knicks have just two playoff trips in the same span.

Brooklyn actually opened the season as the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals, but it didn’t take long for those odds to slump.

With Kyrie Irving essentially banned from the team as a result of his vaccination status, the Nets’ outlook to begin the campaign was murky, at best.

Just last month, Harden essentially quit on the team and forced the Nets to trade him to Philadelphia. Needless to say, a 36-34 record and the No. 8 seed in the East isn’t what Steve Nash and co. envisioned back in October.

In spite of it all, Brooklyn still has the second-best 2022 NBA championship odds of any team, trailing only the Suns. Irving is now back and playing in road games, and the team still has hope he’ll be cleared to suit up in home games by the time the playoffs roll around.

Please Note:
The Nets are also hoping to get Ben Simmons, the main piece of the Harden trade, back from an injury before the postseason gets underway.

There’s a reason this team has been listed among the favorites in 2022 NBA championship betting odds since last summer. If Durant and Irving are both in the lineup, this team is capable of outscoring anybody on any night.

Can the Nets Win the Title?

A lot has to go right for the Nets to achieve their ultimate goal. Fortunately, Kevin Durant is back healthy after missing a couple of months with a knee injury. Since his return, the former MVP has looked no worse for the wear. Durant, who is arguably the most lethal scorer in the game today, is averaging nearly 29 points per game on better than 51 percent shooting since his return.

It’s not a coincidence that the Nets’ +475 odds to win the championship are identical to New York’s +475 odds to produce this year’s title-winner. The Nets are, of course, New York’s last remaining hope. If they have all three of their stars healthy and in the lineup for the playoffs, who’s to say Brooklyn can’t mount a deep run? The tandem of Durant and Irving is still arguably the most dynamic scoring duo the NBA has to offer.

Can they sort out their defense? That remains to be seen. Brooklyn is just 17th in defensive rating so far this season, and they’re third-worst in that department since January 1. Simmons’ arrival will help them tremendously in that regard, but who knows how healthy he will be after such a long layoff?

The Nets won’t be a high playoff seed:
But no team in the league wants to see them in a series, either. Their +475 2022 NBA championship betting odds don’t indicate the Nets will be any sort of an underdog, but it’s hard not to like their chances of contending for a title.

If they’re at full strength, the Nets are fully capable of giving New York State its first NBA champion in nearly 50 years.


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Taylor Smith / Author

Taylor is a sports writer based in Southern California. While he primarily specializes in basketball, baseball and football, he will also dabble in things like soccer and politics from time to time. He has lived in just about every corner of the United States at one point or another, and he has been covering sports and sports betting for the better part of a decade. Taylor currently lives in Long Beach with his fiancé and their two cats.

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