Warriors, Celtics, and Clippers Open as Co-Favorites to Win 2023 NBA Championship

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  • The Golden State Warriors have opened as one of three co-favorites to win the 2023 NBA championship.
  • Also listed at +600 along with the Warriors are the Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers.
  • The Dubs defeated the Celtics four games to two to win the 2022 NBA championship.

Barely minutes after winning the 2022 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors have opened as the co-favorites to win the 2023 NBA title.

According to the best NBA betting sites, the Warriors, Boston Celtics, and L.A. Clippers are the +600 co-favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.

NBA Champs Again

The Warriors returned to the top of the NBA mountain on Thursday night after closing out the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Golden State entered the game as +3.5 point underdogs but armed with a 3-2 lead, the Dubs closed out the show behind another stellar defensive effort that forced the Celtics to commit 23 turnovers.

With the win, Golden State is NBA champion for the 4th time in 8 seasons. With Steph Curry back to full strength, Klay Thompson slowly getting back his old form, and Jordan Poole emerging as a reliable third option behind the Splash Brothers, there’s no question why the Warriors are on top of the early 2023 championship odds boards.

At 34 and fresh off his first Finals MVP award, Curry is at the peak of his powers. With Poole and Andrew Wiggins emerging, Thompson almost back to 100%, plus young lottery picks Jonathan Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody, the Dubs will be a handful for the rest of the league next season, that is if they can stay healthy.

The Future is Bright

The Boston Celtics came up short in the 2022 NBA Finals but considering they were even out of playoff contention almost midway through the season and entered 2022 with a sub. 500 mark, the Celtics engineered one of the biggest mid-season turnarounds in NBA history. Losing in the 2022 NBA Finals isn’t the end. It could very well be the start of Boston’s return to title relevancy.

East Finals MVP Jayson Tatum is only 24 years old, as is starting center Robert Williams III. Jaylen Brown is just 25 while 2022 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart is 28 years of age. The Celtics also have young and talented complementary players like Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, and Derrick White who are also just as young as their stars. They say that the future is bright for the Celtics but after their 2022 performance, you could say that the future is here. With Boston giving Golden State the fits in the 2022 NBA Finals, you can’t argue with them at +600.

Interestingly at +600 on the opening boards are the Clippers who did not make the playoffs this season. The Clippers are expected to get Kawhi Leonard back next season and with Paul George coming off a strong year, the Clippers have one of the best one-two punches in the league. With Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Norman Powell, and Marcus Morris all coming back next season, the Clippers are a very talented team. However, it remains to be seen when Leonard will return and how he will be after a long layoff.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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