Way-too-Early 2023 NBA Championship Favourites: NBA Futures, Prediction

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 22, 2022

Can the Golden State Warriors add another title to their growing dynasty?

With the 2022 NBA season officially over and the NBA draft set to go down Thursday in Brooklyn, it’s time to look ahead to 2023.  The Golden State Warriors are favoured to win the Larry O’Brien for a second consecutive year and eighth time in franchise history next year, but they’ll face some serious competition both from the Western Conference and the East.

Take a look as Sports Interaction previews the top-three candidates for the 2023 NBA championship and a dark horse pick or two.  Make sure to check out the NBA futures page for a complete list of odds.

2023 NBA Championship

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Pointspread
  • Golden State Warriors +344
  • Boston Celtics +428
  • Brooklyn Nets +455
  • LA Clippers +511
  • Milwaukee Bucks +530
  • Phoenix Suns +638
  • Miami Heat +1000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +1066
  • Denver Nuggets +1083
  • Dallas Mavericks +1153
  • Memphis Grizzlies +1153
  • LA Lakers +1379
  • New Orleans Pelicans +2940
  • Utah Jazz +2968
  • Toronto Raptors +3842
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +3889
  • Chicago Bulls +4300
  • Atlanta Hawks +5730
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +7330
  • Charlotte Hornets +7420
  • Portland Trail Blazers +7660
  • New York Knicks +13500
  • San Antonio Spurs +18100
  • Washington Wizards +19000
  • Indiana Pacers +23000
  • Detroit Pistons +40700
  • Sacramento Kings +42500
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +46700
  • Houston Rockets +50000
  • Orlando Magic +50000
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Golden State Warriors

No surprises here that Golden State is favoured to be the first back-to-back champions since they did it themselves in 2017 and 2018.  The Warriors’ key core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be back for another run at the title and Canadian Andrew Wiggins is still under contract for next season.  Let’s not forget the contributions of Jordan Poole and the addition of a healthy James Wiseman.

Golden State will have some decisions to make as the front court duo of Kevon Looney and Otto Porter Jr., as well as guard Gary Payton II are set to enter free agency this summer.  There’s been no indication any of those players want to leave, however, and even if they do, there are plenty of other free agent options around the league that could bolster the Warriors’ depth.

Bottom line for this team, they need to stay healthy.

Boston Celtics

It was a crushing end to the season for the Celtics.  They watched Curry lift the Larry O’Brien trophy at TD Garden, but they should look at it as more of a building year.  This team has arrived as a legitimate contender and it would be shocking not to see them at least make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston has the luxury of returning almost all of their key contributors.  That includes Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Robert Williams IIIAl Horford needs a new deal, but the 36-year-old veteran has made it known that he wants to return next year.

This team has a great chance to reload and take another shot at the title.

Brooklyn Nets

If I didn’t watch a single game of basketball next season and you told me the Brooklyn Nets won the NBA championship, I would be in no way surprised.  If you told me they finished dead last in the NBA?  Probably the same reaction.  This team just feels like a Kevin Durant-injury away from being a train wreck.  Kyrie Irving is a complete wild card and what will Ben Simmons bring?  That’s right, I forgot Simmons was on Brooklyn too.

All that said, this team does have firepower.  Durant is one of the biggest game breakers in the league and virtually no one can contain Irving when he’s on his game and actually in the building.  If Simmons can get back to where he was two or three years ago, then that’s a dangerous Big Three that can challenge any team in the league.

If Durant stays healthy, Irving buys in and Simmons shows up, this could be a scary team.

Dark Horse Candidate

Los Angeles Clippers

One player makes the Clippers a contender next season: Kawhi Leonard.  After missing all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, Leonard is expected to be fully healthy for next year.  Combine that with Paul George, Norman Powell and Robert Covington and you get a team that’s worth taking a chance on.

2023 NBA Championship Prediction

Phoenix Suns

We’re going off the main board in this one.  After setting a franchise record with 64 wins during the regular season, Phoenix  was upset by Dallas in the second round of the playoffs.  This is a team that is one year removed from an appearance in the NBA Finals and they still have the same core of Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, JaVale McGee, Chris Paul and others.  There’s a lot of smoke around the availability of Deandre Ayton as a potential sign-and-trade option, so how the Suns handle that could have a big impact on next season.

Chris Paul will turn 38-years-old right around playoff time next year, but over the last couple of seasons he’s proven he can still be an effective player.  The window is still open for Phoenix, so if Paul can stay healthy and relatively productive and Booker can play with a little more consistency, the Suns could make a run at their first championship in franchise history.

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