NBA betting: Nets and Lakers, not the Bucks, are betting favorites for 2021-22 championship

The 2020-21 NBA season may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look ahead to next year.

On Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns in six games to win their first NBA title since 1971. Not long after, BetMGM had championship odds available for next season.

The Bucks are among the betting favorites, but they are not the favorites. The Bucks have +800 odds to repeat, but are behind the Brooklyn Nets at +225 and the Los Angeles Lakers at +450. The Nets, who were eliminated by the Bucks in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, are set to enter their first full season with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup.

The Lakers, meanwhile, dealt with an array of injuries this season and lost to the Suns in six games in the first round. It was the first first-round exit in LeBron James’ career. The Lakers won last year’s title in the bubble, but both James and Anthony Davis missed considerable time throughout this season.

Behind the Bucks are the Golden State Warriors, who are expecting the return of Klay Thompson after missing the past two seasons due to injury, at +1200. The Utah Jazz are also listed at +1200 with the Suns next at +1400 and the Philadelphia 76ers at +1600. The 76ers will deal with lingering questions surrounding Ben Simmons throughout the offseason.

The team that eliminated the 76ers, the Atlanta Hawks, are all the way down at +3500.

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) try to contain Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Full 2021-22 NBA championship odds via BetMGM

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