Portland Trail Blazers given subpar odds to win 2022 NBA Finals originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Throughout the 2021 NBA offseason, Damian Lillard has made it clear he wants to compete to win his first championship in Portland as soon as next season, or perhaps he'll start eyeing other destinations around the league.
"I just think we've reached that point where it's like, 'ok but it's not enough,'" said Lillard. "Do we actually want to win it all? Is that what we're shooting for. We got to do things to show that. We got to put action behind that desire to win at that level.
"If you look at our team as it is going into next season, I don't see how you can say this is a championship team."
The Blazers franchise guard went on to state he has not made a firm decision about his future in Rip City.
Well, odds makers are not optimistic Portland can put that title contending team around the MVP candidate.
PointsBet, the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports, has the Trail Blazers with the 14th-best odds in the NBA to win the Finals next season at +5000.
The Brooklyn Nets, and its big-three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, are the favorite to win next year at +250. Followed by the Los Angeles Lakers (+650), Milwaukee Bucks (+850), Golden State Warriors (+900) and the Phoenix Suns (+900).
In fact, the Blazers are listed just ahead of the New York Knicks (+6000), a rumored destination for Dame should he demand a trade.