NBA Odds: Profile of an NBA Champion and Best Futures Bets

After the NBA The Play-In Tournament is ending and the playoffs are set, players will have a better idea of ​​if these Championship futures they bet on in October will be worth their weight in betting.

However, as the saying goes, you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. With that in mind, we took a quick look at regular-season metrics from past NBA champions to look for possible commonalities for which team could bring home the gear in their year.

Here is what stands out:

Winning percentage

According to FOX Sports Research, since the 1991 NBA Finals, teams that have won it all have also had an overall winning percentage of at least 73.5% in regular season games.

Now, at first glance, 73.5% seems like a high number, and winning that percentage of games in a long NBA season is certainly no small feat. But that percentile breaks down to an average of 58.6 wins per season.

This season, the Phoenix Suns — a team that finished with the NBA’s best 64-18 record — were the only team to reach that benchmark. At 78%, the Suns not only surpassed 73.5%, but they are the only team with a winning percentage over 70%.

And then after that, it’s the second level.

While “almost does not count”, there is a group of teams that finished the season with at least 62% in the W column – Grizzlies, Warriors, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics, Bucks and 76ers. Will the Suns maintain the trend or a team from this other group defies history?

Point differential

The points-per-game differential was another common denominator on the championship line, as former NBA champions had a differential of +7.1 points per game (ppg). In addition to beating opponents by more than seven points per regular season game, these champions dating back to 1991 also averaged 103.8 points per game.

For fans and bettors – depending on how you bet – there’s always something magical about watching a team’s points total go from 99 to 100. And the champions in our sample not only hit three numbers throughout their runs, but they also held their opponents to an average of 96.7 ppg.

This year, the two teams that fit the bill with a plus 7-point differential are the Celtics and the Suns.

star power

Perhaps the least surprising thread that unites champions of yesteryear with more recent winners like the Warriors or Bucks is the All-Star component. Essentially, you can’t spell NBA champion without star power. From Kobe to Dwyane Wade, Steph Curry to Giannis, every team that lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy had at least one player who was named to an All-Star list.

At FOX Bet, the Suns (+275), Bucks (+500), Nets (+700), Celtics (+800), Warriors (+800) and Heat (+1000) have the futures of the Top Six Finals. And you know what each of these teams has too? A player on their roster who was named to this year’s All-Star team.

They say defense wins championships, but according to our research, so do superstars.

Ultimately, our brief dive into the profiles of past NBA champions reveals one glaring truth; the future looks bright for the Suns (bet $10 to win $37.50 in total).

And while it’s tempting to throw money at Coach of the Year Monty Williams’ squad, it’s also worth considering teams like the burgeoning Celtics who also match two of the three. key measures. Don’t forget the 1 seeded Heat or the defending champion Bucks. These two teams were also there statistically.

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