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The NBA is one of the world’s most watched sporting leagues and the Phoenix Suns have had every basketball fan across the globe talking this year.

With swashbuckling performances aplenty, the Suns are the hot favourites to win their maiden NBA title based on the Betfred’s offer and odds, but as has been proven many times, prevailing in the regular season is one thing – going on to win the NBA Championship is another altogether.


With just 16 games lost from 78 games played, the Suns have generally blown away all before them this term and they have transitioned from a side that may sneak the play-offs, through to a side with a genuine title shot.

In their last couple of games however, they have been outdone by the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder and whilst it certainly isn’t panic stations just yet, it goes to demonstrate the volatility a few poor results can have in the NBA currently.

As always with surprise packages, there are a whole host of sides, pundits and fans expecting them to fail this term and fall away but so far, the Phoenix Suns have dominated the Western Conference so far.

They are flying high at the top of the Western Conference table and at +330, they are very much the hot favourites to win their maiden NBA Championship title.

Defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in imperious form over the past few seasons and last year’s NBA title win felt like a culmination of all their efforts.

The ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will once again be central to any success they may enjoy this season and they are a dangerous side at a rather tempting +580.

Sitting behind the Phoenix Suns in third place in the Western Conference table are the Golden State Warriors who are back with a bang in 2022, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dictating play and dominating the scoring charts.

Coming in at +800, Golden State will almost certainly be in the mix come the end of the season and there one of the sides to watch, regardless of whether they manage to find optimum form or not.

Over in the east, the Brooklyn Nets look to be finally getting their act together, despite the departure of James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers but they clearly have work to do just to make the end of season playoffs.

At +880, the Brooklyn Nets are still one of the favourites to go all the way and clinch their first ever NBA Championship title, but they will need to turn things around quickly if they are to achieve that goal.

For the aforementioned Philadelphia 76ers, the arrival for Harden could be the impetus they need, and they have been ripping up the Eastern Conference.

At +900, the 76ers are bang in the mix for NBA glory and they could sneak under the radar this term, especially with so much focus on the narrative surrounding the Phoenix Suns.

Outside shots are always the value punt at this time of the year in the NBA Championship race, with the enormity of backing up a regular season run with watertight play-off form always being tough.

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat look to have both timed their runs to perfection this season and at +1000 and +1200 respectively, they both look to very much be in the mix this term.

 

 

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