With the NBA season just under two weeks away, we figured now would be an excellent time to revisit some of our conference odds.
The NBA’s Western Conference is more top-heavy than the balanced Eastern Conference – where 10 teams finished over .500 a year ago – but there’s still enough parity at the top for some solid betting value.
BetUS has the odds to win the Western Conference, where the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are tied in chalk position at +325.
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NBA Western Conference Odds
|Golden State Warriors||+325|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+325|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+700|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+1600|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000|
|San Antonio Spurs||+50000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+50000|
Odds as of October 3 at BetUS
NBA Western Conference Odds: The Favorites
Golden State Warriors (+325)
Fresh off the seventh NBA championship in franchise history, the Warriors are tied atop the chalk position in the West and are in the top-three favorites to repeat as champions in 2022-23. All of this is for good reason.
Golden State still has an exceptional, albeit aging core in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Green took a step back in 2021-22, but Andrew Wiggins stepped up, improving his three-point field-goal percentage to a career-best .393.
The Warriors rolled through the playoffs a season ago, and they’re basically running back the exact same roster for 2022-23, which includes budding star Jordan Poole and known locker room influence Andre Iguodala. It’s hard not to view them as favorites out of the West in 2022-23.
Los Angeles Clippers (+325)
The sportsbooks love the Clippers in the odds to win the NBA Western Conference, and their chalk status is based on the return of one man: Kawhi Leonard. The two-time NBA champion is arguably the game’s most well-rounded player, but he’s also a winner in so many ways. His outrageous career record of 429-147 (.745) backs that up.
With Leonard back in the mix, LA’s rotation becomes much deeper. Paul George and Leonard will co-star on the wings, while Norman Powell, Reggie Jackson and John Wall offer plenty of scoring potential from the guard positions.
In the franchise’s 52-year history (which dates to its time in San Diego), the Clippers have never won the Western Conference – meaning they’ve never been to the NBA Finals – and have won their division just twice (2013, 2014).
The talent alone makes them +325 favorites, but history is working against Los Angeles in many ways.
NBA Western Conference Odds: Best Long-Shot Bet
New Orleans Pelicans (+1600)
For super deep value, we’re going to dive into the New Orleans Pelicans as +1600 long shots in the odds to win the Western Conference. A lot would have to go right for the Pelicans to pull off a conference title, but the stars might just be perfectly aligned for a miracle run in 2022-23.
Like Kawhi with the Clippers, New Orleans’ odds are heavily swayed by the return of its star player, Zion Williamson. We love Zion as a long shot to win MVP this season, and the early news on his progress is great. He’s been called a “wrecking ball” in training camp this season, which is the exact type of chaotic mindset he’ll need to embrace if the Pelicans are to go on a run.
New Orleans is a bit of a cursed franchise, having finished in the top three of the West just once (2007-08, then as the Hornets) in the last 19 years. Zion, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum have the Pelicans in a position to at least warrant a bit of money as a long-shot bet.
NBA Western Conference Odds: Best Bet
Phoenix Suns (+500)
The reigning regular-season conference champions at +500? We’ll take that all day.
The Suns dramatically altered their trajectory in 2020, popping out in 2020-21 with a second-place regular-season conference finish and a run all the way to the NBA Finals, which made them champions of the West. After that lengthy postseason, Phoenix experienced no hangover the next year. In fact, the Suns improved to 64-18 in 2021-22.
But what gives them an edge over the Dubs or Clippers? The Suns got Deandre Ayton back after a lengthy restricted free agency dispute. Whether he likes it or not, he’ll suit up for Phoenix this year alongside superstar Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the ageless wonder who just led the NBA in assists per game.
The value here is too sweet. For a preseason bet, it’s hard to do better than this.
Last 10 NBA Western Conference Winners
|2021-22||Golden State Warriors||53-29|
|2019-20||Los Angeles Lakers||52-19|
|2018-19||Golden State Warriors||57-25|
|2017-18||Golden State Warriors||58-24|
|2016-17||Golden State Warriors||67-15|
|2015-16||Golden State Warriors||73-9|
|2014-15||Golden State Warriors||67-15|
|2013-14||San Antonio Spurs||62-20|
|2012-13||San Antonio Spurs||58-24|
How To Understand NBA Western Conference Odds
For other betting types, you’ll see favorites indicated with minus signs (-) and underdogs with plus signs (+). When there are no minus signs, the team with the lowest odds is the fave and the rest are dogs. Here, it’s the Lakers that are the faves.
If you were to lay down $100 on the Lakers and they make the NBA Championship, you’d get a payout of $205 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $105.
To see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet, check out our Odds Calculator.
What Is A Basketball Prop Bet?
Any wager on the occurrence or non-occurrence of specific player or team milestones that don’t automatically correlate to the outcome of a certain game is a prop bet. Here you’re betting on the odds for an NBA team to win the Western Conference.
When bookmakers set the lines, they aren’t etched in stone. The odds will change as we move closer to the finals and teams move on or are eliminated from contention. If you come across odds you like, we suggest taking them to get the ultimate value on a winning bet. Taking a team at +900 at the beginning of the playoffs is better than getting them at -200 a week before the NBA Finals.
Which team is favored to win the NBA Western Conference in 2022-23?
The Golden State Warriors (+325) and the Los Angeles Clippers (+325) are the co-favorites in the NBA Western Conference odds.
Who won the NBA Western Conference in 2021-22?
The Phoenix Suns won the Western Conference in 2021-22 with a record of 64-18. The Suns are currently listed at +500 odds to win the Western Conference in 2022-23.
Which NBA team has the most Western Conference titles?
The Los Angeles Lakers have 19 Western Conference championships, the most in the NBA.