What you need to know:
The 2022/23 NBA regular season has now reached its conclusion which means that the league’s playoff bracket is now set as the top ranked teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference will now square off for a chance to compete for a chance to lift the prestigious Larry O’Brien championship trophy.
The NBA postseason is one of the sporting calendar’s most eagerly anticipated yearly events due to the amazing matchups that are so often on display between NBA superstar caliber players and renowned franchises that are known across the globe.
This year’s rendition of the NBA playoffs is already shaping up to be an unmissable event for any avid sports fan with DraftKings now providing a full listings as to which teams are the quintessential favorites to contend for the title this year in their latest NBA championship odds.
Heading into this year’s playoff picture, there are already a number of teams that are red-hot in terms of their form during the closing weeks of the regular season that is sure to propel their status as major championship contenders during the opening round of this year’s playoff bracket.
These are some of the most on-from teams that are competing in the playoffs this year:
The Celtics are already one of the bookies favorites to claim championship status this season and have remained in the driving seat following on from their narrow loss to the Golden State Warriors in last year’s finals series.
After an outstanding regular season from All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum and his fellow All-Star partner Jaylen Brown, many fans have expressed their desires to label the Celtics as the NBA’s best equipped team to compete for a championship this season.
Alongside their All-Star duo, the Celtics also possess an abundance of talent across their stacked roster that can impact the game on both ends of the court, which is a key reason as to why the C’s could be expected to lift an NBA record 18th championship banner at the conclusion of this year’s playoffs.
Following on from their championship run back in 2021, the Bucks look certain to make another charge towards a title ring this year thanks to their sublime talent at power forward in the ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is once again emerging as a viable MVP candidate.
Giannis has continuously showcased his worth as arguably the best player on the planet at this current juncture which has kept the Bucks well within championship contender status ahead of this year’s playoff tournament.
With the likes of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis all providing their own unique spark on either ends of the court as well as the excellent wherewithal of head coach Mike Budenholzer, fans are likely expecting a major conference finals showdown between the Bucks and the aforementioned Celtics which could ultimately decide as to who will win the championship this year.
After their disastrous game seven defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in last season’s second round playoff series, the Suns organization made the bold decision to trade away a number of their key rotation players and draft picks for superstar forward and two time NBA champion Kevin Durant as a means to mount a challenge once again for the title.
Durant has so far been a phenomenon in the desert and has rekindled the hope amongst Suns fans that their championship window will remain open despite KD suffering a few nagging injuries upon his arrival in Arizona.
Pairing a player of Durant’s quality alongside the likes of Devin Booker, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton has sent the NBA world into sheer bedlam with the Suns now well and truly amongst the suitors that will look to challenge for the title this year.
The 2022/23 season marked the end of the longest playoff drought in league history as the formally dormant Sacramento Kings finally earned their first postseason qualification since their last entry back in 2006, with this season’s Kings squad already showcasing an immense amount of talent and passion directed towards their playoff push.
De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis both enjoyed tremendous All-Star seasons, with their fellow role players in Malik Monk, Kevin Huerter and Keegan Murray also providing plenty of impressive offense from beyond the arc.
First year head coach Mike Brown was also able to claim his second coach of the year award with the Kings playing some truly tremendous basketball which is sure to keep all the fans entertained throughout the course of the playoffs.
While the Kings certainly have a great amount of talent on their roster, arguably their greatest asset is their raucous fan support that has allowed the city of Sacramento to flourish and enjoy the tidings that playoff basketball so often presents, with many fans now hoping that the Kings can translate their regular season form into the postseason and once again ‘light the beam’ atop the stunning Golden 1 Center for the entire NBA world to witness once more.