Like every year, several favorites are emerging for the title of 2023 NBA champion. The war will be intense and probably undecided until the end of the competition. Every American basketball fan dreams of a Game 7 to award that trophy. If it is impossible to determine exactly what the scenario of the 2023 NBA Finals will be, we can predict the teams that will be able to rise to the top. Here are our predictions based on our experience and bookmakers’ odds.
The Boston Celtics in pole position for the 2023 NBA championship title?
Unlucky 2022 finalists, the Boston Celtics impressed everyone. And this, because of their sense of the collective and their defense in place. In the playoffs, they eliminated one by one the heavyweights of the competition in the Eastern conference. Their leader, Jayson Tatum, is an up-and-coming NBA superstar. He already has four All-Star Game selections and it shouldn’t stop there. If the Celtics find themselves at the top of the bill in the 2022-23 season, Tatum will be favorites for the MVP trophy. By his side, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have always been present. The impact of Al Horford and Derrick White should not be forgotten either.
In pursuit of the 2023 NBA championship title, the Boston Celtics strengthened further during free agency. Malcolm Brondon and Italian Danilo Gallinari came to swell their ranks. Thus, the Celtics are the bookmakers’ number 1 favorites.
Golden State Warriors en route to their own succession?
The Golden State Warriors are the reigning NBA champions! They are also the most dominant franchise in the League over the past decade. And this, if we dismiss their catastrophic 2019-2020 season, linked to the injuries of their best players. Articulated around the All-Star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the team led by Steve Kerr has already won the supreme trophy in 2015, 2017 and 2018. It is therefore four titles in seven years that the Warriors have raised! We had not seen such domination since the San Antonio Spurs between 1999 and 2007.
Since its third coronation, the San Francisco-based franchise has been rejuvenated with the arrivals of Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole. The 2022-23 offseason was not bad for the Golden State Warriors. Despite the inevitable departure of a few role players who have signed a more lucrative contract elsewhere, several quality free agents have joined their ranks. Including talented combo guard Donte DiVicenzo! The Golden State Warriors will clearly have to be counted among the contenders for the 2023 NBA championship title.
Los Angeles Clippers in ambush for NBA title
After a frustrating year, weighed down by Kawhi Leonard’s white season and Paul George’s numerous absences due to injury, the Los Angeles Clippers want to get back on track. They have only one thing in mind. That of winning the title of NBA champion 2023! The Californian franchise is waiting for its first coronation. With Kawhi and PG13 in a good shape, the Angelinos can dream big. They will in any case be among the favorites of the 2022-2023 season. On paper, the squad led by Tyronn Lue looks very good. If the whole squad is fit to attack the 2023 playoffs, no opponent will want to get in their way.
The Phoenix Suns have their revenge to take in 2023
Even with the best record in the 2021-2022 regular season, the Phoenix Suns collapsed in the conference semi-finals. After reaching the NBA Finals the previous season, the expectations for this team were high. The 2022-2023 season will likely be key to the future of this franchise. It’s sort of the year or never to win the NBA champion trophy. Their titular point guard, Chris Paul, is no longer very young. He will turn 38 in May 2023. Admittedly, the other two stars of the team are still under contract. But the association between Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton is not enough to hope for the Holy Grail. While waiting to think about the future, the Suns will remain very competitive in the fall. We will have to count on them for the final victory. The arrival of Kevin Durant goes in this direction.
The Milwaukee Bucks are dreaming of a return to the top
In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks will be among the candidates for the 2023 NBA Finals. Sacred NBA champion in 2021, the franchise located in Wisconsin has a stable roster. Surrounding superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday are high quality lieutenants. We can also mention Brook Lopez, Wesley Matthews and George Hill among the veterans who bring their contribution to the building. The Bucks group is very good. Forces are balanced at game positions.