If you look at last year's NBA standings, it's a great reminder to the parody that's suddenly engulfed the NBA landscape. Sure, Golden State won another title, but this was not the 73-win Warriors from a few years ago.
Last season, ten teams won at least 43 games in the East, while the West had eight. Heading into the 2022-23 season, BetMGM has 18 teams with win totals of at least 42.5, signaling the potential for another spread-out, hard-to-handicap year.
We have a strong idea who can at least compete for an NBA title, but when you start to look at the odds, there's quite a few teams you could justify actually winning the whole thing.
Add that with the fact that there could be a couple of teams taking that next step from just a playoff team to a contender, and the NBA will be ripe with unpredictability this fall.
The Denver Nuggets had back-to-back playoffs where Nikola Jokic had to carry this team by himself, hence the back-to-back MVPs. Jokic sits fifth right now to win a third straight, but getting Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back is the key here.
This team is in the perfect spot to go from playoff team to legit threat to the Warriors' title.
If those two can pick up where they left off, added to an already tough playoff team as the foundation, the Nuggets might be worth a long-shot bet to win in 2023 (+1800).
Obviously, the West is loaded, as it has been for years. But you can still find reasons why teams like Golden State (+600 to win title), the Clippers (+700), or Suns (+1000), who all have better odds to win the title than Denver, could easily fall short.
The Nuggets also have the fourth-best odds to win the West (+750), which shows what type of potential they have this coming season.
If they can stay healthy, this is a real contender for the 2023 NBA title, and they're only adding to the parody of this coming NBA season.