What Utah Being +20000 Means for Donovan Mitchell

What Utah Being +20000 Means for Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz NBA Championship odds

Apr 28, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots the ball over Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) in the fourth quarter during game six of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz are listed at odds of +20000 to win the 2022-23 NBA championship
As recently as June 27, the average odds on Utah winning the title were as short as +4500
So far during the offseason, the Jazz saw Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale depart and soon Donovan Mitchell is also expected to be going

So many key components are jumping ship from the Utah Jazz, is it any wonder that things are getting salty in Salt Lake City?

Less than a month ago – on June 27, to be precise – the Jazz were listed at odds of +4500 in the 2022-23 NBA championship odds. Not a great number, but at least in the vicinity of the top contenders.

Less than three weeks later, the odds on Utah winning the title in the NBA odds have lengthened to +20000. That’s 11th overall among Western Conference teams.

In under two years the Jazz have gone from the #1 seed in the West to not even being expected to make the playoffs.

2022-23 NBA Championship Odds

Team
Odds
Boston Celtics
+550
Golden State Warriors
+600
Milwaukee Bucks
+700
Los Angeles Clippers
+750
Phoenix Suns
+750
Los Angeles Lakers
+1100
Miami Heat
+1400
Philadelphia 76ers
+1400
Brooklyn Nets
+1400
Denver Nuggets
+2000
Dallas Mavericks
+2200
Memphis Grizzlies
+2200
Toronto Raptors
+3000
Minnesota Timberwolves
+4000
New Orleans Pelicans
+4500
Chicago Bulls
+5000
Atlanta Hawks
+5000
New York Knicks
+7000
Cleveland Cavaliers
+10000
Portland Trail Blazers
+10000
Utah Jazz
+20000
Charlotte Hornets
+20000

Odds as of July 22 at Caesars Sportsbook. Claim this Caesars Sportsbook promo code before betting.

At odds of +20000, the Jazz are given an implied probability of victory of 0.50% in NBA betting. At a wager of $10, a successful title run by Utah would bring a payout of $2010.

Jazz Opting to Cut Bait

Utah hovered in the championship chase for a few years with a squad built around perennial NBA Defensive Player of the Year center Rudy Gobert and all-star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, but could never make a serious run at the title. In fact, the Jazz never got past the second round. Utah hasn’t reached the conference finals since 2006-07.

Hired in December of 2021 as CEO of basketball operations and alternate governor of the Jazz, veteran NBA executive Danny Ainge determined following the 2021-22 NBA season that it was time to blow it all up. He replaced veteran coach Quin Snyder with Will Hardy. At 34, Hardy is the NBA’s youngest head coach.

3xDPOY ?
3x All Star ⭐️
6x NBA First-Team All Defense ?
9 seasons in a Utah Jazz uniform ?

For being a leader in the community and easy to root for on and off the court—Thank you, @rudygobert27 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WGtp5PXO6d

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) July 6, 2022

Already, this month saw Ainge moving small forward Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets for a 2023 first-round draft pick. Then Ainge delivered a blockbuster. He sent Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for five players and five first-round draft picks.

Special MLB Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code: Bet $20 Win $100 if Your Team Wins!

Mitchell Might Not Be Only One to Go

Continuing the tear down, Ainge is now seeking to move on from Mitchell in exchange for another cache of futures. The New York Knicks appear to be the frontrunners to land Mitchell, who’d certainly be a contender in the NBA MVP odds with New York.

But that might not be the last move Ainge makes during this reconstruction project. After all, they do call him “Trader Danny Ainge.”

Power forward Bogdan Bogdanovic and shooting guard Jordan Clarkson could also be going elsewhere before all is said and done. And Ainge would be delighted to offload the contract of 14-year veteran point guard Mike Conley on some other NBA club.

7’3 18-year-old Victor Wembanyama is the projected top pick in the 2023 NBA draft ? pic.twitter.com/gHbCEomXFt

— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) July 21, 2022

Are the Jazz tanking to get into the lottery for a shot at 7-foot-3 center/power forward Victor Wembanyama, the French sensation who is projecting to be the first overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft? Well, at this stage, the Jazz are certainly in with a better chance at that than they are an NBA title.

Those +20000 odds on Utah? Before long, they could be flattering.

Author Image

Robert Duff

NFL
NBA
MLB
NHL
NCAAF
NCAAB
Tennis
Sports Writer

Sports Writer

An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.

NFL
NBA
MLB
NHL
NCAAF
NCAAB
Tennis

An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.

Author: Jesse Smith