NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – Betting Tips, Player Moves & Trends

By Ian John
October 23, 2023

Welcome to our NBA 2023/24 Season Preview, where we take a look ahead to the forthcoming season!

It may seem like just a few weeks since the Denver Nuggets were claiming the NBA Championship. but after an intriguing NBA Draft, lots of player moves (and more still purportedly still in the pipeline), the new NBA season is ready to go.

There’s lots to look forward to this season as we see last year’s rookies mature, the new batch of rookies settle in and of course, the NBA Superstars trying to lead their team to victory!

In this article we are going to take a look at some of the key moments from pre-season and also look at the latest betting odds for teams to win their conference and the NBA Finals overall.

Remember, any odds you can see quoted in this post are taken from bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of writing. However, they may change in the meantime.

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NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – NBA Draft Major Moves

  • Superstar-in-Waiting Victor Wembanyama drafted First by San Antonio Spurs

Perhaps the biggest and most hyped star since LeBron James on 2003 – Frenchman Victor Wembanyama was unsurprisingly taken first by the Spurs who will hope they have a generational talent on their hands.

At 7ft 5” he is so much more than just a big man and Spurs fans will be excited to see what he can do in his first season.

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Other smart draft moves included Scoot Henderson being taken by the Portland Trail Blazer, Brandon Miller heading to Charlotte to play for the Hornets.

Twins Amen and Ausar Thompson became the first twins to be picked in the top five of an NBA Draft when selected by the Rockets (Amen) and Pistons (Ausar) at fourth and fifth respectively.

NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – Free Agency – Major Player Moves & Trades

  • Jrue Holiday – to Boston Celtics from Portland Trail Blazers (Trade)
  • Patty Mills – to Atlanta Hawks from Oklahoma Thunder (Trade)
  • Kyrie Irving – stays with Dallas Mavericks (Free Agency)
  • DeAndre Jordan – stays with Denver Nuggets (Free Agency)
  • Chris Paul – to Golden State Warriors from Washington Wizards (Trade)
  • Damian Lillard – to Milwaukee Bucks from Portland Blazers (Trade)
  • Victor Oladipo – to Oklahoma City Thunder from Miami Heat (Trade)
  • Anthony Edwards – stays with Minnesota Timberwolves (Free Agency)
  • Bradley Beal – to Phoenix Suns from Washington Wizards (Trade)
  • Deandre Ayton – to Portland Trail Blazers from Milwaukee Bucks (Trade)
  • Malcolm Brogdon – to Portland Trail Blazers from Boston Celtics (Trade)
  • Kyle Kuzma – stays with Washington Wizards (Free Agency)
  • Landry Shamet – to Washington Wizards from Phoenix Suns (Trade)
  • Derrick Rose – to Memphis Grizzlies (Free Agency)
  • Tyrese Haliburton – stays with Indiana Pacers (Free Agency)
  • Russell Westbrook – stays with LA Clippers (Free Agency)
  • Anthony Davis – stays with Los Angeles Lakers (Free Agency)
  • Draymond Green – stays with the Golden State Warriors (Free Agency)
  • Isaiah Stewart – stays with the Detroit Pistons (Free Agency)
  • LaMelo Ball – stays with Charlotte Hornets (Free Agency)
  • Jaylen Brown – stays with Boston Celtics (Free Agency)
  • Dejounte Murray – stays with Atalanta Hawks (Free Agency)
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NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – Coaching Changes

Coaches Fired

  • Dwane Casey (Detroit Pistons)
  • Stephen Silas (Houston Rockets)
  • Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns)
  • Nick Nurse (Torinto Raptors)

Coaches Hired

  • Detroit Pistons – Monty Williams
  • Houston Rockets – Ime Udoka
  • Milwaukee Bucks – Adrian Griffin
  • Philadelphia 76ers – Nick Nurse
  • Phoenix Suns – Frank Vogel
  • Toronto Raptors – Darko Rajakovic

NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – Pre-Season Form

  • Unbeaten – Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves (all 3-0), Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards (all 2-0)
  • Better Than 0.5 – Hawks, Suns, Jazz, Celtics, Nuggets, Heat, Bucks
  • At 0.5 – Grizzlies, Pistons, Clippers, Knicks
  • Worse Than 0.5 – Lakers, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Paces, 76ers, Spurs, Thunder, Nets, Trail Blazers
  • Without a Win – Mavericks, Pelicans, Kings

NBA 2023/24 Season Preview – Our Tips

No NBA 2023/24 Season Preview would be complete without a look at the latest betting tips. So let’s now take a look at the forthcoming NBA Season with a look at which teams we think will be in contention to win each of the two Conference Championships.

  • Who Wins the Eastern Conference?
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Latest Odds from bet365 Sport

  • Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks – 6/4 joint favourites
  • Miami Heat – 9/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers – 10/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers – 11/1
  • New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors – 20/1
  • Atlanta Hawks – 25/1
  • Brooklyn Nets – 40/1
  • Chicago Bulls – 60/1
  • Indiana Pacers – 100/1
  • Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards – 150/1

The smart money here seems to be on the Celtic and the Bucks who are the two shortest price teams to win any of the two conferences.

It’s a fair assessment as the 76ers have probably got worse than last season and other teams such as the Cavs, Hawks, Raptors and Knicks are not at the level of the top two.

It’s a shock seeing the Nets so long at 40/1, but after their super-team experiment failed, they have moved on their top stars and are rebuilding.

It will be close between the Bucks and Celtics, but I am backing the Celtics to do enough to claim the Eastern Conference title.  

Eastern Conference Predicted Finishing Positions:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Miami Heat
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Philadelphia 76ers
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. New York Knicks
  8. Indiana Pacers
  9. Charlotte Hornets
  10. Toronto Raptors
  11. Chicago Bulls
  12. Brooklyn Nets
  13. Detroit Pistons
  14. Washington Wizards
  15. Orlando Magic
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Who do you think will finish where in the Eastern Conference?

  • Who Wins the Western Conference?

Latest Odds from bet365 Sport

  • Denver Nuggets – 12/5 fav
  • Phoenix Suns – 13/4
  • Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers – 13/2
  • Los Angeles Clippers – 9/1
  • Dallas Mavericks – 10/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies – 14/1
  • New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings – 25/1
  • Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder – 33/1
  • San Antonio Spurs – 80/1
  • Houston Rockets – 100/1
  • Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz – 125/1

This is a far more open conference with a number of teams having a realistic chance of landing the top spot in the playoffs. Unsurprisingly, the NBA Champions, Denver Nuggets are the favourites here at 12/5.

However, my money would be on the Phoenix Suns who have added Bradley Beal to Devin Booker and Kevin Durant and who I think look set to be the team to beat in the West this season.

With the Utah Jazz now in a rebuilding mode, and the Trail Blazers also looking to rebuild after losing Damian Lillard, the only realistic challengers to these top two teams are the Lakers and Warriors.

However, I’d still take the Suns at 13/4 to win the West.

Western Conference Predicted Finishing Positions:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Dallas Mavericks
  5. Golden State Warriors
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Los Angeles Clippers
  8. New Orleans Pelicans
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Sacramento Kings
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder
  13. Utah Jazz
  14. Portland Trail Blazers
  15. Houston Rockets

What are your thoughts on who will win the Western Conference?

  • Who Wins the NBA Finals?

Working out how the playoffs could pan out, I think the Phoenix Suns are the team to back here at 6/1.

The action gets underway with the first game of the season on the 25th October as the Champions Denver Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening match of the season!

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