Charlotte Hornets Odds To Win NBA Championships In 2024

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Key Takeaways

  • 🏀 The Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship odds are +100000 at FanDuel.
  • 🏀 However, it is not impossible for Charlotte to make the play-in.
  • 🏀 Behind Boston, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, the Eastern Conference is weak.
Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship Odds

Early in November, the Hornets championship odds to win the title were +80000. Following their 16-point loss to the lowly Washington Wizards on Nov. 8, they moved to +100000, tied with the Wizards, Pistons, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Rockets.

By the time North Carolina sports betting comes online, which could come as early as mid-January, it would be stunning to see the Hornets odds any longer. Typically, +100000 is as high of a line as most sportsbooks will post.

But lower?

Well, the Hornets' schedule is loaded with games between themselves and Eastern Conference opponents between now and mid-December. Playing better than .500 ball throughout that period could make them a .500 team.

Charlotte Hornets Odds To Win NBA Championship

The Hornets odds to win the NBA Finals are listed between +50000 and +100000 at major sportsbooks.

📊 BetRivers+50000
📊 ESPN BET+50000
📊 Unibet+50000
📊 Caesars+75000
📊 Bet365+100000
📊 BetMGM+100000
📊 DraftKings+100000
📊 FanDuel+100000
📊 Hard Rock Bet+100000
✅ Odds Last Verified:November 29, 2023

The Charlotte Hornets have never won an NBA Championship. They have never even been to the Eastern Conference finals. The Hornets playoff chances are nearly zero as well.

For these reasons and others, the Hornets are one of five NBA teams listed at +50000 at ESPN BET North Carolina, which means "they have no chance" of winning in the online sports gambling world.

It's a pretty pessimistic view to take, but when the total of Hornets championships is zero, and the roster is one of the youngest in the NBA, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why the Hornets championship odds should remain very, very long by the time online sports gambling becomes legal in North Carolina, likely in January.

Charlotte Hornets Week-by-Week NBA Championship Odds

As you can see from the table above, the Charlotte Hornets championship odds vary from book to book, but they are long everywhere. There is not a lot of faith in this team, in part because they have not won a playoff series since 2002. We are going to continue to see very long odds on a week-to-week basis if and until the Hornets can string together three or four wins, one of which must be against a quality opponent.

Here are the odds for each week that we have seen at FanDuel Sportsbook North Carolina:

📅 Preseason+30000
📅 Week 1+80000
📅 Week 2+80000
📅 Week 3+100000


Can the Charlotte Hornets Win The NBA Championship?

Realistically, no, the Hornets cannot win the NBA championship ... at least at present. They simply do not have enough talent of experience to win four seven-game series, the first three of which would come against teams from the East, the last of which would come against the Western Conference champion.

Building a legitimate championship contender takes several years, and at the end of every NBA season there are 29 losers, for all intents and purposes. Michael Jordan thought he could do it, but he decided to move on to his next venture.

Latest Updates Impacting Charlotte Hornets Championship Odds

The Hornets' lopsided loss to the Wizards in Washington demonstrated that Charlotte can play very bad basketball against even the worst of the competition. Many teams have throwaway losses here and there, even against bad teams, but the Hornets lost to the Pistons by 12, to the Rockets by 9 and to the Wizards by 16.

Charlotte is allowing 123.1 points per game, the third-highest total in the NBA. In a league where "defense wins championships," that ain't gonna get it done.

  • 📅 Nov. 17: The Hornets agree to a partnership with Bet365 NC.
  • 📅 Nov. 17: Miles Bridges is eligible to return to the team following his suspension.
  • 📅 Oct. 31: The Hornets exercise the third-year option on center Mark Williams.
  • 📅 Oct. 24: The Hornets sign veteran point guard Ish Smith in free agency.
  • 📅 Oct. 20: A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against Brandon Miller for "negligence" stemming from a shooting in Tuscaloosa while Miller was a student.
  • 📅 Oct. 9: Historically, the Hornets have had a .529 win percentage in October, according to data.
  • 📅 Aug. 29: The Hornets re-sign forward P.J. Washington to a new contract.
  • 📅 Aug. 5: The Hornets sign veteran point guard Frank Ntilikina in free agency.
  • 📅 Aug. 3: Majority owner and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan completes the sale of his stake in the Hornets to a group led by Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall .
  • 📅 July 6: The Hornets re-sign guard LaMelo Ball to a five-year, $260 million contract extension.
  • 📅 July 2: The Hornets re-sign forward Miles Bridges.
  • 📅 June 22: The Hornets select Alabama forward Brandon Miller with the second overall selection of the NBA draft, and Arkansas guard Nick Smith Jr. with the 27th pick.
  • 📅 April 14: The NBA suspends Miles Bridges for 30 games without pay as a result of a domestic violence incident.

Key Contributors on the Hornets Roster

LaMelo Ball is this team's superstar, but Charlotte lost him for 46 games last season after he underwent a fourth ankle surgery.

Terry Rozier is a 29-year-old veteran shooting guard, who, along with the 33-year-old Gordon Hayward and the 35-year-old Ish Smith, give the team its veteran leadership.

Mark Williams is the most intriguing of the young players because he is leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 83 percent, which is a ridiculous percentage. P.J. Washington is a very steady power forward whose workload will be reduced once Miles Bridges returns from an NBA suspension.

The Hornets are led by head coach Steve Clifford.

Hornets Sportsbook Partner

Bet365 is officially the betting partner of the Charlotte Hornets, making the first collaboration between a sportsbook and a North Carolina based sports team. As a part of the partnership, the Bet365 logo will be displayed on the court in the Spectrum Center during each Hornets home game. There will also be additional promotions throughout the organization's media outlets.

Will the Hornets Win the NBA Championships in 2023-24?

It is incredibly unlikely that they will win the NBA title, which is why the Charlotte Hornets NBA championships odds are so very, very long. But with that being said, the team is under new ownership, and new owners tend to want results quickly, as we are seeing from Mat Ishbia in Phoenix.

The fact of the matter is that Boston, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are the class of the conference, and Miami went to the NBA Finals last season. Pardon the pun, but the Hornets are not in the same league with those teams.

Keep a close eye on the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, because that is where the Hornets can make adjustments to the roster and possibly add a player that can take them to the next level. But right now, before even thinking of a playoff run, the "next level" is simply making the postseason.

Hornets Championship History

The Hornets have zero NBA titles. They have never been to the NBA Finals or the Eastern Conference Finals since joining the NBA in 1988 as an expansion team. The Hornets were one of four expansion teams to join the National Basketball Association in '88, including the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In 2002, they moved to New Orleans, where the team would eventually be renamed as the Pelicans in 2013. From 1988 to 2002, the Hornets had four Eastern Conference semifinals appearances but lost in each one.

The inaugural season of the then-Charlotte Bobcats came in 2004-05, and the Hornets returned as a franchise in 2014-15. Since then, they have suffered first-round postseason knockouts in 2014 and 2016.

Who’s Favored To Win The NBA Championship In 2024?

The Celtics, the Bucks and 76ers are the favorites from the East; the Nuggets, Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers are the favorites from the West. 

When, Where, & How To Watch The Hornets Play in the NBA Championships Game

The NBA Finals will be televised by ABC, with the start date of June 6, 2024 locked in. There are seven games on the calendar in case the series goes down to the wire. Game 2 is June 9, Game 3 is June 12 and Game 4 is June 14. If necessary, Game 5 is June 17, Game 6 is June 20 and Game 7 is June 23.

This is a change from past years, when the NBA built flexibility into its finals schedule so that there were not too many down days if mismatches produced sweeps in the first three rounds.

  • 📅 Date: June 6, 2024
  • ⏰ Start time: 9 p.m. ET
  • 📺 How To Watch: All Finals games televised by ABC

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Chris Sheridan is a veteran NBA writer who has been covering the league since 1992, with a specialty in international basketball after being credentialed for every Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. He has been covering sports gambling since 2018.

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