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Avalanche, Nuggets, Broncos Or Rockies: Next Championship In Denver Odds

Avalanche, Nuggets, Broncos Or Rockies: Next Championship In Denver Odds
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It's not exactly title town. Colorado sports betting fans have celebrated just one major-league championship in the past 21 years. Peyton Manning closed his NFL career by riding with the Denver Broncos to the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50.

Russell Wilson will be the 13th different starting quarterback used by the Broncos in the seven seasons since Manning retired. Nathaniel Hackett, meanwhile, is the third new head coach since Gary Kubiak hung up his headset in 2017. Hackett was the offensive coordinator for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers before making the move west.

The combination of Hackett and Wilson should bring stability to the Broncos on the field as its sale dominates concern off it.

With that major development, it's time to ask: Which of the four major-league teams based in Denver will be the next to win a championship?

Next Denver Team To Win A Title Odds

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Does the addition of a new head coach and future Hall of Fame quarterback make the Broncos the favorite to win Denver’s next professional title?

Can the Avalanche make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals and bring home hockey’s coveted chalice to Denver?

Can the Nuggets break out in the NBA’s Western Conference and follow the path set by the Phoenix Suns last season?

Will the Rockies . . . well, at least there’s going to be baseball this year.

The odds below were formed by our Bookies.com betting analysis team after examining the strengths of each of the four major pro sports teams in Denver, combined with the sports calendar and competition in each of their respective leagues.

Next Denver Championship Odds

Team LeagueOdds
AvalancheNHL-200
NuggetsNBA+150
BroncosNFL+500
RockiesMLB+2500

Odds above are projected and not currently available at legal sportsbooks or betting apps. This page will be updated should odds become available.

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Here’s a breakdown of each team and its chances over the next several years.

Colorado Avalanche

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The Avs are all-in on winning a Stanley Cup this summer. Yes, you read that correctly. If the Stanley Cup Finals go seven games, they won’t end until June 30. This means the NHL won’t decide its champion until after the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

Before the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, the last Mile High City championship was delivered by the 2001 Colorado Avalanche.

That team featured Hall of Famers Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sackic, and Rob Blake. The Avalanche also won a Stanley Cup in 1996. Those two Stanley Cup triumphs were sandwiched by back-to-back Super Bowl wins from the John Elway-led Broncos.


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Last season, the Avalanche won the NHL West Division and led the NHL in scoring with 197 goals. But their postseason was cut short by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round.

The Avs are second in scoring this season, but have slipped from No. 3 to No. 14 in goals allowed. Can they go all the way this time?

Bookies.com NHL handicapper and editor-in-chief of Colorado Hockey Now Adrian Dater believes they can – with help. Dater notes that the Avalanche are a “league-leading team” that is “really going for it this time.” According to Dater, the Avs are likely to make a “big addition” by the March 21 NHL trade deadline.

BUZZ: This window isn’t going to last forever. But it’s wide open right now.

Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets were a trendy pick to win the Western Conference last season. Their “upstart” thunder was stolen by the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix rallied from being +1800 to win the Pacific Division early last season, to winning the Western Conference.

The best value on the Nuggets to win the NBA Finals this season is +3000 at DraftKings. The team is as low as +2200 elsewhere.

Does Nikola Jokic have enough assistance to make the Nuggets a championship contender this year and into the near future?

Bookies.com NBA handicapper Mark Strotman believes the Nuggets don’t have all the tools needed right now. But he also knows it’s hard to count out perhaps the best player in the NBA.

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Any team with Nikola Jokic on it has a chance. The reigning MVP has a shot to become a back-to-back winner thanks to his elite scoring and passing. He's truly a one-of-a-kind talent that no one seems to have an answer for,” Strotman says.

“But the Nuggets' title chances will rest on the health of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. It's simply too difficult in today's NBA to win a championship without your second and third best players. That's not going to happen in 2022, even if Porter is able to return in some fashion. But in 2023, when the Nuggets' Big Three is healthy and playing together? Never say never. There's value here thanks to Denver having arguably the league's best player.”

BUZZ: The grind of the NBA playoffs, which would end on June 19 if the 2022 NBA Finals go seven games, is too much for one player to carry an entire team. Even a star like Jokic. (See Jimmy Butler – 2020 Miami Heat). As a big man, Jokic is going to draw physical contact 35 minutes a night for two months after an 82-game regular season.

Denver Broncos

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The trade that brought Wilson to Denver in exchange for Drew Lock, players and draft picks cut the NFL betting odds on the Broncos to win the AFC West, AFC Championship and Super Bowl 57. Denver is now +1200 at BetMGM to win the Super Bowl. The Broncos were +1600 before the Wilson deal. Denver is up to +650 at DraftKings to win the AFC, after being +900 before the deal.

The Broncos gave up a pile of merchandise to get Wilson, including Lock. But the team was never really set with Lock, given that the Broncos got Teddy Bridgewater before the 2021 season. Bridgewater started 14 games last season before getting hurt.

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The time is suddenly “now” for the Broncos. New ownership should add to the intensity of the organization. The Broncos gave up two first-round picks, two seconds and a fifth in the Wilson deal, so any new impact players for this season and next will come via free-agency or a trade.

The number here for the Broncos has as much to do with the calendar as the strength of the Avalanche or Nuggets. They each get a run at a title before the Broncos open training camp.


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The AFC West is stacked from top to bottom and the division could well produce three playoff teams. Depending on the additions the Broncos make at running back and on defense (Von Miller, anyone?), this team could be the 2022 version of the Cincinnati Bengals.

BUZZ:The Broncos have a coach and QB who know how to win a Super Bowl. Depending on how the Broncos emerge from free agency, they must be considered here. But they could lose out because of the calendar.

Colorado Rockies

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The 2007 Rockies won the National League pennant and rolled into the World Series before getting swept by the Boston Red Sox. That was the last time the Rockies reached the NLCS, never mind the Fall Classic. The Rockies have never won a divisional title in their history, reaching the playoffs five times as a wild card. The Rockies last made the playoffs in 2018.

This season, the Rockies will enjoy having a DH in their lineup. And the MLB playoffs have been expanded to six teams in each league. Oddsmakers at betting sites give the Rockies a near non-existent chance to win their first World Series this year. Colorado is +20000 at DraftKings.

The NL West Dodgers are +600 favorites at PointsBet and BetMGM and on other MLB futures markets to win the World Series.

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The Rockies are rebuilding – again. First-year GM Bill Schmidt already fired the head of analytics he had hired last month. The Rockies have their eye on a big bat before the 2022 season, but the team is far too lean to make any sort of a run at the Dodgers, Padres or Giants this season.

BUZZ: Wait ‘til next . . . decade?

And The Winner Is . . .

The Avalanche missed a major championship opportunity last season. They remain the consensus favorite to win the Stanley Cup this June (+400 at PointsBet and DraftKings) and at the very least earn a trip to the Finals. Look for a rematch of the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals against Florida. If the Avs don’t get it done this year or next, the Broncos could well be in line for a win in Super Bowl 58 in 2024.

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About the Author

Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.