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Curry/Paul Injuries Shake Up Title Odds

So far the biggest story of the 2016 NBA playoffs hasn't been a particular team. Instead, it's been a single player - the best player on the planet, to be more precise. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had to leave Game 4 of his team's first-round series with the Houston Rockets due to a knee injury, and the immediate future of the sharpshooter was in doubt.

But Dubs backers shouldn't fret just yet. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Curry's MRI on his knee has returned negative with no damage. Woj reports Curry "could miss two weeks."

That was the best case scenario for the Warriors, as any significant amount of damage could have ended Curry's season and, with it, ruin Golden State's hopes of claiming a second championship in as many years.

Oddsmakers have been quick to react as a result. Online book BetOnline has dropped the Warriors' NBA title odds from -135 to +150 in light of the news. Subsequently, the San Antonio Spurs' chances have jumped from +325 to +170. The Spurs easily swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round.

Considering they're plus money again, the time is now to grab Golden State if you think they have enough left in the tank to make another NBA Finals run. Here's a look at the book's full adjustments in odds.

*Update* Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul suffered a fracture in his right hand in Game 4 of his team's first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers. Paul is unlikely to return in the playoffs, which has dropped the Clippers' title odds from +1800 to +6600 as a result.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+150
San Antonio Spurs+170
Cleveland Cavaliers+350
Oklahoma City Thunder+1400
Toronto Raptors+4000
Miami Heat+4000
Los Angeles Clippers+6600
Boston Celtics+12500
Indiana Pacers+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+25000
Charlotte Hornets+25000
Houston Rockets+50000
Dallas Mavericks+200000

Odds as of April 26 at BetOnline

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I'd be lying to you if I said the first-round of the 2016 NBA playoffs has featured a lot of edge of your seat action, but the stakes are set to intensify in the coming weeks. When it comes to championship futures, the Golden State Warriors remain the odds-on favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the second time in as many years.

Golden State is listed at -135 to win the title at Bovada, while the San Antonio Spurs (+325), Cleveland Cavaliers (+375), Oklahoma City Thunder (+1400) and Los Angeles Clippers (+1800) round out the top five on the odds list.

Speaking of the Clippers, oddsmakers had pegged them at +2800 just a week ago. Despite owning a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks, the Thunder's chances have gone up from +1000 due to an underwhelming Game 2 loss. The Miami Heat are the biggest movers, jumping from +7500 to +3500 since the postseason tipped off.

The book's full list of postseason odds are below.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-135
San Antonio Spurs+325
Cleveland Cavaliers+375
Oklahoma City Thunder+1400
Los Angeles Clippers+1800
Toronto Raptors+3500
Miami Heat+3500
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Boston Celtics+15000
Indiana Pacers+20000
Houston Rockets+20000
Charlotte Hornets+35000
Portland Trail Blazers+40000
Detroit Pistons+40000
Dallas Mavericks+100000
Memphis Grizzlies+100000

Odds as of April 22 at Bovada

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With the playoff picture set, the time is now to get your NBA championship futures bets in.

Just as they have been all season long, the Golden State Warriors are the odds-on favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the second time in as many years. Bovada has tabbed the Dubs as -150 chalk to garner the title, while the San Antonio Spurs (+375), Cleveland Cavaliers (+400), Oklahoma City Thunder (+1000) and Los Angeles Clippers (+2800) round out the top five at the shop.

For bettors seeking long shot value, the Toronto Raptors look incredibly appealing at +3300. Perhaps it’s because they haven’t proven they can get the job done in the postseason, but last year’s first-round sweep at the hands of the Washington Wizards seems like a distant memory now for the Eastern Conference's second seed.

The Atlanta Hawks are another club who look undervalued in this regard. Atlanta (+7500) possesses a lethal defense, a steady offense led by the dynamic frontcourt duo of Al Horford and Paul Millsap and some great coaching with Gregg Popovich disciple Mike Budenholzer at the helm.

The 2016 NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, March 16. Getcha popcorn ready.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-150
San Antonio Spurs+375
Cleveland Cavaliers+400
Oklahoma City Thunder+1000
Los Angeles Clippers+2800
Toronto Raptors+3300
Boston Celtics+6600
Miami Heat+7500
Atlanta Hawks+7500
Charlotte Hornets+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+15000
Indiana Pacers+20000
Detroit Pistons+20000
Dallas Mavericks+25000
Houston Rockets+30000
Memphis Grizzlies+50000

Odds as of April 14 at Bovada

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While the Golden State Warriors continue to chase down the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-win regular season record, sportsbooks are clearly protecting themselves for the playoffs. That means you've likely already missed the boat in backing the Dubs to repeat as NBA champions.

As of mid February Stephen Curry and company were even money to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, but as we reach the final weeks of the regular season the book has lowered those odds to -140.

But sports bettors who are late to the party will have to look elsewhere for value, which may not be a bad strategy considering the loaded field behind Golden State.

San Antonio (+300) and Cleveland (+350) are the other two teams who have a realistic shot of catching the Warriors, however, the odds fall off a cliff when you examine the next batch of contenders.

The book has tabbed Oklahoma City with a great price of +1200, as the Los Angeles Clippers (+2800) and the Toronto Raptors (+3300) are also on the board. Even a small wager on one of these clubs could provide some nice payouts.

What are your favorite team's chances to take home some hardware in June? Have a look for yourself.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-140
San Antonio Spurs+300
Cleveland Cavaliers+350
Oklahoma City Thunder+1200
Los Angeles Clippers+2800
Toronto Raptors+3300
Boston Celtics+6600
Miami Heat+7500
Atlanta Hawks+7500
Indiana Pacers+20000
Detroit Pistons+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Utah Jazz+25000
Dallas Mavericks+25000
Houston Rockets+25000
Memphis Grizzlies+50000

Odds as of April 12 at Bovada

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The Golden State Warriors opened the NBA season as the odds-on favorites to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and with All-Star Weekend behind us they remain atop of odds lists. In fact, their value is shrinking, as they now sit at even money to go all the way after being priced at +125 a month before.

After the Dubs, it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers (+290), San Antonio Spurs (+325) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+900) who have the best shot at Bovada. The Toronto Raptors have played extremely well since the calendar turned to 2016, forcing oddsmakers to cut their championship odds in half from +5000 to +2500.

The Los Angeles Clippers may be the biggest soap opera in the Association, but they keep winning in spite of that. The Clips are +2500 at the shop – plenty of value for anyone believing Doc Rivers’ club can hit their stride by the postseason.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State WarriorsEVEN
Cleveland Cavaliers+290
San Antonio Spurs+325
Oklahoma City Thunder+900
Los Angeles Clippers+2500
Toronto Raptors+2500
Chicago Bulls+3300
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Miami Heat+6600
Indiana Pacers+6600
Houston Rockets+7500
Boston Celtics+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
Detroit Pistons+15000
Dallas Mavericks+15000
New York Knicks+15000
Washington Wizards+20000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Sacramento Kings+50000
New Orleans Pelicans+50000
Utah Jazz+50000
Portland Trail Blazers+50000
Orlando Magic+100000
Milwaukee Bucks+100000

Odds as of February 8 at Bovada

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As the calendar turns to 2016, the Golden State Warriors remain as the cream of the crop of the NBA. Considering how well they've played this year, it wouldn't be farfetched to see them sit on the throne all the way into next season.

That's certainly how online sportsbook Bovada sees it. It isn't a surprise to see the Warriors with the shortest odds (+125) at the shop to repeat as NBA champions, but what is surprising is how well they've performed in the absence of their head coach.

Dubs head coach Steve Kerr hasn't even been behind the bench this season as a result of back surgery he underwent in the summer, which has thrust associate coach Luke Walton into the role. Walton has excelled as the team's acting coach while likely angling for a future head coaching job in the process.

It's hard to imagine how the Warriors could get even scarier, but that's likely what's going to happen once Kerr returns to the sidelines. If you like Golden State's chances to once again hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June, you'd be smart to grab them right now at their current price before it dips into the minuses.

Where does your team stack up? Here's a full list of odds for every team's title hopes (with apologies to Lakers and Sixers fans).

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+125
Cleveland Cavaliers+275
San Antonio Spurs+400
Oklahoma City Thunder+750
Los Angeles Clippers+2500
Chicago Bulls+2500
Miami Heat+3300
Atlanta Hawks+3300
Indiana Pacers+5000
Toronto Raptors+5000
Houston Rockets+6600
Boston Celtics+6600
Dallas Mavericks+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Detroit Pistons+15000
Charlotte Hornets+20000
New York Knicks+20000
Washington Wizards+20000
Utah Jazz+30000
Orlando Magic+30000
Milwaukee Bucks+30000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Minnesota Timberwolves+50000
New Orleans Pelicans+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000
Portland Trail Blazers+50000
Denver Nuggets+50000
Brooklyn Nets+100000
Philadelphia 76ersN/A
Los Angeles LakersN/A

Odds as of December 30 at Bovada

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When examining the NBA championship outlook at the quarter mark of the season, it’s looking like it’s going to be between the Golden State Warriors and everyone else. That’s to be expected when the calendar turns to December and you still haven’t suffered your first loss. As a result of their dominance, online shop Bovada has set the Dubs as +150 favorites to go back-to-back in June.

It’s rare that a LeBron James-led team gets overshadowed but that’s exactly what’s happened this year thanks to the Warriors’ sizzling play. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been largely banged up this season but are still perched on top of the Eastern Conference and currently have the second-best chances to claim the title (+260). When All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returns from injury, this team is going to be downright scary.

The San Antonio Spurs(+550), Oklahoma City Thunder (+1200) and the Los Angeles Clippers (+1200) round out the top five. The Indiana Pacers were +10000 to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Nov. 13 but have since risen all the way to +2800 thanks to some red-hot play. As of Dec. 4, Indy had won nine of its last 11 to once again re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the suddenly improved Eastern Conference.

Where is your favorite team at? Take a look.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+150
Cleveland Cavaliers+260
San Antonio Spurs+550
Oklahoma City Thunder+1200
Los Angeles Clippers+1200
Chicago Bulls+1800
Miami Heat+2800
Indiana Pacers+2800
Houston Rockets+3300
Atlanta Hawks+3300
Toronto Raptors+4000
Memphis Grizzlies+5000
Boston Celtics+6600
Washington Wizards+10000
Detroit Pistons+10000
Dallas Mavericks+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
New York Knicks+15000
Milwaukee Bucks+15000
Orlando Jazz+15000
New Orleans Pelicans+20000
Phoenix Suns+20000
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000
Phoenix Suns+30000
Charlotte Hornets+25000
Sacramento Kings+30000
Portland Trail Blazers+30000
Denver Nuggets+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Los Angeles Lakers+100000

Odds as of December 4 at Bovada

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The 2015-16 NBA season is less than three weeks old but the contenders are already starting to distance themselves from the pretenders. The Golden State Warriors have gotten off to their best start in franchise history and are the undisputed favorites to repeat as NBA champs at Bovada with a +200 price.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are once again at the top of the Eastern Conference thanks to the ever dominant LeBron James, but it won't be a cake walk to the NBA Finals this year. The East is looking better than it has in quite some time which is evident when looking at the spike in odds by many of its members from before the campaign tipped off.

After the Dubs and Cavs it's the San Antonio Spurs (+525), Oklahoma City Thunder (+900) and Los Angeles Clippers (+900) rounding out the top five. If we've learned one thing from the NBA, it's that you should expect the unexpected. It's going to be a wild season.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+200
Cleveland Cavaliers+300
San Antonio Spurs+525
Oklahoma City Thunder+900
Los Angeles Clippers+900
Chicago Bulls+1800
Houston Rockets+2000
Miami Heat+2500
Toronto Raptors+3300
Atlanta Hawks+3300
Memphis Grizzlies+5000
Washington Wizards+5000
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600
Detroit Pistons+7500
New Orleans Pelicans+7500
New York Knicks+7500
Indiana Pacers+10000
Boston Celtics+10000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Dallas Mavericks+20000
Sacramento Kings+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Phoenix Suns+30000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Orlando Magic+30000
Los Angeles Lakers+50000
Denver Nuggets+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Philadelphia 76ers+100000

Odds as of November 13 at Bovada

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The Cleveland Cavaliers came up just short of gaining NBA glory last season, but as we've come to know since he entered the league, any team that features LeBron James is going to be in the running when it comes to being a perennial championship favorite. That's a big reason why Bovada thinks the Cavs can finish the job this year, setting the wine and gold as a +275 favorite to bring the title back to Ohio.

The loaded Cavs won't have an easy road there, however. The San Antonio Spurs, ever the model of consistency, got a huge boost by luring former Portland Trail Blazers superstar LaMarcus Aldridge back to his home state. San Antonio has the second best chance to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the shop (+350).

The Golden State Warriors appear to be content with the makeup of their roster and are returning largely the same team that claimed the title last year, but find themselves in third place at +500. Here's a look at the book's full list of NBA championship odds.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers+275
San Antonio Spurs+350
Golden State Warriors+500
Oklahoma City Thunder+800
Los Angeles Clippers+1000
Houston Rockets+1600
Chicago Bulls+1600
Miami Heat+3300
Memphis Grizzlies+3300
New Orleans Pelicans+4000
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Indiana Pacers+5000
Milwaukee Bucks+5000
Toronto Raptors+5000
Washington Wizards+5000
Dallas Mavericks+6600
Boston Celtics+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Detroit Pistons+15000
Phoenix Suns+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+15000
Utah Jazz+15000
Brooklyn Nets+20000
Minnesota Timberwolves+20000
New York Knicks+20000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Denver Nuggets+25000
Charlotte Hornets+25000
Orlando Magic+25000
Philadelphia 76ers+25000

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

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LeBron James has a signed contract for next season, and his Cleveland Cavaliers are atop the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks.

With James signing a two-year contract (with a player option for the second year) the Cavaliers are the +275 favorites at Bovada on the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship despite the fact they came up short against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this past spring.

The Warriors are at +500 on the latest 2016 NBA championship odds at Bovada, putting them behind the Cavaliers and the +300 San Antonio Spurs - who got a boost on those betting futures on the announcement that LaMarcus Aldridge was signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the team.

And San Antonio has moved ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the futures list as well, with Kevin Durant and company back at +850 on the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship. The Los Angeles Clippers, who will have DeAndre Jordan back with them next season after all, are then at +1000 at Bovada.

The Houston Rockets are at +1600 on the 2016 NBA championship odds, with the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat at +2000, and the Memphis Grizzlies at +3300. The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, are back at +5000; the Mavericks' odds to win the title improved briefly when Jordan was expected to sign with them.

2016 NBA Champion

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +275
  • San Antonio Spurs +300
  • Golden State Warriors +500
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +850
  • Los Angeles Clippers +1000
  • Houston Rockets +1600
  • Chicago Bulls +2000
  • Miami Heat +2000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +3300
  • Atlanta Hawks +5000
  • Dallas Mavericks +5000
  • Indiana Pacers +5000
  • Milwaukee Bucks +5000
  • Toronto Raptors +5000
  • Washington Wizards +5000
  • Los Angeles Lakers +10000
  • Boston Celtics +7500
  • Detroit Pistons +10000
  • Phoenix Suns +10000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +10000
  • Utah Jazz +10000
  • Brooklyn Nets +15000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +15000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +5000
  • New York Knicks +15000
  • Sacramento Kings +25000
  • Denver Nuggets +25000
  • Charlotte Hornets +25000
  • Orlando Magic +25000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +25000

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Will the Cleveland Cavaliers get their revenge next season and finally come away with an NBA title? They're the favorites on the early odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at online sportsbook Bovada over the team that just beat them in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers are the 11/4 favorites on the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at Bovada, followed by the Warriors at 4/1 despite their six-game victory in the NBA Finals this spring. The Oklahoma City Thunder round out the top tier of 2016 contenders at 15/2 odds.

The San Antonio Spurs are then at 10/1 on the 2016 NBA championship odds, with the Los Angeles Clippers at 11/1, and the Chicago Bulls at 14/1. The Houston Rockets hold down a line of 16/1 on those early odds, with the Atlanta Hawks a step back at 25/1.

2016 NBA Champion

Odds as of June 25 at Bovada

  • Cleveland Cavaliers 11/4
  • Golden State Warriors 4/1
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 15/2
  • San Antonio Spurs 10/1
  • Los Angeles Clippers 11/1
  • Chicago Bulls 14/1
  • Houston Rockets 16/1
  • Atlanta Hawks 25/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies 28/1
  • Dallas Mavericks 33/1
  • Indiana Pacers 33/1
  • Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
  • Miami Heat 33/1
  • New Orleans Pelicans 33/1
  • Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
  • Toronto Raptors 40/1
  • Washington Wizards 40/1
  • Boston Celtics 50/1
  • Brooklyn Nets 100/1
  • Denver Nuggets 100/1
  • Detroit Pistons 100/1
  • Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
  • New York Knicks 100/1
  • Phoenix Suns 100/1
  • Sacramento Kings 100/1
  • Utah Jazz 100/1
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
  • Charlotte Hornets 250/1
  • Orlando Magic 250/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers 250/1

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The Golden State Warriors can close out the 2015 NBA Finals with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the series at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night, and as a result they head into the contest as the big -1200 favorites at BetOnline on the updated championship odds. LeBron James and the Cavaliers are then the +825 series underdogs.

Odds To Win 2015 NBA Championship at BetOnline as of June 15
  • Golden State Warriors -1200
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +825

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The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are all square at 2-2, but heading into Game 5 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday night the Warriors are sitting as the -380 series favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline with the Cavaliers the +320 underdogs to win the best-of-seven championship series this spring.

Odds To Win 2015 NBA Championship at BetOnline as of June 12
  • Golden State Warriors -380
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +320

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The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to split the first two games of the NBA Finals on the road despite the loss of guard Kyrie Irving, and heading home for Game 3 of the best-of-seven set they're just slightly bigger underdogs to win the championship at the sportsbooks.

The Cavaliers opened the NBA Finals as the +170 underdogs to win the championship at Bovada, and with Game 3 on tap for Quicken Loans Arena they're now the +175 underdogs. The Warriors, meanwhile, are the -210 favorites on the updated NBA Finals odds.

Odds To Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of June 8
  • Golden State Warriors -210
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +175

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The Golden State Warriors are the favorites on the odds to win the NBA championship at online sportsbook Bovada heading into the NBA Finals, which will get underway on Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

At Bovada the Warriors are listed as the -200 favorite on the series prices, with the Cleveland Cavaliers pegged as the +170 underdog as LeBron James gets ready to play in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals will take place on June 7 in Oakland, with the series then shifting to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 9 and June 11.

Golden State punched its ticket to the NBA Finals with a 4-1 series victory over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, clinching the set with a 104-90 home win on May 27. The Cavaliers swept the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Finals.

Odds To Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of June 2
  • Golden State Warriors -200
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +170
NBA Finals Series Result at Bovada as of June 2
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 18/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 12/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 5/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 4-3 6/1
  • Golden State Warriors 4-0 8/1
  • Golden State Warriors 4-1 7/2
  • Golden State Warriors 4-2 4/1
  • Golden State Warriors 4-3 13/5

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With the conference finals tipping off this week it's the Golden State Warriors that sit as the favorites on the updated odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship at the online sportsbooks, with the Cleveland Cavaliers trailing them on that futures list.

At Bovada the Warriors sit as the 4/7 favorites on the 2015 NBA Championship odds, with the Cavaliers second at 13/5 odds. Golden State will take on the Houston Rockets in the Western Finals, while Cleveland meets the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Finals.

The Hawks are back at 9/1 odds on the updated NBA Championship betting lines at Bovada, with the Rockets pegged at 10/1 odds. As for the NBA Finals matchup prop, a series between the Warriors and the Cavaliers for the title is the clear 1/2 betting favorite.

Odds To Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of May 18
  • Golden State Warriors 4/7
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 13/5
  • Atlanta Hawks 9/1
  • Houston Rockets 10/1
2015 NBA Championship Exact Matchup Odds at Bovada
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 1/2
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets 10/1
  • Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors 2/1
  • Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets 18/1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are tied atop the odds to win the NBA championship at online sportsbook Bovada heading into the playoffs, with both those teams sitting at 11/5 on the updated NBA futures.

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are third at 7/2, with both the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls at 12/1, and the Houston Rockets at 16/1. The Los Angeles Clippers hold down 18/1 odds at Bovada to win the NBA championship with the postseason getting started, followed by the Memphis Grizzlies at 28/1.

From there it's the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers at 40/1, the Toronto Raptors at 50/1, the Washington Wizards at 75/1, the Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Pelicans at 150/1, the Brooklyn Nets at 200/1, and the Milwaukee Bucks as the longshot at 250/1.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of April 15

Cleveland Cavaliers 11/5
Golden State Warriors 11/5
San Antonio Spurs 7/2
Atlanta Hawks 12/1
Chicago Bulls 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Memphis Grizzlies 28/1
Dallas Mavericks 40/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Washington Wizards 75/1
Boston Celtics 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Brooklyn Nets 200/1
Milwaukee Bucks 250/1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers remain at the top of the odds to win the 2015 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks late in March, with LeBron James, Kevin Love, and company now holding down odds of 2/1 on those updated Bovada NBA futures.

The Golden State Warriors are then sitting second at 12/5 on the odds to win the NBA championship at Bovada, with the San Antonio Spurs at 6/1, the Atlanta Hawks at 10/1, the Houston Rockets at 12/1, and the Memphis Grizzlies at 14/1. The Chicago Bulls are at 16/1 and the Los Angeles Clippers are at 18/1 on the latest NBA championship odds, with the Oklahoma City Thunder now set back at 33/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of March 28

Cleveland Cavaliers 2/1
Golden State Warriors 12/5
San Antonio Spurs 6/1
Atlanta Hawks 10/1
Houston Rockets 12/1
Memphis Grizzlies 14/1
Chicago Bulls 16/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 33/1
Dallas Mavericks 40/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Miami Heat 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Boston Celtics 200/1
Indiana Pacers 200/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
New Orleans Pelicans 300/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1
Charlotte Hornets 500/1
Phoenix Suns 1000/1

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The Golden State Warriors have moved ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers on the odds to win the 2015 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks at the All-Star Break, with Golden State at 3/1 and Cleveland at 7/2 on those updated Bovada basketball futures.

The Atlanta Hawks are then sitting at 15/2 on the 2015 NBA championship odds, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs both at 8/1, the Chicago Bulls at 9/1, the Memphis Grizzlies at 10/1, and the Dallas Mavericks at 14/1. The Los Angeles Clippers are holding down 18/1 odds at Bovada to win the 2015 NBA championship, with the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors sitting at 25/1 odds, and the Portland Trail Blazers at 28/1 odds. The Washington Wizards are a step back at 40/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of February 15

Golden State Warriors 3/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
Atlanta Hawks 15/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
San Antonio Spurs 8/1
Chicago Bulls 9/1
Memphis Grizzlies 10/1
Dallas Mavericks 14/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 28/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Miami Heat 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Phoenix Suns 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 300/1
Detroit Pistons 300/1
Indiana Pacers 300/1
Boston Celtics 500/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are still holding down top spot on the odds to win the NBA championship at the online sportsbooks two months into the season, with the Golden State Warriors now joining the San Antonio Spurs as their main challengers on the futures list.

At Bovada the Cavaliers sit as the 13/4 favorites on the NBA championship odds, with the Warriors and the Spurs both at 5/1, and the Chicago Bulls then at 15/2. The Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder are each listed at 8/1 on that NBA futures list at the sportsbook, with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies both at 14/1, and the Houston Rockets at 16/1. The Toronto Raptors are sitting at 22/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of December 25

Cleveland Cavaliers 13/4
Golden State Warriors 5/1
San Antonio Spurs 5/1
Chicago Bulls 15/2
Dallas Mavericks 8/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Los Angeles Clippers 14/1
Memphis Grizzlies 14/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Toronto Raptors 22/1
Atlanta Hawks 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 25/1
Washington Wizards 28/1
Miami Heat 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Brooklyn Nets 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 300/1
Sacramento Kings 300/1
Boston Celtics 500/1
Charlotte Hornets 500/1
Denver Nuggets 500/1
Indiana Pacers 500/1
Los Angeles Lakers 500/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 1000/1
New York Knicks 1000/1
Orlando Magic 1000/1
Utah Jazz 1000/1
Detroit Pistons 5000/1
Philadelphia 76ers 5000/1

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a sluggish start to the 2014/15 NBA season, but that hasn't knocked them off the top spot on the odds to win the NBA Championship. The Cavaliers remain the 11/4 favorites on the NBA Championship odds, with the San Antonio Spurs behind them at 4/1 on that list. The Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors both sit with 7/1 title odds.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of November 20

Cleveland Cavaliers 11/4
San Antonio Spurs 4/1
Chicago Bulls 7/1
Golden State Warriors 7/1
Memphis Grizzlies 11/1
Dallas Mavericks 12/1
Los Angeles Clippers 12/1
Houston Rockets 14/1
Toronto Raptors 16/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 20/1
Portland Trail Blazers 25/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
New Orleans Pelicans 40/1
Detroit Pistons 50/1
Miami Heat 50/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Brooklyn Nets 75/1
Phoenix Suns 75/1
Sacramento Kings 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Boston Celtics 200/1
Denver Nuggets 200/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Indiana Pacers 250/1
Utah Jazz 250/1
Los Angeles Lakers 300/1
Orlando Magic 500/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 1000/1
Philadelphia 76ers 5000/1

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Heading into the start of the 2014/15 NBA season the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't budged as the favorites on the odds to win the championship, with the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls second and third on those title futures at the online sportsbooks.

The Cavaliers will enter the season as the 5/2 NBA championship favorites at Bovada, followed by the Spurs at 7/2, and the Bulls at 11/2. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who could be playing without Kevin Durant for up to the first two months of the season, are set back at 7/1 odds, with the Los Angeles Clippers then listed at 8/1 odds at the sportsbook.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of October 20

Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
San Antonio Spurs 7/2
Chicago Bulls 11/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 7/1
Los Angeles Clippers 8/1
Dallas Mavericks 20/1
Golden State Warriors 20/1
Houston Rockets 20/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Portland Trail blazers 40/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Miami Heat 50/1
New York Knicks 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
Charlotte Hornets 66/1
Indiana Pacers 66/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Boston Celtics 200/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Sacramento Kings 250/1
Milwaukee Bucks 300/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 300/1
Utah Jazz 300/1
Philadelphia 76ers 500/1

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The Indiana Pacers have lost star Paul George for the season because of a fractured leg, and as a result their odds to win the 2015 NBA championship have dropped considerably at the sportsbooks. Sitting at 20/1 on that list early in the summer, the Pacers are now at 50/1 on those futures.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, have gone all the up to 5/2 on those NBA championship betting odds, with the Pacers now less of a threat to them in the Eastern Conference. The San Antonio Spurs are second at 4/1, with the Chicago Bills set at 11/2.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of October 6

Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
San Antonio Spurs 4/1
Chicago Bulls 11/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 11/2
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Dallas Mavericks 20/1
Houston Rockets 20/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Indiana Pacers 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Miami Heat 50/1
New York Knicks 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
Charlotte Hornets 66/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Boston Celtics 200/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Sacramento Kings 250/1
Milwaukee Bucks 300/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 300/1
Utah Jazz 300/1
Philadelphia 76ers 500/1

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LeBron James has returned to Cleveland, and the Cavaliers are at the top of the updated odds to win the 2015 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks.

With James back as a member of the Cavaliers the oddsmakers at Bovada have boosted them to 7/2 favorites on the 2015 NBA championship odds, while the Miami Heat fell all the way down to 25/1 as they face a future without James. Rounding out the updated Top 5 on that list are the San Antonio Spurs (9/2), Oklahoma City Thunder (13/2), Chicago Bulls (13/2), and Houston Rockets (10/1).

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of July 14:

Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
San Antonio Spurs 9/2
Chicago Bulls 13/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/2
Houston Rockets 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Golden State Warriors 20/1
Indiana Pacers 20/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
New York Knicks 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
New Orleans Pelicans 66/1
Phoenix Suns 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Boston Celtics 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Denver Nuggets 75/1
Detroit Pistons 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Utah Jazz 200/1

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With LeBron James expected to return to South Beach with a new contract for next season the sportsbooks continue to have the Miami Heat listed as the favorites on the odds to win the 2015 NBA championship with the league's free agency period underway.

The Heat are the +325 favorites on the latest 2015 NBA championship odds at 5Dimes, with Tim Duncan and the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs next at +500, the Oklahoma City Thunder at +650, the Chicago Bulls at +800, and the Los Angeles Clippers rounding out the top tier of contenders for next spring at odds of +900.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at 5Dimes as of July 1:

Miami Heat +325
San Antonio Spurs +500
Oklahoma City Thunder +650
Chicago Bulls +800
Los Angeles Clippers +900
Indiana Pacers +1700
Houston Rockets +1775
Golden State Warriors +2000
Cleveland Cavaliers +2650
Portland Trail Blazers +3500
Washington Wizards +3500
Brooklyn Nets +3500
Memphis Grizzlies +4500
Toronto Raptors +5000
Dallas Mavericks +5000
New York Knicks +5000
Los Angeles Lakers +5500
Denver Nuggets +7500
Phoenix Suns +7500
New Orleans Pelicans +7500
Charlotte Hornets +8500
Atlanta Hawks +9000
Boston Celtics +9500
Detroit Pistons +12500
Minnesota Timberwolves +12500
Sacramento Kings +12500
Utah Jazz +20000
Orlando Magic +20000
Philadelphia 76ers +25000
Milwaukee Bucks +37500

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The San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA champions, but the Miami Heat are the 2015 NBA championship favorites as futures are released for next season at the online sportsbooks.

Despite their five-game victory over the Heat in the NBA Finals the Spurs don't find themselves pegged as the chalk on the odds to win the 2015 NBA championship, as Bovada opened the Heat as the 3/1 favorites shortly after San Antonio clinched the title.

The Spurs are then tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6/1 on those NBA futures for 2015, with the Los Angeles Clippers at 9/1, and both the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers at 12/1. The Houston Rockets are listed at 16/1 odds.

San Antonio topped Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals this past season after knocking out the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers in the first two rounds. Miami claimed series wins over each of the Bobcats, Nets, and Pacers before falling in the NBA Finals.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Championship at Bovada as of June 15:

Miami Heat 3/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 6/1
San Antonio Spurs 6/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
Chicago Bulls 12/1
Indiana Pacers 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 25/1
Brooklyn Nets 28/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 33/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Memphis Grizzlies 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 40/1
New York Knicks 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Boston Celtics 50/1
Denver Nuggets 50/1
Detroit Pistons 50/1
New Orleans Pelicans 50/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Phoenix Suns 75/1
Orlando Magic 150/1
Sacramento Kings 150/1
Utah Jazz 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1

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