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NBA Championship Odds: Hot Start Has Clippers Skyrocketing

The 2016-17 NBA season is a month old, but it’s the same old story when it comes to championship odds at sportsbooks.

As of November 22, the Golden State Warriors are -110 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at Bovada. The Cleveland Cavaliers (+300), San Antonio Spurs (+750), Los Angeles Clippers (+750), Atlanta Hawks (+4000), Boston Celtics (+4000), Toronto Raptors (+4000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+5000), Indiana Pacers (+5000) and Chicago Bulls (+5000) are next on the list.

As far as movement goes, the Clips have made the biggest jump among contending teams since the start of the campaign. They were available for a price of +2500 when the year tipped off, but a 13-2 start has seen them skyrocket up the list. Chris Paul and company have scored the second-most points in the league (110) while giving up the third-fewest (96.7).

You’ll have to forgive sports bettors if they aren’t rushing to the window to bet Clippers futures. Fantastic regular season performances followed by disappointing early playoff exits have become all too common for this team, so proceed with caution.

The Cavs, Hawks and Bulls are first, second and third in the Eastern Conference, but it’s the Hawks who are garnering the most respect from oddsmakers. Atlanta’s offseason moves made a lot of people scratch their heads, yet the Hawks have stormed out of the gate to a 9-4 record. Bovada has adjusted their title odds from +10000 to +4000 as a result.

There were more questions than answers surrounding Chicago to start the year, but head coach Fred Hoiberg has done a nice of job of incorporating Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo into the starting lineup. Despite a 9-5 start, the Bulls’ title odds have fallen from +4000 to +5000.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-110
Cleveland Cavaliers+300
San Antonio Spurs+750
Los Angeles Clippers+750
Atlanta Hawks+4000
Boston Celtics+4000
Toronto Raptors+4000
Oklahoma City Thunder+5000
Indiana Pacers+5000
Chicago Bulls+5000
Houston Rockets+5000
New York Knicks+6600
Portland Trail Blazers+6600
Charlotte Hornets+6600
Los Angeles Lakers+6600
Utah Jazz+7500
Minnesota Timberwolves+10000
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Detroit Pistons+10000
Miami Heat+15000
Washington Wizards+20000
Milwaukee Bucks+20000
Sacramento Kings+30000
Dallas Mavericks+30000
Denver Nuggets+30000
Orlando Magic+30000
New Orleans Pelicans+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Philadelphia 76ers+100000

Odds as of November 22 at Bovada

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The 2016-17 NBA season starts Tuesday, and oddsmakers are holding firm when it comes to championship odds.

The stacked Golden State Warriors are -125 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at Bovada. The reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers come in at +300, while the San Antonio Spurs (+900), Boston Celtics (+1800), Los Angeles Clippers (+2500), Toronto Raptors (+4000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+4000), Chicago Bulls (+4000), New York Knicks (+5000) and Indiana Pacers (+6600) round out the top 10.

Golden State was already a powerhouse, and adding superstar Kevin Durant to the fold makes them downright frightening. Any team featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant is going to receive a ton of respect from sportsbooks. Even if they get off to a rocky start, don’t expect that to change any time soon.

Cleveland at +300 is incredibly appealing. The Cavs became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and LeBron James’ crew will only be more dangerous now that they’ve brought the championship-starved city of Cleveland its first professional sports title since 1964.

Between San Antonio, Boston and Los Angeles, I like the Spurs’ chances the most. Gregg Popovich is unquestionably the best coach in the league, and San Antonio’s 19-year streak of making the playoffs speaks for itself. Tim Duncan is gone, but this is Kawhi Leonard’s team now. Pairing Leonard with sweet-shooting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge gives San Antonio a fantastic one-two punch. Don’t sleep on the Spurs.

The Clippers’ current core has been together since 2011, yet they haven’t been able to make it through the second round. This season is seen as a make-or-break year for Chris Paul and company, and I’m not sure if the Clips will be able to handle the added pressure. Even at +2500 odds, I wouldn’t touch them in NBA futures.

2017 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-125
Cleveland Cavaliers+300
San Antonio Spurs+900
Boston Celtics+1800
Los Angeles Clippers+2500
Toronto Raptors+4000
Oklahoma City Thunder+4000
Chicago Bulls+4000
New York Knicks+5000
Indiana Pacers+6600
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+6600
Portland Trail Blazers+7500
Miami Heat+10000
Atlanta Hawks+10000
Houston Rockets+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Detroit Pistons+10000
Washington Wizards+10000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Dallas Mavericks+20000
Los Angeles Lakers+20000
Orlando Magic+20000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Denver Nuggets+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000
Philadelphia 76ers+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000

Odds as of October 24 at Bovada

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Things are pretty quiet in the NBA world right now, but it won’t be long before the world’s best basketball players hit the hardwood again. When it comes to championship odds, one team reigns supreme.

The Golden State Warriors are -110 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at Bovada. The Cleveland Cavaliers (+275), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Boston Celtics (+1800) and Los Angeles Clippers (+2000) are right behind them at sportsbooks.

Look, we all know how stacked the Warriors are, so I’m not going to go in-depth about the terrifying combination of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Instead, I’ve outlined three value teams that could have a real shot at the title.

San Antonio Spurs (+1200)

What more can you say about the Spurs? The NBA’s most well-run franchise made the playoffs for the 19th year in a row last season, but a disappointing showing against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round prematurely showed them the door.

Longtime standout Tim Duncan is gone, but this is Kawhi Leonard’s team now. Leonard’s smothering defense and standout offense have quietly made him one of the top players in the league. Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the Association, LaMarcus Aldridge is a beast and veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili exude a winning pedigree. +1200 is a fantastic price for the Spurs.

Los Angeles Clippers (+2000)

I know, I know. The Clippers don’t exactly have an illustrious history of postseason success. The franchise was the laughingstock of the league for decades, and its current core hasn’t been able to get through the second round since forming in 2012.

But make no mistake: the Clips are loaded. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are extremely talented, and they have a ton of veteran experience and depth elsewhere on the roster. If Paul didn’t fracture his hand in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers, L.A. could very well have made a deep playoff run last spring.

Toronto Raptors (+3300)

The Raptors have been largely irrelevant for their 21 years of existence, but things have changed. The Raps established themselves as the Eastern Conference’s second-best squad in 2015-16, and they even managed to take two games from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference final.

Led by the dynamic backcourt pairing of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Toronto has a well-balanced roster that can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. It would be a major shock if they went all the way this year, but stranger things have happened in the NBA.

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

2017 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-110
Cleveland Cavaliers+275
San Antonio Spurs+1200
Boston Celtics+1800
Los Angeles Clippers+2000
Toronto Raptors+3300
Oklahoma City Thunder+3300
Chicago Bulls+3300
Indiana Pacers+6600
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600
Miami Heat+7500
Atlanta Hawks+7500
New York Knicks+6600
Houston Rockets+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Detroit Pistons+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Washington Wizards+10000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+15000
Dallas Mavericks+20000
Charlotte Hornets+20000
Orlando Magic+20000
Denver Nuggets+30000
Sacramento Kings+30000
Philadelphia 76ers+30000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

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As the dust settles on one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory, the NBA landscape has shifted significantly.

Kevin Durant is a Warrior. Dwyane Wade is a Bull. Dwight Howard is a Hawk. Al Horford is a Celtic. Luis Scola is a Net (okay, maybe that one wasn’t as groundbreaking.) With a skyrocketing salary cap, teams threw around money like a hot potato this summer, which resulted in an unprecedented amount of overpaying for mediocre talent.

As a result, oddsmakers have been watching from the sidelines on the edge of their seats. Due to the scary four-headed monster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors are heavy -130 favorites to win the 2017 NBA championship at Bovada.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (+275), San Antonio Spurs (+1000), Boston Celtics (+2000) and Los Angeles Clippers (+2500) round out the top five at the shop.

While many fans and pundits around the league will argue a super team like the Warriors is unfair to the other 29 squads, we’ve seen time and time again that an abundance of talent on paper does not always translate to the win column. Either way, it’s going to be exciting to see how this plays out.

2017 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-130
Cleveland Cavaliers+275
San Antonio Spurs+1000
Boston Celtics+2000
Los Angeles Clippers+2500
Toronto Raptors+4000
Oklahoma City Thunder+4000
Chicago Bulls+5000
Indiana Pacers+6600
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600
Miami Heat+7500
Atlanta Hawks+7500
New York Knicks+7500
Houston Rockets+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Detroit Pistons+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Washington Wizards+10000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Dallas Mavericks+20000
Los Angeles Lakers+20000
Charlotte Hornets+20000
Orlando Magic+20000
Denver Nuggets+30000
Sacramento Kings+30000
Philadelphia 76ers+30000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000

Odds as of July 14 at Bovada

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With Kevin Durant deciding to bring his talents to the Bay Area, the Warriors have gone from being favorites to win the NBA Finals, to being even bigger favorites to win the NBA Finals, now at -115. Adding Durant to the best regular season team of all time gives the Warriors the best four-player combination maybe ever in the history of the NBA.

The big question mark will be whether or not any of the Big Four — yeah, I guess that’s a thing now — needs to take some sort of demotion in terms of their role. There’s only enough shots to go around, and adding one of the league’s top offensive players to the league's best offense that already features the league’s top two shooters will require some concessions from the group of stars.

With the departure of Durant, the Thunder’s odds have taken a serious tumble, dropping from the +800 range to +2000. Russell Westbrook will be left to run the team and should enter the season as the favorite to lead the league in points.

As for the defending champs, the Cavaliers are listed at +350. It will be interesting to see how they respond to the Durant signing. One possibility might be LeBron’s old running mate Dwyane Wade who appears to be on the outs with the Heat.

Also available to wager on at BetOnline with the formation of the new super team is Golden State vs the Field for who will win the NBA Finals. Both sides are tabbed at -115.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

2017 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-115
Cleveland Cavaliers+350
San Antonio Spurs+800
Oklahoma City Thunder+2000
Los Angeles Clippers+2000
Boston Celtics+2000
Miami Heat+2500
Toronto Raptors+2500
Atlanta Hawks+3300
New York Knicks+3300
Minnesota Timberwolves+4000
New Orleans Pelicans+4000
Chicago Bulls+5000
Houston Rockets+5000
Utah Jazz+5000
Indiana Pacers+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+6600
Portland Trail Blazers+8000
Milwaukee Bucks+8000
Detroit Pistons+8000
Dallas Mavericks+8000
Washington Wizards+10000
Charlotte Hornets+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Orlando Magic+10000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Sacramento Kings+20000
Philadelphia 76ers+25000
Phoenix Suns+25000
Brooklyn Nets+25000

Odds as of July 4 at BetOnline

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Despite suffering through a dramatic collapse in the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are the betting favorites to win the 2016-17 NBA championship at one shop.

Bovada is dealing the Dubs as slight +200 faves, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+225), San Antonio Spurs (+750), Oklahoma City Thunder (+850), Los Angeles Clippers (+2000), Boston Celtics (+2500), Toronto Raptors (+2500), Chicago Bulls (+3300), Miami Heat (+3300) and Atlanta Hawks (+5000) rounding out the top 10.

Fresh off bringing Cleveland its first championship since 1964, it’s a near lock that LeBron James will return to Northeast Ohio. The King is technically an unrestricted free agent, but it would take a minor miracle for him to go anywhere else.

It’s not much of a surprise to see the Warriors on top of the list. Finals disappointment aside, the Dubs did set the NBA record for wins in a regular season in 2015 at 73-9. They’re simply far too talented to be counted out, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they were once again back in the championship game next year.

Keep in mind, these numbers will certainly change with the NBA Draft and free agency on the horizon. Kevin Durant is the biggest fish in the free agent pond, and whichever team lands him will see their odds spike significantly.

2017 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+200
Cleveland Cavaliers+225
San Antonio Spurs+750
Oklahoma City Thunder+850
Los Angeles Clippers+2000
Boston Celtics+2500
Toronto Raptors+2500
Chicago Bulls+3300
Miami Heat+3300
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Houston Rockets+5000
Dallas Mavericks+6600
New Orleans Pelicans+6600
Charlotte Hornets+7500
Detroit Pistons+7500
Indiana Pacers+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
Minnesota Timberwolves+7500
New York Knicks+7500
Portland Trail Blazers+7500
Washington Wizards+7500
Denver Nuggets+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Sacramento Kings+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Orlando Magic+12500
Philadelphia 76ers+15000
Phoenix Suns+15000
Brooklyn Nets+25000

Odds as of June 20 at Bovada

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The back-and-forth NBA postseason has kept hoops fans on the edge of their seats, and that includes oddsmakers.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors are once again -120 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Warriors saw their odds plunge to as low as +340 when they were down 3-1 in the West finals, but two straight victories against the Thunder has launched them back into minus money.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are fresh off a 4-2 series win over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals, are currently +160 to garner the title. The Cavs have never won an NBA championship, but they’re playing their best basketball since LeBron James came back to northeast Ohio.

The Thunder are big +600 underdogs to go all the way. If you’re thinking about backing OKC, the time is now.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-120
Cleveland Cavaliers+160
Oklahoma City Thunder+600

Odds as of May 30 at Bovada

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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It may have seemed strange when the Cleveland Cavaliers became NBA title favorites after dropping two games north of the border, but their odds are steadily on the rise in light of Wednesday's 116-78 drubbing of the Toronto Raptors.

The Cavs, who hold a 3-2 series lead over the Raps in the Eastern Conference finals, have seen their odds shift from +140 to +105. The Raptors have fallen all the way to +7500 after being available for a price of +2500 prior to Game 5.

Meanwhile out West, it's all Thunder. OKC has turned the tables on the Warriors and holds a commanding 3-1 series lead ahead of Thursday's Game 5. As a result, their chances of cutting down the mesh in June come in at +170. Golden State was sitting at +340 as of Thursday morning.

Only nine teams have ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series. To say the Dubs have their work cut out for them would be a massive understatement.

Who are you picking to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy? Let us know in the comment section.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers+105
Oklahoma City Thunder+170
Golden State Warriors+340
Toronto Raptors+7500

Odds as of May 26 at Bovada

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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It's official: the 2016 NBA playoffs have reached peak craziness. As of May 24, the Cleveland Cavaliers were tied at two with the Toronto Raptors in the East, while the Oklahoma City Thunder were simply manhandling the Golden State Warriors out West.

As a result, oddsmakers have been scrambling. In the wake of OKC's Game 4 win over the Dubs, the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as +140 favorites to win the NBA championship at Bovada. This is the first time the Warriors haven't been in that spot since the season tipped off back in October.

Have sportsbooks been overvaluing Golden State throughout this series? Perhaps, but it's hard to blame them. Stephen Curry and company were unstoppable in the regular season, capping off a memorable campaign by eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record for wins. The Thunder can knock off the Warriors with a win in Oakland on Thursday.

The Thunder come in at +160, while the Warriors' odds have fallen from +130 to +300.

Despite winning two games north of the border, it's quite clear the shop is not expecting much from the Raptors. Toronto remains a +2500 long shot to win the title.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Cavaliers+140
Oklahoma City Thunder+160
Golden State Warriors+300
Toronto Raptors+2500

Odds as of May 25 at Bovada

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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Prior to the beginning of the 2016 NBA playoffs, a lot of people thought the Golden State Warriors were a shoo-in to claim their second championship in as many years. A lot of people thought they would not face much resistance along the way. A lot of people were wrong.

In light of a lopsided Game 3 the Warriors find themselves in a 2-1 hole in the Western Conference finals, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat down Stephen Curry and company by a score of 133-105. With Game 4 set for Tuesday in Oklahoma, sportsbooks have been forced to react.

Online shop BetOnline still lists Golden State as a +130 favorite to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, but it's extremely tight after that. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are up 2-1 in the East finals against the Toronto Raptors, come in at +140 odds.

OKC's price of +325 looks incredibly appealing for anyone who believes they can close out the Dubs and advance to the NBA Finals. The Raptors, a.k.a. the undisputed long shots of the final four, are available for a sky-high price of +10000.

With value aplenty, the time to lock in your NBA futures bets is right now. Who are you backing to go all the way?

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+130
Cleveland Cavaliers+140
Oklahoma City Thunder+325
Toronto Raptors+10000

Odds as of May 23 at BetOnline

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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In the wake of Golden State’s huge 118-91 Game 2 win over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals, sportsbooks are once again believing in the boys from Oakland.

At Bovada, the Dubs have gone from +110 to -125 NBA title favorites. It’s an unsurprising move considering the firepower Golden State possesses, and if you were lucky enough to grab them while they were briefly plus money, you’re sitting pretty right now.

With the series heading back to Oklahoma, the Thunder’s championship odds have fallen from +350 all the way to +700. That’s a pretty drastic drop-off considering the series is tied at one game apiece.

Meanwhile in the East it’s all Cavaliers, as LeBron James and company move to a +150 fave to represent the conference in the NBA Finals. Due to an underwhelming performance so far, the Raptors’ chances have moved from +2500 to +25000.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-125
Cleveland Cavaliers+150
Oklahoma City Thunder+700
Toronto Raptors+25000

Odds as of May 20 at Bovada

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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For the first time in over two months, the Golden State Warriors are not minus money to win the NBA championship.

After dropping Game 1 of their Western Conference finals series to the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 108-102, the Dubs have shifted from -160 title favorites to +110 at Bovada. Golden State lost just two games on home court in the regular season.

As a result of the huge win, OKC's odds have jumped from +600 to +350. Sportsbooks have clearly taken note that this Thunder team is for real.

This is only one game, of course, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if the Warriors stormed back to even things up in Game 2. If you were waiting for an opportunity to back the Dubs, now is the time.

Ahead of their Eastern Conference finals series with the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers' odds have stood pat at +175. The Raptors are +2500 long shots to go all the way.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+110
Cleveland Cavaliers+175
Oklahoma City Thunder+350
Toronto Raptors+2500

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. The NBA playoffs is down to four teams, but the Golden State Warriors remain the front-runners to win their second championship in as many seasons.

At Bovada, the Warriors are -160 favorites to cut down the nets in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers (+230) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+600) remain right on their heels, while the Toronto Raptors are well back of the pack at +3300.

Golden State opened the campaign as favorites, but they’ve been steadily bet down since the season tipped off back in October. Stephen Curry and company reached even money in early February, and by the start of March they had dipped into minus money.

There’s tons of value if you believe anyone outside of the Warriors can go all the way. Who are you picking? Let us know in the comment section.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-160
Cleveland Cavaliers+230
Oklahoma City Thunder+600
Toronto Raptors+3300

Odds as of May 16 at Bovada

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. For the second time in as many years, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have advanced to the conference semifinals. Before they get there, however, there's still plenty to be decided in the East and the West.

At online sports book Bovada, the Warriors remain -150 favorites to win the NBA title. The Dubs received a huge boost when star point guard Stephen Curry returned to the lineup in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and they're clearly hungry to get back to the promised land with a healthy roster.

Cleveland has yet to lose a playoff game after sweeping the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks and face another long layoff while the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat battle it out in their second-round series. The Cavs are out to right the wrongs from last year, and they're looking like a near lock to represent the East in the NBA Finals at this point.

As of May 12, the Thunder had the Spurs on the ropes, and it's shown in their championship odds. OKC's chances have dropped from +1400 to +900 within the last week. The Spurs, meanwhile, have gone from +325 to +800. The time is now to back Tim Duncan and company if you believe they'll dispatch the Thunder in seven games.

Thanks to a 3-2 lead over the Heat, the Raptors' odds are also on the move. The Dinos are available at +4000 after going as high as +7500 a week ago. Miami is an extreme long shot at +10000.

For up-to-the-minute hoops updates, visit our NBA futures page.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-150
Cleveland Cavaliers+250
San Antonio Spurs+800
Oklahoma City Thunder+900
Toronto Raptors+4000
Miami Heat+10000

Odds as of May 12 at Bovada

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As the NBA playoffs march on, sportsbooks in Vegas and offshore are continuing to become more wary about one specific team: the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thanks to a blowout 123-98 Game 2 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers have jumped into the second spot on the NBA futures board at Bovada. Cleveland set a league record with 25 three-pointers in the non-stop barrage from beyond the arc.

The Cavs (+275) leapfrogged the Spurs (+325) for the first time since the postseason began. Golden State remains -140 favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the second time in as many years.

The biggest difference between the 2016 edition of the playoffs and last year for Cleveland is health. The Cavs suffered a litany of injuries last year, as ailments to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love forced LeBron James to carry the majority of the load on his shoulders.

Cleveland is back for revenge with a healthy squad this time around, and it should rightfully strike fear into the hearts of every other NBA team, especially in the East.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-140
Cleveland Cavaliers+275
San Antonio Spurs+325
Oklahoma City Thunder+1400
Miami Heat+3300
Toronto Raptors+7500
Atlanta Hawks+25000
Portland Trail Blazers+25000

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

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The first-round of the NBA playoffs is in the books, and it's basically a three-horse race at this point.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors remain +110 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, while the San Antonio Spurs (+175) and Cleveland Cavaliers (+333) are the only other teams with a realistic chance of winning the title.

Oklahoma City (+2500), Atlanta (+5000), Toronto (+5000), Miami (+6600) and Portland (+10000) are also available for bettors looking for long shot value.

Some casual hoops fans may be surprised to see the Warriors as the favorites considering the uncertain status of superstar point guard Stephen Curry, but the Dubs have looked just fine in his absence. Golden State hammered Portland 118-106 in Game 1 of their Western Conference second-round series, and Klay Thompson has more than filled the void in the backcourt.

The time is now if you’re looking for Warriors value. Barring a miracle, Golden State will advance to the Conference Semifinals, and they definitely won’t be plus money when Curry returns.

Where do you think the value is? Let us know in the comment section.

2016 NBA Champion Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors+110
San Antonio Spurs+175
Cleveland Cavaliers+333
Oklahoma City Thunder+2500
Toronto Raptors+5000
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Miami Heat+6600
Portland Trail Blazers+10000

Odds as of May 2 at BetOnline

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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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