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NBA Championship Futures: The Thunder Have Their Big 3

Just when you think the NBA offseason has started to quiet down, it picks back up again.  After the “will they, won’t they” seemed to die down, the New York Knicks finally pulled the trigger and traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder now have their new Big 3 with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the newly acquired Anthony. Figuring out how to use all three won’t be easy, as each member of the trio is a ball-dominant scorer. Someone will likely need to take a step back in terms of scoring and become a more versatile player – see Klay Thompson.

Of course, NBA championship futures shifted dramatically once Melo got his Thunder jersey. OKC had already made a huge jump from +6600 to +2500 to win the championship after acquiring George but that line moved all the way down to +1200 after bringing Anthony aboard. 

The massive Melo trade was par for the course for the NBA this offseason, which can be kindly described as absolutely absurd.

The Thunder are still trying to catch the Golden State Warriors, who are the class of the NBA. The Warriors are massive -160 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy for the third time in four years.

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-160
Cleveland Cavaliers+550
Boston Celtics+800
San Antonio Spurs+1200
Oklahoma City Thunder+1200
Houston Rockets+1600
Minnesota Timberwolves+2800
Washington Wizards+5000
Philadelphia 76ers+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Toronto Raptors+7500
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Miami Heat+10000
Los Angeles Clippers+12500
New Orleans Pelicans+15000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Utah Jazz+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Memphis Grizzlies+30000
Detroit Pistons+30000
Dallas Mavericks+50000
Charlotte Hornets+50000
New York Knicks+50000
Indiana Pacers+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000
Chicago Bulls+100000
Atlanta Hawks+100000
Brooklyn Nets+100000
Orlando Magic+100000

Odds as of September 26 at Bovada

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Technically, the NBA season begins in late October and the playoffs end in June. But in the wake of the massive Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, the Association is proving to truly be a year-round league when it comes to staying in the news.

Unsurprisingly, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors are the -160 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at Bovada. The Cleveland Cavaliers (+450), Boston Celtics (+750), Houston Rockets (+900), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2500), Minnesota Timberwolves (+2500), Washington Wizards (+5000), Milwaukee Bucks (+6600) and Philadelphia 76ers (+7500) have the next best odds to go all the way at the shop.

While the aforementioned swap created a shock wave throughout the league, it didn’t do much in terms of impacting the futures market. The Cavs were +400 a month ago, while the Celtics’ chances to win came in at +900. You can read my analysis on the trade here.

The NBA gets criticized (and rightly so sometimes) for lacking parity, but this year’s championship odds are significantly different than seasons past. For example, when was the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers were mentioned in the same breath as the perennial contenders at the top of the list? The times, they are a changin’.

The 2017 offseason was one for the ages. Kyrie Irving is a Celtic. Isaiah Thomas is a Cavalier. Chris Paul is a Rocket. Paul George is a member of the Thunder. Jimmy Butler is joining a stellar young supporting cast in Minnesota. What a league, man.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of championship odds for the 2017-18 campaign:

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-160
Cleveland Cavaliers+450
Boston Celtics+750
Houston Rockets+900
San Antonio Spurs+1200
Oklahoma City Thunder+2500
Minnesota Timberwolves+2500
Washington Wizards+5000
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Philadelphia 76ers+7500
Toronto Raptors+7500
Los Angeles Clippers+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+15000
Miami Heat+15000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Utah Jazz+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Memphis Grizzlies+25000
Dallas Mavericks+30000
Detroit Pistons+50000
Charlotte Hornets+50000
Chicago Bulls+50000
New York Knicks+50000
Indiana Pacers+50000
Atlanta Hawks+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Brooklyn Nets+100000
Orlando Magic+100000
Sacramento Kings+100000

Odds as of September 15 at Bovada

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While many people have criticized the NBA for its lack of parity, you have to admit there is never a dull moment in the league. That was the case this offseason, and the dust hasn’t even completely settled yet.

When it comes to championship futures for the 2017-18 campaign, the usual suspects top the list. The reigning champion Golden State Warriors come in as -175 chalk at Bovada, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+400), Boston Celtics (+900), Houston Rockets (+1600), San Antonio Spurs (+1600), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000), Minnesota Timberwolves (+2500), Philadelphia 76ers (+5000), Washington Wizards (+6600) and Milwaukee Bucks (+6600) comprising the teams with the 10 best odds to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Here’s a look at the biggest risers and fallers from the beginning of free agency until July 21:

Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600 to +2000)

While Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was busy counting his stockpile of assets, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti swooped in and made the biggest splash of the summer by acquiring superstar Paul George from the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Pitted with 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder now have one of the best one-two punches in the Association and will be decidedly better than last year’s club that won 47 games and meekly bowed out of the postseason to the Houston Rockets.

While George’s future is up in the air (he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017-18 campaign), Presti’s gamble was a smart one. The general sense around the league was that Indiana surely could’ve gotten more for its frustrated star, and you have to give the Thunder credit for reloading in the ever-competitive Western Conference after last year’s departure of Kevin Durant. Oddsmakers expect them to be a threat as well, evidenced by the odds jump.

Minnesota Timberwolves (+5000 to +2500)

Have the young Wolves finally arrived? The Timberwolves, a franchise that hasn’t played a playoff game since 2004 and owns the league’s longest postseason drought, had an offseason to remember.

Minny made a huge splash by trading for the extremely talented Jimmy Butler in late June and followed that up with the signing of speedy point guard Jeff Teague. Coupled with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves are suddenly one of the most interesting teams in the West.

Whether or not that means the playoff drought will finally be broken remains to be seen, but head coach Tom Thibodeau has plenty to work with up north and the franchise’s fan base has a right to be excited. With their championship odds cut in half, the future is bright in the Gopher State.

Los Angeles Clippers (+3300 to +10000)

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The 2016-17 campaign was perceived as a make-or-break year for the Clippers and they once again couldn’t get the job done when the stakes matter most. The core of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul couldn’t get through the second round in their time together and now that era is over.

Chris Paul stated his intention to depart Tinseltown in favor of Houston, and the Clippers granted his request by trading him to Texas for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations. Got all that?

While Griffin opted to re-sign with the only team he’s ever known, it’s clear the departure of Paul was a major blow to the franchise. Beverley is a nice point guard, but he’s got some huge shoes to fill and the rumors surrounding players being upset with head coach/general manager Doc Rivers don’t help matters. Oddsmakers don’t want anything to do with the Clips this season, as their title chances have fallen from +3300 to +10000 in only a few weeks. Such is life for a franchise that’s had no shortage of failures.

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-175
Cleveland Cavaliers+400
Boston Celtics+900
Houston Rockets+1600
San Antonio Spurs+1600
Oklahoma City Thunder+2000
Minnesota Timberwolves+2500
Philadelphia 76ers+5000
Washington Wizards+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Toronto Raptors+6600
Los Angeles Clippers+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Miami Heat+10000
Utah Jazz+15000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+15000
Los Angeles Lakers+15000
Memphis Grizzlies+20000
Dallas Mavericks+30000
Detroit Pistons+30000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Chicago Bulls+50000
New York Knicks+50000
Atlanta Hawks+50000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Orlando Magic+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000

Odds as of July 21 at Bovada

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The 2017 NBA draft is in the books and though much of the early goings went as expected, there were enough roster additions, and subtractions, to see some decent movement in the futures markets. So, let’s take a look at which teams helped their chances to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy and which teams may have taken one step closer to a wasted year.

The biggest riser is, of course, the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves acquired star Jimmy Butler and the pick that would become Justin Patton from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen. Butler is now reunited with former coach Tom Thibodeau with the hope of alleviating some of the pressure on Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

This gutsy move has caused the Wolves to go from +10000 to +5000 to win it all. The frontcourt in Minnesota has a ridiculously high ceiling now but play at the point and depth could be problems this upcoming season. However, there is no doubt that the Timberwolves are a better team now than they were before the draft.

Another team that saw a sizable improvement to its futures is the Philadelphia 76ers. Of course, the 76ers traded up from third to first overall to select Markelle Fultz, who is viewed by many as the best point guard prospect to come out of the draft in the last few years. Philly fans will now see a starting lineup that will feature four players under the age of 24.

The 76ers could have one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA next season. Are they ready to go from a 28-54 record in 2016 to a championship contender in 2017? Not likely, but books have moved their odds from +10000 to +6600.

Not too many teams saw their futures move on the downward trajectory, likely because it was a largely uneventful draft in terms of trades. The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the only teams to see their stock take a hit, which isn’t surprising considering their lack of assets on draft night. They did make a few small trades to acquire Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks after being drafted but that was not enough to counter the aging core.

The Grizz will likely see two of their top four scorers leave in free agency with Zach Randolph and Vince Carter potentially moving on to greener pastures. Though both those guys came off the bench, Memphis has nobody waiting in the wings to really replace their production. The aging core and the little done to supplement it has forced the Grizzlies from +7500 to +10000.

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-175
Cleveland Cavaliers+375
Boston Celtics+1200
San Antonio Spurs+1200
Houston Rockets+2500
Los Angeles Clippers+3300
Washington Wizards+3300
Toronto Raptors+5000
Minnesota Timberwolves+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Los Angeles Lakers+6600
Philadelphia 76ers+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Chicago Bulls+10000
Miami Heat+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Dallas Mavericks+15000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Indiana Pacers+15000
New York Knicks+15000
Portland Trail Blazers+15000
Detroit Pistons+15000
Atlanta Hawks+20000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Orlando Magic+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000

Odds as of June 27 at Bovada

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With the 2016-17 NBA campaign in the books, sportsbooks have already released odds on which squad will reign supreme a year from now and the results won’t shock you.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors are the -150 favorites to go all the way with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+300), Boston Celtics (+1200), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Houston Rockets (+2000), Los Angeles Clippers (+3300), Toronto Raptors (+5000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) and Memphis Grizzlies (+7500) listed as the next likeliest contenders to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Truthfully, anyone who’s seen even the slightest of basketball action in the last few years could’ve guessed the top portion of these odds. The Warriors have assembled one of the most dominant teams the Assocation has ever seen, while the Cavaliers aren’t going to go away as long as LeBron James stays back home in Northeast Ohio.

There are some interesting things to note on the board, though. Already possessing a deep roster headlined by the fantastic Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are about to land what will most likely be a significant player with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft. Like every team in the East, Boston will have a tough time getting by Bron Bron and the Cavs but I’m a big fan of the +1200 price.

As far as the Clippers go, I wouldn’t touch them at +3300 with a ten-foot poll. The current core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan has proven it’s not able to get over the hump in the playoffs (or even make the conference finals, for that matter) and the Clips are facing an uncertain summer with Griffin and Paul headed for unrestricted free agency.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds. Who are you putting your money on?

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-150
Cleveland Cavaliers+300
Boston Celtics+1200
San Antonio Spurs+1200
Houston Rockets+2000
Los Angeles Clippers+3300
Toronto Raptors+5000
Washington Wizards+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
Milwaukee Bucks+7500
Chicago Bulls+10000
Dallas Mavericks+10000
Denver Nuggets+10000
Indiana Pacers+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Miami Heat+10000
Minnesota Timberwolves+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
New York Knicks+10000
Philadelphia 76ers+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Atlanta Hawks+20000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Detroit Pistons+30000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Orlando Magic+50000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Sacramento Kings+50000

Odds as of June 12 at Bovada

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The stage is set for the trilogy of Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors, and sportsbooks are united in crowning the Dubs as the heavy favorites to return to the promised land.

Prior to tipoff in Thursday's Game 1, Stephen Curry and company are -240 chalk to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers are coming in at +200.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (who hasn't coached in the playoffs and will likely miss the entire Finals while recovering from back surgery) told reporters earlier in the week he was "shocked" the Cavs were underdogs, but it's really no surprise to the rest of us.

Even after completely coughing up a 3-1 series lead in the championship a year ago, Golden State was still favored to win this season. That number climbed even higher after the Warriors inked former MVP Kevin Durant and it hasn't changed since.

If you're looking for more NBA Finals content, we've got you covered. Our NBA page has everything you need to know to put some extra cash in your pocket while you watch the best of the best duke it out on the hardwood.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-240
Cleveland Cavaliers+200

Odds as of June 1 at Bovada

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As we rapidly approach what's looking like an electric NBA Finals, the sports betting industry is aligned in crowning the Golden State Warriors as the undisputed favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

At Bovada, the Warriors are -275 front-runners to go all the way with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+190) and Boston Celtics (+30000) also available to wager on. At the time of writing, the Dubs had already knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference final while the Cavs held a 3-1 series lead over the Celtics in the Eastern final with Game 5 set for Thursday, May 25.

Within the last week, Golden State's odds had fallen from -400 to -275 with the Cavaliers' chances moving from +250 to +190.

I've said it all year long, but betting the Warriors at the current price simply isn't worth it. If you're planning on wagering on Stephen Curry and company, wait and see if you can get a better price in the Finals.

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2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-275
Cleveland Cavaliers+190
Boston Celtics+30000

Odds as of May 25 at Bovada

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Golden State Warriors are the favorites to win the 2017 NBA championship. The OVER/UNDER on me typing that sentence likely sits at 5000.5.

The Warriors are the undisputed -400 front-runners at Bovada, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+250), Boston Celtics (+5000) and San Antonio Spurs (+5000) also available to wager on. Within the last week, the Dubs' odds were sitting at -240 and the Cavs' chances were +220.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last two years, this shouldn't surprise you. The Spurs were perceived as the most formidable opponent for the Warriors but an injury to Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the Western Conference final has completely changed things. As of this writing, Golden State was sitting comfortably up 2-0 in the series with the Finals in clear sight.

Unless you're banking on the Celtics or Spurs to pull off an incredible feat, the only value on the board lies with LeBron James and company. Sportsbooks have been in love with the Warriors all year long which has equated to sky-high spreads and futures odds that are downright silly. If you think Bron Bron can once again knock off Stephen Curry and the rest of his star-studded teammates, run with it and grab the +250 price now.

Will the big, bad Warriors reclaim the Larry O'Brien Trophy or can the Cavaliers etch their name into postseason lore for the second year in a row? Have your say in the comment section below.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-400
Cleveland Cavaliers+250
Boston Celtics+5000
San Antonio Spurs+5000

Odds as of May 19 at Bovada

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The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have become the first two teams to book their spots in the conference finals, and sportsbooks are still tabbing the Dubs as the undisputed favorites to win the crown.

Stephen Curry and company are huge -240 chalk to go all the way at Bovada, with the Cavs (+220), San Antonio Spurs (+1400), Houston Rockets (+3300), Boston Celtics (+4000) and the Washington Wizards (+6600) available in plus-money. A week and a half ago, the Cavs were +325 and the Spurs were +800.

In a playoffs that's been full of blowouts, NBA fans and bettors are awaiting the seemingly inevitable Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals rematch. The odds of the powerhouses meeting in the championship game are -380, with any other matchup coming in at +315. Yikes.

As of this writing, the Celtics-Wizards series was knotted at two games apiece and the Spurs owned a 3-2 lead over the Rockets out west. It's going to take a herculean effort for any of those squads to overtake Golden State and Cleveland, but stranger things have happened in this league.

What do you think: do the Warriors deserve to be this much chalk? Can the Cavs pull off the repeat? Do any other teams have a shot? Have your say in the comment section below.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-240
Cleveland Cavaliers+220
San Antonio Spurs+1400
Houston Rockets+3300
Boston Celtics+4000
Washington Wizards+6600

Odds as of May 10 at Bovada

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The first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs is almost in the books but regardless of the outcomes, it's the same old story when it comes to championship futures.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors are -225 front-runners to go all the way, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+325), San Antonio Spurs (+800), Houston Rockets (+1400), Boston Celtics (+2000), Toronto Raptors (+4000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Utah Jazz (+6600), Los Angeles Clippers (+15000), Atlanta Hawks (+30000) and Chicago Bulls (+50000) also available to wager on.

The Warriors' odds continue to lower, as they were -200 at this point a week ago. Golden State rolled over Portland in its first-round series and is once again looking like a team that's on a collision course for its third NBA Finals appearance in as many years.

Bettors who think the Dubs won't be able to pull off the feat can find some excellent value in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are the obvious choice, and their +325 price looks appealing considering LeBron James is going full playoff LeBron James after dispatching the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

For Western Conference futures, click here. If you’re looking for Eastern Conference odds, we’ve got you covered. OddsShark’s NBA page has all of the need-to-know betting information to help you cover the spread and put some cash in your pocket during the postseason.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-225
Cleveland Cavaliers+325
San Antonio Spurs+800
Houston Rockets+1400
Boston Celtics+2000
Toronto Raptors+4000
Washington Wizards+5000
Utah Jazz+6600
Los Angeles Clippers+15000
Atlanta Hawks+30000
Chicago Bulls+50000

Odds as of April 28 at Bovada

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We’re only a week into the 2017 NBA playoffs but the first round has been as topsy-turvy as it’s been in quite some time. When it comes to odds lists, one team remains the heavy favorite to go all the way.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors are -200 chalk to win the NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+350), San Antonio Spurs (+650), Houston Rockets (+1400), Los Angeles Clippers (+3300), Washington Wizards (+3300), Boston Celtics (+5000) and Chicago Bulls (+5000) at the top of the list.

As of April 21 the Warriors were up 2-0 in their series with the Portland Trail Blazers and saw their odds increase from -160 to -200 in the span of a week. Golden State is on cruise control right now and appears to be on course for a third straight appearance in the NBA Finals.

When it comes to other noteworthy jumps, the Rockets have gone from +1600 to +1400, the Wizards have dropped from +4000 to +3300 and the Bulls have gone from +25000 to a ridiculous +5000. As far as teams whose odds have worsened, the Clippers have been adjusted from +1600 to +3300, the Raptors have fallen from +3300 to +6600 and the Celtics are now +5000 after opening the playoffs at +1600.

For Western Conference futures, click here. If you’re looking for Eastern Conference odds, we’ve got you covered. OddsShark’s NBA page has all of the need-to-know betting information to help you cover the spread and put some cash in your pocket during the postseason.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-200
Cleveland Cavaliers+350
San Antonio Spurs+650
Houston Rockets+1400
Los Angeles Clippers+3300
Washington Wizards+3300
Boston Celtics+5000
Chicago Bulls+5000
Toronto Raptors+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600
Utah Jazz+7500
Oklahoma City Thunder+30000
Atlanta Hawks+50000
Portland Trail Blazers+50000
Indiana Pacers+100000
Memphis Grizzlies+100000

Odds as of April 21 at Bovada

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The end of the NBA regular season can be a bit of a grind, as teams tend to sit players left and right, which can create a minefield for sports bettors. But with Wednesday’s slate of action in the books, it’s time for the real season: the playoffs.

When it comes to which teams are favored to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, the usual suspects top the list. The Golden State Warriors (-160), Cleveland Cavaliers (+333), San Antonio Spurs (+600), Houston Rockets (+1600), Boston Celtics (+1600), Toronto Raptors (+3300), Washington Wizards (+4000), Los Angeles Clippers (+5000), Utah Jazz (+6600) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) make up the top 10.

After the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to injury back in March, their odds lowered to even money, but Golden State held its own without the superstar in the fold and kept its stranglehold on the top spot in the Western Conference in the process. Durant is back and the Dubs are firing on all cylinders as the team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

Cleveland bumbled and stumbled its way to the second seed in the East thanks to a 10-14 record since March 1, and a litany of defensive issues are the biggest reason why. I’m not expecting that type of play to continue, though. The wine and gold had a less than stellar finish to the 2015-16 season and steamrolled their way through the playoffs en route to capturing the NBA title. If you believe that’s going to happen again, grab the +333 price and run.

It’s interesting to see the top-seeded Celtics at +1600. The Celts, who’ll do battle with the Chicago Bulls in the first round, have yet to win a playoff series with their current group and oddsmakers are clearly wanting to see some proof that this squad is a serious contender. With an easier path to the conference finals (and no threat of facing Cleveland in the second round), these odds will surely come down before too long if the C’s can dispatch their old friend Rajon Rondo and the Bulls.

We’ll be updating these futures very often in the 2017 playoffs. Who’s your championship pick? Have your say in the comments.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-160
Cleveland Cavaliers+333
San Antonio Spurs+600
Houston Rockets+1600
Boston Celtics+1600
Toronto Raptors+3300
Washington Wizards+4000
Los Angeles Clippers+5000
Utah Jazz+6600
Oklahoma City Thunder+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+15000
Atlanta Hawks+25000
Milwaukee Bucks+25000
Indiana Pacers+25000
Chicago Bulls+25000
Portland Trail Blazers+30000

Odds as of April 13 at Bovada

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If you’ve been waiting all year to back the Golden State Warriors to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the time is now.

Golden State has been the odds-on favorite to once again win the NBA title, but their price has been too steep for a lot of hoops bettors for the majority of the campaign. At Bovada, they’re now available for -110 – the best price they’ve had all season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (+250), San Antonio Spurs (+600), Houston Rockets (+1200), Boston Celtics (+1600), Washington Wizards (+3300), Los Angeles Clippers (+4000), Toronto Raptors (+5000), Utah Jazz (+5000) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) round out the top 10.

Since late February, the Cavs’ odds have improved from +325 to +250 while the Spurs’ championship chances have jumped from +800 to +600.

With Kevin Durant sidelined for the remainder of the season it’s no surprise to see Golden State drop in this category, but I’m not sure if it makes any sense. Durant is expected to return come playoff time, so the Dubs will once again be operating at full capacity when he’s back in the fold. The -110 price is decent value for a team of the Warriors’ caliber, so strike now instead of waiting if you like the Warriors this year.

It’s tough to picture any team outside of the Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs and Rockets garnering the bragging rights, but the Clippers at +4000 are intriguing. L.A. has a history of playoff futility in the Chris Paul/DeAndreJordan/Blake Griffin era, but their current group is too talented to have such long odds.

It’s risky, however I truly believe the Clips will put forth a better effort in the playoffs considering this could be their last chance to make a run with Griffin set to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-110
Cleveland Cavaliers+250
San Antonio Spurs+600
Houston Rockets+1200
Boston Celtics+1600
Washington Wizards+3300
Los Angeles Clippers+4000
Toronto Raptors+5000
Utah Jazz+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Atlanta Hawks+10000
Miami Heat+10000
Indiana Pacers+15000
Milwaukee Bucks+20000
Chicago Bulls+20000
Detroit Pistons+20000
Denver Nuggets+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+25000
Dallas Mavericks+50000
New Orleans Pelicans+50000

Odds as of March 22 at Bovada

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. As of late February, oddsmakers across the sports betting industry are united in proclaiming the Golden State Warriors as the undisputed championship favorites.

At Bovada, the Dubs are the only team in minus-money at -175. The Cleveland Cavaliers (+325), San Antonio Spurs (+800), Boston Celtics (+1600), Houston Rockets (+1600), Toronto Raptors (+3300), Los Angeles Clippers (+4000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Utah Jazz (+6600) and Memphis Grizzlies (+10000) make up the rest of the top 10.

As of February 27, the Warriors owned the best record in the Association at 49-9 SU, while the Spurs (45-13) and Rockets (42-18) weren’t far behind. After a sizzling 14-2 start, the Clippers have looked like a run-of-the-mill club. Books are becoming wary of the Clips, as their championship price has fallen from +1200 to +4000 in less than two months.

The Celtics are the biggest risers over the last few weeks, as Boston's title odds have gone from +4000 to +1600 since early February.

Last year’s NBA Finals proved that the Warriors are, in fact, beatable. While they have Kevin Durant now and that’s downright terrifying for the rest of the NBA, there is still tons of value in backing the other top-tier clubs at the current prices.

Who do you think is going to go all the way? Have your say in the comments.

2016-17 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Golden State Warriors-175
Cleveland Cavaliers+325
San Antonio Spurs+800
Boston Celtics+1600
Houston Rockets+1600
Toronto Raptors+3300
Los Angeles Clippers+4000
Washington Wizards+5000
Utah Jazz+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Atlanta Hawks+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+15000
New Orleans Pelicans+20000
Chicago Bulls+20000
Indiana Pacers+20000
Denver Nuggets+50000
Miami Heat+50000
Detroit Pistons+50000
Milwaukee Bucks+50000
Portland Trail Blazers+50000
New York Knicks+75000
Dallas Mavericks+100000
Sacramento Kings+100000

Odds as of February 27 at Bovada

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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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