Oddsmakers Tab Warriors as Gigantic Western Conference Faves

The Western Conference has long been the superior power in the NBA, but the Eastern Conference roared back with a vengeance in 2015-16. This year, however, it looks like the West could be best once again.

Fresh off the monumental signing of superstar Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors are -250 chalk to win the West in the 2016-17 campaign. The San Antonio Spurs (+450), Los Angeles Clippers (+1000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2500), Minnesota Timberwolves (+3300) and Memphis Grizzlies (+4000) are next on the list.

Any team that possesses the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant is going to be a powerhouse, but the -250 price is simply too steep at this point. Spreading the ball around may be an issue in the Bay Area, and if the Dubs stumble out of the gate, it’s definitely wiser to grab them at better odds.

Even with Durant gone, the Thunder are still getting some respect at +2500. I don’t think OKC is going to make a deep playoff run, but stranger things have happened in the NBA.

One team that stands out is Minnesota. The Timberwolves has a ridiculous amount of young talent, and the timing looks right for the franchise to end its 12-year playoff drought – the longest in the Association.

Who are you putting your money on to win the Western Conference? Let us know in the comments.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-250
San Antonio Spurs+450
Los Angeles Clippers+1000
Oklahoma City Thunder+2500
Minnesota Timberwolves+3300
Memphis Grizzlies+4000
Houston Rockets+5000
New Orleans Pelicans+5000
Portland Trail Blazers+5000
Utah Jazz+5000
Dallas Mavericks+10000
Denver Nuggets+12500
Los Angeles Lakers+12500
Sacramento Kings+15000
Phoenix Suns+25000

Odds as of July 19 at Bovada

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When it comes to Western Conference futures, the Golden State Warriors remain the kings, but it’s the teams behind them that are on the move.

At Bovada, the Warriors remain -160 faves to represent the West in the NBA Finals. As of May 9, Stephen Curry had not yet come back to the team but his return is inching closer.

The San Antonio Spurs have dropped from +130 to +190 within the last week, while the Oklahoma City Thunder jumped all the way from +1200 to +700 in the wake of their huge Game 4 win to even up their series with the Spurs at two games apiece.

The Trail Blazers, who were trailing the Warriors 2-1 at the time of writing, had seen their odds fall from +2500 to +7500 despite taking Game 3.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-160
San Antonio Spurs+190
Oklahoma City Thunder+700
Portland Trail Blazers+7500

Odds as of May 9 at Bovada

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While the Eastern Conference has been viewed as top heavy due to the dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the same cannot be said out West this year.

Four teams remain standing, as the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers are set to battle it out for the right to be crowned the kings of the Western Conference.

Golden State remains the favorite at -120, but the Spurs are right on their heels at +130. Oklahoma City (+1200) and Portland (+2500) are well back of the pack, and if you watched Game 1 of their respective series, you understand why. Both clubs were completely outclassed and will have to drastically alter things if they hope to contend with the Spurs and Dubs.

Much has been made regarding the status of Golden State point guard Stephen Curry. Curry, who suffered a knee injury in the first round, is estimated to return within the next few weeks. It's certainly worth keeping an eye on at this point, as the Warriors' odds will lower when he comes back.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-120
San Antonio Spurs+130
Oklahoma City Thunder+1200
Portland Trail Blazers+2500

Odds as of May 2 at Bovada

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When the NBA playoffs began, the four matchups in the Eastern Conference were considerably more anticipated than the West for the first time in over a decade. The East has indeed been more exciting, but it’s a sudden rash of injuries that have grabbed headlines out West.

First it was Stephen Curry’s ankle, and then a knee ailment clouded his playoff status. While it was determined Curry’s knee injury is not serious and he will likely miss around two weeks, his health issues are still worrying for Golden State Warriors backers. The Dubs remain -120 favorites to garner the conference banner.

But Game 4 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers was the setting for the most devastating injury-related news of the postseason. Superstar point guard Chris Paul left the game with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter after getting tangled up with Gerald Henderson. Paul suffered a fracture in his right hand during the play.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said after the game, a 98-84 victory for the Blazers. Barring a better prognosis from new X-rays, Paul is unlikely to return in the playoffs. The Clips’ chances to represent the West in the NBA Finals have dropped from +1200 to +3300 as a result.

Meanwhile, the Spurs cruised to a 4-0 series sweep over the depleted Memphis Grizzlies and are in great shape as key players from their opponents continue to drop like flies. San Antonio is +140 to win the Western Conference.

The Thunder, sitting at +800 odds, also advanced to the next round in the wake of a 4-1 series win over the Dallas Mavericks. Considering Kevin Durant is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, this could be a do or die run for OKC.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-120
San Antonio Spurs+140
Oklahoma City Thunder+800
Los Angeles Clippers+3300
Portland Trail Blazers+8000
Houston Rockets+35000

Odds as of April 26 at BetOnline

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The 2016 NBA playoffs are in their infant stages, and there's been little movement in Western Conference futures.

The Golden State Warriors are unsurprisingly still the favorites, and their price has been adjusted from -190 to -215. The Spurs (+230 to +210), Thunder (+800 to +900) and Clippers (+1600 to +1200) have also seen an adjustment in odds.

As of April 21, San Antonio, Golden State and L.A. each shared commanding 2-0 leads in their respective series, but the Thunder sat tied with the Dallas Mavericks at one game apiece thanks to an ugly offensive showing in Game 2.

Looking for more hoops futures? Check out our NBA title odds and Eastern Conference odds for other additional info.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-215
San Antonio Spurs+210
Oklahoma City Thunder+900
Los Angeles Clippers+1200
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Dallas Mavericks+10000
Houston Rockets+15000
Memphis Grizzlies+50000

Odds as of April 21 at Bovada

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The 2015-16 NBA campaign was unique for many reasons, but the imbalance in conferences was one of the biggest storylines all year long. The Eastern Conference has been (rightfully) the butt of jokes for the last decade due to the influx of talent out West, however, the East was undoubtedly the best conference this season.

That means there’s a lot of underwhelming Western Conference matchups in the first round of the postseason. But considering talented teams like the Golden State Warrriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are still in the equation, it’s going to be very interesting to see who steps up this time around as the playoffs progress.

At Bovada, the Warriors are -190 chalk to win the Western Conference title. Those odds slowly lowered in recent months, so you’ve already missed the boat in backing the Dubs at a decent price.

The Spurs (+230), Thunder (+800) and Clippers (+1600) all have a realistic shot of challenging the Warriors, but it drops off after that. It would be a major shock if any of those teams weren’t battling for the right to be crowned NBA champion in June.

Who are you picking to win the West? Let us know in the comments.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-190
San Antonio Spurs+230
Oklahoma City Thunder+800
Los Angeles Clippers+1600
Portland Trail Blazers+7500
Houston Rockets+12500
Dallas Mavericks+12500
Memphis Grizzlies+25000

Odds as of April 14 at Bovada

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We’re so used to saying the West is best in the NBA, but that’s not necessarily the case this season. While the Western Conference does feature some of the top players in the league, the East is the deepest it’s been in quite some time. When examining Western Conference futures, it gets very interesting.

At Bovada, the Golden State Warriors (-175), San Antonio Spurs (+175), Oklahoma City Thunder (+900) and Los Angeles Clippers (+1400) have the likeliest shot of representing the conference in the NBA Finals.

Considering there are only a few weeks left in the campaign, the time is now to get these bets in if you have an inkling on who will emerge triumphant.

While the Warriors continue to chase the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ regular season record, bettors would be wise to not undervalue the Spurs. San Antonio has been flying under the radar and owns the league’s best scoring margin (+11.7) thanks to a top shelf defense.

As of March 29, the Thunder were the hottest team in the NBA and are clearly peaking at the right time. OKC’s offense has kicked into a new gear thanks to some staggering by play its two-headed monster in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Labeled by many as perennial postseason chokers, the Clippers have plenty to prove heading into the playoffs. L.A. will be getting star power forward Blake Griffin back in the fold which will no doubt help their chances of challenging the other three powerhouses for the crown.

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-175
San Antonio Spurs+175
Oklahoma City Thunder+900
Los Angeles Clippers+1400
Houston Rockets+5000
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Dallas Mavericks+15000
Utah Jazz+20000

Odds as of March 29 at Bovada

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The Western Conference boasts the NBA’s three best teams in the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder and while it’s been the first two teams that have dominated the futures board in the conference, the Thunder are creeping their way into the discussion.

The Thunder have moved from +600 to +500 in Western Conference futures at online shop Bovada, thanks to a blistering-hot 17-4 clip since the beginning of 2016.

They had posted a two-game winning streak prior to the All-Star break and have been grooving offensively as they’ve posted triple-digits on the scoreboard in 12-straight games heading into the post-All-Star schedule.

OKC is the second-highest scoring team in the league at 110.1 points per game and its +8.2 point differential ranks third behind – you guessed it – the Warriors (+12.7) and Spurs (+12.5).

This is a team that has made the Western Conference Finals in three of the previous five seasons and although it would be a tall task to trump the Warriors and Spurs come playoff time, when you’ve got Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – arguably the NBA’s best 1-2 punch – on your side, you’re always going to be tough to beat.

Here is a look at what Bovada is offering on the 2016 NBA Western Conference futures board:

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference
Golden State Warriors-180
San Antonio Spurs+210
Oklahoma City Thunder+500
Los Angeles Clippers+1200
Houston Rockets+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+6600
Dallas Mavericks+10000
Utah Jazz+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Sacramento Kings+25000
New Orleans Pelicans+50000

Odds as of February 19 at Bovada

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For the first time in recent memory, the West is not the superior conference in the NBA thanks to the rise of multiple teams in the East. That doesn’t mean there’s going to be any shortage of excitement come playoff time, however.

The Golden State Warriors, fresh off setting the record for most consecutive wins to start a season (16), sit first in the conference at 39-4 SU as of January 21. The Dubs have remained on top of Bovada’s Western Conference champion odds all year long, but their number is shrinking thanks to one team that never seems to go away: the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs (36-6) were +260 to represent the West in the NBA Finals on December 18 but are now +150 – the best chances they've had been all season. That’s what happens when you’ve only dropped one game since early December and are on pace to break the all-time record for point differential in a season.

After those two heavyweights, the Oklahoma City Thunder (+600) and Los Angeles Clippers (+1000) pose as the biggest threat to make some noise in the postseason. Anything can happen in the NBA, but it’s going to be a tall order for either squad to knock off the Spurs or Warriors at their current rate.

2016 Western Conference Champion Odds
Golden State Warriors-125
San Antonio Spurs+150
Oklahoma City Thunder+600
Los Angeles Clippers+1000
Houston Rockets+3300
Memphis Grizzlies+3300
Dallas Mavericks+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
Utah Jazz+15000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Portland Trail Blazers+50000
Denver Nuggets+50000

Odds as of January 21 at Bovada

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In the Western Conference it appears to be the Warriors, then everyone else, but there is value to be found when taking a closer look. Thanks to an almost perfect start, the Warriors are listed as -180 favorites to win the Western Conference at online sportsbook Bovada.

When wagering on a heavy favorite like the Warriors at this point in the season a number of factors must be considered. With over 50 games left this season, a major injury or a combination of smaller injuries could send their stock plummeting, especially in the buzzsaw that is the Western Conference.

Only a few games behind in the standings sits the San Antonio Spurs who somehow continue to fly under the radar. It’s a new era in Spurs basketball with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the team in points per game, but the trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are still crucial to the team’s success. The Spurs are listed at +260 to win the conference.

A team to watch is the Oklahoma City Thunder who are listed at +750 to win the West. With a mediocre start to the season and some Kevin Durant injury issues behind them, they’ve won 10 out of their last 13 games and might finally be meshing under new coach Billy Donovan.

A team on a major slide is the Houston Rockets, who dropped to +2800 from +1400 last month. The Rockets are barely clinging to a top eight spot in the west and rumblings of infighting amongst the team’s stars doesn’t bode well for their immediate future.

Also of note, and a depressing one at that for Lakers fans. The team has been so awful this season that they're not even available to wager on. Let the rebuild continue!

2016 Western Conference Champion Odds
Golden State Warriors-180
San Antonio Spurs+260
Oklahoma City Thunder+750
Los Angeles Clippers+1000
Houston Rockets+2800
Memphis Grizzlies+3300
Dallas Mavericks+3300
Utah Jazz+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Phoenix Suns+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves+15000
Sacramento Kings+20000
Portland Trail Blazers+20000
Denver Nuggets+40000

Odds as of December 18 at Bovada

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For the first time in recent memory, the perennially tough NBA Western Conference is looking beatable. While human highlight reel Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors continue to dominate the league, the landscape of the conference has largely not played out like many prognosticators though it would a month into the 2015/16 season – a fact that sticks out when you look at Bovada’s updated odds.

The Dallas Mavericks – a team many experts predicted would sink towards the bottom of the standings – have held their own so far without showing any signs of regression. On the other side of the coin, the Houston Rockets have been a tire fire so far in the new campaign which resulted in head coach Kevin McHale getting shown the door after just 11 games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have looked inconsistent under new bench boss Billy Donovan, and long time contending teams like the Memphis Grizzlies have shown cracks.

We checked back in with Bovada to see how much their Western Conference futures have changed since tip-off in late October.

2016 Western Conference Champion Odds
Golden State Warriors+120
San Antonio Spurs+260
Los Angeles Clippers+550
Oklahoma City Thunder+650
Houston Rockets+1400
Memphis Grizzlies+2200
Dallas Mavericks+3300
Utah Jazz+5000
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600
Sacramento Kings+6600
New Orleans Pelicans+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000
Phoenix Suns+15000
Denver Nuggets+15000
Los Angeles Lakers+25000

Odds as of November 19 at Bovada

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Representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals is never an easy task and the 2015/16 season will be no different. The West is absolutely stacked with talent, and according to Bovada, it's the San Antonio Spurs that are the slight +250 favorites to win the conference this season.

Just how loaded is the West? The Dallas Mavericks, who ended the regular season in seventh place with a record of 50-32 last year, would have sat tied with the Chicago Bulls in the East for third place. Ouch.

Right on the Spurs' heels are the defending champion Golden State Warriors at +275. The Oklahoma City Thunder (+400), Los Angeles Clippers (+650), and the Houston Rockets (+1000) round out the top five.

2015/16 NBA Western Conference Odds

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

  • San Antonio Spurs +250
  • Golden State Warriors +275
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +400
  • Los Angeles Clippers +650
  • Houston Rockets +1000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +1600
  • New Orleans Pelicans +2000
  • Dallas Mavericks +3300
  • Los Angeles Lakers +5000
  • Utah Jazz +6600
  • Phoenix Suns +7500
  • Portland Trail Blazers +7500
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +10000
  • Denver Nuggets +12500
  • Sacramento Kings +12500


The San Antonio Spurs are the offseason favorites on the odds to win the 2016 NBA Western Conference championship at the online sportsbooks, putting Tim Duncan and company ahead of the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets on those NBA betting futures.

At Bovada the Spurs sit as the +200 favorites on the odds to win the NBA Western Conference in the upcoming season, with the defending-champion Warriors a step behind them on the betting lines at +300. The Thunder are at +450 on the list, with the Clippers pegged at +600, and the Rockets rounding out the top contenders at +900.

2016 NBA Western Conference Champion

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

  • San Antonio Spurs +200
  • Golden State Warriors +300
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +450
  • Los Angeles Clippers +600
  • Houston Rockets +900
  • Memphis Grizzlies +1600
  • New Orleans Pelicans +2000
  • Dallas Mavericks +2800
  • Los Angeles Lakers +5000
  • Phoenix Suns +5000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +5000
  • Utah Jazz +5000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +7500
  • Denver Nuggets +12500
  • Sacramento Kings +12500


Here are the updated odds to win the NBA Western Conference at the online sportsbooks.

2015 NBA Western Conference Champion

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

  • Golden State Warriors 4/11
  • Los Angeles Clippers 7/2
  • Houston Rockets 8/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies 25/1


The Golden State Warriors are the top seed and the betting favorite on the odds to win the NBA's Western Conference title this spring at online sportsbook Bovada as they prepare for the start of their first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

At Bovada the Warriors are the 11/10 favorites on the odds to win the Western Conference, with the San Antonio Spurs at 2/1, the Houston Rockets at 8/1, and the Los Angeles Clippers at 9/1. San Antonio is just the sixth seed in the West, while Houston is the second seed, and the Clippers are the third seed.

Rounding out the Western Conference title odds at the sportsbook heading into the postseason are the Memphis Grizzlies at 12/1, the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers at 22/1, and the Pelicans at 75/1. The first-round matchups in the West have the Warriors taking on the Pelicans, the Rockets tipping off against the Mavericks, the Clippers facing the Spurs, and the Trail Blazers meeting the Grizzlies.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Western Conference at Bovada as of April 15

Golden State Warriors 11/10
San Antonio Spurs 2/1
Houston Rockets 8/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
Memphis Grizzlies 12/1
Dallas Mavericks 22/1
Portland Trail Blazers 22/1
New Orleans Pelicans 75/1


The Golden State Warriors remain at the top of the odds to win the 2014/15 NBA Western Conference at the online sportsbooks late in March, with Bovada setting the Warriors at 5/4 on those updated NBA futures.

The San Antonio Spurs are then at 7/2 on the NBA Western Conference odds at Bovada, with the Memphis Grizzlies at 6/1, the Houston Rockets at 7/1, and the Los Angeles Clippers at 9/1. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers are both at 16/1 odds, while the Dallas Mavericks are holding down Western Conference odds of 18/1 at Bovada.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Western Conference at Bovada as of March 28

Golden State Warriors 5/4
San Antonio Spurs 7/2
Memphis Grizzlies 6/1
Houston Rockets 7/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 16/1
Portland Trail Blazers 16/1
Dallas Mavericks 18/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Phoenix Suns 500/1


The San Antonio Spurs are holding onto their lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the odds to win the NBA's Western Conference with the 2014/15 season set to get underway. The Los Angeles Clippers round out the top three teams at the online sportsbooks heading into the campaign.

The Spurs are the 2/1 favorites on the odds to win the NBA's Western Conference at Bovada, followed by the Thunder at 13/4, and the Clippers at 4/1. The Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, and Houston Rockets make up the second tier of Western contenders at 10/1.

Odds to Win 2014/15 NBA Western Conference at Bovada as of October 20

Dallas Mavericks 10/1
Denver Nuggets 33/1
Golden State Warriors 10/1
Houston Rockets 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 4/1
Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 40/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/4
Phoenix Suns 40/1
Portland Trail Blazers 20/1
Sacramento Kings 125/1
San Antonio Spurs 2/1
Utah Jazz 150/1


The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder are co-favorites on the odds to win the NBA's Western Conference this season, with the defending Western champions from San Antonio farther down on that list.

The Clippers and the Thunder are both listed at 7/2 at Bovada on the odds to win the Western Conference this season, although both teams fell short of that goal last year; the Clippers lost in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Thunder were the Grizzlies' second-round victim after they lost Russell Westbrook to injury.

The Houston Rockets, with new addition Dwight Howard, are then at 4/1 odds on that list, with the Spurs sitting as the fourth-favorites at 11/2 odds. Houston lost to the Thunder in the first round of last year's playoffs but are hoping Howard can push them farther through the postseason this time around. The Spurs fell in seven games to the Heat in last year's NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors, who were knocked out by the Spurs in last year's conference semifinals, are set at 7/1 odds to win the Western Conference this season, with the Grizzlies at 10/1, and the Los Angeles Lakers back at 16/1 after getting swept in the first round by the Spurs last year.

The Denver Nuggets (18/1) and the Dallas Mavericks (25/1) are the middle tier on the Western futures list at Bovada, with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans both at 50/1. The Portland Trail Blazers (66/1), Utah Jazz (75/1), Sacramento Kings (100/1), and Phoenix Suns (150/1) round out the list.

Odds to Win 2013/14 NBA Western Conference at Bovada

Los Angeles Clippers 7/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 7/2
Houston Rockets 4/1
San Antonio Spurs 11/2
Golden State Warriors 7/1
Memphis Grizzlies 10/1
Los Angeles Lakers 16/1
Denver Nuggets 18/1
Dallas Mavericks 25/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 50/1
New Orleans Pelicans 50/1
Portland Trail Blazers 66/1
Utah Jazz 75/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Phoenix Suns 150/1


The Los Angeles Lakers bulked up in the offseason, and they're heading into this year as the favorites on the betting odds at the online sportsbooks to win the NBA's Western Conference over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder won the Western Conference last season, but the Lakers went out and got both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard over the summer and grabbed a lot of support on the NBA futures - they're at 13/10 at Bovada to win the West this season, while the Thunder are listed at 9/5 on those lines.

The San Antonio Spurs then sit at 17/2 on those NBA futures, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at 12/1, and the Denver Nuggets at 15/1. The Spurs wiped out the Clippers in a four-game sweep in the second round of last year's playoffs, but then ended up losing to the Thunder in six games in the Western Finals.

The Memphis Grizzlies (16/1) and Dallas Mavericks (18/1) are the other second-tier contenders on the NBA futures to win the West at Bovada, with Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves a step behind at 35/1 odds to claim that conference title this season.

The Utah Jazz (45/1) and Houston Rockets (50/1) are longer shots on that odds list, with the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers both at 66/1 odds. The New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, and Nash-less Phoenix Suns are all at 100/1 odds.

The complete Western Conference futures list at Bovada ...

Los Angeles Lakers 13/10
Oklahoma City Thunder 9/5
San Antonio Spurs 17/2
Los Angeles Clippers 12/1
Denver Nuggets 15/1
Memphis Grizzlies 16/1
Dallas Mavericks 18/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 35/1
Utah Jazz 45/1
Houston Rockets 50/1
Golden State Warriors 66/1
Portland Trail Blazers 66/1
New Orleans Hornets 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1


As the NBA gets set to return on Christmas Day the sportsbooks are lining up their favorites as teams run through a shortened training camp. Here’s the early look at the Western Conference contenders on the futures board.

The Los Angeles Lakers have kept the core of their roster intact and things look promising for another run at a possible championship. Despite sitting in the same conference as the defending NBA champions from Dallas, it’s the Lakers who are 2/1 West favorites at Bovada in early futures betting.

Some free agent exodus might harm the Mavericks' chances of winning back-to-back titles, but they will be among the league’s elite and they are listed at Bovada at 4/1 in futures betting.

Kevin Durant took his Oklahoma City Thunder all the way to the conference finals last season, and this is a team on the rise; the Thunder roll in on the futures board at 11/4. The well-run but rebuilding San Antonio Spurs will be playoff contenders but they still lack depth, and that’s reflected in the futures odds where they sit at 12/1 to claim the Western Conference.

Portland is close behind the Spurs and has a team capable of doing some damage in the playoffs, but a serious run at a conference title might be too much to ask at this stage of the game. The Trail Blazers sit at 14/1 odds along with the Memphis Grizzlies in futures betting at Bovada.

The Clippers also boast a young collection of studs, and with a small addition to improve their depth they might turn into a serious contender. This Clippers team appears headed toward the postseason, but they are back at 22/1 on the West's futures board.

Rounding out the top Western Conference teams are the Denver Nuggets at 25/1 odds and the Houston Rockets at 30/1 odds.

The complete Western Conference futures list at Bovada ...

Los Angeles Lakers 2/1
Dallas Mavericks 4/1
OKC Thunder 11/4
San Antonio Spurs 12/1
Portland Trail Blazers 14/1
Memphis Grizzlies 14/1
LA Clippers 22/1
Denver Nuggets 25/1
Houston Rockets 30/1
Phoenix Suns 35/1
Utah Jazz 40/1
Golden State Warriors 40/1
New Orleans Hornets 40/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 80/1
Sacramento Kings 80/1