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NBA Finals Historical Series Odds List

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

With a fourth straight NBA Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on the horizon, oddsmakers are not expecting the 2018 matchup to be a tightly contested affair.

Online shop BetOnline initially opened the Warriors as astronomical -900 favorites and that number moved to -1000 shortly after. The Cavs, meanwhile, opened as +675 underdogs but were sitting at +725 as of this writing.

Surprisingly, that number is significantly smaller than last year’s Finals, when the Warriors opened as -2000 chalk. The Cavs were +1000 prior to Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals. LeBron James and company weren’t able to replicate the magic of their historic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit in 2016 and lasted only five games against the Dubs.

To keep up to date on the latest NBA Finals odds, visit our NBA championship futures page.

Since 2004, the range in opening series varies greatly. Here’s a look at the pre-NBA Finals series odds from the last 14 years:

Opening Series Prices of the NBA Finals Since 2004
YearWestWest LineEastEast Line
2017Golden State-2000Cleveland+1000
2016Golden State-200Cleveland+162
2015Golden State-190Cleveland+170
2014San Antonio-125Miami+105
2013San Antonio+200Miami-240
2012Oklahoma City-160Miami+140
2010LA Lakers-180Boston+160
2009LA Lakers-290Orlando+240
2008LA Lakers-120Boston+100
2007San Antonio-500Cleveland+350
2005San Antonio-180Detroit+160
2004LA Lakers-550Detroit+400