As of May 2, the odds of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers colliding in the NBA Finals were sitting at +423. That wager paid out handsomely for anyone who backed it at that price, as the powerhouses are set to meet in the 2018 Finals for the fourth year in a row.
The Warriors' road to the championship game was a little rockier than normal for the star-studded group, as Golden State found itself in a 3-2 hole to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference final. But after an injury Rockets point guard Chris Paul, the Warriors stormed back and rattled off two straight wins to advance back to the Finals with a third championship in four years in their sights.
Adversity has been a common theme for the Cavs in the 2017-18 campaign, as Cleveland endured some major struggles in the regular season and entered the playoffs as the four-seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs edged the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the first round before sweeping the Toronto Raptors and going the distance with the Boston Celtics in the East final. The Cavs topped the C's in Game 7 of that series, and now LeBron James is participating in his eighth straight title game.
With the first round of the NBA playoffs in the books, oddsmakers are gearing up for another exciting stretch run of the postseason. When it comes to which teams will meet in the NBA Finals, it’s wide open according to sportsbooks.
At 5Dimes, the Cavaliers and Warriors (+423) and 76ers and Warriors (+423) are the likeliest matchups, with the Raptors and Warriors (+492), Cavaliers and Rockets (+597), 76ers and Rockets (+597), Raptors and Rockets (+689) and Celtics and Warriors (+1710) also at the top of the list.
Is another Cavs-Warriors matchup in the cards?
This is the first time in years that the Cavaliers and Warriors weren’t the undisputed favorites. Prior to the season, the shop had the Cavs and Dubs meeting in the Finals for the fourth straight year in minus-money. The Cavs’ struggles combined with strong play from the Raptors, 76ers and Rockets is the main reason for the odds shift. Needless to say, if you think you know what the championship matchup will be, the time is now to get your bets in.
Check out the rest of the book’s odds. Which squads do you think are going to make up the 2018 edition of the NBA Finals? Have your say in the comments below. For a full list of NBA title odds, click here.