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NBA Championship Futures: Odds Outlook at the All-Star Break

As the NBA approaches its all-star break, the landscape of the league looks vastly different compared to past years. While many people believe the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meeting in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season is inevitable, it’s far from a certainty at this point.

The Rockets could be the biggest threat to disrupt Golden State’s dynasty.

When it comes to championship futures, the Warriors remain the heavy -180 favorites at Bovada. The Houston Rockets (+400), Cleveland Cavaliers (+600), Boston Celtics (+1200), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000), Toronto Raptors (+2200), San Antonio Spurs (+2500), Minnesota Timberwolves (+3300), Washington Wizards (+6600) and Milwaukee Bucks (+6600) round out the top 10 at the shop.

The Dubs have been the undisputed title favorites since they hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy last June, but the Rockets have established themselves as the biggest threat to disrupt Golden State’s dynasty. As of late December, Houston was tied with Cleveland for the second-best odds to win the championship at +475 but have since leapfrogged LeBron James and company to become the sole No. 2 threat at +400.

Here come the Cavaliers

Speaking of King James, the Cavaliers were in utter turmoil for the better part of two months before general manager Koby Altman turned over nearly half of his roster at the trade deadline. Altman shipped out some disgruntled pieces in favor of younger talent, and the new-look Cavs could be going on yet another playoff push. If you’re wanting to bet the wine and gold, the +600 number is about the best price you’ll find.

Looking for a long-shot wager? Consider the Timberwolves at +3300.

The Raptors, who occupied the top spot in the Eastern Conference as of February 14, have seen their odds shift from +4000 to +2200 in the last few months. Toronto possesses one of the deepest benches in the league and a pair of all-stars in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but the franchise has never been able to get over the hump in the playoffs. If they play the way they’re playing right now, that could change in the spring.

Looking for a long-shot wager? Consider the Timberwolves at +3300. Minnesota has taken a giant leap forward this season and occupied the fourth spot in the Western Conference as of this writing at 35-25 SU. While they’ll be in tough to knock off the rest of the powerhouses in the West, they have an abundance of young talent and could make some noise in the postseason.

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Golden State Warriors-180+100
Houston Rockets+400+700
Cleveland Cavaliers+600+500
Boston Celtics+1200+1600
Oklahoma City Thunder+2000+1200
Toronto Raptors+2200+5000
San Antonio Spurs+2500+1600
Minnesota Timberwolves+3300+2800
Washington Wizards+6600+6600
Milwaukee Bucks+6600+5000
Philadelphia 76ers+10000+10000
Miami Heat+15000+12500
Detroit Pistons+15000+6600
Indiana Pacers+30000+10000
Portland Trail Blazers+30000+12500
Denver Nuggets+30000+10000
Los Angeles Clippers+30000+25000
New Orleans Pelicans+30000+12500
Utah Jazz+30000+20000
Charlotte Hornets+50000+12500