The National Basketball Association must have recently took some lessons from the NFL, and found a way to make themselves relevant newsmakers throughout the entire offseason. Sure, the best player in the game being a free agent this season aided the NBA staying on the top of sports websites news feeds, but LeBron’s move to La La Land has shaken up the top of the favorites list to win the NBA Championship this season. Let’s take a look at the NBA Futures odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals.
Before I get into how things will shape up this season, here are the Top 16 teams on the NBA future odds to win the 2018-19 NBA Finals list:
Golden State – 2/3
Boston Celtics – 6/1
Houston Rockets – 7/1
Los Angeles Lakers – 8/1
Philadelphia 76ers – 12/1
Toronto Raptors – 16/1
Oklahoma City Thunder – 40/1
San Antonio Spurs – 50/1
Utah Jazz – 66/1
Milwaukee Bucks – 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans – 100/1
Washington Wizards – 100/1
Indiana Pacers – 125/1
Denver Nuggets – 150/1
Miami Heat – 150/1
Portland Trail Blazers – 150/1
Golden State Warriors
You have to pay sportsbooks more than a hundred dollars to win a hundred if you’re betting the Golden State Warriors to win the 2019 NBA Finals. It should not come as a surprise though, after mowing down the King and his not so mighty men of Cleveland in the finals in June with a clean sweep, winning in four straight. The championship was the Warriors second in and row and three in the last four years.
The Warriors only got better, signing Boogie Cousins to a one-year, $5.3M deal. Currently rehabbing from an Achilles injury, Cousins wasn’t drawing any attention in free agency, so made the controversial move to sign with the already stacked champs. It’s unsure when Cousins returns from his injury, but reports indicate him returning somewhere around the New Year.
With one of the purest shooters the game has ever seen in Steph Curry, Kevin Durant who is the NBA Finals MVP the last two years, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Cousins, Iguodala, Livingstone and a plethora of playoff experience on the bench, it’s tough not to predict a three-peat in 2019.
Who else is excited to see an NBA Finals that doesn’t have the same two teams?!? 4 years Warriors/Cavs….unreal. At 6/1, the Boston Celtics are the heavy favorite to represent the East in the Finals this year.
If the Celtics can keep Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward healthy, with five players finishing last season averaging 12 or more points per game, Boston will have the depth to make a very deep run into the playoffs.
Although Boston ranked 20th in total points on offense last season, they were 3rd after the Spurs and Jazz in opponent total points, good for the 6th best point differential in the league. Adding Irving and Hayward to the offensive attack will elevate the Celtics to the top of a lot of offensive categories.
Los Angeles Lakers
I really don’t know what to think about the Lakers now that LeBron is there. You can never truly bet against him. I mentioned earlier about the Warriors winning the NBA Championship in three of the last four years. That one-year they didn’t, in 2016, LeBron James literally put his team on his shoulders, running up and down the court making plays on offense and defense to get Cleveland that elusive championship.
The Lakers roster really doesn’t excite me, and to me, the most exciting thing out of LA is that Big Mouth Daddy Ball hasn’t been heard of much since his son got caught stealing while on a basketball tour in China. Lonzo did not impress in his first year what, and will need to contribute. LeBron will need some help to improve a team that finished 35-47, 30 games behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings in order to be in the NBA Finals conversation.
I couldn’t let this article go by without at least mentioning the Cleveland Cavaliers and where they fall in the odds to win the NBA Championship this season. With Finals appearances in the past four years, heavily favored to win the East in each of those seasons with LeBron, the Cavs are currently listed at 500/1.
Only six teams are less favored to win, now lead by Kevin Love (it was a good run Cleveland). They are listed at 100/1 to win the East, tied with four other teams, with only the Brooklyn Nets below them at 250/1.
I am a big fan of betting futures. Not only do they provide us with some great value, they also offer season long entertainment. A lot of us think betting options are minimal in the months leading up to football starting, but futures for football, basketball, hockey and baseball give us a lot more to choose from than you might think. For me, finding what I can bet can be entertaining. It will open your eyes to what best offshore sportsbooks offer, with a betting menu like you have never seen.
Once finding what I will bet, taking the time to research and figure out where the real value is provides me hours of fun. In turn, making me a smarter bettor. Log in to your online sportsbook account or go sign up with an online bookie today. Sign up and banking are made easy, getting you placing a wager faster than ever. Good luck and happy betting.