A marketplace once barren of perceived value may be more than a three-team race these days with teams like the Rockets, Celtics and Wizards making some late regular-season noise as the NBA playoffs are now just a month away. Let’s look at fresh NBA championship odds from Bovada.
Rockets, Celtics, Wizards Seeing Money In NBA Championship Futures
What once looked like a three-team race for the NBA championship has suddenly turned into a potential reality where maybe seven or eight teams could have a semi-realistic shot of winning four straight NBA Playoff series. ... if everything goes their way. And a look at the current NBA Championship marketplace and its numbers reveals that sentiment with James Harden (+110 to win NBA MVP, BetOnline) and the upstart Houston Rockets, Isaiah Thomas (10/1 to win NBA MVP, BetOnline) and the Boston Celtics, and John Wall (50/1 to win NBA MVP, BetOnline) and the Washington Wizards have seen money in Futures Books.
Here are the latest NBA championship odds from Bovada with the opening odds from 10 months ago in parentheses from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook:
Golden State Warriors -120 (3/2)
Cleveland Cavaliers +250 (5/2)
San Antonio Spurs 6/1 (6/1)
Houston Rockets 12/1 (60/1)
Boston Celtics 18/1 (20/1)
Washington Wizards 33/1 (100/1)
Los Angeles Clippers 40/1 (16/1)
Toronto Raptors 50/1 (25/1)
Utah Jazz 50/1 (80/1)
Oklahoma City Thunder 75/1 (8/1)
Atlanta Hawks 100/1 (40/1)
Memphis Grizzlies 100/1 (80/1)
Indiana Pacers 150/1 (100/1)
Chicago Bulls 200/1 (40/1)
Detroit Pistons 200/1 (100/1)
Miami Heat 200/1 (25/1)
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1 (100/1)
Dallas Mavericks 300/1 (100/1)
Denver Nuggets 300/1 (200/1)
Portland Trail Blazers 300/1 (60/1)
New Orleans Pelicans 500/1 (60/1)
Taking A Shot Fading Warriors, Spurs In West Seems Worth It
As you can see, Stephen Curry (50/1 to win NBA MVP, BetOnline) and Golden State are still prohibitive favorites, but the knee injury to Kevin Durant and a certain lackadaisicalness and fatigue seems to be permeating Golden State's fairly thin-looking roster. Can the Dubs even get out of the West this year? And over in the East, LeBron James (10/1 to win NBA MVP, BetOnline) and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers look like they could possibly be had in a 7-game series if everything goes right, with Washington and Boston looking like the two best candidates to match up man-to-man with Cleveland (-275 to win Eastern Conference, BetOnline).
Big movers since last update include the Rockets (12/1 from 25/1), Wizards (33/1 from 200/1), Mavericks (300/1 from 5,000/1), Nuggets (300/1 from 1,000/1), Pelicans (500/1 from 1,000/1) and Heat, who went from no-chance-to-make-the-playoffs (9,999/1, SuperBook) to their current 200/1. And Miami still won't win jack, right?
NBA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES BOOK PICK: Houston Rockets 20/1 (5Dimes)