The 2016-17 NBA season is fast approaching and the futures market ripe for the taking. The betting market overwhelmingly predicts the Warriors will win it all, making odds on other contenders very appealing. Check out the line moves here.
If you believe the Golden State Warriors will win the 2016-17 NBA Finals, you better head on over to 5Dimes and put your futures bet in now. The A+-rated online sportsbook list last year's runner-ups at -130 odds to win it all after opening at +215 in late June. A hot start just like last season will likely see this number drop even lower. If you have your eyes set on another team, cashing in now may be your best bet with value oozing off the odds board.
The signing of seven-time All-Star Kevin Durant in early July propelled the huge adjustment. The Warriors now own arguably the two best shooters (Steph Curry) in the NBA, prompting commissioner Adam Silver to express concern about the league's collective bargaining agreement and its effect on competitive balance. The 2011-12 Miami Heat (+175) are the only franchise in the last 10 years to sit less than +200 on the futures board at September 1.
The Thunder moved from fourth favorite to sixth with Durant's departure, but the price difference is astronomical. 5Dimes lists Oklahoma City at +6500 after an initial offering of +600 odds. The Thunder were just 33-28 SU and 25-34-2 ATS with Durant out of the lineup and Russell Westbrook leading the charge in their seven-year stint together.
In fact, all teams took a big hit in price in the betting market with the Warriors gain, perhaps reinforcing Silver's concerns. The Cleveland Cavaliers moved from +280 to +350, while the third choice on the board, the San Antonio Spurs, dropped to +950 after opening at +525 odds.
The biggest hit in price for potential contenders over the summer is the Miami Heat. The face of the franchise and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade left for the Chicago Bulls on a two-year deal just days after Durant's announcement. Without their team leader, the Heat sank to +15000 odds to win it all. They opened at +1200 odds.
Here's a look at the current top-10 choices over at 5Dimes, and each team's initial offering in late June before the Durant trade went down:
|TEAM||JUNE ODDS||SEPT. ODDS|
|Golden State Warriors||+215||-130|
|San Antonio Spurs||+525||+950|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+600||+6500|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+950||+3500|
The longest price on the board is the Brooklyn Nets at +125000 odds. Head on over to 5Dimes to check out the rest of the odds and get your wager in to choose the best NBA picks.