Consider These NBA Odds Adjustments Before Placing Your Picks

Jay Pryce

Monday, May 2, 2016 2:00 PM GMT

The NBA playoffs first-round series wrapped up yesterday, and bettors are seeing adjustments to Championship odds. Check out the latest prices here before you place your NBA Picks.

The Golden State Warriors are currently even-money favorites (in average: best priced at +110 by Bovada and Intertops) to win the NBA Championships at the start of the Conference Semifinals. Minus Stephen Curry, the league’s leading scorer who is sidelined with a sprained MCL, the No.1 seed in the West eased past the Portland Trail Blazers (+25000) 118-106 in Game 1 of their semifinal matchup last night behind Draymond Green’s triple-double ad Klay Thompson's 37 points.

Second choice is the San Antonio Spurs at 6-to-4  on NBA odds. They swept the injury-depleted Memphis Grizzlies in the first round by an average margin of 22 points. Gregg Popovich's squad picked up right where they left off in Game 1 of the second round versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, whipping the betting market’s fourth favorite (+2500) 124-92 on Saturday. Many analysts expect this to be a complete series. The Spurs were 4-to-1 favorites to win it all at the start of the playoffs, and are slowly making their way to top choice for the first time all season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers at 3-to-1 odds is the betting market’s third choice, and admittedly a tempting NBA Pick here. LeBron James and company square off against the Atlanta Hawks (+4500) in the second round, a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals in which the Cavs pulled out the brooms and swept the series. Will bettors see more of a challenge from the Hawks this season? Maybe. Since 2002, the No. 1 seed has swept the No. 4 just once in the playoffs. Every other matchup has reached a Game 6. Guess which two teams went four only. That is right, Cleveland over Atlanta in 2009. LeBron is 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS against the Gate City franchise in the postseason.

The Miami Heat (+4000) and Toronto Raptors (+3300), who meet up in the semi’s after each won out in Game 7 of their first-round matchups yesterday, round out the betting selections. Miami, 70-1 to win it all at the end of the regular season, has dominated Toronto historically, going 49-26 all-time. The Raptors, though, have taken five of the last six meetings SU and ATS.

Here are Live NBA Championship Futures Odds From Top Rated Sportsboooks:[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":2860632, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,999996,1602,169,180], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]And Here's a look at current prices, on average, for the NBA Championship, complete with odds at the beginning of the playoffs and prior to the 2015-16 season: 

Team Current Odds Start of Playoffs Start of Season
Golden State Warriors +100 -200 +500
San Antonio Spurs +150 +400 +500
Cleveland Cavaliers +300 +400 +300
Oklahoma City Thunder +2500 +2000 +800
Toronto Raptors +3300 +4000 +5000
Miami Heat +4000 +7000 +4000
Atlanta Hawks +4500 +7000 +3500
Portland Trail Blazers +12500 +20000 +20000