NBA Betting Advice & Odds For Teams Favored To Win Championship

Jake Walker

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 6:29 PM GMT

The NBA is at the All-Star Break so we take an updated look at the teams favored to win the NBA Championship and how to bet on them in the second half of the season.

Golden State Warriors (-130)
The Golden State Warriors remain the favorites to win the NBA Championship, as they're getting NBA odds of -130 at Bovada.

The defending NBA champions currently have the best record in the league at 48-4 and they're on pace to set a new record for most wins in a season, breaking the 1995-96 Bulls' record of 72 regular season wins. Golden State is 24-0 at home this season and they're riding an 11-game winning streak (7-4 ATS). The Warriors currently lead the NBA with 115.5 points per game and rank second in scoring margin (+12.5 points per game).

Backup center Festus Ezeli underwent arthroscopic knee surgery recently and will miss, but other than that this team is healthy. Good health has helped Golden State be pretty much unstoppable. 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (+350)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 38-14, three games ahead of the Toronto Raptors. The Cavs are the defending Conference champions and the clear favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals again, but the real question is, can they beat whoever wins the West?

It's not surprising to see Cleveland in first place in the Eastern Conference standings, but the fact that it’s only by three games and with Tyronn Lue as head coach instead of David Blatt it's a bit shocking.  

The Cavaliers are just 23-26-3 ATS so far. with three ATS losses over their last five games. Their offense is clicking though, as they have scored 103 or more points in eight of 10 games under Lue after scoring over 103 points just 19 times in 42 games with Blatt as head coach. 

 

San Antonio Spurs (+375)
The San Antonio Spurs (45-8) have the second-best record in the Western Conference and the whole NBA, 3.5 games behind the Warriors.

No NBA team has turned a bigger profit for sports bettors during the first half of the season than the Spurs. Like the Warriors, the Spurs are unbeaten at home (28-0 SU and 19-9 ATS). 

People can't stop talking about Golden State's record but we can't overlook what San Antonio has done this year. To put it into perspective, this is the first time in NBA history that two teams won 45 or more games before the All-Star break, so the Warriors are not the only team that we should consider for our NBA picks for the rest of the season.  The Spurs are winning games by an average of 13.3 points (first in the NBA). That margin rises to 16.1 points per game at home. 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (+900)
At 40-14, the Thunder are currently third in the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City might be 9 games behind the first-place Warriors but they have a great chance to make a deep playoffs run as long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook stay healthy.

Oklahoma City has never won the NBA Championship and this might be the last season of Durant and Westbrook with the team, so we can expect them to give it their all because winning the title might be the only thing that can convince their star duo to stay.

The Thunder have the second-highest scoring offense in the NBA at 109.9 points per game and their 40 wins are impressive, but they have covered ATS just 21 times. Fading Oklahoma City on the road can be profitable, as they're just 7-17 ATS away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.

 

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