We are more than 10 games into the NBA season for all 30 teams, and while it’s been a wild start to the season. Here is a look at bet365’s top five championship odds.
Golden State Warriors (+260)
The big change I am referring to is the defending champions. Almost always in the NBA, the team that won the title last season is either the favorite, or the next best favorite to win the championship again. However, to start the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the San Antonio Spurs both had better NBA Odds to win the championship than the Warriors. That is no longer the case, so if you took the Dubs at the beginning of the season at +500, I commend you, because they look like a team that didn’t appreciate the disrespect. Now at around 5/2 at most shops, the value has almost surely been bet out of the Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers (+275)
Right behind them is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have looked really good at times this season, and they haven’t even played a game with Kyrie Irving yet. However, their NBA Odds to win the championship this season has stayed virtually the same with the Warriors rise to dominance once again. However, when this team gets Irving back, and if they can keep him and the rest of the team healthy for the remainder of the season and playoffs, this team is going to be tough to beat. I’m not a believer in the theory that they would have won the title with Irving healthy, but this Cavs team was thrown together last season at times with the midseason trades, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
San Antonio Spurs (+400)
The Spurs’ odds have lengthened some since the season opened, but it’s been more because of the Warriors playing so well, not the Spurs playing badly. At 4/1, San Antonio is the final team of the elite tier for the sportsbooks’ championship odds this season, and while they have some kinks to figure out, they have shown signs of hitting their strides. Tony Parker has looked a lot better over the last three or four games, so if this team can get Danny Green back to hitting shots, the rest of the Spurs will be even harder to stop. LaMarcus Aldridge looks like a perfect fit nest to Tim Duncan, so there isn’t much to worry about for Spurs backers other than the Warriors.
Oklahoma City Thunder (+900)
After opening the season with much better NBA Odds, the Thunder have fallen out of the top tier of NBA Odds favorites to win the title, and are now the beginning of the second tier of NBA Odds favorites. The Kevin Durant injury knocked them down some, but with that being only a temporary thing, the chances to jump on the Thunder at a reduced price may be inviting to some people who were high on them this offseason. Despite being an elite team, the Spurs and Warriors both look like better teams right now, so while I’m not going to place one on the Thunder at 9/1, I could see why they would be inviting.
Los Angeles Clippers (+1200)
Los Angeles started the season in this fifth spot, but they have not played like a top five team in the NBA this season. Their defense is borderline awful, and while they have played well at times, their lack of defense will kill them in a playoff series. They had a lot of success last season in beating the Spurs in the first round, but something tells me they might regress this season if they can’t figure out the defensive end. DeAndre Jordan is an outstanding defender, but he alone cannot guard all five guys. I am fading the Clippers in the future odds as of now. With all of the other teams in the West, LA could find themselves out of the top five soon.