NBA Betting: Updated Playoff Odds On Profitable Teams & Matchups

Monday, April 25, 2016 1:20 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 25, 2016 1:20 PM UTC

The first round of the 2015-16 NBA Finals is coming to a close, and sports books are adjusting the odds for the championship accordingly. Take a look at updated NBA odds prices here.

<p>The Golden State <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/sportsbooks-favor-warriors-repeat-nba-champs/71538/" target="_blank" title="Sportsbooks Favor Warriors To Repeat As NBA Champs">Warriors remain the favorites to win the 2015-16 NBA Championship</a> at 7-to-5 odds, though the price is increasing. Listed at 5-to-1 prior to the season, the line fell to as low as 1-to-2 before their first-round matchup with the longest shot on the board, the Houston Rockets (1000-to-1).</p><p>The adjustment is due to the uncertain status of star player <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-odds-most-valuable-players-place-prop-bets-on/71023/" target="_blank" title="Most Valuable Players To Place Prop Bets On">Stephen Curry. The reigning NBA MVP</a>, who already missed two games in the series due to a sprained ankle, went down with a knee injury at the end of the first half in Game 4.</p><p>At the time of publication, an MRI is pending, but the belief is the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4429&amp;book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Lock Warriors -120 As Championship Winners At Heritage">Golden State</a> star may miss a significant amount of time. If this is the case, expect the price to increase heavily. Curry is worth 10 points or more to the Warriors and their chances at winning consecutive championships takes a significant hit with his absence.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4429&amp;book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Grab The Spurs +375 As The Championship Winner At Bovada">The San Antonio Spurs</a>, one of two teams already through to the Conference Semifinals, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" target="_blank" title="SBR Provides You With The Best Sportsbooks Rating Guide">are the books' second favorite</a> at 2-to-1 odds. Coach Gregg Popovich’s squad destroyed the injury-ravaged Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games, winning by a 22-point average margin. With the Warriors, the Spurs were one of only ten teams in NBA history to finish the regular season with a points differential of 10 points or better. Their odds were 4-to-1 to win the Finals on April 1.</p><p>Like the Spurs, the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-finals-matchup-odds-warriors-cavaliers-repeat-tops-board/71108/" target="_blank" title="Warriors-Cavaliers Repeat Tops The Board">Cleveland Cavaliers are also through to the Conference Semifinals</a>, taking care of the inexperienced Detroit Pistons in four straight. Books have the top seed in the East and last year’s Finals representatives listed as high as 3-to-1 odds despite the sweep.</p><p>LeBron James, who carried the team on his back in last year’s playoffs with injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, has his supporting cast healthy for this run. The trio stepped up their game in the first round, and looks primed to reach the Finals in consecutive trips. Like the Spurs price, expect Cleveland’s to fall if Golden State loses Curry.</p><p>The high-flying <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4426&amp;book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Chose Thunder +1655 As Championship Winner At Bookmaker">Oklahoma City Thunder</a>, averaging 110.5 points per game in their first-round matchup with the Mavericks, is the books’ fourth choice at 12-to 1 odds. Rounding out the top five selections are the Los Angeles Clippers at odds of 20-to-1.</p><p>Below is a table showing the updated odds for the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="Discover The World Of NBA With SBR">NBA Championship</a>, including prices for each remaining team, their odds at end of the regular season and prior to it (August 1):</p><p> </p><table class="tableizer-table" style="margin:0px auto;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204);font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;color:rgb(28, 28, 28);text-align:center"> <thead> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"> <th style="text-align:left;color:rgb(255, 255, 255);background-color:rgb(16, 78, 139)">Team</th> <th style="text-align:left;color:rgb(255, 255, 255);background-color:rgb(16, 78, 139)">Updated Odds</th> <th style="text-align:left;color:rgb(255, 255, 255);background-color:rgb(16, 78, 139)">End Regular Season</th> <th style="text-align:left;color:rgb(255, 255, 255);background-color:rgb(16, 78, 139)">Start Regular Season</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Golden State Warriors</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+140</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">-200</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">San Antonio Spurs</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+200</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+400</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Cleveland Cavaliers</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+300</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+400</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+300</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Oklahoma City Thunder</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+1200</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+2000 </td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+800</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Los Angeles Clippers</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+2000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+3500</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+1100</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Toronto Raptors</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+4000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+4000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+5000</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Miami Heat</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+4000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+7000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+4000</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Atlanta Hawks</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+5000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+7000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+3500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Boston Celtics</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+9000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+7500</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+12500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Indiana Pacers</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+10000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+10000 </td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+6000</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Charlotte Hornets</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+15000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+20000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+35000</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Portland Blazers</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+20000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+20000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+20000</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Houston Rockets</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+65000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+25000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+1800</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">Dallas Mavericks</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+100000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+25000</td> <td style="text-align:left;padding:4px;margin:3px;border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204)">+8000</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Final Thoughts</strong><br />Bettors need to take a wait-and-see approach with Curry. Oddsmakers suggested the Finals would be a three-horse race prior to the first round, and any long-term injury to the Warriors sharpshooter would clearly makes it a duel between the Spurs and Cavs.</p><p>At the prices currently listed, one could make a bet on both San Antonio and Cleveland and make money, if either are victorious. But one has to be confident Golden State will falter minus the the league MVP, and an <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-finals-matchup-odds-warriors-cavaliers-repeat-tops-board/71108/">unlikely dark horse does not spoil</a> the party.</p>
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