NBA Picks During All-Star Break: Top Five Teams Poised to Win the 2015 Championship

Jordan Sharp

Monday, February 16, 2015 1:35 PM GMT

With the All Star Break almost over, now is a great time to update our top picks in the NBA Futures market. Before games start back here is a look at the top five teams to win the NBA Championship.

Golden State Warriors (+300 at Bovada)
The Warriors are the undisputed favorites at most sportsbooks to win the championship this season, and there is a reason. They are the only team in the NBA that is top five in the league in both offensive and defensive rating, and they have one of the deepest rosters in the entire league. The only thing that might be able to stop them is them. The Warriors have very little playoff success under their young belts, and that may be a detriment against teams with playoff experience.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (+350)
After a rough start to the season, the Cavs have made a run and have reestablished themselves as one of the NBA Odds favorites to win the championship. After Lebron James’ two-week rest and the trades to bring in Timofey Mozgov and JR Smith, this team looks poised to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. However much like the Warriors, outside of Lebron the Cavs have very little playoff experience.

 

Atlanta Hawks (+750)
The Hawks are the greatest story in the NBA this season, but there is a steep drop-off from the top two favorites and the Hawks. There are still doubters around the league about their down the stretch scoring and playoff experience, but this team looks poised to take the top spot in the East. They are also a mini version of the Warriors in the East. They rank 7th in the league in defensive rating, and they are 6th in the NBA bright behind the Dubs in offensive rating.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (+800)
Even though the Thunder are currently a half game outside of the playoffs in the West, they are healthy and about to make a big run if they stay that way. Bovada and the rest of the sportsbooks have noticed, because the Thunder are still inside the top five in most of the future odds. Russell Westbrook is coming off of the MVP of the All Star Game with 41 points, and there is little doubt that this team is still one of the most talented and dangerous teams in the league. If they get the 8th seed and the Warriors stay in #1, it would be a very interesting series, but I might take the Thunder in that one. OKC is a bad matchup for the Warriors, and they might be a good value at +800 NBA Odds to win the title. You aren’t going to get the chance to place NBA picks on the Thunder at a better price than what they are now.

 

San Antonio Spurs (+800)
Coming in tied with the Thunder in the NBA Odds are the defending champs. San Antonio was also barely holding onto a playoff spot, but with the return of Kawhi Leonard this team has returned to form. They are only five games outside of first place in their extremely tough division, and currently sit in the 7th seed in the West. While getting home court advantage may be a tough proposition, they will be in the playoffs, and they will be a tough out for any team they play, regardless of if they are at home to start or not.