Warriors Heavy Favorites to Defend Title in 2018

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Jason Lake

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:59 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 1:59 PM UTC

The Golden State Warriors would not be denied. They won back the title Monday night, and they’ve already opened as -150 favorites on the NBA odds board for next year.

We’re through the looking glass, people. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA title on Monday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in yet another high-scoring bonanza ('over' 232). Each of the last four games of this series went 'over' the posted total on the NBA odds board, and these were gigantic totals, too. We might have to reset our expectations about what could transpire when these same two teams meet in the Finals again next year.

What? The futures market says it’s going to happen: The Warriors have opened as -150 favorites at Bovada to defend their title, followed by the Cavs at +300. The next-closest competition comes from the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics at +1200. It’s written in stone. Who can stop the Warriors now that Kevin Durant is your newly-minted Finals MVP?

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Actually, life moves pretty fast in the NBA. The Warriors might be able to keep their championship team intact, but we may have seen the last of the Cavs as we know them. LeBron James is a free agent in two years, and he’s rumored to be on his way to Los Angeles, maybe to the Clippers, maybe to join Paul George (also due for free agency in 2018-19) with the Lakers. So perhaps the Cavs will trade Kevin Love this summer and try to keep James in Cleveland by signing some marquee talent – as if Love isn’t marquee enough – to take another stab at the Warriors.

James might not be inclined to join the Clippers (+3300) if Chris Paul isn’t there. The rumor mill is churning with scuttlebutt over Paul joining the Spurs in free agency. That would give San Antonio a proper “Big Three” again with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and make them a viable NBA pick at +1200. But is there any way James ends up with the Lakers (+10000) this year instead of having to wait for 2019? That would be lovely.

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LeBron James to the Lakers? Yes, this is a rumor that’s actually going around right now: https://t.co/lHJjHcaGEg pic.twitter.com/4snwj0SGNh

— Complex (@Complex) June 8, 2017

Whatever happens, it’ll be a very interesting offseason for King James and the NBA. Thank you very much for reading; we’ll pop in here and there to catch up on the shenanigans and update the NBA futures odds. In the meantime, may the sphere be with you, ever after.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs +1200Best Line Offered: Bovada
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