Just as it was expected the 2017 NBA Finals wrapped up last night with the Golden State Warriors easily defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to their second championship in the last three seasons. Even less surprising, sportsbooks have already released odds on which squad will reign supreme a year from now and the results won’t shock you.
At some places you can find that the Golden State Warriors are the -150 favorites to go all the way with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+300), Boston Celtics (+1200), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Houston Rockets (+2000), Los Angeles Clippers (+3300), Toronto Raptors (+5000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) and Memphis Grizzlies (+7500) listed as the next likeliet contenders to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Truthfully, anyone who’s seen even the littlest basketball action in the last few years could’ve guessed the top portion of these odds. The Warriors have assembled one of the most dominant teams the Assocation has ever seen, while the Cavaliers aren’t going to go away as long as LeBron James stays back home in Northeast Ohio.
There are some interesting things to note on the board, though. Already possessing a deep roster headlined by the fantastic Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are about to land what will most likely be Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 spot in the NBA Draft. Like every team in the East, Boston will have a tough time getting by Bron Bron and the Cavs but I’m a big fan of the +1200 price.
Following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, the Warriors moved from +100 to -150 while the Cavs slipped from +400 to +450. For what it’s worth, the Warriors opened the 2016-17 NBA season as +150 favorites to win the title but jumped to -150 following their acquisition of Kevin Durant.
These odds will fluctuate throughout the offseason based on free agency, trades, and the NBA Draft. As the season progresses it is important to monitor the changes.
One of the most interesting teams to monitor will be the Boston Celtics, who will have ample salary cap space this offseason in addition to the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Although it’s unclear whether GM Danny Ainge will cash in some of his assets to acquire another star player like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, Boston could see their odds skyrocket with a blockbuster trade.
It will also be curious to see whether the Cavs will break up their core this off-season. Cleveland was dominated by Golden State in the NBA Finals, and there are already rumors circulating that LeBron James could opt out of his contract at the end of next season if things don’t turn around. Unfortunately, Cleveland doesn’t have many valuable trade assets outside their big three, so they may need to disrupt their core if they hope to make any major moves.
Once the uncertainty around these two players is cleared up, we could assume that Golden State would become an even larger favorite. Odds could also be impacted by the results of this year’s NBA Finals. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag