There was a time when North American “Big Four” sports had defined seasons. The NFL ended on Super Bowl Sunday in February, NBA and NHL Champions were crowned in late May and the MLB World Series winner was determined in October. While the games still end around those times – the hype is 365 days a year now. Part of that excitement is Championship futures as each league has odds posted year-round.
NBA Finals Futures 2018
Various levels of “people in charge” in Canada and the USA protest betting being tied to sports. There was a time we would have bought that story, when the Mob were running the books, but that simply isn’t the case any longer. Now they all say it – they just don’t mean it. That is primarily due to advancements that are being made in the online sports betting industry. North American Pro, College and Amateur sports now receive global publicity as odds for their games are posted every day. Stick with us as we update our 2018 NBA Finals futures board as the season plays out.
Last Bet365 2018 NBA Finals Odds Update: July 20, 2017
NBA Post Summer League Odds Update 06/08/17
National Basketball Association Summer League action has drawn to close and today we look at the current NBA 2017-18 Championship futures odds at the Bet365 online sportsbook. Though they don’t count for much, other than teams getting a look at rookies and walk-ons, Summer Leagues are growing in popularity. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trailblazers 110-98 in the Las Vegas Final while the Dallas Mavericks took down the Detroit Piston 83-81 (OT) in the Orlando Final. Hope they enjoy their “Championship” victories.
Getting back to the “real” NBA world, prices have changed some since our last update as the Warriors saw a slight increase (-160 to -170) in their ridiculously low preseason odds. Kyrie Irving making it known that he wants out of Cleveland pushed the Cavaliers line from +400 to +500. That same issue probably had an impact on the Celtics odds shrinking from +900 to +800 as Boston has surpassed Houston as third overall chalk. We will update the NBA lines regularly but NFL and MLB futures are also hot tickets at Bet365 in the here and now.
NBA 2017-18 Championship Futures Movement
NBA Championship Opening Odds 20/07/17
Dynasty teams, like the 1950′s Minneapolis Lakers, have been part of the NBA for decades More recently, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Antonio all won Championships in clumps. Add in the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, the Hakeem Olajuwon propelled Houston Rockets, and the LeBron James led Miami Heat, who all won back-to-back titles, and you have the Larry O’Brien Trophy winners from 1984 to 2014. Except for the Dallas Mavericks who snuck in a “one and done” in 2011. A Golden State dynasty is currently in full flight.
Putting that into perspective, while eight teams won NBA titles over three decades, at least half of the NHL (15) NFL (16) and MLB (18) teams won a Championship. Vying for a third title in four years, with tiny early season 2018 NBA Championship odds, Golden State (-170) is top chalk to get in the back-to-back club – with more to come. King James and Cleveland opened as second favorites (+400) but the Cavs will have their hands full just winning the Eastern Conference Championship as the Boston Celtics are steadily building a contender.
NBA Basketball Future Bets Explained
Betting on the NBA, whether it’s Championship futures, pre-game lines, or LIVE in-game odds, is simple and safe at the online sportsbooks recommended here at Canada Sports Betting. That said, we are moving toward an NBA season unlike any in recent memory. Still about 213 days away from crowning the 2017-18 NBA playoff Champs - Stephen Curry & Crew have a negative (-160) ML. By comparison, Cleveland was tagged with (+250) title odds in 2014-15, Golden State opened the 2015-16 campaign with a (+500) ML and GWS had a (+150) NBA Championship price last year.
Looking at the NBA East, Cleveland is the team to beat for a third straight year. That is largely due to the Cavaliers having LeBron James, who is arguably the best baller on the Planet, but the Cavs have had a very quiet off-season to date. If there is going to be a Warriors vs Cavaliers Act IV, King James is going to need at least one more “star” than he had last year. Meanwhile, Boston is hot on the Cavs heels as they have been very active during the 2017 free agency period. The sum of the parts, except for the lack of an LBJ caliber star, has moved the Celtics much closer to the Cavs.
One has to feel for NBA West Crews. Try as they might, it’s tough to keep up with Golden State as the Warriors have built one of the best teams in Association history. That squad is now locked in place, for at least two more years, so everyone continues to chase Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson. Houston is attempting to make a run with the addition of PG Chris Paul but we are not sure if he will be able to mesh with fellow headstrong point-guard James Harden. San Antonio continues to reload but the Spurs are at least one star short of the Warriors Milky Way.
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One of the “perks” of futures betting, no matter the sport, is the huge prices handicappers receive. While that is normally the case across the board in all leagues, as discussed above, the 2017-18 NBA Championship futures feature the Warriors and then everyone else. While bettors can usually find a couple of underdogs with a chance in the preseason – that is difficult to do with this years’ crop of odds. At this early point, we see the Thunder (+3300) as a pup with a shot as Oklahoma City added All-Star SF Paul George who will help make 2016 MVP Russell Westbrook even better.
Here at Canada Sports Betting, along with covering NBA Finals, we are very proud to spotlight the postseason of each of the major North American leagues. When the 2017-18 NBA season tips-off, the MLB, NFL, NCAAF, CFL and MLS Champion runs will be in full flight and we are tracking the playoff prices for each of those competitions. Exciting fire on ice action coincides with the roundball season and, as with all sports, we will update our NHL Stanley Cup futures board on a regular basis. Wagering on Championship futures odds is simple at any of these top ranked online sportsbooks.