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 their sports. We would have bought that story, way back when the Mob were running the books, but that is simply not the case any longer. That is primarily due to advancements that are being made in the online sports betting industry. Now they all say it (but don’t mean it) as North American Pro, College and Amateur sports receive global publicity since odds for their games are posted every day. We will update our 2018 NBA Finals futures table on a monthly basis during the regular season.
NBA Odds Table Glossary: Rise: Gained Value Fall: Dropped Value Steady: No Change
Last Bet365 NBA Championship Finals Price Update: 9:00 PM ET December 20, 2017.
Hoops Wagering Legend: Active – Off The Rim - Bucket
NBA Hot and Not Week 10 Update: December 20, 2017.
Well into the second third of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, Houston continues to lead the way as the Rockets (25-5) hold a slim half-game lead on defending Champion Golden State. That may change soon though – depending on the severity of a knee injury Paul George suffered on 20/12/17. It had an affect on the game he left as the Rockets 14-game winning streak was snapped during a 122-116 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Four of Houston’s five losses have been on their Toyota Center home court.
Golden State (24-6) now has the league’s longest current winning streak as the Warriors have posted ten straight wins. While the run is impressive - the teams they have taken out have a combined 126-172 record. The Champs have moved into second overall as they moved past Boston (26-8) who have stumbled some during a 6-4 stretch. Cleveland (23-9) sits in fourth while Toronto, who are on a 9-1 roll, are fifth. The Raptors (21-8) position looks even better when one considers they have played more games on the road than they have at home.
NBA 2017-18 Championship Futures Movement
NBA Hot and Not Update: December 7, 2017.
Balancing out some, after a rocky start by a few teams, the overall standings in the National Basketball Association are starting to look more like they were expected to. Despite losing prized off-season acquisition Gordon Hayward, Boston hasn’t skipped a beat, as the Celtics haven’t lost two in a row since they opened at 0-2 and they own the top NBA perch with a 22-4 record. Houston (18-4) who are on a 13-1 recent run and Golden State (20-6) are both two games behind Boston. The Rockets and Warriors are waging a great duel in the West.
Anyone kicking dirt on Cleveland, after King James & Crew opened on wonky 5-7 run, may have jumped the gun as the Cavaliers (18-7) are red-hot with a 13 game winning streak and are just 3.5 games behind Boston in fourth place. Though stymied some, after a slow 7-5 start, Toronto rounds out the top five as the Raptors are 8-2 over their last ten contests and they are five games off the pace with a 15-7 mark. Posted at Bet365, the Raptors +6600 ML preseason price has shrunk to +4000 early in the second quarter of the 2017-18 NBA season.
December NBA Championship Advice: The Warriors (-180) price will lose value soon.
NBA Hot and Not Update: November 4, 2017.
Usual suspects are in and around the top of the overall standings, other than the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, but there are also a view surprise squads out of the starting gate. While Boston and Houston were expected to be near the top, they sit first and second in the NBA standings, Detroit currently sits third with a 7-3 record and the Pistons price has plummeted from +15000 to +9000. Minnesota started slow but the Timberwolves (+4000) have won four straight games to move into fourth place tie with three other squads.
Orlando (6-3) is a pleasant surprise and the Magic’s monster +50000 NBA Championship price has been toned down to +10000 at Bet365. Thanks to a sluggish start, by their lofty standards, defending Champion Golden State (6-3) saw their title line (+170 to +180) grow slightly. Memphis (6-3) rounds out the fifth place tie and the Grizzlies (+15000 to +7000) leaked over half their value. Gordon Hayward’s injury came after we bought Boston at +800 who own the top NBA perch but ballooned to +1400. We wish G-Time a speedy recovery.
November NBA Championship Advice: Oklahoma City will start rolling at some point.
17/10/17 Regular Season Opening Night Odds
Welcome to Tip-Off Night in the Association as Cleveland vs Boston get the new season underway at 8:00 PM ET on 17/10/17. While prices on the NBA Finals have not changed since our last update (08/10/17) top rated CSB bookmakers have the NBA action covered. Starting with the Cavaliers vs Celtics clash tonight, game lines, prop bets and futures options will be available daily during the 82 game season and throughout the exciting playoff race.
08/10/17 NBA Championship Preseason Refresh
Getting set to join the Significant Seven, which will push the North American major sports throttle up to full power, the National Basketball Association season tips off on October 17, 2017. One couldn’t ask for a more exciting opening night as the Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors are the only contests on the slate. Those rivalry battles feature the season opening “Big Four” NBA Finals top chalk squads.
Preseason action, vanilla as it is, has had little affect on our NBA Championship futures board as Act IV of the Cavs vs Dubs tug-of-war is forecast as the NBA Finals matchup in June 2018. The Warriors (-180) price has gone unchanged while Dwyane Wade reuniting with LeBron James dropped the Cavaliers (+550 to +500) line slightly. Boston and Houston remain tied as third chalk (+800) while the Spurs gained (+100 to +1200) value as the fifth favorite.
This Dog May Have Their Day: Oklahoma City Thunder (+1800) at Bet365
NBA Finals Champion: Boston Celtics (+800) Two-Units at SportsInteraction
16/09/17 Pre-Training Camp Futures Update
Roundball Fans Rejoice! Adding to thrilling CFL, NFL and MLS action, as well as the race to the MLB Fall Classic, National Basketball Association training camps are set to open on September 23, 2017. Slumbering for most of the offseason, the 2017-18 NBA Finals odds have changed some since our last update. The Boston and Cleveland trade deal is now finalized as Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas are officially members of Celtics and Cavaliers respectively. Movement at the top was scarce as Golden State (-170) is still top chalk.
With the Cavs and Celtics deal now official, Cleveland’s NBA Championship line (+525) held steady but Boston gained some value as they moved from +750 to +800 on the betting board at Bet365. The Houston Rockets also a slight increase (+850 to +900) while the San Antonio Spurs price fell from +1200 to +1100 to round out the top five. In a league that features the Warriors, and everyone else, most NBA squads had a price increase – including Canada’s own Toronto Raptors who saw their title line move from +6660 to +7000.
29/08/17 Post Cavs and Celtics Trade Update
Following a huge deal, that is still being dealt with, we felt there may be some movement on the NBA futures board at Bet365. However, after a major swap that saw All-Star players Kyrie Irving bussed to Boston and Isaiah Thomas cruise into Cleveland, the Finals numbers have remained fairly steady since our 06/08/17 update. The Cavaliers gained value (+500 to +525) while the Celtics price dropped (+800 to +750) slightly. The San Antonio Spurs lost ground (+1100 to +1200) to Golden State (-170) who are unchanged as runaway top favorites.
06/08/17 NBA Post Summer League Odds Update
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.
20/07/17 NBA Championship Opening Odds
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.
Eastern Conference Championship NBA Odds Refresh
Although we haven’t hit the halfway point yet, the “Big Three” Eastern Conference squads have pulled away from the rest of the field. Boston continues to shine on defence as their 98.3 PPG allowed is the lowest total in the East. Offense has been a problem though as Boston’s 103.4 PPG scored is eleventh overall. Cleveland has played two less contests and sit two games out of first place. Toronto are 2.5 back, with five less matches played, and 29 of their final 53 contests will be played at home – where they have a league best 11-1 record.
Looking at the best of the rest, Indiana sits fourth overall as they are seven games behind Boston. The Pacers have a half-game lead over Milwaukee, Washington and Detroit, while New York rounds out the current squads holding a playoff position, as the Knicks are eight games off the pace. Philadelphia is proving to be more hype than substance as the 76ers have struggled during a recent 3-9 slide to fall out of a playoff position. It’s not wise to look past the top three if you are wagering on the eventual Eastern Conference Champion.
East Title Betting Advice: Like Toronto? Bet the Raptors +1200 price at Bodog ASAP!
Last NBA Eastern Final Futures Update: 9:30 PM ET Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Shaded Green = Best Buy Teams listed by current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Futures Odds Movement
07/12/17 Eastern Conference Odds Update
Picking up the pieces, after being broken by a terrible injury to an All Star, five minutes into a new season, is never easy. The Crew in Boston deserves huge props though as players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier have stepped up to keep the Celtics Eastern Conference Championship hopes alive. It also helps that the Celtics other new star, Kyrie Irving, is averaging 23.5 PPG and the Celtics defense (97.2 PA PG) is the best squad in the NBA. A long way from the finish line – we still like Boston as a top contender in the East.
Expecting Cleveland and Toronto to contend all season, the East is a three-horse race at this point as the Celtics, Cavaliers and Raptors have a 26-4 combined record over their last ten games. Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, who sit fourth through sixth, posted a 16-14 record over the same amount of contests. Although fairly hot out of the gate, we warned against buying into the Pistons and Orlando Magic and they’ve both cooled considerably. If you want to buy a horse in the East race – we suggest picking from the current top three.
Last NBA Eastern Final Futures Update: 5:15 PM ET December 7, 2017.
Shaded Green = Best Buy Teams listed by current Eastern Conference standings.
04/11/17 Eastern Conference Odds Update
Heading into Week 4 of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Association offered up plenty of tricks and treats during the Halloween season. One of the bigger tricks in the East was bagged by Cleveland supporters as the Cavaliers opened with a 4-5 stumble – their fourth loss was not until 17 games in last season. The Cavs second-last ranked defense, which allowed 113 PPG over the first nine games, absorbs the blame. Bookmakers at Bet365 are relatively unfazed as LeBron James & Crew (-165 to -180) remain as the leading Eastern Conference contender.
Boston fans received the worst trick after prized free-agent stud Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome season ending injury during Game 1. Boston licked their wounds and then lost to Milwaukee to open at 0-2. Righting the ship, the Celtics sailed to seven straight wins and sit one game up on the Pistons and Magic, plus 1.5 up on Canada’s own Raptors. It was early season treats for preseason backers of those three teams as their prices tumbled. We called the Celtics at (+240) and their price went up just slightly (+248) so that is a positive sign.
Bettor Beware: Not sold on Detroit and Orlando – We suggest watching them for now.
Last NBA Eastern Final Futures Update: 6:30 PM ET November 4, 2017. Best Buy
08/10/17 Eastern Conference Odds Update
Unsurprising, early in the NBA preseason, LeBron “King” James and Cleveland are top chalk on the Canada Sports Betting Eastern Conference Championship futures betting board. What is slightly surprising is the fact that the Cavaliers have already hit a negative number. Cleveland is retooled, with the additions of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade, but it remains to be seen what affect the departure of Kyrie Irving will have on the court.
Welcoming Irving into the fold, along with SF Gordon Hayward who comes over from Utah, Boston is the second overall favorite. The Celtics current best price (+244) at Bet365 is a line that would normally be reserved for the top chalk squad at this time of the year. It’s a huge leap from there as group of five teams are priced between +1200 and +3400 including Canada’s own Toronto Raptors who have a best value (+2000) at Bodog and Bet365.
Pause & Monitor: Philadelphia 76ers (+3330) at BetWay
Preseason East Champion Pick: Boston Celtics (+240) Three Units at Bodog
Last NBA Eastern Final Futures Update: 7:00 PM ET October 17, 2017. Best Buy
Western Conference Championship NBA Odds Refresh
Continuing their fierce fight, Houston and Golden State remain as the best of the bunch in the Western Conference Championship race. As mentioned above, the Rockets have a half game lead on the Warriors who they will face twice more during the regular season. Mark January 4, and 20, 2018, on your calendar as the West leaders will play out their season series during a pair of games in Houston. The Warriors end December with six home games, starting on Friday vs the Lakers, but then play eight of their next ten matches on the road.
Bolstered by their league leading 98.1 PPG allowed – San Antonio has a firm grip on third in the West as the Spurs (21-10) have a 3.5 lead on fourth place Minnesota. The Timberwolves (19-13) have a 2.5 game lead on Portland and Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division as the Blazers (16-14) and Thunder sit fifth and sixth overall in the West standings. Denver (16-15) and New Orleans (15-16) round out the top eight playoff positioned teams but they have both struggled during recent 4-6 runs. Four West teams have been pushed OTB at Bodog.
West Title Betting Advice: Like the Spurs defense? San Antonio is +900 at Betway.
Last NBA Western Final Futures Update: 9:30 PM ET Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Shaded Green = Best Buy Teams listed by current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Futures Odds Movement
07/12/17 Western Conference Odds Update
There is a similar story playing out in the Western Conference as the top three clubs appear to be the cream of the crop. Houston, who’ve played four games less than Golden State, has been on fire as the Rockets are led by the league’s top scorer James Harden who is averaging 31.7 points per game. The Warriors, who opened with an incredible 38-6 run last year, have already lost six games this season and currently sit with a 20-6 record. That said, the Champs are the top scoring NBA team as they are averaging a whopping 117.8 points per game.
San Antonio, despite ranking 25th overall in scoring (101.3 PPG) are just 2.5 games behind the Rockets and Warriors thanks largely to their second ranked defense that’s allowing 97.3 PPG. As it is East, the top three teams in the West are running hot with a 25-5 record while the next three teams have stumbled to a 15-15 mark. Led by Minnesota, who are 15-11, the fourth through eighth positions are separated by just a game and half. Oklahoma City, one of our preseason picks, needs to pick up the pace as the Thunder are sitting ninth overall.
Last NBA Western Final Futures Update: 5:15 PM ET December 7, 2017.
Shaded Green = Best Buy Teams listed by current Western Conference standings.
04/11/17 Western Conference Odds Update
Not as rocky as the Cavs start, preseason chalk Golden State opened with a 6-3 record. The Warriors third loss made them 16-3 last season and they scorched a 36-3 path the previous year. Again, the linemakers are not concerned as the Stephen Curry Champs are still huge favorites to win the West. The gap closed some as the Champs dropped (-275 to -250) slightly and Houston, after a 7-2 start, leaked value (+1000 to +650) on the Bodog futures board. Apart from beating the Champs, the Rockets schedule has been relatively light so far.
San Antonio (5-4) and Oklahoma City (4-4) both had slow starts but they are tied as third favorites with a (+800) West Championship price at Bodog. Value hunters get the Spurs (+900) at BetWay and the Thunder with a bulging (+1300) line at Bet365. It’s a big step to the next tier as Minnesota (5-3) is first in the Northwest Division and the Timberwolves have a (+3300) best price on our board. Scanning the remaining contenders – all we can really see is pretenders as several squads are +10000 or more at the 1/8 mile-pole of the playoff race.
Underdog To Watch: After a slow start, Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be gelling.
Last NBA Western Final Futures Update: 6:30 PM ET November 4, 2017. Best Buy
08/10/17 Western Conference Odds Update
Microscopic, with a current (-275) ML best value at Bodog, defending NBA Champion Golden State is already close to being priced out of the market. The Warriors have posted a 207-39 record, made three straight NBA Finals appearances, and claimed two Larry O’Brien trophies, during the past three seasons. The Dub’s return en masse, as the Owner ponied up and wrote everyone fat cheques, plus Nick Young and Omri Casspi were added as bench help.
Beyond the GSW juggernaut; San Antonio (+800) and Houston (+1000) at SportsInteraction, plus Oklahoma City (+1200) at BetWay are second through fourth favorites. Adding Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, to compliment rising young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, makes Minnesota a pup to consider as the Timberwolves are (+2800) at Bet365. At this point, we are advising against considering any other team in the West.
Pause & Monitor: Minnesota Timberwolves (+2500) at BetWay
Preseason West Champion: Golden State Warriors (-275) Five Units at Bodog
Last NBA Western Final Futures Update: 7:00 PM ET October 17, 2017. Best Buy
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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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A major ”perk” 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.