Odds To Win The NBA Championship

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 2019

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 weekly basis during the regular season.

Next Important Date: Training Camps Open In Late September.

NBA Odds Table Glossary: Rise = Gained Value, Fall = Lost Value, Steady = No Change

Previous 2018-19 NBA Championship Futures Update: 4:30 PM ET on June 9, 2018.

2018-19 Bet365 NBA Finals Latest Odds Refresh: 5:00 PM ET on July 2, 2018.

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NBA Hot and Not: Post Free Agent Frenzy Period

Beware of the Boogie Man: Just after publishing our 02/07/18 NBA Championship futures odds update, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins signed a 1-year $5.3M deal with Golden State. Cousins is a true big-man, who does it all at both ends of the floor, and makes the Warriors starting five one of the best units ever assembled. The Boogie Man needs medical clearence as he recovers from torn Achilles surgery (31/01/18) which can tough for a 6’11” 270 pounder but he appears on schedule. Bet365 pulled their odds due to this monster move.

Mountains have moved, and plates have shifted, in the National Basketball Association. With July 1, 2018, being the official start of the 2018-19 NBA season, plus the opening of the free agent frenzy period, the 2019 NBA futures odds have moved substantially at Bet365. Of course, the elephant in the room is LeBron James as the King is packing a grip and heading to La La Land. Joining his third team, after a stop in Cleveland, then Miami, and then back to the Forest City, James is the newest member of the NBA title starved Los Angeles Lakers. 

While this move could hamper The King earning a fourth NBA Championship ring – it makes sense for James’ life after hoops – which will undoubtably be as a Hollywood actor and basketball commentator. Cleveland’s beloved hoops star heading West has moved the Lakers 2019 NBA Championship price (+20K on March 19 to +1100 on June 9) to second chalk (+375) on July 2, 2018. Very minor, top overall favorite Golden State had a price change as the Warriors NBA title odds (+125 to +135) gained a smidgen of value. We see a Dubs 3-Peat happening.

Unless they add AND subtract a few pieces, prior to the 2018-19 regular season opening in late October, we can’t see the Lakers claiming the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2019. Beyond the Warriors and Lakers, position and price moves were very prevalent on our NBA Finals futures board. Boston moves up one spot (+600 to +450) as third chalk, Houston slips from third and gains value (+400 to +550) as fourth favorite while Philadelphia plummeted from second to fifth fav with a (+400 to +1000) move. 76ers value at Bet365 is worth a 1-unit investment.

NBA 2017-18 Championship Futures Movement

Eastern Conference 2018-19 Championship Odds

Leaving his “Love – Hate – Love” relationship with Cleveland, most likely for the final time, LeBron dumping the Cavaliers opens some room for a handful of Eastern Conference Championship contenders. While we don’t have East title prices yet, the post free agent frenzy NBA Finals futures odds speak volumes. We mentioned Boston (+450) who lost a chunk of their value and are destined to open as Eastern Conference chalk. The 76ers will be second favorites and Canada’s own Toronto Raptors (+5500 to +4000) will be third.

While we don’t suggest looking past those “Big Three” at this point, Miami (+3300 to +5500) Milwaukee (steady @ +5500) along with Minnesota and Indiana both +7000, are the only six East squads on the top fifteen NBA Championship contender list. LBJ leaving Cleveland was crushing for the Cavaliers as their June 9, 2018, opening title line (+2500 to +8000) plummeted – pretty much completely off the NBA playoff map. Don’t be surprised when the Cavs turn into an “also-ran” this season. Our early East Champion call is coming soon.

Eastern Conference 2017-18 Futures Movement

Western Conference 2018-19 Championship Odds

Represented by nine of the top 15 NBA Championship contenders – the Western Conference is loaded again. Los Angeles moving past Houston and so close to Warriors is surprising. Fairly certain “any press is good press” was the mantra followed by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson when dealing with the Ball family last season. The Lakers were 35-47 and postseason eliminated in Week 24 – just ahead of the Kings, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Suns. Personally, StatsGuru has never dug Lonzo Ball and tuned out his unrelenting money and attention seeking father Lavar many moons ago.

Following overall #1 NBA 2018 Draft pick Deandre Ayton into the Phoenix desert – Houston lost heavy minute (34.2 MPG) though low production (8.8 PPG) Trevor Ariiza. More important though, super-star (G) Chris Paul re-signed (4-Years $160M) and four of the big five remain in place from the strong 2018 West final run. The Rockets price boost (+400 to +550) is surprising but not so much with the Lakers moving up. San Antonio gained value (+2500 to +4000) while Oklahoma City thundered up the board (+7000 to +4000).

Western Conference 2017-18 Futures Movement