2017-18 NBA Title Odds

The 2016-17 NBA Finals hadn’t even started before sportsbooks were starting to take bets on the 2017-18 title. No surprise that the Warriors and Cavs are tops again, and here are opening and current odds:

Team June 23
(5Dimes)
June 13
(BetOnline)
May 28
(Westgate)
Warriors -168 -150 -160
Cavs +330 +450 +250
Spurs +1200 +1000 +1000
Celtics +1400 +1600 +1500
Rockets +3300 +2500 +3000
Wizards +5000 +4000 +3000
Raptors +6600 +5000 +6000
Clippers +6600 +4000 +3000
Timberwolves +6600 +10000 +10000
Bucks +6600 +5000 +6000
Pelicans +10000 +5000 +8000
Grizzlies +12500 +8000 +10000
Lakers +12500 +10000 +10000
Heat +12500 +12500 +10000
Jazz +15000 +5000 +10000
Blazers +15000 +12500 +10000
Thunder +15000 +5000 +6000
Bulls +20000 +10000 +10000
Pacers +20000 +10000 +10000
Nuggets +25000 +10000 +10000
Mavericks +25000 +12500 +20000
76ers +25000 +10000 +10000
Hawks +30000 +15000 +20000
Pistons +30000 +12500 +20000
Knicks +30000 +15000 +30000
Hornets +40000 +12500 +30000
Suns +100000 +50000 +50000
Nets +100000 +500000 +100000
Magic +100000 +100000 +100000
Kings +100000 +500000 +100000

For reference, the Warriors opened +150 last year and Cavs opened +250. By the start of the 2016-17 season, the Warriors were -125 and the Cavs +225, similar to the odds we’re seeing now for the 2017-18 season.

At 5Dimes, you can bet on a Warriors/Cavs finals matchup vs. the field:
Warriors vs. Cavaliers (+175)
Any other matchup (-225)

The TWolves have been big movers since acquiring Jimmy Butler– Minnesota has moved from 100:1 to 66:1 to win the NBA title.

The Bulls have also been big movers, but going the other way– Chicago has moved from 100:1 to 200:1 to win the NBA title.

Bettors should keep an eye on Paul George and/or Gordon Hayward to the Celtics– Boston is currently 14:1 to win the NBA title but would see their odds improve if they can acquire one or both.

We’ll continue to update the odds until the season begins and throughout the year. Will the Warriors and Cavs meet for a 4th consecutive NBA Finals? Is it worth betting on anyone else?

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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