It’s the half-way point in the current NBA season and that makes it a perfect time to take a closer look at the NBA Championship odds and the most intriguing picks to win the title.
NBA Championship Odds & Picks
- Golden State Warriors -210
- Toronto Raptors +1000
- Milwaukee Bucks +1100
- Philadelphia 76ers +1450
- Boston Celtics +1600
- Houston Rockets +1850
- Oklahoma City Thunder +2500
- Denver Nuggets +4750
- Los Angeles Lakers +5400
- Utah Jazz +8000
- San Antonio Spurs +17500
- Portland Trail Blazers/Indiana Pacers +22500
- Los Angeles Clippers/Miami Heat/Charlotte Hornets/Sacramento Kings +100000
- New Orleans Pelicans/Orlando Magic/Dallas Mavericks/Detroit Pistons/Brooklyn Nets +150000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +200000
- Washington Wizards +300000
NBA Championship Betting Favorite: Golden State Warriors -210
After a spotty first few weeks, the Golden State Warriors went back to doing what they’ve been doing the past four season, dominating opponents on the court. Golden State has a ridiculous 41-16 record. They’ve also smoothly folded DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins into their juggernaut, meaning that the Warriors are even better this season than they were last season.
All the magnificence means Golden State is an absolute lock to win its third straight NBA Championship, right? Not exactly. Golden State could suffer an injury along the way, like any team in the NBA. Not only that, but the Warriors face the toughest group of contenders they have since the dynasty began.
Golden State should win the NBA Title. That doesn’t mean they’re a good bet to win the NBA Title. Check out who the smart play is.
NBA Championship Smart Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +1100
Right now, the Bucks have the best record in the league at 43-14. If Milwaukee faced the Warriors in the NBA Championship today, they’d have home court advantage. That’s how great Milwaukee’s played this season.
The Bucks are led by the awesome Giannis Antetounkempo. The Greek Freak leads the Bucks in points, rebounds, and assists per game. But, he’s the only player on Milwaukee’s squad that can dominate. Khris Middleton is finally healthy and has been as good as Giannis on plenty of nights. Not only that, but Eric Bledsoe is impossible to keep from putting points on the scoreboard.
Malcolm Brogdon can score, but he can also play either position, PG or SG, meaning he spells starting point-guard Eric Bledsoe and Bledsoe spells him. What you must really like is the deep bench. Patrick Connaughton, George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, and Tony Snell all put in 15 to 20 minutes per night.
That makes the Bucks as deep as Golden State. And, let’s be honest, no player on the Warriors squad is as talented as Giannis.
NBA Championship Longshot Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +2500
There’s a reason Paul George decided to stay at Oklahoma City instead of signing with San Antonio, the L.A. Lakers, or any other team courting him this past offseason. George likes playing with Russell Westbrook. The two have fantastic chemistry.
While that might not seem important, the chemistry they’ve developed has allowed George to blossom as an option 1 and for Russell to blossom into one of the top passing point guards in the NBA. I italicize passing because the knock against Westbrook is that he’s a ball hog.
Not anymore. Russell seems intent on winning rings. So does George. It also helps that the second unit is loaded with talent. Denis Shroder, Hamidou Diallo, and Nerlens Noel could all start on most any other team. That’s especially true for Schroder who’s a real point-guard.
OKC’s flying under the radar. We must take them seriously as an NBA Championship contender.