2018 NBA Championship Odds & PicksJosh Bailey
With the annual NBA all-star game now a thing of the past, title-hopeful teams in both conferences are gearing up to make a serious run at winning this season’s NBA Championship. With that said, now is a perfect time to take a look at the latest NBA futures odds to win the 2018 NBA Finals.
How To Bet The 2018 NBA Championship Odds
2018 NBA Championship Odds
- Golden State Warriors -168
- Houston Rockets +550
- Cleveland Cavaliers +720
- Boston Celtics +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1775
- Oklahoma City Thunder +3250
- San Antonio Spurs +4000
- Washington Wizards +6250
- Milwaukee Bucks +6250
- Minnesota Timberwolves +7350
- Philadelphia 76ers +8000
The NBA Championship Betting Favorite: Golden State Warriors -168
Should you bet on the Dubs at -168 to win the 2018 NBA Championship? Is there a team in the East or West that can beat them?
The Warriors look like they’re going to have a real challenge from Houston to win the Western Conference this postseason, but I wouldn’t go all gloom and doom when it comes to the Dubs. Golden State still has four all-stars on their roster and two players that can’t be stopped in Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. The Dubs are about to get very serious about defending their NBA Championship after mostly cruising through the regular season. Lest anyone forget, Golden State leads the league in scoring (115.8 ppg) and they mostly make it difficult on the opposition to score the ball as they rank third in defensive field goal percentage (44.2%) despite ranking just 22nd in points allowed (107.7 ppg).
The NBA Championship Smart Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +720
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been completely re-invigorated by the handful of impressive trades that brought them veterans Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, George Hill and Larry Nance Jr. and now look like a spirited group that actually wants to play together. Is that enough to make the Cavs the smart NBA Championship betting pick?
Clarkson and Hood are guys that can flat-out score when the Cavs need buckets while Hill brings some much-needed stability to the point guard position following the failed acquisitions of both, Isaiah Thomas and former league MVP Derrick Rose. Nance Jr. brings a level of youthful enthusiasm and fresh legs that the Cavs just weren’t getting from Channing Frye, Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson for that matter. They may not be the favorites, but Cleveland clearly improved its chances of pulling off the Finals upset.
The NBA Championship Longshot Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +3250
Oklahoma City has a pair of legitimate superstars in Russell Westbrook (25.4 ppg) and Paul George (22.5 ppg) and a fading one that can still score the ball in Carmelo Anthony (17.1 ppg). Until recently that much talent would be more than a longshot pick to win the NBA Championship, but this is the era of Super Teams!
While the Thunder are wildly inconsistent and can look inexplicably incompetent against teams like the Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz, the next night they can beat the best of the best like the Warriors or Rockets, making them a dangerous longshot if you ask me!