NBA Championship Odds & PicksNoah Williams
Can Anyone Beat the Loaded Golden State Warriors in 2017-18?
After winning the 2016-17 NBA Championship last season to bag their second title in the last three years, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are clear-cut prohibitive favorites to win back-to-back titles again this coming season.
NBA Championship Odds & Picks
If you’re wondering whether the absolutely loaded Dubs can pull off the repeat to cash in on their value-packed NBA Championship futures odds or whether another title contender could potentially pull off what would amount to huge upset, then consider your ticket punched thanks to the expert roundball analysis that you’re about to get on the favored Warriors, my ‘smart’ pick and top longshot selection to win it all this coming season.
2017 NBA Title Odds
- Golden State Warriors -160
- Cleveland Cavaliers +550
- Boston Celtics +800
- San Antonio Spurs +1200
- Oklahoma City Thunder +1200
- Houston Rockets +1600
- Minnesota Timberwolves +2800
- Washington Wizards +5000
- Philadelphia 76ers +6600
- Milwaukee Bucks +6600
- Toronto Raptors +7500
- Los Angeles Lakers +10000
- Miami Heat +10000
- Los Angeles Clippers +12500
- New Orleans Pelicans +15000
- Denver Nuggets +15000
- Utah Jazz +20000
- Portland Trail Blazers +20000
- Memphis Grizzlies +30000
- Detroit Pistons +30000
- Dallas Mavericks +50000
- Charlotte Hornets +50000
- New York Knicks +50000
- Indiana Pacers +50000
- Phoenix Suns +50000
- Sacramento Kings +50000
- Chicago Bulls +100000
- Atlanta Hawks +100000
- Brooklyn Nets +100000
- Orlando Magic +100000
With a recent survey showing that 93 percent of NBA general managers expect Golden State to win it all against this coming season, clearly every team in the league is going to have their hands full in trying to dispatch the Warriors. Still, that’s why they play the games and hey, you just never know what could happen.
The Favorite To Win The 2017 NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors -160
The Warriors are back, virtually intact from last season and they really don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to almost assure themselves a spot in the Western Conference Finals at the very least. As a matter of fact, you could say that Golden State got even better by adding veteran shooters Nick Young and Omri Casspi to their already loaded roster, not to mention young, athletic big men in former Oregon stars Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher.
With All-Stars Steph Curry 925.3 ppg), Kevin Durant (25.1 ppg), Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg) and Draymond Green (10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.0 apg) leading the way, and ‘super subs’ Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw all back, the Warriors are going to be extremely difficult to beat if not impossible. The worst part for every team in the league is that the Dubs share the ball, have no egos and are elite at both ends of the floor although everyone is always concentrating on their high-scoring offensive ways.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 NBA Title: Cleveland Cavaliers +350
The Cavaliers may have lost all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, but they got back another all-star point guard in Isaiah Thomas that can score at will and another very good floor leader in former league MVP Derrick Rose (a real steal). Not only that, but the Cavs also added another still, fairly elite player in the aging Dwyane Wade and a very good two-way player in former Celtics starter Jae Crowder.
While Thomas likely won’t be ready to contribute until January, the Cavs clearly improved their roster by adding the aforementioned quartet, not to mention, lesser heralded veterans, Jeff Green, Kendrick Perkins and Jose Calderon, three players I believe will all make their own positive contributions to the Cavs this coming season. If anyone can take down the Warriors, it’ll likely be LeBron James and company.
The Longshot Pick: Washington Wizards +660
The Washington Wizards were just one game away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago and I believe they – and not the Boston Celtics – will meet Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season.
I’m expecting electrifying point guard John wall to really challenge for the league MVP title this year after averaging 23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game last season and I believe that he, along with backcourt mate Bradley Beal (23.1 ppg) and small forward Otto Porter (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) could lift the Wizards to heights they haven’t seen since I was watching Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld lead them to their last NBA championship back in the late 1970’s.
Washington added sweet shooter Jodie Meeks, and veterans Brandon Jennings and Mike Scott to a roster that already includes underrated big men, Nene, Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith and I believe the Wizards are finally ready to make a big breakthrough to reach the East Finals at the very least!