The 2016 NBA Playoff fields in both the West and the East are set. As to be expected, the Golden State Warriors are huge favorite to repeat as NBA Champions. The San Antonio Spurs, also to be expected, are a solid second choice while Cleveland clocks in as a solid third choice. Keep reading for my take on each NBA Playoff Teams’ chances to win the 2016 NBA Championship!
A Closer Look At The Odds To Win The 2016 NBA Championship
- Golden State 1 to 2 – The Warriors are officially the greatest regular season team in NBA history after they beat Memphis 125 to 104 on April 13. That was win 73 for the Warriors. They are a deserving favorite.
- San Antonio 19/5 – Since they’re possibly the only team in the playoffs that can beat Golden State, the 19/5 odds make them an overlay in the future book.
- Cleveland 4/1 – I think they’re offering fair odds at 4/1. The Eastern Conference isn’t tough. What it means is that Cleveland should at least have a shot once they get to the NBA Finals.
- Oklahoma City 15/1 – With Durant and Westbrook, you never know, right? Let’s put it this way, Oklahoma City has 2 guys that can hit a game winning shot. That gives them a chance.
- Los Angeles Clippers 40/1 – I just don’t think they have what it takes to win the NBA Championship. Outside of CP3, they’re lacking leadership.
- Toronto 50/1 – Toronto can light it up from three. They also have the athletes to make things interesting in the Eastern Conference. But, overall, they lack consistency.
- Miami 75/1 – Duane Wade is great when he forgets how old he is. It’s tough to go through the rigors of the NFL Playoffs at his age and with so much pressure on him.
- Boston 80/1 – I like this team. Unfortunately, they simply don’t have the maturity to make it all the way to the NBA Finals.
- Atlanta 100/1 – This is a well-coached, decent NBA team. That’s nice. Unfortunately, you have to be great in order to win a championship.
- Charlotte 125/1 – Just making it to the playoffs should provide Michael Jordan and the rest of the Hornets’ organization pats on the back. Let’s be honest, they have no shot of winning the NBA Championship.
- Portland 175/1 – Damian Lillard is a good enough player to single handedly beat the Clippers in Round 1. After that they’ll have to face Golden State. Oh, well.
- Indiana 200/1 – They’re a cut below Cleveland and Toronto in the East this season. But they do have Paul George. He could turn it on and make them dangerous in the playoffs.
- Detroit 250/1 – The front court is awesome. Cleveland’s and Toronto’s guards figure to be too much at the end, though.
- Houston 250/1 – They have a first round matchup with Golden State. The Rockets will be sitting on their couches watching the NBA Playoffs from home after 4 games.
- Dallas 500/1 – Too old, too slow, and they take on San Antonio in Round 1. That’s enough said, right?
- Memphis 1000/1 – This team is lucky to be in the NBA Playoffs. Without Marc Gasol, they probably don’t win a game in Round 1.