Ryan Knuppel  |  Mon 15th Oct   | NBA

The 2018-19 NBA season is set to tip off this week, and fans should be in for another fun season. Before the season begins let’s take a look at the updated odds to win the 2019 NBA championship, and a quick breakdown of the six betting favorites.

Favorites:

Golden State Warriors 4/7: It comes as no surprise to see the defending champion Golden State Warriors as the betting favorite to begin the season. The Warriors return almost the entire roster from last year’s team, and they still have four of the top players in the world on their team. Kevin Durant should be in for another monster season, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are still the best shooters in the league. The Warriors will be a hard team to beat this season.


Boston Celtics 6/1: The Boston Celtics nearly reached the NBA Finals last season, and will be adding Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward into the mix this season. Boston should be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James is in Los Angeles. Celtics coach Brad Stevens is one of the best in the NBA, and will have his team in the mix.

Houston Rockets 8/1: The Houston Rockets blew a chance to knock off the Warriors last season, but they should get another chance this year. James Harden and Chris Paul lead a balanced offensive attack that will launch a ton of three point shots again this season. Houston will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Chris Paul has serious business heading into the season. Paul was asked about his competitive nature, and his want to get to the NBA Finals:

“I always say I’m the most competitive person I know, and looking at my wife she’s rolling her eyes probably, because some people may say that’s a good thing, some people may say it’s a bad thing, but I’m ultra-competitive so there’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win. I think Ricky Bobby said it best, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last.’ Right? Right? Straight up. We have one goal here and that’s to win.”

Los Angeles Lakers 10/1: The addition of LeBron James will vastly improve the Lakers chances this season, but they still have a very young roster. LeBron will lead this team to the playoffs, but they are still a piece or two away from really challenging for a title, but you can never count out a team featuring King James.

Philadelphia 76ers 14/1: Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid should have the Philadelphia 76ers in the mix for an Eastern Conference Championship this season. The Sixers emerged as one of the top teams in the NBA last season, but struggled in the playoffs. With a little more experience, the Sixers should be a tough out this season.

Toronto Raptors 16/1: The Toronto Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs in exchange for DeMar DeRozan in the offseason. Leonard should make the Raptors a tougher team to beat in the playoffs, and Toronto won’t have to run into LeBron James this season. The Raptors will challenge the Celtics and 76ers for the top spot in the East.


Sleepers:

Oklahoma City Thunder 50/1
Milwaukee Bucks 66/1
Utah Jazz 66/1
San Antonio Spurs 80/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
Portland Trail Blazers 125/1
Denver Nuggets 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Washington Wizards 150/1

 

Longshots:

Detroit Pistons 250/1
Miami Heat 250/1
Charlotte Hornets 500/1
Los Angeles Clippers 500/1
Memphis Grizzlies 500/1
Brooklyn Nets 1000/1
Chicago Bulls 1000/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 1000/1
Dallas Mavericks 1000/1
New York Knicks 1000/1
Orlando Magic 1000/1
Phoenix Suns 1000/1
Atlanta Hawks 2500/1
Sacramento Kings 2500/1

Full NBA Championship Betting Odds

The NBA Championship Betting are from BetDSI as of Monday, October 15, 2018:

  • Golden State Warriors 4/7
  • Boston Celtics 6/1
  • Houston Rockets 8/1
  • Los Angeles Lakers 10/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers 14/1
  • Toronto Raptors 16/1
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 50/1
  • Milwaukee Bucks 66/1
  • Utah Jazz 66/1
  • San Antonio Spurs 80/1
  • Indiana Pacers 100/1
  • New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
  • Portland Trail Blazers 125/1
  • Denver Nuggets 150/1
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
  • Washington Wizards 150/1
  • Detroit Pistons 250/1
  • Miami Heat 250/1
  • Charlotte Hornets 500/1
  • Los Angeles Clippers 500/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies 500/1
  • Brooklyn Nets 1000/1
  • Chicago Bulls 1000/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 1000/1
  • Dallas Mavericks 1000/1
  • New York Knicks 1000/1
  • Orlando Magic 1000/1
  • Phoenix Suns 1000/1
  • Atlanta Hawks 2500/1
  • Sacramento Kings 2500/1
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