Sun, Feb 19, 11:24am by Head Editor
With the 2017 NBA All-Star game taking place this weekend, we thought it would be a great time to have a look at the latest NBA Championship odds as we head towards the business end of the season.
The warm hugs and handshakes – besides that of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant – during the All-Star weekend, won’t be as friendly when the 2017 postseason arrives.
At the beginning of the season, Golden State and Cleveland were favoured to win the Championship and while that hasn’t changed, a few unexpected teams are making some ground and with it, climbing the odds board.
Once again, the Western Conference is leading the way with the three top records in the league at the All-Star break. The Warriors ($1.72 for the Championship) have the best record at 47-9, followed by the Spurs at 43-13 ($9.50) and the surprising Houston Rockets ($26) are the third best team overall at 40-18.
The first team from the east on the top ten overall standings board is the Cleveland Cavaliers ($4) at 39-16. The defending champions look like they are in cruise control at times as they once again started the season off by dominating most of the other teams in the east.
However, there are a few teams that are starting to heat up in the east, and one of them is the Boston Celtics, who’ve won eight of their last 10 games.
Boston leads the Atlantic Division by four games over the Toronto Raptors and is in second place overall in the East, just three games behind the Cavaliers for the top spot overall.
Many bookmakers had the Celtics listed anywhere between $25 and $35 odds to win the NBA title at the start of the season. After a 13-12 start, Sportsbet had them listed as high as $40 odds to win this year’s championship. They are currently at $23.
Those odds have dramatically changed over the past six weeks, as the Celtics are now amongst the leaders to advance to the NBA Finals. I like the $2.50 about them to make the Eastern Conference finals.
If we have learnt anything over the last 12 months in sport, it is that the favourite doesn’t always win. Last year’s NBA Finals proved that. The Cavaliers looked gone, down 3-1 to Golden State, until they reeled off three wins in a row to steal the 2016 NBA title.
Sure, the Warriors and Cavs line-ups boast some of the best players in the world, but don’t assume that they will have a clear path to the championship. The Celtics, Rockets, Spurs, Raptors plus a few other teams will have a lot to say about that this April.
Golden State Warriors $1.72
Cleveland Cavaliers $4
San Antonio Spurs $9.50
Boston Celtics $23
Houston Rockets $26
Los Angeles Clippers $31
Washington Wizards $41
Toronto Raptors $46
Utah Jazz $51
Atlanta Hawks $61
Indiana Pacers $101
Oklahoma City Thunder $101
Memphis Grizzlies $101
Miami Heat $151
Detroit Pistons $151
Charlotte Hornets $151
Milwaukee Bucks $176
Chicago Bulls $176
New York Knicks $276
Portland Trail Blazers $276
Sacramento Kings $276
Denver Nuggets $276
Dallas Mavericks $501
New Orleans Pelicans $501
Orlando Magic $501
Philadelphia 76ers $501
Los Angeles Lakers $501
Brooklyn Nets $501
Minnesota Timberwolves $501
Phoenix Suns $501
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