The 2017-2018 NBA Season rolls along with nothing looking like any team will stop the Golden State Warriors from repeating as champs. The Warriors remain huge favorites. Is there anyone that can stop the Dubs?
2018 NBA Championship Odds & Picks
- Warriors -215
- Cavs +600
- Rockets +925
- Celtics +1025
- Spurs +2200
- OKC +3750
- Raptors +4000
- TWolves +5500
- Wizards/Bucks +7600
- 76ers +12500
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Golden State Warriors -215
The Golden State Warriors, statistically, have the absolute best offense in the NBA. The Warriors shoot over 50% from the field. They shoot close to 40% from three. But, that’s not the real reason why Golden State is a less than -200 favorite to repeat as NBA Champions. The real reason is because Golden State’s defense ranks in the Top 5 in field goal percentage allowed. Teams shoot less than 45% from the field versus Golden State.
At full strength, it’s hard to find a better starting five. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Zaza Pachulia work as well together as any starting five in the history of the NBA. But, the odds are low. Keep reading for my other possible choices.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Boston Celtics +1025
Boston is the anti-Golden State. What I mean by that is Boston has become the best defensive team in the NBA. The Celtics rank in the Top 5 in points allowed, field goal percentage allowed, and three-point percentage allowed. The Celtics even rank in the Top 10 in free throw percentage allowed.
Even without Gordon Hayward, who got hurt in the first game of the season, the Celtics have excelled. Boston’s deep. The Celtics have 3 players in addition to Kyrie Irving who can play the point: Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown. The front line is solid. I think the Celtics have a big shot at over 10 to 1 odds.
The Longshot Pick To Win: Oklahoma City Thunder +3750
Oklahoma City’s odds are close to 40 to 1. What that means is that the Thunder should have no shot to upset the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. I get it. A team with Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook should be better than what they are.
That’s just it. I believe OKC is better. It’s going to take some time for this team to gel. Heck, it might take all the way until the start of the NBA Playoffs. Once the team does gel, forget it. Russell Westbrook remains the best player in the NBA. Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony can grab rebounds, score, and play defense. Sam Adams has become a top center.
Once OKC puts it all together, they could be a tough out for any team.