Are you betting on the 2018 NBA playoffs? Will the defending champion Golden State Warriors repeat? Can LeBron & the Cavs win two NBA titles in three years? Or are a pair of division-leading foes (Rockets & Raptors) in line for a title shot? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
NBA Title Odds & Picks
- Golden State Warriors +136
- Houston Rockets +229
- Cleveland Cavaliers +650
- Toronto Raptors +800
- Philadelphia 76ers +2500
- Oklahoma City Thunder +4000
- Portland Trail Blazers +5000
- Utah Jazz +7350
- San Antonio Spurs +8500
- Boston Celtics +10000
- Indiana Pacers +12500
- Washington Wizards +12500
- Milwaukee Bucks +15000
- Miami Heat +17500
- Minnesota Timberwolves +20000
- New Orleans Pelicans +20000
The Favorite To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Warriors +136/Rockets +229
The greatest super team since the original Dream Team are the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors who are listed at +135 to repeat as champs. The Dubs have limped into the playoffs, having lost 10 of their last 17 games without their leader, Steph Curry. He will be sidelined for the first round with an MCL injury.
Golden State was 40-10 with Curry in the lineup and an underwhelming 17-14 when he was in street clothes. Luckily for the Warriors, they face the Spurs who are without their own star, Kawhi Leonard.
The best team not the Golden State Warriors are the Houston Rockets who are listed at +229 to win the 2018 NBA title. Before the season began there was talk on whether James Harden and Chris Paul could play together? The Rockets answered by blowing away franchise records, finishing the regular season with the best record in the NBA and Harden’s first MVP nod.
The Celtics should be in the conversation of one of the favorites to win the NBA title after off-season acquisitions of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Season-ending injuries to both have knocked Boston out of the title conversation.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Cavs +650
This could be Lebron James final season in Cleveland. He will want to leave as a winner. But his supporting cast, outside of Kevin Love, is a tad green behind the ears.
The trio of Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson has a grand total of 11 playoff games between them. All of them by Hood in 2017 when he was with Utah. The Duke-product averaged an underwhelming 8.9 points on 35.2 percent shooting.
LeBron-led teams (Miami and Cleveland) have made it to seven straight NBA finals, winning three titles. Can the Cleveland Cavs make it four titles in eight finals trips for LeBron?
The Smarter Pick To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Raptors +800
Is this the season the Toronto Raptors make it to the NBA finals? Up to this point, the daunting task of beating LeBron James four times in seven games has been an insurmountable task. Two things are different this time around.
First, the Cavs only star power outside of James is Kevin Love. Kyrie is gone. Isaiah Thomas never panned out and was shipped off to La-la Land. Second, the Raptors have the deepest bench in the league.
When the star duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is off the court this season, the Raptors are still tied for the eighth-most points per chance on offense. Last year the Raptors averaged the fewest points per chance league-wide.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2018 NBA Title: Thunder +4000
Oklahoma loaded up with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in the offseason too keep pace with the Warriors and Rockets and finished fourth in the West. While the addition of Anthony and George hasn’t translated to dominant wins on the court, the team is led by Russell Westbrook. He is the Thunder’s leader and has established that, like last season, the team still goes as he does.