With the 2017-18 NBA regular season now past its annual all-star game, teams in both conferences are ready to put the pedal to the metal in the hopes of winning this season’s NBA championship. With that thought in mind, the expert analysis that you’re about to get on the most recent NBA championship futures odds could help you cash in big on this year’s NBA Finals.
NBA Title Odds & Picks
- Golden State Warriors -168
- Houston Rockets +550
- Cleveland Cavaliers +720
- Boston Celtics +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1775
- Oklahoma City Thunder +3250
- San Antonio Spurs +4000
- Washington Wizards +6250
- Milwaukee Bucks +6250
- Minnesota Timberwolves +7350
- Philadelphia 76ers +8000
The 2018 NBA Title Betting Favorite: Golden State Warriors -168
The Warriors (44-13) are the prohibitive favorites for a reason people. Despite the fact that they’ve appeared vulnerable at times this season, Golden State still has a quartet of all-stars in Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Dubs rank first across the board offensively, third in defensive field goal percentage and 10th in defensive three-point percentage. Right now, I’m expecting Golden State to pick up the level of their play over their final regular season games as they look to send a message to several of their Western Conference challengers, first and foremost, Houston.
The 2018 NBA Title Smart Pick: Houston Rockets +550
Speaking of the Rockets (44-13), there’s no denying the fact that Houston has the look of a team that could dethrone the Warriors this postseason. Houston ranks second in scoring (114.1 ppg) and a respectable 12th in points allowed. The Rockets added future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to go along with league MVP contender James Harden, blossoming big man Clint Capela and their cast of competent role players like Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Ryan Anderson. Houston matches up well against Golden State and took two of three against their conference rivals during the regular season. If the Rockets play any sort of competent defense this postseason, they look like they’ll have a good shot to take out Golden State.
The 2018 NBA Title Longshot Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves +7350
The Timberwolves have one of the game’s best young big men in all-star center Karl Anthony Towns (20.2 ppg), and two excellent perimeter players in small forward Andrew Wiggins (17.5 ppg) and veteran shooting guard Jimmy Butler (22.4 ppg). The T-Wolves also have a trio of other competent veterans in point guard Jeff Teague (13.1 ppg), shooting guard Jamal Crawford (10.1 ppg) and power forward Taj Gibson (12.4 ppg). While their bench leaves a lot to be desired and there’s just something about head coach Tom Thibodeau that I don’t like, I like the value that Minnesota is offering as a +7350 longshot.