NBA Title Odds: Warriors Overwhelming Favorites; Celtics On The Rise

by NESN Staff

October 25, 2016

The NBA season is upon us, and the burning question isn’t who will win the 2017 title, but how much they’ll win it by.

Such is the state of the league after the Golden State Warriors somehow made a 73-win team better by adding perennial All-Star Kevin Durant this offseason. This superteam to end all superteams enters the 2016-17 campaign with ridiculously high expectations, and its odds to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy reflect that.

The Warriors are odds-on favorites to win it all at -125, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Their next-closest competitors are the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers at +300, followed by the San Antonio Spurs at +900.

Oddsmakers see a pretty wide gulf between those three and the rest of the NBA, but there’s a new addition to the top five: The Boston Celtics have the fourth-best title odds at +1800 after adding All-Star Al Horford to a team that won 48 games last season. The Los Angeles Clippers come in at fifth with +2500 odds.

Here are the 2016-17 championship odds for all 30 teams, courtesy of OddsShark:

Golden State Warriors -125
Cleveland Cavaliers +300
San Antonio Spurs +900
Boston Celtics +1800
Los Angeles Clippers +2500
Toronto Raptors +4000
Oklahoma City Thunder +4000
Chicago Bulls +4000
New York Knicks +5000
Indiana Pacers +6600
Minnesota Timberwolves +6600
Memphis Grizzlies +6600
Portland Trail Blazers +7500
Miami Heat +10000
Atlanta Hawks +10000
Houston Rockets +10000
New Orleans Pelicans +10000
Detroit Pistons +10000
Washington Wizards +10000
Milwaukee Bucks +10000
Utah Jazz +10000
Dallas Mavericks +20000
Los Angeles Lakers +20000
Orlando Magic +20000
Charlotte Hornets +30000
Denver Nuggets +50000
Sacramento Kings +50000
Philadelphia 76ers +50000
Phoenix Suns +50000
Brooklyn Nets +50000

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