EARLY ODDS OUT FOR NBA 2017-18 SEASON

With the NBA regular season just a few weeks away, it’s time for bettors to start thinking about looking at some of the odds that Vegas has out. As expected, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are sitting on top in the West with the Cleveland Cavaliers featuring LeBron James and his new batch of recruits leading the Eastern Conference contenders.

Here’s a quick look at the top four contenders in each conference.

Western Conference

To win the Western Conference and advance to the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Warriors are listed at 4/11 with the next closest team being the revamped Houston Rockets coming in at 6/1. The Rockets have added all-star point guard Chris Paul to pair with James Harden to try and challenge Golden State. 

Next up are perennial contenders the San Antonio Spurs at 7/1. Kawhi Leonard is coming into his own as a true superstar and MVP candidate and is hoping to lead his team to the finals. Rounding out the top four in the West are the Oklahoma City Thunder at 16/1. It remains to be seen how the new big three (Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony) will play together since there’s only one ball, but certainly they’ve improved their talent level from last season.

Eastern Conference

Gone is Kyrie Irving, but the Cavaliers have brought in Isaiah Thomas, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to surround James in Cleveland. For that reason, they have the best odds to come out of the East at ⅔ with the revamped Boston Celtics at 5/2. The Celtics have replaced Thomas with Irving at the point and also added All-Star Gordon Hayward, forward Marcus Morris and top draft pick Jayson Tatum. Add those to returning players like Al Horford and Marcus Smart and the Celtics should give Cleveland a run for their money.

Two teams with odds at 16/1 round out the top four in the East. The Milwaukee Bucks, led by the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, are one of those teams as well as the Washington Wizards, with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal leading the way.

Favorites to Win the NBA Finals

As expected, the Warriors are also favored to win their third title in four years as they are listed at 4/7 to repeat as champions. The Cavaliers are next at 4/1 followed by their Eastern Conference rivals the Celtics at 8/1. The Rockets and Spurs have the 4th best odds coming in at 16/1.

Wild Cards

If you’re looking for a couple of teams with longer odds, here’s a couple possible wild card selections to at least get to the finals. The young and talented Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague to go along with Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They are listed at 20-1 to win the Western Conference. And in the weaker conference, the East, the Washington Wizards played extremely well before losing in last years playoffs, and could make a run this year. They have 16/1 odds to reach the Finals.