Thinking about placing a wager on who is going to take home the NBA Finals this year? You have come to the right place. Each year I take a detailed look at the future odds for every team to win the championship. Not only does this page look at who will win it all, I also provide the betting lines on winning each conference and division. Plus I give out my predictions on who I think will win the title. You can also check out our NBA handicapping page for even more information on betting pro basketball.
I continuously update this page throughout the year. I’ve provided some key dates that you can expect to see them. There will also be other updates throughout the year as time allows. With each update we will create a checkpoint from the last time we looked at the lines. This way you can easily see how the oddsmakers have adjusted the numbers on each team.
- Immediately after the previous NBA Finals
- After key free agent signings
- Right before the season
- All Star Break
- Start of Playoffs
Understanding the Odds
The odd format on this page are money lines. It’s pretty easy to understand. It basically means if the number is positive you have to wager $100 to profit that amount. If the number is negative you have to bet that amount in order to profit $100. For example, if it was -300 then you have to bet $300 to cash $100. If it was +200 then a $100 bet would win you $200.
If you want to convert the money line into fractions. Simply take the line and divide it by 100. For example, if a team is +300, their fractional odd would be 3/1 (300/100).
2018 NBA Futures Odds to Win Finals, Conference Titles & Divisions
|Team||Current Odds (Post Free Agency)||Implied Probability|
|Team||Open (6/13)||Post Draft (6/23)|
Favorites to Win 2018 NBA Championship & Betting Predictions
Some would argue that you shouldn’t start looking at the NBA Finals odds until right now. Not until the second week of July do we really have a true idea of what each team will look like for the 2017 season. Not only has the NBA Draft come and gone, but so has all the big trades and free agent signings.
Now is when you are going to see some major changes in a teams odds to win the title. Keep in mind the opening lines that are released after the Finals are more based on what a team did that past season. These odds we are looking at today are based off the offseason moves.
Nothing has changed at the top. The Warriors are still the overwhelming favorite to defend their title. Golden State is currently -200, a slight jump up from -175 just after the draft. That might be more of the books don’t feel the other teams did enough to stop them.
Cleveland still has the second best odds at +450. While a slight decline from their opening number of +300, it’s still quite a bit better than the next best team. That would be the Celtics at +900.
Boston is one of those teams that figure to improved. They got a player who can help right away in rookie Jason Tatum with the No. 3 pick and signed free agent Gordon Hayward. Prior to the moves Boston was at +1200.
Houston added Chris Paul to pair with James Harden. The books adjusted them from +2000 down to +1600, which is tied with the Spurs for the 4th best odds.
Two new contenders according to oddsmakers are the Timberwolves and Thunder. Minnesota is sitting at +2500, the 5th best odds in the West. Right ahead of them is OKC, who aquired Paul George and went from +6600 to +2000.
Maybe the most interesting thing of all is how much respect the books are giving the 76ers. Philadelphia is sitting at +5000. Only the Cavs and Celtics have better odds in the East.
Early Prediction – Warriors (-175)
Recent NBA Champion Winners & Vegas Odds to Win Title
|Year||Team||Preseason||Dec. 1||All-Star Break||Playoffs (Start)|
|2016-17||Golden State Warriors||+200||-130||-125||-160|
|2014-15||Golden State Warriors||+2800||+800||+425||+175|
|2013-14||San Antonio Spurs||+1200||+750||+900||+330|
|2009-10||Los Angeles Lakers||+225||+225||+225||+225|
|2008-09||Los Angeles Lakers||+300|
|2006-07||San Antonio Spurs||+550|