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).
2019 NBA Futures Odds to Win Finals, Conference Titles & Divisions
|Team||Current Odds||Implied Probability|
Favorites to Win 2019 NBA Championship & Betting Predictions
With the 2018 NBA draft in the books and several big free agent moves having already taken place, now is a great time to check the future odds.
No surprise that the Warriors are the overwhelming favorites to win it all. Golden State is currently listed at -175, which is a decent jump from their opening number of +125. The Warriors weren’t the team you would expect to make a big splash in free agency, but they managed to land one of the best big men in the game in DeMarcus Cousins. As it stands right now, it’s hard to envision any team stopping Golden State from winning their third straight title.
One of the things we didn’t know after checking the odds after the Finals, is where LeBron James would be playing next season. Oddsmakers shaded the odds on several of LeBron’s top suitors, but they seemed to have a good idea that it would be the Los Angeles Lakers that would land James, as they had the Lakers sitting at +1200. They were right and those that jumped on LA early got a great price, as the Lakers are now tied with the Rockets for the second best odds in the West at +650.
James leaving the Eastern Conference also had a big impact on the Celtics odds. Boston figured to be a legit contender after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. They are now the clear-cut favorites in the east and have the second best odds of any team to win the title at +500.
The only other team with odds better than 40 to 1 are the 76ers at +1400.
Given the NBA’s playoff format, where teams play a best of seven series, rarely does the better team not advance, which makes it hard to bet on any of the other teams regardless of the value.
The one big Wild Card that could still shake up the odds before the season starts is Kawhi Leonard and whether or not the Spurs can find a suitor for a trade.
We will continue to update the odds over the course of the offseason, so be sure to check back often. You can also click on the archive link above to take a look back at the odds from our previous checkpoints.
2018 NBA Finals Prediction – Golden State Warriors (-175)
I just don’t know how you bet against the Warriors at this point. The best team in the league got even better with the addition of Cousins. While you can’t count out James, no matter what surroundings he has around him, I just don’t feel the Lakers or Rockets have done enough to catch Golden State. If anything, I think the best bet besides the Lakers is the Celtics. As much as I like what the 76ers are doing, I think Boston is the much stronger team and if healthy have enough to push whoever comes out of the west.
Recent NBA Champion Winners & Vegas Odds to Win Title
|Year||Team||Preseason||Dec. 1||All-Star Break||Playoffs (Start)|
|2017-18||Golden State Warriors||-175||-175||-160||+135|
|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|