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||Implied Probability|
Favorites to Win 2018 NBA Championship & Betting Predictions
Believe it or not, we are just a little over two weeks away from the start of the 2017 NBA regular-season, which kicks off on October 17th. If it feels like the season is starting earlier than years past, you would be correct. Last year the season didn’t start until the last week of October (25th). The earlier start is to reduce the back-to-back games and hopefully not have as many players sit games out because of poor scheduling spots.
Regardless, now feels like a great time to check in on the odds to win it all. No real surprise with the favorite going into the new season. The Golden State Warriors are the overwhelming favorites at -160. The next best odds are the Cavs at +450, so don’t be shocked if it’s yet another Warriors/Cavaliers finals.
It might surprise some people that the Celtics have the third best odds at +900, ahead of the likes of the Spurs (+1200), Thunder (+1200) and Rockets (+1600). The only other team with odds better than 50 to 1 is the Timberwolves at +2800.
None of that’s really all that surprising. It’s pretty clear right now what teams have a legit shot at winning it all. What stands out to me in terms of the odds to win it all and where teams rank is the 76ers are tied for the 9th best odds in the league at +6600. That means there’s 20 other teams that have worse odds to win it all than Philadelphia. That includes the Raptors (+7500), Heat (+10000), Clippers (+12500), and Pelicans (+15000).
You can not only use these odds to see who the books think are going to be good, but also who which franchises are expected to struggle. There’s four teams that share the honor of having the worst odds to win it all. They are play in the Eastern Conference, as the Bulls, Hawks, Magic and Nets all come in at +100000.
Early Prediction – Warriors (-160)
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|