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
The first round of the playoffs is in the books and with that the field is down to the final eight teams. There was plenty of drama to get the postseason started, as we had two series go to a winner-take-all Game 7.
Both of those were in the Eastern Conference. I don’t think many were surprised to see the Celtics and Bucks go the distance, but very expected to see LeBron James and the Cavs needing a Game 7 to advance to the second round. In the end all four of the tops seeds moved on in the east. Now it’s the Raptors/Cavs and 76ers/Celtics fighting for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Things weren’t as competitive in the west. The only series that went more than five-games was the Jazz and Thunder, which Utah prevailed in Game 6. The only sweep in the entire first round didn’t belong to the Rockets or Warriors. The No. 6 Pelicans surprised just about everyone by sweeping No. 3 Portland.
My biggest takeaway has to be how bad Cleveland looked against Indiana. Maybe that was just a bad matchup, but it took a super-hero type performance from LeBron to get that team out of the first round. I know the Raptors are choke-artists, but it would almost be a bit of a surprise to see Cleveland win that series. Vegas agrees, as the Cavs are now at +1000 to win it all. A pretty big drop from what we saw them at (+500) to open the playoffs.
Keep in mind the next best odds prior to the first round in the east were the Raptors at +850 and then the 76ers at +1500. Toronto is now ahead of Cleveland at +900, while Philadelphia has become the new favorite in the east +650.
As for as the Western Conference is concerned, I just don’t see anyway that it doesn’t come down to the Warriors and Rockets, with whoever wins that series likely cruising to the title against whoever comes out of the east. Right now oddsmakers give a slight edge to the Warriors, who are sitting at +110 with Houston right on their heels at +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|