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 Draft)||Implied Probability|
|Team||Opening Line (6/13)|
Favorites to Win 2018 NBA Championship & Betting Predictions
It’s been less than two weeks since the Warriors defeated the Cavs and we are back for another NBA update. With the draft over, now is a great time to see how the oddsmakers adjust.
Keep in mind that it’s not just the picks being made, but all the trades that come with it. While the Celtics and Nets swapping picks got the juices flowing, their were two big trades.
The first was the Lakers packaging D’Angelo Russell to the Nets for center Brook Lopez. I loved the move, as I don’t see Russell ever maturing into an elite player. Lopez on the other hand is one of the top big men in the game, just doesn’t get the love cause of how bad Brooklyn has been.
Los Angeles capped that off by drafting Lonzo Ball. While Ball’s father will surely be a pain in the ass, Lonzo has the chance to be a special player. The moves were enough to see the Lakers odds to win it all go from +10000 to +6600.
The biggest move surrounding the draft was Chicago parting ways with Jimmy Butler in a trade with Minnesota. The Wolves had to part ways with a couple of good players in Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine, but the move definitely makes them better.
Oddsmakers definitely like the trade. Minnesota’s odds prior to draft night were +10000. They are now tied for the 7th best odds at +5000.
This is all fun to talk about, but in the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter. I’m pretty confident that neither the Lakers or Timberwolves are winning the title. At least not this year.
All signs point to another rematch between Golden State and Cleveland in the Finals. The Warriors are the overwhelming favorite at -175. Cleveland is the only thing remotely close at +350. Celtics and Spurs are next in line at +1200.
Be sure to check back soon, as I’ll be updating the lines again after free agency.
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|