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
I always like to check in on the NBA odds around the holiday’s as a lot of people don’t even start paying attention until the big slate of games that falls on Christmas Day.
Not a lot has changed at the top from the last time we check in at the beginning of November. The Warriors are still the overwhelming favorite to win it all at -175, which is the exact same odds they were listed at the last checkpoint.
Cleveland owns the second best odds at +475, but they aren’t alone. The Rockets, who have looked very impressive with Chris Paul in the lineup are also sitting at +475. That’s a pretty big jump for Houston, who was at +1100 in early November.
After the top 3, we have the Celtics at +1000, Spurs at +1800 and the Thunder at +2500. Those are the only teams the books appear to give a legit shot at winning the title this year. There’s a massive gap after OKC until we hit the Raptors at +4000. Then there’s another sizable gap until we hit the Wizards and Timberwolves at +6600. No other team has odds of 100 to 1 or better, which is pretty shocking given we aren’t even to the All-Star break.
Early Prediction – Warriors (-175)
Unlike other sports where several teams have a legit shot at the title, the best team typically takes the hardware in the NBA. That’s why I feel pretty confident when picking Golden State to win it all. That’s why it’s extremely hard to pick anyone other than the Warriors or Cavs to win it all. While the Rockets are starting to grow on me, I still would take Golden State over Houston. Boston could be a sleeper in the east, but only if Gordon Hayward is able to make it back for the postseason. The biggest sleeper might be the Spurs, who I think are showing the best value of any team right now.
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|