Warriors - Cavaliers again heavy favorites on 2018 NBA Finals odds

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
BETCRIS NBA Finals betting odds Warriors Cavaliers

If you were looking for drama in the 2016-17 NBA season, you didn't find any of it. The chalk literally held up throughout the entire season, right down to the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a predictable five games. There weren't many Game 7s to speak of and was only just one upset in the entire postseason, that coming when the Utah Jazz ousted the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round – not that that mattered with the winner of that series running into Golden State in Round 2.

Will there be any additional drama in the 2017-18 season? In a few words, probably not.

The Warriors aren't being broken up any time soon. At the end of next season, Stephen Curry will be 30-years old. Kevin Durant will be 29, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be just 28. Curry is due a new contract, and Durant could opt out from his $27 million option for a new contract, too. But KD has already hinted that he might accept less money to stay in Oakland and keep this core of superstars together.

After the Dubs went 16-1 in the postseason and are in the discussion of being the best team in NBA history, it would be hard to see this broken up, at least at this point. Perhaps as the core starts to get a little older, we could be having a different discussion, but Golden State will be the best team in the NBA until further notice. There's a reason why it's already odds-on to win the title next year at -180 and would probably be around even money to win the 2019 title if odds were released for that as well.

Cleveland may at least have a little bit of company next season. LeBron James doesn't look like he'll be 33-years old in December after playing 47 minutes in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but at some point, Father Time wins the battle with everyone. If James takes even the slightest step back, we know this team isn't anything worth cheering over. That's when the Eastern Conference could become wide open again. For now though, Cleveland is the +350 second choice to capture a second Larry O'Brien Trophy in franchise history.

But let's not forget that the Boston Celtics were in the Eastern Conference Finals this season and will be adding most likely Markus Fultz to the equation as well with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. If the C's really want to double-down, they could use Brooklyn's unprotected first round pick in 2019 to trade for a superstar and build through Fultz and the rest of the young guns. Still, it's hard seeing Boston seriously contending. There won't be any hassles getting back to the Eastern Conference Finals, but there's a reason this team is starting off as the fourth choice to win it all at 20 to 1.

2018 NBA Finals Odds

Golden State Warriors -180

Cleveland Cavaliers +350

San Antonio Spurs +1500

Boston Celtics +2000

Houston Rockets +5000

Los Angeles Clippers +5000

Washington Wizards +6000

Milwaukee Bucks +8000

Toronto Raptors +8000

New Orleans Pelicans +10000

Oklahoma City Thunder +10000

Chicago Bulls +15000

Denver Nuggets +15000

Indiana Pacers +15000

Memphis Grizzlies +15000

Miami Heat +15000

Minnesota Timberwolves +15000

Philadelphia 76ers +15000

Portland Trail Blazers +15000

Utah Jazz +15000

Los Angeles Lakers +20000

Dallas Mavericks +25000

Atlanta Hawks +30000

Detroit Pistons +30000

New York Knicks +30000

Charlotte Hornets +40000

Phoenix Suns +75000

Brooklyn Nets +100000

Orlando Magic +100000

Sacramento Kings +100000

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