2018 NBA Western Conference Championship Betting Odds

The playoffs start Saturday and there are a fair share of questions heading into the first round. It’s time to take one last look at the 2018 Western Conference championship odds.

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Golden State is once again the favorite, but not without questions. Will Stephen Curry be ready by the second round? Can the bench give them enough? Can they flip the on switch when it has clearly been set to off for the past several weeks? I think as long as Stephen Curry comes back for the Western Conference Finals, they are going back to the Finals. He’s just that good and makes that big of a difference for this team. The Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green team is still very good, but they aren’t that elite, show stopping team that they are with Curry on the floor.

The Rockets are very interesting. They have the talent to compete with the Warriors. They’ll have Chris Paul or James Harden on the court for 48 minutes a game and that makes them dangerous. They have plenty of shooters and can score with anyone. The Rockets and Warriors at full strength will be a war and probably decide the NBA championship. These are the two options.

One team that I think is pretty interesting is the Blazers +2200. They get the Pelicans in the first round, a really tough match-up, but if they are able to survive that they get the Warriors in the next round. Any injury situation with Curry and that could be a real problem for Golden State. Damian Lillard is a big time performer and while I don’t think they’ll do it, they are certainly a threat to make the Western Conference Finals. Throw in some of the old Harden/Paul choking theories and, well, you never know.

I’d say the same about the Pelicans. If they upset the Blazers and the same Curry injury stuff happens, they could also find themselves in the WCF. The Warriors don’t have a good answer for Anthony Davis and once you’re in the Conference Finals, anything can happen. I don’t think I see that happening, but they deserve better odds than this.

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Golden State Warriors   +104 -110
Houston Rockets   +124 +110
Oklahoma City Thunder   +2700 +1800
Portland Trailblazers   +3500 +2200
Utah Jazz   +4000 +2500
San Antonio Spurs   +5000 +3500
Minnesota Timberwolves   +9000 +4500
New Orleans Pelicans   +9000 +6600

The season is more than halfway through and the Warriors are even bigger favorites than when we started. Of course, they are. Stephen Curry has quietly been having his best season and is a sleeper MVP candidate. Kevin Durant is also an MVP candidate while Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have continued to do their thing. This team is a monster and it’s hard not to just give up as it seems so inevitable what they are going to do.

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The Rockets have made a little jump in the odds as well. They only have one loss this season when Clint Capela, James Harden and Chris Paul all play. The move to Houston has really unlocked another level within Chris Paul and he continues to show why he is one of the best players in the NBA. Of course, even Paul is nothing compared to what Harden is doing this year. It’s funny because as great as he’s been, he could yet again be overlooked for MVP. I don’t know if this team can beat the Warriors, but it definitely feels like these two in the Western Conference finals will be the “real” Finals.

The Spurs have dropped because they’ve barely had Kawhi Leonard this year and everyone is getting a little older. The Thunder have dropped because they are who we thought they were. The Wolves have dropped because they can’t even spell defense.

This is the Warriors’ Conference to lose.

Complete updated odds are below:

2018 NBA Western Conference Championship Odds
Golden State Warriors -298
Houston Rockets +460
San Antonio Spurs +1800
Oklahoma City Thunder +1925
Minnesota Timberwolves +3000
Portland Trailblazers +17500
Denver Nuggets +20000
Los Angeles Clippers +25000
New Orleans Pelicans +27500
Utah Jazz +50000
Los Angeles Lakers +125000
Memphis Grizzlies +250000
Dallas Mavericks +500000
Phoenix Suns +500000
Sacramento Kings +500000

Updated: 2/1/2018

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The Western Conference Championship odds are here and the Warriors are as big of a favorite as ever. Why not? They plowed through the playoffs last year and showed as long as Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are healthy that no one can really stop them. They are great, one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA and there is no one set up to stop them right now.

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That won’t stop the Houston Rockets from trying though. They added Chris Paul is one of the biggest moves of the offseason and they still have James Harden (who probably should’ve been the MVP last season). This team is going to try and tilt the math in their direction when playing the Warriors by shooting boatloads of three pointers. Can they do it? Hard to say, but they are certainly going to try and crazier things have happened.

The only other team I’d personally consider in the West is the San Antonio Spurs. If Kawhi Leonard was healthy last season that playoff series against the Warriors might’ve turned out very differently. When he was in there, they were playing close and he was doing great things. The system is real, just ask the Rockets. I have a hard time betting on this team to do it, but it wouldn’t really shock me to see it happen.

Then, of course, we have the Oklahoma City Thunder at +1800. Paul George is great and along with Russell Westbrook should be great together. You have to think this team will have a great defense as well since George is a great defender, but it just doesn’t seem like enough. Who knows what Carmelo Anthony will bring and this team relies on Andre Roberson more than a contender should. This team could be fun this year, but maybe not championship material.

Complete odds are below:

2018 NBA Western Conference Championship Odds
Golden State Warriors -278
Houston Rockets +550
San Antonio Spurs +600
Oklahoma City Thunder +1800
Minnesota Timberwolves +2000
Los Angeles Clippers +5000
New Orleans Pelicans +5000
Denver Nuggets +5000
Los Angeles Lakers +7000
Portland Trail Blazers +8000
Utah Jazz +8000

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