Updated 2015 NBA Championship Futures

It won’t be long until the playoffs start now so let’s take a closer look at the 2015 NBA Championship futures. The Golden State Warriors have looked like the best team in the NBA season with their dazzling offense and stifling defense and are the current favorite at 3/1. Lebron James and the Cavaliers at 7/2 aren’t far behind them though as these two teams seem on a collision course for the Finals.

The Warriors have just seemed like a completely different team this season and it just goes to show how important having the right coach for your team is. Steve Kerr has changed the whole culture in Golden State and suddenly Steph Curry looks like an MVP and Draymond Green is one of the scariest players in the NBA. Obviously, having all this talent in place is a big help but you can’t underestimate the job that Steve Kerr has done this season. I really like this Warriors team and can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the playoffs.

The same can be said for the Atlanta Hawks who currently sit at 15/2. They have such a beautiful offense that does everything that the Spurs do well. Mike Budenholzer has really revitalized this franchise and it’ll be interesting to see how they do in the playoffs. People always say the game slows down in the postseason which would work to their detriment, but I wouldn’t underestimate this team. They have some real talent and a smart, smart coach.

Of course, if they are going to do anything they will have to go through Lebron James and the Cavs at 7/2. There has been some headaches and serious ups and downs for this team, but they’ve looked really scary in the second half and more like the team we thought they would be. Kevin Love has been a disappointment, but I think that is less on Love and more on how they are using him. He’s a dangerous player who is not being allowed to use all this weapons, but where he has lacked the Lebron and Kyrie team has shined. Hopefully they can figure out the whole puzzle because this could be one of the best teams Lebron has ever had behind him. They are the favorites for a reason.

The Thunder remain in the thick of things at 8/1 despite all their injury woes while most of the West teams are just waiting for the playoffs. The Spurs at 8/1 look dangerous as always, the Rockets at 25/1 are probably not getting the respect they deserve and the Clippers at 18/1 are always dangerous. This seems like the Warriors year, but the West is always tough and any of these teams could make noise.

Complete Updated 2015 NBA Championship futures are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Golden State Warriors 3/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
Atlanta Hawks 15/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
San Antonio Spurs 8/1
Chicago Bulls 9/1
Memphis Grizzlies 10/1
Dallas Mavericks 14/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 28/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Miami Heat 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Phoenix Suns 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 300/1
Detroit Pistons 300/1
Indiana Pacers 300/1
Boston Celtics 500/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1

NBA Championship Futures 2015: Lebron to Cleveland Edition

HE’S BAAAAAAACKKK!!!

In what came as a shocker (but also not really) Lebron James has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and left the Miami Heat. His dream of bringing a championship to his home state and living back in Akron outranked everything in Miami and he’s coming back. Thanks to his homecoming the Cavaliers saw their odds jump from 33/1 to 7/2. We said this might happen back then and now we’ll see what Cleveland does next. The Kevin Love rumors won’t stop and it looks like Cleveland will be going for it this year. The lack of playoff experience is a question mark, but this is still a Lebron team. Lebron gets what he wants and if he wants to add some veterans, they will. This should just serve as a reminder that the NBA is Lebron’s world and we’re all just living in it.

The defending champion Spurs at 9/2 are already a non-story thanks to all this which is probably just how they like it. Tim Duncan should be back next season and it looks like these guys have one more run left in them. (I probably shouldn’t say that because they really probably have ten more runs in them.) The emergence of Kawhi Leonard makes the Spurs scarier than ever as the age of their team becomes less questionable with the emergence of a young superstar. It’s hard not to continue to like these guys.

The Bulls at 13/2 are suddenly very interesting. One would think that it will take some time for this Cleveland team to gel and figure this out which would leave the Bulls with a prime opening to make a move this season. Jimmy Butler has been a revelation for them and if Derrick Rose can come back healthy we might just see the first non-Lebron team come out of the East in four years. Of course, they still have to beat Lebron but if that was ever going to happen this would be the year.

The Thunder remain in the mix at 13/2 with the Rockets and Clippers at 10/1 not too far behind them. Any of these top four West teams could make it to the Finals this season and with Cleveland potentially being not ready yet this season (remember none of the Cavs have playoff experience) we could see a new champion this year. We know the Thunder want it. We know Doc Rivers and the Clippers want it. This is a very interesting time in the NBA and I wish the season was starting today. Seriously, why do we have to wait til October?

Complete odds courtesy of Bovada are below. You can bet any of these online at http://ww.Bovada.lv

Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
San Antonio Spurs 9/2
Chicago Bulls 13/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/2
Houston Rockets 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Golden State Warriors 20/1
Indiana Pacers 20/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
New York Knicks 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
New Orleans Pelicans 66/1
Phoenix Suns 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Boston Celtics 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Denver Nuggets 75/1
Detroit Pistons 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Utah Jazz 200/1

2015 NBA Championship Futures

How about those Spurs? They got their revenge on the Miami Heat in a big way with a dominating performance in the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard made a huge name for himself and suddenly the Miami Heat look old and worn down. That didn’t stop the bookmakers from making the Heat the favorite for the 2015 NBA Championship though.

With Lebron’s future up in the air, the Miami Heat remain the favorite for the NBA Championship in 2015. Rumors have been going around for months that he will opt out and make his return to Cleveland, but nobody knows for sure what might happen. I do know that Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat bench looked old and overmatched in the Finals against the Spurs which can not bode well for their chances of retaining Lebron. This is a guy who wants to win championships and if he believes his cast in Miami is not up to par, I can see him bolting. The Heat at 3/1 is simply not worth looking at unless Lebron re-signs. The Cavaliers at 33/1 on the other hand…

The Thunder remain a threat to win it at 6/1, but I just can’t see it unless they are going to make a coaching change. Scott Brooks is a fine coach, but you could tell by the series against the Spurs that he is simply overmatched when it comes to elite level coaches. The Thunder have all the talent in the world, but until they figure out how to rotate their stars and keep the right guys on the floor they aren’t going to win anything.

The defending champion Spurs sit at 6/1 and they seem like a great bet and a bad one at the same time. If everyone decides to come back and they play like they did in the Finals, with Kawhi Leonard becoming the new star of the team then I really like them. If Tim Duncan or Greg Popovich decides to retire, I really (really really) don’t.

2015 could be the year of a new team on the horizon. I already mentioned the Cavaliers at 33/1. Imagining Lebron James alongside Kyrie Irving gives me chills. There is also the Clippers who are always lingering in the shadows, the Pacers, the Rockets with James Harden and even the Warriors. They are going to make a coaching change next season and that has been the biggest complaint about them the past couple of seasons. It depends on who they get, but who knows? If the Heat and Spurs go down this could be the dawning of a whole new era in the NBA.

Complete odds are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 3/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 6/1
San Antonio Spurs 6/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
Chicago Bulls 12/1
Indiana Pacers 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 25/1
Brooklyn Nets 28/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 33/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Memphis Grizzlies 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 40/1
New York Knicks 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Boston Celtics 50/1
Denver Nuggets 50/1
Detroit Pistons 50/1
New Orleans Pelicans 50/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Phoenix Suns 75/1
Orlando Magic 150/1
Sacramento Kings 150/1
Utah Jazz 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1