NBA Championship Futures – Start of the Playoffs

Way back at the beginning of the season you could’ve taken the Warriors to win the championship at +480. Six months and seventy three wins later and the best odds for them are -150. That was a great bet back then and is still probably a pretty good bet right now. There just hasn’t been many teams that have shown they can hang with them this season and in a seven game series it’s hard to imagine anyone bettering them unless some sort of injury happens to one of their core players. That would really suck if that happened, but we saw it happen last season with the Cavaliers who lost their second and third best players. Then again, as long as it’s not Curry I could almost see the Warriors getting it done. They are just that good and this feels like a crowning of the next great dynasty in the NBA. Time will tell.

If something weird does end up happening to the Warriors then the San Antonio Spurs are probably the next best bet out there. Their defense has just been amazing this season, they have the best coach in all of basketball and Kawhi Leonard is becoming a superstar. In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge always turned it on for the playoffs and I fully expect them to take the Warriors to at least six games in the Western Conference Finals. You can do worse than taking a flyer on these guys. Just know that it is that, a flyer.

The as of now uncrowned Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers are also a pretty interesting case at +505. They seem like a shoe-in for the NBA Finals and that gives them a better chance of winning the title than just about anyone else in the league outside of the Warriors. If any injury happens and they’re in the Finals, Lebron will smell blood and he will get it done. Hell, he might just do that anyways. I’d probably give them about a 15% chance of beating the Warriors straight up as things are now, but three rounds from now? Who knows? Stranger things have happened and Lebron seems to know that he is running out of time to get this done. As long as they don’t have an injury situation like they did in last year’s playoffs, they have a puncher’s chance.

The only other team I’d really consider taking is the Oklahoma City Thunder at +2050 and that is a straight up bet and a prayer. They have two players who are better than just about anyone else’s two best players and if those guys could somehow combine for 80+ points per game in a series against the Warriors or Spurs, who knows? They 3-12 they are weaker than all of these other teams, but 1-2? They are the best. Never count out the team with the best players. (Unless they are playing for the Warriors.)

Complete NBA Championship Futures odds are below courtesy of 5Dimes. You can bet on any of these at http://www.5Dimes.com.

Golden State Warriors -150
San Antonio Spurs +403
Cleveland Cavaliers +505
Oklahoma City Thunder +2050
Toronto Raptors +3500
Los Angeles Clippers +4100
Boston Celtics +8000
Miami Heat +8000
Atlanta Hawks +10000
Charlotte Hornets +15000
Indiana Pacers +21500
Detroit Pistons +27500
Portland Trail Blazers +27500
Houston Rockets +40000
Dallas Mavericks +50000
Memphis Grizzlies +100000

NBA Playoffs First Round Series Odds

The NBA playoffs are finally here and we couldn’t be more ready. The regular season was great and the Warriors did some amazing things, but this year is all about the playoffs. 73 wins means nothing if you don’t get the ring. There are really some great stories in these playoffs with the ongoing quest of the Warriors, the possible last stand of these Clippers, the Spurs quest to unthrone Golden State and get one more ring; and Lebron’s drive for Cleveland.

There is plenty of time for all of the bigger picture stories, right now we are focusing on the first round of the playoffs. The Eastern Conference is filled with interesting match-ups while the Western Conference has a grand total of… one interesting match-up. Let’s take a look at the odds courtesy of 5Dimes for all of the first round match-ups. Reminder that you can get bet on any of these at http://www.5Dimes.com Continue Reading…

Latest NBA Championship Futures

A lot of people have been saying that this season of the NBA is a boring one because of the inevitability of it all. The Warriors are going to run through everyone, the Warriors are so dominant it’s not even exciting and on and on. There is reality to this. Golden State is an all-time great team and they could challenge the Bulls record of 72 wins in the regular season. Of course, the regular season is not the playoffs, but I am really not sure if it matters anymore.

Looking at the odds, the bookmakers are feeling it too. 5Dimes latest NBA Futures have the Golden State Warriors as -108 to win the championship. It’s only $8, but you have to wager more than you’ll get back for the Warriors to get through the rest of the regular season unharmed, win two series in a row, then face the Spurs/Thunder, win that and then face the Eastern Conference winner. That’s a lot of things that have to go right, but it really does seem inevitable. They are just that good.

Still, as last Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (+1225) proved, it won’t be easy. The Spurs and Thunder can play with them. When the Western Conference Finals go down, these games will be close and there is value in a team like OKC. I still think that the Thunder have coaching issues that the Spurs or Warriors will exploit, but when you have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook you always have a chance.

The Spurs remain in the mix at +405 because you always have to account for them. I can’t help but feel that they have a little something extra in their bag for the potential playoff match-up against the Warriors.

I really have no doubt that the winner of the 2016 NBA Championship will be from the Western Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers +330 are filled with drama and I wonder if they even end up in the Finals. Lebron hasn’t played a second of defense all season long and this team just has bad mojo all around it.

Honestly, I could easily see the Rapters (+3300) making the Finals this season. They have played great, play great together and they should have DeMarre Carroll back in time for the playoffs. They are definitely a team to keep an eye on. Will they win the title? Doubtful, but 5Dimes has a Raptors-Warriors Finals at +1180 and that is really intriguing to me.

Still, this season is all about the Warriors. Put down $108 and save that $100 you win for a rainy day this summer.

You can see complete NBA Championship Futures Odds below. You can bet on any of these at http://www.5Dimes.com

Golden State Warriors   -108
Cleveland Cavaliers   +330
San Antonio Spurs   +405
Oklahoma City Thunder   +1225
Los Angeles Clippers   +2900
Toronto Raptors   +3300
Boston Celtics   +5500
Miami Heat   +7000
Chicago Bulls   +8000
Atlanta Hawks   +8500
Indiana Pacers   +10000
Houston Rockets   +15000
Portland Trail Blazers   +15000
Memphis Grizzlies   +20000
Washington Wizards   +20000
Dallas Mavericks   +25000
Detroit Pistons   +25000
Charlotte Hornets   +30000
Utah Jazz   +70000
New Orleans Pelicans   +100000
Orlando Magic   +100000
Sacramento Kings   +100000
New York Knicks   +150000
Milwaukee Bucks   +300000

NBA Championship Futures – January 2016

Bovada has updated us with their latest NBA Championship Futures and the Warriors are bigger favorites than ever. They currently sit at 31-2 and the possibility of a 70-win season is very, very real. Steph Curry looks like a shoe-in for the MVP award and they are a big favorite to repeat for the championship at +125. As long as Draymond Green and Steph Curry can stay healthy I find it hard to argue with these odds at all. We are looking at a potentially all-time great basketball team right here.

Coming up next is their eventual opponent in the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers at +275. I wouldn’t say that the Cavaliers are quite on the Warriors level this year, but the competition in the East doesn’t seem to hold any true challenges for Lebron and company. The next closest Eastern Conference team is the Chicago Bulls at just +2500. The Cavs Finals odds have a lot more with the fact that they will absolutely be in the Finals than their chances of winning them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a great team or don’t have a shot, they just have a lot easier path to the championship than the other teams in the top five.

Which is why the San Antonio Spurs, probably the second best team in the NBA, come in at +400 right now. Personally, I think this team is built to compete with the Warriors in a seven game series and could even beat them. If anyone in this league could do it, it’s this team. This makes this line the best bet of all of the futures. The Spurs are a machine and they are ready for the playoffs. This could be the last run of Duncan, Parker and Ginobli so this is probably their last, best chance to grab one more ring. That series is one we were robbed of last season and I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that this year. When it finally happens, that series will crown the champion. I truly believe that.

Rounding out the top five are the Oklahoma City Thunder at +800 and the Los Angeles Clippers at +1600. These are two good, but flawed teams who have probably missed their championship window thanks to the Golden State Warriors. If something happens injury wise these teams might be a good bet, but as long as they are playing in a conference with the Spurs and Warriors they aren’t likely to make it out of the second round. You have to wonder if these two teams are going to make some big changes going forward if they don’t get it done this year. RIP Lob City? Stay tuned.

Complete NBA Championship Futures as of January, 4th 2016 are below. You can bet any of these futures at http://www.Bovada.com

Golden State Warriors +125
Cleveland Cavaliers +275
San Antonio Spurs +400
Oklahoma City Thunder +800
Los Angeles Clippers +1600
Chicago Bulls +2500
Atlanta Hawks +3300
Miami Heat +4000
Indiana Pacers +4000
Toronto Raptors +5000
Houston Rockets +6600
Boston Celtics +6600
Dallas Mavericks +10000
Memphis Grizzlies +15000
Detroit Pistons +20000
Washington Wizards +20000
Charlotte Hornets +20000
New York Knicks +30000
Utah Jazz +30000
Orlando Magic +30000
Milwaukee Bucks +50000
Phoenix Suns +50000
Minnesota Timberwolves +50000
Sacramento Kings +50000
New Orleans Pelicans +100000
Portland Trail Blazers +100000
Denver Nuggets +100000
Brooklyn Nets +100000

NBA Top 30 for December 7th, 2015

The NBA Top 30 is our weekly post aimed on ranking the teams from best to worst with a 2016 NBA Futures minded approach. Using a combination of futures odds, standings and our own eye test we look to scout the NBA championship winner long before the Finals.  

We’ve officially hit the one quarter mark of the NBA season and thinks look as clear (and unclear) as they’ll ever look. The clear part is that the Golden State Warriors are the very best team in the NBA and it’s not looking like anyone is going to be able to stop them on their quest to repeat for the championship. The Cleveland Cavaliers look to be in a similar position in the East, but nothing close to the undefeated Warriors who have a chance to be one of the greatest regular season NBA teams of all-time. This is getting serious.

The unclear part? Just about everything else. The 3 through 7 seeds in the West all have the same amount of losses and are separated by just two games in the standings. The East is similar in standings with the 3 through 10 seeds separated by just 1.5 games. The East has gotten a lot better, but it’s looking more and more like another season where the top two seeds meet in the conference Finals. The only real question is: who will those teams be, besides the Warriors and Heat?

Play of the Week:

When you think of Kevin Durant you usually think smooth shooting and impossible threes, but he is so very much more than that as he showed Miami this week.

Stuff of the Week:

The Heat are a lot of fun thus far this season. They are currently tied with the Cavs for the top seed in the East and that is a very intriguing match-up come playoff time. They got a little taste of what that might be like (albeit without Lebron) this week and Hassan Whiteside showed them just how tough of a match-up he’ll be.


Below you’ll find this week’s NBA Top 30 with current future odds courtesy of Bovada.

NBA Top 30

1. Golden State Warriors (+140)

What can I say about this team that hasn’t been said? We are 1/4th of the way through the season and they haven’t lost a game. They are only 12 wins away from tying the all-time record for consecutive wins. If they somehow manage to get there, when will they ever lose? Will they lose? There have been close calls this season, but nobody in this league is on their level. Can we have the playoffs now?

2. San Antonio Spurs (+500)

In any other season, the Spurs at 18-4 would be the story as the sure thing Finals contender. Instead, they are playing second fiddle to the Warriors dynasty. While they play in the same conference, this is the greatest threat to the Warriors chances of repeating. They are an extremely tough team to play and their defense has been stifling thus far this season. Their +11.9 scoring average is second in the NBA and they are the only other NBA team with less than seven losses. This could be the greatest Western Conference Finals we ever see in our lives. I can’t wait.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers +300

Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert are nearing their returns which means that we’ll start seeing a lot less of Mo Williams, Delly and Richard Jefferson. That means that the best team in the East is about to get a whole lot better. I still want to see Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love look like they are working together before I put them as a real threat to the Warriors, but getting healthy could take this team to another level.

4. Miami Heat +2000

Probably a little high, but I think the Heat have a better chance of beating the Cavs than the Thunder or Clippers have of beating San Antonio or Golden State.

Then again, this could be smoke and mirrors. The Heat have played on five road games and fourteen home games. I believe that this team is for real, but we won’t know for sure until we see them hit the road.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder +1400

The same place they always are. If something happens to the Spurs or Warriors, they are probably a favorite to make the Western Conference. If they don’t? Sorry.

The Rest:

6. Los Angeles Clippers (+1400)
7. Indiana Pacers (+2800)
8. Houston Rockets (+3300)
9. Chicago Bulls (+1400)
10. Toronto Raptors (+4000)
11. Boston Celtics (+7500)
12. Dallas Mavericks (+10000)
13. Atlanta Hawks (+4000)
14. Utah Jazz (+10000)
15. Charlotte Hornets (+10000)
16. Washington Wizards (+10000)
17. Memphis Grizzlies (+6600)
18. Phoenix Suns (+25000)
19. Orlando Magic (+10000)
20. Detroit Pistons (+10000)
21. New York Knicks (+15000)
22. Portland Trailblazers (+30000)
23. Milwaukee Bucks (+15000)
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (+25000)
25. New Orleans Pelicans (+15000)
26. Sacramento Kings (+30000)
27. Denver Nuggets (+50000)
28. Brooklyn Nets (+50000)
29. Los Angeles Lakers (+100000)
30. Philadelphia 76ers