Cleveland are 2016 NBA Champions: 2017 Championship Futures

The Golden State Warriors owned this season from start to finish. Whether it was their historic 28-game win streak to start the season, the NBA record 73 wins in a season, Steph Curry or anything else, this season was about the Warriors. They were a strong favorite to win the NBA Finals all season long and there were games during the Finals itself when it looked like it was inevitable. This was the best team and this was their season. There was nothing that could be done to stop them.

Then they went up 3-1 in the NBA Finals and they only needed one more win to secure it. Two of those games would be at home. It didn’t matter.

The Cavaliers showed why they were one of the best teams in the league and Lebron James solidified his legacy as one of the all-time greats. There are excuses for the Warriors, Draymond’s suspension being a huge one that let the Cavaliers back into this series, but when it got to be Game 7 in Oakland it didn’t matter. The Cavs won. Cleveland was the champions.

As we head into the early 2017 odds, Bovada sees a possible rematch on the horizon and wouldn’t that be something? That has never happened in NBA history, two teams meeting three years in a row in the Finals, and it would be crazy if that streak was broken next year.

Golden State +200 is the favorite to win it again and why not? They had the best team this year and were historically great. It’s hard to see that team struggling and not making it back to this same place. They have a great roster and a great coach. They should be back again.

The Cleveland Cavaliers +225 already have some bulletin board material for next season as despite being the defending champions they are slightly behind the Warriors in the betting odds. This team is definitely one that has used the Warriors success and the media’s love of them as a motivating factor throughout this season and there is no doubt they will do this here as well.

Bovada also sees the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder as contenders for the championship next season, but that is expecting a lot. The Spurs could lose a big chunk of their team if any of Duncan, Ginobli or Parker retires. While the Oklahoma City Thunder have been rumored to lose Kevin Durant for months. The Durant to the Warriors rumors won’t go away.

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Golden State Warriors+200
Cleveland Cavaliers+225
San Antonio Spurs+750
Oklahoma City Thunder+850
Los Angeles Clippers+2000
Boston Celtics+2500
Toronto Raptors+2500
Chicago Bulls+3300
Miami Heat+3300
Atlanta Hawks+5000
Houston Rockets+5000
Dallas Mavericks+6600
New Orleans Pelicans+6600
Charlotte Hornets+7500
Detroit Pistons+7500
Indiana Pacers+7500
Memphis Grizzlies+7500
Minnesota Timberwolves+7500
New York Knicks+7500
Portland Trail Blazers+7500
Washington Wizards+7500
Denver Nuggets+10000
Los Angeles Lakers+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Sacramento Kings+10000
Utah Jazz+10000
Orlando Magic+12500
Philadelphia 76ers+15000
Phoenix Suns+15000
Brooklyn Nets+25000