Who will win the 2016 NBA Championship? Each team still has 82 games to go before they can even think about the playoffs, but the oddsmakers at BetOnline have their championship odds for us now.
Cleveland remains the favorite they were the moment the 2015 season ended and why not? The Eastern Conference is far easier than the Western Conference and they still have Lebron James who has been to the last five NBA finals. The King stay the king until someone knocks him off. They are the favorite in the Eastern Conference by far and as long as everyone stays healthy everyone on Earth fully expects a return to the Finals. Can they finally win one though? The experience of last year’s playoffs helps, but it’s all about health for this team.
Up next we have the defending champions at +480. This is a weird one as they are actually the second favorite in the Western Conference odds to the Spurs, but they are the top West team here. Maybe the bookmakers think that they have a better shot of winning the championship if they make it than the Spurs do? It’s hard to say why, but this team should definitely be in the thick of it again this season. They brought just about everyone back from last year’s team that had such a great defense and offense. Steve Kerr is a solid coach who has repeated as a champion in his career. He should be able to take that experience and help his team with whatever championship hangover they may have.
The aforementioned Spurs come in at +500. The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge is of course the big story here as he is added to a team that wins 50+ games a year no matter what. The age questions surrounding Parker, Ginobli and Duncan that are always there are there again this season, but they are more bit players than they have been in the past. This is the Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge show now. If they fit well together this could be the beginning of yet another Spurs dynasty. How long can this go on?
One of the most interesting teams in the league this season should be the Oklahoma City Thunder who replaced their coach with Florida legend Billy Donovan. He’s got a great reputation and if he can make things work this year in OKC then he could be a favorite for Coach of the Year. This one all comes down to the health of Kevin Durant. If he made a full recovery from his foot injury, look out.
|Golden State Warriors||+480|
|San Antonio Spurs||+500|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+750|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1200|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+3300|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+20000|
|New York Knicks||+25000|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+30000|