Raptors are Underdogs on NBA Title Odds

As they get set to host the All-Star Game this weekend, the Toronto Raptors are on pace for one of their best seasons in franchise history. Toronto is in first place in the Atlantic Division with a solid 35-16 record, which is second best in the Eastern Conference.

Despite that success, however, the Raptors are still a major underdog to claim the NBA championship. At online sportsbook Bodog Toronto is listed at +2000 to win the title, which may have more to do with how good their competition is than anything else.

Right now the Bodog oddsmakers, and most basketball fans expect the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to end up in Golden State, Cleveland or San Antonio. The Warriors, the defending NBA champs, Lasix without prescription are the big favorites at -110 to repeat. Golden State hasn’t done anything to prove they don’t deserve those odds at 47-4 on the season, which includes a current 10-game winning streak and a perfect 24-0 record at home.

After the Warriors it’s a tight race between Cleveland and San Antonio on the odds list with the Cavaliers at +300 and the Spurs at +325.

Cleveland obviously lives and dies by the hands of LeBron James, but do have a little more star power with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The Cavs are 37-14 on the season and since the surprising appointment of Tyronn Lue as head coach they are 8-3 in 11 games.

The Spurs may have the best mix of veterans,  younger stars and role players in the league. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are the old guard, while LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green all play their roles perfectly both big and small. With a comfortable lead in the Southwest Division the Spurs’ vets will likely get a rest for a few nights down the stretch.

If the Raptors are going to make history they’re going to have to go through Cleveland and likely either Golden State or San Antonio.

In two matchups with the Cavs this season Toronto is 1-1 with a 103-99 win at home as a 3-point underdog.  Like most teams they’re winless against Golden State but fought hard in two close losses by three and five points. They have upset the Spurs once this season, 97-94 as a 6-point home underdog.