Raptors Still NBA Championship Longshots

The Toronto Raptors finally exorcised their playoff demons over the weekend, but it didn’t mean much to the oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bodog.

Toronto won a seven-game playoff series for the first time in franchise history after eliminating the Indiana Pacers in seven games. That series win hasn’t bought them any points with the oddsmakers who still have them listed as a +5000 underdog on the NBA championship odds.

Next up for the Raptors is a date with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the second round. At least they’re a -160 favorite in the series and ahead of the Heat, who are a +6600 underdog on the championship futures.

At the top of the future odds the song remains the same with the Golden State Warriors still favored to repeat as champs at +110. Even with Stephen Curry sidelined the Warriors have barely missed a beat and look destined for a showdown with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

In their second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers the Warriors are a -2500 favorite. Portland, not surprisingly, is at the bottom of the futures at Bodog at +10000.

The Spurs of course are second on the championship futures at Bodog at +175. It looked like the Spurs might have had somewhat of a challenge in the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that was before they dominated Game 1 by a score of 124-92. The Thunder have now lost seven straight to the Spurs and have fallen to +2500 on the title odds.

The only other team getting triple digit odds are the Cleveland Cavaliers at +333. The Cavaliers swept through the first round against the Detroit Pistons and get the Atlanta Hawks next, starting on Monday night.

Cleveland was 3-0 straight up and against the spread versus Atlanta this season and they’ve won seven in a row against them overall with a 6-1 ATS mark. It’s no wonder the Cavaliers are a -700 favorite in the series and the Hawks are  a +5000 underdog on the odds to win the NBA championship.