After landing the top free agent available this offseason the Golden State Warriors are listed as huge betting favorites to claim the 2017 NBA Championship at online sportsbook Bodog.
The Warriors won the Kevin Durant sweepstakes and will add the former NBA MVP to their stout lineup that still includes two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The addition of Durant to the squad that fell one win short of back-to-back NBA titles has bumped them up to -140 favorites on the Bodog NBA Championship futures.
With the Warriors rising the reigning champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have dropped down to +350. LeBron James still hasn’t re-signed in Cleveland after opting out of his contract at the end of the season, but it’s expected soon. With James still owed another big payday the Cavaliers haven’t added any new pieces yet, but it has been rumored that Dwyane Wade might come north to reunite with James in Cleveland.
The only other team currently getting triple-digit odds are the San Antonio Spurs at +800. San Antonio could be in for a big change with Tim Duncan reportedly leaning toward retirement. If Duncan is done the Spurs already have his replacement after bringing in veteran Pau Gasol. Teaming him up with LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker should keep the Spurs in the contender conversation.
After the Warriors, Cavaliers and Spurs the odds on the NBA Championship futures take a big jump. Next in line are the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics, both at +2200.
After re-signing Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson, the Clippers will return almost the same lineup that was bounced in the first round of the playoffs this past season.
The Celtics are rising in the Eastern Conference and made a splash in free agency by signing Al Horford. Boston also failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs last year, but the addition of Horford alongside Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley might change that.
One other team that made some noise in the Eastern Conference last season were the Toronto Raptors. Toronto opened up their wallets to re-sign DeMar DeRozan, after he and Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to their most successful season in franchise history. Toronto is at +3300 on the title odds.