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NBA Playoffs: 2018 Championship Outright Odds Update

NBA Playoffs: 2018 Championship Outright Odds Update
Can the Golden State Warriors win a third NBA title in four years? Oddsmakers are pegging the defending champions as the favourites to win it all again in 2018. However, there may be a few teams that will be standing in their way, including the Toronto Raptors, who could come out of the East to challenge for the crown. We break down the best contenders to win outright in this NBA Championship Odds Update.

Odds are courtesy of Bodog.eu.

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Golden State Warriors (+120)

If there was ever any doubt whether the Golden State Warriors could be successful without their star point guard, the defending NBA champions proved that in the first round of the playoffs. Fresh off a five-game with over the San Antonio Spurs without Stephan Curry in the lineup, the Warriors are now the odds-on favourite to win the title for a third time in four years. 

The Bodog sportsbook has Golden State at +120 to win outright. The Warriors began the playoffs behind the Houston Rockets, who also advanced to the second round by winning in five games. Without Curry, the Warriors have still managed to average 105.6. However, Golden State’s defence stepped up in his absence, allowing 96.8 points per game — the only team in the West to keep opponents under 100 points in the opening round.

Houston Rockets (+150)

The Houston Rockets lived up to the hype in the first round and then some. Led by star guard James Harden, the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round and head into the second round as +150 favourites to win the championship outright — something the franchise has not done since winning back-to-back crowns in 1994 and 1995.

The Rockets opened the playoffs as the odds-on favourites in almost every online sportsbook, including Bodog. Harden did not disappoint in the first round as the guard is averaging 29 points per game. Houston will have to improve from the field if they stand any chance as the Rockets are .445 in that category in the playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers (+650)

The kids are all right in Philadelphia. The 76ers made easy work of the Miami Heat in the first round and vaulted to No. 3 on the outright odds to win the NBA title in 2018. Philadelphia netted 114.2 points per game in the opening round — only the New Orleans Hornets at 114.5 had more.

The 76ers also had a league-best +10.8 point differential as the club held opponents to 103.4 points per game. Philadelphia is still considered a long shot at +650, but after the club’s first-round performance, more bettors are buying in on the young club. The 76ers were only .363 from the three-point line — something the team must improve on to have a chance to make it to the final.

Toronto Raptors (+750)

The top seeds in the Eastern Conference had a tougher matchup in the first round than expected, but the Raptors still advanced past Washington in 6 games. Toronto’s performance in the opening round has oddsmakers second-guessing if the Raptors can challenge for a title in 2018.

Known for having the deepest bench in the NBA, the Raptors can still get the job done and at +750, expect the money to come rolling in on the club. The offensive numbers picked up as the series against the Wizards progressed. In fact, Toronto’s .410 shooting percentage from the arc was second in the league only behind the Minnesota Timberwolves.

If you’re going to bank on the Raps, do it while the line is in your favour.

Cleveland Cavaliers (+1200)

It’s been a trying season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and struggled in the opening round. The once mighty Cavaliers may still have LeBron James, but the club has slipped to +1200 underdogs to win the NBA title.

While some people may be willing to take a chance on the Cavs, others are realizing that the Eastern Conference is wide open from 1 through 8 now. Something to consider before putting your money down on the Cavaliers is that for a team that could at one point score like the wind, is finding it difficult to break 100 points on any given night. In fact, LeBron and Co. finished last following the first round with an average of 93.2 points per game.

NBA Champion Pick: Golden State Warriors (+120)
Runners-up: Toronto Raptors (+750)

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