2019 NBA Finals Outrights – Futures Prediction And Odds
Golden State Warriors Massive Favorites In 2019
Golden State Warriors -175
Online sportsbooks like Bodog Canada list Golden State as -175 favorites, which translates to a 63.64% chance to three-peat. Sports betting sites rarely anoint pro sports teams with these types of overpowering odds.
DeMarcus Cousins called the Warriors and offered his services at a discount for a season, before the salary cap situation improves in 2019. A lineup of Curry, Durant, Thompson, Green and Cousins might be the best starting five in history, next to impossible to defeat.
Some believe that the Warriors aren’t as good as advertised because of a lack of bench depth. This ignore the services of Andre Iguodala, who was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP as a sixth man. Andre’s mix of shooting and defense unlocked the original “death lineup” that stunned the NBA. Shaun Livingston’s an underrated contributor as Curry’s backup while Bell and Cook eat up vital minutes while starters rest.
Golden State could still win a title if two of five all-star players go down with an injury. Bet against the Warriors at your peril.
Legitimate Contenders For The 2019 NBA Finals
Boston Celtics +600
Last year’s unexpected trip to the NBA eastern conference finals revealed a Celtics roster deeper than anyone expected. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier thrived under the watchful eye of Al Horford and Coach Brad Stevens. With the healthy return of Irving and Hayward, Boston’s the team to beat in the east.
Houston Rockets +800
Houston’s best chance was probably last year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t the second-best team in the western conference. The combo of James Harden and Chris Paul, when healthy, proved next-to-impossible to defend. Losing Trevor Ariza leaves a massive hole in their defensive integrity, which won’t be filled by Melo.
Los Angeles Lakers +900
One of two wildcard teams in the NBA, adding LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers immediately lifts the historic franchise back into playoff discussions. Plenty of intriguing young talent and veteran contributors populate the rotation, giving the Lakers an unpredictable ceiling. As usual, everything depends on LeBron staying healthy.
Philadelphia 76ers +1400
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons lead the 76ers to a surprise 50-win season while progressing to the second round of the playoffs in 2018. Embiid, Simmons and Covington form an excellent trio which dominate both ends of the court. If Markelle Fultz plays like a number one overall pick, Philly will take another big step forward.
Toronto Raptors +1600
The second wildcard contender for an NBA championship in 2019 would be the Raptors, who added Kawhi and Danny Green in a massive offseason trade. Leonard hasn’t played in nearly a year, and no one knows if he’ll mesh well with Lowry. If Leonard regains his NBA Finals MVP form, the Raptors will threaten Boston in the east. A mediocre season from Kawhi will probably kickstart a rebuild in Toronto.
Eastern Conference And Western Conference Longshots
Oklahoma City Thunder +3300
The Thunder must be concerned about Russell Westbrook’s knee, which may not be ready to go when the regular season begins. Paul George is a great player and the team should be better without Carmelo Anthony, but OKC without a healthy Westbrook will not be able to make the playoffs. Another MVP season from Russ will ensure a competitive campaign.
Utah Jazz +5000
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will forge a bright future for the Utah Jazz, one of the best defensive clubs in the NBA. Their supporting cast has yet to develop, which makes Salt Lake City a longshot to carve a serious run in the playoffs. Gobert, the reigning defensive player of the year, must find a way to stay healthy if Utah expects a productive season.
San Antonio Spurs +6600
All signs point to the end of an era in San Antonio now that Leonard, Ginobili and Parker no longer line up for the Spurs. Coach Gregg Popovich somehow lead San Antonio to a playoff spot last year with LaMarcus Aldridge and a bunch of reserves, so the club should be able to compete in the post season with DeMar DeRozan joining the lineup. However, they likely don’t have the talent to win a murderous western conference.
Milwaukee Bucks +6600
If Antetokounmpo learns how to shoot the three, he’ll become completely unguardable.
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues his meteoric rise as an NBA superstar, improving to 26.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 4.8 APG, along with 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks in 2017-18. His shooting splits improved to .529/.307/.760 last season, leading to gains in efficiency for the Greek Freak. The Bucks have terrific contributors like Khris Middleton, but Milwaukee’s odds as longshots exist strictly because of the limitless ceiling of Giannis. If Antetokounmpo learns how to shoot the three, he’ll become completely unguardable and a legit threat to Boston, Toronto and Philly in the east.
Fringe NBA Playoff Teams In 2019
Several teams feature an all-star like Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard, but not enough supporting talent to leverage a superstar player into a long playoff run. These teams will have a limited impact during the 2019 NBA playoffs.
- Washington Wizards +6600
- Minnesota Timberwolves +6600
- New Orleans Pelicans +8000
- Denver Nuggets +8000
- Portland Trail Blazers +8000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
Maybe Next Year
The following franchises feature a near-zero chance to emerge as a contender for the 2019 NBA Championship.
- Miami Heat +10000
- Detroit Pistons +10000
- Dallas Mavericks +17500
- Los Angeles Clippers +20000
- Phoenix Suns +20000
- Cleveland Cavaliers +20000
- New York Knicks +20000
- Charlotte Hornets +25000
- Brooklyn Nets +30000
- Memphis Grizzlies +30000
- Orlando Magic +40000
- Sacramento Kings +40000
- Atlanta Hawks +40000
- Chicago Bulls +40000
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