Updated 2016 NBA Title Futures – Summer Lull Changes Little

IrvingWhile there isn’t much new coming across the NBA wire, it still seemed necessary to update our NBA Title futures. As the summer draws to a close and players prepare for camps to start in a month, the favorites remain the same, though some jockeying for position has certainly occurred since back in July.

The Cavaliers still lead the charge despite both the Tristan Thompson contract fallout and the more recent news that Kyrie Irving could be out until January. However, in a pillow-soft East, the Cavs don’t really need to worry where they finish in the standings; they’ll still enter the postseason as favorites to win as long as they’re healthy.

The Spurs slipped past the Warriors in the rankings, still spurred on by the LaMarcus Aldridge signing. And Utah’s already slim hopes took a big shot when Dante Exum went down during international play.

Factoring in all of the above, here are our updated NBA futures heading into September.

2016 NBA Title Odds:

Cleveland Cavaliers: 5/2

San Antonio Spurs: 4/1

Golden State Warriors: 9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder: 8/1

Los Angeles Clippers: 12/1

Houston Rockets: 18/1

Chicago Bulls: 20/1

Atlanta Hawks: 25/1

Memphis Grizzlies: 30/1

New Orleans Pelicans: 35/1

Miami Heat: 35/1

Toronto Raptors: 40/1

Washington Wizards: 40/1

Dallas Mavericks: 50/1

Indiana Pacers: 50/1

Milwaukee Bucks: 60/1

Boston Celtics: 75/1

Portland Trail Blazers: 80/1

Los Angeles Lakers: 90/1

Detroit Pistons: 100/1

Phoenix Suns: 100/1

Brooklyn Nets: 125/1

Denver Nuggets: 125/1

Minnesota Timberwolves: 150/1

New York Knicks: 200/1

Sacramento Kings: 200/1

Charlotte Hornets: 250/1

Utah Jazz: 200/1

Orlando Magic: 250/1

Philadelphia 76ers: 500/1

 

(Photo credit: Erik Drost from United States (Kyrie Irving  Uploaded by Dudek1337) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.)

 

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