- BetOnline has updated NBA Championship odds for all 16 playoff teams
- The Golden State Warriors remain heavy favorites to three-peat at -200
- The Milwaukee Bucks are the top title contender at +600 in the Eastern Conference
With the playoff picture finally in focus and the postseason set to tip off on Saturday, the good people in Vegas have issued some fresh, piping-hot 2019 NBA Championship odds.
But has anything really changed since we last checked in three weeks ago (Other than Magic Johnson’s LinkedIn profile)?
Betting on anyone other than the Warriors to win the title doesn’t necessarily mean you’re as bad with money as a 90s NBA star. Instead, it could simply be a sign that you’re a savvy, forward-looking investor like the basketball players of today. Let’s check BetOnline to find out.
2019 NBA Championship Odds
|Team||Odds to Win the 2019 NBA Championship at BetOnline|
|Golden State Warriors||-200|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+4000|
|San Antonio Spurs||+10000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+25000|
*Odds taken on 04/10/19
Still The Favorite: Golden State (-200)
Golden State’s championship odds haven’t budged since the last time we checked in three weeks ago. Steve Kerr telling reporters on Wednesday that Steph Curry’s sprained right ankle was feeling “good” is certainly bad news for the rest of the NBA. Barring injury, it’s increasingly looking like the Warriors will become the first team in North American pro sports to three-peat since the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in 2002.
You know we couldn’t celebrate 47 seasons at Oracle without bringing these back ? pic.twitter.com/WsxL1Efojt
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 8, 2019
Beast of the East: Milwaukee (+600)
Speaking of the Big Aristotle, Shaquille O’Neal recently said that Giannis Antetokounmpo was “better than he was at age 24.” Locked in an MVP race for the ages with James Harden, the Greek Freak surged down the stretch to lead the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins. However, Milwaukee’s odds have become shorter than Peter Dinklage in the past three weeks, dropping from +800 to +600. While it’s hard to bet against Giannis, there’s not a lot of value left here.
Kings of the North: Toronto (+1200)
Good news, Raptors fans. You won’t be seeing former coach Dwane Casey and the Pistons in the first-round. Now for the bad news you’ve braced yourself for all year… an extremely well-rested Kahwi Leonard will almost certainly leave in free agency if the team doesn’t go on a deep playoff run.
It’s official: The Eastern Conference playoff matchups are set!
1. Bucks vs. 8. Pistons
2. Raptors vs. 7. Magic
3. Sixers vs. 6. Nets
4. Celtics vs. 5. Pacers
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) April 11, 2019
With LeBron no longer providing a roadblock in the East, could Toronto finally take the next step and topple the 76ers and Bucks en route to the NBA Finals? For what it’s worth, the Raps are 2-0 vs. the Warriors this season. Dream big while you still can Raptors fans!
Disrespected: Denver (+2500)
The NBA almost always goes to script. That is why you can still get 25-1 odds on a team with the second-best record in the West and fourth-best record in the league. The Nuggets’ deep roster of impressive young talent includes 24-year-old Nikola Jokic, who recently became the first center since Wilt Chamberlain to tally more than 500 assists in a season. Not the Wilt record I’d be targeting, but give the Serbian his due!
Yes, it’s highly unlikely that Denver wins the NBA title, but isn’t that the case for every team chasing Golden State?
The Play: Houston (+1200)
Healthy after the All-Star break, the Rockets finished the season on an 18-4 run. Houston also went 3-1 in the regular season versus the Warriors and led last year’s playoff series against Golden State 3-2 when Chris Paul strained his hamstring. I continue to believe that hedging a Rockets championship bet with a safe Warriors share is the smartest playoff play.
James Harden may not win back-to-back MVP awards, but his season was historic ? pic.twitter.com/zhTvtcisA5
— Rockets Nation (@RocketsNationCP) April 10, 2019