NBA Playoff and Awards Odds

Saturday brings the start of the 2015 NBA playoffs. There was a lot of movement on the last day of the regular season: the Pelicans officially ousted the Thunder from the playoff chase with a win over San Antonio; the Pacers fell out of the top eight thanks to a loss to the Grizzlies; and the defending champion Spurs fell from second to sixth in the Western Conference.

In the marquee first-round matchup, the Spurs are set to face the Clippers, with L.A. having home-court advantage.

The Clippers are favored in Game 1 at home, but as you’ll see below, the Spurs have much better odds to win the NBA Title (although they’re not as high as they would have been had they held onto a top-three seed).

With bucket-loads of playoff and post-season excitement ahead, we set the odds on all things NBA heading into the spring and summer months.

NBA playoff Odds:

NBA Title Odds:

  • Golden State Warriors: 2/1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 5/2
  • San Antonio Spurs: 7/2
  • Atlanta Hawks: 12/1
  • Chicago Bulls: 15/1
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 18/1
  • Houston Rockets: 25/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies: 25/1
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 40/1
  • Dallas Mavericks: 50/1
  • Toronto Raptors: 50/1
  • Washington Wizards: 66/1
  • New Orleans Pelicans: 100/1
  • Boston Celtics: 100/1
  • Brooklyn Nets: 150/1
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 250/1

NBA Finals MVP Odds:

  • Steph Curry (Golden State): 4/1
  • LeBron James (Cleveland): 4/1
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio): 10/1
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State): 10/1
  • Tim Duncan (San Antonio): 12/1
  • Kyrie Irving (Cleveland): 27/2


NBA Awards Odds:

MVP Odds:

  • Steph Curry (Golden State): 1/2
  • James Harden (Houston): 3/1
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City): 4/1
  • LeBron James (Cleveland): 20/1

Coach of the Year Odds:

  • Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta): 3/2
  • Steve Kerr (Golden State): 3/2
  • Gregg Popovich (San Antonio): 8/1
  • Steve Joerger (Memphis): 8/1
  • Brad Stevens (Boston): 15/1

Rookie of the Year Odds:

  • Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota): 1/9
  • Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia): 10/1
  • Elfrid Payton (Orando): 15/1
  • Nikola Mirotic (Chicago): 20/1

6th Man of the Year Odds:

  • Isaiah Thomas (Phoenix/Boston): 1/1
  • Lou Williams (Toronto): 3/2
  • Jamal Crawford (L.A. Clippers): 9/1
  • Marreese Speights (Golden State): 15/1
  • Taj Gibson (Chicago): 30/1


Coaching/Draft Odds:

Odds to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft:

  • Jahlil Okafor (Duke): 5/6
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky): 4/3
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (China): 4/1
  • D’angelo Russell (Ohio State): 10/1

Odds on which NCAA coach(es) will go to the NBA:

  • John Calipari (Kentucky): 3/2
  • Billy Donovan (Florida): 5/1
  • Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State): 5/1
  • Kevin Ollie (UConn): 8/1

Odds on which NBA coach will be fired first in the offseason:

  • Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City): 2/1
  • Byron Scott (L.A. Lakers): 5/2
  • Derek Fisher (New York): 5/2
  • Steve Clifford (Charlotte): 3/1
  • Brett Brown (Philadelphia): 5/1

(Photo credit: JoeJohnson2 (NBA_Trophy.png) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped from its original.)


Alexander is the MTS editor-in-chief. Frank, Alex, and Geoff brought him in when they realized that their betting expertise far surpassed their grammatical abilities. He loves overanalyzing college basketball trends. Talking to him during the first weekend of March Madness is like talking to a wall. A very focused wall, but a wall nonetheless.

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