NBA Futures Betting – Championship Rundown
As we approach the conclusion of the Conference Semi-Finals, it’s time to take another look at the NBA Championship futures here at BetUS. I’ll separate the contenders from the pretenders and find out where the real value is for NBA bettors.
Cleveland Cavaliers Odds to Win Title: -130
There’s no doubt that the Cavs have been the class of the field so far this playoffs. They’ve swept their first two rounds, winning each and every game by double figures. LeBron has shown everyone just how easy a pick he was for league MVP. He’s averaging 32.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. The only real question mark here is how they’ll respond when they have to face a team that at least has a fighting chance. However, judging by the struggles both the Celtics and Magic have endured, it seems like that won’t come until the Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers Odds to Win Title: +110
Going into the postseason everyone was expecting a Lakers/Cavs, Kobe/LeBron finals. The Cavs have certainly done their part, but the Lakers have looked very beatable. They’ve been helped by the injury to Yao Ming and they’ll get past the Rockets, but they’ve got a legitimate NBA Championship contender looming in the Conference Finals, the Denver Nuggets. Aside from a lack of focus and defensive tenacity, the Lakers have been hurt by the non-presence of Andrew Bynum. He’s averaging 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In other words, he’s giving the Lakers nada. He finally had a good showing in Game 5, scoring 14 and adding 6 rebounds, and Lakers fans and backers better hope that the trend continues. The Lakers have a good shot to win the title, but with tough matchups coming against the Nuggets and Cavs, I’d lay off them at +110.
Denver Nuggets Odds to Win Title: +850
The Nuggets are starting to look like the team to beat in the West. They took down the Hornets in 5, and just barely missed a sweep against the Mavs. Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony can both light it up, and they play some very respectable D as well. In the frontcourt, the threesome of Nene, Birdman and Kenyon Martin are athletic, explosive and rugged. They can score, they can rebound, they can defend, and there’s three of them. The Nuggets do lack some depth beyond reserve guard J.R. Smith, but barring injury, it shouldn’t hurt them. The Nuggets play extremely aggressive D, and it will take a team with a lot of poise to knock them off. The books are just not giving this team enough respect, lots of value at +850.
Boston Celtics Odds to Win Title: +1600
When it comes down to it, this team is just not a legit
contender without Garnett. The Bulls took them to 7, and they’ve
been lucky to take a 3-2 lead against the Magic, who have played
fourth quarters like they’re trying to lose. Boston absolutely
depends on big contributions from Davis, Scalabrine, Marbury and
House. Those guys just aren’t going to get it done against the
Clevelands and LAs of the world. Their run has been impressive,
and they’re well-coached and play with a lot of passion, but
they will not progress to the NBA Finals, never mind repeating
for the title.
Orlando Magic Odds to Win Title: +3500