Talking about 2017 NBA Championship Future picks may seem a touch premature, but getting in on the action early can make you some nice profit down the road. As it stands, LeBron and Co. just overcame insurmountable odds and will head into the 2017 NBA season with the envious moniker of “defending champions”. But being the champs doesn’t guarantee you the favorite status heading into the season – that belongs once again to the Golden State Warriors.
Surprised? Well, it makes sense from a handicapper’s point of view and let’s take a look at the odds and provide some quick analysis on the key numbers.
2017 NBA Championship Futures
|Golden State Warriors||+250||Cleveland Cavaliers||+300|
|San Antonio Spurs||+800||Oklahoma City Thunder||+500|
|Boston Celtics||+2,500||Los Angeles Clippers||+1,800|
|Atlanta Hawks||+4,000||Chicago Bulls||+4,000|
|Houston Rockets||+5,000||Minnesota Timberwolves||+3,500|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+5,000||Portland Trail Blazers||+6,000|
|Charlotte Hornets||+6,000||Los Angeles Lakers||+5,000|
|Memphis Grizzlies||+6,000||Utah Jazz||+8,000|
|Dallas Mavericks||+8,000||Denver Nuggets||+10,000|
|Detroit Pistons||+10,000||Indiana Pacers||+5,000|
|Milwaukee Bucks||+10,000||New York Knicks||+5,000|
|Orlando Magic||+20,000||Philadelphia 76ers||+10,000|
|Sacramento Kings||+10,000||Washington Wizards||+10,000|
|Phoenix Suns||+20,000||Brooklyn Nets||+25,000|
2017 NBA Championship Futures – Favorites and Kevin Durant
As you can see the top 4 teams are head and shoulders above the rest. Golden State at +250 paces the way followed closely by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Oklahoma Thunder.
The biggest wildcard here is Kevin Durant’s free agency as he’s linked to Oklahoma, Golden State, and San Antonio- wherever he signs will impact these odds immeasurably. If he signs with the Warriors as many suspect, the Thunder will fall out of the top 10 and Golden State’s odds will most likely drop down to the -250 neighborhood.
2017 NBA Futures Betting – Previews and Picks
The Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons, and the Charlotte Hornets all made the playoffs last year but sit at +10,000, +5000, and +6000 to win the title respectively. The Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves, both who missed the playoffs, sit at +4000 and +3500 respectively. The Bulls and T-Wolves are both looking to tinker with their rosters this offseason, but neither looks like a title contender let alone a playoff contender at this point.
2017 NBA Championship Future Picks – Free Agency
As mentioned earlier, free agency will have a major impact on these odds. Kevin Durant’s signature in particular will throw the top portion of these odds out of whack so there is a potential to get some extra value now. Other quality players – Dwight Howard, Mike Conley, Harrison Barnes – are all also free agents and could leave their current playoff teams for contenders. There may be more value prior to free agency, but the risk is much greater so hence the trade off. That’s why betting on futures is fun and good luck!
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