2015 NBA Championship Odds

2015 NBA Championship Odds

With less than 20 games remaining in the 2014-15 NBA regular season, the contenders and also-rans have clearly separated themselves as the playoffs approach. In fact, the 50-13 Atlanta Hawks are already locked into the number one postseason slot in the Eastern Conference thanks to an 11-game lead over second-place Cleveland. Out West, Golden State owns the league’s best record and a 5 ½ game lead in the overall standings. With perennial powers San Antonio and Oklahoma State clinging to the 7th and 8th seeds respectively, the conference is definitely wide open. But what about the odds to win it all in June? Here’s a look at the latest.

Cavaliers 11/5 – Despite owning the eighth best record in the league, the LeBron dog and pony show is still Vegas’s pick to seize the title. And why not? LeBron is putting up MVP numbers, and Kyrie Irving has benefited greatly from not having to distribute like a true point guard. Kevin Love looks lost most nights, but J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov are producing solid minutes as the fourth and fifth starters.

Warriors 15/4 – They lead the league in scoring and assists, due in large part to another MVP candidate, Stephen Curry, who is averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 2.16 steals per game. Toss in Klay Thompson’s career season and Draymond Green’s newfound prowess on the glass and you have a legitimate choice to navigate the treacherous West.

Hawks 7/1 – Who saw these guys coming? They can score and defend, and boast a balanced starting unit that plays unselfish and disciplined both on the road and at home. Their biggest weakness is a lack of size and depth in the frontcourt. Beyond Paul Millsap and Al Horford, there isn’t much else, unless you think Mike Scott can actually play the 4. Yeah, he can’t.

Oklahoma City 7/1 – Really? The Thunder aren’t even a lock to make the playoffs and here they sit at these odds. Kevin Durant’s lingering foot injury has no timetable for a return, so he might not even be available should OK City secure a spot. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook is racking up 40-point nights and triple-doubles in an effort to keep his team afloat. That said, if Durant comes back healthy, they will be a threat.

Grizzlies/Spurs  9/1 – Neither is the sexy pick, but both are intriguing because of one word: defense. The Grizz are the stingiest team in the Association, while the Spurs are staving off age and injuries to salvage one last shot at a title. At 9/1, laying money on either wouldn’t be the dumbest idea in the world.

Mavericks/Trailblazers 28/1 – Long shots for sure, but it’s not foolish to think that the Mavs and Blazers could make some serious noise if they manage to advance past the first round. Especially is they don’t have to deal with the Spurs or a healthy Thunder squad.

Raptors 40/1 – The current No. 3 seed in the East, Toronto has made impressive strides this season riding the dynamic backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Problem is, they have no size and can’t play a lick of defense, so a second-round appearance is the best they can hope for at this point.