We are a week removed from the trade that rocked the NBA World when the San Antonio Spurs sent disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors in exchange for face-of-the-franchise DeMar DeRozan. So, now that the dust has settled, we can look at the latest NBA title odds and more importantly, can anyone touch the Warriors?
After a disappointing playoff performance, in which they were yet again sept away by LeBron James and the Cavaliers, the Raptors opened at the Westgate LV Superbook as 40/1 longshots to win the NBA 2018-19 NBA Championship and 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference (even with LeBron now in the West).
But that all changed with the acquisition of Leonard. Especially, now that reports say he is warming to the idea of playing for the Raptors this season. The Superbook adjusted the Raptors, who also acquired guard Danny Green in the deal, to 20/1 to win the title and 4/1 to win the East.
The Spurs meanwhile, well, let’s just say oddsmakers don’t believe DeRozan represents equal value. San Antonio hit the board as 25/1 fringe contenders to win the title but were shifted all the way down to 200/1 after the deal. They moved from 50/1 to 125/1 to win the West. This may be because the Spurs could set the record for most long 2-pointers attempted in a season and all their best players don’t play much defense, but we’ll see.
In the larger scheme of things, none of this really matters however. The Warriors are still a ridiculous 1/2 favorite to win their fourth title in five years. Their closest challengers are the Celtics at 5/1 and the Rockets at 6/1. That’s a big gap.
Here is the complete list of NBA title odds courtesy the Westgate LV Superbook as of July 23, 2018:
|Team||Opening Odds||Current Odds|
|Golden State Warriors||5/4||1/2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||20/1||8/1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||60/1||40/1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||80/1||100/1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||80/1||100/1|
|San Antonio Spurs||25/1||200/1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||100/1||200/1|
|New York Knicks||100/1||300/1|