2016 NBA Finals Odds

2016 nba finals oddsThe Cleveland Cavaliers enjoyed a spectacular renaissance with the return of LeBron James, but injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving derailed their championship hopes. The Golden State Warriors may well have won the championship anyway, but Cleveland’s injury woes, no doubt, made their task easier. In spite of the Warriors spectacular play throughout the regular season and playoffs, offshore bookmaker Bovada.lv is anticipating a Cavaliers championship in 2016.

Opening 2016 NBA Finals odds have Cleveland listed as an 11 to 4 favorite to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy next season. That is a return of $275 for every $100 invested on a Cleveland title.

There is still potential for the Cavaliers to look vastly different next season, though. Love and James both have the opportunity to opt out of their contracts and test free agency. Both players are expected to do so — at least opt out anyway — but it is extremely doubtful James goes anywhere.

He stands to make the most money in Cleveland and last year’s offseason saga would indicate the Cavaliers are his franchise of choice. Love’s situation is different, but money talks and he too can bank the most by staying in Cleveland.

The defending champion Warriors are next on Bovada’s championship odds board with a 4 to 1 listing. They would, perhaps, be the top choice were it not for a hellish Western Conference.

Golden State’s road to the Finals is, without question, a more difficult one. Consider that Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Los Angeles (yes, the Clippers) all follow the Warriors (in that order) on the contenders list at 15 to 2, 10 to 1 and 11 to 1 odds, respectively. The Bulls break up that West chain as a sixth pick at 14 to 1 odds, but the Rockets, Grizzlies and Mavericks (along with the Hawks) help complete the top 10 favorites.

2016 NBA Finals Odds: Basketball Odds Provided by Bovada.lv

Cleveland Cavaliers 11/4
Golden State Warriors 4/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/2
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 11/1
Chicago Bulls 14/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Atlanta Hawks 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 28/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Indiana Pacers 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
Miami Heat 33/1
New Orleans Pelicans 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Boston Celtics 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 250/1
Orlando Magic 250/1
Philadelphia 76ers 250/1