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NBA Championship Futures: Make Way for the Rockets

As 2017 winds down in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors remain the undisputed favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June. Such is life in the Association.

At Bovada, the Warriors are -175 front-runners to go all the way, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+475), Houston Rockets (+475), Boston Celtics (+1000), San Antonio Spurs (+1800), Oklahoma City Thunder (+2500), Toronto Raptors (+4000), Washington Wizards (+6600), Minnesota Timberwolves (+6600) and Milwaukee Bucks (+10000) behind them on the oddsboard.

As of December 21, the Celtics possessed the best record in the Eastern Conference at 26-8 SU but have hit a bit of a rocky patch after rattling off a 16-game winning streak that ended in late November. The Raptors (21-9) and Cavs (23-9) occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots in the East, while the Rockets (25-5), Warriors (25-6) and Spurs (22-10) headlined things out in the West.

The biggest riser in championship odds is the Rockets by a mile. In the last month, Houston’s NBA title chances have moved from +700 to their current price of +475, which is not much of a surprise if you’ve seen this team play lately. Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed time early in the campaign, has fit seamlessly into the lineup and his return coincided with a 14-game winning streak.

It was only a matter of time before Cleveland found its groove, and any Cavs doubters have been proven wrong of late. LeBron James is playing out of his mind right now and is truly getting better with age, as the soon-to-be 33-year-old is averaging 28.2 points, 9.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting a sizzling 57.2 percent from the field.

As long as the Warriors possess their current core, they won’t be going anywhere when it comes to NBA championship futures, but there’s no shortage of value if you’re backing another team.

Take a look for yourself:

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Golden State Warriors-175+100
Cleveland Cavaliers+475+400
Houston Rockets+475+2500
Boston Celtics+1000+1600
San Antonio Spurs+1800+1000
Oklahoma City Thunder+2500+5000
Toronto Raptors+4000+3300
Washington Wizards+6600+10000
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600+5000
Milwaukee Bucks+10000+5000
Detroit Pistons+10000+12500
Philadelphia 76ers+10000+10000
Indiana Pacers+15000+12500
Portland Trail Blazers+20000+10000
Denver Nuggets+20000+12500
Miami Heat+20000+12500
Charlotte Hornets+30000+3300
New Orleans Pelicans+30000+5000
Utah Jazz+30000+8000
Los Angeles Clippers+50000+5000
Los Angeles Lakers+50000+10000
New York Knicks+50000+10000