Outright Betting Odds to win the 2019 NBA Title
Looking to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to dominate the NBA’s futures game prior to the tip off of the 2018-19 regular season? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Our analysis covers:
- Best bets to win NBA Finals
- Under-the-radar contenders
- Odds for 2018-19 favorites
- In-depth analysis for each included team
Please remember that all 2019 NBA championship odds come courtesy of Bovada and are accurate as of Tuesday, September 25 otherwise noted. Check back frequently to see whether they’ve changed, as that tends to happen over the course of the season.
Odds-On Favorites To Win 2019 NBA Title
These teams have been billed by oddsmakers as the most likely to snag this year’s Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Golden State Warriors (-195)
Raise your hand if you’re surprised. No takers? Didn’t think so.
Although these are the most dominant lines the Golden State Warriors have laid since they burst onto the scene in 2014, they absolutely deserve them. They will have five All-NBA superstars once DeMarcus Cousins returns from his Achilles injury, and their biggest threat in the league, the Houston Rockets, suffered key losses over the offseason.
Other challengers will emerge. Keep your eyes peeled on the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and even the Philadelphia 76ers. For now, though, understand that a bet on any team in the field is nothing more than a long-shot wager.
Boston Celtics (+500)
This placement tracks with how the Boston Celtics are built. On paper, they’re the most balanced team in the league, capable of playing any style. Their starting lineup could end up being the best in the NBA. They have three top-25 stars in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and a returning Gordon Hayward, plus a pair of up-and-coming supernovas in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Boston’s primary question this season: Can they make all these pieces fit together? It’s encouraging they made it so far in the playoffs last year without Hayward or Irving, but the emergences of Brown and Tatum could make it difficult for everyone to play off one another.
Houston Rockets (+850)
Losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute might compromise the Rockets sixth-place defense from last season, but it’s not enough to displace them from the contender’s circle.
James Harden and Chris Paul are both top 10 players, and Houston’s offense is deep enough that their defensive drop-off may not matter. Carmelo Anthony may be the tipping point here. If he falls in line as a supporting role player, the Rockets will be a scary out in the playoffs even if they don’t measure up to last year’s 65-win regular season.
Los Angeles Lakers (+1000)
Call this the LeBron James effect. And then make sure to note that his impact is being overblown.
Yes, adding the best player in the game to a 35-win squad with plenty of young talent could make for a dangerous cocktail. But the inexperience—in addition to the lack of proven veteran spacing—around LeBron will leave the Los Angeles Lakers struggling to keep pace with the Rockets and Celtics, let alone the Warriors.
And remember: The Lakers themselves know this. Don’t be caught off-guard if they decide to rest LeBron more than usual and aim for a more convincing run next year.
Toronto Raptors (+1400)
Winning the title is all about figuring out whether a team can unseat the reigning-champion Warriors. And as far as potential rivals go, it’s hard to find better options than the Raptors.
This, of course, is predicated on Kawhi Leonard being fully healthy. The team believes he is. That’s bad news for the rest of the league. He’s a top-five player and MVP candidate at full strength, and plopping him onto an outfit that has Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright and Pascal Siakam should result in a juggernaut at both ends of the court.
Dark-Horse Title Odds To Consider
While these teams aren’t being viewed as favorable as the aforementioned units, you’ll want to keep them in your sightlines as the regular season gets underway.
Denver Nuggets (+12500)
Putting the Denver Nuggets here may be a touch ambitious. They’re light on bigger wings, and there’s no guarantee they build upon last year’s bottom-five finish on the defensive end.
Then again, this team is assembled to give even the Warriors fits and bursts. Their offense is that good. Nikola Jokic is one of the best passing big men in league history, they’re stocked with versatile complements, and they may have added a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in Isaiah Thomas. They belong on your radar.
Milwaukee Bucks (+10000)
The Milwaukee Bucks are another ambitious pick, but their inclusion is not without merit. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a top-five player only hitting his stride, and he’s dotted by two fringe stars in Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.
New head coach Mike Budenholzer may be the trump card here. He will diversify Milwaukee’s offensive approach and tighten up their defense. There’s a chance this team ends up placing in the top five of both points scored and points allowed per 100 possessions—a surefire harbinger of a championship contender.
See below the top sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you:
Utah Jazz (+7500)
It’s all about finding a consistent No. 2 scorer for the Utah Jazz. They have everything else—depth, defense, shooting. What they need is another from-scratch scorer aside from Donovan Mitchell.
The Jazz placed 29th in shooting efficiency when using between three and six dribbles last year. Mitchell should improve his own pull-up accuracy, which will help, but they need at least one more perimeter player to pop. If Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum, Royce O’Neale, Grayson Allen or Alec Burks proves capable of shouldering that load, Utah should be treated as a sleeping giant.
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