Looking for 2017 NBA Finals Lines & Picks? The Cleveland Cavaliers’ first NBA title is still being celebrated in the streets of Ohio, but responsible bettors don’t have the luxury of celebrating victories. Rather, they look forward to the futures board in search of value for next season.
Handicapping 2016 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
The current NBA landscape has a clear divide between the haves and the have nots, but that only serves to make for easier targets for the betting public.
According to our best NBA sportsbooks Here’s a look at three top teams, three mid-level teams, and three long shots, with a recommended pick from each category.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Golden State Warriors +180
The Warriors are coming off a 73-win season and are correctly installed as the favorites to win it all as the front office has done a great job of putting the team in a position where they don’t have to lose any assets.
If they can survive the tough Western Conference playoffs, a second title in three years will be within their grasp.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +250
The Cavaliers are the class of the thin Eastern Conference. The difference between Cleveland and other elite teams like the Warriors, Spurs, and Thunder, is that the Cavaliers have the easiest path to the Finals through the East.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Oklahoma City Thunder +800
Kevin Durant needs one more year of service in the NBA to become a 10-year veteran. That designation means the amount of money he can pull in as a free agent skyrockets.
Assuming the Durantula still knows how to count, that means he’ll stick around in Oklahoma City for one more year. Combined with the new and improved Russell Westbrook, that’ll mean one more title run for the Thunder.
Team management’s aware of the situation, so they’ll fill up the rest of the roster with talent aimed at winning now.
The play: Cavaliers +250
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Boston Celtics +2500
It’s not often that a playoff team holds a top-3 draft pick, but that’s exactly what the Celtics had in their possession thanks to a forward-thinking trade with the Nets.
By all accounts, the Celtics are the biggest threat to the Cavaliers for the top spot in the East.
Minnesota Timberwolves +7000
The Timberwolves have been bad for a while now, but that’s meant some high draft picks.
Coupled with the haul brought in with the Kevin Love trade, and Minnesota is now a place where some of the top young talent in the NBA plays, with highly-touted Providence product Kris Dunn the latest addition to the fold.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: New York Knicks +7500
The league is dominated by super teams, and the Knicks are on their way to becoming one. The addition of Derrick Rose is huge, and there’s already talk of the team adding another superstar to join Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks could quickly become the top threat to the Cavaliers in a thin Eastern Conference.
The play: Knicks +7500
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Memphis Grizzlies +10000
The Grizzlies were a pushover in the postseason, but that’s because the team continues to be plagued by injuries. If they can avoid the injury bug, they’ll be in the NBA title conversation as much as any other team.
At a time when the rest of the league’s gone small, the Grizzlies play a tough brand of basketball anchored by a pair of bigs.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Indiana Pacers +12500
The Pacers were in the first year of a complete facelift this past season, and they still took the No. 2 seed Toronto Raptors to the brink in the opening round of the playoffs.
Paul George returned to elite status by the end of the season, and a full year of that will have Indiana in great shape next season.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Washington Wizards +12500
John Wall’s a heck of a player to build around, and Bradley Beal figures to be in for a bounce back season.
The Wizards have been angling for months to add Kevin Durant as a free agent, and that would make them immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The play: Grizzlies +10000
Here are the 2017 NBA title odds in their entirety:
- Golden State Warriors +180
- Cleveland Cavaliers +250
- Oklahoma City Thunder +800
- San Antonio Spurs +800
- Los Angeles Clippers +2000
- Boston Celtics +2500
- Miami Heat +3000
- Toronto Raptors +4000
- Atlanta Hawks +5000
- Chicago Bulls +5000
- Houston Rockets +7000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +7000
- New Orleans Pelicans +7000
- Los Angeles Lakers +7500
- New York Knicks +7500
- Portland Trail Blazers +7500
- Charlotte Hornets +10000
- Memphis Grizzlies +10000
- Utah Jazz +10000
- Dallas Mavericks +12500
- Denver Nuggets +12500
- Detroit Pistons +12500
- Indiana Pacers +12500
- Milwaukee Bucks +12500
- Orlando Magic +12500
- Philadelphia 76ers +12500
- Sacramento Kings +12500
- Washington Wizards +12500
- Phoenix Suns +30000
- Brooklyn Nets +50000
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