Handicapping NBA Championship Lines
Looking for 2017 NBA Gambling Futures Lines & Handicapping Picks? With the Western Conference Finals set to begin Sunday, and the final game of the East semifinals scheduled for Monday, we’re just about down to the final four teams that will determine this year’s champion.
Handicapping 2017 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
With the NBA Finals just around the corner, bettors are running out of time to use foresight in looking ahead to future matchups when playing the futures board.
Here’s a look at all five remaining teams with insight into their chances moving forward.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Golden State Warriors -250
Even before Kevin Durant’s decision to sign in Oakland, the NBA Finals were going to run through the Warriors. And after the sweeping their opponent in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs, absolutely nothing has changed in that regard.
Not only did the Warriors win in sweeps, but they were winning by big margins, which leaves little hope that anyone will be able to stand in their way.
With that said, the odds attached to them aren’t leaving any room for bettors to find value in backing the team that’s been the consensus favorite since before the season even started.
Stephen Curry hasn’t even really put his foot on the gas yet, so it’s kind of scary to think just how good the Warriors can be, but from a betting perspective, there just isn’t any way to justify backing a team at this price.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +240
The Eastern Conference has been kind to the Cavaliers, who are enjoying an extended break after back-to-back sweeps to open the postseason. Next up will be a cakewalk matchup against either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards.
If you’re looking for value, look no further than the Cavaliers, who will have the easiest possible path to a title of all remaining teams, regardless of their remaining matchups.
All of the concerns tied to the Cavaliers during the regular season have been an afterthought over the past month, and this break is only going to leave them in better position for another short series in the East final.
LeBron James is playing as well as he ever has, and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are proving to be valuable wingmen. Another quick series and the added rest that comes with it will be for the Cavaliers, who will need a fully healthy lineup for the Finals, but right now, no team offers more value among the final four squads.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: San Antonio Spurs +1200
The Spurs have been bringing back memories of San Antonio squads from past years, most notably Manu Ginobili’s heroics against the Houston Rockets.
The injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker put a damper on the team’s prospects entering the West final, but Leonard is expected to be a full-go in Game 1.
Coach Pop will need to be at his scheming best for the team to get by the Warriors, but he’s certainly someone capable of putting together a gameplan that will give the Warriors fits.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Boston Celtics +3300
The Celtics haven’t looked great at times during the postseason, but they’re still just one win away from where we expected them to be – an East final matchup with the Cavaliers.
Isaiah Thomas can take over a game like few others in the league right now, and if he’s able to take over a few fourth quarters, the Celtics can really strike fear into their opponents. With that said, they’re still a piece or two away from competing with the heavyweights in the Association.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Washington Wizards +7500
The Wizards have looked better during the postseason than they did for much of the regular season, and a lot of the credit for that goes to John Wall, who’s taken his game to a whole new level during the playoffs.
But Washington simply doesn’t stand a chance of winning a title this year. They’ve done well to make some noise and create some excitement in the nation’s capital, but there’s nothing for bettors to see here.
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