Handicapping 2018 NBA Championship Lines & Futures
Looking for 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines & Handicapping Picks? The NBA season gets underway this week, leaving forward-thinking bettors one final opportunity to cash in on the edges they’ve found in offseason developments.
Handicapping 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have been staples of the Finals over the past three seasons, but new super teams emerged this season, presenting new opportunities for bettors to put down their money with confidence.
Here’s a look at three favorites, three longshots, and three teams from the middle of the pack, with a recommended play from each category:
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Golden State Warriors -200
The Golden State Warriors are coming off their second title in three years, and there’s no reason to expect this machine to slow down.
The Warriors possess what may be the most dominant group of four All-Stars ever assembled in the history of the league, and their system is more developed than most of their competitors.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +500
The Cavaliers underwent some changes in the offseason, and it’s tough to look at those moves and honestly say the team got any better.
Nevertheless, they still have LeBron James, who’s been the human cheat code to winning the East for the better part of a decade.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Boston Celtics +1200
The Celtics added some pieces in the offseason, and finally have the star power they’ve been lacking under Brad Stevens.
Defense is still going to be an issue, but they now have the horses to compete with the other elite teams in the league.
The play: Celtics +1200
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: San Antonio Spurs +1500
Under Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have been a perennial contender, and things won’t be any different this season. Keeping Kawhi Leonard healthy for the playoffs will be key.
And it sounds like they’ve found a way to better use their star power forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, and that should be a scary thought for opponents.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Oklahoma City Thunder +1700
The Thunder got MVP Russell Westbrook some reinforcements in the offseason in the form of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
If those two can buy into the system in a hurry and egos don’t get in the way, this team has the potential to be a top-four team in the loaded West.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Houston Rockets +2700
The Rockets made a major splash in the offseason when they added Chris Paul to play alongside James Harden in the backcourt. If those two can figure out a ballhandling split that they can both be happy with, this team has the potential to be elite.
The play: Rockets +2700
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Minnesota Timberwolves +4000
The Timberwolves are a team on the rise and a hot pick to be the team that crashes the party in the West and supplants one of the top four seeds.
The team was already moving into the elite conversation with the development of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins acclimating themselves to Tom Thibodeau’s gameplan, but the addition of Thibodeau-favorite Jimmy Butler in the offseason has fast forwarded that process.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Washington Wizards +5000
The easiest course to a surprise Finals appearance is definitely in the East, and after the big two teams in that conference, the next one on the list that can offer some real value is the Wizards.
A year ago, Washington was within a shot or two of the Eastern Conference Finals as John Wall and Bradley Beal returned to their elite form. A trade deadline acquisition would certainly make things a lot easier on the front court.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: New Orleans Pelicans +15000
At a different time in league history, the Pelicans would be the team to beat in the league with a dynamic duo of big men.
The addition of DeMarcus Cousins to play alongside Anthony Davis looks a lot better on paper than it did on the court a year ago. But some better guard play could vault this team up the Western Conference standings.
The play: Wizards +5000
All 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines
- Milwaukee Bucks +7000
- Philadelphia 76ers +7000
- Toronto Raptors +10000
- Miami Heat +12500
- Denver Nuggets +15000
- Los Angeles Clippers +15000
- Portland Trail Blazers +15000
- Utah Jazz +20000
- Los Angeles Lakers +26000
- Memphis Grizzlies +30000
- Detroit Pistons +35000
- Charlotte Hornets +40000
- Dallas Mavericks +45000
- New York Knicks +50000
- Phoenix Suns +50000
- Sacramento Kings +75000
- Indiana Pacers +100000
- Atlanta Hawks +200000
- Brooklyn Nets +200000
- Chicago Bulls +250000
- Orlando Magic +250000
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