Handicapping 2018 NBA Championship Lines & Futures
Looking for 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines & Handicapping Picks? The Golden State Warriors won their NBA Finals rubber match with the Cleveland Cavaliers just this week, and while their victory remains fresh in our minds, it’s time for alert bettors to ahead in search of their next payday.
Handicapping 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines
While NBA rosters will change in the coming months, it’s never too early for bettors to look into the future and use their predictive skills to take advantage of the options made available to them on the betting board.
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
As currently constructed, there’s no team as deep as the Warriors.
They’re going to deal with some issues in the offseason as they move out bench pieces, but as long as they keep their core four intact, they’ll remain the heavy favorite to repeat as champions.
But at their current price, there’s just no way of backing the Warriors this far out.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +400
While the Warriors’ path to the Finals goes through the West, the Cavaliers’ path through the Eastern Conference is far smoother. LeBron James has been to seven consecutive Finals, and it’s easy to envision him making that eight in a row.
The team’s front office will need to make some difficult calls this offseason in order to add some pieces to the puzzle, even if that means moving Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love, but they’ll remain in the mix for Eastern Conference supremacy as long as LeBron is around, regardless of his cast of supporting characters.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: San Antonio Spurs +1800
No team put a greater scare into the Warriors than the Spurs during the playoffs. San Antonio was in control of Game 1 of the West final until Kawhi Leonard went down, changing the complexion of the game, and the series.
Gregg Popovich won’t be resting much this offseason as he devises ways to stifle the Warriors.
The play: Cavaliers +400
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Houston Rockets +5000
The Rockets have a lot of pieces in place, and looked like they’d be a big threat to the Warriors in the postseason, but that never really game to be. Mike D’Antoni has proven to be a good fit for this team.
If they can add one or two pieces to supplement James Harden in the alpha role, they’ll be right alongside the West’s elite.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Milwaukee Bucks +6000
The Bucks have a starting five that can stand up side-by-side with any in the league if you include Greg Monroe in that unit.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is quickly becoming a star, a healthy Khris Middleton is one of the most underrated pieces in the Association, and the return of a healthy Jabari Parker have things looking up for the Bucks.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Washington Wizards +6000
The Wizards look awful good when everything’s going right. The backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal has proven more than capable of taking over games.
If they can make a splash in free agency and add a couple win-now players, look out.
The play: Bucks +6000
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Toronto Raptors +10000
The Raptors seem to constantly be teetering on the edge of blowing the whole thing up and rebuilding.
But as they near the end of Kyle Lowry’s contract, this could be the season in which general manager Masai Ujiri pushes his chips into the middle of the table.
He showed a willingness to supplement his core group a year ago with the addition of Serge Ibaka. Another similar move or two and the Raptors will return to being a legitimate threat in the East.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Minnesota Timberwolves +15000
There’s a lot of really good young talent on the Timberwolves roster, and they certainly didn’t bring in Tom Thibodeau for any reason other than to start competing now.
If some of these young stars on the roster can take a step forward together, Minnesota can be a really dangerous team in the near future.
2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Miami Heat +15000
Just about every major free agent or major trading piece has been tied to the Heat at one point or another in recent weeks.
Their odds are going to change dramatically, and those that want to back them need to get in now before the market adjusts.
The play: Raptors +10000
All 2018 NBA Gambling Future Lines
- Boston Celtics +2200
- Los Angeles Clippers +5000
- New Orleans Pelicans +10000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
- Philadelphia 76ers +10000
- Chicago Bulls +10000
- Denver Nuggets +15000
- Indiana Pacers +15000
- Memphis Grizzlies +15000
- Portland Trail Blazers +15000
- Utah Jazz +15000
- Los Angeles Lakers +20000
- Dallas Mavericks +25000
- Atlanta Hawks +30000
- Detroit Pistons +30000
- New York Knicks +30000
- Charlotte Hornets +50000
- Phoenix Suns +100000
- Brooklyn Nets +150000
- Orlando Magic +150000
- Sacramento Kings +150000
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