Looking for 2017 NBA Finals Lines & Picks? The NBA season is just about three weeks old, and all eyes remain on the clear top two teams in the game as fans eye a potential third consecutive matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. While that may be the most likely outcome, bettors looking for value will need to examine the entire betting board to find a team which gives them the best value for their dollar.
Handicapping 2017 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
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 -120
There have been some understandable growing pains for the Warriors. They’re working a megastar into a lineup that won an NBA record 73 games last season, and has been the to the NBA Finals in consecutive years.
You’ve got to believe Steve Kerr will have them all on the same page come playoff time, and injuries aren’t a huge concern as they’ll still have the deepest starting lineup even with a serious injury.
The lack of a true rim protector is a concern, and Andrew Bogut’s absence is very apparent.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +300
LeBron James has been to the NBA Finals in each of the last six seasons, and in the still down Eastern Conference, a seventh consecutive trip appears to be in the cards.
The Cavaliers are looking strong in the early going, and it’s just a matter of time before they start budgeting LeBron and Co.’s minutes in preparation for the postseason.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Los Angeles Clippers +1000
With the San Antonio Spurs struggling out of the gate, the Clippers are the de facto No. 1 contender in the quest for the Warriors’ crown. The Clippers will need to avoid the kind of injuries that crippled the team in last year’s playoffs.
The Clippers are the last Western Conference team to beat the Warriors in a playoff series.
The play: Cavaliers +300
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Atlanta Hawks +5000
The Hawks aren’t feeling the loss of Al Horford very much, with Dwight Howard stepping in and piling up rebounds and efficient field goals.
The Hawks already have a win over the Cavaliers under their belt in the early going.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Boston Celtics +5000
The Celtics haven’t been able to put their best foot forward in the early going this season, with Kelly Olynyk just recently returning from injury, and Al Horford sidelined himself by a concussion.
This is the best group of players Brad Stevens has had the privilege of coaching in the NBA.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Houston Rockets +5000
The Rockets have started fast thanks to the Beard, as James Harden is making the case that he’s been playing out of position all along, while also throwing his hat into the ring in the best player in basketball conversation.
The play: Celtics +5000
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Oklahoma City Thunder +7500
No single player would like to see the Warriors in the postseason with the same ferocity as Russell Westbrook.
There may also not be a single player so uniquely capable of knocking off the Warriors single-handedly like the UCLA product.
2017 NBA Finals Lines: Memphis Grizzlies +12500
The Grizzlies have had some good runs at prominence derailed by injuries in recent years.
In an era in which defense is at a premium, the team’s decision to go left while others go right puts them in an interesting position in which they can give opponents a different look than they’re used to in a seven game series.
Minnesota Timberwolves +12500
Tom Thibodeau knows how to get the best out of his players, and there’s a lot of talent in Minnesota these days.
If all that young talent can mature quickly under his guidance, the Timberwolves will be a team no one wants to face come playoff time.
The play: Thunder +7500
Here are the 2017 NBA title odds in their entirety:
- Golden State Warriors -120
- Cleveland Cavaliers +300
- Los Angeles Clippers +1000
- San Antonio Spurs +1000
- Atlanta Hawks +5000
- Boston Celtics +5000
- Houston Rockets +5000
- Toronto Raptors +5000
- Charlotte Hornets +7500
- Oklahoma City Thunder +7500
- Utah Jazz +7500
- Chicago Bulls +10000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- Portland Trail Blazers +10000
- Memphis Grizzlies +12500
- Minnesota Timberwolves +12500
- New York Knicks +12500
- Detroit Pistons +15000
- Miami Heat +15000
- Milwaukee Bucks +15000
- Washington Wizards +15000
- Dallas Mavericks +30000
- Denver Nuggets +30000
- Los Angeles Lakers +30000
- Orlando Magic +30000
- Sacramento Kings +30000
- New Orleans Pelicans +50000
- Brooklyn Nets +100000
- Philadelphia 76ers +100000
- Phoenix Suns +100000
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