We’re getting close to the end of the 2018-19 regular season in the National Basketball Association, and the Golden State Warriors, despite a rough week, remain the heavy favorites to take home another Larry O’Brien Trophy as league champions at the end of the postseason. They had lost six of ten before going down to Houston and dousing a red-hot Rockets team, winning a 106-104 nailbiter. The Eastern Conference has a number of intriguing teams, most notably Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, and Denver, Houston and Oklahoma City are all solid contenders in the West. But can anyone stop Curry, Durant & Company? Take a look at the latest betting odds to win 2019 NBA championship as well as our perspective on some of the contenders.
Updated 2019 NBA Championship Odds – March 14th Edition
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) 11 de marzo de 2019
- Golden State Warriors -210
- Toronto Raptors +850
- Milwaukee Bucks +950
- Houston Rockets +1100
- Philadelphia 76ers +1400
- Boston Celtics +1600
- Denver Nuggets +2500
- Oklahoma City Thunder +2800
- Los Angeles Lakers +5000
- San Antonio Spurs +6000
- Utah Jazz +6600
- Indiana Pacers +9000
- Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers +10000
- Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat +12500
- Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic +15000
- Sacramento Kings +17500
- Washington Wizards +20000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +30000
- New Orleans Pelicans +100000
- Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies +150000
- Atlanta Hawks +200000
- Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers +500000
The Raptors did pull off a sweet deal when they traded for Marc Gasol. Given the fact that Kawhi Leonard may or may not return, getting Gasol shows the Raptors’ commitment to winning now. Toronto has gone 27-7 straight up at home, and their starting lineup could wreak havoc on Golden State in a series. Gasol can shoot from the outside and also defend the rim, which will help them get out of the East. The challenge for the Raptors will be stopping the Warriors from behind the arc. They are in the top ten in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage permitted and attempts permitted, but a seven-game series is a gauntlet.
The Celtics came into the season predicted to win the East, maybe even rolling to 60 victories. After all, they pushed the East finals last year to seven games without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. However, even with both of them back (to some degree), they are almost certain not even to win the Atlantic Division. They only won 17 of their first 34 road games this year, so while their average margin per game has gone up by six points over last year, chemistry issues are keeping the team from finishing like they should. Case in point: this past week saw them demolish Golden State on the road in a rout — and then go down the coast and get routed by the Clippers.
They won 27 of their first 32 games at home straight up, and they have the toughest player to guard in Giannis Antetokounmpo. If they keep winning, they could have home court advantage in the NBA Finals, and their building is even more raucous than Oracle Arena. Giannis only shoots 24.8 percent from downtown, and that will need to improve in the postseason. However, the Bucks are also tops in the league in opponent field goal percentage, and they are also tops with a +9.1 point differential per game. They went to Golden State and won earlier this season, showing that they don’t have any fear of the Warriors’ home floor.
The 76ers added Tobias Harris to the mix and, at least on paper, has the best starting five in the Eastern Conference, if not the NBA. Harris is a great shoot-first guard and should fit well with pass-first Ben Simmons in running the Sixers’ attack. Jimmy Butler has been upset because his scoring average has dropped to 18.8 points per game, with the Philadelphia offense not involving him as much, and the danger that could bring to team chemistry is an issue that could keep the Sixers from rolling to the NBA Finals.