NBA Title Futures (06/18/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Odds to win the 2016 NBA Championship. Odds courtesy of

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the NBA Finals for the franchise's first title since 1975 but the Cavs are the odds-on-favorite to win next season.

Cleveland is listed at 3/1 followed by Golden State at 5/1.

Oklahoma City missed the playoffs this year but have the third best odds (7/1) to win it all next season with two of the league's brightest young stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, expected to be healthy throughout the season.

Fred Hoiberg has been named Chicago's new Head Coach. Tom Thibodeau's replacement got a pretty sweet gig as the Bulls are 10/1 to win the title, the second best odds in the East.

The Clippers have a new logo and uniforms but will it translate to playoff success? The oddsmakers think the Clips are legit title contenders at 10/1.

Poor Tim Duncan lost $20 million to a financial adviser but said that would not influence his decision to return for a 19th NBA season. At 10/1 odds, the Spurs are priced assuming Duncan comes back.

Sooner or later the Lakers and Knicks will return to relevance but it won't be this season. The Kobe's are listed at 66/1 and the Phil Jackson's team is a 100/1 to win the championship.

Philadelphia's rebuild took a turn for the worse when it was announced that center Joel Embiid's foot is not healing as anticipated. The Sixers are 250/1 longshots to have a title run in 2016.

2016 NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers 3/1
Golden State Warriors 5/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 7/1
Chicago Bulls 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Houston Rockets 18/1
Atlanta Hawks 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Indiana Pacers 33/1
Miami Heat 33/1
New Orleans Pelicans 33/1
Portland Trailblazers 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Boston Celtics 50/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Brooklyn Nets 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 250/1
Orlando Magic 250/1
Philadelphia 76ers 250/1