Written by: Rex This entry was posted on Friday, July 21st, 2017
The defending champions will waltz into the new season with the shortest odds to win the championship again. At a price dancing around -200 in most sportsbooks, the Warriors are at a point where they have a shot at staging a dynasty, having emerged champions twice in the last three seasons. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant all in the fold, this group just seems unstoppable as of the moment. They’re undoubtedly the team to beat.
The Cavs, who are +400 to win it all, still haven’t made a significant move this offseason. They’ve acquired an NBA corpse in Jose Calderon but there’s no one who thinks the Spaniard is the team’s key in taking down the Warriors should they meet again in the finals. But the exodus of top-tier talents from the East to the West has made it even more easier for LeBron James and the Cavs to wreak havoc in the conference they’ve already had ruled without breaking much sweat last season.
The Rockets are among the winners this summer as they’ve acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers to form a fantastic backcourt tandem with James Harden. With odds of around +1,500 to take home the Larry O’Brien, the Rockets are hoping that move is enough to threaten the Warriors in the Western Conference. With Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon still with the team, the Rockets basically return most of the weapons that made them one of the most dangerous offensive teams last season.
They won the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes but is that enough for them to change the script in the East and take LeBron and the Cavs off their throne? In any case, the Celtics should be a team to watch with Hayward joining forces with Isaiah Thomas and rookie Jayson Tatum, who has wowed people in the Summer League. The Celtics are priced +900 to bring the franchise’s 18th NBA championship this season.
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