Looking Towards the Future: 2019 NBA Update
After the Golden State Warriors’ complete and total domination of the NBA Finals fans are left wondering what will be next season. After the draft, are any other teams ready to compete or will the GSW three-peat their way into the basketball history books?
One of the easiest ways to get a bead on your favorite teams’ probabilities for the upcoming season is to check at the Las Vegas futures odds-boards. But to understand the probability, first, you need to know a little bit about how to bet on sports, namely the basketball.
If you haven’t already guessed, the Warriors are leading the pack again with odds of +120. So, what does this mean? It means that for every $100 wagered you would win $120, putting them at 1.2 to 1. Any number you see behind a + sign denotes the amount of money you would win should your bet cash.
With all of the free agency drama the odds have been pulled off the boards, but here are the top 10 favorite teams before the odds were yanked. This makes it more exciting when we find out where key player —eh hem … Lebron— end up and what the futures odds move too.
Last Known Odds on 2019 NBA Champions
Golden State: +120
Boston Celtics + 650
Los Angeles Lakers + 1400
San Antonio Spurs +2000
Cleveland Cavaliers +2500
Miami Heat +5000
New Orleans Pelicans +5000
Oklahoma City Thunder +5000
Implied Probability of These OddsGolden State: 45.5%
Boston Celtics 13.3%
Los Angeles Lakers 6.7%
San Antonio Spurs 4.8%
Cleveland Cavaliers 3.8%
Miami Heat 2.0%
New Orleans Pelicans 2.0%
Oklahoma City Thunder 2.0%
Top Free Agents & Kawhi
Teams have bolstered with fresh, young talent but there are still so many questions looming. The Spurs kept Kawhi Leonard, and there doesn’t seem to be any trading happening for the two-time defensive player of the year and Finals MVP. It is known that Leonard would prefer to get moved to the Lakers, but the Spurs have hinted at the fact that if a trade comes, they would prefer to push him towards an Eastern Conference team. Bu this just a hustling strategy to up Leonard’s price tag?
What about Lebron? I have a feeling he is going to LA. The Lakers we know where on the boards to be contenders … but suddenly they are the 5th in line to win the NBA Title? Hmmm… could the Lakers move for both Lebron and Kawhi?
Deandre Jordan is more than likely to follow in Griffin and CP3’s footsteps by jumping ship, Leaving the Clipper franchise in full-rebuild. But where would he fit in? He had long talks with the Mavericks before, and he would be a welcome defensive presence and veteran leader for that squad. But the Mavs would still be a long way away from title contention.
And what about Paul George? Will he actually stay in OKC? Doubtful. Melo has opted into his nearly 28 million dollar contract leaving exactly ZERO room on the Oklahoma City salary cap. So could, George try to find a ticket back home to LA as well?
Durant has verbally committed to another season in the Bay Area, and it is likely that the Rockets will retain CP3 but can they hang on to Clint Capela? I would like to think so. You have to think that Houston will be doing everything in their power to keep the 2018 nucleus together. And if they can, they will be the #1 contender to take down the Warriors. That is, unless Lebron, Kawhi, and Paul all end up on the Lakers … then things could get interesting.