The National Basketball Association might be a country-specific event, yet its popularity across the world is astounding. Basketball enthusiasts know NBA players in every corner of the globe, and games are followed and tracked with the kind of excitement that is comparable to a select few international sports. Players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Shaq O'Neal are among the most respected and known sportsmen on the planet.
This makes basketball a favourite with bettors and multiple online sports betting options are available with offers galore that can lead to profitable returns. The new season of the NBA is just around the corner, and the pre-season games are already in play. Speculations on the possible winner are doing the rounds and bookmakers are eagerly awaiting to analyse the players and see their form. However, three teams have emerged as top contenders to win this year, each one having strong reasons for their possible victorious fate.
Golden State Warriors
The current champions are also the favourite among bookmakers when it comes to placing bets for the new season. With odds at -195 the Golden State Warriors will be aiming at winning their third consecutive championship, making the team a formidable force to reckon with. Ever since their first win in NBA Championships in 2014-15, the Warriors have wanted to go down in the history books. With an achievement like this lingering on the minds of the players, the team is bound to give in all they’ve got to stay as the dominating force in national basketball.
Even though the Celtics have not won the tournament since the 2007-08 season, they remain a solid team with odds of +500 in favour of them taking home the NBA 2019 trophy. Add to that the doubts over Golden State Warrior’s Durant and Curry’s health and the Celtics just might be able to come on top, should the two players miss out on games like they did last year.
Looking at the history of the Boston Celtics and they have been winning the championship off and on, but haven’t been able to achieve the kind of legendary winning streak they had in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Now with over a ten years gap, a championship win is desperately desired by the players, the management, and of course the fans.
When it comes to making comebacks and surprising the basketball world, the Huston Rockets always have something under their sleeves. Who can forget the phenomenal 13 points in 33 seconds by Tracy McGrady on December 9, 2014, a day and game that has done down in the history of basketball as one of the best comebacks ever? The bookmakers have high hopes when it comes to the Rockets winning the NBA 2019 title with odds at +850 for a win. Considering the four-player trade with the Phoenix Suns, it will be interesting to see how the two new players fit into the dynamics of the team and the overall effect their game is bound to have on the Rockets’ chance of lifting the coveted trophy.