Who is going to win the 2018-19 NBA Championship? |
With the NBA season slowly creeping up on us, which franchises are in the best shape to compete this year?
The main talking point of the off-season was the drama surrounding where LeBron James would be plying his trade for the new season. After months of speculation, it was announced that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and would sign a multi-million dollar deal with LA Lakers. But will this make them the team to beat?
Golden State Warriors
Last seasonís NBA champions will be looking to become the first champions to regain their crown twice. Warriors dominated last campaign with MVP Kevin Durant stealing the show in the finals against Jamesí Cavaliers.
Warriorís chances were improved after Durant renewed his contract in July and committed his immediate future to Golden State. His record over the last two play-offs is second to none, scoring an average of at least 28.5 points at that stage; farthing evidence that he is the best big-game player in the league.
Betway offers online basketball betting with latest odds on all NBA games, as well as offering prices on outright NBA Champions with Golden State the current favourites at 4/7.
Boston will be looking to build on last seasonís campaign which was derailed by the injury to Kyrie Irving at a pivotal period of the season. Fans will be hoping they can keep Irving fit for the entire season enabling them to challenge for the top honours.
Australian native Irving should be fit for the opening fixtures of the season. Ever since leaving Cleveland, his star has been shining more and more. This would have been his long term goal after making it clear that he was leaving the Cavs to step out of Jamesí shadow.
Last seasonís play-off defeat to the Cavs will be used as incentive to go a step further this season, narrowly losing 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Currently on Betway, they are 13/2 to achieve NBA glory.
The most excited of all fans heading into the new campaign would be the Lakers. Boasting the ever-green LeBron James, they will be full of optimism and expectation for the upcoming year. James opted out of renewing his Cavs contract enabling him to become a free agent.
On July 1st it was announced that he would be heading to Los Angeles on a four-year contract worth $154 million. According to reports, head coach Luke Walton and James have common goals for the season and see eye-to-eye on how the team should be playing. These reports surfaced in early July after the pair were pictured together in Las Vegas.
Betway odds support the fact that James normally brings success with him, with prices for LA Lakers to win the NBA Championship at 9/1.
Last seasonís runners up ran Golden State close in the play off finals. Following the departure of James as a free agent, hopes of Cavs fans is not sky high. They are not in the greatest position and much will depend on how freshmen, Collin Sexton fairs making the jump from University of Alabama to the NBA.
There will be additional pressure on Kevin Love who has recently signed a multi-million dollar contract extension which was a priority following Jamesí departure. Love was a vocal point in their narrow defeat in the play-offs last season as he scored 21 points and 13 rebounds in game one of the series.
Cleveland are not heavily fancied by fans and the online sports betting website Betway alike. They are currently priced very highly at 125/1 to win the NBA championship.