Despite having the fifth best regular season record in the NBA, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are +220 co-favorites with the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship. Golden State finished with far and away the best regular season mark going 67-15, seven games better than any other team and 11 finer than any from the fiercer Western Conference. They completed the season with 14 further wins than their co-favorites.
Despite winning back-to-back championships and five since 2003, the San Antonio Spurs are not getting the respect their resume dictates as they are +400. The main rationale is they are involved in one of the most intriguing first-round matchups ever against the Los Angeles Clippers. LA enters the postseason having won seven straight games and 14 of their last 15. However, the Spurs are 21-4 straight up the last 25.
The Chicago Bulls, with a rusty Derrick Rose back are +1,500. The Atlanta Hawks can certainly ride the “no respect” card. In the face of finishing with the second best record in the NBA, Atlanta is +1600. The brutal aforementioned meeting the Spurs notwithstanding, the Clippers are +1,800.
In spite of having the most dominant player in the NBA (according to ESPN’s Hollinger Stats) the New Orleans Pelicans are the biggest long shot from the Western Conference at +15,000. Although they would have presumed easier roads to the NBA Finals, the slimmest chances are giving to three Eastern Conference squads: Boston at +25,000 and Brooklyn and Milwaukee each at +30,000.
Others: Houston +2500, Memphis +3000, Dallas +5550, Portland and Toronto each at +7500, and Washington +8500.
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