That was one heckuva introduction. The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but what kind of impact did LeBron’s moves make on the NBA Championship market? At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Cavs are now even-money favorites to win the Eastern Conference and 8/1 to win the title. 

They haven’t looked sharp at times, but Golden State remains the -200 favorite, followed by Houston at +300. The Warriors have a half-game lead over the Rockets for the league’s best record and home court advantage in the playoffs.

I’ll make a case for Milwaukee at 25/1 to win the Eastern Conference. Since firing Jason Kidd on January 22, the Bucks are 8-2. If Milwaukee can stay in the No. 4 or 5 seed, they would likely avoid the Cavs until the Eastern Conference final. They took Toronto to six games last year and proved that they can be a thorn in the Raptors’ side, if that’s how the matchups fall in a couple weeks. With another year of experience (plus a better coach), let’s see if the Bucks can take the next step.

Updated 2017-18 NBA Championship odds as of February 12, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

2017-18 NBA Championship Odds: Updated Feb. 12


Jay Richards

Freelance sports writer for a number of local, regional, and national outlets. Owner of a 2014-15 Ohio State National Championship ticket at 75-1. Thank you, Urban Meyer, for funding that vacation to the Bahamas. Proud Penn State graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders' Black Hole.

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