So much of Las Vegas and Offshore futures are dependent on perception. The Cavaliers futures in the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season are more about what the club did last season rather than what they have done so far this season. Odds to Win 2018 National Basketball Association Championship (Jan 24).
Last year’s NBA campaign (2016-17) saw the Cavaliers win 51 games. In addition Cleveland advanced to the NBA finals representing the Eastern Conference. As is the case in all sports tournaments the best teams don’t always win. In truth the more capable franchise doesn’t always advance to the championship round. Last year’s Cavs were not one of the two best teams in the NBA. And as of this report they are not even a top-5 2017-18 team overall.
The Golden State Warriors easily defeated Cleveland in the finals a year ago. And while the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets reside in the West and under the current Association guidelines could not face the Warriors in the finals the Boston Celtics won more games than the Cavaliers and were a better team. The Spurs, Rockets and Celtics all won more games last season than did Cleveland.
Tuesday night’s loss to the San Antonio spurs offers evidence of just how dysfunctional the current Cleveland troop is. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points in the win and San Antonio was starting a new point guard in Dejounte Murray. The newest addition to the Spurs starting five, Murray, scored 19 points, 10 rebounds and registered seven steals in a 114-102 San Antonio victory. Murray has taken over at point guard from future Hall of Famer Tony Parker.
In a backup capacity Parker added 14 points off the bench. The Spurs led by as many as 14 points in a game that they were a home underdog. San Antonio outshot Cleveland 52 percent to 47.4 percent in the first half, 50 percent to 48.6 percent overall and played with primarily their second rotation. The Spurs played without forwards Kawhi Leonard (rehab from an offseason quad injury), Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), center Pau Gasol (right wrist) and reserve guard Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion).
Most of the Vegas and Offshore Sportsbooks still have Cleveland at the top of the Eastern Conference futures. The Las Vegas Superbook, Westgate, has Cleveland at 4-to-5 odds to win the East. At press time of this NBA futures report the Cavaliers have the third best record in the East six-games behind Boston and only four-games away from being out of the playoff picture completely.
A complete list of teams, opening and current odds to win 2017-18 NBA, Eastern and Western Conference Championships are provided by WestGate of Las Vegas.
Odds to Win 2018 National Basketball Association Championship (Jan 24)