2018 NBA Championship Odds Tracker
- Look back at the NBA Championship odds for all 30 teams during the 2017-18 season
- See how the odds changed throughout the year
- View teams individually or compared to others trending in the same direction
- See current NBA Championship odds
The 2017-18 NBA season ended not with a bang, but a whimper as the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second straight championship. Take a look back at how the season unfolded by viewing our complete selection of graphs and tables below. All odds were generated by calculating the average from many of our most trusted sportsbooks.
NBA Top Contenders Odds
Since July 5th, a week after the Rockets acquired Chris Paul from the Clippers, the same three teams have stood above the rest in NBA Championship odds: Golden State, Cleveland, and Houston.
Entering the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers have jumped both the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder for the fifth-shortest odds in the NBA. It’s a product of their 16-game winning streak heading into the postseason, and their rather easy path to the Eastern Conference Finals – they see Miami in the first-round and then either an injury-riddled Boston Celtics squad or the one-man Milwaukee Bucks in the conference semifinals, avoiding having to play both Toronto and Cleveland.
Eastern Conference Playoff Teams
The Boston Celtics are the only team in the East whose average odds to win the 2018 NBA Championship got longer since our last update on March 27th. This is a result of Kyrie Irving being lost for the rest of the season, and a likely second-round matchup with the red-hot 76ers.
Western Conference Playoff Teams
March 27th marked the first time you could get plus-odds with the Golden State Warriors, and their average odds have continued getting longer, now at +120.
San Antonio and Portland also saw their odds get a little longer since our last update. The former is a product of Kawhi Leonard not returning to the Spurs for the postseason and a first-round meeting with the defending champs; the latter is simply a result of the Blazers cooling off a little over the final stretch of the regular season, losing four of their last five.
Eastern Conference Teams
Atlantic Division Odds
In spite of leading the Atlantic for nearly the entire season, the Toronto Raptors still possessed longer odds to win the NBA Championship than the Boston Celtics until February 19th.
Central Division Odds
Although their play has wavered all season, betting sites refused to make any drastic moves with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ odds to win the NBA Championship. This is what’s referred to as the LeBron James factor.
Southeast Division Odds
The Southeast has arguably been the worst division in basketball. The Washington Wizards opened the year with reasonable average odds to win the NBA Championship, but the absence of John Wall for half of the season has resulted in the Wizards being an afterthought in the East.
Western Conference Teams
Northwest Division Odds
The Northwest has been the most competitive division in the Association this year. They occupy the third, fourth, fifth, and eighth seeds in the West. And outside of Oklahoma City, betting sites had at one point written off all the other members.
Pacific Division Odds
It was hardly worth making a graph for this division. The most interesting page of this graph is the isolated Warriors tab.
Southwest Division Odds
The San Antonio Spurs were providing some competition in the Southwest up until the calendar flipped to 2018 and there were serious doubts about whether Kawhi Leonard would be able to return this season.