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  • Track 2019 NBA Championship odds for all 30 teams
  • See how the odds have changed throughout the season
  • View teams individually or compared to others trending in the same direction

The NBA season may only last from October to June, but you can wager on the team to win the NBA Finals all year long. With an 82-game season, every team’s championship odds experience some ebbs and flows to some extent – of course, Golden State will remain much steadier than Minnesota.

If you want to see these fluctuations, you’ve come to the right place. We have been tracking the championship odds for all 30 teams since they became available. The graphs below are generated by calculating the average from many of our most trusted sportsbooks.

NBA Top Contenders

The Lakers joined the party on June 15th when they became the favorites to sign LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. That Big 3 has since become a Big 1 as George resigned with OKC and Leonard was traded to the Raptors.

Top 5 Contenders (August 8, 2018)

Team Bovada Odds
Golden State Warriors -195
Boston Celtics +550
Los Angeles Lakers +800
Houston Rockets +850
Toronto Raptors +1400

The best way of predicting the future is to look back into the past. Here are some interesting trends to consider before making a wager:

  • The Western Conference has won seven of the last ten NBA championships
  • Five of the last ten NBA championships have been won by a team from the Pacific Division
  • LeBron James has been to the NBA Finals in each of the last eight seasons
  • Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series win the series 76% of the time
  • Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series win the series 94% of the time
  • Teams that win the first three games of a best-of-seven series win the series 100% of the time

 

NBA Average Opening Odds

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Warriors have been overwhelming favorites to win the NBA championship in each of the last two seasons.

Eastern Conference Top Contenders

The Celtics has seen their odds improve after adding center Robert Williams in the NBA Draft and re-signing rugged combo guard Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million deal.

Western Conference Top Contenders

The Warriors’ championship odds got even shorter on July 6th when the defending champs signed DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal. The four-time All-Star is still rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles and is expected to be ready to return to the court in the New Year.

NBA Teams that Have Never Won a Championship

Team Playoff Appearances
Phoenix Suns 29
Utah Jazz 27
Indiana Pacers 25
Denver Nuggets 24
Orlando Magic 14
Los Angeles Clippers 13
Toronto Raptors 10
Memphis Grizzlies 10
Minnesota Timberwolves 9
Oklahoma City Thunder 8
New Orleans Pelicans 7
Charlotte Hornets 7
Brooklyn Nets 3

No NBA team has endured a longer championship drought than the Kings, who have gone 67 years without hoisting the NBA’s top trophy. That isn’t likely to change anytime soon as Sacramento has finished below .500 in each of the last 12 seasons and are still in the midst of a seemingly endless rebuild.

Eastern Conference

 

Atlantic Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds


The Nets find themselves in familiar territory again, as they enter the 2018-19 season as serious longshots. Brooklyn hasn’t won a championship since entering the league, and finished dead last in the Atlantic Division last season, a full 31 games behind the Raptors.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Boston Celtics 17 21 2008 2010
Brooklyn Nets 0 0 N/A N/A
New York Knicks 2 8 1973 1999
Philadelphia 76ers 3 9 1983 2001
Toronto Raptors 0 0 N/A N/A

 

Central Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds

The Cavaliers had opening odds of +2500, but that could change in a hurry based upon LeBron James. The four-time MVP has the power to dramatically shift the NBA’s landscape by leaving Cleveland for the second time in his career. Brace yourself for the Decision 3.0.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Chicago Bulls 6 6 1998 1998
Cleveland Cavaliers 1 5 2016 2018
Detroit Pistons 3 7 2004 2005
Indiana Pacers 0 1 N/A 2000
Milwaukee Bucks 1 2 1971 1974

 

Southeast Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds

The Southeast Division was a race to the bottom in 2017-18 as the Magic and Hawks desperately tried to improve their draft standing. Both teams are still years away from championship contention but have the potential to inch towards respectability in 2018-19.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Atlanta Hawks 1 4 1958 1961
Charlotte Hornets 0 0 N/A N/A
Miami Heat 3 5 2013 2014
Orlando Magic 0 2 N/A 2009
Washington Wizards 1 4 1978 1979

 

Western Conference

 

Northwest Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds

No NBA division has produced fewer championships than the Northwest, whose lone title belongs to the 1977 Trail Blazers. Portland was a selfless, team-first squad led by Hall of Famer Bill Walton and bruising big man Maurice Lucas. They entered the playoffs as a distant third seed in the West and shocked the world by beating Dr. J and the heavily favored Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Denver Nuggets 0 0 N/A N/A
Minnesota Timberwolves 0 0 N/A N/A
Oklahoma City Thunder 0 1 N/A 2012
Portland Trail Blazers 1 3 1977 1992
Utah Jazz 0 2 N/A 1998

 

Pacific Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds

Any discussion about the Pacific Division begins with the Warriors, who enter the 2018-19 season as overwhelming favorites yet again. Golden State has won three of the last four titles and is perfectly positioned to become the first team in 17 years to pull off a three-peat.

The big question isn’t so much if the Warriors will reach the Finals again, but rather who they’ll face. Are Boston and Philadelphia ready to contend after promising seasons in 2018-19? Will the Raptors finally get over the hump under the direction of new head coach Nick Nurse? Can LeBron James lead a new team to the promised land? One thing is clear: the Warriors will be ready to meet (and beat) all comers once the Finals begin.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Golden State Warriors 6 10 2018 2018
Los Angeles Clippers 0 0 N/A N/A
Los Angeles Lakers 16 31 2010 2010
Phoenix Suns 0 2 N/A 1993
Sacramento Kings 1 1 1951 1951

 

Southwest Division 2019 NBA Championship Odds

When you think of the Spurs, the first word that comes to mind is “consistency.” San Antonio has reached the playoffs in each of the last 21 seasons and has won six conference titles and five NBA championships during that time.

It begins at the top with Gregg Popovich, who creates an atmosphere of trust with all of his players, and it continues to every member of the organization. It’s no wonder that former Spurs assistants like Mike Budenholzer, Alvin Gentry, and Brett Brown are now successful coaches in their own right, and that current assistants like Becky Hammon and Ettore Messina are frequently considered for the league’s top jobs.

Team NBA Championships Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Dallas Mavericks 1 2 2011 2011
Houston Rockets 2 4 1995 1995
Memphis Grizzlies 0 0 N/A N/A
New Orleans Pelicans 0 2 N/A N/A
San Antonio Spurs 5 6 2014 2014

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There are many things our Brand and Content Manager credits to sports: knowing his multiples of seven, his love for chicken wings, and his unceasing will to win. It didn't take many Sundays on the couch for the passion and competitiveness to blossom. Before landing at SBD, Matt was hosting and producing a sports show on local TV.