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2019 NBA Championship Odds: December Update

Every team in the NBA has played at least 25 games, putting one-third of the regular season schedule in the rearview mirror, so here’s a look at the updated 2019 NBA championship odds.

With the league’s Christmas Day showcase just two weeks out, basketball fans are anxiously awaiting a holiday slate stacked with NBA title contenders. The five games waiting under the tree this year will feature eight teams – the Warriors, Lakers, Rockets, Thunder, Jazz, Bucks, 76ers, and Celtics – currently listed among the Top 10 in online sportsbook Bovada’s 2019 NBA championship odds.

From their opening numbers in July, through the first month of the regular season in November, futures betting lines on hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy shifted dramatically.

Another month has passed since the last odds update, so strap in for a second look at how the NBA’s championship hierarchy stacks up.

Warriors Withstand Injuries as Rockets Crash, Thunder Rolls

By this point, every basketball bettor on the planet knows the Golden State Warriors (19-9) are the odds-on favorite to win their third consecutive title, and the fourth in a five-year span.

The Dubs opened the year as massive (-175) favorites on the 2019 NBA championship odds, with the number sliding to (-155) and stabilizing there. Golden State hasn’t boasted the usual air of invincibility in 2018, thanks in large part to a precautionary plan of action regarding Steph Curry’s injured groin.

The superstar shooting sensation missed 10 games – over which the Warriors went 4-6 – but since his return on December 1, Curry has been the team’s leading scorer in three of four consecutive wins. Assuming he stays healthy, and Kevin Durant continues his run as the best second fiddle in league history, Golden State deserves to be so far ahead of its closest competitor in the Western Conference.

That competitor, according to their (+1500) odds at least, is a Houston Rockets (11-14) team that currently finds itself struggling simply to reach the .500 mark.

Offseason adjustments to a roster that won the West last year have proven to be disastrous, and thus far, head coach Mike D’Antoni has failed to stop the bleeding. The Rockets have lost three in a row, and seven of their last 10, with only the atrocious Phoenix Suns (4-23) between them and the conference’s basement.

Houston opened at (+750) but has since seen their 2019 NBA championship odds swell by double in the midst of a disappointing campaign.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (17-8) technically lead the West based on win percentage, and they even have a road win at Oakland to hang their hat on. But the oddsmakers aren’t believers just yet, as Russell Westbrook and Co. are tabbed at (+2100) to take the title.

That number is much improved from opening odds of (+5500), but Oklahoma City is still well behind LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (17-10) – who are (+1600) longshots in their own right.

Raptors Rising on 2019 NBA Championship Odds, While Celtics Slide

The Boston Celtics (16-10) were supposed to be shoe-ins out East, what with King James departing for tinsel town, but they limped to a lackluster 10-10 start.

Six straight wins have solved those early troubles, but Boston’s title odds continue to drop, sliding to (+950) after opening at (+600).

Conversely, the arrival of Kawhi Leonard in Toronto has turned the Raptors (21-7) into world-beaters. After opening as big-time (+4500) longshots to win the Finals, Toronto now owns the NBA’s best record and (+750) odds – second only to Golden State.

From the looks of it, Toronto will be battling the Milwaukee Bucks (18-8) for the East’s top seed, as Giannis Antetokounmpo has blossomed from “Greek Freak” to MVP candidate.

Oddsmakers weren’t very high on Milwaukee entering the year, as evidenced by (+5500) opening odds, but the Bucks have proved their doubters wrong en route to an improved (+2000) price.

Team 2019 NBA Title Odds on 12/11/2018 2019 NBA Title Odds on 11/9/2018 Opening Odds on 7/3/2018
Golden State Warriors -155 -155 -175
Toronto Raptors +750 +800 +4500
Boston Celtics +950 +800 +600
Houston Rockets +1500 +1200 +750
Philadelphia 76ers +1500 +2000 +1200
Los Angeles Lakers +1600 +2500 +750
Milwaukee Bucks +2000 +1600 +5500
Oklahoma City Thunder +2100 +3500 +5500
Denver Nuggets +4000 +3000 +6000
Los Angeles Clippers +5500 +10000 +12500
Utah Jazz +5500 +4000 +6000
New Orleans Pelicans +6500 +5000 +7000
San Antonio Spurs +6500 +5000 +5000
Detroit Pistons +7000 +8000 +10000
Indiana Pacers +7500 +7000 +7000
Memphis Grizzlies +8500 +20000 +30000
Portland Trailblazers +9000 +6000 +10000
Charlotte Hornets +9500 +8000 +25000
Dallas Mavericks +10000 +35000 +12500
Minnesota Timberwolves +10000 +10000 +7000
Washington Wizards +10000 +12500 +10000
Miami Heat +12500 +9000 +6000
Orlando Magic +12500 +15000 +15000
Sacramento Kings +15000 +15000 +15000
Brooklyn Nets +35000 +35000 +25000
New York Knicks +50000 +50000 +9000
Atlanta Hawks +100000 +35000 +20000
Chicago Bulls +100000 +30000 +25000
Phoenix Suns +100000 +50000 +8000
Cleveland Cavaliers +200000 +100000 +8000