The 2015-16 NBA season gets underway on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Here is a list of the betting odds for teams to win the NBA Championship in 2016. Surprisingly, the Golden State Warriors are not the favorite to win this season and repeat as NBA Champs.
The Warriors are not even the second favorite in the betting odds to win it all again. That is a little surprising considering the Warriors are still a relatively young team and the only real player gone from the roster this year is David Lee who did not contribute much last year. The NBA season is a grind and and the team left standing at the end is often the team that avoids injuries and has youth on its side.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers – 14/5 odds
At odds of 14 to 5 to 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the betting favorites to win the 2016 NBA Championship. The Cavaliers made the NBA Finals last year but without injured Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving they fell to the Golden State Warriors in six games. If you are going to bet the Cavaliers to win this year you are counting on the team being healthy but that’s already a question mark with LeBron James having received a lower-back injection.
2. San Antonio Spurs – 4 to 1
The San Antonio Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West as free agents in the off season and the team is the second choice in the betting to win the 2016 NBA Championship at odds of 4 to 1. Gone from last year’s team are Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli, two big role players on the team but adding LaMarcus Aldridge certainly upgrades the Spurs roster.
3. Golden State Warriors – 5 to 1
The Golden State Warriors are 5 to 1 odds to repeat as NBA Champions this season. With Steph Curry (age 26) and Klay Thompson (25 years ols) just entering their prime, the Warriors are certainly a huge threat to win numerous NBA Championships going forward.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder – 8 to 1
Kevin Durant is supposedly perfectly healthy for the 2015-16 NBA season. The chances of the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the 2016 NBA Championship are totally dependent on the health of Kevin Durant who is still just 27 years old. At that age Durant should be able to go right back to be a scoring machine in the NBA.
5. Los Angeles Clippers – 13 to 1
It’s doubtful that the addition of 38 year old Paul Pierce will get the Clippers over the hump and to an NBA Championship. Still the team has top talent with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Lance Stepehenson was awful last year in Charlotte. If he plays back to 2014 it would certainly help the Clippers but can he?
6. Houston Rockets – 20 to 1
Does James Harden have enough help for the Rockets to win the NBA title this season? It would help if rookies Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell develop but the Rockets really need Dwight Howard to step up and play big time this year to win it all.
7. Chicago Bulls – 22 to 1
Derrick Rose has not played a full season for the Chicago Bulls since 2011. He played in 51 games last season which was the most since 2011. It’s hard to bet on a team to win a championship who is so dependent on one player who tends to get hurt all the time.
8. Memphis Grizzlies – 35 to 1
The biggest problem with the Grizzlies is who will do all the scoring in crunch time during the playoffs? It’s hard to win a title without a real solid go-to guy in the playoffs. If you believe Marc Gasol is that guy then the Grizzlies have a chance otherwise forget it.
9. Miami Heat – 40 to 1
Unless Dwyane Wade has a resurgence at age 33, it’s hard to see the Miami Heat winning the NBA Championship in 2016. Goran Dragic played well for the Heat after the trade last year and Chris Bosh is back but the Heat would need everything to go right this year to contend for a title.
10. New Orleans Pelicans – 45 to 1
Anthony Davis certainly has the talent to win a NBA Championship. But do the Pelicans have enough talent around him to win in 2016? Probably not but there’s always the chance the team can make a big trade during the season to get that talent.
11. Atlanta Hawks – 50 to 1
Considering the Atlanta Hawks won 60 games last season and were the top seed in the East in the playoffs, they are getting no respect here at 50 to 1 odds. With that in mind, though, the Hawks would probably need something like Tim Hardaway, Jr. developing into a dependable clutch scorer for them to win the NBA Championship in 2016.
T-12. Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks – 60 to 1 odds each
Can Jabari Parker return and be a top player for the Bucks this season? The team did well and made the playoffs last year without him for most of the season so winning a NBA title probably rests on the answer to the question for Milwaukee. The Pacers probably don’t have the overall talent to win it all this year.
14. Washington Wizards – 65 to 1
The Washington Wizards have all the parts to win a championship except for the one go-to guy in crunch time. John Wall can be that guy but, he’s got the talent, but will he ever be that guy? If you think he can be that guy this season then 65 to 1 odds look good for the Wizards this year.
15. Toronto Raptors – 75 to 1
The Raptors are another good team that just seems to be missing the one key piece to win a NBA Championship. Until they get that piece it’s hard to see Toronto wining a title. Terrence Ross is just 24 years old and he has already scored 51 points in a game but his career average is just 9.1 points per game.
16. Dallas Mavericks – 120 to 1
The Dallas Mavericks were already too old and adding 31 year old Deron Williams is unlikely to get them a NBA Championship in 2016. Dirk Nowitzki’s best chance to win another NBA Championship is probably with another team other than the Dallas Mavericks. Like in a trade this season to a contender but that probably would never happen.
17. Boston Celtics – 125 to 1
The Boston Celtics are certainly headed in the right direction. To win a title in 2016, though, the Celtics would need Isaiah Thomas to play out of his mind this season. That’s not out of the question since Thomas is just 26 years old and entering his prime.
18. Utah Jazz – 150 to 1
The Jazz could surprise some people this season as their young talent develops. Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Trey Lyles, Dante Exum and even Gordon Heyward have plenty of room to develop. They can’t win a title this season but the Jazz might challenge for a playoff spot if all goes right.
19. Los Angeles Lakers – 175 to 1
Even with Kobe Bryant back and healthy the Lakers only real shot this season rests with how fast D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Jr. and Julius Randle can develop. With Roy Hibbert on the roster the Lakers can certainly challenge for a playoff spot this season if their young players develop fast.
20. New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons – 200 to 1 odds each
The Knicks only real shot here is if first round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis develops super fast this season and can get the team into the playoffs and be a force in the playoffs. That’s a huge longshot to happen. The Detroit Pistons really have no hope this season of winning a title.
22. Minnesota Timberwolves – 250 to 1
If Karl-Anthony Towns develops super fast the Timberwolves could make the playoffs this year. Especially if Andrew Wiggins also develops this season.Wiggins averaged 16.9 points per game as rookie last year which is pretty good and he could develop into a 20 point per game player this year. The Timberwolves are a longshot but they have a better chance than many teams with lower odds above them because they have talented young players.
T-23. Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings – 300 to 1 odds each
If you had to bet on one of these six teams at 300 to 1 odds each to win the NBA title this season which one would it be? Probably the Sacramento Kings because they have DeMarcus Cousins and you would hope that Willie Cauley-Stein develops fast and Rajon Rondo turns it around.
29. Charlotte Hornets – 350 to 1
The only real hoipe for the Charlotte Hornets this year is if Frank Kaminsky can play in the NBA like he did in college. Do not count on it this year, though, as he will likely need time to develop. The Hornets have a lot of parts but no big piece that a NBA team needs to win.
30. Philadelphia 76ers – 1,000 to 1
The 76ers will almost certainly not win the NBA Championship this season but Jahlil Okafor should have every opportunity to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. That’s because the 76ers will be playing Okafor a lot this season which gives him a leg up on all the other rookies.