You don’t have to be Vegas oddsmaker to know which team is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA championship. Yeah, that’s right, the team that just set an NBA record for regular-season wins as the reigning championsp.
Bovada, a Las Vegas sportsbook, has made the 73-win Golden State Warriors heavy favorites to bring home a second title. San Antonio, which won 67 games and could enter its final postseason with Tim Duncan, is second, and LeBron James’ oddly dysfunctional Cleveland Cavaliers are fourth.
Dallas Mavericks first-round opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder, is a distant fourth.
Where does that leave the Mavs, who will be missing forward Chandler Parsons for a second consecutive postseason? Well, take a look for yourself, not that you’ll likely be all that surprised.
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If you’re looking to wager on a long shot, might as well take Mark Cuban’s boys. Here’s where Bovada has them as far as getting out of the West.
In case, you’re curious, here’s how Bovada sees the East’s chances of keeping James from making it sixth consecutive seasons in the NBA Finals.
Mavs fans, it could be worse, you could be Houston, were judging by this poll by a local news station, they might not even flip on the TV to see if James Harden can whip up some magic.
So that leads us to this question from Bovada: Which team has the best chance of pulling off a first-round upset?