The odds on favorite to become the Eastern Conference champions in the NBA next season are the Cleveland Cavaliers thanks to their acquisition of the league’s top player LeBron James.
Odds makers like Bovada and sportsbook.com have the Chicago Bulls just behind the Cavaliers in the Easter Conference race.
However, not all odds makers feel the same way about the chances of the Cavaliers. One odds makers has said that the odds currently reflect how the betting by the public is going, as well as how odds makers such as topbet and betonline anticipate how public bettors will bet.
The price on Cleveland started shrinking as soon as there was a hint that LeBron might return to the Cavaliers after he opted out of his contract with Miami.
As soon as his move was made official, Cleveland vaulted to the top of the futures list with odds makers.
However, not all bookmakers believe the Cavaliers should be at the top, not yet anyway. One odds maker said if Cleveland is not able to pull off the trade to bring Kevin Love to the team, then they likely will not win the title this season.
Going forward, the Cavaliers have loads of talent and will be a force in the like, but when LeBron first arrived in Miami, they did not win a title his first season.
Some odds makers say that Chicago has the better opportunity to enjoy instant success. Chicago added power forward Pau Gasol to their lineup and if Derrick Rose is able to return to top form, they will be better this coming season than the Cavaliers will be.
However, since the public is behind the Cavaliers, then odds makers must make that distinction. If Cleveland acquires Love the scales would be tilted immediately in favor of Cleveland and shorten their odds even further.
However, until the trade is made, some odds makers believe the Eastern Conference favorite should now be Chicago, while the West has a handful of teams that could hold down that spot.
Out West the San Antonio Spurs re-signed their own free agents and will bring back almost the exact same roster that won the 2014 NBA Title.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers have added talent to their rosters, and will once again give the Spurs a run for their money in the West.
2014-15 NBA TITLE ODDS
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 7 to 2
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 7 to 2
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 9 to 2
CHICAGO BULLS 7 to 1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 8 to 1
INDIANA PACERS 15 to 1
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 20 to 1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 20 to 1
MIAMI HEAT 25 to 1
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 30 to 1