Cavaliers’ 2019 Title Odds Continue to Get Worse Amid LeBron Speculation
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- The Cavaliers’ 2019 NBA Title odds have moved to 50-1 after opening at 30-1.
- Meanwhile, the other contenders for LeBron James’ services this offseason — the Rockets, 76ers and Lakers — have seen their odds hold steady or improve.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Cleveland Cavaliers’ odds to win the 2019 NBA Title at 30-1. Those have since dipped down to 50-1 following the Golden State Warriors’ decisive sweep on Friday evening.
The Cavs’ odds, as you’d imagine, are directly tied to LeBron James’ looming free-agency decision.
While even the most plugged-in NBA reporters won’t claim to know which way James is leaning, it is curious to see the Cavs’ odds tumble while the odds for other contenders for his services — the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers — hold steady or improve.
Besides the Cavs, the two biggest movers in the Westgate’s odds have been the Heat (opened 20-1; now 50-1) and the Lakers (opened 20-1; now 12-1).
LA’s jump makes some sense: The Lakers are a very public team, and it’s no surprise to see casual bettors latch onto the narrative that the Lakers could land both Paul George and James in free agency.
As for the Heat, our NBA guru Matt Moore discussed a week ago how off-base those opening odds were:
Their 20-1 odds are … interesting. The idea of James returning to South Beach has been bandied about before, but there’s no real reason to believe that’s a possibility at this juncture. The Heat got run over as the 6-seed this year by the Sixers. Miami’s cap sheet is jammed, and it doesn’t possess a high pick through trade. So what on earth puts the Heat that high?