Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: DeMarcus Cousins
- The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook re-released odds for the 2018-19 NBA title, along with conference odds, shortly after the news that DeMarcus Cousins was signing with the Golden State Warriors.
- After being plus-money to win the title days ago, the Warriors are now at -150.
- The best futures odds values are likely in the East with teams such as the 76ers, Raptors and Pacers.
Free agents are being signed, and odds are ever a movin’. The Golden State Warriors shocked the NBA landscape yet again and took the spotlight away from the Lakers by signing former New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins. The Warriors have now moved to -150 to win the title, and it’s unlikely bettors will see plus odds again to win the championship anytime soon.
Here are the current title odds for the 2018-19 season as of Monday night (via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and how they’ve shifted over the past month:
Perhaps the most interesting change is that the Lakers have gone from +350 earlier Monday to +450 after the Boogie signing. It’s likely those will jump in a big way if the Lakers manage to trade for Kawhi Leonard, so if you believe that’ll happen, now is your time to jump on better than 4-1 odds. The Lakers were already likely very interested in acquiring Leonard, but it’s possible the pressure is on even more after the latest move by Golden State. The Warriors are likely unbeatable considering the sheer amount of talent on their roster, but getting a team with LeBron James and possibly Kawhi Leonard at +450 is at least intriguing.
Perhaps more interesting are the conference odds. Here’s the West, with the Warriors predictably sizable favorites at -200 after the Boogie news:
There’s probably not a whole lot of value there. If you’re going to bet the Warriors, you might as well take them at better odds to win the title. More interesting are the odds to win the East:
The Celtics are large -160 favorites, although that seems a little steep. I’m not sure they’re to the East what the Warriors are to the West, although that line suggests it’s close. The 76ers are still very talented with their young guys, and they’re definitely very much in the running for a possible Leonard trade. If that happens, there will be many debates about whether a Kawhi-led Philly team is better than Boston, but it’s at least not a -160/+200 split like it currently stands. Like the Lakers, if you want to bet the 76ers, your time might be now, before trades go down.
And the best odds for a conference title still belong to the lower teams in the East. The Raptors have their playoff woes, but they’re running back a team that was the No. 1 seed last season and is now +800 to make it through a LeBron-less East. The Bucks are moderately intriguing at +2500, although that says more about the potential for an MVP jump for Giannis Antetokounmpo than anything else.
And maybe the best value currently sits with the Indiana Pacers, who legitimately played the Cavaliers the best last season and were a superheroic performance from LeBron away from advancing through a wide-open East. They certainly shouldn’t be anywhere close to the favorite, but as 25-1 longshots go, they’re enticing if you’re feeling adventurous.
Stay tuned for more odds updates as moves are made, which will probably be 10 minutes after this is posted.