After a chaotic basketball offseason inches toward its close this evening, we looked at how much each NBA team’s title odds have changed.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have the best odds to win the title, which makes sense considering the two teams have played in the NBA Finals three seasons in a row. Now that Bookmaker.eu has released their final lines of the offseason, we compared the list to what they had on May 30.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets have improved the most, according to the odds. Next in line are the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets. It’s curious to see all these teams in front of the Houston Rockets (who added Chris Paul) as well as the Boston Celtics (who added Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward).
League general managers, for the second year in a row, voted the Timberwolves as a team they expected to improve most from last season. Their odds jumped from +20000 to +4500.
Only six teams have better odds to win the 2018 NBA championship than the Timberwolves. Yet on May 30, the team had the 19th-best odds for the title.
After adding Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford among others, the new and improved Timberwolves have veterans and young stars that make them an impressive threat in the Western Conference.
The biggest move that Denver made this offseason was adding Paul Millsap, but they’re also expecting significant improvement from Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic. If all goes as planned, the Nuggets will be an exciting core for years to come. On May 30, their odds were +25000 and they are now at +16000.
The Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks lowered their odds the most heading into the upcoming season.
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