Warriors, Cavaliers remain NBA title favorites

Victoria Nguyen
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

The Golden State Warriors (32-6) and Cleveland Cavaliers (28-8) are both still leading their respective conferences and considered the top two title favorites.

As we approach the midway point of the 2016-17 campaign, oddsmakers in Las Vegas are giving the Dubs the best chance of coming out of the West, while the defending champion Cavs are expected to win the East. In what would be the third consecutive Finals series featuring Golden State and Cleveland, the Warriors are the odds-on favorite to reign supreme.

NBA Championship Odds

Team Preseason Current
Golden State Warriors 3-2 4-5
Cleveland Cavaliers 5-2 7-5
San Antonio Spurs 6-1 6-1
Los Angeles Clippers 16-1 20-1
Houston Rockets 60-1 20-1
Boston Celtics 20-1 25-1
Toronto Raptors 25-1 25-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8-1 60-1
Memphis Grizzlies 80-1 80-1
Utah Jazz 80-1 80-1
Charlotte Hornets 80-1 100-1
Milwaukee Bucks 100-1 100-1
Chicago Bulls 40-1 200-1
Atlanta Hawks 40-1 200-1
Washington Wizards 100-1 200-1
Indiana Pacers 100-1 200-1
Detroit Pistons 100-1 200-1
New York Knicks 100-1 200-1
New Orleans Pelicans 60-1 500-1
Portland Trail Blazers 60-1 500-1
Minnesota Timberwolves 60-1 1000-1
Sacramento Kings 100-1 1000-1
Orlando Magic 100-1 1000-1
Denver Nuggets 100-1 1000-1
Philadelphia 76ers 100-1 2000-1
Miami Heat 25-1 5000-1
Dallas Mavericks 100-1 5000-1
Los Angeles Lakers 100-1 5000-1
Phoenix Suns 300-1 5000-1
Brooklyn Nets 500-1 9999-1

The defensively challenged Los Angeles Lakers and injury-ravaged Miami Heat's title chances have fallen from 1000-1 to 5000-1 since the last update, while the woeful Brooklyn Nets find themselves alone at the bottom with 9999-1 odds.

In the opposite direction, the Houston Rockets' championship odds improved from 30-1 to 20-1 to reflect their eight-game win streak and climb to third in the West. Meanwhile in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers are showing some life, and their chances - from 5000-1 to 2000-1 - have improved, however slight.

(Odds courtesy: Westgate Las Vegas Superbook)