Not surprisingly, the immensely unlikable Golden State Warriors are already prohibitive favorites to hoist another Larry O’Brien trophy at 5/4.
Also not surprisingly, the Houston Rockets were second favorites at 7/2.
But there were some surprises. Joining the Rockets at second overall favorites were the Philadelphia 76ers at 7/2.
And despite not making the playoffs this year and having one of the youngest teams in the league, the LA Lakers are listed at 20/1, which is better odds than LeBron’s current team, the Cavaliers (30/1).
Does Vegas know something?????
Or is Vegas just learning to hedge from past betting experiences?
In 2014, sportsbooks saw a flurry of Cavs futures wagers in the days before LeBron announced he was “coming home.” In 2016, the Warriors saw some high-volume action right before Kevin Durant bolted OKC to form a super team in the Bay.
LeBron has most been linked to the 76ers and Lakers in free agent talk, although he took a shot at Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo and his burner Twitter accounts.
One thing Vegas hasn’t considered yet: lowering the title odds of whatever team ends up with JR Smith.