NBA Futures: Just Like Old Times, Celtics And Lakers Drawing Most Bets

Posted By Chops on October 15, 2018
NBA Futures

Despite neither being the actual title favorite, LeBron’s LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics are taking the most bets to win the NBA championship this season.

According to David Purdum at ESPN, the Lakers and Celtics have “drawn more than three times as many bets” as any other team. The Houston Rockets are a distant third.

Proximity may matter somewhat for the wagering. The Lakers, historically a team wagered heavily in Vegas, have the most bets placed on them in Sin City.

FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey claims that 45% of all NBA title handle rests on the Celtics. FanDuel’s largest liability is the New York Knicks at 500/1.

What about the reigning champs?

The title favorite, Golden State, sits at -200. Entering the season, the Warriors are among the clearest title favorites in NBA history.

While their total futures wagers trail the Lakers and Celtics in Vegas, the Warriors have taken some big money action.

The Westgate SuperBook has taken a pair of $10k title bets on the Warriors. The MGM booked a six-figure title bet on the reigning champs.

Spoiler Alert: barring a zombie apocalypse or an earthquake that jettison’s Oakland into the Pacific, the Warriors are winning the title this year.

The 2018-19 NBA season kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. EST as those heavily-wagered Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA futures at NJ sportsbooks

(Odds updated 10/11/18)

 DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Golden State-225-205-210
Toronto+900+900+900
Milwaukee+1100+1000+1200
Philadelphia+1200+1300+1200
Boston+1200+1100+1400
Houston+1400+1500+1300
LA Lakers+2200+2200+3300
OKC Thunder+2200+2800+2600
Denver+3000+3300+3300
Portland+5500+10000+10000
San Antonio+6000+4000+10000
Utah+6000+5000+5000
Indiana+10000+12000+18000
Minnesota+10000+10000+18000
LA Clippers+10000+20000+21000
Charlotte+10000+30000+25000
Detroit+10000+30000+21000
Miami+10000+30000+25000
Washington+12500+50000+25000
Brooklyn+12500+15000+22000
New Orleans+15000+12500+18000
Dallas+15000+50000+25000
Sacramento+15000+25000+25000
Memphis+30000+25000+25000
Orlando+200000+200000N/A
Atlanta+200000+500000+40000
Chicago+300000+500000N/A
NY Knicks+300000+500000N/A
Phoenix+300000+500000N/A
Cleveland+300000+500000N/A
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