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

Chops October 14, 2018 618 Reads
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)

 DraftKingsFanDuelSugarHouseBetStars888sport
Golden State-200-160-200-185-200
Boston+525+600+525+600+525
Houston+600+800+600+700+600
LA Lakers+800+1300+800+900+800
Philadelphia+1400+1800+1400+1600+1400
Toronto+1700+1800+1700+1600+1700
OKC Thunder+4000+3400+4000+3300+4000
San Antonio+6000+6000+6000+8000+6000
Utah+6000+4200+6000+6600+6000
Milwaukee+7000+10000+7000+6600+7000
New Orleans+9000+10000+9000+8000+9000
Dallas+10000+36000+10000+12500+10000
Denver+10000+8000+10000+10000+10000
Indiana+10000+10000+10000+8000+10000
Minnesota+10000+8000+10000+6600+10000
Portland+10000+10000+10000+10000+10000
Washington+10000+10000+10000+10000+10000
LA Clippers+20000+18000+20000+20000+20000
Miami+20000+10000+20000+30000+20000
Phoenix+20000+55000+20000+25000+20000
Atlanta+30000+55000+30000+40000+30000
Charlotte+30000+36000+30000+30000+30000
Chicago+30000+55000+30000+30000+30000
Detroit+30000+21000+30000+30000+30000
NY Knicks+30000+50000+30000+30000+30000
Brooklyn+40000+55000+40000+40000+40000
Cleveland+40000+55000+40000+40000+40000
Orlando+40000+55000+40000+40000+40000
Sacramento+40000+55000+40000+50000+40000
Memphis+50000+29000+50000+50000+50000

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