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.
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)