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NBA Championship Odds: Warriors Entering Offseason as 2017 Chalk

Even though their record-setting season ended in defeat the Golden State Warriors are still the early favorite to claim the 2017 NBA Championship at top sportsbook Bovada.

After going up 3-1 in the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers it looked like the Warriors were headed for back-to-back titles. Instead they dropped three straight for the first time all season. The Warriors should return with most of their roster from last season. Harrison Barnes is a restricted free agent, but Golden State is expected to match any offer he receives. That’s why the Warriors are a +200 favorite on the 2017 NBA Championship odds at Bovada.

Cleveland isn’t far behind them though. The Cavaliers check in at +225 and they should be the team to beat in the East once again next season. LeBron James has a player option to return and he’s expected to remain in Cleveland after declaring he wanted to stay.

There are a few players available that could shake up the NBA futures. Topping the list is Kevin Durant. The prize of this year’s free agent class, Durant could lift any team in the league to contender status. His current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, sit at +850 on the odds, but that would clearly change if Durant ends up elsewhere.

A few of the other top names that could find themselves somewhere new next year include Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRozan, Joakim Noah and Dirk Nowitzki.

One big name already headed to a new team is Derrick Rose. He was traded to the New York Knicks earlier this week but it hasn’t done much to improve their standing on the futures. New York remains a +7500 longshot amidst rumors they may try and go after Durant or Howard.

One interesting team on the futures right now are the San Antonio Spurs at +750. Tim Duncan has a player option for this season. It’s seem unlikely that the 19-year veteran would even think about playing for another team, but even if Duncan does decide to play another season San Antonio likely doesn’t have the cap space to sign an impact free agent.