Odds: Warriors and Raptors Will Play in NBA Finals 2018
Date Posted: April 20, 2018
Sportsbooks odds for NBA Playoffs 2018 predict the Golden State Warriors will win the Western Conference and the Toronto Raptors will be the champions of the Eastern Conference.
The major obstacle of the Warriors to getting to the finals of the NBA Playoffs 2018 is the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers stand between the Raptors and the finals.
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets
The Warriors are the clear to=be champions of both the Western Conference and the NBA Finals as foreseen by sports betting sites. Bet365 has the Warriors at 2.10 outright odds to win while William Hill sets the team at 2.15 odds.
With the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson in the starting lineup, Golden State is favored to win their third NBA championship. During the first round of the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors showed that they are the juggernauts of the sport despite having Curry miss out on the first two games. Both Durant and Thompson devastated the Spurs in Games 1 and 2, even though San Antonio was playing in top form, with scores that went past 30. Although Curry is still under rehab, the Warriors remain the toughest to beat this season.
This season, sportsbooks see the Houston Rocket as the Anti-Warriors. The Rockets get 2.62 odds from Bet365 and 2.50 odds from William Hill.
The team is the West’s No. 1 seed this season, with win-loss record of 65-17 during the regular season. This is the result of James Harden’s MVP-level offensive plays that allows him to find the right shooter in a given situation. Harden provides many chances for Rockets’ Chris Paul to score many three-point shots in a game. Bolstering the Rocket’s defense are offseason additions PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute. Both players can deliver defensive plays that keep most All-Star players from scoring.
If all goes well with the Warriors and the Rockets, both teams will square off in the Conference Finals. By the start of the Conference Finals, Curry will have been back in shape.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
In the Eastern side, the Raptors, having odds of 2.10 from William Hill, are the expected winner of the Conference Finals. Outright odds for Toronto to win the NBA Championship are set by Bet365at 9.00 and by William Hill at 7.50 odds.
As the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 59-23 in the regular season and starting the Playoffs with 2-0, the Raptors are far different from when they played in the previous seasons. Toronto has a solid roster of quality players like DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan scored 37 points in the Raptor’s Game 2 during the Playoffs. There is also Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, and OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valančiūnas who made significant contributions in Game 2. The Raptors also has good reserve players who can fill anyone’s shoes and bolster the team’s performance.
Another favorite in the Eastern Conference is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bet365 puts the Cavs at 10.50 odds to win the Championship while William Hill gives them 9.00 odds to win.
What makes the Cavs a threat is LeBron James, arguably the best NBA player in the season. He is a member of the exclusive 30K club which is reserved for players who scored more than 30,000 points in their careers. Apart from points, LeBron made more than 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists throughout his career. LeBron provides high offensive capabilities and can fill most holes in a team’s defense. The Cavalier’s roster is built around LeBron to make sure that he keeps delivering nets throughout the games.
This season, however, the Cavaliers have fallen from sportsbooks spotlight. As the No.4 seed in the Eastern Conference after a stunning 98-80 loss against Indiana Pacers in Game 1, the Cavaliers seemed unprepared for the Playoffs. This is likely due to the massive overhaul of the Cavaliers in the middle of the season in which half of the team’s players were replaced. Apart from LeBron, most Cav players were asleep on the ball and were getting jumped by the Pacers in Game 1.
On the other hand, losing in Game 1 may have been a wake-up call LeBron and his men needed. The Cavs won in Game 2 at 100-97, thanks to LeBron who scored a staggering 46 points with 12 rebounds.
Time will tell if the revamped roster for Cleveland is enough to be a threat for Golden State, Houston, and even Toronto. The Raptors and the Cavaliers will square off in Round 2 of the Playoffs if LeBron’s team beats the Pacers in Game 3.