The Cleveland Cavaliers, who just lost the 2015 NBA Title to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, have better odds to win the 2016 NBA Title. No, really. Bovada.lv, the online gambling website with odds for just about every major sporting event imaginable, posted odds for the 2016 NBA Finals on Wednesday afternoon. Believe it or not, Cleveland — not Golden State — has the best numbers with 3/2 odds. The Warriors are right behind the with 5/1.
It’s a little bit surprising, given that the major Cavs centerpieces — including LeBron James, Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova — have unclear futures ahead with Cleveland.
Other notable odds include the Oklahoma City Thunder, sitting at 7/1, and the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, who all have 10/1 odds. Expect these odds to fluctuate after next Thursday’s NBA Draft — not to mention Free Agency season starts on July 1st.