Golden State, Cleveland Conference Favorites on Eve of NBA Playoffs

Stephen Curry
The Associated Press

The NBA playoffs tip off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern in Toronto as the Wizards take on the Raptors. Pelicans-Warriors, Bucks-Bulls, and Mavericks-Rockets complete the quadruple-header of playoff action.

Las Vegas, after looking at the sixteen teams in the postseason, see a Cleveland-Warriors final, judging Golden State as even money to win the West. Although the East, according to Vegas, appears more up for grabs, the bookies forecast Golden State and Cleveland as enjoying nearly 2-1 odds to win it all.

The Milwaukee Bucks, which played as the worst team in the NBA last season, and the revamped Brooklyn Nets, both play as the longest of longshots in the field at 300 to  1. No seventh or eighth seeded team has ever won the NBA Finals. But the Bucks, as a sixth, have history on their side. The Houston Rockets won the NBA Finals in 1995 as a sixth seed.

Here are the odds for each team winning it all from

Cleveland Cavaliers 11/5
Golden State Warriors 11/5
San Antonio Spurs 4/1
Atlanta Hawks 15/1
Chicago Bulls 15/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 30/1
Dallas Mavericks 50/1
Portland Blazers 75/1
Toronto Raptors 75/1
Washington Wizards 85/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Boston Celtics 250/1
Milwaukee Bucks 300/1
Brooklyn Nets 300/1