Vegas Gives LeBron Better Luck Next Year

LeBron James
The Associated Press

The champagne has yet to go stale and already Las Vegas lays odds on next year’s NBA champion.

The bookies give this year’s runner-up the inside track to win next year’s championship. Those odds aren’t odd. Kevin Love says he wants to return and, presumably, both he and Kyrie Irving will play alongside LeBron James in next year’s playoffs. Vegas expects a resurgent Oklahoma City, an out-to-disprove-doubters Chicago, and the defending champs all to make a run, too.

Charlotte? Philadelphia? Minnesota? Orlando? The oddsmakers say it’s safe for their players to book vacations for early June.

Here are the odds from

Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
Golden State Warriors 6/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Chicago Bulls 15/1
Los Angeles Clippers 15/1
San Antonio Spurs 15/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Atlanta Hawks 30/1
New Orleans Pelicans 30/1
Dallas Mavericks 40/1
Indiana Pacers 40/1
Memphis Grizzlies 40/1
Miami Heat 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Portland Blazers 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Los Angeles Lakers 75/1
Boston Celtics 80/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Brooklyn Nets 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 300/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 300/1
Orlando Magic 300/1
Philadelphia 76ers 300/1