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    LeBron to Cavs (07/11/14)

    John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics, @johnewing
    By John Ewing
    2015 NBA Championship odds – how did LeBron's decision to return to the Cavs change the landscape of the NBA? Odds courtesy of

    LeBron James is going home. The four-time MVP will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, four years after taking his talents to South Beach.

    Add King James to any team and they become an instant title contender.

    "There is no question that with the recent news of LeBron going back home to Cleveland that they are the favorites to win the NBA Championship next season at 4-1. With the Eastern Conference being much weaker and essentially only a handful of teams that can give LeBron and the Cavs a run for their money, it would be a shock if they do not at least make the Conference Finals. The Heat in turn, who now may lose Bosh also, have gone from 4-1 to 50-1, basically the Cavs and Heat flipping odds from what we had them the day after the Spurs won the Championship. This shows how much of an impact a player like LeBron has on odds. The last comparable situation was when Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos dropped them from 75-1 to 10-1 in a blink of an eye."

    Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager

    The bookmakers have installed Cleveland as the favorites to win the NBA Championship, but when we simulated LeBron to Cleveland before the NBA Draft our results were not the same.

    Coming soon: An updated simulation including the addition of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and any additional free agents the Cavaliers sign.

    Odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship

    Team Post Finals Odds Updated Odds
    Cleveland Cavaliers 33/1 4/1
    San Antonio Spurs 6/1 5/1
    Oklahoma City Thunder 6/1 6/1
    Chicago Bulls 12/1 7/1
    Houston Rockets 16/1 8/1
    Los Angeles Clippers 9/1 10/1
    Indiana Pacers 12/1 18/1
    Golden State Warriors 25/1 25/1
    Portland Trailblazers 25/1 25/1
    Dallas Mavericks 33/1 33/1
    Los Angeles Lakers 40/1 33/1
    Washington Wizards 33/1 33/1
    Brooklyn Nets 28/1 40/1
    New York Knicks 40/1 40/1
    Toronto Raptors 40/1 40/1
    Memphis Grizzlies 33/1 50/1
    Miami Heat 3/1 50/1
    New Orleans Pelicans 50/1 50/1
    Denver Nuggets 50/1 66/1
    Phoenix Suns 75/1 66/1
    Atlanta Hawks 75/1 75/1
    Boston Celtics 50/1 75/1
    Charlotte Hornets 75/1 75/1
    Detroit Pistons 50/1 100/1
    Minnesota Timberwolves 66/1 100/1
    Milwaukee Bucks 200/1 200/1
    Orlando Magic 150/1 200/1
    Philadelphia 76ers 200/1 200/1
    Sacramento Kings 150/1 200/1
    Utah Jazz 150/1 200/1

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