The NBA season is just over halfway through. The league will take a break this weekend for the All-Star Game festivities then return for its stretch run. This week the latest NBA championship futures were released with a slight shakeup taking place out West.
A significant amount of shuffling on the NBA futures board has taken place of late particularly out west where Memphis and Oklahoma City have moved up the board after having their odds shortened since the last futures were listed.
At the same time, the Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers all were moved down with their oddest lengthening for the championship.
According to Bovada and topbet, Memphis is 12-2 over its past 14 games played and was moved up to 12 to 1 from 18 to 1, while Oklahoma City moved to 14 to 1 from 25 to 1.
The Grizzlies are currently boasting the league’s best defense giving up just 95.6 points a game. Even though Marc Gasol will be the only Memphis player at the All-Star game, power forward Zach Randolph and guard Mike Conley have played exceptionally well this season.
Randolph is averaging 16.7 points and 12 rebounds a game, while Conley is scoring 17.4 points while handing out 5.4 assists a game.
Odds makers were quick to point out that Memphis is in control of the Southwest Division as it appears they will be unseating the San Antonio Spurs as the division champion, which will make the seeding for the Grizzlies that much better.
According to topbet and betonline, Oklahoma City appears to be in the thick of things if Kevin Durant stays healthy. The Thunder is playing much better and Phoenix continues to lose games, meaning the Thunder could shortly take over the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
The Los Angeles Clippers have lost power forward Blake Griffin for at least three weeks and possibly more, making the situation for the Thunder all that better.
NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 7 to 2
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 7 to 2
ATLANTA HAWKS 6 to 1
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 7 to 1
CHICAGO BULLS 9- to 1
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 12 to 1
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 14 to 1
CLIPPERS 14 to 1
DALLAS MAVERICKS 16 to 1
TORONTO RAPTORS 20 to 1