The NBA has just two days left on its regular season schedule and odds makers have released an updated NBA Championship Futures board, the last one before the postseason begins.
In both the Eastern and Western Conference, two teams are battling for the eighth and final playoff berth. In the East, the Brooklyn Nets are battling in the Indiana Pacers and out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are battling the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Nets own the tiebreaker if they tie with the Pacers, while the Pelicans own the tiebreaker if they were to end the season tied with the Thunder.
On the latest NBA Championships futures board, the Cleveland Cavaliers are at the top with the shortest odds at 2 to 1, while the Golden State Warriors are sitting at 5 to 2 to win the title. San Antonio now has the third shortest odds to win the NBA championship at 3 to 1.
San Antonio has been ripping up the league having won 11 straight games and climbing from a playoff seed of No. 6 all the way to No. 2.
The Los Angeles Clippers are also playing well of late winning 12 of their last 13 games and lowering their odds to win the title to 16 to 1.
In the Eastern Conference, two teams are battling to earn the eighth and final playoff spot. The Indiana Pacers own a half-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers have two games left on the schedule and the Nets have just one. If the season were to end with the Pacers and Nets tied, Brooklyn would win the tiebreaker having won the season head-to-head series.
Out west, the New Orleans Pelicans are battling with the Oklahoma City Thunder for that conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. The teams have identical records of 44-37 with one game left on the schedule. However, if they both win or both lose, New Orleans owns the tiebreaker and will advance. The Thunder must defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Pelicans must lose to the San Antonio Spurs for the Thunder to advance.
San Antonio moved from No. 6 to No. 2 in the West during its current 11-game winning streak and will open the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks if they hold the No. 2 spot, with a win on Wednesday versus New Orleans.
2014-2015 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
Cleveland Cavaliers 2 to 1
Golden State Warriors 5 to 2
San Antonio Spurs 3 to 1
Atlanta Hawks 14 to 1
Los Angeles Clippers 16 to 1
Houston Rockets 18 to 1
Chicago Bulls 20 to 1
Memphis Grizzlies 30 to 1
Portland Trail Blazers 50 to 1
Toronto Raptors 50 to 1