Warriors leading, Clippers rising in NBA championship odds


(OddsShark.com) — The Los Angeles Clippers’ current 10-game winning streak has lifted them up to 14/1 on the odds to win the NBA championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Clippers have rebounded following a disappointing start to their campaign, opening with strong 10/1 odds to win the first NBA title in franchise history before recording just seven straight-up wins in their first 15 contests.

Los Angeles also proved to be a shaky bet early on, going 8-13-2 against the spread in 23 games as betting favorites, including multiple fourth-quarter collapses, sinking their odds to 25/1 by mid-December.

However, the club has enjoyed a reversal of fortune since then, claiming a 94-84 victory in their Christmas Day matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers and going undefeated SU since, and 9-2 ATS in their past 11 outings.

The Clippers still have a long way to go to close the gap on the Golden State Warriors, who maintain their standing as the favorites on the NBA championship odds at 13/10.

The Warriors have been the big story in the first half of the season, following up last spring’s championship run with a record-setting 24-0 SU start to the current campaign, but have struggled at times to meet high expectations at the sportsbooks, going 7-8-1 ATS since the end of their streak, and 4-5 ATS as double-digit chalk.

The Eastern-leading Cleveland Cavaliers have also been a betting disappointment this season, but remain close on the Warriors’ heels with 11/4 title odds.

Conversely, the Spurs’ top-rated defense has made them the safest bet in the Association, sporting an impressive 28-12 ATS record and rock-solid 7/2 NBA championship odds.

Yet another Western powerhouse rounds out the front of the pack, with the Oklahoma City Thunder holding steady at 8/1. The Thunder have risen to third in the conference standings during their current 17-4 SU run, avoiding back-to-back SU losses since the beginning of December, but are a dismal 3-8 ATS since Christmas Day.

The Chicago Bulls tipped off the season as the only other Eastern Conference squad in the mix of NBA futures favorites, with 16/1 odds, but inconsistency has plagued the Bulls, who have endured a trio of three-game SU losing streaks since the beginning of December, dropping them to a distant 25/1 at the sportsbooks.