As we know, the Golden State Warriors are off to a historic start. The Warriors are currently 52-5 and are on pace to have the best season in NBA history.
Their record is only one of the many reasons why the Warriors are the biggest even-money favorites to defend the title. When you visit and read the odds at online sports betting sites you will see that they have been given the best odds that vary from +120 to +125 to win the Championship. Only the Cavaliers come close to them with odds ranging from +200 to +350. With two months to go in the regular season, these odds will slowly settle. The Cavaliers are also the heaviest favorites to make an NBA Finals appearance in the relatively weak Eastern Conference.
Since David Blatt stepped down and new head coach Tyronn Lue took over, they are 11-4. The only other contender that gets close to being a favorite in winning the Eastern Conference are the Toronto Raptors (38-18) who are +700 to be the Conference winners. The odds to win their first NBA title are somewhere between +2000 and +4000 depending on the sportsbook.
While the odds are not incredible, these are certainly the best odds the Raptors have ever had. The world is recognizing the Toronto Raptors as a semi legitimate threat to win the Eastern Conference. +700 is by no means a good bet because the Raptors chance of winning the conference is likely quite low. If anything, this proves the Raptors are in a standalone position of being the 2nd best team in the conference.