Golden State Warriors Currently Listed at 4/1

Published on June 19th, 2015 6:52 pm EST

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The 2014/15 NBA Finals concluded just a couple of days ago, with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 to win their first title in the past 40 years.

Las Vegas has set odds to win the 2015/16 title, and Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 5/2 favorites to win. After all, if Lebron James can carry an injury-shattered team to within two games of the title against one of the best teams in the history of the NBA, what can he do with a full squad?

After all, the Cleveland Cavaliers were practically unbeatable in the second half of the season with a healthy roster. As a matter of fact, the Cavaliers went 35-3 in games that their "Big Three" (Love, James, Irving) played in the second half of the season.

With all three men expected back next season, and with Lebron James motivated to win a title for Cleveland, there is no reason to think that the Cavaliers won't make it back to the Finals.

The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, will have to play next season with a target on their backs. Stephen Curry established himself as one of the top shooters in the history of the game during the 2014/15 season, leading the Warriors to a title, but as many teams have learned, going back-to-back in the NBA can be exceedingly difficult.

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Here are the teams with the ten best odds of winning the title next season, according to Las Vegas:

Cleveland Cavaliers, 5/2
Golden State Warriors, 4/1
Oklahoma City Thunder, 6/1
Los Angeles Clippers, 9/1
Chicago Bulls, 10/1
San Antonio Spurs, 10/1
Houston Rockets, 16/1
Washington Wizards, 25/1
Atlanta Hawks, 28/1
Dallas Mavericks, 33/1

In my opinion, the Dallas Mavericks are an interesting play at 33/1. The team is reportedly one of the leading contenders to land LaMarcus Aldridge, which is rumored to be leaving Portland when free agency starts.

In addition, a healthy Kevin Durant will do much to boost the chances of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Will the team benefit from a new voice at head coach?

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Who do you think will win the title next season?

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