Cleveland Cavaliers Currently 3.50 To Win NBA Title

Published on July 6th, 2015 8:13 pm EST

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The major moves of the NBA's free agency period have been made.

The biggest move of free agency was the San Antonio Spurs signing LaMarcus Aldridge to a max contract. Aldridge, formerly of the Portland Trailblazers, elected to sign with the Spurs and by doing so, instantly made the Spurs the team to beat in the West. In addition, the Spurs didn't lose much, as they were able to hang on to Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard.

The Los Angeles Clippers took a step back when they lost DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks, while the Golden State Warriors enter next season with pretty much the same roster.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who came so close to winning the NBA title this year with a depleted roster, have already inked Kevin Love to a lucrative contract extension. Once Tristan Thompson locks up his deal, LeBron James is expected to re-sign with the team.

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According to the bookmakers, the three teams to beat in the NBA next season are:

Cleveland Cavaliers, 3.50
San Antonio Spurs, 4.50
Golden State Warriors, 5.00

A healthy Cavaliers team should make it out of the East without much issue, as the Chicago Bulls will be contending with a new coach. After the Bulls, there is not much else going on in the Eastern Conference.

The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors will be fighting tooth and nail to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. The Spurs, with Aldridge in their line-up, will be extremely tough to beat. The Warriors, on the other hand, executed flawlessly this season but as we all know, it is very hard to repeat as champions.

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Some of the other teams that I find interesting are:

Houston Rockets, 17.00
New Orleans Pelicans, 26.00
Dallas Mavericks, 34.00

Sure, all three teams are long shots to win - however, the Mavericks have a new look line-up that could be very tough to contend with, while the Rockets and Pelicans have two of the best players in basketball.

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The league's two "high profile" teams, the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, both struck out during the free agency period and will likely be horrifically bad once again this season.

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Can the Cleveland Cavaliers remain healthy? If so, will they win the title? Or will a team from the Western Conference (such as the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs) win?

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