NBA Championship Odds 2016: Cavs Favored to Win 1st Title

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LeBron James and the Cavs opened as favorites to win the 2016 title. (Getty)

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have ultimately fallen short of their goal to win an NBA championship this season, but that has not stopped oddsmakers from making them the 3/1 betting favorites to capture their first title in 2016.

The Cavaliers were short-handed without All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the 2015 NBA Finals, leaving LeBron James without the help he needed to compete against the Golden State Warriors this year. Love missed the entire series due to a shoulder injury while Irving suffered a fractured kneecap in Game 1, but James still led Cleveland to a pair of wins in the series before Golden State proved to be too much for him.

The Warriors ended up winning their first NBA championship since 1975 and fourth overall in six games over the Cavs thanks to the strong play of reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, surprising NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, and an overall team effort that also saw them win a franchise-record 67 games during the regular season under first-year head coach Steve Kerr.

Golden State is the 5/1 second choice to win the 2016 NBA title behind the Cavs, and the team figures to be just as good next year in attempting to become the first repeat champ since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.

Other top contenders for the 2016 NBA championship include the Oklahoma City Thunder (7/1), Chicago Bulls (10/1), Los Angeles Clippers (10/1) and San Antonio Spurs (10/1). The Thunder could be the most dangerous team of that group after missing the playoffs for the first time in six years due to injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook that caused them to miss a combined 70 games.

Oklahoma City fired head coach Scott Brooks following the disappointing season and hired Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators to replace him. The Bulls also fired head coach Tom Thibodeau after losing to Cleveland in the second round and brought in former player Fred Hoiberg from the Iowa State Cyclones to lead them in 2016.

Following is a complete list of future odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com . . .

Cleveland Cavaliers 3/1
Golden State Warriors 5/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 7/1
Chicago Bulls 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Houston Rockets 18/1
Atlanta Hawks 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Indiana Pacers 33/1
Miami Heat 33/1
New Orleans Pelicans 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Boston Celtics 50/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
Brooklyn Nets 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 250/1
Orlando Magic 250/1
Philadelphia 76ers 250/1

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