Cleveland Cavaliers did well to get their revenge on Golden State Warriors in the 2015/2016 NBA season. Cavs won the trophy last term, but considering that Kevin Durant then went on to join the Warriors in the summer, defending the title in the 2016/2017 NBA campaign could prove a difficult proposition.
Last season win came as a surprise to many, for sure considering Warriors 73:9 season, but LeBron James proved his worth in the decider and of course Kyrie stepped up and Cavs are now on a quest to defend their trophy. The likes of Chris Andersen (center), Chu Chu Maduabum (forward), Kay Felder (guard) and DeAndre Liggins joined the club in the summer, while LeBron James extended his contract with Tyronn Lue’s troops. It has to be noted that Cavs are +350 @BetVictor to defend their title.
However, it’s impossible to find any online betting site that doesn’t list last season’s runners-up Golden State Warriors are naturally regarded as main favourites to win the 2016/2017 NBA trophy after recruiting Oklahoma City Thunder ace Kevin Durant. The likes of Damian Jones and Zaza Pachulia moved to Golden State as well and seeing that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are still part of the team, many people expect that Warriors are going to regain the trophy. Warriors are -125 @bet365 to go all the way.
San Antonio Spurs failed to impress last season and the club chiefs desperately need to make some changes to the team if they are to bring glory days back to Texas. Spurs ace Tim Duncan decided to retire after 19 seasons at San Antonio and Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic will play for Detroit Pistons in the 2016/2017 NBA season. Forwards David Bertans, Livio Jean-Charles, David Lee and Patricio Garino, guards Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Ryan Arcidiacono and Spanish center Pau Gasol joined the club in order to compensate for the absence of Tim Duncan. Fellow center Dewayne Dedmon joined their ranks as well. You should have in mind that Spurs are +750 @Skybet to lift the NBA trophy.
Los Angeles Clippers are yet another candidates to win the NBA title. Clippers signed Marreese Speights, Brice Johnson, Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Alan Anderson and Diamond Stone, but the likes of Branden Dawson and Devyn Marble are no longer part of the team. Key players Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be the men to watch in Doc Rivers’ team next season and it has to be noted that Clippers are +2,200 @bet365 to win their first ever NBA title.
Oklahoma City Thunder were on the verge of beating Golden State Warriors in the 2015/2016 play-offs, but they eventually failed to eliminate the reigning champions. Kevin Durant was obviously disappointed with the fact that Thunder failed to win the NBA trophy and, as a result, he decided to leave the club. K.D. is hungry for trophies and many people believe that he made a good decision when he signed a contract with star-studded Golden State Warriors. Fellow superstar Russel Westbrook signed a new contract with Oklahoma, while the likes of Domantas Sabonis, Ronnie Price and Alex Abrines joined the team. Thunder are priced at +4,000 @Ladbrokes to produce a major shock and lift the coveted title.