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NBA News: Cavs are Now Title Favorites

With LeBron James heading home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the odds makers in Vegas have been awfully busy this summer. With LeBron back in Ohio, now the Cavs have surged to the favorites in Vegas to win the 2015 NBA title. But just a few weeks ago on June 9th, the Cavs were huge underdogs at 60-1 odds. Now, the Cavs have 4-1 odds to win it all, while Miami has seen their odds to win a title plummet from 2-1 on June 9th, to 100-1 odds.

Even leading up to LeBron signing in Cleveland, the odds in Vegas were slowly trickling up for the Cavs as the rumors of a possible return to Cleveland were heating up. In fact, many casinos took the Cavs off the books with so much uncertainty surrounding the future of LeBron James.

But you have to wonder if the Cavaliers should really be the favorites in 2015…? Yes, they have LeBron, but his supporting cast is what worries me the most. LeBron will be teaming with a bunch of 19-23 year-olds in his quest for another championship. While Kyrie Irving is a fellow All-Star, he is not without his own flaws, and the majority of LeBron’s teammates have barely gotten their feet wet in the NBA. While the Cavs will certainly be a beast in the East in 2015, I think it would be premature to just crown them with the addition of LeBron.

Now if Cleveland somehow finds a way to land Kevin Love this offseason, then they would instantly be the favorites in 2015. But adding Love sounds like more of a fantasy as Minnesota is looking for the #1 draft pick from this year’s draft, Andrew Wiggins in return. However Cleveland has made it known that they are not looking to move Wiggins.

In addition to Cleveland, several other NBA teams have seen their Vegas odds fluctuate with recent free agent signings. Those teams include the Bulls, Rockets, along with the Lakers and Heat, who have moved in the wrong direction.


Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2016 Outback Bowl