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NBA betting odds: The NBA has had to deal with a tremendous knock about its regular season. The year is awfully long for fans and for bettors alike at 82 games, and by the time it's all said and done with, 16 of the 30 teams get into the postseason to fight it out over the course of two full months before one is handed the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
The big issue which the NBA has is the fact that there isn't a ton of parity. There are haves, and there are have nots, and the teams which have superstars go on to greatness, while the teams without them are often stuck in perpetual rebuilding mode until they finally land their star in the NBA Draft or free agency. So even though 16 teams get into the playoffs, few are taken seriously.
Take the case of the 2015-16 Toronto Raptors. They were in the Eastern Conference Finals playing against the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and they were 50 to 1 underdogs to win it all at that point. They were, of course, tremendously overmatched by Cleveland and were made short work of, but just the fact that their odds were that high showcase just how difficult upsets are to come by in the NBA postseason.
All of the series in the playoffs are best-of-seven. When you get a team like the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors who lost just nine games in the regular season, it's really hard to win one time out of four, let alone four times out of seven. Upsets do happen, but it isn't unusual to see a team be a 50 to 1 underdog in the first round of the playoffs without a game ever being played.
The NBA has only had 10 different champions over the course of the last nearly two and a half decades, and that number figures to stay stagnant for the near future. Most believe that the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs are the only teams with any chance whatsoever to win the NBA Finals in 2017, and for good reason. The Warriors and Cavaliers have met in each of the last two NBA Finals with each winning the title once, and the Spurs quietly had one of the best seasons in NBA history last year at 67-15, only to be overshadowed by Golden State.
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