5 NBA teams with top odds to win the championship

These five basketball squads are leading the league in terms of their chances at a title in 2019.

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The NBA season isn't quite halfway over, yet, but a number of teams are separating themselves from the rest of the league. Below are five teams to keep an eye on as favorites to win the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2019.

1

Golden State Warriors

There's no surprise here, as Golden State remains the team to beat. The reigning champions have had their stumbles along the way, and various losses make them look beatable. However, once DeMarcus Cousins is available, this team could be truly unstoppable in the postseason. The Warriors are the 5-9 favorites to repeat.

2

Toronto Raptors

While Kawhi Leonard is a superstar, his arrival to the Raptors this offseason brought questions. Those included "How is his health?" and "Would he lead this team?" So far the answers are "Just fine" and "Absolutely!" The team has set the standard in the Eastern Conference and is clearly the top contender. They hold 8-1 odds to win it all.

3

Boston Celtics

Until Kawhi arrived and showed what he's capable of with the Raptors, many analysts felt Boston was the team to beat in the East. They could still get into the Eastern Conference finals, if they remain healthy. Boston holds 10-1 odds to win the championship.

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4

Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George has been stepping it up for OKC. while Russell Westbrook plays more of a facilitator role. They both are All-Star caliber players, capable of leading this team deep into the playoffs. They probably need a third helper though. Right now, OKC has 18-1 odds to win the NBA finals.

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5

Tie - Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

For fifth place, there's a three team tie. James Harden has been putting the Rockets on his back lately. In Philadelphia, the trio of Simmons, Butler, and Embiid has looked impressive at times. Speaking of impressive, there's a "Greek Freak" in Milwaukee who can make serious noise. All three teams have 20-1 odds to capture the NBA title.

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