Warriors open as overwhelming '19 NBA title favorites; Lakers among rest of contenders

It’s never too early in Las Vegas to place your bet.

Bovada released its 2019 futures odds to win the NBA title on Saturday, and to nobody’s surprise, the Golden State Warriors are the overwhelming favorites.

But the list of contenders is not without it surprises. The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics round out the best of the rest behind Golden State, but the 35-47 Los Angeles Lakers fall next in line ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.

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These odds are as much about predicting where LeBron James and Kawhi Leonord land in free agency or the trade market as they are predicting a champion. Las Vegas apparently sees one or both of the superstars making a move with a significant chance of landing in L.A.

Here are the odds:

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2019 NBA title odds

Sacramento Kings: 500/1

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Orlando Magic: 500/1

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Memphis Grizzlies: 500/1

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Detroit Pistons: 500/1

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Dallas Mavericks: 500/1

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Chicago Bulls: 500/1

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Charlotte Hornets: 500/1

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Brooklyn Nets: 500/1

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Atlanta Hawks: 500/1

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Phoenix Suns: 250/1

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New York Knicks: 150/1

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Washington Wizards: 100/1

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Portland Trail Blazers: 100/1

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Los Angeles Clippers: 100/1

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Indiana Pacers: 100/1

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Denver Nuggets: 100/1

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Utah Jazz: 75/1

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Oklahoma City Thunder: 75/1

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New Orleans Pelicans: 75/1

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Minnesota Timberwolves: 75/1

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Milwaukee Bucks: 75/1

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Toronto Raptors: 60/1

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Miami Heat: 40/1

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San Antonio Spurs: 25/1

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Cleveland Cavaliers: 25/1

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Los Angeles Lakers: 16/1

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Boston Celtics: 6/1

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Philadelphia 76ers: 9/2

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Houston Rockets: 4/1

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Golden State Warriors: 5/4

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