NBA futures take wild swings with LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins deals

If you were planning on betting the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title next year, you’ve likely missed your best window.

NBA championship futures have taken wild swings in the last 24 hours and now heavily favor Golden State to secure a fourth championship in five years.

Lakers briefly made betting favorites to win NBA title

That wasn’t the case Monday morning. Sports book BetmyBookie wildly overreacted to LeBron James agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and briefly made the Lakers the favorites to win the title early Monday.


Never mind that James just got swept out of the NBA Finals and would have to get through the same Warriors team that beat him in addition to a much tougher Western Conference slate to win a title with a Lakers roster not exactly brimming with talent.

Boogie brings sense back to betting lines

The Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins later Monday, bringing betting lines back to earth and likely ending any hope of getting the Warriors again for cheap.

Golden State was promptly put in its right place as the overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next season with an opening line of -120 by the same bookmaker after Cousins signed.


Bettors still thought the price for Golden State was good, and moved the line throughout Monday night.


Late Monday, Golden State had moved from a -125 favorite to a -200 favorite post-Boogie signing.


The days of getting the Warriors cheap appear to be over.

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NBA betting lines came back to Earth after the Golden State Warriors agreed to sign DeMarcus Cousins on Monday. (Getty)