A rematch of the past two NBA Finals highlights Sunday’s five-game schedule. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are 2½-point favorites at Cleveland.
UCLA, 13-0 and ranked No. 2, represents the biggest surprise of the college basketball season. The Bruins’ odds to win the national championship were posted at 50-1 in early November.
The Blue Devils, featuring five players who are potential first-round NBA draft picks after this season, are 7-2 favorites to win the national championship in April.
NBA regular-season win totals are open for wagering. Golden State’s total (66½) is set well above the No. 2 (San Antonio, 57½) and No. 3 (Cleveland, 56½) teams on the list.
After signing on to form the NBA’s new superteam with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant is leading Team USA into a ridiculously unfair fight at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The NCAA announced the No. 1 overall seed will be able to choose the location of its first two games in the tournament next March. At the Westgate sports book, Duke is the title favorite at 7-2 odds.
Chicago has five players who are expected to join Dwyane Wade, who left Miami to sign as a free agent, on the regular-season roster. The Bulls are led by forwards Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine.
While most of the NBA’s other 29 teams will play the hopeless role of the Washington Generals, there are teams in the West capable of challenging the Warriors.
Kevin Durant’s free-agent decision means the 2016-17 regular season will be essentially meaningless as we wait for Cleveland and Golden State to meet in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row.
A week ago, it was only a matter of time until Golden State was crowned as a repeat NBA champion. But LeBron James flipped the script for Cleveland.