Vegas: Raptors see spike in title odds

Aaron Rose

Can the Toronto Raptors repeat as NBA champions this year? Vegas bettors seem to like their odds.

The Raptors have been hot bet to win the NBA title this season, with 22% of all bets over placed over the past week coming in on Toronto, according to Oddschecker.

“The Raptors made history last year against all odds, so it is perfectly understandable to see sports bettors backing them to repeat the feat," Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt wrote in a press release.

“Whilst their chances remain remote, the activity of the past week has prompted some oddsmakers to cut Toronto’s odds."

Though the Raptors still remains at +2400 at some books, indicating a 4% probability of repeating as champions, some books have moved Toronto's odds as far as +1500, indicating a 6.25% chance of winning the title.

The top of the market still has the Raptors behind the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics as the sixth most likely team to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Team
Odds of Winning

Los Angeles Lakers

+270

Milwaukee Bucks

+280

Los Angeles Clippers

+340

Houston Rockets

+1600

Boston Celtics

+2000

Toronto Raptors

+2400

Philadelphia 76ers

+2800

Denver Nuggets

+3000

Miami Heat

+3000

Dallas Mavericks

+4000

Utah Jazz

+4000

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