NBA Odds: King James Returns and Pushes Cavs to Front of Sportsbook

A wild NBA offseason has permanently altered the basketball betting landscape. For proof, look no further than the top of the NBA futures where the Cleveland Cavaliers sit, despite having no more than 33 wins in the past four seasons. Why is that? Two words: LeBron James.

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When James decided to take his talents to the shore of Lake Erie, the NBA’s shape changed. Suddenly the prodigal son is going home, and his first official employer is now back in the mix to contend for the title.

The Cavaliers are 15/4 to win the NBA championship, which gives you an idea of what oddsmakers think of the new Cleveland roster. James’ supporting cast includes former Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, Andrew Wiggins.

Has the King matured enough to lead the Cavs further than before? Can he fend off the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs? Even the revamped Chicago Bulls, with whom they share an NBA Central Division, will pose a threat. The 2014-2015 season can’t come soon enough.