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As we approach the business end of the NBA Championship, Alex Jack takes a look at the contenders for the title as the season progresses into the crucial playoff stage.
Here are some selections in the basketball betting to see who will be in the running for the NBA crown this season.
Golden State Warriors to win NBA Championship @ 12/25 - BET NOW
Of course, the reigning champions will be the ones to shoot down this season but that's easier said than done for their rivals. The Warriors are going in search of their third consecutive NBA Championship and they start their playoff journey with clashes against the LA Clippers.
Stephen Curry and company are heavy favourites to overcome the Clippers, who have been described as the biggest underdogs in an NBA playoff series in the last 30 years. Taking down the Clippers should be achieved comfortably, then it's up to the other franchises to try and stop the Warriors' domination continuing for another season.
Milwaukee Bucks to win NBA Championship @ 7/1 - BET NOW
After finishing clear at the top of the Central Standings with 60 wins this season, the Bucks are the second favourites to lift the trophy this year. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is in line for the National Basketball Coaches Association's 2019 Coach of the Year award and few could deny what he has already managed to achieve this season.
In just his first year with the group, he managed to deliver their best ever league record and the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe have shone under his tenure so far. The Detroit Pistons stand between the Bucks and progress through the playoffs but, with Antetokounmpo on current form, they should be able to delve further into the business end of the campaign.
Toronto Raptors to win NBA Championship @ 11/1 - BET NOW
The Raptors have a two-game winning streak ahead of their opening game in the playoffs against Orlando Magic. Magic themselves have won their last four outings, with their last defeat actually being a 121-109 loss at the hands of Toronto at the start of this month. Kawhi Leonard has led from the front for the Raptors and he will be key if they are to enjoy any success in the playoffs this season.
Philadelphia 76ers to win NBA Championship @ 17/1 - BET NOW
Philly can be looked at as an outside option in the basketball odds, with the 76ers finishing second best to Toronto in the Atlantic Standings. Joel Embiid is an injury doubt for Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets as the Philly star has been complaining of soreness in his left knee.
The 76ers must manage the injury but if they can keep their talisman fit and firing on the court, they do have what it takes to overcome the Nets and progress. Whether they can go all the way remains to be seen and they would need a Philadelphia Eagles' style run of upsets to do something special for the city in the NBA this season.
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