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In a couple of hours, Cleveland Cavaliers will look to keep the 2015 NBA Finals alive against the Golden State Warriors. But if you’re a Cavs fan, don’t worry … Cleveland are already billed as favourites to win the 2016 championship.

Oh yeah, it’s all planned out, apparently. According to the Westgate LV SuperBook, LeBron’s Cavs are the odds-on favorites to win the championship in 2015-16. Vegas figures that with a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James will finally be able to bring a ring to his title-starved city.

Don’t you just love the betting world (sorry kids).

Per CBS Sports:

The Westgate LV SuperBook on Monday opened betting on the 2016 NBA title, and Cleveland – not Golden State – is the clear favorite. The book opened the Cavaliers at 9-to-4, followed by the Warriors and Thunder at 5-to-1.“You’re seeing what the Cavs are doing right now without their second- and third-best players,” SuperBook director Jay Kornegay said. “With LeBron James carrying the entire team on his back, they’re pushing the current best team to six or seven games in the NBA Finals. […] Not only do we expect [Kevin] Love and [Kyrie] Irving to be back, you’ve got to expect they’re going to add a couple role players to make them deeper for the long playoff run.”

The Cavs’ odds are lower because they get to play in the East. The NBA is looking into a new playoff format but changes aren’t expected soon. […] “When you look at what Cleveland has to face in the playoffs, that’s definitely part of it,” Kornegay said. “They don’t have to go through the Thunder, Clippers and Spurs just to reach the Finals.”


Lance Stephenson had an horrendous year with the Charlotte Hornets but he posted a heartfelt message thanking the people of Charlotte for making his stay enjoyable.

Stephenson was traded late last night to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The full message:

Thank you to buzz city and the Hornets organization. While the past year didn’t work out as I hoped it would, I really enjoyed my time in the city of Charlotte. I will thoroughly miss the Hornets fans and my teammates who were very supportive of me over the last year.

I wish the Hornets success going forward and I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to help bring a championship to Los Angeles and Clipper Nation.