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Long live the King! That’s what one offshore sportsbook is preaching by going against the industry grain and setting LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers as the favorites to win the 2016-17 NBA title. did not follow in the footsteps of sportsbooks in Las Vegas, who installed the Golden State Warriors as their 2016-17 front runners, instead setting LeBron & Co. as +175 chalk ahead of the Warriors at +260.

Golden State is a consensus favorite across the board in Nevada, with most Las Vegas books dealing the Warriors as 2/1 favorites to avenge their historic collapse – up 3-1 on the Cavs in the finals – and win their second title in three years. But after watching Cleveland come back from that lofty deficit, believes there’s blood in the water as it pertains to the Golden State’s former dominance.

“The Cavs figured them out,” says Dave Johnson, head oddsmaker for “Cleveland broke the code when it came to (Stephen) Curry and the Warriors, and the NBA is on notice. Every team in the West will be studying what Cleveland just did.”

Speaking of Golden State’s Western Conference rivals, the San Antonio Spurs are the third overall favorite on the board at, opening at +550, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting at +850 despite the uncertainty surrounding superstar – and free agent – Kevin Durant. The Los Angeles Clippers round out the Top 5 favorites at +1,100 odds.

In the Eastern Conference, Cleveland’s closest threats are the Boston Celtics (+1,400), Miami Heat (+1,600), and Toronto Raptors (+2,200), who regardless of finishing second overall in the East are getting very little respect from Johnson and his oddsmakers.

“As long as LeBron stays healthy, the East is pretty much a formality,” says Johnson. “The Western Conference, not so much. Especially after what happened in the finals Sunday night. Basketball bettors will get a real look at just how tough the Warriors are now. Will they suffer a hangover next season after letting the title slip away? I guess we’ll have to wait until next June to find out.”

Click here for’s full list of the 2016-17 NBA Championship odds.

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