Blatt fired in Cleveland

With firing of David Blatt, have the Cavs improved their NBA Finals odds?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but that didn’t stop them from firing head coach David Blatt on Friday in the midst of just his second season.

View NBA Finals Odds

The Cavaliers are currently 30-11 on the season, but the team let Blatt go on Friday in place of former player Tyronn Lue, who now takes over as head coach.

“What I see is that we need to build a collective spirit, a strength of spirit, a collective will,” Cleveland GM David Griffin said told ESPN.com. “Elite teams always have that, and you see it everywhere. To be truly elite, we have to buy into a set of values and principles that we believe in. That becomes our identity.”

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Cleveland is now listed with +300 odds to win the NBA Finals this season. The Warriors are a +150 favorite to repeat, while the Spurs have +250 odds to win it all. Cleveland is currently at -300 to win the Eastern Conference.

Many thought Blatt was in over his head last season and that LeBron James was almost a player/coach. Things seemed to be going smoother this season, but the team elected to make a move, citing James had no impact on the decision, but that seems hard to believe. Cleveland currently has a 3-game lead on the Raptors in the East and a 6.5-game lead on the Bulls in the Central Division. Cleveland has won 8 of its last 10 games as well. Lue has been an assistant coach around the league starting in 2009. He has coached with the Celtics, Clippers and been a Cavs assistant since 2014.

Bet on NBA Futures Odds

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Celtics vs. Heat Game 3 Prediction The Miami Heat will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics tonight when the two teams meet in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference...
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Lakers Game 1 Prediction Following their upset series win over the Clippers, the Nuggets will attempt the same feat against the NBA’s predominant L.A. team, the Lakers, in the Western...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Prediction Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place tonight in Orlando where the Celtics will look to even their series versus the Heat at 7:00 p.m. ET. Listed...
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Clippers Game 7 Prediction Not many NBA pundits thought that the Nuggets-Clippers Eastern Conference semifinals series would be this competitive but here we are, with Tuesday night being...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Celtics Game 1 Prediction Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals starts Tuesday night in the NBA bubble as the Heat take on the Celtics at 6:40 p.m. ET. With the Celtics listed as a small...