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Cheer up, Cleveland -- the Cavaliers are the clear-cut favorites to win next year's championship.

The Golden State Warriors outlasted the depleted Cavaliers on Tuesday, clinching this year's championship with a 105-97 win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

2016 NBA Championship Odds
The Cavaliers are the odds-on favorites to win next season's NBA championship, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Cavaliers 9-4 Knicks 80-1
Warriors 5-1 Celtics 80-1
Thunder 5-1 Bucks 80-1
Clippers 10-1 Pistons 80-1
Spurs 12-1 Jazz 80-1
Bulls 12-1 Suns 80-1
Hawks 20-1 Lakers 80-1
Rockets 20-1 Nuggets 80-1
Wizards 30-1 Kings 100-1
Pacers 30-1 Nets 100-1
Grizzlies 30-1 76ers 200-1
Heat 30-1 Magic 200-1
Blazers 40-1 Wolves 200-1
Mavericks 40-1 Hornets 200-1
-- Westgate SuperBook
But the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook made Cleveland the early 9-4 favorite to win the 2016 NBA title. Golden State and the Oklahoma City Thunder are next at 5-1, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers (10-1), San Antonio Spurs (12-1) and Chicago Bulls (12-1). A lot could change during the offseason, with a plethora of big-name free agents possibly on the move.

Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis center Marc Gasol, Miami guard Dwyane Wade, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard are among the prominent free agents.

The favored Cavaliers also could see significant adjustments. James is a free agent, but not expected to move. Forward Kevin Love has said he plans to be back with Cleveland next season.

The Cavs also look forward to the return of point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed parts of the playoffs, before fracturing his knee cap in Game 1 of the Finals.

"Look at what they're doing without Love and Irving," Jeff Sherman, assistant manager and NBA oddsmaker at the SuperBook, told ESPN Chalk. "We've seen with the Heat, where the first year LeBron didn't win. Usually things improve, chemistry improves. We just expect that they'll be that much better next year and actually have some separation between other teams, assuming that they're healthy."

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Cavs were favored to win this season too, even going into the playoffs. It's a product of being in the east. All the odds for the western powerhouses get divided because only one can make it.
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