NBA Predictions, Previews and Playing Schedule
With the 2017 NBA regular season coming to an end in less than 10 days, and the playoffs beginning three days after, another great season lays before us. Though the regular season put on a great act with lots of amazing, action-packed games, the playoffs are expected to offer something even better. The odds and bets have changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks, but as we’re getting closer to the start of the playoff season and more information becomes available, a clear pattern is emerging. Although not bulletproof, the odds are strongly favoring a couple of teams. Whether those predictions turn out to be true only time will tell.
If you’ve been waiting for the Golden State Warriors to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, now’s the time. Emerging on top of the odds-on favorite list once again, Golden State has a really large chance to go all the way and win the NBA title. Their price has been somewhat steep for a lot of hoops bettors throughout the majority of the campaign, but it’s recently come down (-110, the best it’s been all season). Rounding up the Top 10 favorites we have: The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since mid February, the Cavaliers’ odds have improved massively, from +325 to +250. The Spurs’ experienced a jump in chances, but not as massive as the Cavaliers’ (from +800 to +600). With star player Kevin Durant sidelined for the rest of the regular season it’s no wonder the Golden State dropped in this category, but it still doesn’t make any sense when you think about it. He’s scheduled to return once the playoffs start, so the team will once again be operating at full capacity come Kevin Durant’s comeback. The current -110 price is more than decent given the Warriors’ caliber, so now is the time to strike and make a bet instead of waiting when the price goes back up.
The Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs and Rockets hold the most amount of bragging rights, but the Clippers are not far behind at +4000. L.A. typically offered plenty of playoff futility back in the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin/DeAndreJordan era, but that group is way too talented to be having long odds right now. Though you still don’t want to go all out on the Clippers, it’s very possible that they will put on a better show with more effort this year, given this might be their last chance to make a run with Griffith who’s set to return back to the market as an unrestricted free agent come the offseason.
Last year Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game on his way to the first unanimous NBA MVP in the league’s entire history. Curry had the second-best odds before the start of the season (+650), despite the fact he had won the award just the year before that, making 2016 a second consecutive year.
Based on a couple of reports, Stephen Curry is set to earn his third consecutive MVP award this year with +250 odds, despite the fact that just three people in the NBA’s history have managed to achieve that (Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell). Elsewhere, Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s center face features decent odds as well, as does Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant.
A surprise entrance might come in the form of 6’7” Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs’ star making a lot of headlines in recent months. Praised for his two-way impact, a lot of people are predicting his defensive prowess gives him a massive edge over one-dimensional offensive players who can be easily predicted. San Antonio has the 2-nd best record in the entire league, and Leonard is without a question their best player. As the playoffs get closer and more media outlets start covering Leonard, his odds are slowly but surely going up. They went from +1600 to +500 in just once month. Could we be seeing them in the mid to high 300s? Possibly. It’s a great time to bet right now if your money is on Leonard winning the NBA MVP.
Golden State Warriors currently make for a great bet. The odds will only go down as we approach the season, so now’s the time to make some bets if your smart money is on the Warriors. The Cavaliers are looking strong as well, and the Spurs are not far behind. The Rockets might surprise everyone however, but it’s more than likely the Warriors’ season once again. As for MVPs, both Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant look strong on claiming the award, with LeBron James not far behind. Superstar Kawhi Leonard might surprise everyone however, so be on the lookout for him.