Article posted on Friday 28 September - 03:18 EDT
The NBA preseason is upon us and this article will provides some ideas as to how to approach wagering on these games. Look for teams with good young players, starters coming back from injury and large spreads.
Article posted on Friday 21 September - 05:59 EDT
As the 2018-19 NBA campaign approaches, everyone expects the Golden State Warriors to waltz into their third consecutive championship. Nonetheless, an 82-game regular season will take place before the NBA playoffs
commence, determining a post season picture that will likely include the Warriors and Boston Celtics as favorites to win their respective conferences. This preview of NBA division futures includes predictions and odds for each group in the eastern and western conference. You can follow the progress of each franchise by clicking on our NBA Power Rankings page
Article posted on Thursday 20 September - 12:40 EDT
The NBA season isn't too far away and once again it's a tale of two conferences: the East is wide open thanks to LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles while the West is still Warriors' territory. The Raptors remain powerhouses in the East thanks to a huge deal but the rest of the East are all licking their chops and hungry to be the conference's NBA Finals representative. You can check weekly the progress of each franchise by clicking on our NBA Power Rankings page
Article posted on Friday 20 July - 12:26 EDT
“Can’t trust ‘em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing”, DeMar DeRozan posted on Instagram. The Raptors traded one of the finest, universally-admired athletes in Toronto history for the most mysterious player in the association - former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. GM Masai Ujiri, preacher of organizational culture, appears to place a blind bet on a player who appeared in nine games last season, upheaving years of internal development.
Article posted on Tuesday 19 June - 14:20 EDT
The NBA Draft is the most exciting draft thanks to how quickly the players make an impact. Within a year, the top picks alter a franchise and show their superstar-potential or they could make the team regret their choice by playing like a dud. A thin line separates the busts like Anthony Bennett and the superstars like Blake Griffin. We look at a few potential sleepers and busts.
Article posted on Sunday 13 May - 05:45 EDT
The NBA Playoffs return with the Conference Finals. The main event battle between the top-seeded Houston Rockets and defending champions Golden State Warriors starts Monday. The East features a rematch between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Boston Celtics who are hungry for revenge. Both conference finals are headed to a game 7 and oddsmakers believe we're headed for a clash between Boston and Golden State.
Article posted on Wednesday 11 April - 03:35 EDT
Death. Taxes. LeBron James conquering the Eastern Conference. For seven straight years, the King has nonchalantly dominated the East even if his teams rarely finish atop the standings. But James's streak of seven straight NBA Finals appearances could finally come to an end this season. His Cleveland Cavaliers are at their worst and the competition has become much greater. We break down how and why the King is finally slain.
Article posted on Saturday 31 March - 14:16 EDT
Toronto is in the toughest stretch of their final two weeks as they travel to Boston to face divisional nemesis, the Celtics. The tilt will be their first of two meetings within a four-day span and is a pivotal match-up to decide who clinches the first seed as Toronto only leads by three games. We break down the match-up plus the rest of the best this Saturday.
Article posted on Tuesday 27 March - 13:54 EDT
The Raptors appear to be slowing down. After going on a blistering 17-1 run, Toronto has lost three of their last five with their two wins being a struggle against lottery teams. They get a chance to start a new run against the Denver Nuggets who are on the second night of a back-to-back. We break down the game plus other NBA games featuring road teams.
Article posted on Saturday 10 March - 06:41 EST
Better known as "March Madness", the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is just a day away from starting. This event reaches beyond sports fans as almost everyone gets into creating their own tournament bracket. With only 71 per cent of favourites winning since 2011, the focus has been on Cinderella stories. Everyone loves a great underdog story and we break down the intricate art of predicting upsets
Article posted on Saturday 17 February - 05:36 EST
The NBA skills competition isn’t a direct reflection of the association, but it does mirror trends which dominate modern basketball. This event became a part of the all-star weekend in 2003, showcasing some of the best guards at the turn of the century, including Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Stephon Marbury. After a decade of domination by traditional playmakers, the skills competition now features stretch fours and fives performing with the grace and precision of point guards.
Article posted on Sunday 11 February - 15:18 EST
As the NBA gets ready for another exciting trade deadline, teams will declare themselves buyers or sellers depending on their end season goal. Teams like the Pelicans are desperate to make the playoffs, while Cleveland desperately needs a boost on the defensive end of the floor. NBA betting trends after the halfway mark reveal surprising teams who perform well against the spread, even if they won’t make the playoffs.
Article posted on Wednesday 24 January - 02:54 EST
Considered by many as the greatest basketball player of his era, even the indomitable LeBron James grows weary. This season, his Cleveland Cavaliers are enduring their worst stretch since he returned four years ago. The Cavs are 5-10 in their last 15 with the NBA's worst defence and with all the locker room drama, even a trade for All-Star Center DeAndre Jordan may not fix this team.
Article posted on Wednesday 20 December - 07:37 EST
A new offence, the NBA's fifth-best record, and best home record are still not enough to promote the Toronto Raptors from "pretenders" to "contenders". Toronto returned this season with the same core of players but have been firing on all cylinders yet both oddsmakers and fans are unconvinced they can actually contend in the playoffs. This Raptors Report! previews when and how the Raptors prove they are "forreal".
Article posted on Sunday 17 December - 09:47 EST
Houston, we have liftoff! A quarter into the NBA season and the Rockets have won ten straight games and possess the NBA's best record. They are on pace to become just the fifth team to win 69 or more games in a single season. The James Harden-Chris Paul dynamic is working wonders and already with a win over Golden State, this Houston team could dethrone the defending champs.
Article posted on Friday 15 December - 06:03 EST
Six weeks into the College Basketball season and the rankings are all over the place. But top choices Duke and Michigan State (MSU) remain within the top-four and are still the faves to win the title per oddsmakers. Duke is the usual powerhouse with its glut of freshman players headed to the draft lottery while the Spartans are talented and a year wiser. We break down both teams now.
Article posted on Friday 03 November - 19:53 EDT
In this first edition of Raptors Report! we put three articles in one: a breakdown of the Raptors' upcoming game versus the Utah Jazz, a review of their last game against the Denver Nuggets, and a brief outlook of how their 2017-18 season is going so far. The Raptors were dismantled by the Nuggets but are solid underdog bets against the Jazz tonight at 9:00 PM ET.
Article posted on Sunday 15 October - 05:57 EDT
Great NBA rotations feature solid bench players who contribute more than a rest for the starters. Great sixth men change the complexion of the game, creating difficult matchups for opposition coaches. Andre Iguodala’s been the runner-up for two consecutive years, losing to flashy, high-scoring guards, despite his indispensable role with the Warriors. NBA sixth man of the year odds lean towards players with great offensive numbers, including past winners like Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams.
Article posted on Saturday 14 October - 05:18 EDT
While the Toronto Raptors stayed mostly the same, they continue to evolve through their many prospects who are expected to have larger roles thanks to the departure of several key players. First-round picks Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, and Pascal Siakam will get more playing time while Fred VanVleet will be a calming bench presence. Bruno Caboclo remains an enigma but is developing nicely. This is the Raptors Prospects Report.