NBA Finals Futures 2019 Championship Odds
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NBA Championship Futures Price Week 12 Update: 2:30 PM ET on January 2, 2018.
2018-19 Week 13 Bet365 NBA Finals Odds Refresh: 11:30 PM ET on January 9, 2018.
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NBA Hot and Not: 2018-19 Championship Finals Week 13 Price Update
Holiday hubbub now complete, welcome to the halfway point of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season. Thanks in part to an impressive 123-116 road, win over Eastern Conference foe Milwaukee, Toronto (31-12) heads into the second half as overall NBA leaders. The Raptors returned home and took out Indiana 121-105 the next night as stud Kyle Lowry returned to the lineup after missing ten of the previous eleven games. Toronto closed Week 12 with a 104-101 victory over the lowly Atlanta Hawks at home.
“Bulls vs Blazers on 09/01/19 marks game 615 of 1230 this season”
Remaining red-hot, despite their loss to the Raptors, Milwaukee (28-11) sits second overall in the Association. The Bucks are on quite a roll as they have posted a 12-3 record over the past month. That includes keeping their streak of not losing back-to-back games in place as Milwaukee rebounded from their loss to Toronto with an impressive 114-102 home win over Utah. The Bucks open Week 13 action with a tough road contest in Houston on 09/01/19 versus the equally hot Rockets who are back in contention with a 12-2 run.
Denver (27-12) retained third overall as the Nuggets are on a 6-1 roll with a 125-113 loss to Houston as the lone blemish. Fourth, allowing 105.6 PPG, Denver remains offensively challenged as their 110.5 PPG is 18th best in the NBA. Making it three of the top four hailing for the East, Indiana (27-13) sits fourth as the Pacers continue to lead the NBA with a lockdown defense that is allowing just 102.3 PPG. One game back in fifth, Golden State (27-14) is 8-4 since the Warriors 113-93 home loss to Toronto back on 12/12/18.
“Defending Champion Golden State (-163) remain as runaway chalk”
Tied with the Champs, Philadelphia (27-14) is hot on offense, fifth best scoring 114.8 PPG, but the 76ers struggle on defense as they sit 22nd allowing 112.2 PPG. Middling during a recent 5-5 run, that includes two straight losses vs lowly Washington and Minnesota, Oklahoma City (25-15) sits seventh. A home-and home set, vs a soaring San Antonio squad, is next up for the Thunder. Boston (24-15) Los Angeles Clippers (24-16) and Houston (23-16) round out the top ten NBA contenders as we roll in the NBA second half.
Week 13 Observation: DeMarcus Cousins should make his Warriors debut this week.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 13 NBA Championship Odds 09/01/19 @ 11:00 AM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (12-28)||+200K||DAL Mavericks (18-22)||+25000|
|BKN Nets (20-22)||+12500||DEN Nuggets (27-12)||+3300|
|BOS Celtics (24-15)||+1000||GS Warriors (27-14)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (19-21)||+9000||HOU Rockets (23-16)||+1100|
|CHI Bulls (10-30)||+250K||LA Clippers (24-16)||+7000|
|CLE Cavaliers (8-33)||+300K||LA Lakers (22-19)||+2200|
|DET Pistons (17-21)||+9000||MEM Grizzlies (18-22)||+15000|
|IND Pacers (27-13)||+5500||MIN Timberwolves (20-21)||+12500|
|MIA Heat (19-20)||+9000||NO Pelicans (19-22)||+9000|
|MIL Bucks (28-11)||+1800||OKC Thunder (25-15)||+2000|
|NY Knicks (10-31)||+300K||PHO Suns (10-32)||+300K|
|ORL Magic (17-23)||+25000||POR Trail Blazers (24-17)||+5500|
|PHI 76ers (27-14)||+1600||SA Spurs (24-17)||+5000|
|TOR Raptors (31-12)||+700||SAC Kings (20-21)||+20000|
|WAS Wizards (16-25)||+10000||UTA Jazz (20-21)||+7000
2018-19 NBA Finals Futures Movement
02/01/19 NBA Championship Finals Week 12 Odds Update
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Week 12 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association schedule is upon us as we inch closer to the halfway point of the season. Based on winning percentage, for the first time since Week 5, Milwaukee (26-10) is the new leader atop the overall NBA standings. The Bucks put a wobbly early December behind them as they are on a 10-2 roll and remain as the only team without back-to-back losses. Though not against premier talent, Milwaukee has won four straight by a 118-101 margin.
“Milwaukee looks to go 3-0 vs Toronto when they battle on 05/01/19”
Still without Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, both key playmakers, Toronto (28-11) has slipped percentage points behind the Bucks. The Raptors have been middling recently as Canada’s Crew has posted an 8-7 record over the past four weeks. Simply stated, Toronto is not the same squad without Lowry on the floor as his 9.8 assists per game is difficult to replace. PG Fred VanVleet is trying to fill the gap but he is not on the same level as Lowry. The Raptors and Bucks meet for the third time this year on January 5, 2019.
Led by MVP contender Nikola Jokic, Denver (24-11) the Nuggets are on a 7-2 roll and sit third overall. Rock solid at home, with a 15-3 record, Denver is 9-8 as visitors and four of their next six games are on the road. That run is followed by a stretch of six of seven home games. Amongst the hottest teams, Indiana (25-12) is on a 12-2 roll and they have moved in fourth. That said, the Pacers have enjoyed a fairly easy schedule as their last five wins were against teams with a losing record. Indiana trails Toronto by two games in the East.
“Indiana Pacers @ Toronto Raptors is a big game on January 6, 2019”
Playing below the standard they set over the past four seasons, Golden State (25-13) dropped back-to-back battles, vs the Lakers and Trail Blazers, prior to closing Week 11 with wins over Portland and Phoenix. Still very efficient on offense, with an NBA third best 115.8 PPG, defense has been an issue for the Champs as the Warriors are in the middle of the pack allowing 111.3 PPG. Oklahoma City (23-13) has cooled some, as the Thunder was quiet during a recent 2-3 run. OKC continues to impress on defense allowing 105.6 PPG.
On a 5-5 run, Philadelphia (24-12) fell to seventh.. The 76ers close a five-game road trip vs the lowly Phoenix Suns on 02/01/19. Strong on offense (114.1 PPG) Philadelphia needs to work on their #23 ranked defense that’s allowing 112.1 PPG. Hotter than team in the league, Houston (21-15) is back to their winning ways as the Rockets are on a 10-1 roll. Looking to win back-to-back MVP awards, James Harden has led the Rockets in scoring over 15 straight games. We aren’t sold on Houston being an NBA Finals contender.
“NBA Top Chalk: Warriors (-163) Raptors (+700) and Celtics (+1000)”
Looking at NBA futures betting prices, Bet365 seems to have found a sweet spot as the Championship Final prices on their top eleven favorites all held firm week-over-week. Golden State continues to lead the way as the Champs lines (-163) continues to offer very little in the way of value. Toronto (+700) Boston (+1000) Houston (+1200) and Philadelphia (+1500) round out the current top five contenders. Somewhat surprising, Milwaukee remains well off the pace as their +2000 NBA title line is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Week 12 Observation: No squad is taking control = Top 12 are separated by six games.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 12 NBA Championship Odds 02/01/19 @ 2:30 PM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (11-25)||+150K||DAL Mavericks (17-19)||+15000|
|BKN Nets (17-21)||+12500||DEN Nuggets (24-11)||+3300|
|BOS Celtics (21-15)||+1000||GS Warriors (25-13)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (18-18)||+9000||HOU Rockets (21-15)||+1200|
|CHI Bulls (10-27)||+150K||LA Clippers (21-16)||+8000|
|CLE Cavaliers (8-29)||+250K||LA Lakers (21-16)||+2000|
|DET Pistons (16-19)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (18-18)||+9000|
|IND Pacers (25-12)||+5500||MIN Timberwolves (17-20)||+10000|
|MIA Heat (17-18)||+10000||NO Pelicans (17-21)||+8000|
|MIL Bucks (26-10)||+2000||OKC Thunder (23-13)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (9-29)||+250K||PHO Suns (9-29)||+250K|
|ORL Magic (18-18)||+25000||POR Trail Blazers (22-16)||+6000|
|PHI 76ers (24-14)||+1500||SA Spurs (21-17||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (28-11)||+700||SAC Kings (19-18)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (14-23)||+12500||UTA Jazz (18-20)||+7000
26/12/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 11 Odds Update
Happy New Year – All The Best in 2019! As the only pro sports league that does not take a pause for Santa Claus, Week 11 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season is upon us and in-progress as we produce this update. Ending with a Christmas Day five-game feast, Week 10 was a wobbly one for the top 16 teams as the best current winning streak is just two games and eight squads lost their last time out. Bound to happen, Toronto, Milwaukee and Denver were the last teams to reach double-digit losses.
Six games shy of the halfwaymark; the Raptors are the only team with a winning percentage above .700 as they continue to lead the overall standings. That said Toronto (25-10) has been far from a lock when betting on NBA games, as Canada’s Crew is 5-6 over their last eleven matches. After leading the team with assists, in 26 of their first 30 games, the Raptors miss playmaker Kyle Lowry as he has sat out four of the last five matches with a back injury. In the process, Toronto’s lead is down to one over Milwaukee.
“Greek Freak is +162 chalk over Anthony Davis as NBA MVP at Bet365“
Maintaining remarkable consistency, Milwaukee (23-10) put a middling 3-4 run behind them as the Bucks are 7-2 over their last nine contests and still have not lost back-to-back games. Super star Giannis Antetokounmpo continues his push towards winning the NBA MVP award as he is averaging 26.4 points and 5.9 assists per game. Leading the Western Conference race, Denver sits third, as they are two games behind Toronto and one back of the Bucks. The Nuggets, 11-3 over their last 14 games, are one of the hotter NBA teams.
Looking average, Golden State was pounded 127-101 by the LA Lakers during a Christmas Day debacle. Just three away from the 15 total losses posted during the 2016-17 season, the Warriors (23-12) are percentage points behind Denver in fourth place overall. With C Damian Jones out for the season, and DeMarcus Cousins still not ready to return, the Champs are playing without a true Center in their lineup. Despite that increasing concern, the Warriors remain as runaway NBA Finals Championship favorites over Toronto.
“Warriors (-163) Raptors (+700) are top two NBA Championship chalk”
Playing well at home (12-5) and decent on the road (10-7) Indiana is fifth and just a half game behind the Warriors. Powered by their NBA leading defense, allowing a stingy 100.6 PPG, Indiana is rolling as they have won ten of their last twelve contests. We remain leery of the Pacers offense though, as 106.1 PPG won’t be enough during the NBA playoffs. Falling off the pace some, after an epic 16-3 hot streak, Oklahoma has posted a 5-5 mark over their last ten games and sit percentage points ahead of Philadelphia is sixth.
Boston, LA Lakers and LA Clippers, round out the current top ten NBA standings. The Celtics (20-13) rebounded from a three game losing streak with two wins that included a 121-114 OT win vs the 76ers on Christmas Day. The Lakers (20-14) whacking of the Warriors came with a price as LeBron James left the game with a groin injury and may be out awhile. With their 9-2 recent hot streak a distant memory, the Clippers (19-14) are on a 4-8 slide that includes a 129-127 loss to the Warriors in Week 10 action.
Week 11 Observation: Happy New Year – Best Wishes for Health and Happiness in 2019!
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 11 NBA Championship Odds 26/12/18 @ 7:00 AM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (9-23)||+150K||DAL Mavericks (15-17)||+15000|
|BKN Nets (16-19)||+15000||DEN Nuggets (21-10)||+3300|
|BOS Celtics (20-13)||+1000||GS Warriors (23-12)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (16-16)||+8000||HOU Rockets (18-15)||+1200|
|CHI Bulls (9-25)||+150K||LA Clippers (19-14)||+8000|
|CLE Cavaliers (8-26)||+250K||LA Lakers (20-14)||+2000|
|DET Pistons (15-16)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (17-16)||+9000|
|IND Pacers (22-12)||+5500||MIN Timberwolves (15-18)||+10000|
|MIA Heat (16-16)||+10000||NO Pelicans (15-19)||+7000|
|MIL Bucks (23-10)||+2000||OKC Thunder (21-12)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (9-26)||+150K||PHO Suns (8-26)||+250K|
|ORL Magic (14-18)||+20000||POR Trail Blazers (19-15)||+7000|
|PHI 76ers (22-13)||+1500||SA Spurs (18-16)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (25-10)||+700||SAC Kings (18-15)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (13-21)||+10000||UTA Jazz (17-18)||+7000
19/12/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 10 Odds Update
Week 10 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season has arrived and standings are tight on several levels. Led by Toronto (23-9) eight teams are within 3.5 games of the top overall spot. The Raptors have let teams chasing them back into the race as Kawhi Leonard & Crew are riding a 3-5 recent slide. That includes losses to Portland and Denver, after the Raptors opened a west coast road trip with wins against the Clippers and Warriors. Injuries to Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas are affecting Toronto.
“Toronto closes 2018 with six games against Eastern Conference squads”
Looking like they may fade, after opening strong at 9-1 but then going 1-6, Denver is back to their winning ways as the Nuggets are on an 11-2 roll. That run has moved Denver (21-9) into second place overall and just one game behind the Raptors. The streak is impressive, as it includes two-game home-and-home sweeps of red-hot Oklahoma City and Toronto. The Nuggets (.700) and Raptors (.719) are the only NBA squads with a winning percentage at .700 or better. Denver’s defense is third best allowing just 103.4 PPG.
Chasing Toronto in the East, though somewhat middling during a 6-4 run, Milwaukee (20-9) sits third over. The Bucks continue to lead the NBA with a +8.8 PF/PA differential and remain as the only team that has not lost back-to -back battles this season. With their starting five back to full health, Golden State is on a 6-1 run with a 113-93 home loss to Toronto as the lone blemish. Whether it was and NBA Finals preview or not remains to be seen, but the Champs lost both of their regular season contests vs the Raptors.
“Four teams are within 1.5 games of first place overall in the NBA”
Oklahoma City leads a closely bunched group of four teams as the Thunder (19-10) sit fifth overall. Thanks in part to impressive wins over East rivals Milwaukee and Philadelphia, Indiana (20-11) is sixth. The Pacers had a seven game winning streak snapped, losing 92-91 at home to the lowly Chicago Bulls, and will look to get back on track when they open Week 10 with a road game in Toronto on 19/12/18. Philadelphia (20-12) is seventh overall but slumped during Week 9 losses to Brooklyn, Indiana and San Antonio.
After an impressive eight-game winning streak, Boston finally lost a battle as the Celtics (18-11) dropped a 113-104 decision to the Pistons on the road in Detroit. Boston is eight overall in the NBA and, following a mediocre 10-10 season start, have won eight of nine by a dominating 123-104 average final score. Looking like contenders on some nights, then also-rans on others, the LA Lakers (18-13) plus Portland Trail Blazers and LA Clippers tied with a 17-13 mark in the West, round out the top ten in the overall standings.
“Lakers @ Warriors Christmas Day duel is a huge Week 10 contest”
Adding slight value to their price, Bet365 bookmakers still have Golden State (-175 to -163) as near prohibitive favorites on their NBA futures betting board. Closing the gap some, Toronto (+750) Boston (+950) and Houston (+1200) all lost a degree of value. Philadelphia (+1500) saw their line stay steady to round out the top five current NBA Championship contenders. Reigning MVP James Harden has heated up, averaging 39.5 PPG during the Rockets recent four-game winning streak, and Houston is moving up in the West.
Week 10 Observation: Enjoy the five-game Christmas Day NBA feast and Happy Holidays!
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 10 NBA Championship Odds 19/12/18 @ 3:30 AM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (7-23)||+200K||DAL Mavericks (15-14)||+10000|
|BKN Nets (14-18)||+25000||DEN Nuggets (21-9)||+3300|
|BOS Celtics (18-11)||+1000||GS Warriors (21-10)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (14-15)||+8000||HOU Rockets (15-14)||+1200|
|CHI Bulls (7-24)||+200K||LA Clippers (17-13)||+5500|
|CLE Cavaliers (8-23)||+200K||LA Lakers (18-13)||+2000|
|DET Pistons (14-14)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (16-14)||+8000|
|IND Pacers (20-11)||+5500||MIN Timberwolves (14-16)||+10000|
|MIA Heat (13-16)||+12500||NO Pelicans (15-16)||+6000|
|MIL Bucks (20-9)||+2000||OKC Thunder (19-10)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (9-23)||+100K||PHO Suns (7-24)||+200K|
|ORL Magic (14-15)||+15000||POR Trail Blazers (17-13)||+8000|
|PHI 76ers (20-12)||+1500||SA Spurs (16-15)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (23-9)||+750||SAC Kings (16-14)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (12-19)||+9000||UTA Jazz (14-17)||+6000
12/12/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 9 Odds Update
Led by Toronto and New Orleans, who have both played 29 of their 82 contests, most teams are into the second third of their schedule as we hit Week 9 of the 2018-19 NBA season. With each passing segment, we are learning a little more about how to bet on the NBA Finals. For the sixth week in a row, based on win percentage, the Raptors (22-7) own the top overall perch in the NBA. While a middling 2-2 Week 7 run dented their numbers, Toronto (.759) remains as the only squad with a winning percentage above the .700 level.
“Possible NBA Finals Act 2 Preview: Toronto @ Golden State is on 12/11/18”
Sitting 2.5 games behind the Dinos, second overall in the Association, Milwaukee (18-8) continues their consistent play. Though down considerably, from their un-maintainable +15.9 number heading into Week 3, the Bucks still lead the league with a solid +9.8 PF/PA differential. Rolling along, the Thunder have taken over third place and Oklahoma City (17-8) sits #1 in the West. With the gang back together, Golden State is in a fight for fourth with Philadelphia as both team are hot and own identical 19-9 records.
Following seven wins, Denver (18-9) has lost two of three and fell to sixth overall though the Nuggets are just a half-game out of first in the Western Conference. Three squads fall in behind the Mile High Crew as the LA Clippers, LA Lakers and Indiana Pacers all sit with 17-10 records. The Pacers lead the NBA with a stingy 101.4 points allowed per game. Dominate during a season-high six game winning streak, outscoring their opponents by a 124-98 average final margin, Boston (16-10) has climbed into tenth overall.
“Looking at teams to win the NBA Finals beyond the Top Ten is a stretch”
Memphis (15-11) Dallas (14-11) and Portland (15-12) roll in behind the Celtics and they own the final three playoff positions in the West. Sacramento (14-12) is a half-game ahead of Detroit as the Pistons (13-12) are sixth in the Eastern Conference despite sitting 15th in the overall standings. San Antonio (14-14) rounds out the Top 16 as the Spurs have won three straight. Charlotte (13-13) who continue to alternate mini winning and losing streaks, are tied with San Antonio as one of just 17 teams that do not have a losing record.
While wins and losses are important, online bookmakers help make the 2019 NBA Finals chase somewhat clearer. After hitting a (-150) best value in Week 6, the Golden State line is deflated back to their (-173) preseason price. Illustrating how imminent a Dubs 3-peat appears to be, Bet365 bookmakers are offering a Warriors (-175) vs the World (+125) “Who Will Win The NBA Championship” futures prop. Though still short a few cents at this point, investing in the prop now should deliver value down the road as the Golden State NBA title line will shrink once they begin to pull away in the Western Conference race
“Toronto drops a classic Sandwich Game trap style contest in New York”
Increasing the large gap to second, Toronto (+800 to +850) had their NBA Finals futures line inflated some -that can happen when you stumble vs a non-contending team. In a classic Sandwich Game trap match, fresh off a first place showdown win over Philadelphia, and ahead of another one vs Milwaukee, the Raptors lost 106-105 in OT to the Brooklyn Nets who are currently10-18. After two weeks in quad-digits, Boston jumped into the third chalk slot (+1100 to +950) as the streaking Celtics lost some value.
Week 9 Observation: Slowly, bookmakers are starting to cut bait on 12-14 Houston.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 9 NBA Championship Odds 12/12/18 @ 9:00 AM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (6-22)||+200K||DAL Mavericks (14-11)||+10000|
|BKN Nets (10-18)||+30000||DEN Nuggets (18-9)||+4000|
|BOS Celtics (16-10)||+950||GS Warriors (19-9)||-175|
|CHA Hornets (13-13)||+8000||HOU Rockets (12-14)||+1300|
|CHI Bulls (6-22)||+200K||LA Clippers (17-10)||+5000|
|CLE Cavaliers (6-21)||+200K||LA Lakers (17-10)||+1800|
|DET Pistons (13-12)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (15-11)||+8000|
|IND Pacers (17-10)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (13-14)||+9000|
|MIA Heat (11-15)||+12500||NO Pelicans (14-15)||+6000|
|MIL Bucks (18-8)||+2000||OKC Thunder (17-8)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (8-20)||+100K||PHO Suns (4-24)||+200K|
|ORL Magic (12-15)||+15000||POR Trail Blazers (15-12)||+8000|
|PHI 76ers (19-9)||+1500||SA Spurs (14-14)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (22-7)||+850||SAC Kings (14-12)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (11-16)||+10000||UTA Jazz (13-15)||+5500
05/12/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 8 Odds Update
Thundering along, the 2018-19 National Basketball Association schedule hits the one-third mile pole during Week 8 action. Looking back, on Week 1 NBA futures betting odds, some teams are living up to preseason expectations while others are not. At the other end of the spectrum, a couple of heavy underdogs are in playoff contention while some pups are already heading towards being postseason eliminated. That’s crazy when one considers the regular season halfway point isn’t until January 5, 2019.
“In a potential NBA Finals preview Raptors defeat Dubs 131-128 in OT”
After a pair of six game winning streaks, through thirteen games, Toronto (20-5) upped the ante and ripped off an eight match undefeated streak to retain the top overall NBA perch. The Raptors didn’t hit the 20-win mark until they were 20-8 on December 17 last season. While the Warriors NBA record .817 win percentage isn’t in jeopardy, the Raptors .800 WPC is very impressive. Keeping Golden State as clear chalk, Bet365 bookmakers held Toronto steady with a +800 second favorite NBA Championship line.
Still wobbling, Golden State (16-9) welcomed Stephen Curry back to the fold. Making his return in the Motor City, instead of Toronto, Curry posted 27 points in a 111-102 loss to Detroit and 30 points in a 128-111 win in Atlanta (5-19) who are one loss away from the East cellar. Despite a dismal 6-8 recent slide, Bet365 deflated the Warriors (-175) tiny NBA title price. Following stops in Cleveland and Milwaukee, the Dubs play eight of their next ten games at home – including a 12/12/18 visit from the Raptors.
Lines head into quad-digits after the top two as, after Boston won three straight, the Celtics (+1100) retained their third overall chalk status. That is just ahead of Houston (+1200) who continue to stumble and Philadelphia (+1400) who is riding an 8-1 hot streak to round out the top five favorites. Starting to wonder if we may have to apologize, for not believing in King James, Los Angeles is on a 10-3 roll and the Lakers retained their +1800 NBA Finals price which is sixth overall at Bet365.
“Warriors @ Bucks on 07/12/18 is also a possible NBA Finals preview”
Milwaukee and Oklahoma City are locked in a tie as seventh NBA Championship favorites with a +2200 money line. The Bucks have been sluggish during a middling 8-7 run while the Thunder continue to roll during a 15-3 hot streak that has made the OKC 0-4 season start a thing of the past. Prices soar after that as Denver (+4500) sits eighth while Utah and the LA Clippers round out the top ten with +5000 odds. While probably too far down, that’s where we draw line on 2019 NBA Championship contenders.
Week 8 Observation: Led by 13-1 76ers – Seven teams have double-digit home wins.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 8 NBA Championship Odds 05/12/18 @ 4:30 PM ET
Shaded Green: Teams currently hold one of eight conference playoff positions.
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (5-19)||+100K||DAL Mavericks (12-10)||+10000|
|BKN Nets (8-17)||+30000||DEN Nuggets (16-7)||+4500|
|BOS Celtics (13-10)||+1100||GS Warriors (16-9)||-175|
|CHA Hornets (11-12)||+8000||HOU Rockets (11-12)||+1200|
|CHI Bulls (5-20)||+100K||LA Clippers (16-7)||+5000|
|CLE Cavaliers (5-18)||+200K||LA Lakers (14-9)||+1800|
|DET Pistons (13-8)||+7000||MEM Grizzlies (13-9)||+8000|
|IND Pacers (14-10)||+8000||MIN Timberwolves (12-12)||+9000|
|MIA Heat (9-14)||+12500||NO Pelicans (12-13)||+6000|
|MIL Bucks (15-7)||+2200||OKC Thunder (15-7)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (8-17)||+50000||PHO Suns (4-20)||+100K|
|ORL Magic (12-12)||+12500||POR Trail Blazers (13-11)||+7000|
|PHI 76ers (17-8)||+1400||SA Spurs (11-13)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (20-5)||+800||SAC Kings (12-11)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (10-14)||+10000||UTA Jazz (12-13)||+5000
28/11/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 7 Odds Update
Although the NBA didn’t experience the bright Thanksgiving spotlight, largely shared by the NFL plus NCAA football and basketball, it was a busy week of betting on NBA games online. Many teams hit the first quarter pole of the 2018-19 season with realistic playoff aspirations while others can already start planning for the 2019-20 NBA campaign. Championship futures prices, plus the overall standings, have changed as we roll into Week 7. A busy segment is ahead as it features an action packed slate of 49 contests.
“Toronto Raptors 16-4 NBA first quarter establishes a franchise record”
Recovered from a three-game slide, Toronto is into the second quarter with an 18-4 record which is good for a sparkling .818 winning percentage. Sitting three games back in second, Golden State (15-7) has won three in a row after a dismal 2-6 skid without Stephen Curry. Milwaukee (14-6) Denver (14-7) and Philadelphia (14-8) round out the top five overall standings. Very consistent, the Bucks still haven’t two straight games, the Nuggets ended a 1-6 run with four straight wins and the 76ers are 5-2 with Jimmy Butler.
While those five teams lead the “most wins” race, the Los Angeles Clippers (13-6) jump past the Warriors, Nuggets and 76ers with a third best .684 winning percentage. Seemingly good for three wins, which are followed by two losses, Indiana (13-8) sits sixth. Memphis and Portland both slipped since our last update as they posted 0-3 records. That draws Oklahoma City even with the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers at 12 wins. Boston, LA Lakers and Detroit, each with eleven wins, round out the current top thirteen contenders.
Top eight Eastern teams are separating Western standings remain tight”
Expanded upon in our Conference Championship updates below, the NBA is a tale of the “West is the best and East has the least”. CFL fans have been following that story line for a few years now. Twenty or so games into the season, for most teams, seven East squads are at least nine games out first place. Over in the West, fourteen clubs are within five games of the Conference lead. That includes preseason favorites Houston and Utah who both have just nine wins and need to pick up the pace to reward their backers.
Golden State continues their 3-Peat charge and remains alone with a (-163) NBA Finals line. The Warriors may get Curry back from injury just in time for their epic visit to Toronto on 29/11/18. The Raptors (+850) have built a slight cushion as second overall NBA title favorites. Boston had their line inflated from +950 to +1100 and are tied as third favorites with Houston who had their price held steady. Philadelphia (+1300) holds the fifth favorite slot, as they are 500 units clear the LA Lakers +1800 money line at Bet365.
Week 7 Observation: Toronto has 12 games in vs sub .500 teams – Milwaukee just five.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 7 NBA Championship Odds 28/11/18 @ 4:00 AM ET
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (5-16)||+100K||DAL Mavericks (9-9)||+15000|
|BKN Nets (8-13)||+20000||DEN Nuggets (14-7)||+5000|
|BOS Celtics (11-10)||+1100||GS Warriors (15-7)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (10-10)||+7000||HOU Rockets (9-10)||+1100|
|CHI Bulls (5-16)||+60000||LA Clippers (13-6)||+6000|
|CLE Cavaliers (4-15)||+200K||LA Lakers (11-9)||+1800|
|DET Pistons (11-7)||+7000||MEM Grizzlies (12-8)||+6000|
|IND Pacers (13-8)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (10-11)||+12500|
|MIA Heat (7-13)||+12500||NO Pelicans (10-11)||+5000|
|MIL Bucks (14-6)||+2000||OKC Thunder (12-7)||+2200|
|NY Knicks (7-15)||+50000||PHO Suns (4-16)||+100K|
|ORL Magic (10-11)||+12500||POR Trail Blazers (12-8)||+6000|
|PHI 76ers (14-8)||+1300||SA Spurs (10-10)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (18-4)||+800||SAC Kings (10-10)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (8-12)||+12500||UTA Jazz (9-12)||+4500|
21/11/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 6 Odds Update
We open by wishing our Friends in the United States of America a Happy Thanksgiving. Watching from America’s attic, and quoting Through The Barricades by Spandau Ballet “Born on different sides of life, We feel the same and feel all of this strife” Though it will be a difficult Holiday Season for many – better times will follow. In times of strife, if consumed properly, yours truly believes immersing in sports is always a reliable escape. Nearing the 1/4 Mile Pole let’s check out the NBA futures betting action.
“Toronto and Milwaukee own first and second NBA ranking spots”
Heading into Week 6 action, Toronto (14-4) leads the NBA with a .778 win percentage, which is slightly better than the Milwaukee Bucks (12-4) who have won .750 percent of their contests. The Raptors (+850) NBA title line went unchanged. Steady as she goes is the Milwaukee mantra as they are the last squad that has not lost two straight contests. The Bucks have been positioned to lose back-to-back on four occasions but posted a win each time. The Greek Freak & Crew value (+2000) held steady at Bet365.
“Portland remains as big NBA Finals pups despite sitting third overall”
Portland (12-5) sits third overall and currently owns the top perch in the Western Conference as well. That hasn’t impressed bookmakers as the Trail Blazers NBA Championship futures betting line was inflated (+5000 to +5500) slightly. Following a dreadful 22-60 run, during the 2017-18 NBA campaign, Memphis is one of the hotter teams in the league. The Grizzlies (11-5) enter Week 6 with an NBA fourth best .688 win percentage and lost over half (+15K to +7000) of their NBA Championship value.
“Champion Warriors are being tested – NBA Golden Age is not ending”
Facing a tougher schedule, with Stephen Curry (groin) still sidelined, has slowed Golden State as the Champs are on a 2-5 slide. The Warriors sit in fifth place, though just two wins out of first, and their NBA Finals 3-Peat price (-163 to -150) gained a little value for a third straight week. After the Warriors and Raptors, Boston, Houston and Philadelphia round out the top five favorites. More detailed, in our Eastern Conference update below, our Celtics futures tickets are up against a fairly dangerous three team triple threat.
Week 6 Observation: Houston is heating up as the Rockets are on a recent 8-2 run.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 6 NBA Championship Odds 21/11/18 @ 4:30 PM ET
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (3-14)||+75000||DAL Mavericks (7-9)||+20000|
|BKN Nets (8-10)||+20000||DEN Nuggets (10-7)||+5500|
|BOS Celtics (9-8)||+950||GS Warriors (12-6)||-150|
|CHA Hornets (8-8)||+8000||HOU Rockets (8-7)||+1100|
|CHI Bulls (4-13)||+60000||LA Clippers (11-6)||+8000|
|CLE Cavaliers (2-13)||+150000||LA Lakers (9-7)||+2200|
|DET Pistons (8-6)||+7000||MEM Grizzlies (11-5)||+7000|
|IND Pacers (11-6)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (7-10)||+12500|
|MIA Heat (6-11)||+12500||NO Pelicans (10-7)||+4500|
|MIL Bucks (12-4)||+2000||OKC Thunder (10-6)||+2500|
|NY Knicks (4-14)||+50000||PHO Suns (3-13)||+75000|
|ORL Magic (9-9)||+12500||POR Trail Blazers (12-5)||+5500|
|PHI 76ers (12-7)||+1200||SA Spurs (8-8)||+6000|
|TOR Raptors (14-4)||+850||SAC Kings (9-8)||+20000|
|WAS Wizards (6-11)||+15000||UTA Jazz (8-9)||+4500|
14/11/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 5 Odds Update
Now there are none with one – plus just one with two. As we roll into Week 5, Toronto is the only two-loss team left in the Association. The Raptors own top perch in the 2018-19 NBA standings with a scintillating 12-2 record. That is one loss less than Golden State (12-3) and two wins plus a loss over Milwaukee and Portland who own impressive 10-3 marks. After a 7-0 start, Toronto wasn’t a good home NBA bet online, as they lost 126-110 to New Orleans who rolled during a 60-49 second half.
Despite Stephen Curry being out with a groin strain, plus a one game team imposed suspension to Draymond Green, Golden State continues to march through their early season cupcake run. The Champs lost on the road in OT vs the LA Clippers (121-116) but posted easy wins at home, by a combined 226-203 count, vs Brooklyn and Atlanta. The road gets a little tougher for the Warriors as their next seven games are against teams with a combined 62-45 record – including Portland and Toronto.
“Stephen Curry will be out of the Golden State lineup until early December”
Milwaukee and Portland continue their fierce battle for third and fourth overall. The Bucks showed some metal as they went 2-2 on a road trip with wins over Golden State and Denver and losses to Portland and the LA Clippers. Those four teams are sporting a solid 39-16 mark. On a 7-1 run, the Trail Blazers are an early season surprise. Portland has enjoyed lots of home cooking, during a six-game homestand, but now play six straight on the road with trip ending stops in Milwaukee and Oakland.
Overall NBA standings are a muddled mess after the top four as thirteen teams have between seven and nine victories. Part of that group is a struggling Denver squad that, after a brilliant 9-1 season start, has lost four in a row. On the other side of the coin, following a sluggish 2-3 start, Philadelphia is starting to play up to preseason expectations as the 76ers are 7-3 over their last ten matches. Bookmakers have noticed NBA MVP candidate Joel Embiid & Crew as the 76ers title prices are sinking.
“Bookmakers still see the NBA Championship race as Warriors vs the World”
Taking a look at the Bet365 NBA Finals futures board, Golden State had a price change for the first time since August as the Warriors (-175 to -163) gained a smidgen of value. The move is largely due to Stephen Curry being sidelined but the Warriors will be fine until his return, which should happen before the end of the month. Although their price went unchanged, Toronto (+850) has moved into the second favorite slot. That is due to bookmakers moving Boston to third chalk with a +700 to +900 price increase.
Not totally tossing in the towel on Houston, who are struggling and sit with a 6-7 record, Bet365 raised the Rockets (+1000 to +1200) NBA title line. Losing a ton of value, Philadelphia (+2200 to +1300) rounds out the top five favorite list. This move follows the 76ers acquisition of G/F Jimmy Butler who finally received his wish to be moved out of Minnesota. It may take a bit of time for Jimmy Buckets to get acclimated, with new teammates Embiid and Ben Simmons, but this is a solid add by the 76ers.
Week 5 Observation: Portland at +5000 is tempting but we are avoiding that bandwagon.
Bet365 Sportsbook Week 5 NBA Championship Odds 14/11/18 @ 2:00 AM ET
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (3-11)||+35000||DAL Mavericks (5-8)||+35000|
|BKN Nets (6-8)||+25000||DEN Nuggets (9-5)||+3500|
|BOS Celtics (7-6)||+900||GS Warriors (12-3)||-163|
|CHA Hornets (7-7)||+8000||HOU Rockets (6-7)||+1200|
|CHI Bulls (4-10)||+30000||LA Clippers (8-5)||+10000|
|CLE Cavaliers (2-11)||+150000||LA Lakers (7-6)||+2500|
|DET Pistons (6-6)||+7000||MEM Grizzlies (7-5)||+15000|
|IND Pacers (8-6)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (5-9)||+15000|
|MIA Heat (5-8)||+9000||NO Pelicans (7-6)||+5000|
|MIL Bucks (10-3)||+2000||OKC Thunder (8-5)||+3000|
|NY Knicks (4-10)||+35000||PHO Suns (2-11)||+75000|
|ORL Magic (6-8)||+15000||POR Trail Blazers (10-3)||+5000|
|PHI 76ers (9-6)||+1300||SA Spurs (7-5)||+4000|
|TOR Raptors (12-2)||+850||SAC Kings (8-6)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (4-9)||+15000||UTA Jazz (7-6)||+4500|
07/11/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 4 Odds Update
And, then there were none. With Milwaukee losing 117-113 to Boston, during their eighth match on 01/11/18, the Bucks are the last undefeated team to fall during the 2018-19 NBA season. Though the score was close, the Celtics were full marks for their victory as they drained a franchise record 24 shots from 3-point land. Milwaukee (8-2) fell out of the one-loss club five days later during a 118-103 loss in Portland. That was the start of a tough four-game road trip that is in progress during this update.
“Wild West run vs Warriors, Clippers and Nuggets will be a gauge of the Bucks”
That leaves Golden State and Toronto, who are both 10-1, plus Denver (9-1) as the last squads with one loss. Not surprising, the defending Champs are the hottest team in the Association as the Warriors have won eight straight. They look to make it nine in a row when they host Milwaukee on 07/11/18 in Oakland. That scorching run by Stephen Curry and Crew keeps them well clear of the field, as their NBA Championship price (-175) was last changed on 22/08/18 has not moved since.
Toronto continues to set franchise records as the Raptors 10-1 start is their best history. Kawhi Leonard is the Raptors point-scoring leader with a 26.1 PPG. Many of those points are the result of set-up man Kyle Lowry who leads the NBA with 127 assists. That is 39 more than New Orleans Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday who has 88. A long way from the record 37 games with at least ten assists, owned by Utah Jazz PG John Stockton, Lowry has dished off double-digit dimes in eight straight contests.
“Opening at +1500 Toronto +850 is now tagged as third favorite at Bet365”
Despite their terrific start, Toronto remains as third overall favorites with a +850 money line price at Bet365. That is due to Boston (6-4) being in between the Warriors and Raptors with a +700 NBA title price. This is a case of bookmakers feeling the Celtics best play is yet to come, as they currently sit fourth in the East with a 6-4 record. After snapping the Bucks perfect season, Boston posted losses in Indiana (102-101) and Denver (115-107) during the first two games of a five-match road trip.
Regrouping, after a 1-5 season start, Houston has come to life during a mini-winning streak. After missing three games James Harden (hamstring) led the Rockets in scoring as Houston beat Chicago and Indiana. That’s three straight victories during a five game road trip that started in Brooklyn and ends with tough contests in Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Houston lured former associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik out of retirement as the Rockets look to get their defense on track.
“Monitor the rise, or fall, of the Rockets 23rd ranked (-4.8) PF/PA differential”
Prices get pumped up after that as Milwaukee and Philadelphia are tied as fifth NBA futures betting favorites with a +2200 Finals Championship price. The Bucks point differential dropped some since our last update as their +12.7 PF/PA is now second to Golden State (+13.7) who are outscoring their opponents by a 123.5 to 109.7 per game average. The 76ers are 6-0 at home and 0-5 on the road. Joel Embiid just posted 80 points and 30 rebounds during home wins over the Clippers and Pistons.
Week 4 Observation: Golden State has been feasting on a cupcake schedule.
07/11/18 @ 2:00 AM ET Bet365 Sportsbook Week 4 NBA Championship Odds
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (3-7)||+35000||DAL Mavericks (3-7)||+35000|
|BKN Nets (5-6)||+35000||DEN Nuggets (9-1)||+3000|
|BOS Celtics (6-4)||+700||GS Warriors (10-1)||-175|
|CHA Hornets (6-5)||+8000||HOU Rockets (4-5)||+1000|
|CHI Bulls (3-8)||+30000||LA Clippers (4-3)||+10000|
|CLE Cavaliers (1-9)||+150000||LA Lakers (4-6)||+2500|
|DET Pistons (4-5)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (5-4)||+20000|
|IND Pacers (7-4)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (4-7)||+10000|
|MIA Heat (4-5)||+9000||NO Pelicans (4-6)||+5000|
|MIL Bucks (8-2)||+2200||OKC Thunder (5-4)||+4500|
|NY Knicks (3-8)||+50000||PHO Suns (2-8)||+50000|
|ORL Magic (4-6)||+15000||POR Trail Blazers (8-3)||+6000|
|PHI 76ers (6-5)||+2200||SA Spurs (6-3)||+5000|
|TOR Raptors (10-1)||+850||SAC Kings (6-4)||+15000|
|WAS Wizards (2-8)||+12500||UTA Jazz (4-6)||+4000
31/10/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 3 Odds Update
Then there was one! With a fourth overall ranking in two key categories, points scored and points allowed, Milwaukee (7-0) is the last undefeated NBA squad. Playing at a NBA Most Valuable Player level, Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the Bucks in scoring and rebounds in five of seven contests. Milwaukee’s hot run is impressive as their wins have been by a 120-104 average final score. Following a one-point season opening win vs Charlotte; the Bucks last six victories have been by double digits. A week 4 road trip will test MIL metal.
During a showdown of the last two NBA unbeaten teams, Toronto (7-1) fell from the undefeated ranks as they lost 124-109 to Bucks in Wisconsin on 29/10/18. Milwaukee showed off their depth, as they were without the Greek Freak who was sidelined with a concussion issue. Kawhi Leonard, who has been lights out in TO, also sat as he was on a day of rest that wasn’t well timed. The good news is the Raptors 6-0 start was a new franchise record and the Dino’s are third in the overall standings which bunch after that.
“Milwaukee (+15.9) is the current NBA points per game differential leader”
Nestled in between the Eastern Conference leaders, Golden State (7-1) has won five straight and sit second. After dropping a 100-98 duel versus Denver, the Warriors winning margin has been by a 133-113 average score. The Champs are amazing but those wins were against teams with a dismal 8-26 combined record. The rich will get richer as DeMarcus Cousins is practicing and should hit the floor before the calendar turns to 2019. Warriors vs Lakers Christmas Day clash in Dub City maybe? Nice Warrior Fan present.
Denver continues their strong (surprising) early season start as the Nuggets are 5-1 and sit fourth overall. The Mile High Crew is the only team to take out the Champs and their +8.5 points per game differential is third best overall. Being as the Nuggets +7000 season opening NBA Championship line wasn’t a gamble we were willing to take we aren’t buying in on Denver at their value depleted +3500 price. Portland and Boston, both 5-2 and heating up, round out the top five NBA standings. Good battles abound.
“Golden State and Boston remain as top two NBA Championship futures chalk”
Not changing, since our August 22 update, USA basketball focused bookmakers held Golden State steady with a micro (-175) money line to win the 2019 NBA Championship. Until the Warriors show a crack or two, linemakers seem to have the Champs at a number that is neither risk nor loss to them. With the Dubs price not moving, for 70 days now, action has probably slowed to the crawl on the eventual Champs. GSW are enjoying and easy schedule start. It remains everyone else after that as Boston sits is well back.
Despite a solid 3-0 run, the Celtics gained value as Bet365 bumped Boston (+750) up by a Benjamin. That is still good for the second favorite slot, as Toronto’s +900 NBA futures betting odds didn’t move. The Raptors are third chalk alone after Houston (+1100) jumped up from their Week 2 line (+900), which was a level the Rockets had not hit since training camp in 2017. Though we expect they will run better, it’s slightly surprising to see Houston as clear fourth chalk as Philadelphia is the fifth favorite with a +2000 price.
Week 3 Observation: Rockets were 25-5 last season when Houston hit five losses.
31/10/18 @ 2:00 PM ET: Bet365 Sportsbook Week 3 NBA Championship Odds
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|ATL Hawks (2-5)||+50000||DAL Mavericks (2-5)||+25000|
|BKN Nets (2-5)||+50000||DEN Nuggets (5-1)||+3500|
|BOS Celtics (5-2)||+700||GS Warriors (7-1)||-175|
|CHA Hornets (4-4)||+8000||HOU Rockets (1-5)||+1100|
|CHI Bulls (2-5)||+30000||LA Clippers (4-3)||+10000|
|CLE Cavaliers (1-6)||+100000||LA Lakers (2-5)||+2200|
|DET Pistons (4-2)||+7000||MEM Grizzlies (4-2)||+20000|
|IND Pacers (4-3)||+7000||MIN Timberwolves (3-4)||+8000|
|MIA Heat (3-4)||+9000||NO Pelicans (4-2)||+4500|
|MIL Bucks (7-0)||+2500||OKC Thunder (2-4)||+5000|
|NY Knicks (2-5)||+30000||PHO Suns (1-5)||+50000|
|ORL Magic (2-5)||+20000||POR Trail Blazers (5-2)||+6000|
|PHI 76ers (4-4)||+2000||SA Spurs (4-2)||+4500|
|TOR Raptors (7-1)||+900||SAC Kings (5-3)||+20000|
|WAS Wizards (1-6)||+12500||UTA Jazz (4-2)||+3500
24/10/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 2 Odds Update
National Basketball Association Week 1 betting action is now in the books and, though it is still very early, a few things stand out. Most obvious, the Cleveland Cavaliers miss LeBron James and, as we anticipated, King LBJ has not helped turn around the fortunes of the hapless Los Angeles Lakers. Along with the Chicago Bulls (not a surprise) and Oklahoma City Thunder (slightly surprising) the Cavaliers and Lakers are 0-3 out of the starting gate and sit tied in last place overall in the Association standings.
“Do not bet on LeBron James leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2019 NBA title win”
Five squads have sprinted out to an undefeated record, as Denver and Toronto are 4-0 while New Orleans, Milwaukee and Detroit all sport a 3-0 mark. The Nuggets are doing it with defence as the Mile High Crew rank second, behind Boston’s 98.5 PPGA, with an average of 99.8 points per game allowed. That includes shutting down the high-powered Golden State Warriors during a 100-98 victory on 21/10/18. The Raptors run includes a 113-101 Celtics crushing during their third match of the season.
New Orleans opened their season with a 131-112 humbling of Houston and then rolled over Sacramento (149-129) and LA Clippers (116-109) who will both struggle to make the NBA playoffs. Leading Milwaukee with high points and rebounds, during their first three matches, it’s so far so good the Bucks and Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo. Following a pair of season opening wins, over NBA also-rans Brooklyn and Chicago, Detroit stayed perfect with a thrilling 133-132 OT victory over Philadelphia.
“Detroit will be competitive most nights but do not buy them as NBA Final Champs”
Bookmakers reacted to the fast starts as the early top five all had their NBA Finals futures trimmed down. Detroit leads the way as the Pistons title price (+15000 to +8000) plummeted at Bet365. Toronto moves into the fourth overall favorite slot as their odds (+1500 to +900) also took a sizeable hit. New Orleans (+7000 to +3500) jumped up to the seventh favorite spot while Milwaukee and Denver, both at (+4500) sit tied with Oklahoma City to round out the current top-ten chalk squads.
Overall, and not surprising, Golden State (3-1) continues as runaway favorites as the Warriors tiny NBA Championship line (-175) held steady. The Champs price can only drop so far as it already has very little value. Out to a 2-2 start, Boston (+550 to +650) gained value, along with third favorite Houston (+800 to +900) as the Rockets are off to a slow (1-2) start. Rounding out the top five, solely due to LeBron James, Los Angeles (+1200 to +1500) should not be trusted on any 2019 NBA title tickets.
24/10/18 @ 7:00 AM ET: Bet365 Sportsbook Week 2 NBA Championship Odds
|Eastern Conference||Finals Odds||Western Conference||Finals Odds|
|ATL Hawks (1-2)||+30000||DAL Mavericks (2-1)||+15000|
|BKN Nets (1-2)||+35000||DEN Nuggets (4-0)||+4500|
|BOS Celtics (2-2)||+650||GS Warriors (3-1)||-175|
|CHA Hornets (2-2)||+10000||HOU Rockets (1-2)||+900|
|CHI Bulls (0-3)||+30000||LA Clippers (2-2)||+12500|
|CLE Cavaliers (0-3)||+30000||LA Lakers (0-3)||+1500|
|DET Pistons (3-0)||+8000||MEM Grizzlies (2-1)||+20000|
|IND Pacers (2-2)||+9000||MIN Timberwolves (2-2)||+8000|
|MIA Heat (1-2)||+12500||NO Pelicans (3-0)||+3500|
|MIL Bucks (3-0)||+4500||OKC Thunder (0-3)||+4500|
|NY Knicks (1-3)||+35000||PHO Suns (1-2)||+25000|
|ORL Magic (2-2)||+20000||POR Trail Blazers (2-1)||+7000|
|PHI 76ers (2-2)||+2000||SA Spurs (2-1)||+7000|
|TOR Raptors (4-0)||+900||SAC Kings (1-3)||+35000|
|WAS Wizards (1-2)||+9000||UTA Jazz (1-2)||+4000|
16/10/18 NBA Championship Finals Week 1 Odds Update
Completing the North American seven-sport confluence, joining MLB, CFL, MLS, NFL, NHL and NCAAF campaigns, welcome to the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season. Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics Opening Night Tip-Off is at 8:00 PM ET on 16/10/18. Then, at 10:30 PM ET, Oklahoma City @ Golden State completes the two-game first night of exciting online betting NBA style. Following a rather uneventful exhibition season, bookmakers still have the Warriors vs the World on their betting boards.
Aiming for the first NBA Championship 3-Peat, since HC Phil Jackson led the LA Lakers to three straight titles from 2000 to 2002, Golden State heads into the 2018-19 roundball season as (-175) favorites. That makes Kevin Durant and Crew shorter chalk than they were one year ago at this time as the Warriors entered last season as (-160) favorites. We all know how that turned out and fully expect more of the same in June 2019. Facts are facts and Golden State is a “dynasty” squad that is squarely in their title taking prime.
“GSW; Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green, Bell is the best starting five in the NBA”
While there have been many NBA teams, that have had a couple players lead them to greatness – Jordan+Pippen, Bryant+O’Neal and James+Wade come to mind, few teams have boasted a starting “outside four” like the one Golden State trots out every game. You can make that the best “starting five” if DeMarcus Cousins returns to full health and form when he takes over at center from Jordan Bell. The Boogie Man is practicing and should be good to go by December. That makes the Champs even tougher to bet against.
Chalk lines are considerably thicker after the Warriors, as Boston is second favorite with a +550 line at Bet365. The Celtics are hoping that G/F Gordon Hayward is fully healed from the brutal leg injury he suffered five minutes into Game #1 last season. That injury altered the 2017-18 NBA Eastern Conference, as we feel a healthy Hayward would have led Boston the Finals and the Celtics, not the Cavaliers, would have lost to the Warriors. Should the Beantown Boys avoid injury we can’t see anyone beating the Beasts in the East.
“Beasts of the East best starting five BOS; Irving, Brown, Hayward, Tatum, Horford”
A pair of Western conference squads is next on the Bet365 futures board as James Harden and the Houston Rockets (+800) are third favorites while LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (+1200) fall in as fourth chalk. We can’t see the Rockets, much less the Lakers, winning the West. Both with some questions to be answered – Philadelphia and Toronto are tied as fifth favorites. As +1500 longshots, to claim the Larry O’Brien trophy out of the Eastern Conference, the 76ers or Raptors getting past Boston is tough to call.
Dropping off sharply after that, Oklahoma City (+3500) and Utah (+4000) make up a short list of third tier contenders. Led by Russell Westbrook and Paul George, the Thunder have become the NBA version of the Washington Nationals (MLB) as they never quite live up to their preseason expectations. A hot 2017-18 season ending run helps the Salt Lake City Crew earn their “lofty” status. Fifth favorites, just to claim the Western Conference title, we can’t see the Jazz winning the overall NBA war on the floor out of the West.
Week 1 NBA Finals Call: Golden State Warriors over Boston Celtics
16/10/18 @ 5:00 AM ET: Bet365 Sportsbook Week 1 NBA Championship Odds
|Eastern Conference||NBA Odds||Western Conference||NBA Odds|
|BOS Celtics||+550||GS Warriors||-175|
|TOR Raptors||+1500||HOU Rockets||+800|
|PHI 76ers||+1500||LA Lakers||+1200|
|MIL Bucks||+7000||OKC Thunder||+3500|
|WAS Wizards||+8000||UTA Jazz||+4000|
|IND Pacers||+9000||NO Pelicans||+7000|
|MIA Heat||+10000||San Antonio Spurs||+7000|
|DET Pistons||+15000||DEN Nuggets||+7000|
|NY Knicks||+20000||MIN Timberwolves||+8000|
|CLE Cavaliers||+20000||POR Trail Blazers||+10000|
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22/08/18 Update: NBA Training Camps Open
Heading to the Land of the Rising Sun, for 2018 National Basketball Association Global Games, Philadelphia and Dallas are opening their training camps as this update is being written. The 76ers and Mavericks will square off at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on 05/10/18, and then at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhenon on 08/10/18. That gives those two teams a head start before the remaining camps open on 25/09/18. Official NBA preseason matches begin on 28/09/18 and run until 12/10/18.
We sincerely hope the 76ers trip to China doesn’t wreck them early during the regular season. Beyond the X-Games, which are tempting but should be wagered on with reserved caution, handicappers first real taste of NBA wagering begins on Opening Night October 16, 2018. There are just two contests on the slate but both beauties as Philadelphia visits Boston for an Eastern Conference showdown at 8:00 PM ET and then Oklahoma City clashes with Golden State at 10:30 PM ET to tip-off Western Conference action.
Since our last update (02/07/18) which followed a massive Free Agent frenzy, price changes are numerous. After the initial shock of LeBron James leaving Cleveland and heading to Los Angeles wore off, Bet365 bookmakers jacked up the lines on 19 squads, reduced the value on eight teams, while NBA futures betting odds remained steady on three major underdogs. Already falling to a negative number (+135 to -175) the two-time defending Champion GS Warriors head into the regular season as uncontested top chalk.
Although their NBA Finals futures odds rose some, Boston (+450 to +550) is basically all alone as second favorites while Houston (+550 to +900) and the LA Lakes (+375 to +1100) both experienced major line increases and sit as third and fourth contenders. Philadelphia (+1000 to +1500) had their value increased by 33% while Canada’s own Raptors (+4000 to +1500) had the biggest price decrease of any squad and Toronto is tied with the 76ers as fifth favorites. We will be watching, but a Dubs Crew triple-dip still feels imminent.
02/07/18 Post Free Agent Frenzy Update
Beware of the Boogie Man: Just after publishing our 02/07/18 NBA Championship futures odds update, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins signed a 1-year $5.3M deal with Golden State. Cousins is a true big-man, who does it all at both ends of the floor, and makes the Warriors starting five one of the best units ever assembled. Cousins still needs medical clearance as he recovers from torn Achilles surgery, which can be tough for a 6’11” 270 pounder, but he appears on schedule. Bet365 pulled their odds due to this rich getting richer move.
Mountains have moved, and plates have shifted, in the National Basketball Association. With July 1, 2018, being the official start of the 2018-19 NBA season, plus the opening of the free agent period, the 2019 NBA futures odds have moved substantially at Bet365. Of course, the elephant in the room is LeBron James as the King is heading to La La Land. Joining his third team, after a stop in Cleveland, then Miami, and then back to the Forest City, James is the newest member of the NBA title starved Los Angeles Lakers.
While this move could hamper James earning a fourth NBA Championship ring – it makes sense for his life after hoops – which should be as an actor and basketball commentator. Cleveland’s beloved hoops star heading West has moved the Lakers 2019 NBA Championship price (+20K on March 19 to +1100 on June 9) to second chalk (+375) on July 2, 2018. Very minor, top favorite Golden State had a price change as the Warriors NBA title odds (+125 to +135) gained a smidgen of value. We see a Dubs 3-Peat happening.
Unless they add and subtract pieces, prior to the regular season start on 16/10/18, we can’t see the Lakers claiming the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2019. Beyond the Warriors and Lakers, position and price moves were prevalent on our NBA Finals futures board. Boston moves up one spot (+600 to +450) as third chalk, Houston slips from third and gains value (+400 to +550) as fourth favorite while Philadelphia plummeted from second to fifth fav with a (+400 to +1000) move. 76ers (+1000) value at Bet365 is worth a one-unit wager.
2018 Recap – Plus 2019 Opening Odds Review 09/06/18
Still stinging, from Boston losing All-Star Gordon Hayward during Game 1 of the season, some of our NBA 2017-18 futures tickets were in peril from the start. Whether Boston could have beat Cleveland in the East Final, or Golden State in the NBA Championship Finals, is debatable but we feel the Celtics would have won the Eastern Conference at minimum. Alas, injuries are an Achilles heel for futures bettors – no matter the sport. In the end, our futures bets, coupled with our playoff picks, left us with a (-370.45) overall loss.
Onward and upward is always our mantra and top rated Canada Sports Betting basketball bookmakers have already posted their 2018-19 NBA Championship odds. To the surprise of no one, Golden State is huge chalk to become the first squad to 3-Peat since the LA Lakers turned the triple from 2000-02. Provided nothing happens to Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, the Warriors will win their third straight Championship one year from now. As such, we are backing Golden State (+125) with a 4-Unit wager on the opening odds.
While the West will still be Wild (after the Dubs) the Eastern Conference is shaping up to be a two-horse race between Boston and Philadelphia. That could change leading up to and during the NBA Draft which will play out at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on 21/06/18. The West will get a little richer as Phoenix is likely to select home-town kid, and consensus Class of 2017 five-star prospect, Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick. We say that with respect to Marvin Bagley, Lucas Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Mohamed Bamba.
NBA 2018 Draft Prop: Deandre Ayton #1 Overall Pick (-470) 5-Units at SportsInteraction.
Draft Update: Deandre Ayton was selected first overall by the Phoenix Suns on 21/06/18.
Eastern Conference 2019 Championship: Week 13 Odds Update
Home to four of the top eight squads, the Atlantic is by far the best Eastern Conference division. Toronto leads the way as the Raptors (31-12) enter Week 13 action three games clear of Philadelphia who own a 27-14 record. Riding a rollercoaster style season, Boston (24-15) sits five games behind the Raptors and two back of the 76ers in third place. Holding in the seventh East playoff position, Brooklyn (20-22) is fourth in the Atlantic as the Nets have moved past an 8-18 start. New York (10-31) is 20 games back in fifth.
“Atlantic Favorites: Raptors (-240) Celtics (+390) 76ers (+390) at Bodog”
Unchanged since Game 1, after opening the 2018-19 NBA season on a 7-0 run, Milwaukee (28-11) remains atop the Central. The Bucks lead is just 1.5 games over Indiana (27-13) though, as the Pacers have picked up the pace after a sluggish 13-10 start with a 14-3 record since 04/12/18. The drop-off is steep after the top two as Detroit (17-21) is 10.5 games behind the Bucks and one-game out of a playoff spot in ninth overall. Even worse, the Chicago Bulls (10-30) and Cleveland Cavaliers (8-33) are nearing playoff elimination.
“Central Contenders: Bucks (-450) Pacers (+300) Pistons (+1600) at Bet365”
Embarrassingly bad, a losing record enough to own first place in the Southeast Division. Miami (19-20) holds that honor after the Heat rolled to an 8-2 record prior to a pair of recent losses. That bumped Charlotte (19-21) off the top perch though the Hornets are just a half game back of Miami. Division leaders heading into Week 8, after a 9-8 start, Orlando (17-23) is two games behind Charlotte in third and tenth overall in the East. Four games out of first, Washington (16-25) is still alive while Atlanta (12-28) is 7.5 games back.
“Southeast Chalk: Hornets (+150) Heat (+175) Magic/Wizards (+400) at Betway”
Bumped up at SportsInteraction from +135 to +190, matching the best price at Bet365, Toronto continues as Eastern Conference top chalk. Consensus second favorites, despite sitting fifth overall, Boston comes in with a +235 best value at Bodog. Philadelphia (+410 at Bodog) and Milwaukee (+500 at Betway) are very close as third and fourth contenders. Not impressed by the Pacers third place standing, Indiana is a distant fifth with +2000 money line odds at Betway. Heat, Hornets, Pistons and Magic are distant underdogs.
East Observation Week 13: Do not waste any betting bucks on the bottom ten teams.
Eastern Conference Week 12 Futures Update: 2:30 PM ET on January 2, 2018.
Week 13 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 11:30 PM ET on January 9, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 13 Top Win Percentages.
Eastern Conference 2018-19 Futures Line Moves
02/01/19 NBA Eastern Conference Week 12 Odds Update
Eastern Conference standings remain razor close, as Toronto opens Week 12 with a half-game lead on Milwaukee and a two-game edge on Indiana. The Raptors have a tough week ahead as they visit San Antonio and Milwaukee prior to heading home to face the Pacers. In their first match of the week, on 03/01/19, Kawhi Leonard returns to the Lone Star State for the first time since his falling out with the Spurs. Waiting for the betting lines on that contest, one has to believe that Leonard would love to stick it to his former team.
“Toronto +190 at Bet365 and Boston +250 at SIA are top East chalk”
Though ahead of Toronto .722 to .718 in the win percentage column, Milwaukee has played three games less than the Raptors, which is why they remain a half-game behind in the East. Bookmakers still aren’t giving the Bucks much respect, as their Eastern Conference money line remains lofty – including a +550 best price at Betway. Well clear of everyone, the Bucks +9.3 PF/PA differential remains as the best in the NBA. Indiana and Denver are next closest with a +6.5 mark. Expect the Milwaukee line to start slipping soon.
Leading the NBA with a shutdown defense helped Indiana post an 8-2 record over their last ten contests. The numbers aren’t close in the East as the Pacers 101.1 PPG allowed is well clear of Boston who is allowing 106 PPG. Indiana needs to maintain that pace as they are averaging just 107.5 points per game on offense. Sitting 3.5 games behind Toronto, Philadelphia is fourth in the East as they are two games ahead of Boston. Keeping them out of the top three fight – the 76ers and Celtics have posted 5-5 recent records.
“Not receiving respect Indiana has a +2200 best value at Betway”
Several pretenders are fighting for the final three East playoff spots. Charlotte (18-18) leads that group as the Hornets are 3.5 games behind Boston and 8.5 out of first.. Battling the Hornets, in the weak Southeast Division, Miami (17-18) despite owing a losing record sits a half game behind Charlotte and seventh overall. Detroit (16-19) rounds out the current top eight as the Piston own a half game lead on Brooklyn and Orlando. Don’t waste futures money on any of the bottom ten, as they are not East title contenders.
East Observation Week 12: Boston Celtics continue to be an enigma in the East
Eastern Conference Week 11 Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on December 26, 2018.
Week 12 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:30 PM ET on January 2, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 12 Top Win Percentages.
26/12/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 11 Odds Update
Following Week 10 action, the Eastern Conference standings did not change much as that race continues to be a five-horse battle. Having played two more matches than Milwaukee has, Toronto (25-10) saw their first place lead shrink by a half-game as the Bucks (23-10) look to regain the top perch for the first time since Week 3. A caveat to Milwaukee’s success is the fact that they play in the weak Central Division where the five teams have a combined 77-90 record. By contrast, the Atlantic Division has a solid 92-61 mark.
“East Favorites: Raptors +190 at Bet365 + Celtics +240 at Bodog”
Leading the NBA in scoring, with 116.6 PPG, which translates to a +8.6 PF/PA differential, Milwaukee remains as fourth favorites with a +550 best value at Betway. Indiana (22-12) and Philadelphia are neck-and-neck in the third place race, as the Pacers own a half-game lead over the 76ers. Indiana is in the midst of a cupcake run, as they have won the first three matches of a six-game stretch versus teams with a losing record. Heading out on a four-game West road trip – the 76ers have wobbled some during a 3-4 slide.
One game behind Philadelphia, Boston continues to start and stall through the season. The Celtics crushed a bunch of cellar dwellers during an eight game winning streak but then lost three straight including a 111-103 home loss to last place Phoenix who are sporting an 8-26 record. Rebounding with wins over Charlotte and Philadelphia, Boston carries a 9-8 record into a three-game road trip vs Houston, Memphis and San Antonio. The Rockets (7-3) and Spurs (8-2) are both hot so those contests will test the Celtics metal.
“Second Tier Chalk: 76ers +410 at Bodog + Bucks +550 at Betway”
Never say never can be suggested but it is difficult to look past the top four in the Eastern Conference title chase. Top NBA bookmakers concur, as Indiana is a distant fifth favorite with a +2200 best value at Betway. Occupying the final three playoff positions, bettors are advised to avoid the tempting best prices on Charlotte (+4500) Detroit (+4000) and Miami (+6600). While it’s a race to see who gets bashed by the Big Three, six teams are within four games in the fight for the last three postseason tickets in the East.
East Observation Week 11: Avoid buying the Pacers tempting +2200 East title price.
Eastern Conference Week 10 Futures Update: 3:30 AM ET on December 19, 2018.
Week 11 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 7:00 AM ET on December 26, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 11 Top Win Percentages.
19/12/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 10 Odds Update
Closer than it’s been since Week 3, the Eastern Conference is a five-horse race. Cruising along at 20-4 on December 1, Toronto took a tumble over the past two and half weeks. While key injuries have contributed to a 3-5 slide, the Raptors last eight matches have been against quality teams that have a combined 130-84 record. With some teams picking up the pace, Boston and Indiana in particular, the race for home court advantage in the East will not be settled anytime soon. Toronto’s tiny +190 best chalk price is at Bet365.
“After Toronto, the Celtics, 76ers and Bucks are top East title favorites”
Maintaining a steady pace, though with a few losses along the way, Milwaukee has moved to within 1.5 games first place Toronto. Stellar, with a 17-4 record during contests decided by four points or more, the Bucks struggle in close matches as they are just 3-5 in games decided by three points or less. After hosting New Orleans on 19-12-18 Milwaukee heads to Boston for showdown with the Celtics looking to avenge a 117-113 loss back in Week 3. The Bucks are a sparkling 7-1 in games versus Central Division stable-mates.
With team-leading scorer Victor Oladipo (20.4 PPG) back to the floor, following an eleven-game absence due to a knee injury, Indiana (20-9) enters Week 10 just one-game behind the Bucks and 2.5 back of Toronto. The Pacers stout defense continues to lead the NBA allowing just 100.9 PPG. However, until they produce more on offense, currently 25th scoring 106.2 PPG, it is difficult to buy into the Pacers lofty +2800 East title price at Betway. Indiana leads the way with a 14-4 record vs Eastern Conference clubs.
“Celtics East #6 offense is moving closer to their #2 ranked defense”
Philadelphia has a slim half-game lead over Boston in fourth place. The 76ers are 6-4 over their last ten games while the Celtics have posted an 8-2 record to narrow the gap. Though an NBA best 14-3 at home, Philly has not been very good vs Atlantic Division foes as they are just 2-5 in those key contests. Boston has played 17 road games, versus just 12 home matches, meaning 29 of their final 53 contests will be in Beantown. The Celtics have gone from a +2.4 PF/PA DIF in Week 6 to third ranked +7.4 mark heading into Week 10.
East Observation Week 10: On a 6-0 run Brooklyn Nets are the hottest East squad.
Eastern Conference Week 9 Futures Update: 9:00 AM ET on December 12, 2018.
Week 10 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 3:30 AM ET on December 19, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 10 Top Win Percentages.
12/12/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 9 Odds Update
Mucking it up with each other, the Eastern Conference leaders had two premier battles during Week 8 action. Both involved Toronto as the Raptors led 78-77 after three quarters before pulling away during a 113-102 home win over Philadelphia. Perhaps looking past the lowly Nets, the Raptors then dropped two straight, 106-105 in OT on the road in Brooklyn and 104-99 at versus Milwaukee. Bucks PG Malcolm Brogdon nailed a pair of 3-point buckets, in the final 67 seconds, during a thrilling match that was close throughout.
“Clippers (+210) Raptors (+280) top chalk at SIA to sign Kawhi Leonard”
Without Kawhi Leonard, who is dealing with a minor hip injury, the Raptors got back on track as they opened a four-game Western road trip with a 123-99 crushing of the LA Clippers. The second of two meetings with Golden State goes on 12/12/18 after Toronto won the first match 121-116 on 29/11/18. Visits to face a stumbling Portland (15-12) squad, plus a streaking Denver (18-9) Crew, closes a challenging four games in six night stretch. Raising their line, the Raptors best Eastern Conference price is +180 at Bet365.
Milwaukee leads Philadelphia by percentage points in the Eastern Conference second place race as both teams are 2.5 games behind Toronto with games in hand. The Buck still haven’t lost two straight contests this season and MVP candidate, Giannis “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo has led the team in points, rebounds and assists 50 out of a possible 72 times over 24 games played. Philadelphia remains on the roll as the 76ers are riding a 10-3 wave including a pair of home-and-home wins vs a decent Detroit Pistons Crew.
“Boston is becoming the powerhouse squad we thought they would be”
Fighting for fourth, Indiana and Boston flexed their muscles recently. The Pacers (17-9) won four straight while Boston (16-10) is on a six game winning streak. We caution against boarding the Pacers bandwagon as Indiana leads the NBA in least points allowed but are a dismal 25th overall scoring 106.1 PPG. Boston is starting to show a balanced attack, as the Celtics are second on defense (102.8 PPG) and 13th in scoring with 110.4 PPG. Bucks, Raptors and Thunder are the only other teams in the top 13 in both categories.
East Observation Week 9: Charlotte (13-13) leads a very weak Southeast Division.
Eastern Conference Week 8 Futures Update: 4:30 PM ET on December 5, 2018.
Week 9 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 9:00 AM ET on December 12, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 9 Top Win Percentages.
05/12/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 8 Odds Update
Opening a slim Eastern Conference lead, Toronto heads into Week 8 with a three-game edge on Philadelphia. During one of their most thrilling litmus tests of the season, the Raptors took out defending Champion Golden State 131-128 in OT at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on 29/11/18. Kawhi Leonard nailed a season-high 37 points which offset a 51-point performance by Kevin Durant. Must see TV, the Raptors and Warriors will meet for their second and final regular season match on 12/12/18 in Oakland.
Canada’s Crew had a season-high eight game-winning streak snapped after they lost 106-103 to Denver at home on 03/12/18. Still, that run was enough to keep the Raptors clear of Philadelphia who has been equally hot with an 8-1 run of their own. Toronto hosts the 76ers on 05/12/18 in what could an Eastern Conference Final preview. That is the second of four regular season meetings after the Dinos won the first duel, 129-112 on 30/11/18, while Philadelphia was in the midst of a sluggish 4-4 season start.
“Toronto is -6.5 point chalk in their 05/12/18 battle with Philadelphia”
Sitting alone in third place in the East, following a 7-0 season start, Milwaukee has cooled some as the Bucks are just 8-7 over their last 15 contests. However, that keeps the Greek Freak & Crew 1.5 games ahead of fourth place Detroit. The Bucks battle the Pistons at home on 5/12/18 as they look to remain as the last NBA squad without back-to-back losses this season. Milwaukee has gone 33 regular season games without losing two straight though that mark is still a long way off the Warriors NBA record 146 game run.
Looking at the cellar dwellers, the NBA East resembles the 2018 MLB American League that had AL East teams drop off futures boards in Week 15. Charlotte currently holds the final playoff spot and a 9-9 first half close would move them to 20-21. Last place Chicago (5-20) would need to end their first 41 games on a 15-1 roll just to tie the Hornets in the standings. The numbers get worse if you move up the rankings and not much better against bubble teams like Washington, Miami, Brooklyn and New York.
East Observation Week 8: Washington (10-14) is trending up during an 8-5 run.
Eastern Conference Week 7 Futures Update: 4:00 AM ET on November 28, 2018.
Week 8 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:30 PM ET on December 5, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 8 best win percentage.
28/11/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 7 Odds Update
A hallmark of any Championship team, the Raptors have been solid anywhere as they have a 9-2 record at home and on the road. Over their last four games, Toronto posted at least 122 points in wins over Atlanta, Washington, Miami and Memphis by a combined 496-444 final count. However, giving up an average of 111 PPG is something the Raptors would like to avoid moving forward. Led by Kawhi Leonard, who still hasn’t played in back-to-back games, Toronto’s top five scorers are averaging 83.6 combined points per game.
“Toronto is showing depth sitting Kawhi Leonard on back-to-back nights”
Milwaukee continues to lead the NBA in points per game (121) and the Bucks +11.1 PF/PA differential tops the Raptors +8.9 second best mark. Milwaukee has only played five games against teams with a losing record while Toronto has played twelve. The Raptors are 11-1 in those games so the Bucks (4-1 so far) will need to match them with wins vs bottom feeders. Coming off a 110-107 loss to the Hornets in Charlotte, Milwaukee hosts Chicago on 28/11/18 looking to avoid their first two-game losing streak of the season.
“First in offense, Milwaukee is balanced with 5th best 109.9 PPG defense”
Philadelphia sits third and has played half of their games against sub .500 talent. The 76ers are sporting an 8-3 record against underdog squads and just lost 121-112 at home to Cleveland who own a 4-15 record. Leading the way with his first “game high” since joining Philadelphia, Jimmy Butler poured in 34 points as the 76ers bounced back with a close 127-125 win over Brooklyn. Defense is an issue in Philly as they rank 25th overall allowing 114.1 PPG and will need to be much better to win the East title.
East Observation Week 7: Boston (11-10) needs to find some scoring to contend.
Eastern Conference Week 6 Futures Update: 2:00 AM ET on November 21, 2018.
Week 7 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:00 AM ET on November 28, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 7 winning percentage.
21/11/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 6 Odds Update
Although they retained their East top perch, the week past was not without struggles for Canada’s Crew as they lost consecutive games (three straight) for the first time this season. Defense was the culprit in losses to New Orleans, Detroit and Boston, as the Raptors were outscored by a 355-330 margin. Toronto bounced back with wins vs Chicago and Orlando, plus a 124-108 humbling of the Hawks in Atlanta as we are writing this update. The Raptors (+180 to +200) East title line is up slightly at up at Bodog.
“Milwaukee is the only East team with 100+ points in every game this year”
While they won’t match the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets NBA record 126.48 points per game average – the Bucks are piling up points with a 121.4 PPG average through 17 games. Not without flaws, Milwaukee has had notorious slow starts this season as they trailed after the first quarter in eight of their first 17 games and lost four of those contests. The Bucks, with a +600 best value at SportsInteraction, just pounded a hot Portland Crew 143-100 at home on 21/011/18. The Bucks are for real in the East.
“Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are playing well together”
Philadelphia continues to roll, as the 76ers are 11-4 over their last 15 games and 4-1 in matches with Jimmy Butler in the fold. Playing decent for the Timberwolves, though miserable in Minnesota, Butler has averaged 17.2 PPG since joining Philadelphia. With a sparkling 10-0 record, the 76ers are the last unbeaten team at home after posting a 121-120 win over New Orleans on 21/11/18. Philadelphia retained a +350 best Eastern Conference Championship money line price at the Betway online sportsbook.
East Observation Week 6: Second chalk (+210) Boston (9-9) continues to struggle.
Eastern Conference Week 5 Futures Update: 2:00 AM ET on November 14, 2018.
Week 6 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:30 PM ET on November 21, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 6 standings.
14/11/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 5 Odds Update
Continuing a franchise record shattering pace, despite their first home loss of the season, Toronto is maintaining their Eastern Conference lead. Solid across the board, the Raptors are 7-1 at home, 6-1 on the road and 6-1 in conference play. While losses are never good, the letdown vs New Orleans may have a silver lining as Toronto can move past the pressure of maintaining an undefeated streak at home. Now tied with Boston, the Raptors have a +200 East tile best price at Bodog as their line continues to shrink.
“A measure of where both teams are at – Toronto visits Boston on 16/11/18”
Deciphering what is going on in Boston gets tougher with each passing game. Despite being stacked with talent, the Celtics are having a difficult time gaining consistency and they are currently riding a 1-4 losing streak. It’s worth noting that Boston (7-6) has played nine road contests and just four games at home. That includes five straight as visitors during their current run of futility. Still struggling on offense, averaging 105.2 PPG (25th) the Celtics defense has slipped to third overall – now allowing 103.5 points per game.
After a solid 7-3 run, plus the acquisition of Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia lost almost half of their East Championship value as the 76ers fell from +600 to +350 at Betway. While the rebuild still hasn’t come full circle, Philadelphia is now long removed from the brutal 10-72 record they posted during the 2015-16 NBA season. The 76ers have 28 games remaining vs West teams, that own a 108-92 record, but they should feast on the East as their 39 in-conference contests are versus squads that have a dismal 84-107 mark.
“Eleven teams have finished with a +10 or higher PF/PA – Eight won NBA titles”
With the 76ers moving closer to Boston and Toronto, Milwaukee is alone as fourth favorites. The Bucks +600 East title line is offered at three of our top four NBA focused bookmakers. Milwaukee continues to be a scoring machine, averaging 121.6 points per game, and the Bucks remain on top with a league best +11.9 PF/PA differential. Golden State three times (2014-16) and San Antonio once (2015) are the only teams to finish with a double-digit PF/PA differential during the previous ten NBA seasons.
East Observation Week 5: Embiid + Simmons + Butler = Solid Philly Big Three.
Best Buy Odds: Expecting a price drop Buy Bucks +600 @ SportsInteraction.
Eastern Conference Week 4 Futures Update: 2:00 AM ET on November 7, 2018.
Week 5 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 AM ET on November 14, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 5 standings.
07/11/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 4 Odds Update
Now occupying four of the top six NBA Championship chalk slots, the Eastern Conference has two top tiers that are both occupied by two teams. Boston continues to carry +162 top chalk best value at Bet365 and their lowest line is +137 at Betway. We are surprised that Toronto hasn’t past the Celtics as the Raptors are priced between a +150 low at Betway and +180 high odds at Bodog. East leader prices illustrate the importance of having a solid stable of several “go-to” basketball betting sportsbooks.
Bookmakers are keeping Boston on top of their East title futures boards largely due to the Celtics defense, which remains stout and is allowing an NBA low 101.3 PPG. Wanting to build his maximum value, prior to hitting the open market as a free agent in 2019, Kawhi Leonard continues to be a model team player and a max contributor to the Raptors early season success. Leonard is eleventh overall averaging 26.1 points per game and he is connecting on .448 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
“Boston vs Toronto would be a first ever Eastern Conference Championship battle”
Milwaukee and Philadelphia are battling as clear third and fourth favorites. Bookmakers went in opposite directions when grading the Bucks this week as Milwaukee had their line moved up to +700 at Betway, reduced to +600 at Bet365 and it middles out at +650 at Bodog. Still trying to find some consistency, the 76ers finally won on the road as they moved to 1-5 as visitors with a 100-94 win in Indiana on 07/11/18. Joel Embiid is an NBA MVP candidate as he leads Philadelphia in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
Past the Big Four Beasts in the East prices accelerate quickly. Indiana leads the way in the third group of East contenders. The Pacers 102-101 win over Boston was followed up with losses to Houston (98-94) and Philadelphia (100-94) over three home games. We warned about being careful with Detroit as they are often competitive but have skidded during a 1-5 slide after a hot 4-0 start. The Pistons price is rising steadily, the Motor City Crew is not an East contender, and we don’t suggest buying in at the current level.
East Observation Week 4: Boston looks like the deepest Eastern Conference Crew.
East Championship Week 3 Futures Update: 2:00 PM ET on October 31, 2018.
Week 4 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 AM ET on November 7, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 4 standings.
31/10/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 3 Odds Update
Owning four of the top seven NBA Championship top chalk slots – the Eastern Conference is currently a four-team race. Following a chemistry building 2-2 start, Boston is 5-2 as they just posted a win over the Thunder and two vs previously unbeaten Detroit. In the first game, with Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, and Jayson Tatum scoring a combined 13 points, Gordon Hayward (15) and Jaylen Brown (19) stepped up as the Celtics cruised to a 109-89 win in the Motor City to remain as East favorites.
“Boston’s Big Five are gaining chemistry and won’t have a plus price much longer”
Boston’s line varies from +115 at Bodog to +150 at SportsInteraction and Bet365. Though not sure why, three of the CSB top rated NBA bookmakers raised the Raptors second favorite odds while Betway went the other way and lower their line on Toronto. True North backers should head to Bodog as their +230 offering is the Raptors best price. Despite a middling 4-4 start Philadelphia is sits third with +600 best value at Betway. Bodog has unbeaten Milwaukee (+1000) as generous fourth chalk.
Eastern Observation Week 3: Milwaukee is playing rock solid at both ends of the floor.
East Championship Week 2 Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on October 24, 2018.
Week 3 Eastern Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 PM ET on October 31, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 3 standings.
24/10/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 2 Odds Update
Aided by Toronto’s bashing of Boston, Week 1 of the NBA schedule brought the top two Eastern Conference contenders closer together. Competitive through three quarters, at 82-79 Raptors, Canada’s Crew cruised to a 31-22 fourth period run and buried the Celtics by a 113-101 final count. With best prices in brackets, Boston (-115) and Toronto (+400) were separated by a large gap prior to NBA Opening Night. However, the Raptors (+175) have moved much closer to the Celtics (+125) line at Bet365.
“Philadelphia vs Boston is our current NBA Eastern Conference Final matchup call”
Priced between a low of (+350) at Betway, to a high of (+500) at Bodog, Philadelphia stands alone as clear third chalk in the East as the 76ers are 2-2 during the young season. Philly rebounded for a 105-87 bashing by Boston with wins over Chicago and Orlando before falling in OT versus Detroit. Milwaukee (3-0) saw their line settle, as consensus fourth favorites, as the Buck best price (+1600) is available at SportsInteraction. Looking past the Celtics, Raptors and 76ers as East winners is not wise at this point.
Eastern Championship Week 1 Futures Update: 5:00 AM ET on October 16, 2018.
Week 2 East Conference Final Odds Refresh: 7:00 AM ET on October 24, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA East Week 2 standings.
16/10/18 NBA Eastern Conference Week 1 Odds Update
Playing second fiddle to King James and his various Courts for years, when LeBron was in Miami and Cleveland, Boston stands alone as leaders in the Eastern Conference now that LBJ has headed West. After being posted with a +248 money line at this point last year, the Celtics East title odds have slipped to a negative (-115) best price at Bet365 to open the 2018-19 season. Bodog has taken Boston a few cents further south as they have Kyrie Irving & Crew at (-130) already. We can’t see any knocks heading out of the blocks.
Beyond Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto are top favorites in the East though neither squad is as stacked as the Beantown bench. Odds reflect that as SportsInteraction offers the 76ers (+375) best value while the Raptors top Eastern Conference title price (+400) is available at Bodog. Beasts is the East clash early as Philadelphia opens their season in Boston on 16/10/18 and then the Celtics visit Scotiabank Arena, in the Center of the Universe on 19/10/18, for a battle with Canada’s beloved Raptors.
“Toronto and Boston will battle four times during the 2018-19 NBA regular season”
Bettor’s need to look down, way down, to find fourth and fifth East favorites as that distinction belongs to Milwaukee and Washington. Bodog, as they do with twelve teams on their current Eastern Conference futures board, offer the best value on the Bucks (+2000) and Wizards (+2200). To contend, Milwaukee needs solid seasons from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Washington has been a team with “˜promise’ for a while now and that will be the case again as they are led by John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Indiana is also in the third tier contender mix as the Pacers (+2600) hope for improvement, and staying power, from young “big man” Myles Turner. Plus, they will lean heavy on Victor Oladipo once again this year. Sorry for their luck, and even though two of them will make the playoffs the other nine Eastern Conference clubs won’t have success trying to track down the East title. Detroit and Miami, both tagged with a gaudy +7000 preseason line, seem to be the most probable postseason squads beyond the top six East favorites.
16/10/18 Eastern Conference Pick: Boston Celtics (-115) 4-Units @ Bet365
Previous East Championship Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on September 22, 2018.
Week 1 East Conference Final Odds Refresh: 5:00 AM ET on October 16, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the Final 2017-18 Eastern Conference standings.
22/09/18 Eastern Conference Futures Odds Update
While not as extreme, as the number Golden State has been tagged with in the West, Boston heads into the 2018-19 NBA season as top chalk in the Eastern Conference. Hoping SF Gordon Hayward is fully recovered, from his devastating dislocated and fractured left tibia injury suffered in Game 1 last season, the Celtics currently have a (-110) best value at Bet365. Despite LeBron James leaving the East, we are slightly surprised by the negative number as Philadelphia and Toronto are both lurking behind Boston.
Led by Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick, the 76ers look to take a step forward after they lost to Boston in the East semifinals. Offseason changes were prevalent in Toronto as HC Dwane Casey was fired two days after he was named 2017-18 NBA Coach of the Year. That was followed by DeMar DeRozan being traded to San Antonio in exchange for Kawhi Leonard. There is already talk the Leonard will only play one season for the Raptors. Philadelphia and Toronto are tied as second chalk (+375) at Bodog.
Eastern Conference Final Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on September 22, 2018.
Best Buy Prices: Teams are listed by the Final 2017-18 Eastern Conference standings.
02/07/18 Eastern Conference Futures Update
Leaving his “Love – Hate – Love” relationship with Cleveland, most likely for the final time, LeBron dumping the Cavaliers opens some room for a handful of Eastern Conference Championship contenders. While we don’t have East title prices yet, the post free agent frenzy NBA Finals futures odds speak volumes. We mentioned Boston (+450) who lost a chunk of their value and are destined to open as Eastern Conference chalk. The 76ers will be second favorite and Canada’s own Toronto Raptors will be third overall chalk.
While we don’t suggest looking past those “Big Three” at this point, Miami (+3300 to +5500) Milwaukee (steady @ +5500) along with Minnesota and Indiana both +7000, are the only six East squads on the top fifteen NBA Finals contender list. LBJ leaving Cleveland was crushing for the Cavaliers as their June 9, 2018, NBA title line (+2500 to +8000) plummeted – pretty much completely off the NBA playoff map. Don’t be surprised when the Cavs turn into an “also-ran” this season. Our early East Champion call is coming soon.
Western Conference 2019 Championship: Week 13 Odds Update
Third in the overall NBA standings, Denver (17-12) rules the Northwest Division roost. After missing the playoffs last season, the Nuggets are a top contender for comeback team of the year. Oklahoma City (25-26) is 2.5 games back as the Thunder have stumbled some during a 4-5 recent run. Leading the race, back in Week 6, Portland (24-17) has fallen four games off the pace due to a 12-12 record since their 12-5 season start. Utah and Minnesota, tied with a 20-21 record, round out the toughest NBA division. Imagine the battle if the Jazz and Timberwolves were playing up to their preseason expectations.
“Northwest Chalk: Nuggets/Thunder (+170) Blazers (+450) Jazz (+750)”
Golden State ((24-17) is letting teams hang around in the Pacific Division as the Warriors lead is just 2.5 games. Shifting often, during the past several weeks, the Los Angeles Clippers (24-16) hit the half-mile pole on the second place perch. Losing LeBron James (groin) on Christmas Day, and posting 2-5 mark without him, the LA Lakers (22-19) have fallen five games back in third. Seven games out, Sacramento (20-21) is on a 4-8 slide, while Phoenix (10-32) is hoping the win the NBA Draft Lottery in back-to-back seasons.
“Pacific Favorites: Warriors (-6600) Clippers (+2000) Lakers (+2800)”
Once a wide-open race, after Houston opened with a 11-14 season start, the Rockets (23-16) have soared into first place in the Southwest Division. Few teams are running hotter than Houston who has posted a 12-2 record since 11/12/18. Percentage points behind, San Antonio (24-17) has keep pace as the Spurs are riding a 13-3 winning wave. Very inconsistent, New Orleans (19-22) has fallen five games back in third place. Hot early, Memphis and Dallas, both 18-22, have cooled considerably and sit 5.5 games out.
“Southwest Prices: Rockets (-300) Spurs (+550) Pelicans (+1200)”
Bookmakers remain steadfast believers that Golden State will win their fifth straight Western Conference title as the Warriors remain well ahead of the field with a tiny (-250) price at Bodog. Hitting a season high +1200 line back in Week 9, the Rockets second favorite price as slipped back to a +750 best value at Bodog. Without King James on the court, the Lakers best West title price has jumped to +1400, which is just ahead of the Thunder (+1600) at Betway. Denver, +2000 at Bet365, rounds out the top five.
West Observation Week 13: Western title fight may soon be Warriors vs Rockets again.
Western Championship Week 12 Futures Update: 2:30 PM ET on January 2, 2018.
Week 13 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 11:00 AM ET on January 9, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 13 Top Win Percentages.
Western Conference 2018-19 Futures Line Moves
02/01/19 NBA Western Conference Week 12 Odds Update
Top three clubs, in the Western Conference standings, weren’t in a giving Holiday mood during Week 11 as none of them gave up much ground to the others. Still very precarious, Denver remains on the top perch as they snapped a mini two-game losing streak. The Nuggets split a home-and-home series versus a hot San Antonio Crew prior to rubbing out bottom feeders Phoenix and New York. Denver at Houston on 05/01/18 is going to be a measuring stick of both the Nuggets and red-hot Rockets who are making a big move.
“Denver is getting no respect with a Betway +2000 West title line”
During three Week 11 matches, Golden State won the road half of a home-and-home vs Portland prior to blowing past the Suns in Phoenix. Something still isn’t right with the Champs and not having a solid player at Center is part of the problem. The Warriors lost two straight at home for the first time this season after falling to the Lakers on Christmas Day and the Trail Blazers two nights later. We still feel the Champs are fine and so do bookmakers as Bodog is offering a tiny (-250) best West title price on the Warriors.
Bouncing back some, after losses to Minnesota and Houston, Oklahoma City went 2-1 last week as well. The Thunder rolled over Phoenix (everyone does) lost by two points in Dallas and then mashed the Mavericks in the second half of their back-to-back on New Year’s Eve. Oklahoma City (23-13) is well ahead of their 20-17 mark from this time last season. Betway is offering the best line (+1600) on OKC who sit third in the West just 1.5 games out of first. We still wonder if Paul George and Russell Westbrook is enough in OKC.
“Golden State needs DeMarcus Cousins to sort out their Center issue”
Here comes Houston! Whether they are “all the way back” remains to be seen but many teams are seeing the Rockets red glare. With a 101-99 stumble in Miami as the lone blemish – Houston has won ten of eleven and scored 102 points or more in all of the wins. Even the loss is respectable as the Heat have been hot during a 11-5 roll, after stumbling in the first quarter. Bookmakers keeping the Houston price grounded, through the Rockets 11-14 start looks like a good move as we hit the half-mile pole marker.
West Observation Week 12: It is difficult to look past the “Big Four” in the West race.
Western Championship Week 11 Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on December 26, 2018.
Week 12 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:30 PM ET on January 2, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 12 Top Win Percentages.
26/12/18 NBA Western Conference Week 11 Odds Update
Remaining very hotly contested, just 4.5 games separate the top nine Western Conference contenders. Following six weeks of lead changes, Denver (21-10) held on to the top spot for a second straight week. Maintaining their lead was thanks in part to a 95-86 home win over Toronto as the Nuggets solid defense (104.3 PPG allowed) was on full display and smothered the Raptors. After opening the season with a monster +7500 West title line, the Nuggets fifth favorite price has slipped to a +2000 best value at Bet365 and Betway.
“Nuggets top scorer Nikola Jokic (18.2 PPG) is 25th best in the West “
Two games ahead in the win column, and two back in the loss ledger, Golden State (23-12) is second behind Denver. Finishing with a 58-24 second best record in the West last season, the Warriors didn’t lose 12 games until February 3. We are not sure what to make of Golden State turning to coal during the LA Lakers near wire-to-wire 127-101 victory on Christmas Day. The Warriors have now three straight to a LeBron James team on December 25 as the Cleveland Cavaliers won close contests the previous two seasons.
In a three-way tie with the Nuggets and Warriors on 23/05/18, Oklahoma City dropped two straight and fell one game back. Five games over eight days, with four being on the road, is a strong test for the Thunder starting on 28/12/18. Matching OKC, with a 5-5 recent run, the Lakers are 2.5 games out in fourth. Holding their breath, awaiting MIR results, Los Angeles will head into the New Year without King James. Saying he “˜felt a pop’ in his groin is not good news as the Lakers are a bottom 15 squad without LBJ in the lineup.
“Sitting 14th New Orleans is just 3.5 games out of a West playoff spot”
Separated by 3.5 games, and changing regularly, eight teams are battling for the final four Western Conference playoff positions. Faltering, during a 3-7 slide, the LA Clippers have a half-game lead on Portland who are a half-game up on Houston and Sacramento. Hot during a 7-1 roll, the Rockets have started to fire with James Harden averaging 38.5 points, nine assists and six rebounds per game leading the way. While recovering from a 11-14 start is credit worthy, Houston (18-15) is two away from their 17 total losses last year.
West Observation Week 11: Back off the Lakers +1300 SportsInteraction odds.
Western Championship Week 10 Futures Update: 3:30 AM ET on December 19, 2018.
Week 11 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 7:00 AM ET on December 26, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 11 Top Win Percentages.
19/12/18 NBA Western Conference Week 10 Odds Update
Unlike the East, where five teams are close at the top, the Western Conference has eleven teams within 5.5 games of first place. Shifting again, for a sixth straight week, Denver bumped Oklahoma City off the top perch as the Nuggets have won four straight. As part of their impressive start, the Nuggets are 5-0 in games against their Northwest division foes and 13-4 versus teams in the West. Denver also leads the conference with a +6.6 PF/PA differential though the mark is slim over Oklahoma City who has a solid +6.4 mark.
“Avoid Denver’s tempting +2500 West title line at SportsInteraction”
Dealing with injuries during a bumpy 5-8 slide, and slightly dysfunctional as a group, the Warriors appear to be back on track as they are 6-1 over their last seven games. That run keeps the Champs in second place overall and their best price is still well into negative territory (-250) at Bodog. The Dubs face Western Conference foes during their next nine games. That includes a Christmas Day clash with the Lakers, then a two straight vs Portland and run closing contest vs the suddenly streaking red-hot Houston Rockets.
Following a 16-3 roll, Oklahoma City cooled during a 3-3 stretch. That middling mark has dropped the Thunder to third overall in the West and second in the Northwest Division. Still one player short of a Big Three, to compliment the stellar play of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma has stumbled vs teams playing above .500 as they are just 5-8 in those contests. Still not ready to say we were wrong about the LeBron James and Los Angeles, the Lakers are fourth and have a half-game lead on fifth place Portland.
“Every team, except Phoenix, is still alive in the West playoff race”
Tied with the Trail Blazers, though sinking like a stone, the Los Angeles Clippers followed up a solid 9-1 winning streak with a 2-7 losing run. That includes four straight losses by a 122-104 average final score. While offering winning advice it always our goal, we also attempt to warn bettors of things that are too good to be true. The Clippers hot run, and our Week 8 warning that they were fool’s gold, illustrates that. Ten teams are separated by 3.5 games in the battle for the final five West playoff spots and those races change daily.
West Observation Week 10: Getting hot, Houston retains second overall chalk status.
Western Championship Week 9 Futures Update: 9:00 AM ET on December 12, 2018.
Week 10 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 3:30 AM ET on December 19, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 10 Top Win Percentages.
12/12/18 NBA Western Conference Week 9 Odds Update
Wild and wide open, at least by the current standings, continues to be the Western Conference way as 14 of 15 teams are within six games of first place. Stark in contrasts, Houston (12-14) is way down at #14 in the West but the Rockets would be #8 seed in the East. Further, 14 teams have at least 12 wins in the West while only eight teams are at that level in the East. Changing for a fifth straight week, Oklahoma City (17-8) is the new win percentage leader as they’re just ahead of Golden State (19-8) in the West playoff race.
“Thunder 17-4 plus Raptors and 76ers 15-6 are the hottest NBA squads”
Behind East leaders Milwaukee (+9.8) Toronto (+8.1) and Boston (+7.6) Oklahoma City (+6.8) owns the fourth PF/PA differential mark. Since starting the season with a 0-4 record, no team has posted a better record than the 17-4 mark Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Crew have put up. However, bottom feeder’s bite when least expected and the Thunder lost 114-112 in Chicago (6-22) last Friday. After two days to stew, OKC beat Utah 122-113 at home. The Jazz (13-15) has disappointed with a few sour notes this season.
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are back for the Warriors and that spells trouble in the NBA. While Kevin Durant bagging another NBA title and moving on is rumored, KD was a stud as he led Golden State in points (343) rebounds (89) and assists (56) during the ten games Curry missed. Green played in the Warriors first eleven games but his return on December 12 was just his third game since November 15, 2018. DeMarcus Cousins is practicing well and a Christmas Day return vs the Lakers is still tops on our wish list.
“Durant 2019-20 Team Prop at Bodog: LA Lakers (+155) Any Other (-220)”
Denver dipped from first to third, as the Nuggets (18-9) were dull during loses to Charlotte (113-107) and Atlanta (106-98) on the road. That stopped a seven game win streak but Nikola Jokic & Crew rebounded in Mile High Country with a 105-99 win over Memphis. Los Angeles squads are fighting for fourth as the Clippers and Lakers are both 17-10 and still have a four-game season series left to play. The Grizzlies (15-11) lead the Southwest Division and have a half-game lead on Dallas and Portland to round out the top eight.
West Observation Week 9: OKC +1400 @ Betway requires looking past lack of depth.
Western Championship Week 8 Futures Update: 4:30 PM ET on December 5, 2018.
Week 9 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 9:00 AM ET on December 12, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 9 Top Win Percentages.
05/12/18 NBA Western Conference Week 8 Odds Update
Very fluent over the past week, the West standings have been evolving on a nightly basis. Though they have company this week, the Los Angeles Clippers (16-7) still own a share of the Western Conference top perch. California’s other team has been red-hot during a 12-3 run thanks largely to their offence that’s third in league scoring with a 117.7 PPG average. The Clippers #23 ranked defence, which is allowing 113.4 points per game, is cause for concern for those considering a wager on Tobias Harris, Lou Williams & Crew.
After opening with a 9-1 season start, then dropping six of their next seven, Denver has won six straight contests. That pushes the Nuggets (16-7) into a first place tie with LAC as both squads are sporting a .696 win percentage. The recent success includes road wins over the Thunder and Raptors plus a home win vs the Lakers. Still tagged with Mile High odds, including their +2600 best money line value at Bodog, Canada facing sportsbooks have Denver as consensus fifth favorites to win the Western Conference title.
“Nuggets (+2600) and Clippers (+5000) are West winning fool’s gold”
Remaining as the hottest team in the Association, Oklahoma City (15-7) continues roll during a 15-3 recent run. Just a half-game behind the West leaders, the Thunder have feasted (13-0) on teams with a losing record but have stumbled (3-7) against squads with a winning mark. Averaging a combined 45 PPG, Paul George and Russell Westbrook are a dynamic duo and the OKC price deflated slightly at several sportsbooks. With +1600 odds at Betway, an Oklahoma City caution is their 7-6 mark in conference play.
Golden State (16-9) has fallen to fourth but help has arrived, with Curry back in the mix, and more is on the way. While his exact return date isn’t known, DeMarcus Cousins is taking full team practice reps and, contrary to previous reports, he may return before Christmas. With center Damian Jones out, after tearing a pectoral muscle on 02/12/18, Cousins will called on to contribute as soon as he’s back on the floor. Nothing to date has dented the Champs West title odds, as the Dubs remain in negative price territory.
West Observation Week 8: LA Lakers are tagged at +1200 on all West futures boards.
Western Championship Week 7 Futures Update: 4:00 AM ET on November 28, 2018.
Week 8 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:30 PM ET on December 5, 2018
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 8 Top Win Percentages.
28/11/18 NBA Western Conference Week 7 Odds Update
Wild is the best way to describe the Western Conference playoff race as mere percentage points separate the top three. Golden State stumbling, during a 2-6 two-week run, allowed everyone except Phoenix to get back in the chase. Void of a big-name superstar, the LA Clippers (13-6) currently sit first overall with a West best .684 winning percentage. A nice story, and posting better numbers than the LA Lakers (11-9) one quarter though the season, we don’t trust that the “other” Los Angeles team can maintain their current pace.
“LA Clippers recent hot streak will cool Don’t buy their big +5000 price”
Regrouping, with a 125-97 pounding of Portland, Golden State has won three straight as they venture out on a five game road trip through the East that begins in Toronto and ends in Milwaukee. Getting Stephen Curry back on the floor means the Champs will move back to the top West perch sooner rather than later. In other Golden State injury news, DeMarcus Cousins is now slated to be out until “sometime after Christmas” according to the Warriors training staff. The rich will get richer soon and Golden State will pull away.
“Oklahoma City is red hot in the West but still aren’t a threat to the Dubs”
Our Clippers opinions are the same we had about Portland as the Trail Blazers fell from first to sixth after three Week 6 losses That slide paved the way for Denver and Oklahoma City to move past Portland. The Nuggets were outscored by a 110-104 margin, during five recent losses, but have been much better winning their last four by a 110-93 average count. The Thunder has rolled to a 12-3 recent record have the fifth best NBA defense allowing just 105.5 PPG. On a three-game losing streak – Memphis fell to fifth place.
West Observation Week 7: Getting Curry back soon – Champs will be whole again.
Western Championship Week 6 Futures Update: 2:00 AM ET on November 21, 2018.
Week 7 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:00 AM ET on November 28, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 7 winning percentage.
21/11/18 NBA Western Conference Week 6 Odds Update
Memphis, tagged with a +17500 preseason Western Conference Championship price at Bodog, has won five straight and the Grizzlies now own the best winning percentage (.709) in the West. Defense is hitting high notes as the Music City Crew is allowing a league low 100 PPG, they are second in forcing turnovers (17.4) and third with just 12.8 giveaways per game during their first 16 contests. Memphis, who rank 29th on offense with a meager 103 PPG average, have a +5000 futures line at top CSB bookmakers.
“Do not sell the farm to buy in on the Grizzlies or Trail Blazers West title odds”
In our Week 5 update, after nine of their first 13 matches were played at home, we mentioned the Trail Blazers were facing a challenging six game road. That has come to pass, as the Blazers are on a 2-3 slide with an angry Warriors Crew up next to close the run. However, based on PF/PA differential, Portland (+6.8) had been solid through their first 16 games as they sit third best behind the Bucks (+11.1) and Raptors (+8.0). It’s tough to trust Portland as the West Division Champs – even at tempting +3000 odds.
“Top NBA bookmakers are largely unfazed by the Warriors wobbly run”
Missing Curry from the mix, one-half of their dynamic Splash Brothers point guard duo, Golden State is facing their first real adversity since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in 2016. Understanding the Warriors closed the season flat (7-10) last season that was more about contently coasting into the playoffs as the second seed once Houston had pulled away. After a 123-95 blowout loss at home, to Oklahoma City, the Champs have reached seven losses faster than in any of their previous four seasons. The Dubs will be fine.
West Observation Week 6: Oklahoma City, on an 11-2 run, is the hottest NBA squad.
Western Championship Week 5 Futures Update: 2:00 AM ET on November 14, 2018.
Week 6 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 4:30 PM ET on November 21, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 6 standings.
14/11/18 NBA Western Conference Week 5 Odds Update
One win better than they were last year at this time, Golden State continues in a grove as their 12-3 record is two wins better than Portland. Not having Stephen Curry hasn’t affected the Champs much as they aim for a record fifth straight Western Conference Championship. While Draymond Green airing dirty laundry in public wasn’t helpful, since the Warriors are a veteran laced team, it will pass. Through it all, top bookmakers either lowered or held the Golden State line steady and (-240) at Bodog is their best price.
“Cappers will get a better feel for second place Portland after a long road trip”
Priced as a huge +7500 West title underdog, prior to Week 1, Portland is playing well above expectations as they sit second overall. After nine of their first 13 games were played at home – Portland will be tested by a run of nine of 14 games on the road. Damian Lillard (26 PPG) and CJ McCollum (20.5) have been strong for the Trail Blazers but we can’t see the supporting cast being enough to keep Portland at their red-hot .769 win percentage. Betway seems to agree as they offer the Blazers at a +3000 best value.
Early season wonders, storming out of the starting gate with a 9-1 record, Denver is in the midst of downward spiral during a four game losing streak. The Nuggets have five players posting double-digits per game on offense but leading scorer Jamal Murray is just 45th overall in the league. Denver’s top five average 81.4 points per game and that’s a long way from the 98.9 PPG the Warriors top five post. Priced at +1600, at many online sportsbooks, Betway is looking for Mile High backers by offering a +2000 money line.
“Except Phoenix (3-11) every West team is within two wins of a playoff spot”
Denver sliding back has brought other teams up as eight squads have seven or more wins in the West. While yours truly remains a non-believer, LeBron James and the Lakers (7-6) are in that group as Los Angeles (+1500) won three straight during the NBA Week 4 segment. Hotter than every team, Oklahoma City (+1800) is making noise as the Thundered rolled past an 0-4 start with a 8-1 recent run. That includes a 3-1 mark without Russell Westbrook who is almost ready to return from an ankle injury.
West Observation Week 5: West teams have 108 wins compared to 93 in the East.
Buyer Beware: LA Clippers (8-5) play 11 of their next 15 contests on the road.
Western Championship Week 4 Futures Update: 22:00 AM ET on November 7, 2018.
Week 5 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 AM ET on November 14, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 5 standings.
07/11/18 NBA Western Conference Week 4 Odds Update
There is no denying that Golden State (10-1) is one of the most stacked squads in NBA history. Knowing teams have to play what the schedule makers give them, the Warriors have strolled through a season start that’s been filled with matches against fairly inferior talent. That is bore out of the numbers as the Champs are 2-1 against three teams with a 21-10 winning record while their other eight wins were vs clubs with a 30-59 record. That said, the race to finish second in the West is on.
Houston, though against low ranking teams, has started to post some wins, as the Rockets have moved past a 1-5 start and sit just one-game out of a playoff spot. Bookmakers expect the Rockets soar back to their 2017-18 winning ways, as they remain firmly entrenched as distant second chalk with a +650 money line at Bodog. Just as sportsbooks bail on bad teams – bettors should take notice when they stick with squads that are going through a rough run. Houston will be a contender in April.
“Houston vs Golden State Western Conference Final Part 2 would not be a surprise”
There is also a clear-cut two-team fight for second in the West as Denver (9-2) and Portland (8-3) are in a close battle. That race isn’t reflected on futures boards though as the Nuggets (+2000) and Trail Blazers (+4000) both have inflated West title lines. Those lofty odds are more connected to playing in the same conference as Golden State than anything else. Portland is third overall with a (+9.9) PF/PA differential while Denver is fifth averaging 8.4 more points scored than allowed per game.
Tight in the middle of the West standings, there are five 6-4 teams and three that are 5-6. Those eight teams are battling for five playoff spots. While we still don’t like their chance, LeBron James and the Lakers are in the group. Though slower than we though it would, the price on Los Angeles continues to rise as LBJ and Crew have gone from +650 West title preseason odds to their current +1600 best price at Bodog. Allowing a second worst 119.2 PPG offsets the Lakers third best 118.5 PPG scored mark.
Western Championship Week 3 Futures Update: 2:00 PM ET on October 31, 2018.
Week 4 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 AM ET on November 7, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 4 standings.
31/10/18 NBA Western Conference Week 3 Odds Update
Writing this review on Halloween night, it’s apropos to say that Golden State is scary good and the rest of the Western Conference should be very afraid. Not only because the Warriors are up to their usually tricks but also because they keep treating their fans to monster size wins. Anyone sitting on a large sack of cash can purchase the Champs (-250) best West title odds at Bodog. Despite a gastly 1-5 record, online betting NBA sportsbooks haven’t moved Houston much as the Rockets are still second favorites.
“Continue to ignore all teams not named Golden State as West Champions”
Figuring out the remaining West contenders isn’t easy as a group of five teams are jostling for positioning. After a 0-3 start, LeBron James led Los Angeles to a pair of victories but the Lakers brief euphoria was followed by two close losses. King James & Crew still hold the third chalk spot but their line has gained value during each of our last four updates and will continue to rise. Denver, Portland, Utah and Oklahoma City have odds from +1800 to +2800 across the various CSB recommended NBA sportsbooks.
West Week 3 Observation: Houston needs James Harden back on the floor soon.
Western Championship Week 2 Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on October 24, 2018.
Week 3 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 2:00 PM ET on October 31, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 3 standings.
24/10/18 NBA Western Conference Week 2 Odds Update
Off to fantastic starts, Denver (4-0) and New Orleans (3-0) sit as the last two undefeated Western Conference clubs. That hasn’t fazed Canada Sports Betting top ranked bookmakers though as the Nuggets and Pelicans are still huge longshots. Betway offers the best example as their futures board has both teams tagged with (+4000) best price. The hot starts shouldn’t faze bettors either as a long season lies ahead. We will be surprised if the Mile High Crew or Bayou Boys end up in the top four West final standings.
“Golden State vs Houston remains as a Western Conference Final best bet call”
Top-level preseason favorites, behind Golden State, Houston opened their season with a 1-2 record. While it’s not time to panic, just yet, the Rockets were far from impressive during their season home opener as the Pelicans pounded them 131-112. A 124-115 win vs the Lakers was followed up by a surprising 115-112 loss to the LA Clippers. As they will be for the entire season the Warriors remain as top West favorites though their “Drive To Five” best value was bumped up to +250 at Bet365 and Bodog.
Western Championship Week 1 Futures Update: 5:00 AM ET on October 16, 2018.
Week 2 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 7:00 AM ET on October 24, 2018.
Best Buy Price: Teams are listed by the 2018-19 NBA West Week 2 standings.
16/10/18 NBA Western Conference Week 1 Odds Update
Feeling like it’s deja vu all over again, Golden State opens the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season as clear cut chalk to claim a fifth straight Western Conference title. When the Warriors pull it off, Stephen Curry & Crew will become the first modern-day NBA squad to 5-Peat as Conference Champs. Last season, Golden State joined the LA Lakers (1982-85) Boston Celtics (1984-87) Miami Heat (2011-14) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2015-18) as the only teams to claim four straight titles. We can’t see a squad stopping them.
One year ago, on this very day, Golden State was sporting a tiny (-300) chalk line to win the West at Bet365 and the Champs roll into the new season with a near identical (-286) price at Betway. Though it’s not much of one, bargain hunters can get the Bay Area Boys at (-245) West title odds at Bodog. Lines don’t lie and the Warriors odds are way shorter than the next closest contenders as Houston (+550) and Los Angeles (+650) are distant second and third favorites. We don’t see either the Rockets or Lakers knocking off the Champs.
” Last chance to place O/U team win total bets is 16/10/18 at online sportsbooks”
Missing out on a solid opportunity to get past the Warriors, Houston owned a 3-2 Western Conference Finals lead before losing two straight last year, the Rockets took a slight step back in the offseason. Clutch City lost Trevor Ariza (Suns) and Luc Mbah a Moute (Clippers) to free agency and, in a big leap of faith, added Carmelo Anthony. Wondering if LeBron James’ move West is more about his life after basketball, than helping the Lakers claim a 17th NBA Championship, watching how things play out in SoCal will be interesting.
Prices plummet after the Western Conference big three as Oklahoma City and Utah round out the top five. Paul George signed a four-year contract to remain with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have a (+2200) best price at Bet365. Returning largely intact, after closing on a red-hot 29-6 regular season run last year, the Jazz (+3500) look to continue making sweet music in Salt Lake City. Call us “blinded by the light” but the sun is still shining brightly in Oakland and the Warriors will continue to make hay during their dynasty.
16/10/18 Western Conference Pick: Golden State Warriors (-245) 5-Units @ Bodog
Previous Western Championship Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on September 22, 2018.
Week 1 West Conference Final Odds Refresh: 5:00 AM ET on October 16, 2018.
Best Buy Prices: Teams listed by the Final 2017-18 Western Conference standings.
22/09/18 Western Conference Futures Odds Update
Similar to last season, Golden State rolls into the 2018-19 NBA campaign as overwhelming Western Conference favorites with a (-245) best price at Bodog. Stacked, with one of the most talented group of players ever assembled, it is difficult to see the rest of the West keeping up with the Dubs. Keeping their 2017-18 roster largely together, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all returning for the 3-Peat run. PF DeMarcus Cousins will join the party once he is healed and clear of his Achilles injury.
Anticipating another Golden State vs Houston West Final, the Rockets are second favorites as James Harden and Crew have a (+550) best price at three of our top four NBA focused sportsbooks. It will be interesting to see how offseason free agent acquisition PF Carmelo Anthony fits in the Lone Star State. Los Angeles, the new home for Lebron “King” James, sits as third chalk but we caution against buying the Lakers (+750) price posted by bookmakers at Bet365. Oklahoma City is distant fourth favorites with a (+2000) top line at Betway.
Western Conference Final Futures Update: 7:00 AM ET on September 22, 2018.
Best Buy Prices: Teams listed by the Final 2017-18 Western Conference standings.
02/07/18 Western Conference Futures Update
Represented by nine of the top 15 NBA Championship contenders – the Western Conference is loaded again. Los Angeles moving past Houston, and so close to Warriors, is surprising. Fairly certain “any press is good press” was the mantra followed by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson when dealing with the Ball family last season. The Lakers were 35-47 and postseason eliminated in Week 24 – just ahead of the Kings, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Suns. Personally, StatsGuru has never dug Lonzo Ball and tuned out his unrelenting attention and money-seeking father Lavar many moons ago.
Following overall #1 NBA 2018 Draft pick Deandre Ayton into the Phoenix desert – Houston lost heavy-minute man (33.9 MPG) though low production (8.8 PPG) and aging G/SF Trevor Ariiza. More important, super-star (G) Chris Paul re-signed (4-Years $160M) and four of the big five remain in place from the strong 2018 West final run. The Rockets price boost (+400 to +550) is surprising but not so much with the Lakers moving up. San Antonio gained value (+2500 to +4000) while Oklahoma City thundered up the board (+7000 to +4000).
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Online Betting Annual Confluence of Sports
Like Cliff Swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, BC fall salmon swimming upstream from the Pacific Ocean, plus the Allegheny and Monongahela joining to form the Ohio River, the start of betting on NBA games brings the North American seven-sport family together. Though the confluence only remains for a short time – it certainly is an exciting event for sports fans. MLB action cuts away from the pack first as the World Series runs until late October. The CFL is next as the Grey Cup Championship plays out on the final Saturday every November.
European style football begins hibernate after the MLS Cup winner is crowned in early December. From there, the NCAAF National Championship plays out one week into January – prior to Super Bowl Sunday in early February. While the streams slows some after that, exciting Stanley Cup and NBA Finals races provide plenty of handicapping thrills until the Boys Of Summer return in late March. Offering simple sign-up, safe and convenient banking options, plus thousands of odds on sports of all sorts, CSB top rated sportsbooks are best bets for Canuck ‘Cappers.
2017-18 NBA Championship Futures Movement
NBA Basketball 2017-18 Future Bets Explained
Betting on the NBA, whether it’s Championship futures, pre-game lines, or LIVE in-game odds, is simple and safe at the online sportsbooks recommended here at Canada Sports Betting. That said, we are moving toward an NBA season unlike any in recent memory. Still about 213 days away from crowning the 2017-18 NBA playoff Champs – Stephen Curry & Crew have a negative (-160) ML. By comparison, Cleveland was tagged with (+250) title odds in 2014-15, Golden State opened the 2015-16 campaign with a (+500) ML and GWS had a (+150) NBA Championship price last year.
Looking at the NBA East, Cleveland is the team to beat for a third straight year. That is largely due to the Cavaliers having LeBron James, who is arguably the best baller on the Planet, but the Cavs have had a very quiet off-season to date. If there is going to be a Warriors vs Cavaliers Act IV, King James is going to need at least one more “star” than he had last year. Meanwhile, Boston is hot on the Cavs heels as they have been very active during the 2017 free agency period. The sum of the parts, except for the lack of an LBJ caliber star, has moved the Celtics much closer to the Cavs.
One has to feel for NBA West Crews. Try as they might, it’s tough to keep up with Golden State as the Warriors have built one of the best teams in Association history. That squad is now locked in place, for at least two more years, so everyone continues to chase Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson. Houston is attempting to make a run with the addition of PG Chris Paul but we are not sure if he will be able to mesh with fellow headstrong point-guard James Harden. San Antonio continues to reload but the Spurs are at least one star short of the Warriors Milky Way.
NBA Finals 2017-18 Full Season Journey
2018 NBA Finals Game 1 Recap: Ugly lights were shining bright during the first fight for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Coaches and officials had a share of the spotlight during the match but Cleveland players hogged it from when there were 4.7 seconds left in regulation and then during the overtime period. In the end, the Warriors escaped with a 124-114 OT victory and a 51 point effort from King James was ruined. We hung on and cashed our Cavs +12.5 (-110) ATS selection but our UNDER call was toast once the contest went into extra time.
31/05/18 Game 1 Preview & Picks: Are you ready for Cleveland vs Golden State Act IV? You better be because the Cavaliers and Warriors are set to square off in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. Stephen Curry & Crew won the fights in 2015 and 2017 while LeBron James & Co. claimed the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2016. Apart from the Cavs slim 4-3 victory, which was the first pro sports championship won by a Cleveland based team since 1964, these battles have not been close as the Dubs posted 4-2 and 4-1 series wins.
Based on the odds, posted at top ranked CSB basketball betting sportsbooks, we can expect more of the same as Golden State is priced with a minuscule (-800) best value at on the Bodog futures board board. On the other side, Cleveland’s one-man show has been tagged with a gaudy (+750) NBA Championship price at Bet365. Others may not say it,we will, those prices are embarrassing for a professional sports Championship battle. Still, the games have to be played and roundball fans can hope that the Cavaliers somehow step up.
There isn’t much Game 1 value for bettors who are backing the Champs while those who take a leap of faith with Cleveland can get rich if the Cavs score a straight up victory. Calling shenanigans, we are backing Golden State to win the series 4-2 with the (+450) price at Bet365. Feeling the NBA and ABC TV don’t want an opening match blowout, we will take Cleveland +12.5 (-110) at Betway. Through the first three series, GSW and CLEV games have averaged 110-100 and 101-100 final scores – Back UNDER 215 in Game 1.
2018 NBA Finals Game 2 Recap: Too much Curry was the story here as Stephen Curry drained an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers and Golden State crushed Cleveland 122-103. The Warriors led 59-46 at halftime and never looked back as Curry scored a game-high 33 points. Kevin Durant had a big night as well with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. LeBron James answered with 29-9-13 line for the Cavaliers but it wasn’t enough. The series now shifts to Cleveland and we will back with a preview and predictions on 06/06/18.
03/06/18 Game 2 Preview & Predictions: Controversy and blunders were the norm during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals as Cleveland blew a golden opportunity to steal a match in Oakland. On the bright side, Cavaliers top Center Tristan Thompson avoided a suspension after his scuffle with Draymond Green late in OT during Game 1. We went 1-1 with our series opening picks but deserved a better fate. The Cavs meltdown, with 4.7 ticks on the clock, cost us our UNDER bet and may haunt our Warriors 4-2 Finals futures ticket.
One has to wonder how Cleveland rebounds from their missed opportunity as a 51 PT effort from King James was squandered in the opener. Aleady without SF Andre Iguoala, SG Klay Thompson is doubtful for Game 2 and his 20.7 PPG in the postseason will be difficult to replace. Shaun Livingston and Patrick McGraw will need to step up if Thompson can’t go. CSB top ranked bookmakers have posted gaudy again as the Champs are double-digit ATS chalk on every board we looked at. Thompson’s injury is a concern when betting the spread.
NBA Finals Game 2 Selection: Cruise with Golden State -11 (-110) at SportsInteraction
2018 NBA Finals Game 3 Recap: If hoops were horseshoes, Cleveland would get kudos, but it’s basketball and being close didn’t count for the Cavaliers again. After LeBron James nailed a 3-pointer, with 1:57 left in regulation, Cleveland moved to within one point of the Warriors. Golden State outscored the Cavs 9-2 the rest of the way to cover the slim -4 point spread with a 110-102 victory. We cashed our ATS ticket and now have two days to decide if the Warriors boot Game 4, in Cleveland on June 8, to claim the NBA Championship at home.
06/06/18 Game 3 Preview & Selections: Shifting to Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio – Game 3 of the NBA Finals Act IV tips off at 9:00 PM ET tonight. Golden State rolls into The Forest City feeling good as the Warriors have already built a commanding 2-0 series lead. For their part, the Cavaliers squandered a golden opportunity to steal Game 1 in Oakland – prior to being blown out 122-103 in Game 2. It is difficult to see Cleveland claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy – especially after LeBron James put up an 80-21-17 line during the first two matches.
One player does not make a Championship team. That’s the case in Cleveland as King James has scored 80 of the Cavaliers 217 points during the first two contests. By comparison, Stephen Curry (62) Kevin Durant (52) and Klay Thompson (44) have posted 158 of the Warriors 246 points. CSB top rated basketball betting sportsbooks have the Dubs as road chalk across the board for Game 3. Making things worse for the Cavs, LBJ particularly, Golden State may have SF Andre Iguodala back on the court tonight. Lay the line and wager on the Warriors.
NBA Finals Game 3 Selection: Load up on Golden State Warriors -4 (-110) at Bodog.
2018 NBA Finals Game 4 Recap: A very lopsided (embarrassing) NBA Finals has reached its conclusion. Congratulations to Golden State on their back-to-back Championships as the Warriors walked away with an easy 108-85 crushing of Cleveland during Game 4. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant (2nd straight MVP award) posted a triple-double to lead the Dubs as the Larry O’Brien Trophy remains in Oakland. Overall, the Warriors cruised past the Cavaliers by a combined 464-404 count (116-101 PGA) and lost just five times during 21 playoff matches.
08/06/18 Game 4 Preview & Picks: We normally don’t open Championship match previews with a disclaimer but we are perplexed heading into Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals. With the Larry O’Brien trophy in the house, we may witness the 2017-18 NBA season ending at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018. Up 3-0 in the series, looking like a Cat toying with a Mouse, Golden State will complete their back-to-back title quest with a victory vs Cleveland tonight. If the Warriors don’t care about winning on the road – put a fork in the Cavaliers.
Despite brilliant efforts from LeBron James – Kevin Durant & Crew have been an unstoppable force. Our pre-series GSW win 4-2 futures ticket is teetering on the edge of the trash can. Adding confusion – we made a blunder during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Thinking Vegas would bring everything, plus the kitchen sink, into their elimination match at T-Mobile Arena on 07/06/18, we swayed off our winning with Washington path. The Golden Knights put up a solid fight but the Capitals are 2017-18 NHL Stanley Cup Champions.
Odds haven’t changed much from the Game 3 as SportsInteraction has kept the Warriors with a (-160) ML odds best value and they have the sweetest Cavs ATS price at +4.5 (-105). Looking like they could chainsaw through the Forest City with one hand tied behind their backs – it is difficult to bet against the Champs. That said, it is hard to look past the fact that this may (will) be King James last contest as a Cavalier. Getting swept from his Kingdom, by the Warriors Championship broom, can’t happen to the King of Cleveland… Can it?
NBA Finals Game 4 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5 (-105) ATS at SportsInteraction
Halftime Hedge: Half Unit on final score being by 6.5 (+230) or more points at Bet365.
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Best Of Seven NBA Finals Championship Series * If Necessary – All Games on ABC TV
|Game Dates||Match Time||Stadium/Location||Final Score|
|May 31, 2018||Game 1 @ 9:00 PM ET||Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA||Warriors 124-114 (OT)|
|June 3, 2018||Game 2 @ 8:00 PM ET||Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA||Warriors 122-103|
|June 6, 2018||Game 3 @ 9:00 PM ET||Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH||Warriors 110-102|
|June 8, 2018||Game 4 @ 9:00 PM ET||Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH||Warriors 108-85|
|June 11, 2018*||Game 5 @ 9:00 PM ET||Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA||Not Needed|
|June 14, 2018*||Game 6 @ 9:00 PM ET||Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH||Not Needed|
|June 17, 2018*||Game 7 @ 8:00 PM ET||Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA||Not Needed|
Game 4 NBA Championship Finals Odds Update: 5:30 PM ET on June 8, 2018.
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