With the trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks on Monday night, the Futures NBA Bets have been thrown for a loop in the Eastern Conference.
In the Western Conference, things are much simpler, as a handful of teams are still head and shoulders above the rest. Let’s look at their odds, with the second half of the season set to get underway.
Los Angeles Lakers (-120): In all of the Futures NBA Bets, there is no team more favored to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy than the two-time defending champions. Will the Lakers go three for three this spring?
While many have begun to doubt the Lakers, it’s easy to forget that this club still has the third best record in the West with 38 wins at the All-Star break. And while they haven’t been great lately (three straight losses to close the first half of the season), the Lakers still can turn things on like few others. Remember, it was under two weeks ago that Los Angeles went into Boston and beat the Celtics 92-86.
Plus, if the All-Star Game proved anything, it’s that- despite being repeatedly counted out- Kobe Bryant is still as good as anyone in the league. Could his 37 point performance Sunday night been a sign of things to come?
San Antonio Spurs (+170): For all the talk about the Lakers out West, it’s easy to forget that it’s actually San Antonio that has the league’s best record at 46-10. Wow!
And while Los Angeles does things on the back of Bryant, the Spurs are undoubtedly the league’s deepest team, with an unheard of 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes a game. All that leads to is one of the most efficient offensive teams in the NBA, as San Antonio ranks in the Top 10 in the NBA in points (sixth), field goal percentage (fourth) and three-point field goal percentage (sixth).
Remember too, that if San Antonio ends up with the best record in the West, they’ll have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. That’s no small deal for a team that finished the first half of the regular season with a 25-2 home record.
Keep that in mind when making your Western Conference NBA Bets!
Dallas Mavericks (+600): Next are the Dallas Mavericks, who are once again quietly putting together a monstrous season. The Mavericks have now made the playoffs 10 years in a row, still just one NBA Finals in that stretch. Is this the year?
Like always, what things will ultimately come down to is the play of Dirk Nowitzki, and luckily for Dallas fans, he’s still at his best averaging 22 points and six rebounds. Jason Kidd chips in eight points and eight assists per game from the perimeter.
It won’t be easy for Dallas to make a run to the NBA Finals through the Western Conference, but at 6-1 why not gamble a little?
Oklahoma City Thunder (+1000): Finally we have to talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder. Because if the NBA is about star power, the Thunder have as much as any team, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Durant is once again amongst the elite in the league, as he leads the NBA in scoring with 28.9 points a game. Meanwhile, Westbrook has become the do-it-all distributor, with 8.6 assists per game, in addition to 22 points a game.
Don’t be afraid to place some cash on the Thunder in your Futures NBA Bets. They could earn you some big-time cash!