2014 NBA Championship Future Bets Worth Giving a Shot
With the NBA All-Star Game over with and the second half of the season set to begin, it’s time to start taking a serious look at NBA future bets. The Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder are the safest picks, but futures are all about getting the most bang for your buck and having the chance to hit that homerun.
Here are some longshots that you should consider throwing a few dollars on:
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Golden State Warriors: There’s a chance the Warriors miss out on the playoffs all together if they continue to find ways to lose. That’s why you can get them at +1500 at most places. That’s great value for a team that drops points in truckloads. No lead is safe against Stephen Curry and company, as they are the most explosive offensive team in the league. They’ve also improved their offense to ninth in the league, allowing just 99 points per game. They say defense wins championships, but good luck keeping this team under 100 points four times in a series.
Houston Rockets: The Rockets are third in the league with an average of 105.5 points per game. That’s a lot. They also average close to 45 rebounds thanks to having the biggest mismatch in the game: Dwight Howard. There’s no big man in the league who can keep him in check consistently. This is a team that’s still learning to play together and will only get better. Getting them at +1700 is certainly worth a look.
Portland Trail Blazers: They’re the best offensive team in the league, averaging close to 108 points per game. They’re also the best rebounding team with an average of 46.1 boards per game. Scoring and rebounding take you a long way in the playoffs. Having a defense ranked 27th in points allowed is a little scary, but that may not matter when five players are averaging double-digit points. They’ll be in every game they play and have a chance to make a serious run. It’s impossible to ignore odds of +1600.
Brooklyn Nets: The longest of longshots would be the most experienced team in the bunch. They have seemed to finally figure things out over the last month or so and are playing well at both ends of the court. They’re not the most flashiest team in the world, but a combination of Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and a healthy Kevin Garnett could do damage. This is a wise group of veterans who know how to win. They’ve also beaten the Heat twice this season. Maybe I’m nuts, but I’ll throw a couple hundred at odds of +4000.
San Antonio Spurs: Odds at +1000. Seriously? No explanation needed.