NBA 2016-17 Championship Odds: Future Bets, Dark Horses, Value, Predictions, Pick
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NBA training camp for the 2016 season starts in a couple of weeks and preseason starts shortly thereafter. I’ve already previewed all 30 teams, but now it’s time to take a look at some of the future bets for winning the NBA title. With future bets, I like to take a look at some of the longer shots to get more bang for my buck, teams that have the potential to win it all or even provide hedging opportunities to guarantee a profit.
So, safe to say I won’t be backing the Golden State Warriors with -130 odds.
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Here are five teams to consider putting on your future card to win the 2016 NBA championship.
Los Angeles Clippers - The Los Angeles Clippers are my favorite future bet this year with odds of +3500. Outside of the Warriors, the Clippers have the best starting five in the NBA led by Chris Paul, JJ Reddick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. This may also be the deepest Clippers team we’ve ever seen with Jamal Crawford, Brandon Bass, Austin Rivers and Marreese Speights coming off the bench. Los Angeles has all of the pieces needed to finally get over the hump, let’s just hope health is on its side this season. If so, I love the Clippers and this bet to turn a profit.
Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies are a consistent playoff team that always competes and puts up a fight in the tough Western Conference. With the main guys in Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley returning for another season, the Grizz will continue to be that grind-it-out defensive squad nobody wants to play. Also, Memphis finally added outside shooting in Chandler Parsons, which will open the floor and make this team better offensively. The Grizzlies may still lack the offensive firepower to really win a title, but odds of +8000 provide hedging room in the playoffs.
San Antonio Spurs - You can find the San Antonio Spurs with +1000 odds to win the championship. Sign me up. The Spurs don’t need an introduction, as this team always finds ways to in regardless of who is on the team and hasn’t missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season. LaMarcus Aldridge should be better in his second season with the team and Kawhi Leonard has become that two-way superstar who can carry a team. Also, Pau Gasol is an upgrade over the aging Tim Duncan and can be more consistent offensively. You usually don’t get these championship odds with the Spurs. Take advantage while you still can.
Toronto Raptors - Last season, the Toronto Raptors were a game away from having the top seed in the East, and they took two games against the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. So, getting odds of +7000 is something to strongly consider. The Raptors return their key guys in DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. They should also be better now that DeMarre Carroll has had more time to recover from his injury and really get comfortable with his new team. The addition of Jared Sullinger also gives the Raptors a much needed spark off the bench. People joke about the Raptors and their playoff performances, but there’s maybe two teams that can push the Cavs come playoff time. The team up North is one of them.
Portland Trail Blazers - If you guys followed my picks last season, you know we made a ton of money backing the Portland Trail Blazers, and they were my favorite team to watch on NBA League Pass. Well, that team got even better with the additions of Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli. We saw in last years playoffs against the Warriors that the Trail Blazers have all the shooting needed to go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league, as Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Al-Farouq Aminu get buckets. However, those two signings bolster the defense and make Portland an overall deeper team. The Trail Blazers are once again my dark horse to make another strong playoff run and while they may be a year away from really pushing for a title, odds of +10000 provide tons of hedging room to guarantee profit.