2015 NBA Season: Basketball Odds, Pick, Future Predictions, Dark Horses - 10/16/15
October 16, 2015
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The 2015 NBA season is right around the corner, so it’s time to take a look at some future bets regarding some of the teams that can win the championship. With future bets, I usually side with the squads that have upside and provide more bang for my buck. Anybody can pick the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors, but those teams provide little return on your investment that will be tied up for several months.
Here are some of the NBA teams you should consider throwing some coin on for the 2015 season.
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Oklahoma City Thunder - Gun to my head right now, my pick to win the NBA championship is the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can currently get OKC with odds of up to +800. Kevin Durant seems healthy during the preseason and should be able to return to MVP form at some point this year and you combine that with a healthy Russell Westbrook creates possibly the best duo in the NBA. Serge Ibaka is also healthy after missing some time last year, and the center depth of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter gives the Thunder a boost in the paint. Anthony Morrow should also see increased playing time as one of the better knockdown shooters in the league. The Thunder have questionable depth but have proven they can beat anybody in the league when healthy with their trio of stars. This is OKC’s chance to finally get to the top.
Houston Rockets - We’re getting the Houston Rockets with odds of up to +1600. Yes, the same Rockets that made the Western Conference finals with two point guards who were damn near 40 years old. Now, the Rockets have a healthy point guard duo of Patrick Beverley and Ty Lawson. Donatas Motiejunas and Dwight Howard are also back from nagging injuries throughout last season. Throw in one of the best players in the league in James Harden, and you’re cooking with gas. If the Rockets were able to make such a deep run last year, there’s no question they could take that next step with a fully healthy roster. The Rockets are a scary basketball team should be getting a little more respect from the oddmakers.
Miami Heat - Speaking of health, the Miami Heat are ready to return to the top of the Eastern Conference in their second season without LeBron James. A starting lineup of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Luol Deng is one of the deepest and explosive you’re going to find in the league. The Heat also added much-needed depth with the additions of Gerald Green, Amar'e Stoudemire, rookie Justise Winslow and the return of Josh McRoberts. The Heat are experienced, deep and well balanced at both ends of the court. I love this Miami Heat team and think this may be the deepest squad they’ve had in franchise history. Odds of +3300 for the Heat to win the NBA title is terrific value and provides room for hedging as well.
Los Angeles Clippers - If the Los Angeles Clippers can’t win the NBA championship this season, they may never win it. This is easily the best Clippers roster of all time and arguably the best team Doc Rivers has ever coached. We all know a trio of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul is good enough to get the Clippers in the playoffs. Now, the Clips have a bench with the additions of Josh Smith, Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson. The Clippers are close to 10-deep now unlike last year’s playoff team that lost a lead anytime their stars came off the court. The Los Angeles Clippers and NBA title usually don’t go together in the same sentence, but this may actually be the year they get over that hump. The Clippers are certainly worth a stab with odds of +1000.
Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies make a deep playoff run every year it seems like, so why not throw something on odds of +3300? The Grizzlies return basically the same team as last year that includes Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley. With defensive stoppers in Tony Allen and Matt Barnes, the Grizzlies are that physical team that nobody wants to play in a seven-game series and has the formula for taking these offensive minded squads out of their comfort zone. Yes, offense will continue to be the Grizzlies downfall, but we’re talking about a veteran team that did just have the Warriors on the ropes in last year’s playoffs. The Memphis Grizzlies are one of a few teams with an identity and still have enough in place to make another run at least to the Western Conference Finals.