Handicapping NBA Championship Lines
Looking for 2017 NBA Betting Futures Lines & Handicapping Picks? The NBA season has passed its midway point and as it nears the three-quarter pole and all that comes with that milestone – All-Star festivities, trade deadline, etc. – it’s a good time for bettors to reevaluate the futures board in search of value.
Handicapping 2017 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
Prognosticators with the foresight to figure out which teams will load up at the deadline to make a run at a title or those that will be able to carry their momentum through the playoffs will be the ones that fair best at the bank.
Here’s a look at three favorites, three longshots, and three teams from the middle of the pack, with a recommended play from each category:
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Golden State Warriors -200
The Warriors are unquestionably the team to beat after winning a title, winning 73 games, going up 3-1 in the NBA Finals, then adding a superstar in Kevin Durant.
Seventy-three wins is out of the question this season, but that could be better for the Warriors’ title hopes in the long run, as the decision to rest their starters late in the season will be easier, but at their current price, there’s simply no value in backing the Warriors.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers +280
The Cavaliers have the easiest path to the Finals of any of the top contenders, and that alone makes them the best bet on the board, let alone the fact they roster the best player in the world at the moment.
If LeBron’s requests come true and the front office makes a move at the deadline, the team’s title hopes will only become more attractive.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: San Antonio Spurs +1000
The Spurs are the odd team out in the big three, but Coach Pop has his team looking like the best contender to knock off the Warriors among the squads out West.
Kawhi Leonard is quietly becoming one of the stars of the league, even if the national media attention hasn’t quite caught up.
The play: Cavaliers +280
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Houston Rockets +3000
Mike D’Antoni quickly found some cures for what ailed the Rockets, and it started with the ingenius move of putting the ball in James Harden’s hands more often.
The Rockets are looking more and more like the team that made the West final just two years ago.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Los Angeles Clippers +5000
The Clippers’ win-now window is closing fast, so they have to be considered the top candidate to make a bold move at the deadline, whether that be Carmelo Anthony or some other supplemental scorer.
Chris Paul is expected to return with plenty of time to get back to 100 percent by playoff time.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Toronto Raptors +5000
A small slide has bettors stepping back from their faith in the Raptors, despite just being a few months removed from the East final.
DeMar DeRozan was playing some of the best basketball of his career before he went down with an injury, which coincides with the team’s recent slide, and Kyle Lowry has been one of the best players in the East – not just the best point guard.
The play: Raptors +5000
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder +15000
The Thunder are going to have the most highly motivated player in the league come playoff time, as Russell Westbrook will be out for blood when the games really matter.
He has more help on the roster than people think in Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Charlotte Hornets +20000
We’ve seen Kemba Walker get white hot and carry his team to a title before. He’s got a little more help this time around, with Nic Batum playing as good as he ever has, and after the Cavaliers, the East is wide open.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Philadelphia 76ers +100000
It’s a little soon to get on the Sixers, but it’s fun to think of what is to come from this group as they enjoy a mini-run which could see them back into the playoffs.
Keeping Joel Embiid on the floor on a consistent basis will be key.
The play: Thunder +15000
Here’s a look at the 2017 Betting Futures NBA Odds in their entirety:
- Boston Celtics +2500
- Utah Jazz +5000
- Washington Wizards +7500
- Atlanta Hawks +8500
- Memphis Grizzlies +8500
- Chicago Bulls +10000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- Detroit Pistons +30000
- Milwaukee Bucks +30000
- Denver Nuggets +50000
- Miami Heat +50000
- Portland Trail Blazers +50000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +100000
- New Orleans Pelicans +100000
- Sacramento Kings +100000
- New York Knicks +150000
- Dallas Mavericks +200000
- Orlando Magic +300000
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