Handicapping NBA Championship Odds
Looking for 2017 NBA Gambling Futures Lines & Handicapping Picks? Each NBA team’s played out its first 20 games, and with a quarter of the season in the books, we now have a better understanding of what each team has to offer. With that in mind, it’s about time to take another look at the futures board in search of value in NBA title odds.
Handicapping 2017 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
While the current state of the NBA lends itself to a small handful of teams handling the role of clear title favorites, the alert bettor able to find value in one of the teams outside of that group could be in for the best payday of all.
Here’s a look at three top teams, three mid-level teams, and three long shots, with a recommended pick from each category.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Golden State Warriors -170
The Warriors have looked like we thought they would, knocking off all comers with their unmatched depth and star power. Klay Thompson was supposed to be the odd man out in the starting rotation, but even he put up 60 points the other night.
They’ll need to work on rim protection, but at this point, that’s just nit-picking.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers +300
The Cavaliers have something that none of the other top-tier teams have – they get to go through the much weaker Eastern Conference playoffs. That basically makes them a surer bet to at least get a seven-game series for the title.
All the weapons are there to win it again, so keeping their big three healthy will be the most important thing.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: LA Clippers +1500
The Clippers are playing some of the best basketball we’ve seen from this core group, which could be their last opportunity to make a legitimate run at a title.
They’ll need to avoid the rash of injuries that crippled their title hopes a year ago if they hope to make something of themselves this year.
The play: Cavaliers +300
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Boston Celtics +4000
The Celtics have the most talented group they’ve fielded yet under Brad Stevens, with Al Horford giving the team one of the deepest front courts in basketball.
The path to an Eastern Conference title involves beating only a small handful of legit title contenders, so the Celtics are sitting pretty right now.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Toronto Raptors +4000
For the second year in a row, the Raptors have emerged as the No. 1 contender to the Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference crown.
DeMar DeRozan came back to town on a rich new deal, and he’s looking to earn every penny, while Kyle Lowry may be the best point guard in the East. Getting something out of Jonas Valanciunas when it counts will be the difference-maker.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder +7500
The Thunder are as reliant on one player as any team in the Association. But if there’s one player that can put an entire team on his back right now, it’s Russelll Westbrook.
While all the triple-doubles may be nice to watch, he’ll need more help to get Oklahoma City back to the Finals.
The play: Raptors +4000
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Memphis Grizzlies +10000
In an era of wide-open offenses, the Grizzlies have been punching their ticket on the back of a stout defense, with center Marc Gasol leading that effort.
Getting everyone healthy at once will be key, but for now, Dave Joerger is doing a great job of working complimentary pieces into his rotation.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Portland Trail Blazers +12500
The Trail Blazers have a lot of talented pieces in place, and have really impressed the last two seasons for a team that was expected to finish in the bottom 10 a year ago.
Still, getting Damian Lillard and Co. some more pieces to play with needs to be a top priority in the offseason.
2017 NBA Gambling Futures: Detroit Pistons +20000
The Pistons have some horses on the roster, and with Reggie Jackson back in the fold, the team has the pieces in place to make a run in the East.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy is one of the best in the business, and could make Detroit into a similar contender as what Brad Stevens has done in Boston.
The play: Pistons +20000
Here’s a look at the 2017 Gambling Futures NBA Odds in their entirety:
- Golden State Warriors -170
- Cleveland Cavaliers +300
- San Antonio Spurs +1100
- Los Angeles Clippers +1500
- Boston Celtics +4000
- Houston Rockets +4000
- Toronto Raptors +4000
- Atlanta Hawks +5000
- Charlotte Hornets +6000
- Chicago Bulls +6000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +7500
- Utah Jazz +7500
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- Memphis Grizzlies +10000
- New York Knicks +10000
- Portland Trail Blazers +12500
- Washington Wizards +17500
- Detroit Pistons +20000
- Milwaukee Bucks +20000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +30000
- Denver Nuggets +32500
- Orlando Magic +32500
- Los Angeles Lakers +40000
- Miami Heat +40000
- Sacramento Kings +50000
- New Orleans Pelicans +100000
- Dallas Mavericks +200000
- Brooklyn Nets +250000
- Philadelphia 76ers +250000
- Phoenix Suns +250000
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