Handicapping NBA Championship Lines
Looking for 2017 NBA Gambling Futures Lines & Handicapping Picks? The NBA’s regular season is behind us and the games are about to really start counting – both for the players, and for bettors – so it’s a good time for bettors to reevaluate the futures board in search of value.
Handicapping 2017 NBA Basketball Futures Odds
Bettors have had 82 games to evaluate each team, and it’s the conclusions drawn from what we’ve learned during the regular season that will pay the greatest dividends during the postseason.
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 Future Lines: Golden State Warriors -200
Each team’s quest for a title runs through the Warriors, who possess the deepest lineup in the Association, and the best top-end talent.
Couple that with the top seed in the West and home-court advantage throughout the postseason and it’s tough to imagine the Warriors’ path ending anywhere other than the NBA Finals.
Any lingering doubts about Kevin Durant’s return from a serious-looking leg injury have been erased by his triumphant return, and Steve Kerr continues to prove himself to be one of the best coaches in basketball.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Cleveland Cavaliers +350
Just by virtue of playing in the East the Cavaliers have an edge over each of the elite Western Conference contenders. Their path is going to be so much smoother than every other top contenders’ path, even if they have to go to Boston to open the East finals.
While some injuries have slowed the team down in the regular season, LeBron James hasn’t even broken a sweat yet, and opponents will quickly be reminded of what Playoff LeBron brings to the table once the postseason begins. The man’s led his team out of the East in each of the past six seasons.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: San Antonio Spurs +900
With the Warriors in their path, it’s easy to overlook the Spurs, but they appear to be more ready to overtake the Warriors for West supremacy this year than they did a year ago. Coach Pop should be able to find a way to exploit his mismatches in the frontcourt against the Warriors thin array of bigs.
Kawhi Leonard may deserve a little more MVP consideration than he’s getting as the second-best physical threat after LeBron. It’s his time to shine in the postseason and really establish himself as one of the upper echelon stars in the league.
The play: Cavaliers +350
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Houston Rockets +2500
The turnaround from year-to-year for the Rockets has been quite incredible, and Mike D’Antoni deserves a ton of credit for getting the team back into contention so quickly.
James Harden’s going to garner a lot of MVP consideration in the coming days and weeks, and can separate himself from Russell Westbrook with a series win or three.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Washington Wizards +3000
Another team that’s really turned things around following a highly disappointing 2016-17 season is the Warriors, who climbed up the East standings in a hurry this season.
With John Wall and Bradley Beal combining to form one of the more lethal guard duos in the Association, the Wizards won’t be an easy out for any team in a seven-game series.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Toronto Raptors +3000
The Raptors endured a bit of a lull as they had to fight through a stretch without Kyle Lowry, but their MVP is back and looking healthy – which they’ll need him to be in the postseason if they have any hope of knocking off the Cavaliers.
The key for the Raptors will be whether or not head coach Dwane Casey is ready to take the kid gloves off Jonas Valanciunas and let his big man eat, or whether he’ll continue to keep him off the court at key times.
The play: Raptors +3000
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
Aside from the fact a meet-up with the Warriors would make for insanely fun TV, rooting for Russell Westbrook in that series would be great as he looks to single-handedly erase Kevin Durant’s title aspirations. If nothing else, you’ll be backing the most singularly determined player in the Association.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Milwaukee Bucks +20000
If you’re of the school of thought that the Cavaliers are ripe to be upset, then the East is wide open. One of the teams that could take advantage of that are the Bucks, who have Giannis Antetokounmpo doing super-human things and Khris Middleton healthy again. Jason Kidd knows how to win a playoff series.
2017 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Portland Trail Blazers +30000
So they’re going to have to knock off the Warriors in the opening round, but there’s a lot to like about this Blazers team. Jusuf Nurkic has been an absolute steal, and Damian Lillard has proven he can go toe-to-toe with Stephen Curry. If they make it through the first round, things will only get easier.
The play: Trail Blazers +30000
Here’s a look at the 2017 Gambling Future Lines & NBA Odds in their entirety:
- Boston Celtics +2000
- Los Angeles Clippers 2500
- Utah Jazz +10000
- Indiana Pacers +20000
- Memphis Grizzlies +20000
- Chicago Bulls +20000
- Atlanta Hawks +20000
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