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Comparison and 3 Most Intriguing Teams in the NBA’s Second Half
NBA Odds Comparison and 3 Most
Intriguing Teams in the NBA’s Second Half
Now that the NBA All-Star break has come and gone, it’s
time to examine some of the most intriguing teams in the second half of
the season and what their basketball odds are to win their conferences
and the championship. You see it every season: one team catches fire at
the right moment, surges into the playoffs and makes a huge impact.
(Think the 2010 Mavericks, for instance.) This year, teams like the
Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets all have the
potential to make a big statement in the second half and carry their
performances into the playoffs. Let’s take a look at a few of the three
most promising second-half teams in the NBA.
Indiana Pacers, 19.00 to
Win the Title, 8.50 to Win the Eastern Conference
While the rest of the NBA’s best teams have gravitated away from size
and more toward an athletic, small-ball offensive philosophy, the
Pacers have gone the opposite direction. They have already shown this
season that they can overwhelm the Miami Heat with their size; Roy
Hibbert, Paul George and David West are all big players for their
positions, and can absolutely outmuscle smaller teams on the glass. The
Heat are the clear favorites in the East, but Indiana has already shown
they can give them nightmares. They even had the eventual NBA champions
against the ropes in the playoffs last season before Dwayne Wade had
one of the best series’ closing performances of his career to win it.
That’s good enough to take at least a flyer basketball bet on them to
be Eastern Conference champions.
Denver Nuggets, 51.00 Odds
to Win the Title, 26.00 to Win the Western Conference
Some NBA teams are built on finesse and skill more than athleticism.
The Denver Nuggets are not one of those teams. They’re a fast-break,
run-jump-and-dunk machine built around a core of young and lightning
quick players like Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari. Taking the Nuggets
to win the Western Conference is perhaps the favorite second-half
futures basketball bet. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only team
that can match their athleticism, and Denver would have a puncher’s
chance against them, particularly on their home court, where the
Nuggets are 24-3 this season. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, are
currently the best team in the West, but they’re also one of the
oldest. In a seven-game series, the Nuggets could absolutely overwhelm
the savvy veterans of the Spurs with their speed and athleticism. I’m
not saying the Nuggets are a lock to win the West, but as far as
long-shot bets go, you could do a lot worse.
Memphis Grizzlies, 36.00
Odds to Win the Title, 18.00 to Win the Western Conference
Much like the Pacers, the Grizzlies are built around size. The twin
towers of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are an opposing coaches’ worst
nightmare on both ends of the floor, and the duo are surrounded with
quality skill players like Tony Allen (one of the best perimeter
defenders in the NBA) and Mike Conley (criminally underrated point
guard). At the time of this writing, the Grizzlies have won eight in a
row and show no signs of slowing down. They’re not going to surprise
anyone, especially in basketball junkie circles, if they make some
noise in the playoffs. However, getting them at 18.00 odds to win the
Western Conference is an absolute steal.