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Home - NBA Odds 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

denver nuggetsNow 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.

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