NBA Mid-Season Report with Championship Futures
Depending what team you’re looking at, we’re half-way through the NBA season. Most teams have played between 39-42 games on their 82 game schedule, so we are pretty damn close to the half-way point. It’s about time we have a look at who the favorites to win the National Basketball Association Championship are at America’s Bookie.
Before I get into the odds, let’s see where we are in term of the standings. The defending champion Golden State Warriors are one game off the pace set by the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls who set the record with wins in a season (72). The Warriors has been keeping pace until they lost two of three games from January 13th-16th. Golden State began the year with 24 straight wins, and of course sits as the front runners to win it all according to futures odds at the best online sportsbook.
Marred behind the Warriors epic season are the San Antonio Spurs, who are also having a fantastic season. They have only lost 6 games all year, are a perfect 24-0 at home and have currently won 11 in a row. They are getting it done playing excellent defense, allowing 89.6 points per game, which is almost 6 points less than the Miami Heat who are second in opponent points per game (95.4). Don’t get me wrong, the Spurs are also getting it done on offense, scoring 103.9 PPG, good for sixth in the league.
Over in the East, the defending conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record at 28-11 but they just suffered an embarrassing 132-98 loss at home to the Warriors on Monday night. The Cavs rank just 17th in the league in scoring (101.3) but are 3rd in points allowed at 96. They are still considered the favorites to win the East.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the East has been the play of the Toronto Raptors who sit in second at 26-15. They need to improve their play on the road, because their 14-9 record away from Air Canada Centre isn’t going to get it done. Toronto is holding their opponents to 96.9 PPG (4th in the league) while scoring 100.6 (19th).
The Chicago Bulls are in the same situation as the Raptors, sitting in 3rd place in the East with a 24-16 record, but are below .500 on the road (8-9). Their inter-conference play leaves a lot to be desired too, having won only 15 out of 26 games in the weak East. They may be wise to trade Derrick Rose for something before it’s too late; he’s scoring his least point per game total of his career at 15. Jimmy Butler has taken the reigns scoring a team high 22.4 PPG.
Here’s a list of all teams odds at America’s Bookie to win the NBA Championship:
Golden State Warriors +130
San Antonio Spurs +175
Cleveland Cavaliers +200
Oklahoma City Thunder +850
Los Angeles Clippers +1750
Chicago Bulls +2300
Toronto Raptors +3000
Indiana Pacers +3500
Atlanta Hawks +3500
Miami Heat +4500
Houston Rockets +5500
Boston Celtics +5500
Detroit Pistons +7000
Dallas Mavericks +8500
Memphis Grizzlies +8500
New York Knicks +17500
Sacramento Kings +17500
Charlotte Hornets +17500
Utah Jazz +17500
Washington Wizards +17500
Milwaukee Bucks +20000
Orlando Magic +20000
New Orleans Pelicans +30000
Have a look at more NBA betting options at America’s Bookie in my NBA Props and Futures article.
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