Even the NBA’s Western Conference has witnessed a large shakeup on top and for the first time in four times, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the favorite to represent the West in the NBA Finals. That distinction??belongs to the Los Angeles Clippers, who made the biggest splash in the offseason from nabbing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Online sportsbook??BetOnline gets the Clippers as +225 faves to win the Western Conference and advance to their first NBA Finals in business history. Are ” the Los Angeles Lakers, their Staples Center roommates . Next on the oddsboard would be the Houston Rockets (+400), Golden State Warriors (+800) and Utah Jazz (+900) to round out the top five.
After being fairly insignificant for the last few seasons, the Clippers and Lakers stole back the spotlight and have four of the top 10 NBA players in their rosters. Both of these franchises fully researched the NBA landscape with their offseason moves and will likely be in the thick of this come playoff time.
The Clippers are stacked because they were a 48-win team without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and didn’t need to forfeit any roster thickness to add these two studs. And while I can commend Kawhi and George as the explanations for why they are the faves, the simple fact that they can still roll out Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell against opposing minute units makes them quite dangerous.
As for the Lakers, they can not be dismissed as liver. They will have a very inspired LeBron James, who also missed the postseason for the first time since his second time in the NBA, also have arguably the best center in the league at Anthony Davis. But if I had to make a choice between both teams, I would still have to go with the Clippers because I’m doubtful of the Lakers’ supporting cast.
The Lakers had to scavenge during the scrap pile of staying free agents after carrying out hope for Kawhi to register together and ended up??settling??somewhat mediocre players. Do not get me wrong, I believe Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Jared Dudley are great players. However, while you pile this up roster vs??the Clippers or some of??the other contenders from the West, ” I feel like they’re one injury away to having this house of cards fall itself.
The reigning Western Conference winners for five straight seasons, this is actually the best price (+800) that bettors’ve seen for the Golden State Warriors to win the West in quite a while. And I think that they can still easily win their conference since they possess Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Steph is probably going to have a massive season offensively (second-best chances to Acquire NBA MVP) and Draymond remains a beast defensively, therefore I believe talk??about the Warriors’ death is somewhat premature.
The X variables for how far they could go return to when Klay Thompson can return from his ACL tear and how well D’Angelo Russell meshes together with their offense. Thompson is not expected back until February or March and in case you’re the Warriors, then there is no purpose to hurry him back because you need him to get the postseason.
As for Russell, I’m really much higher on this acquisition compared to many and he will be a superb scorer/playmaker to incorporate into Steve Kerr’s crime. Russell averaged 21 points a game last year with not nearly the amount of high-end gift in Oakland and I think he can initiate the crime to take some pressure off Curry and allow him come off displays and unleash the three-pointer.
I believe the Warriors at +800 really are a steal and these odds will fall greatly when the season gets mad.
The apparent two teams that have great value and??rosters that may contend would be the Denver Nuggets (+1000) and Utah Jazz (+900). Both groups made the playoffs last year and produced some roster tweaks which can only aid their odds to make the NBA Finals.
The Nuggets flamed from the second round after a challenging seven-game series with the Blazers but the??organic growth within the organization is tricky to fade, particularly with the development of centre Nikola Jokic into a top-10 NBA player.
Jokic directed all centers in assists per game along with the Nuggets have depth at every position to make a deep postseason run. My favorite movement was their acquisition of??Jerami??Grant from the Thunder to play up alongside Jokic.
Too many times last year the Nuggets were a casualty of a Paul Millsap defensive miscue and??it cost them against the Blazers. I think Denver’s within an up trend and it would not surprise me to see the Nuggets at the top of the Western Conference standings once the season concludes.
In Comparison with the Nuggets, the Jazz made the splashier moves in the offseason by trading for Mike Conley in the Grizzlies and registering Bojan Bogdanovic in the Pacers. Conley will be the Jazz’s best point guard since they traded Deron Williams at 2011. Guard play was a source of frustration of Utah if they played the big boys at the playoffs since this trade.
Conley’s fire and shooting doubles down on what exactly the Jazz do best because they were already one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and they’ll be a pest to play against. I’m not as high on these when compared with the Warriors or Nuggets but I do think they have a excellent chance to make it into the Western Conference final.
Curious at August 14 at BetOnline