Look no further than the Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder as they continue to stun experts, talking heads, odds makers and even their own fan base. Continue reading “Let’s look at the most shocking bet in the NBA season so far — thanks to Chris Paul”
The last time an NBA team was swept in the finals was back in 2007 … it was the Cleveland Cavaliers getting trounced by a younger Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Well, unfortunately for the town of Cleveland, not only do they own the Browns, but they own two of the nine NBA finals sweeps—and they are back to back.
The problem isn’t with the Cleveland Cavaliers though. The issue is that the Golden State Warriors look like basketball playing robots from another dimension, a superhuman one. And things don’t look like they are going to change much over in ‘The Town.’ Kevin Durant has stated that he is going to resign for another season. You better believe that the nucleus that makes up these unstoppable Warriors of Golden State will stay intact; they want the three-peat.
Futures Odds on the 2019 NBA Title
After checking Bookmaker a few days ago, we found odds on all of the teams and their implied probability to win the NBA Title in 2019. The top ten candidates according to Las Vegas and top online sites like Bookmaker are:
- Golden State: +120 (45.5%)
- Houston +450 (18.2%)
- Philadelphia +500 (16.7%)
- Boston Celtics + 650 (13.3%)
- Los Angeles Lakers + 1400 (6.7%)
- San Antonio Spurs +2000 (4.8%)
- Cleveland Cavaliers +2500 (3.8%)
- Miami Heat +5000 (2.0%)
- New Orleans Pelicans +5000 (2.0%)
- Oklahoma City Thunder +5000 (2.0%)
The funny thing is that as of today, the sportsbooks have pulled the NBA Futures lines —don’t worry they will put them back up soon—so we have to assume that they have received some information that is critical to their mathematical process.
Of course, we see that the Warriors once again lead the way. They are far and away favorites to win in 2019. But what is most interesting to me is the fact that the Las Angeles Lakers are suddenly in the conversation. This leads me to believe that there is some insider info telling the money people in Vegas that Lebron will land in LA.
Low and behold, Bookmaker just released odds on where Lebron James will go this offseason, and the Lakers are -140 favorites. The next closest team is Philly at +400. This means Las Vegas believes that there is a 58.3% chance that Lebron will sign with Luke and the lakers.
With all of this back-room yammering that must be going on about the Lakers and Lebron. I still don’t see how this would make them real contenders. Lebron had Love, Korver, Smith, Hill, Thompson, and a slew of other talented players and still could take down the Warriors. How would going to a team that plays very little defense be any better?
It is all about those little intangible things that create a rare occurrence of dynamics that make the best team. It isn’t always the best player or best players … but the best team. The only other teams that currently have this type of intangible thing going are the Rockets and the Raptors. The Raptors know who they are, but they just don’t quite have the talent to beat Golden State. The Rockets, on the other hand, might have taken down GSW if Chris Paul the 3rd didn’t go down and miss Game 7.
Looking at where the futures were (it remains to be seen what they become), I believe that the Rockets should actually be closer to +250 and then everyone else nudged back some more … the closest competition out of the east right now shouldn’t be set higher than +600 (six to one). Maybe if Lebron goes to the 76ers, they might have a shot. But again how will he mesh? Philly has a good thing going on. Would Lebron just be a cog in their wheel?
In 2019 all roads lead through Houston and Golden State. Whoever wins the West wins again.
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The signing of Kevin Durant to a team that had already won a NBA all-time record of 73 wins have had reverberations across the entire league. Continue reading “Despite NBA Title, Kevin Durant makes Cleveland Cavs underdogs in 2017”
Even if you’re not an NBA fan, there’s no escaping Stephen Curry. If he isn’t already, Curry is quickly becoming a household name.
Jeremy Lin scored 17 points including several crucial plays at the end of the game that helped the Charlotte Hornets hang on a tight two point win over the New York Knicks. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin’s heroics for Hornets nearly shot down by Kristaps Porzingis”
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Jeremy Lin’s midrange jumper was on point and the crowd in Shenzen, China loved watching Lin during the Hornets 106-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin highlights vs. Los Angeles Clippers in NBA Global Games”
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John Wall is quickly making his high-flying 360 layup his calling card. Continue reading “John Wall’s ‘360 midair layup’ is quickly becoming his signature move”
I’m a big fan of the Geeked Up t-shirts that the NBA puts out from time to time. Continue reading “NBA releases ‘Geeked Up’ Golden State Warriors championship t-shirt”
It was great to follow the Warriors on their way to the NBA championship while on the East Coast. Continue reading “Awesome Steph Curry “DUBS” mural found in Oakland”
I wouldn’t have argued loudly had Lebron James won the Finals MVP, but it wasn’t a travesty that Andre Iguodola took home the trophy. Continue reading “Andre Iguodola deserved the NBA Finals MVP because WINNING”
Believe it or not, there’s a bright side to the Cavs getting beat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland. The bright side is that the game was over and they could rest. Continue reading “Cavs’ 7-Man Rotation Will Cost Them 2015 NBA Championship”
In the late 1980’s, my sister and I took an interest in basketball. With NBA on the television all the time, my mom also became a hoops fan (in addition to loving Knots Landing). Continue reading “My mom isn’t surprised that the Cavs beat the Warriors (again)”
Who knew that Cleveland was a hotbed for travelers? Continue reading “Which travel was worse: Lebron James’ stroll or Kendrick Perkins’ dancing?”
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In November 2014, The Atlantic posted a short video on Jazzoon, a Brooklyn man that followed his passions– sports memorabilia, music, and comic books –into a viable living. Continue reading “We could all learn a little about life from this “Brooklyn hustler””
I just can’t write enough about Dwight Howard lately; he provides so much fodder that inspires me to wield my internet pen. Continue reading “Dwight Howard is more Bizzaro than he is Superman”
The nearest Citi Bike station to me is on East 10th and Avenue A, so I walk by the basketball courts at Tompkins Square Park all the time. Continue reading “Tompkins Square Park’s basketball courts closed for improvements and renovations”
Are you a Golden State Warrior’s fan living in New York City and looking for a bar to watch your team with other Bay Area fans? Continue reading “Is Finnerty’s the best bar to watch the Golden State Warriors in New York City?”
A season and a half ago, approximately eight years into his NBA career, J.J. Redick found a way to contribute in ways that expanded his role as off-the-bench, three-point sniper. Continue reading “How did J.J. Redick defend James Harden so well?”