2019 NBA Futures: All roads lead though the West (again)

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.

Futures Assessment

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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How did J.J. Redick defend James Harden so well?

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?”

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Surprise Door: Here’s the NBA’s Chinese New Year commercial

Here’s a cheesy Chinese New Year commercial from the NBA featuring Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Steph Curry, Benny the Bull and Dwyane Wade. Continue reading “Surprise Door: Here’s the NBA’s Chinese New Year commercial”

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Steph Curry’s sweet behind the back, no look bounce pass for James Harden dunk (GIF)

Last night Team USA’s Steph Curry assist to James Harden was one of those rare instinctive basketball plays that makes basketball so exciting. Continue reading “Steph Curry’s sweet behind the back, no look bounce pass for James Harden dunk (GIF)”

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Jeremy Lin hits for 21 points against Portland, a career playoff high

Jeremy Lin is still trying to figure out how to maximize his reduced role with the Houston Rockets. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin hits for 21 points against Portland, a career playoff high”

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Jeremy Lin’s Reverse Layups vs. Memphis Grizzlies (GIF)

Jeremy Lin reverse layup around Zach Randolph, Ed Davis, and Mike Miller

Jeremy Lin had 5 field goals last night — two three pointers and three reverse layups — in the Rockets’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies last night. Two of Lin’s reverse layups were just badazzxssssss – we’re talking reverse layups at full-speed, one-handed, acrobatic, adjust on the fly NBA shit. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin’s Reverse Layups vs. Memphis Grizzlies (GIF)”

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Jeremy Lin blocks Tony Parker (GIF); Rockets beat Spurs on X-Mas

Jeremy Lin blocks Tony Parker

Last night wasn’t Jeremy Lin’s best individual game statistically, but what he put together on both ends of the court is exactly what the Houston Rockets are looking from the point guard position. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin blocks Tony Parker (GIF); Rockets beat Spurs on X-Mas”

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Jingle Hoops: The NBA’s Christmas Commercial to Promote Sleeved Jerseys

NBA Christmas Commerical 2013 Jingle Bells

The NBA released another cool Christmas commercial this year. “Jingle Hoops” promotes their special edition Christmas day sleeved jerseys, or NBA jerseys with sleeves, or shirt uniforms… by Adidas.

Jingle Hoops” brings together 6 NBA superstars, all of whom will be playing on Christmas Day. The ad features Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Steve Nash, and LeBron James shooting jump shots.

As the jumpers swish through nets fashioned with bells, the shots sound off to the tune of jingle bells.

This was a followup to last year’s “Dribbling the Bells” where NBA stars Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Dwyane Wade dribbled out “The Carols of the Bells.”

Looking at last year’s lineup, if they had replaced Joe Johnson with Kobe Bryant, they would have had five of the most polarizing stars in the NBA. With Durant, Curry, Rose, Nash and Harden, you have a much more likable lineup in 2013 (notice I left out LeBron?). Jesus Christmas!

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Shirtless Chandler Parsons stares at Jeremy Lin in locker room

shirtless Chandler Parsons cruised Jeremy Lin in the showers

What’s the best part about a shirtless Chandler Parson come-hither stare at Jeremy Lin as he walks out of the shower? The moment Jeremy notices Chandy and is momentarily thrown off.

Chandler Parsons gives Jeremy Lin loving stare in showers

Whether you think it’s gay or you feel the need to label it a bromance, it’s all in good fun. Clearly the two have a playful friendship.

What do I find the most interesting as an experienced researcher on the Jeremy Lin-Chandler Parsons bromance? I’m glad I made you ask.

What makes me LOL the most about these Parsons-Lin pics and gifs are when Parsons takes the joking around too far; crosses a line that clearly makes Lin feel uncomfortable.  BEST.

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Jeremy Lin helps Beardy Defeat Timberwolves (Youtube)

Basically, the Rockets came into the game super slack-sa-daisical and got down 20 to a Timberwolf team without four out of five starters – Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko, and Brandon Roy.

What happened was James Harden decided he wanted to ball out and took over the game, la de dahing himself to 37 points, with an assist from Jeremy Lin’s 24 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals.

So, I think JJ Barea is a pretty amazing player. At 5-11 and muscley, no real vertical (NBA-wise), a semi-set shot, and the guy seems to get into the point and score at will. If I could find video highlights of him from this game, I would embed. I would. Instead, I have to get dressed and go to dim sum. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin helps Beardy Defeat Timberwolves (Youtube)”

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Jeremy isn’t sick, doesn’t have bum ankle, gets 21 points and 9 assists against Mavericks

After a couple subpar games by Jeremy Lin, he came back with an aggressive approach against the Dallas Mavericks – like a Lion in the year of the Snake!

No longer suffering from the flu and a sprained ankle that he had to deal with over the last week – Jeremy did a lot of good catching up; his shots all seemed to be going in and his passes all seemed like they ended up in an assist. It helps that Chandy Parsons was having a career night, Omer Asik was actually making layups and not just throwing them up there and crossing his big ass fingers, and James Harden seemed cool with taking a back seat as his teammates ran all over the Mavs 136-103.

The Rockets were actually down three at half, but used a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and eventually end up outscoring Dallas by 27 points in that period.

Lin ended the game with 21 points, 9 assists and lots of brotherly hugs for his bestie, Chandler Parsons, who ended with 32 points on a ridiculous 12-13 from the floor (including 6-7 from three). BESTIES FOREVER!

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I am angry at Jeremy Lin right now [*He was sick with flu!]

jeremy lin sick on bench

[Update: As I was looking for postgame interviews, I found out that Lin may have been sick during today’s game. Someone on the internet mentioned that Lin was a “shivering, sweaty mess” on the bench.” and another source mentioned that Kevin McHale said “Jeremy was sick tonight.”]

Jeremy Lin played terribly tonight. It seemed as if he came into the game unmotivated. No passion. Played poor, uninspired defense. Cocky, even.

It showed even before he was benched by coach McHale, and Patrick Beverly picking up his slack with energy and on-the-ball defense just emphasized how how bad Lin was playing.

Even James Harden was visibly bugged by Lin tonight. He pushed Lin in a manner that said “PICK IT UP”.  After Harden and Beverly nearly stole the ball at the end of the third quarter- the two exchanged high-fives as if they were in the playoffs, not in a regular season game against the Washington Wizards.

Lin’s effort not only wasted an amazing game by Chandler Parsons, but these are the type of games that the Houston Rockets will look back on and say “That’s one we let slip away because of our effort.”

I rarely ever blame any one player for losing a game, and I won’t say it this time, but Lin, the starting point guard didn’t show up today offensively AND defensively, and the Wizards won the game by three points.

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Please put your jersey back on, Omer Asik

Omer Asik decided to come to the  huddle shirtess when the Houston Rockets took on the Washington Wizards.

Other than Chandy Parsons, who is sneaking a quick glance at his fourth nipple, no one can stand to look at the jerseyless Turkish center. In fact Carlos Delfino and Jeremy Lin have to  cover their faces with towels.

Omer Asik shirtless in Houston Rockets huddle

 

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SUPER! Beardy and Jeremy score 75 in win over Thunder

Oh, what a game. Houston started out fast with Chandy and Jeremy putting up big numbers in the first quarter. Houston would lose their focus before ultimately ending the game on a high note.

jeremy lin and james harden  houston rockets

With Chandy sidelined by a injured ankle that he sustained in the thrd quarter, Beardy and Jeremy Lin rekindled their friendship and together, they dropped 75 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 122-119 win.

Harden had a career high 46 points and Lin added 29 points, including two big three-pointers that gave the Rockets their first lead in the game, and another that pushed the Rockets ahead by six with under a minute to play.

Houston was down 14 points with about 7 minutes remaining, but rode Beardy down the stretch. Beardy, who hit a half-court shot like a free throw to end the third quarter, was unstoppable in the fourth; driving into the lane and hitting big jumpers against his former team.

Not a lot of players make me stand up and shout at the screen, but James Harden is one of those players. Always in complete control, it’s almost as if Beardy has the ball on a string and constantly putting players on their heels before either blowing by them or stepping back for a relaxed jumpshot.

The BFFs did more than score. Lin passed for 8 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds. Harden grabbed 8 rebounds and passed for 6 assists. [boxscore] Continue reading “SUPER! Beardy and Jeremy score 75 in win over Thunder”

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Jeremy Lin does the three-point boogey (GIF)

The Rockets were having a blast on the bench during last night’s three-lebration – led by Jeremy Lin getting low with his playful three-point jam.

Jeremy Lin gif of the Rockets celebrating three-pointers

LOL LOL KEWT I could watch this all day. Jeremy looks like a 12-year old, 24-year old, 6-3 kid! And look at Chandy Parsons, all keeled over and LOL so harden, trying to catch his breath.

(via Clutchfans)

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LOL: Jeremy Lin & Co. Whoop It Up On the Bench

In a blowout win over the Utah Jazz, Lin and company had a blast watching the bench players hit three after three after three. James Anderson. Donatas Motiejūnas. Marcus Morris.  Boom. Pow. Pow.

Jeremy Lin with the three glasses

At one point the Rocket’s lead hit 50 points. Eeek. LOL that Jeremy Lin is so playful and goofy.

Listen, I’m going to make a joke here, and I want everyone to know that I love Jeremy Lin, but maybe Jeremy Lin could use those “three glasses” when he’s actually on the court?

(ducks)

Seriously though, you’re shooting 29% from behind the arc – it couldn’t hurt.

And look at Chandy Parsons – what’s wrong with that dude’s shoulders?

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Harden, Parsons & Lin in their pregame Kung-Fu Routine

The Houston Rocket’s Big THREE, Jamesy Harden, Chandy Parsons & Jeremy Lin, have developed their own special, little pregame, kinda-racist tradition, by each doing their own Kung-Fu moves before coming together for a totally respectful Asian bow.

harden-parsons-lin-kung-fu

Despite it making me a little uncomfortable, I think it’s kinda hilarious/ridiculous/LOL.  I fucking love it.

Chandler Parsons James Harden Jeremy Lin Kung Fu

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JLIN has 19p, 6r, 5a, 4s vs. Lakers (Video Highlights)

Another boxscore stuffer for Jeremy tonight: 19 points, 5 assist, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Act now and we’ll include SEVEN TURNOVERS!

Lin got off to a slow start and was benched five minutes into the game, but he teamed with Beardy (31 points), Sultry Eyes Bromance (20 points) and that Kool Kat Delfino (19 points) to eventually overwhelm their opposition. You want to play “who can score more” against the highest scoring NBA team in the league?  YOU WILL LOSE (probably).

Lin has been shooting at a much higher clip as of late, and in tonight’s game, he continued that pattern; shooting 7-13 overall and 2-6 from three. All this against the Los Angeles Lakers – it feels so sweet! Good night. Continue reading “JLIN has 19p, 6r, 5a, 4s vs. Lakers (Video Highlights)”

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Chandler Parsons imitates Jeremy Lin (GIF)

Awwwwwwwwww this is cute LOL OMG Chandler Parsons imitates Jeremy Lin’s nervous ticks on the bench.

Lin and Parsons on the bench
Look at the way Parsons looks at Lin. What a jokester. That’s team chemistry, y’all. Landry Fields must be SOOOOO JEALOUS.

Chandler Parsons makes fun of Jeremy Lin

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