2017 NBA Championship Odds Update
With the 2017 NBA all-star game taking place this coming weekend, NBA teams in both conference are gearing up for the annual stretch run portion of the regular season and you should be too.
Thanks to the expert analysis that you’re about to receive, you’re going to find out all about the favorite, my smart pick, top longshot and value team to win the 2016-17 NBA Championship. Now, let’s get started with the latest NBA betting odds.
In Depth Analysis On The 2017 NBA Championship Odds Update
The Favorite To Win The NBA Championship: Golden State 1/2
The Golden State Warriors (46-9) may have gotten smacked around by mediocre Denver on Monday night, but that’s because they clearly were coming off their emotional win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. Not only re the Dubs a robust 29-7 against their Western Conference counterparts, but they’re so much better than the East’s No.1 team, the Cleveland Cavaliers that it spurred a nearly month-long ‘bitch-fest’ from LeBron James about how the Cavs needed more help, most likely to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals.
The Smart Bet To Win The NBA Championship: Golden State ½
Were you expecting another team to be my ‘smart’ bet to win it all? Well, don’t. Golden State is clearly the smart pick to win this season’s NBA championship after adding Kevin Durant to their already star-studded roster. Not only are the Dubs ranked first in scoring by putting up a whopping 118.4 points per game, but the Warriors are also ranked second in field goal defense (43.7 percent) and first in three-point defense (32.6 percent). The Warriors also rank first in blocks (6.49 per game) and first in steals (9.55 per game). It is this kind of defense that leads me to believe that Golden State will not be stopped en route to this season’s championship.
The Longshot To Win The NBA Championship: Memphis Grizzlies 125/1
I know Memphis (34-23) isn’t very glamorous, particularly at the offensive end of the floor where they rank an uninspiring 27th in scoring (101.0 ppg) and 30th in field goal shooting (43.3 percent), but the Grizz rank third in points allowed (99.6 ppg), first in field goal defense (43.5 percent), second in three-point field goal defense (34.2 percent) and eighth in defensive rebounding (42.4 per game). The Memphis Grizzlies have some extremely capable players in center Marc Gasol (20.7 ppg), point guard Mike Conley (19.4 ppg) and power forward Zach Randolph (14.1 ppg). If Memphis can get some consistent contributions from their other starters and bench players, they could surprise. Besides, the Grizzlies give the Warriors a tough way to go every time they meet.
The Value Pick To Win The NB Championship: Houston Rockets 30/1
For me, James Harden and the Houston Rockets (40-17) are the best value pick on the board for a team that could theoretically pull off the huge championship upset. The Rockets are ranked second in scoring (114.5 ppg), sixth in field goal shooting percentage (46.6) and 12th in three-point shooting percentage (36.5).
I know the Rockets are ranked 24th in points allowed (107.8 ppg), but the fact of the matter is that Houston can simply outscore every team in the league. If the Rockets get a favorable postseason draw, they could very well meet the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals at the very least.