Vegas Odds Per NBA Team

Vegas Odds Per NBA Team

We are about a month away from the regular season.  The offseason is practically done outside late rotation roster moves and the fireworks have ended.  To keep it light and fun, we will look at every team’s Vegas future odds and adjust according to my thoughts and thinkings. Also, we will compare them to the heavily favored Golden State Warriors, who don’t need any introduction. Brooklyn Nets 1250/1 Brooklyn currently has 20 players under some sort of contract but only 8 on the active roster (it’s weird).  They only have two guys who are over 30.  They are under new management as they try to turn around this ship that gave everything they had in the future for the present.  This roster doesn’t need much explanation but it will be fun seeing Jeremy Lin playing 30-40 minutes a game doing whatever he pleases. Phoenix Suns 1250/1 The Suns are in a transition right now after firing their head coach Jeff Hornacek last year during the season.  This year they head into the season with Jay Triano, who compiled a 87-142 coaching record with the Raptors.  Phoenix is full of young talent and they have two decent guards in Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, as well as the emergence of Devin Booker.  However, Phoenix will still be a bottom dweller until one of these three guards turns into an all-star caliber player. Philadelphia 76ers 500/1 Trust the process.  I will trust it when it produces a .500 or better season.  Until then, let’s have fun watching these kids develop and add smoke to the fire of all the trade rumors...
NBA Playoff First Round Preview And Predictions

NBA Playoff First Round Preview And Predictions

  The NBA playoffs are finally here.  What an ending to the regular season.  Kobe’s last game where he dropped 60 points on a Jazz team was eliminated from the playoffs minutes before tip-off.  The Warriors completed their historic season, earning themselves the record for most wins in a regular season with 73.  The Celtics made a great comeback, being down 26 and held the Heat to 5 points in the third quarter, a season low for the NBA but it didn’t matter as the Hawks lost.  The playoff seeds are finalized and now it’s time to take a look at the match ups and provide my predictions. (1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) Houston Rockets Regular Season Series: Warriors 3-0 Let’s start this playoff preview with the greatest regular season team in NBA history.  This sounds like a knock on them but let’s be real, if the Warriors don’t win their second title in two years it will be a failure.  They broke the previous record of 72 wins in a season and play a dismal Rockets team who limped into the playoffs (thanks Sacramento for folding a week ago!) with an interim head coach and an unmotivated roster.  The Rockets lost to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last year in 5 games, a season in which they won 56 games.  This year they played .500 basketball and I expect them to get swept.  I don’t need to get too analytical here but Warriors in Four. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (8) Detroit Pistons Regular Season Series: Pistons 3-1 The follwing series is the first tough one on...
A Deeper Look At The Bottom Half Of The Western Conference Playoff Picture

A Deeper Look At The Bottom Half Of The Western Conference Playoff Picture

The Western Conference playoff race is going to be a battle coming down to the wire. We currently have four teams separated by 2.5 games fighting for three playoff spots. The Blazers, Rockets, Mavericks and Jazz are all fighting for a chance to play at the end of April in hopes of upsetting any of the Western Conference powerhouses. Let’s take a look at the remaining schedules for these four teams and figure out who will be missing out a chance to host a couple of home playoff games against the Warriors, Spurs or Thunder. One thing to keep in mind is the Grizzlies are a depleted group but they are 7 games ahead of the Utah Jazz with 15 games left to go.  Not impossible for them to miss the playoffs but I would say it is unlikely.  If they do miss the playoffs we can print this column out and light it on fire. The above chart shows each of the teams future opponents for the remainder of the season.   Under the schedule it tallies how many home and away games as well as their remaining opponents winning percentage.  A couple of things to keep in mind are: The Spurs and Warriors may rest players here or there in April. The Jazz play the Spurs at home on April 5th and the Mavericks play the Spurs at home on April 13th, a game that could mean nothing for San Antonio and everything for Dallas. Pop is notorious for not traveling his stars for rest. Golden State has a home game against the Blazers on April 3rd, this...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 3.15.16

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 3.15.16

We have approximately 17 games left in the regular season. The Spurs need to win out to tie the famous best record for a single season at 72-10. The Warriors need to go 13-4 the rest of the way just to tie it. The seedings in the Western conference are practically set outside of the final few spots and the Thunder/Clippers battle for third. The Eastern Conference number one seed is in a tight two game race and there are 5 games separating the 3rd seed with the 8th seed in the East. Basically, we are down to the final stretch for teams to start making their playoff push. Three Positive Plays The Golden State Warriors I get it, they are in this column every time I get around to publishing one but we are witnessing history. Forget the fact that the Warriors at 18-0 against the top 5 teams in both the Eastern and Western conference. Let’s ignore the ankle sprain that Iguodala had the other night. Let’s forget that they are on pace to have the greatest regular season in NBA history. Let’s look at how the old guard understands the history that is taking place in Oakland. Here is a quote from Iverson on Curry: “It’s a whole different monster, as far as his handle and the way he shoots? Come on. You know you ain’t never seen nothing like this.” His peers within the league currently can not stop gushing from Kobe to Lebron, everyone is just witnessing history, something that has never been seen before. And because of this, they will keep making this...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.23.16

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.23.16

The All Star break is done, the trade deadline has passed and now we keep our eye on the ever-changing playoff seeds as we finish the last quarter of the season.  With 22 games left (for most teams) the NBA season is coming down to the wire.  The Western Conference bottom half of the playoffs is a dogfight with five teams battling for four spots.  Let’s get into this weeks column. Three Positive Plays Damian Lillard and the Blazers In fairness I should have just titled this section the Blazers with CJ McCollum also on a tear but I wanted to tie in the snubbing of Damian Lillard at the All Star game, which will cause opposing coaches to have some sleepless nights. Since the All Star reserves were announced Damian Lillard is scoring 27.8 ppg, 8.1 apg, 3.8 rpg on 45% from the field.  He has four consecutive games with 30 points or more including that famous 51 points on the victory over the Warriors.  It’s not just Damian that is on a tear but the entire team is playing well.  Portland has won 14 out of their last 17 games including victories over Cleveland, Golden State and the Thunder.  With only 26 games left the Blazers are in a good position to make the post season, especially since only 16 of those games are against playoff teams. Utah’s Young Core Another team fighting for a playoff birth this season in the Western Conference is the Utah Jazz.  I was on 1280 the Zone in Utah gushing about how the Jazz have been performing as of late as...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.2.16

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.2.16

This may be a week for another sport but it will always be business as usual here at Hoopscritic.  With a few weeks away from All Star Weekend, it is a good time to check into the season as we prepare for the playoff push and seeding watch.  In case you missed it, don’t forget to check out the Mid-Season Awards by the staff at Hoopscritic. Three Positive Things Here Come the Thunder No it is not a storm brewing, or maybe it is? The Thunder are coming together at the right time, poised to make a fight for the 1st or 2nd seed ( currently sit 4 games out of 2nd and 8 games out of first).  In fact, it seems their chemistry is coming together as we learned that Russell Westbrook went over to Enes Kanter’s house, ate some Turkish food and destroyed him in video games because what else would Westbrook do besides win?  The Thunder struggled in the beginning of the season as they dealt with the return of Durant and a banged up Westbrook.  When judging a team in the NBA you have to look at how a team is performing lately and how they are performing when healthy, the Thunder pass this test with flying colors as they are 34-9 with Durant this season.  They have arguable the best two man tandem in the league (yes, Golden State would probably trade Klay/Steph for Durant/Westbrook).  In fact, every team would trade their two best players to get Westbrook and Durant.  One thing is for sure, the Thunder could be the healthiest and strongest they’ve...