Apr 1, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talks with referee Dick Bavetta (27) during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 112-102. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Futures: What Bets to Take

I love sports betting as it gives someone even more reason to get into a sporting event especially when it comes to games you wouldn’t normally be interested in.  It’s hard for me to go put money down for season long bets, because I’m not that patient and I don’t really like tying my money up for at most a couple days if I don’t have to.  If I did have the patience though there are a couple steals that are almost certainties (there are NO for sure things in sports betting they keep telling me).  I would argue that this week with the Broncos over the Jags moneyline bet is a “for sure thing”  but you’d probably only win a dollar for every 10 you put down.

Here are the NBA futures that I’d take as great bets if you want to have a season long bet.

Los Angeles Clippers Over/Under 57

The Clippers with Doc Rivers should be a well disciplined team but the Clippers didn’t change anything and while they got 56 wins last year that doesn’t mean that this year will be easier.  In fact with teams like New Orleans,Portland, Minnesota, Houston, Golden State all getting better those “should be” wins will be a lot harder this year.

Verdict: Under 57 wins

Houston Rockets Over/Under 54.5

Adding Dwight Howard to a team does not make a team 9 wins better from the year before.  As we saw from the Lakers the Dwight made them worse almost.  Again like I’ve said a thousand times Dwight Howard is the most overrated player in the NBA and putting him into a fast paced Rockets team won’t change that.

Verdict: Under 54.5 wins

Oklahoma City Thunder Over/Under 50.5

Westbrook is out the first 4-6 weeks and because of that the Thunder are only need 51 wins to take the over.  I find it hard to believe that the Thunder won’t win at least 50 so unless it’s exactly 50 the bet is over.

Verdict: Over 50.5 wins

Cleveland Cavaliers Over/Under 40.5

Barring injuries the Cavaliers are a team to be reckoned with and winning in half its games should not be a problem in the least.  Kyrie Irving is the best point guard in the league and will prove that this year.

Verdict: Over 40.5 wins

Portland Trailblazers Over/Under 38.5

This has to be the easiest bet and the most for sure you can get for an over/under bet.  The Blazers won 33 games last year with the worst bench in the history of the NBA and this year added Mo Williams, CJ McCollum, Robin Lopez, Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson.  Yeah I think those guys can manage 5 wins.  Portland will have 39 wins by mid March.

Verdict: Over 38.5 wins… easy

Utah Jazz Over/Under 27.5 wins

This wouldn’t be a Jazz blog without my biased opinion towards my team.  27.5 wins?!? and they got rid of Al Jefferson?  Yes please give me the over.  The Jazz still play 41 games at home and play the 10 worst teams in the league 2-4 times right?  Yes, so same as Portland the Jazz should be well over this come April.

Verdict: Over 27.5 wins

2013-14 NBA FUTURES

(Courtesy LVH SuperBook)

Team Over/Under Title Odds
Miami Heat 60.0 2-1
Los Angeles Clippers 57.0 8-1
Chicago Bulls 56.5 6-1
San Antonio Spurs 55.5 8-1
Houston Rockets 54.5 10-1
Indiana Pacers 53.5 15-1
Brooklyn Nets 52.5 12-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 50.5 9-2
New York Knicks 49.5 25-1
Golden State Warriors 49.5 30-1
Memphis Grizzlies 49.0 25-1
Denver Nuggets 47.0 40-1
Dallas Mavericks 44.0 30-1
Washington Wizards 42.0 100-1
Minnesota Timberwolves 41.0 100-1
Detroit Pistons 41.0 100-1
Cleveland Cavaliers 40.5 100-1
Atlanta Hawks 40.0 200-1
New Orleans Pelicans 40.0 100-1
Portland Trail Blazers 38.5 100-1
Toronto Raptors 36.5 200-1
Los Angeles Lakers 33.5 100-1
Sacramento Kings 31.5 200-1
Milwaukee Bucks 28.5 1,000-1
Boston Celtics 27.5 300-1
Utah Jazz 27.5 200-1
Charlotte Bobcats 27.5 1,000-1
Orlando Magic 24.5 1,000-1
Phoenix Suns 21.5 2,000-1
Philadelphia 76ers 16.5 5,000-

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