NBA betting tips and predictions: Will the Warriors defend the title as LeBron moves to L.A.?
With free agency mostly finished and NBA teams just about to open training camps, now is the right time to talk about NBA predictions for the upcoming season. The rosters are more or less defined, and favorites to win the 2018/19 NBA championship are already emerging in both conferences.
Wild, wild, west: Warriors, Rockets lead a pack of strong teams..
1. Wild, wild west: Warriors, Rockets lead a pack of strong teams
Western conference looks particularly loaded this year, and many observers pick whatever team emerges from the West to win it all. Of course, that road leads through Golden State, which stunned the league again this summer by adding DeMarcus Cousins to its core 4 All-Star players. The Rockets reloaded by adding Carmelo Anthony in place of Trevor Ariza, while the Lakers signed LeBron James to complement a talented young core. Oklahoma City managed to sign Paul George to a long-term contract and may be the dark horse to unseat the 2-time champions. New Orleans, Utah, and Portland are good teams but are long shots to win the title and any smart betting predictions should advise extreme caution with either of them.
Here are the NBA betting odds:
Winner NBA Western Conference 2018/2019 Betting Odds - Best odds
2. East after LeBron: Three way race between Boston, Toronto, and Philly
If you are looking for sure betting predictions for the Eastern Conference, there are three teams with a realistic chance to represent the conference in the finals. The Celtics are getting back Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward from injuries, and have a very deep and talented team. Last year’s regular season leader Toronto Raptors traded DeRozan for Kawaii Leonard and changed the head coach, signaling a more aggressive approach this year. Meanwhile, two young superstars are maturing in Philadelphia – Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons present a unique challenge for any opponent due to their size and versatility. Few teams outside this trio stand a chance, but you might try wagering on Milwaukee Bucks or Washington Wizards if you are chasing a huge upset.
Let’s run through currently offered NBA betting odds at Bet365 for the Eastern conference teams:
Winner NBA Eastern Conference 2018/2019 Betting Odds - Best odds
3. Is Golden State still the safest bet to win the title?
Let’s be realistic – if Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are both healthy, the reigning champions are heavy favorites in a seven-game series against any team in the league. Of course, the bookmakers know who is on the Golden State’s roster, so betting odds on the Warriors are quite meager. Casual fans might be tempted to pick the Lakers to win the championship, but it feels like one season too early to make that bet. Houston Rockets or Boston Celtics might be the most serious challengers, especially if there is a major injury during the late season or in the early rounds of the playoffs, so either team is worth a speculative bet at current odds. For more Basketball betting tips check out visit Johnnybet regularly..