Even the NBA’s Western Conference has seen??a enormous shakeup on top and for the first time in four times, the Golden State Warriors are not the favorite to represent the West in the NBA Finals. That distinction??belongs to the Los Angeles Clippers, that produced the biggest splash in the offseason from nabbing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Online sportsbook??BetOnline has the Clippers as +225 faves to win the Western Conference and advance to their first NBA Finals in company history. Are ” the Los Angeles Lakers, their Staples Center roommates , in +300. Next on the oddsboard will be the Houston Rockets (+400), Golden State Warriors (+800) and Utah Jazz (+900) to round out the top .
After being fairly insignificant for the last few seasons, then the Clippers and Lakers stole the spotlight back and now have four of the top 10 NBA players in their rosters. Both of these franchises completely reshaped the NBA landscape with their offseason moves and will likely be in the thick of this come playoff time.
The Clippers are now stacked because they had been a 48-win team without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and didn’t need to forfeit any roster thickness to add both of these studs. And while I will commend Kawhi and George because the reasons for why they’re the faves, the simple fact that they can still roll out Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell against opposing minute components makes them very dangerous.
As for the Lakers, they can’t be disregarded as chopped liver. They have an extremely motivated LeBron James, who missed the postseason for the first time since his second time in the NBA, also have arguably the best center in the league in Anthony Davis. However, when I had to make a decision between the two teams, I’d still need to choose the Clippers because I am doubtful of the Lakers’ supporting cast.
The Lakers had to scavenge through the garbage heap of remaining free agents after holding out hope for Kawhi to register with them ended up??settling??somewhat mediocre players. Do not get me wrong, I think Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Jared Dudley are great players. But when you stack this up roster vs??the Clippers or a number of??the other contenders in the West, I feel as though they’re one injury away to getting this house of cards fall itself.
The reigning Western Conference champions for five straight seasons, this is actually the best cost (+800) that bettors have seen for the Golden State Warriors to win the West in quite a while. And personally, I believe they can still easily win their summit since they have Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Steph is likely going to have a enormous season offensively (second-best chances to Win NBA MVP) and Draymond is still a monster defensively, therefore I believe talk??about the Warriors’ death is a bit premature.
The X factors for just how far they can go come down to if Klay Thompson can come back from his ACL tear and just how nicely D’Angelo Russell meshes with their offense. Thompson isn’t expected back until February or March and in case you are the Warriors, there’s no point to rush him back because you need him for the postseason.
As for Russell, I am really much higher with this acquisition compared to most and he will be a superb scorer/playmaker to integrate into Steve Kerr’s offense. Russell averaged 21 points a game last year without nearly the amount of high-end talent in Oakland and I also think he can initiate the offense??to take off some pressure Curry and let him come off displays and unleash the three-pointer.
I believe that the Warriors at +800 are a steal and those odds will drop greatly when the season gets underway.
The obvious two teams that have good price and??rosters that can assert are the Denver Nuggets (+1000) and Utah Jazz (+900). Both teams made the playoffs last year and produced some roster tweaks which can only assist their chances to make the NBA Finals.
The Nuggets flamed from the second round following a challenging seven-game show with the Blazers however, the??organic growth within the organization is tough to fade, particularly with the evolution of centre Nikola Jokic to a top-10 NBA participant.
Jokic led all centers in assists per game and the Nuggets have depth at each position to make a deep postseason run. My favourite movement was their acquisition of??Jerami??Grant from the Thunder to play up alongside Jokic.
A lot of times last year the Nuggets were also a casualty of a Paul Millsap defensive miscue and??it cost them against the Blazers. I guess Denver’s within an upward trend and it wouldn’t surprise me to find that the Nuggets in the peak of the Western Conference standings when the season finishes.
In Comparison with the Nuggets, the Jazz made the splashier moves in the offseason by trading for Mike Conley from the Grizzlies and registering for Bojan Bogdanovic in the Pacers. Conley will be the Jazz’s best point guard because they exchanged Deron Williams in 2011. Guard play was a source of frustration of Utah if they played with the big boys in the playoffs since that trade.
Conley’s fire and shooting doubles down on what the Jazz do best because they have been one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and they’ll be a insect to play against. I am not as large on these when compared with the Warriors or Nuggets but I do think they have a excellent shot to make it to the Western Conference final.
Curious as of August 14 in BetOnline

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