THE new NBA season is upon us. After a summer of trades and tinkering there’s no doubt one team remain the outstanding favourites to end up as champions next June.

But that leaves 29 NBA teams with varying ambitions of their own – some grand, some minor – who range between long shots and those worth a regular punt.

Here’s a look at how the league shakes up with 82 games, and more, to go.

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division

Are the arrivals of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward enough to keep the Boston Celtics top in the East where their emergence – plus Cleveland’s faltering – moved them to the No.1 seeds last term before they lost to the Cavs in the Conference Finals?

The answer is TBC, even though the Cs are 3.15 to get through the East, behind Cleveland at 1.60. Irving and Hayward will add enough offence to push their scoring average over 110 per night and Boston will stay ahead of their local pack.

In their Division, Toronto have stayed put – good but not enough – the Knicks and Nets need to bottom out a little longer and while the 76ers should make creditable strides forward they remain young and unpredictable.

Best Bet

  • Celtics to win East at (3.25, Unibet)

Central

Cleveland had the messiest off season around yet they have the talent to make it a third straight Finals against Golden State, given LeBron James and Kevin Love stayed put and Isaiah Thomas is confident he will be back by the New Year. The question is whether they are still above Boston and we will not know until past All Star break.

Below, Milwaukee should make leaps, especially when Jabari Parker returns, potentially even into the top four in the Conference. Detroit, Indiana and especially Chicago are non-factors in waiting.

Best Bet

  • LeBron James top scorer (10.0, Unibet)

Southeast

The Washington Wizards will top their division. But how much closer can the dynamic duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal take them to the NBA elite? They are a dangerous team with Wall appearing ready for the next level with threats around the All Star.

Miami, if they start how they finished last term, will return to the playoffs. Charlotte can radically improve, even if the acquisition of Dwight Howard is a puzzling X-factor. As for Orlando and Atlanta, the basement beckons.

Best Bet

  • Under 48.5 wins for Washington at (1.97, Unibet)

West Pacific

The Golden State Warriors are a virtually unbackable 1.01 to take this Division. With good reason. Subtracting Chris Paul from the Clippers will not render them wholly uncompetitive but it’s no longer about championships in LA, just challenging on a nightly basis with under 43.5 wins at 1.97 not impossible. As for the Lakers, Suns and the Kings, all consolation will be gratefully received.

Best Bet

Northwest

Welcome to the NBA’s most intriguing but least appreciated division, one in which the off-season trades concocted by the Oklahoma City Thunder will ensure they have more eyeballs upon them than anyone not initialled GSW.

Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is 8.0 to make it a repeat but that’s a long shot when he has the extra help provided by Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. At 13.0 for the West and 21.0 for the title, they are massively overpriced.

But beneath, expect Minnesota to elevate themselves out of the depths with the injection of Jimmy Butler, better defence and a maturing crop. Karl-Anthony Towns at 7.0 to head the NBA in rebounding is a steal.

Denver are on a similar upward trajectory that has the Nuggets on the verge of breaking out. Portland can still be a playoff team with a favourable wind. And although Utah will miss Hayward they won’t fall off the map due to their torrid defence.

Best Bet

Southwest

Is this the year the San Antonio Spurs regress? Devoid of a marquee free agent capture, minus Tony Parker for a prolonged period (and Kawhi Leonard for the season opener against the Timberwolves), they’ll still be good but it’s impossible to view them as title challengers.

At 2.15 for the division, they’re a step behind Houston even as Mike D’Antoni wrestles with how to accommodate two highly-ball dominant playmakers in Chris Paul and James Harden.

Elsewhere, expect New Orleans to move up, Memphis to stand still and Dallas to tread in mediocrity.

Best Bet

  • Over 56.5 Rockets wins for the Rockets (1.88, Unibet)

Opening night

The Beasts of the Easts square off on the season tip-off and could offer a peek for what lies ahead. There’s just limitless intrigue with Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland with the Celtics and with the Cavs re-shaped, Boston at 2.40 looks a solid bet.

The West curtain-raiser pits the Warriors against the Rockets in a second Conference Finals rematch. With a statement to make, consider Golden State at -10.5 at 2.07 or look under 229.5 points at 2.0.

 

32 Comments
  1. raoul duke 1 year ago

    *Posted yesterday with write up*

    Celtics +4.5 @ 1.86 – ✔

    Off the mark with a winner ?

    Such a shame about what happened to Gordon Hayward though, so early in the season… gutted.

    NBA Season
    1 – 0

  2. shotty 1 year ago

    Didn’t work out for me last night and I’m not sure if I’ll bother with singles as I don’t play with a big enough betting pot, I think I’ll stick to my long shots for small stakes.

    I have one in mind I’ll be posting soon!

  3. shotty 1 year ago

    My long shot for tonight is as follows…

    Trailblazers ML
    Miami ML
    76ers +9.5
    Timberwolves +5.5
    Nuggets +4.5

    10/1
    Low stakes as always especially as it’s the start of the season!

  4. nick 1 year ago

    Decided to do a bit of research on the player props market on last nights games, these are the results from Paddypowers lines. Funnily enough the only warrior that went over in points was Zaza. I could list all the props that went over too if it’d be useful but I don’t want to spam the thread too much!

    Warriors
    Over 9
    Under 16

    Rockets
    Over 8
    Under 18

    Cavs
    Over 9
    Under 14

    Celtics
    Over 9
    Under 18

    Total 101
    Over 35
    Under 66

    • Jordan 1 year ago

      I had one player in mind and he got his total. Eric Gordon. Didn’t even hit a three (0/6). 15.5 @ Skybet ??

      • Jordan 1 year ago

        That’s against the Kings tonight. Going to stick 3 points on it.

        • Jordan 1 year ago

          Likely regret not putting more. Sixth man of the year and 3-point champ shouldn’t have such a low line. He is a key piece in the Houston offence,

      • nick 1 year ago

        CP3 questionable too, when he was rested in the preseason Gordon put up 27. Looks like a quality pick.

  5. radu 1 year ago

    Combo @ 3.76
    – Pistons – Hornets – Hornets +8.5 @ 1.40
    – Magic – Heat – Orlando Magic +8.5 @ 1.40
    – Mavericks – Hawks – under 206.5 @ 1.40
    – Suns – Trail Blazers – over 210.5 @ 1.37

  6. Jordan 1 year ago

    Raoul nice shout on the Celtics. Good to see they can cover spreads without Hayward. In my opinion also good to see the Warriors lose. Quietens the hype!

    Totals for me tonight.

    Nets/Pacers Over 209.5
    76ers/Wizards Over 209.5

    48/50 @ 365 – 2.5 points

  7. Jordan 1 year ago

    Ben Simmons (76ers) Over 5.5 Assists
    Eric Gordon (Rockets) Over 15.5 Points

    12/5 @ Skybet – 1 point

  8. nick 1 year ago

    Aaron Gordon killed it in the preseason even on limited minutes, I can see him going over his 22.5 Points+Rebounds line tonight against the heat.

    Aaron Gordon o22.5 P+R @Paddypower

  9. bigdazza123 1 year ago

    I”ve done a write up above, but it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”…. what’s going on

  10. shauncpfc 1 year ago

    @jordan

    Can I just ask what all the bets your tipping are? Seen the 2.5points on the overs and 1 point on plyers double but there’s a mention of another 3 points on Gordon? Is that for today also?

  11. dazid316 1 year ago

    *Posted Yesterday*
    NBA Bet For Tonight

    Double @ 2.3/1 (£10) LOST
    (Celtics)K Irving Over 6.5 Assists ✓ got 10
    (Warriors)K Durant Over 7.5 Rebounds ✗ got 5

    NBA (accumulators)
    Oct Bets 1 Win 0 -£10

    NHL Bet For Tonight

    5 Fold @ 11.7/1 (£5) LOST
    Penguins ML ✓ win 5-4 in OT
    Senators ML ✗ lost 3-0
    Stars ML ✓ win 3-1
    Oilers ML ✗ lost 5-3
    Golden Knights ML ✓ win 5-4

    NHL (accumulators)
    Oct Bets 1 Won 0 -£5

  12. bigdazza123 1 year ago

    Grizzlies -2.5
    Heat -3.0
    Pistons-Hornets U203.0

    posted reviews above but awaiting moderation

    NBA 17/18
    0-0

    • bigdazza123 1 year ago

      PELICANS vs GRIZZLIES
      The Grizzlies are in a tough spot – they’re a damn good team but the West is just stacked. They’ve got some incredible players and although they lost Allen and Randolph they should still be battling hard.

      Obviously it’s going to make for some interesting changes in Memphis, however with a lot of tough teams to go up against I like them to take games like this more seriously. Teams like the Pelicans are teams that they really need to beat up on and I’m going to back them to do just that.

      HEAT vs MAGIC
      The Heat didn’t make the playoffs last season but they were still a solid team. I enjoyed watching them play and feel they have a great chance this year. They still have there core from last season and are going to be more focused.

      Magic looked solid in pre-season but hey it’s pre-season. I am looking forward to seeing Aaron Gordon this year – I think he’s going to be damn solid in that power forward role.

      However I just don’t think the Magic have what it takes. Gordon is the only real bright spot for them and I feel the Heat are the team to take this one.

      HORNETS vs PISTONS
      I look at both teams and the changes to the teams and I just think what a mess it is. Players are missing and neither coach seems to be sure who the hell is actually starting.

      Pistons should probably be able to control this game but I don’t have much faith in either teams offenses.

    • Author
      Mr Fixit 1 year ago

      Your long previews are going into spam for some reason.
      If you let us know they’re not appearing someone will move them.

  13. dazid316 1 year ago

    NBA Bet For Tonight

    4 Fold @ 6/1 (£10)
    Heat -3.5
    Bucks Over 95.5
    Nuggets Over 97.5
    Trail Blazers -2.5

    NHL Bet For Tonight

    Treble @ 5/1 (£5)
    Maple Leafs 60mins
    Blackhawks ML
    Kings ML

  14. nick2 12 months ago

    Good stuff on the overs double Jordan.

    Aaron Gordon o22.5 P+R @Paddypower. ✓ Ends with 14 points 9 rebounds, had a terrible shooting night too(4/13).

  15. nick2 12 months ago

    Gordon had a terrible minutes rotation in the first half, let’s hope he gets some more time with Harden in the second half!

  16. nick2 12 months ago

    ????

  17. bigdazza123 12 months ago

    2-1, happy to start the season in profit

  18. Jordan 12 months ago

    Nets/Pacers Over 209.5
    76ers/Wizards Over 209.5

    48/50 @ 365 – 2.5 points **WIN**

    Eric Gordon (Rockets Over 15.5 points @ 5/6 @ Skybet – 3 points **WIN**

    Ben Simmons (76ers) Over 5.5 Assists
    Eric Gordon (Rockets) Over 15.5 Points

    12/5 @ Skybet – 1 point **LOSE** Simmmon’s lost out by one assist.

    Nice to see the touch is still there on the hoops. Well done all.

    @mr-fixit, any chance we can get a daily sports thread back up with the NBA having started. Generally generates the most action on the other sports side of things.

    • Author
      Mr Fixit 12 months ago

      I’ll say to Scott – that’s one of his tasks.
      As long as there are tips being posted it should be fine.

  19. Jordan 12 months ago

    Raptors -7
    OKC Thunder -4

    3/4 @ 365 – 2 points

    Bulls are a mess to start their season after trading away their star Jimmy Butler. Taj Gibson was also dealt, and they are now dealing with issues after a practice punch up saw Mirotic earn a broken jaw, and team mate Bobby Portis suspended for eight games.

    Raptors should win this but the line is quite big so I’ll chance it on the alternate for a small card.

    OKC have made big moves in the summer landing two superstars to help Westbrook in Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. When you have Westbrook, Anthony and George in your line up, that is a match up nightmare, not to add Steven Adams being a top center. Their only worry could be their bench, with Enes Kanter moving to the Knicks, so he’ll open his campaign on familiar soil albeit in the other locker room. Porzingis has been dealing with a sore hip so might not be 100% too.

  20. Jordan 12 months ago

    It’s all divisional for Thursday night football where the number one ranked team heads to Oakland. The Raiders host the Chiefs in what should be a good game. The Chiefs were being tipped for Super Bowl honours last week, but there was a slight hitch with their loss to the Steelers. Kansas’s weak point over the past couple of weeks have been their pass defense. While Marcus Peters usually locks down his receiver, other players haven’t been performing quite so well. The Chiefs have allowed six passing TD’s and 353 yards to WR’s in the last two weeks.

    Cue Amari Cooper. Now, early in the season he hasn’t been Oakland’s star wideout (18 catches for 146 yards) but this weeks match-up is too good to be true. While the Chiefs will likely win due to the Raiders run defense already in Las Vegas, the Raiders won’t go down easy and Cooper should see his average share of the targets, as Derek Carr still has the trust in him. Peters doesn’t shadow the best receiver, so Cooper should get some looks against Mitchell, who most teams have attacked this season. My only worry is Coopers health as he seems to be made of glass, which is quite surprising considering his 1000+ receiving seasons over his first two years. Look for Cooper to get back on track tonight, even if they don’t get the W.

    Amari Cooper (Raiders) Over 46.5 Receiving Yards @ 17/20 @ Bet Victor – 4 points

    Would take any of the lines out there to be honest. Skybet are the highest at 55.5 which he could easily achieve.

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