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NBA Power Rankings
2017 – 2018 NBA Power Rankings as of November 10, 2017:
1. Golden State Warriors (9-3): This team is starting to put things together with 5 straight wins. Scoring 119 points per game. How do you guard them?
2. Boston Celtics (10-2): Boston has now won 10 straight games. Folks are laughing at the Kyrie Irving trade now, but April and May is when it will matter now for Boston.
3. Houston Rockets (9-3): James Harden has had back to back monster games. The Rockets are a well rounded team this year even without Chris Paul.
4. Minnesota Timberwoles (7-4): The Timberwolves lost at Golden State, but this team is starting to come to form. Four talented players in their lineup, and an improving bench.
5. Toronto Raptors (7-4): Those guards lead Toronto, and they will live and die by then. The Raptors are scoring 110 points per game.
6. San Antonio Spurs (7-4): Got to love the streaky play of the Spurs. Okay, Gregg Popovich certainly does not.
7. Memphis Grizzlies (7-4): Memphis is lucky that they can play defense, because their offense is less than average in the NBA.
8. Washington Wizads (6-5): Much like Toronto, this is a guard team, led by Wall, Beal and even Otto Porter. Fun team to watch.
9. Orlando Magic (7-4): A very nice start for the Magic. Could this be the year they break through and get into the postseason?
10. Detroit Pistons (8-3): It’s tough to believe that this team is for real, but an 8-3 start is worth noting!
11. New Orleans Pelicans (6-6): This team is going to make the playoffs. They are too talented with a big 3 that they have.
12. New York Knicks (6-5): Kristaps Porzingis is having a monster season for New York, This team could be more fun than we though.
13. Portland Trailblazers (6-5): Portland is a team that when they struggle to score, they struggle to score. A fourth scorer would be nice for the Blazers.
14. Milwaukee Bucks (4-6): The Greek Freak is getting help. Eric Bledsoe is on his way.
15. Denver Nuggets (7-5): The Nuggets are off to a pretty solid start. They whipped OKC on Thursday night.
16. Los Angeles Clippers (5-6): The Clippers are playing much more like we thought they would than their red hot start.
17. Charlotte Hornets (5-6): The Hornets have lost three straight games.
18. Philadelphia 76ers (6-6): The process is showing through, and maybe .500 is part of it – but people will expect more out of this team.
19. Oklahoma City Thunder (4-7): The Thunder are having a tough time gelling together. The Thunder have lost 4 straight games, and still winless against the Western Conference.
20. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-7): Cleveland played hard, but lost in Houston on Thursday night. Playing hard seems to be a chore for Cleveland on a nightly basis.
21. Miami Heat (5-6): The Heat are 5-6 on the season, and cannot seem to get their tires going. One step forward, two steps back.
22. Indiana Pacers (5-7): The Pacers have been competitive for the most part, but their four straight losses have them trending the wrong way.
23. Utah Jazz (5-6): Utah is much like the Grizzlies. They are lucky that they can guard, because they struggle offensively.
24. Los Angeles Lakers (5-7): The Lakers are fun, but making the postseason out of the Western Conference appears to be a longshot.
25. Brooklyn Nets (4-7): The Nets are atleast playing interesting games, as they are allowing nearly 120 points per game.
26. Phoenix Suns (4-8): The Suns are allowing a Western Conference high 115 points per game. Phoenix has dropped 4 straight games.
27. Sacramento Kings (3-8): While winning just 3 of 11 games, a win like Thursday over the 76ers is nice for the young kids confidence.
28. Dallas Mavericks (2-10): Dallas has been just as bad at home as they have on the road. This team seems to be a lost cause.
29. Chicago Bulls (2-7): Chicago plays hard, but results are not coming early in the season. The Bulls are scoring just 94.3 points per game.
30. Atlanta Hawks (2-9): What is there to like about the 2017 – 2018 Atlanta Hawks? Just brutal start with 2 wins in 11 games.
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How to Bet the NBA
Professional basketball can be found all over the world. It is all over in Iceland, Belgium, Afghanistan and about 215 countries of the world while broadcast in over 40 languages. Mostly, it i an American sport but the gambling ties go all over.
NBA betting increases when the playoffs start. It is not as large as the NFL but it has a healthy, steady following in the sportsbooks. The game is statistics-driven and is a long season. In fact, there are 1,230 games in a season which makes for many chances to win and lose.
This product is no different than other sports. Do your research as to whether players are healthy and how much time is built into the schedule for rest. What players are hot and which are cold can help in making this profitable. Other variables like trade talk and coaches philosophies are pertinent to success.
With fifteen players on a team and some realization to playing time for each player gives betting on the NBA a bit of an advantage over other sports. Pay attention the starting line-ups and first reserves to gauge each team.
Handicapping the NBA is important in your strategy to be successful. Shop around the sportsbooks for the ones that fit your needs and thoughts for each wager. Understand how teams fare at home and on the road. Then compare the teams playing each other for part of the puzzle to win.
Three types of bets pop up in the National Basketball Association and they are money line, point spread and over/under. The money line is the simple choice of which team will win and which will lose. This type of bet is likely to cost you more to play. The point spread tells how who will win and by how many points. One example might be the Knicks are +7 when facing the Heat. This bet says that the Knicks will play this game, win or lose, to within 7 points. Then you decide if you like that or not. The over/under is a total of the points at the end of the game for both teams combined. In the same Knicks/Heat game is might say +185. You then choose if they score more or less than that when the game is completed.
Again, look around for the sportsbooks that fit your bet and shop around. You can make an intelligent decision on your own and don’t need any of the high priced experts that tout their sharp ability to lead you to large success with their picks.
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