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NBA Power Rankings
2017 – 2018 NBA Power Rankings as of February 2, 2018
1. Golden State Warriors (40-11): The Warriors are the class of the league again, but there has got to be some concern for the Rockets coming after them.
2. Houston Rockets (37-13): Houston has been nearly unbeatable with their healthy lineup. James Harden is the MVP without a doubt to this point.
3. Boston Celtics (37-15): The team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Terry Rozier showing he is more than just a backup point guard. They would love more offensive production from Jayson Tatum.
4. Toronto Raptors (34-16): Despite the loss Thursday to Washington, the combination of DeRozan and Lowry appear to be the best chance to upend the Celtics.
5. Minnesota Timberwoles (7-4): When push comes to shove, Minnesota gets the nod over San Antonio until Leonard returns for the Spurs.
6. San Antonio Spurs (34-20): The Spurs are going to be holding on for a home playoff series. The Thunder and Timberwolves will pressure them for the final 30 games.
7. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20): Has their ever been as much drama for a team that is winning 60% of their games. If the postseason started today, they would host a first round series as the #3 seed.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder (30-22): The Thunder have picked it up over the last month. Injuries to key role players are starting to mount up for Billy Donovan’s team.
9. Washington Wizards (29-22): Washington has actually started to play better without John Wall in the lineup. The Wizards are 17-9 at home this season which is a good sign.
10. Portland Trail Blazers (29-22): Another team with a solid guard duo in the league is moving up the Western Conference standings. CJ. McCollum’s 50 came in three quarters against the Bulls.
11. Miami Heat (29-22): The Heat had their chances to beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers, but fell a bit short. The Heat are currently tied with the Wizards for fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
12. Milwaukee Bucks (27-23): The Bucks have played better since the change of head coach. The Greek Freak is still a Top 5 candidate for MVP.
13. Denver Nuggets (27-25): Denver came away with a big win at home on Thursday over Oklahoma City. The Nuggets are a dangerous team with their ability to nail shots from the outside.
14. Philadelphia 76ers (24-24): The Process has slowed down a bit with several recent losses. Joel Embiid appears to be ready to play back to back games for the first time in his career.
15. Indiana Pacers (29-23): The Pacers are not getting a ton of credit in the Eastern Conference, but they just keep finding wins.
16. New Orleans Pelicans (27-23): The loss of DeMarcus Cousins pretty much means no postseason, or atleast not a postseason series win, right?
17. Detroit Pistons (24-26): The Pistons are 2 games under .500 – but they hope that changes quickly with a soft schedule and the addition of Blake Griffin.
18. Los Angeles Clippers (25-25): The Clippers are in tank mode, right? The trade of Blake Griffin gives up a potential postseason spot in the Western Conference.
19. New York Knicks (23-29): Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks have dropped 5 games under .500.
20. Utah Jazz (22-28): The Utah Jazz picked up a blowout win over Golden State recently, but their 6 under .500 has much to do with injuries.
21. Charlotte Hornets (21-29): The Hornets have put Kemba Walker on the trade block. Is Dwight Howard in play to be shipped out as well?
22. Brooklyn Nets (19-33): The Nets got DeAngelo Russell back, and the ceiling for them is – 30 wins?
23. Memphis Grizzlies (18-33): The Grizzlies are an absolute dumpster fire, and may as well go into tank mode.
24. Los Angeles Lakers (19-31): When oh when is Lonzo Ball going to return for the Lakers?
25. Phoenix Suns (18-34): The Suns saw their backup point guard Isaiah Canaan come away with a nasty injury. Phoenix is in trade mode, as they get ready for the future.
26. Sacramento Kings (16-34): The Kings have so many players and none of them are stars in the league. What the Kings do in the next coming seasons is interesting.
27. Chicago Bulls (18-33): Zach Lavine is back, and the Bulls are officially in tank mode. The Bulls traded Nikola Mirotic, and are just 3 games out of the worst record in the league.
28. Dallas Mavericks (16-36): There are not a ton of positives with the 2017 – 2018 Dallas Mavericks.
29. Orlando Magic (15-35): Orlando has a roster full of journeymen outside of Aaron Gordon. Is Gordon a tradeable chip? What is the direction of this organization?
30. Atlanta Hawks (15-36): The Hawks are still playing hard, despite having the worst record in all of the NBA.
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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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