How are the NBA futures odds shaping up as we move past the halfway point of the month of January? We've gotten a large sample now that should really help us take advantage with our NBA picks.
The futures NBA odds are constantly changing. The bigger the sample size, the easier it becomes to distinguish the elite from the great. Below you'll find the top teams on the list at this point in the middle of January.
Golden State Warriors (+500)
How can we argue with the Warriors atop the list? No one would disagree with the statement that they've been the NBA's best team this season.
The results speak for themselves. Golden State has the best winning percentage (.846) of any team in the league, as Steve Kerr has done a great job of pushing the Warriors and making them even better than they were last season. With a top backcourt featuring Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State will be hovering near the top of the list all season long.
Cleveland Cavaliers (+550)
It hasn't been a dream start for the Cavs by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, they've struggled quite a bit, and only a recent three-game winning streak is why they can be found above .500 (22-20). It's taken time for LeBron and Kevin Love to integrate into the team, and injuries along the way have been a hindrance.
However, that hasn't stopped oddmakers from releasing a short line on Cleveland. It's clear they think the Cavs will be just fine come playoff time, and it's worth noting that they're ahead of the defending NBA champs, the Spurs, who we'll run over next.
San Antonio Spurs (+650)
We doubt the Spurs are all that panicked about their relatively slow start, so we're not going to overreact either. It's not like they have a bad record, and they're just now getting everyone back healthy and ready to take things seriously again.
San Antonio is going to be in the conversation when the postseason rolls around, that's just the way it is. But will the old guys (and Kawhi) have enough in the tank to help the Spurs defend their title in 2015? We'll have to wait and find out, but the odds suggesting they have a great chance of doing just that.
Atlanta Hawks/Chicago Bulls/Dallas Mavericks (+750)
These three teams are tied on the list, and all have rosters capable of making some noise in the playoffs.
The Hawks are the league's hottest team right now and have blitzed their way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings as a result. They look like a serious contender. The Bulls seem to be getting the old Derrick Rose back, and that's music to Tom Thibodeau's ears, as a full-strength Chicago team should be hard to contend with in the playoffs. We share similar sentiments when it comes to the Mavericks, who traded for Rajon Rondo in hopes that they've strengthened enough to make another run at a championship. This may be one of Dirk Nowitizki's last chances - will the Mavs make the most of it?
Who's Getting Overlooked?
We think the trio of the Thunder, Clippers and Grizzlies aren't getting enough love, to be honest.
Oklahoma City has seen its price take a tumble, but the team's struggles can be explained. The Thunder have dealt with a lot of injuries, and it looks like they're now finally healthy and ready to go on a run. At +1000 on the NBA odds board, there's value on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and company.
Ditto for LA and Memphis. The Clippers haven't been super impressive this season, but they've got a lot of talent and a great coach, so they'll be competing come playoff time. Same with the Grizzlies, who should continue to be a force as long as everyone stays healthy.
If you're looking for some value NBA picks, you may want to start with that group of three.