Future Betting: Western Conference Odds & Future NBA Selections

Kevin Stott

Monday, March 14, 2016 3:00 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 14, 2016 3:00 PM UTC

Let’s take a look at the latest NBA odds from the conference with the highest current numbers on the screen as the Regular Season starts to wind down.

They Say History Repeats Itself But it Won’t be Repeating Itself After This NBA Season
No conference in NBA history has had two teams like the current Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors (59-6) and the San Antonio Spurs (56-10), a combined 115-16 SU combined and +99 games above .500 as we near the Ides of March. And neither Stephen Curry and the Warriors (30-0 Home) nor Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (32-0) have yet to lose on their respective Home courts, a combined 62-0 for the fans of their teams who have no doubt forgot what watching their favorite team lose an NBA basketball game looks like. So spoiled. They say it’s a record-breaking El Niño year in the Weather Department and it’s obviously affecting the Western Conference in the Sports Department and these two could both end up with 41-0 Home records with very little being said about it along the way, with the Warriors pursuit of the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls memorable record-setting 72-10 season occluding any other significant accomplishments both Head Coach Steve Kerr and Golden State and Head Coach Gregg Popovich and San Antonio are achieving. And the foregone conclusion amongst the Talking Heads on TV in their suits, the Wise Guys on the local Sin City Radio and in Social Media is that the Warriors (-110 to win NBA Championship, William Hill) and Spurs (+375 to win NBA Championship, BetVictor) will both waltz their way into the Western Conference Finals. And contemplating all possibilities, it’s hard to disagree. Are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder (14/1 to win NBA Championship, William Hill) going to burst one of these teams’ bubbles? Maybe a better question is “Are the Thunder going to even win a game against one of these two, should they face them in the NBA Playoffs?” Reality check.

If forced to pick an approach that included a team or teams who could honestly dig down, maybe get Lucky and upset one of these two in a 7-game series, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the 4th-place Los Angeles Clippers (42-23) and Damian Lillard and the 6th-place Portland Trail Blazers (35-32) would be the only choices. Both Klay Thompson and the Warriors and LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs present their own set of unique problems for opponents, and the biggest obstacle in winning a series against either of them would be in trying to find a way to win on the Road and in stealing the Momentum, meaning winning a series Game 1. Good luck with that. Here are the update Western Conference odds with the highest current (March 13) odds and at least one of the sportsbooks from the screen at which they're now available.
Highest Current NBA Odds to Win Western Conference (L3 updates to show odds history)


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The Best Approach is Still the Same Best Approach it Has Been All Season Long
The San Antonio Spurs at that same price (+250, BetVictor) as the last assignment is the call again here as this is a professional basketball team that gears itself for the Postseason and this year, it’s obvious who they should be playing in the Western Conference Finals and it won’t be the Washington Generals. And knowing Spurs Head Coach Popovich, he may care little if the Warriors sweep his Spurs in the Regular Season (The two play in San Antonio on Saturday night (ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT). These two goliaths avoided each other in last year’s Western Conference Finals as the Spurs lost on the last night of the season and fell to 3rd place and eventually ended up meeting the Clippers in the West Semifinals and fell 4-to-3. That won’t be happening this season and this will maybe be the most anticipated Conference Final in league history should the Warriors and Spurs meet in the Western Conference Finals as expected. And the key for San Antonio—which will probably won’t have the Homecourt Advantage the way things are going—will be to win either Game 1 or Game 2 at the ORACLE Arena and steal that precious Homecourt edge from Golden State. It’s simple. And if you can’t (and don’t) win either Games 1 or 2 in Oakland and you’re San Antonio (and you hold serve at Home), then you go all-out to win at all costs that oh-so crucial Game 5 back in the Bay Area. And don’t think that Draymond Green and the Warriors aren’t at least a little bit scared of this possible scenario. Nobody likes a spur in the shin. And with guys like Leonard, Aldridge, Danny Green, David West and Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson, Patty Mills, SG Jonathon Simmons and ageless veterans Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as well as the smartest Head Coach in the NBA, there has seldom been a Roster as impressive as the one this franchise now boasts and if the Spurs can get and stay healthy, look out. The NBA Playoffs are scheduled to tip off a little more than a month from today on April 16. Get ready for your NBA picks with us.

NBA Future Pick: San Antonio Spurs +250
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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