Our resident NBA betting odds guru Ross Benjamin deciphers his favorite picks, sleepers, and fades for the upcoming NBA season. Read his informative take on his 2014-2015 NBA futures before you go forward with your sports betting in this area.
My Favorite Future Pick
Oklahoma City Thunder (7-1)
This is a young team that’s been on the cusp of greatness for the last few years. They fell short in the 2014 Western Conference Finals where they were eliminated in 6-games by the eventual world champion San Antonio Spurs. They also lost in the 2012 NBA Finals in 6-games to a star studded Miami Heat team. If they can escape any significant injuries this upcoming season, namely to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, then they may even improve on last season’s 59-23 record, and get the all important top seed for the 2015 postseason. Keep this team in mind when preparing your next NBA pick.
Indiana Pacers (18-1)
Despite virtually falling apart during the last 2-months of the regular season a season ago, and their chemistry sinking to an all time low, they still were able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing in 6-games to the Miami Heat. If the chemistry issues can be resolved, and they play more like the team that got off to a spectacular start to the 2013-2014 campaign, then this is a club that carries very good value at the current NBA betting odds.
Golden St. Warriors (25-1)
Whenever referencing the Warriors it starts with their terrific backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The offseason additions of Jordan Crawford and Shaun Livingston have now given them quality depth in the backcourt. If Andrew Bogut can finally stay healthy, and Harrison Barnes regains his confidence that he seemed to lose a year ago, then this team is capable of making a championship run.
Cleveland Cavaliers (4-1)
I get all the hype of Lebron James coming back to Cleveland, and how that makes them an instant contender. I certainly am not contesting the impact that James can have in regards to this team’s future success. However, I keep reminiscing about the first year Lebron was in Miami and how that team failed to reach its goal of winning it all. Then considering his supporting cast with the Heat at that time included Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. With all due respect to great young players like Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and prized rookie Andrew Wiggins, but this is a team that’s still a year away from great things. Additionally, there’s much better value on the NBA futures board than the Cavaliers at 4-1 betting odds.
Houston Rockets (10-1)
The Rockets failed miserably this offseason in their hopes of landing a top free agent like Lebron James or Carmelo Anthony, and that will definitely affect how many people choose to place their sports picks on them. This is a team that once again will be very fun to watch, as their games won’t lack entertainment. At the end of the day, their play on the defensive end was horrendous a season ago, and will continue to be their major downfall when it comes to postseason time once again.