While it looked as if the West would once again be a dogfight with several teams vying for the crown, here’s a look at the West’s future NBA odds.
Golden State Warriors (+140) at Pinnacle
The Warriors championship odds just continue to go up with every win, and after being one of the most undervalued defending champion in NBA offseason history, the Warriors have quickly found their way back to the number one overall NBA Future Odds bet. During the offseason, both the Cavaliers and Spurs were notched ahead of the Warriors in the NBA Championship odds, and the Spurs were considered the number one contender in the West. However, even though San Antonio hasn’t played badly at all, the Warriors are looking like they might not lose a game in the first month of the season. Whether the Warriors will threaten any regular season win records remains to be seen, but for now, the value has been firmly bet out of the Warriors because of their hot start.
San Antonio Spurs (+230)
The Spurs NBA odds to win the West haven’t lengthened that much, and as I mentioned above, it really hasn’t even been because of their play. The Spurs are 10-3 SU and tied for the second best record in the NBA through 13 games with the Cavs, but their odds have still gone from about 2/1 to +230. They are dealing with a few slow starts to the season, but as we’ve seen from Spurs teams in the past, it’s not how they start but how they look around the end of March. We are still waiting on the first meeting between the Spurs and Warriors, and it should be must-see TV.
Oklahoma City Thunder (+475)
The Thunder were thought to be one of the teams to rejoin the West’s top tier, but with some early-season struggles and the loss of Kevin Durant for a few games to a hamstring strain, the Warriors’ NBA Odds to win the West have lengthened some. OKC has all the talent needed to win the West over the Spurs and Warriors, and because of the Durant injury, these NBA Odds might be a valuable addition to your NBA picks. If Durant comes back and the Thunder start to average 120 points per game again, they might skyrocket up the odds boards. However, Billy Donovan is still a rookie head coach in the NBA, and the Thunder are still squarely behind the defending champs and the Spurs.
Los Angeles Clippers (+750) at Bet365
Speaking of large drop offs, the Clipper started the year winning their first four games and looking like a legitimate championship contender. However, they have fallen off since then, and their defense is a big reason why. The Clippers’ defense has been one of the worst units in the NBA, and after losing to the Raptors on Sunday, frustrations were seemingly boiling over. Multiple LA outlets reported that there was a lot of shouting going on from the Clippers’ locker room after that loss, and if they don’t get their defensive issues solved, the Clippers are in the running for the ‘most disappointing’ team award in the 2015-2016 season. Fade them in the futures ad ATS until further notice.
Houston Rockets (+1300)
A drop-off further than the Clippers is hanging around the Rockets right now. Houston has started off even worse than LA, and it cost Kevin McHale his job. Whether or not it was his fault or the players, the Rockets are in trouble too, and it also centers on their defense. Both Houston and LA are good teams and it is still really early, but Houston is giving up 107 points per game, which currently ranks them 29th out of 30 teams while their Defensive Efficiency Rating sits at 108.1, which is the 4th worst in the league.