NBA Odds: Seeking Future Betting Value In the Western Conference

Mark Lathrop

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 1:08 PM GMT

Our NBA handicapper takes the temperature of futures NBA odds for who will win the Western Conference. Are there any long shots worth your wagering dollar?

Can anyone be seriously considered a contender to come out of the West, other than Golden State and San Antonio? Futures NBA odds have been updated recently over at 5Dimes, and their answer looks like a ‘no’. However, there are a few teams with some interesting value for the home fan that wants to plunk down their hard earned dollars on a dream. Here are the three teams that follow the two favorites coming out of the Western Conference.

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder (+630)
Currently sitting as a three seed in the Western Conference, the Thunder would likely draw a matchup with the LA Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. If it’s the Clippers you can expect a full seven game series between the two teams, which even if they survive, would put them in a bad spot regarding rest before they visited either Golden State or San Antonio. The Thunder should be rooting for Memphis to somehow jump the Clippers in the playoff standings. A first round matchup against the Grizzlies favors Oklahoma City heavily, as they’ve owned Memphis in their last two games against them this season. A short series versus Memphis and maybe the Thunder could squeak by either the Spurs or Warriors in the next round of the playoffs. Wait until you see the seeding firm up before placing a futures wager on the Thunder, but their 23-4 record against the Western Conference makes them a legit threat.

 

Los Angeles Clippers (+1600)
Currently sitting as the four seed in the Western Conference, the Clippers have been playing well of late even with the absence of their leading scorer, Blake Griffin. The Clippers winning record has been helped by playing well against the Eastern Conference, but they are just 16-11 against opponents from the West. That includes two losses against Golden State and one against San Antonio already this year, who would be likely opponents in the second round of the playoffs. Barring an injury to a Spur or Warriors star, the Clippers should be 6 to 8 point underdogs in each of those games in the second round of the playoffs. Taking them on the money line at +200 in every game of the second round would be the better way to go… and you get to wait to see if they make it there in the first place.

 

Houston Rockets (+4000)
Houston can put a decent five on the floor, but are just 1-3 this season against the Warriors and Spurs. That one win was at home as a 7-point underdog against the Spurs, 88-84. What you need to know about it was that the Spurs held the Rockets to just 13 points in the second quarter of that game on Christmas Day. San Antonio can just about shut down anyone when they want too, and Houston won’t be able to get past the first round if they match up with the Spurs in the playoffs – which is where they are slated to go. Save your cash, Houston fans.