There have been some crazy prop bets in the NBA in the past, but now that we have reached another big free agent year, the sportsbooks are going crazy with their NBA Odds. Since they can’t release their futures yet, very exotic NBA Props have become common early this offseason.
Will any NBA team go undefeated in a calendar month? (Minimum 12 games played) (+500)
Going undefeated in a calendar month is not unheard of. The Spurs did it last season in March in route to their fifth title in franchise history, and it has been done several times before. The Heat’s 27-game winning streak from two seasons ago was impressive and it led to a title, but it barely didn’t coordinate through an entire calendar month. Miami started their February with a loss to the Pacers that season, and the winning streak ended with three games to go in the month of March against the Bulls.
Since 1971, there have been only 12 times (9 teams, the Lakers technically did it twice in 1971 in their 33-game winning streak, and once again in 1972, while the Rockets have also done it, twice) that have gone an entire calendar month without losing a game. Before the Spurs did it in 2013-2014, the last time it was done was in December 2012, when the Clippers then under Vinny Del Negro did it. LA went into the New Year of 2013 sitting at 25-6 after an undefeated December, and then finished the season 31-20, lost in the first round of the playoffs, and Del Negro’s contract wasn’t renewed five months later. Isn’t the NBA great?
With free agency still in it’s infancy, and the team schedules not even out yet, it’s hard to speculate on which teams have the ability to go 12-0 or better in a regular season month. Also there are only five full calendar months in the NBA regular season, which makes it quite difficult to weigh the NBA Odds of +500 and your actual chances. Not only that, but if it’s your birthday or for some odd reason you’re feeling exceptionally lucky, you can try and peg if a team will have a specific undefeated month. For instance, currently if you think a team will have an undefeated January, Ladbrokes will payout +2500 if you’re correct.
I’m in no way advocating for a wager on a specific month, however the NBA Odds of 5/ are interesting to say the least. Once free agency settles down (aka we know where Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony are going to be playing) and once the schedules come out, it will give this prop a lot more, or a lot less value. However it never hurts to start thinking about teams that could have the ability to do it.
As we sit here in the first few hours of free agency, I think you can eliminate every team in the East that doesn’t have Lebron. So, if LBJ takes his talents back to South Beach, the Heat would be the only team I could think of that would have a shot of doing it in the East. Plus the East might be as bad or worse than t was a season ago, which would give the Heat at 5/1 pretty solid value if they retool their roster this offseason.
In the West, the Spurs and Clippers have both done it in the last 18 months and they are both very capable of doing it again. The Thunder should probably be included in the mix as well, but as we all know, the West is a very tough conference, so I doubt very much any team could duplicate what San Antonio did a season ago (unless of course it’s the Spurs again).
In the end, the Heat might be the only team capable of pulling off such a feat, and if that’s the case I might be more inclined to lay off this prop entirely. It’s only been done 12 times for a reason. Since we don’t yet know what the NBA schedules will look like, we can only speculate at this point. However the schedules are out towards the end of this month, and I will surely be back with a recap and update on some of my NBA picks made here.