The NBA is about to start the post All-Star break portion of its schedule, although every team has gone well past its halfway point of the 82-game regular-season slate. 5Dimes has posted updated wins total odds. Let’s take a look at some of them.
The biggest news in the NBA this week was the shocking trade of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento to New Orleans on Monday. That deal has been panned by just about everyone for the lack of return the dysfunctional Kings got for arguably the NBA’s best center. There are currently no NBA odds posted for either Pelicans or Kings win totals in the wake of that deal. New Orleans, which entered the break at 23-34, originally was given a wins total of 33.5 at 5Dimes before those prices were taken down. That will number grow with Boogie joining All-Star Anthony Davis.
Sacramento had a total of 34.5 wins before coming off the board. The Kings are 24-33 and just 1.5 games out of the West’s final playoff spot but now might have the least-talented overall roster west of Brooklyn.
Here are some notable 5Dimes wins totals entering the second half.
Golden State Warriors (67.5): No team has ever put together back-to-back 70-win seasons, and 5Dimes oddsmakers apparently aren’t overly confident the Dubs will, either – although the ‘over’ 67.5 wins is a -150 favorite. The Warriors, who remain heavy title favorites on NBA picks, are 47-9. That is tied for the seventh-best record in NBA history through 56 games with three teams: 2006-07 Dallas, 2005-06 Detroit, 2015-16 San Antonio. The nine defeats match Golden State’s number of losses last regular season when they set the league mark with 73 victories. The Warriors have made it clear they had no interest in trying to tie that mark in 2016-17 and simply want to be rested and healthy when the playoffs arrive.
San Antonio Spurs (61.5): The Spurs are the only other team with a wins total in the 60s, and the ‘over’ is a -125 slight favorite. San Antonio enters the second half at 43-13, four games behind Golden State. It’s probably unrealistic for the Spurs to catch the Warriors for the top seed in the West, so you could see plenty of key San Antonio players resting in the second half of the season. Now the only goal is the No. 2 seed, and the Spurs lead Houston by four games for that.
Cleveland Cavaliers (55.5): The ‘over’ is a -175 favorite. The Cavs are 39-16 and lead the Boston Celtics by three games for the East’s top seed. Cleveland will be without All-Star big man Kevin Love for most of the second half of the season following knee surgery. The team also has to start cutting back on LeBron James’ minutes as the 32-year-old James is second in the league in minutes per game at 37.5. LeBron absolutely will get at least a couple of games off in the second half, and I believe will see his minutes per game cut by about five per game.
Brooklyn Nets (16.5): The ‘under’ is a -190 favorite on the sorry Nets’ total. They have by far the worst record in the NBA at 9-47 and have lost 14 straight games and 25 of 26. Oh, and Brooklyn goes on an eight-game road trip to start the second half. The Nets likely won’t be favored in any game the rest of the season as they also have lost 16 consecutive at home. Other than center Brook Lopez, this roster is basically a D-League team.Bet On NBA Futures At SBR Forum's Top Sportsbooks