Western Conference Playoff Race, Latest Odds Predictions And Picks

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:48 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019 8:48 PM UTC

From top to bottom the Western Conference Playoff Race is heating up. It looks to be anybody’s game in more ways than one. We look at the field and serve up some predictions and picks for your NBA betting thrills.

The Chasing Pack When you have the kind of reputation for success the Golden State Warriors do, it should come as no surprise when online sportsbooks across the board bestow the coveted team-to-beat honours. Warriors have the Western Conference title practically sewn up if the NBA betting markets were any indication. Sports Betting offers the Golden State Warriors as the -240 bet to win the title (which is the best price currently trading at the time of writing), while 5Dimes and Heritage have the Warriors nestled on -280. The rest of the choice top-rated sportsbooks offer the Warriors anywhere from -300 to -400.

It goes without saying, the value of betting on the Warriors in this future market is fast fading. So if you agree that they are the rightful favourites then grab these short odds while you can. From here on, the price is sure to shorten further and then all value will be lost, especially if Stephen Curry plays lights out as he did the other night.

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

#DubNation @StephenCurry30 pours in 36 PTS, 8 3PM to fuel the @warriors victory vs. MIN! pic.twitter.com/WNyuATXopq

— NBA (@NBA) 20 de março de 2019
\n"}[/]

Or he does this

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

STEPHEN CURRY #BeforeTheLight pic.twitter.com/6ap0vsgq0z

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) 19 de março de 2019
\n"}[/]

Have another look

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

👀 another look 👀 pic.twitter.com/gNQC0YjH4J

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) 19 de março de 2019
\n"}[/]

The closest threat to the Golden State Warriors according to bookmakers are the Houston Rockets at +500 to win the Western Conference title. Followed by the Denver Nuggets at +1000 and the Oklahoma City Thunder at +1600 (both prices courtesy of BetOnline at the time of writing). To look at those NBA futures is to think these three hopefuls are lagging way behind. Aside from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who with 42-29 SU – sat pretty in sixth-place (mind you) in the standings – are six wins behind the Warriors, the Nuggets and Rockets are merely one win and three wins, respectively, behind the Warriors.

Clearly, the NBA odds do not represent the current status quo in the table. Let’s face it, the one win between the Nuggets and Warriors is hardly the massive chasm the NBA odds appear to imply. For some reason the case against the Nuggets is simply that nobody is buying what they are selling. Everyone expects them to fade at some point. Still waiting….

The Nuggets are riding a four-game winning streak ahead of Wednesday, March 20th round of action, which is the second-best run of form in the West after the nine-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs. However, consider their schedule includes eight of their last 12 games on the road, some of which loom ominous – Houston, Detroit, Oklahoma City,

Golden State, San Antonio and a couple with Portland – it’s possible to see how they just might fall short.

Rockets are three wins behind the Warriors but they’re priced more favourably than the Nuggets, which must be entirely down to James Harden and his undeniable prowess this season. Is he even human?

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

James Harden has dropped a 30-piece on every team in the league 👀#Rockets #Runasone pic.twitter.com/Ue8Uq5tIFT

— Rockets Nation (@RocketsNationCP) 20 de março de 2019
\n"}[/]

Then there are the Portland Trailblazers (43-27 SU) and San Antonio Spurs (42-29 SU) to consider, currently ranked fourth and fifth in the Western Conference but priced at whopping +3300 or so bets to win outright in the West. Indeed, the Spurs are riding a nine-game winning streak (as mentioned above) and they are six wins behind the Warriors. With just eleven games left though, six of which are on the road, it’s hard to imagine the Spurs who sail magically to the top. Best they can do is secure a better seed for the playoffs.

NBA Betting Verdict: No matter which way you slice the Western Conference, it comes down to the tried and tested Golden State Warriors, who are in a league of their own. They may be a bit off form at the moment with a 5-5 SU record in their last ten, but with the season coming down to the wire the wide expectation is that they’ll turn up the heat in the battle for top seed with the Nuggets and Rockets. Proven championship credentials, as well as a lighter schedule down the stretch give the Warriors added appeal. So bank the short odds while you can.

comment here