Hoops fans across America will have to be extra diligent in their gift-buying and romancing this Valentine’s Day because their social calendar must remain clear the next night for NBA-related festivities. As always, All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. Let’s check the odds for all three competitions at BetOnline and try and pick some winners.
While the Eastern Conference bracket is almost set in stone, the race in the West could get wild with five franchises battling it out for the last remaining playoff spot. With Denver, Utah, Dallas, Houston and the two LA clubs considered locks to participate in the end-of-year tournament, let’s look at BetOnline and determine what bubble teams will make and miss the postseason.
With more than half the NBA season in the books, oddsmakers consider the following Eastern Conference teams as locks to make the postseason: Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Boston, Indiana and Philadelphia. Let’s look at the odds for several Eastern Conference teams to make or miss the playoffs.
After dumping Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the offseason, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Thunder, but Sam Presti’s club sits just five games out of the division lead entering Wednesday night’s action.
Boston has turned out to be the ultimate post-hype sleeper. After not living up to the media’s NBA Finals expectations during a miserable 2018/19 season, the Kyrie-less Celtics are on top of the Atlantic with a 27-11 record.
The Lakers (+225) and Clippers (+250) look destined to play in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. At the season’s midway mark, we examine which superteam you should put your money on.
The preseason consensus had the Bucks regressing from last year’s league-best 60-22 record. The consensus was wrong. With Giannis Antetokounmpo looking like a lock to win his second-straight NBA MVP award, Milwaukee has a legitimate chance of reaching 70 wins.
Zion Williamson recently went through his first full practice since suffering a preseason knee injury, but can the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft return to the court in time to win Rookie of the Year?
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are now +175 to win the Southwest after starting the year at +800. Can Dallas reel in James Harden’s Rockets (-210) and win the division title?
The LeBron James and Anthony Davis era of Lakers basketball is off to a great start at 22-3, but can the other Los Angeles-based team still win the Pacific? Don’t count out Kawhi’s Clippers just yet.