Stephen Curry and the Warriors look to bounce back after slipping to fourth in the Western Conference.
2015/2016 NBA Season Preview
The 2015/2016 NBA season gets underway on Wednesday morning and we are set for another thrilling season in the world’s premiere basketball competition.
Heading into last season you could make a case for almost a dozen teams and we are in a very similar situation this year as the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently narrow favourites from the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
We have analysed all the teams towards the top of our NBA betting market and have come up with the teams to back as well as the teams to avoid in the 2015/2016 NBA Championship betting market.
Cleveland Cavaliers ($4)
The Cleveland Cavaliers made it all the way to the NBA Finals last year and they are favourites to go one better in 2015. The Cavaliers have had a disrupted off-season as there are issues with the back of Lebron James and if their superstar misses any time due to injury they are going to be in big trouble. If Lebron stays fit it would not surprise if the Cavaliers made another deep run, but at their current quote of $4 they are big unders.
Verdict: Don’t Back At $4
Golden State Warriors ($5.50)
The Golden State Warriors captured the NBA Championship in thrilling fashion last year and there is no reason why they can’t go back-to-back. It is fair to say that they will not be as dominant as they were during the regular season last year, but they have kept the core of their side together and they simply have too much talent spread across the court not to be a genuine Championship contender. They are big overs at their current price of $5.50 and they are a great bet to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers (2009 and 2010) to win back-to-back NBA Championships.
Verdict: Back At $5.50
San Antonio Spurs ($6)
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most consistent teams in all of professional sport and it would take an unprecedented meltdown for them to miss the playoffs. Whether they can on and win yet another NBA Championship is another question as they do have an aging roster, but they have proven over the years that you can never completely write them off. ‘
Verdict: Hold At $6
Oklahoma City Thunder ($7)
The Oklahoma City Thunder have one of the most talented rosters in the entire NBA, but there are question marks over how they will handle Kevin Durant’s free-agency. The pressure will be on the Thunder to win the Championship this year before the team potentially blows up and I’m not sure how they will handle that pressure. It would not surprise me if the Thunder looked like legitimate title contenders throughout the season, but there is no edge at their current price.
Verdict: Don’t Back At $7
Los Angeles Clippers ($9)
Could this finally be the year for the Los Angeles Clippers? They have promised a great deal in recent season and the array of talent they have available is outstanding, but there is always a question mark over how well a team with this many individual stars can come together as a team. I have generally opposed the Clippers in recent years, but I think that the hate has gone too far in the lead-up to the season and they represent good value at their current quote of $9.
Verdict: Back At $9
Toronto Raptors ($51)
There was speculation that the Raptors had missed out on their opportunity when they were eliminated by the Washington Wizards in the playoffs last season, but the team has generally started together and their depth has been boosted. The lack of support for the Raptors in the lead-up to the NBA season has been mystifying to me and I believe that if they stay healthy they can take out the Eastern Conference Championship. The $26 on offer for them to achieve this as well as the $51 to take out the NBA Championship are both big overs and well worth a bet.
Verdict: Back At $26 and $51