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2017 NBA Playoff West Odds & Picks

2017 NBA Playoff West Odds & Picks

The 2017 NBA Playoffs are ready to tip-off. Who will win the West in for a shot at the title? Let’s find out who the Las Vegas odds favor.

After adding former MVP winner Kevin Durant to their roster of three all-stars, the Golden State Warriors have been clear-cut favorites all season long to win this season’s NBA championship.

Now, with the 2017 playoffs set to tip-off, the question is the same in the Western Conference for the third straight season. Can anyone stop the loaded Dubs from reaching the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season? Let’s find out now.

NBA Western Conference Playoffs Odds & Picks

  • Goldne State -250
  • San Antonio +420
  • Houston +1225
  • LA Clippers +2500
  • Utah +3000
  • Oklahoma City +4750
  • Memphis +6600
  • Portland +10000

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The West: Golden State Warriors -250

The Dubs (67-15 SU, 40-39-3 ATS) are brimming with elite talent and gifted shooters, but that’s not the scary part of facing Golden State right now. You see, the Warriors caught fire by winning 15 of their last 16 regular season games while smacking around Western Conference rivals, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Houston (twice) and San Antonio while also routing Washington for good measure. Even worse for their opponents this postseason, Golden State got Kevin Durant back on court just before the end of the season and now have the look of a team that won’t be denied by anyone this postseason as they rank first in scoring (115.9 ppg) and first in field goal defense (43.5%) and three-point defense (32.4%).

The Smart Pick To Win The West: San Antonio Spurs +420

San Antonio  (61-21 SU, 41-39-2 ATS) is the ‘smart’ pick because if anyone can figure out a way to beat the Warriors, it’s most likely going to be Kawhi Leonard and the super smart Spurs. Despite dropping four of their final five games heading into the postseason, the Spurs have a MVP contender in Leonard (25.5 ppg) and a trio of other heady veteran players that average double figures in veterans LaMarcus Aldridge (17.3 ppg), Pau Gasol (12.4 ppg) and Tony Parker (10.1 ppg). San Antonio ranks a respectable 14th in scoring (105.3 ppg) but a stellar second to Utah in points allowed defensively (98.1 ppg). With home court advantage in every series until they meet Golden State, the Spurs look like a conference finalist at the very least.

The Value Pick To Win The West: Houston Rockets +1225

I know I just said the San Antonio Spurs are the team most likely to figure out a way to beat Golden State, but I also believe it is James Harden and the Houston Rockets (55-27 SU, 42-40 ATS) that present the biggest threat to Golden State’s conference dominance for one main reason – they can score the ball with anyone and have as many quality players as any team in the league right now.

Houston finished the regular season ranked second in scoring (115.3 ppg) and have a plethora of quality role players surrounding Harden who averaged a stellar 29.1 points, league-leading 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds this season.

The Rockets have an insane, five other players averaging double figures in scoring in Eric Gordon (16.2 ppg), Lou Williams (14.9 ppg), Ryan Anderson (13.6 ppg), Clint Capela (12.6 ppg) and Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg). In addition to all of that, Patrick Beverly, Nene and Montrezl Harrell all average over 9.0 points per contest. Make no mistake about it, the Rockets are offering a ton of value as a +1,225 pick to win the west.

The Longshot Pick To Win The West: Oklahoma City Thunder +4750

Oklahoma City (47-35 SU, 45-36-1 ATS) may not have reached the 50-win plateau this season, but they have the most unstoppable player in the league today in likely MVP winner Russell Westbrook, the first player in over six decades to average a triple-double after putting up a jaw-dropping 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

The Thunder can score the ball well (106.6 ppg), but they’re going to need to play better defense after finishing the regular season ranked 16th in points allowed (105.8 ppg). While Oklahoma City get double figure scoring from shooting guard Victor Oladipo (15.9 ppg), and centers, Enes Kanter (14.3 ppg) and Steven Adams (11.3 ppg) they’re going to need more bench production in order to keep up with the deeper Warriors, Spurs and Rockets. Still, at +4750, the incomparable Russell Westbrook makes them a decent longshot pick.

2017 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Odds & Picks

2017 NBA Playoff East Odds & Picks

The Boston Celtics may have gotten the top seed in the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs, but the ‘real’ question remains the same. Can anyone take out LeBron James and the Cavs and stop the future Hall of Famer from making his seventh straight NBA Finals appearance? Click here for full NBA Titles odds.

2017 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Odds & Picks

  • Cleveland -265
  • Boston +550
  • Toronto +1075
  • Washington +1200
  • Atlanta +6000
  • Indiana +6000
  • Milwaukee +6000
  • Chicago +6750

The Favorite To Win The NBA East: Cleveland Cavaliers -265

I know the Cavaliers (51-31 SU, 36-43-3 ATS) struggled mightily down the stretch by dropping their final four regular season games, seven of their last 11 and a shocking 13 of their last 21 games overall, but the Cavs still have LeBron James (26.4 ppg, 8.7 apg, 8.6 rpg), Kyrie Irving (25.2 ppg) and Kevin Love (19.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg) and a handful of experienced veterans in Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert. Not only that, but the Cavs also have the edge in postseason experience and an offense that ranked fourth in scoring during the regular season (110.3 ppg). Will Boston, Washington or Toronto be able to step up and take out the Cavs or will Cleveland turn it on now that the real season has begun? My guess right now is definitely the former.

The Smart Pick To Win The East: Boston Celtics +550

The Celtics (53-29 SU, 40-40-2 ATS) have had a phenomenal campaign in nearly recording 60 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but still, there’s a reason the C’s aren’t favored to represent the conference in the NBA Finals. Yes, Boston ranked a solid seventh n scoring (108.0 ppg) and has an MVP caliber superstar in the diminutive Isaiah Thomas (28.9 ppg, 5.9 apg), not to mention, four other double-digit scorers in Avery Bradley, Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.

However, I believe the C’s are lacking in the heart department, particularly when it comes to facing James and the Cavs. Case in point…while Boston won three straight and seven of their last 10 games, they also laid down in their biggest game of the season by falling to Cleveland 114-91 at home no less, on April 5. That rout in particular tells me that Boston is still another player or two away from beating the Cavs.

The Value Bet To Win The East: Washington Wizards +1200

Call me crazy, but I believe it is the Washington Wizards (49-33 SU, 42-39-1 ATS) that present the biggest challenge to Cleveland’s conference dominance this postseason. The Wizards have a pair of gifted guards in John Wall (23.1 ppg) and Bradley Beal (23.1 ppg) and a quartet of other veteran players that all average double figures in Markieff Morris, Otto Porter Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic and Marcin Gortat. While Washington’s bench isn’t very deep, the Wizards do have some capable players in Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith, Ian Mahinmi, Trey Burke and Brandon Jennings. The Wizards can score the ball as they finished ninth in scoring (109.2 ppg), but they’ll need to improve on the defensive end of the floor of they want to beat the Cavs after ranking an uninspiring 21st in points allowed (107.4 ppg).

The Longshot Pick To Win The East Chicago Bulls +6750

I know the Bulls (41-41 SU, 42-40 ATS) have been a dysfunctional mess this season, but they also have some nice talent starting first and foremost with scoring leader Jimmy Butler (23.9 ppg) and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade (18.3 ppg). While Chicago ranked just 23rd in scoring (102.9 ppg) they also have a very good defense that finished the regular season ranked sixth in points allowed (102.4 ppg).

Chicago also has some quality depth with eight players all averaging between 5.1 and 10.6 points per game and every player on their roster averaging at least 4.4 points per contest. If you didn’t know the longshot Bulls beat the Cavs in all four regular season meetings and that alone tells me they’re a great longshot pick to upset the entire Eastern Conference apple cart.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

The NBA Playoffs are a couple of days away. On Saturday, April 15, 2017 the very best in the NBA start their quest for the NBA Championship, the most-prized trophy in basketball. Now let’s find out what each NBA West squad has to do in their Round 1 matchup to advance their odds at winning the 2017 NBA Title.

In the Western Conference, Golden State has secured the 1-seed while San Antonio has secured the 2-seed. Golden State battles Portland in Round 1. San Antonio battles Memphis. Keep reading for a preview of each NBA West Round 1 series along with free picks.

2017 NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

Golden State Warriors -6000 vs Portland Trailblazers +2000

Portland’s a different team with center Jusuf Nurkic on the court. Nurkic can bottle up the middle. He can play tough inside, or he can play at the top of the key. Nurkic’s presence makes Portland almost impossible to beat.

That’s the issue for the Trailblazers in this series. Nurkic is out indefinitely with a broken fibula. What does it mean? If means that Trailbalzers’ guards C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard have no shot of keeping pace with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Golden State in 4 games

San Antonio Spurs -1500 vs Memphis Grizzlies +700

On paper, it appears as if Memphis could stick with the Spurs. The Grizzlies have a viable big man in Marc Gasol. Gasol can play straight up against San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge. Memphis also has a point-guard in Mike Conley who should outplay any point-guard on San Antonio’s squad.

But, then, I start thinking about how great Kawhi Leonard is, and I suddenly realize that he’s an NBA Championship away from being called the best player in the world. Kawhi, like LeBron, can take over a game in every phase. He’s that good. He averages 25 points, close to 6 boards, and close to 4 assists per.

Forget averages. Kawhi is a leader. I’m not sure Memphis has a player like that.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: San Antonio in 5 games

Houston Rockets -350 vs Oklahoma City Thunder +250

This is where I feel comfortable calling for the upset. As much as I love James “The Beard” Harden, I don’t feel that Houston plays good enough team defense to stop Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook is unstoppable. We know this. More importantly, Houston doesn’t play defense while Oklahoma City can. The Rockets allow close to 110 points per game of over 46% shooting from the field. Houston is terrific at guarding against the three-point line, but that’s because opponents drive the lane and slam dunk it in their faces.

I just don’t see The Beard and his mates keeping up with Russell and his mates in a 7-game series.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Oklahoma City in 6 games

Los Angeles Clippers -210 vs Utah Jazz +160

I live in Los Angeles. That means I tend to side with the L.A. team. This time, I can’t. Utah has the best defense in the NBA. It allows 96.8 points per game off 44.3% shooting from the field. The Jazz did go 1 and 3 in their 4 games versus the Clippers this season.

But, during the NBA Playoffs, when defense counts, I think Utah has a great shot of upsetting the Clippers in Round 1. Utah has decent offensive players in center Rudy Gobert and forward Gordon Hayward.

I like the Jazz’s match up versus CP3, Blake, and DeAndre. I’m going with the Jazz to win this Round 1 series.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Utah Jazz in 7 games