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NBA Championship Picks

NBA Championship Odds & Picks

Can Anyone Beat the Loaded Golden State Warriors in 2017-18?

After winning the 2016-17 NBA Championship last season to bag their second title in the last three years, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are clear-cut prohibitive favorites to win back-to-back titles again this coming season.

NBA Championship Odds & Picks

If you’re wondering whether the absolutely loaded Dubs can pull off the repeat to cash in on their value-packed NBA Championship futures odds or whether another title contender could potentially pull off what would amount to huge upset, then consider your ticket punched thanks to the expert roundball analysis that you’re about to get on the favored Warriors, my ‘smart’ pick and top longshot selection to win it all this coming season.

2017 NBA Title Odds

  • Golden State Warriors -160
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +550
  • Boston Celtics +800
  • San Antonio Spurs +1200
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +1200
  • Houston Rockets +1600
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +2800
  • Washington Wizards +5000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +6600
  • Milwaukee Bucks +6600
  • Toronto Raptors +7500
  • Los Angeles Lakers +10000
  • Miami Heat +10000
  • Los Angeles Clippers +12500
  • New Orleans Pelicans +15000
  • Denver Nuggets +15000
  • Utah Jazz +20000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +20000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +30000
  • Detroit Pistons +30000
  • Dallas Mavericks +50000
  • Charlotte Hornets +50000
  • New York Knicks +50000
  • Indiana Pacers +50000
  • Phoenix Suns +50000
  • Sacramento Kings +50000
  • Chicago Bulls +100000
  • Atlanta Hawks +100000
  • Brooklyn Nets +100000
  • Orlando Magic +100000

With a recent survey showing that 93 percent of NBA general managers expect Golden State to win it all against this coming season, clearly every team in the league is going to have their hands full in trying to dispatch the Warriors. Still, that’s why they play the games and hey, you just never know what could happen.

The Favorite To Win The 2017 NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors -160

The Warriors are back, virtually intact from last season and they really don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to almost assure themselves a spot in the Western Conference Finals at the very least. As a matter of fact, you could say that Golden State got even better by adding veteran shooters Nick Young and Omri Casspi to their already loaded roster, not to mention young, athletic big men in former Oregon stars Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher.

With All-Stars Steph Curry 925.3 ppg), Kevin Durant (25.1 ppg), Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg) and Draymond Green (10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.0 apg) leading the way, and ‘super subs’ Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw all back, the Warriors are going to be extremely difficult to beat if not impossible. The worst part for every team in the league is that the Dubs share the ball, have no egos and are elite at both ends of the floor although everyone is always concentrating on their high-scoring offensive ways.

The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 NBA Title: Cleveland Cavaliers +350

The Cavaliers may have lost all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, but they got back another all-star point guard in Isaiah Thomas that can score at will and another very good floor leader in former league MVP Derrick Rose (a real steal). Not only that, but the Cavs also added another still, fairly elite player in the aging Dwyane Wade and a very good two-way player in former Celtics starter Jae Crowder.

While Thomas likely won’t be ready to contribute until January, the Cavs clearly improved their roster by adding the aforementioned quartet, not to mention, lesser heralded veterans, Jeff Green, Kendrick Perkins and Jose Calderon, three players I believe will all make their own positive contributions to the Cavs this coming season. If anyone can take down the Warriors, it’ll likely be LeBron James and company.

The Longshot Pick: Washington Wizards +660

The Washington Wizards were just one game away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago and I believe they – and not the Boston Celtics – will meet Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season.

I’m expecting electrifying point guard John wall to really challenge for the league MVP title this year after averaging 23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game last season and I believe that he, along with backcourt mate Bradley Beal (23.1 ppg) and small forward Otto Porter (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) could lift the Wizards to heights they haven’t seen since I was watching Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld lead them to their last NBA championship back in the late 1970’s.

Washington added sweet shooter Jodie Meeks, and veterans Brandon Jennings and Mike Scott to a roster that already includes underrated big men, Nene, Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith and I believe the Wizards are finally ready to make a big breakthrough to reach the East Finals at the very least!

Odds & Picks Stanley Cup

Odds & Picks Stanley Cup

With the start of the 2017 NHL season here, hockey betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know which teams stand the best chances of cashing in on their season-long and value-packed NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds.

Odds & Picks Stanley Cup

Will it be the Sidney Crosby and the prohibitive favorite Pittsburgh Penguins that pull off the rare three-peat or will some other legitimate title contender or even a longshot title hopeful, rise up to beat out the Pens to bring home the Stanley Cup hardware this coming season?

2017 Stanley Cup Odds

  • Pittsburgh Penguins +750
  • Edmonton Oilers +800
  • Chicago Blackhawks +1200
  • Washington Capitals +1400
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +1400
  • Anaheim Ducks +1400
  • Nashville Predators +1400
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +1400
  • Dallas Stars +1400
  • Minnesota Wild +1800
  • New York Rangers +1800
  • Montreal Canadiens +2000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +2000
  • Los Angeles Kings +2200
  • Boston Bruins +2500
  • San Jose Sharks +2500
  • Calgary Flames +2500
  • St. Louis Blues +2800
  • Ottawa Senators +4000
  • Florida Panthers +4000
  • New York Islanders +5000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +5000
  • Winnipeg Jets +5000
  • Buffalo Sabres +5000
  • Carolina Hurricanes +5000
  • Detroit Red Wings +10000
  • Arizona Coyotes +10000
  • Colorado Avalanche +10000
  • New Jersey Devils +10000
  • Vancouver Canucks +10000
  • Las Vegas Golden Knights +10000

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins +800

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-6-5) are the prohibitive favorites, but I’ve got to be honest I just don’t see it happening for the Pens three straight years in a row although I’d be lying if I said they don’t have a chance.

Pittsburgh will still be plenty dangerous offensively as long as Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all stay healthy, and that’s a bit of a big if to me, seeing as how Crosby is about ‘due’ to get injured in my mind.

While the Penguins made a couple of nice addition by bringing in right-winger Ryan Reaves, defenseman Matt Hunwick and goalie Antti Niemi. I think they’re going to feel the losses of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and second line center Nick Bonino more they they’re expecting to. Again, right now, I don;t see it happening, but I’ll admit that I didn’t see them get past Washington a year ago either!

The Smart Pick To Win The Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers +1000

At this point, the Edmonton Oilers remind me a bit of the same Oilers team that cam together when Wayne Gretzky was leading the way to multiple titles along with guys like Jarri Kurri, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier. 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with an even 100 points and is a flat-out superstar now while fellow center Leon Draisaitl (77 points) isn’t very far behind.
I like the addition of veteran forward Ryan Strome and I’m thinking goalie Cam Talbot has a chance to become arguably the best net-minder in the game at some point in the near future

“We expect ourselves to have a good team and do what we did last year," McDavid said as the Oilers opened training camp. "We expect ourselves to have a good year. Other people do too. I guess that’s the only difference [from last season], that outside expectation."

The Oilers could use more depth and will need to avoid injuries to their star players, but right now, I’m thinking the sky is the limit for this team after they finished eighth in scoring (3.0 gpg) and identical eighth in goals allowed a year ago (2.5 gpg).

The Longshot Pick To Win The Stanley Cup: Nashville Predators +1400

A lot of hockey ‘experts’ may think that Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals was a bit of a fluke after they won a modest 41 games during the regular season, but I don’t. While some hockey analysts think that goalie Pekka Rinne is more average than elite at age 34, but I disagree on that point as well seeing how well he played last season when it mattered most. I like the addition of former Penguins center Nick Bonino, not to mention the return of veteran left winger Scott Hartnell.

Nashville has a trio of star defensemen in Roman Josi, Mattias and especially P.K. Subban and I believe they can only get better after finishing a modest 11th in scoring (2.9 gpg) as I expect wingers Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson to improve this coming season after both lighting the lamp 31 times a year ago. Yes, the Predators are a longshot, but hey, it could happen!

Spread & Pick Cal vs Washington

Spread & Pick Analysis Cal vs Washington

ESPN will showcase a late night Pac-12 West showdown between Cal and 6th-ranked Washington HuskiesIt took one USC loss for No. 6 Washington to be back in the Pac-12 driver seat. The Week 6 college football spread favors the Huskies by 27-points over the Golden Bears.

Kick-off is this Saturday, October 7th at 10:45 PM ET on ESPN from Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

California Vs Washington Week 6 Spread & ATS Pick

What: California Golden Bears (3-2) at No. 6 Washington Huskies (5-0)
When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Start Time: 10:45 PM ET  
Where: Seattle, WA
Stadium: Husky Stadium
Spread: Washington -27
Moneyline: California +2750 vs Washington -6000
Game Total: 56.5
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: California vs Washington

Why Bet The California Golden Bears To Beat The Huskies

Cal needs to get back to basics after their 45-24 loss to Oregon last week. They rushed for just eight yards in that game. Even with that miserable performance the Golden Bears average 124.5 rushing yards per game (99th).

If the Golden Bears commit to the running the ball and not force sophomore QB Ross Bowers to win games with his arm, Cal has a shot at making it close. Bowers posted 255 passing yards and three touchdowns against Oregon last week. It was his best game of the season despite the loss.

Why Bet The Washington Huskies Bears To Beat The Golden Bears

Washington is rolling in the PAC-12. There is no reason to change anything.

The Huskies offense averages 44.0 points per game, second best in in the PAC-12. Junior QB Jake Browning should get credit for what he does for this offense. He has thrown for 1251 yards and 12 touchdowns with just three interceptions. After his 43 touchdown season in 2016, he is no flash in the pan.

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
  • Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.

Cal Vs. Washington Week 6 Betting Analysis:

Washington has won seven of the last eight games against California. I don’t see that changing. The question is can Cal keep it close enough to cover the huge 27-point spread?

The Golden Bears can score. They put 20 points against USC and 24 versus Oregon. I am betting on California at +27. Cal is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Washington.