NBA Championship Odds & Picks

2019 NBA Championship Odds & Picks

It’s the half-way point in the current NBA season and that makes it a perfect time to take a closer look at the NBA Championship odds and the most intriguing picks to win the title.

NBA Championship Odds & Picks

  • Golden State Warriors -210
  • Toronto Raptors +1000
  • Milwaukee Bucks +1100
  • Philadelphia 76ers +1450
  • Boston Celtics +1600
  • Houston Rockets +1850
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +2500
  • Denver Nuggets +4750
  • Los Angeles Lakers +5400
  • Utah Jazz +8000
  • San Antonio Spurs +17500
  • Portland Trail Blazers/Indiana Pacers +22500
  • Los Angeles Clippers/Miami Heat/Charlotte Hornets/Sacramento Kings +100000
  • New Orleans Pelicans/Orlando Magic/Dallas Mavericks/Detroit Pistons/Brooklyn Nets +150000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +200000
  • Washington Wizards +300000

NBA Championship Betting Favorite: Golden State Warriors -210

After a spotty first few weeks, the Golden State Warriors went back to doing what they’ve been doing the past four season, dominating opponents on the court. Golden State has a ridiculous 41-16 record. They’ve also smoothly folded DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins into their juggernaut, meaning that the Warriors are even better this season than they were last season.

All the magnificence means Golden State is an absolute lock to win its third straight NBA Championship, right? Not exactly. Golden State could suffer an injury along the way, like any team in the NBA. Not only that, but the Warriors face the toughest group of contenders they have since the dynasty began.

Golden State should win the NBA Title. That doesn’t mean they’re a good bet to win the NBA Title. Check out who the smart play is.

NBA Championship Smart Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +1100

Right now, the Bucks have the best record in the league at 43-14. If Milwaukee faced the Warriors in the NBA Championship today, they’d have home court advantage. That’s how great Milwaukee’s played this season.

The Bucks are led by the awesome Giannis Antetounkempo. The Greek Freak leads the Bucks in points, rebounds, and assists per game. But, he’s the only player on Milwaukee’s squad that can dominate. Khris Middleton is finally healthy and has been as good as Giannis on plenty of nights. Not only that, but Eric Bledsoe is impossible to keep from putting points on the scoreboard.

Malcolm Brogdon can score, but he can also play either position, PG or SG, meaning he spells starting point-guard Eric Bledsoe and Bledsoe spells him. What you must really like is the deep bench. Patrick Connaughton, George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, and Tony Snell all put in 15 to 20 minutes per night.

That makes the Bucks as deep as Golden State. And, let’s be honest, no player on the Warriors squad is as talented as Giannis.

NBA Championship Longshot Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +2500

There’s a reason Paul George decided to stay at Oklahoma City instead of signing with San Antonio, the L.A. Lakers, or any other team courting him this past offseason. George likes playing with Russell Westbrook. The two have fantastic chemistry.

While that might not seem important, the chemistry they’ve developed has allowed George to blossom as an option 1 and for Russell to blossom into one of the top passing point guards in the NBA. I italicize passing because the knock against Westbrook is that he’s a ball hog.

Not anymore. Russell seems intent on winning rings. So does George. It also helps that the second unit is loaded with talent. Denis Shroder, Hamidou Diallo, and Nerlens Noel could all start on most any other team. That’s especially true for Schroder who’s a real point-guard.

OKC’s flying under the radar. We must take them seriously as an NBA Championship contender.

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Must Bet College Basketball Picks Feb 18 - 24

Must Bet College Basketball Picks Feb 18 – 24

We are weeks away from the madness of March but that doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on a trio of smart college basketball bet. Use my picks for this week’s must bet college basketball to win big.

Must Bet College Basketball Picks Feb 18 – 24

#13 Villanova at Georgetown
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: FS1

Analysis: One of the classic rivalries in college basketball takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when defending national champion Villanova heads to D.C. to take on the tough Georgetown Hoyas.

Nova couldn’t get past St. John’s on Sunday, falling 65-71 to the Red Storm as a 4-point road favorite. The Wildcats are 17-9 ATS overall. On the road, they’ve gone an excellent 6-2 ATS. They’ll be favored over the Hoyas, who just aren’t at Villanova’s level anymore.

Georgetown has lost two in a row straight up: 69-73 to Butler, and 75-90 to Seton Hall. They have a losing 9-15-1 ATS record overall. At home, they’re a bad 4-10-1 ATS. Nova wins and covers.

Pick: Villanova

Auburn at #5 Kentucky
When: Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 pm ET
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
TV: CBS

Analysis: Auburn turned around a 2-game losing streak with a nice 64-53 win over Vanderbilt in their last. What’s really impressive is how the Tigers covered on the road as a -9 favorite. Now, Auburn battles the best team in the SEC, the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.

The Wildcats easily handled then #1 Tennessee 86-69 as a -3.5 home favorite in their last. UK must battle Missouri on Feb. 19. That’s okay because Auburn must take on Arkansas this week before heading to Rupp Arena.

Save for a loss to LSU, Kentucky’s been unbeatable. The Wildcats should easily handle Auburn on Feb. 23. They’ll win and cover no matter the spread.

Pick: Kentucky

#11 Michigan State at #6 Michigan
When: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3:45 pm ET
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
TV: CBS

Analysis: The top game this weekend is Michigan State at Michigan. The Wolverines have a tenuous 2-game lead in the Big Ten over the Spartans. That might not matter all that much because whoever wins the Big Ten regular-season title must still show up in the Big Ten Tournament.

These two last played in March of 2018. The two teams, as you might expect, are much different now than they were in that game. Michigan seemed like the better team for much of the season until Michigan State really turned it on.

The Spartans are 3-0 in their last 3 both straight up and against the spread. They have a solid 7-3 ATS record while Michigan is only 8-8 ATS at home. Sparty takes it.

Pick: Michigan State

Top NHL Games This Week Feb 18-24

Top NHL Games This Week Feb 18-24

The second half of the NHL season is chugging along at a furious pace. This week is no different. I have picked the winners of three of the top NHL games for the week of February 18th the 24th.

Top NHL Games This Week Feb 18-24

Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: The Blackhawks remain the worst team in the Central Division. This could be a good week for Chicago, though, because they’ve beaten the next four teams they’ve faced the last time they faced them.

That includes taking down the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 as a -153 home favorite. Overall, Chicago has an 11-15-3-0 road record. That would seem to be an issue, but as of Feb. 17, Detroit’s home record is only 12-14-1-3.

The Blackhawks should offer decent odds. It makes sense to back Chicago to beat the Red Wings, a team that won’t have much of a home-ice advantage. Chicago gets the call.

Pick: Chicago Blackhawks

Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs
When: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
TV: ESPN+

Analysis: The Capitals battle the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday in a match that has all the makings of a future playoff battle. Defending champion Washington has been playing okay hockey, but the last time they faced the Leafs they lost 3-6.

Toronto easily handled Washington that day. The Caps are a very good 17-9-4-1 on the road this season. Toronto’s home record is only 17-11-1. The Maple Leafs should be favored and over played in this. That means even though Toronto had their number in the last match, Washington’s worth backing to grab the victory.

Pick: Washington Capitals

Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights
When: Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN+

Analysis: Vegas broke a 3-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Feb. 16. The Golden Knights could turn the victory into a streak by running off a couple of wins this week because they face Colorado and Boston early before taking on Winnipeg on Friday.

The last time Vegas hit the ice against Winnipeg, they lost 1-4. The Jets enter the week off two straight losses, but should turn things around this week facing Colorado and Arizona. Vegas is sandwiched between those two rivals.

Vegas, like Toronto on Thursday, should be over played to win this. Winnipeg gets the nod because they’ll offer odds and thoroughly dominated the Golden Knights the last time they faced them.

Pick: Winnipeg Jets

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