2015 NBA Opening Week Betting Cheat SheetJosh Bailey
Week 1 of the NBA Season is here! Will defending NBA champion Golden State prove best versus the rest of the NBA? Will the King lead Cleveland to the Promised Land? Click here to see who will win the 2015 NBA finals.
Those are just two of the questions that basketball handicappers have for this NBA Season. Our first top NBA bet of the week is on Thursday when Memphis travels to Indiana. On Friday, Golden State and reigning MVP Steph Curry battles Houston and James “The Beard” Harden. Then, on Sunday is a classic matchup between Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers.
A Closer Look At The Top 2015 NBA Opening Week Games To Bet On
Memphis at Indiana
When: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2015
For Memphis to take the next step the offense is going to have to catch up to the defense this season. The same can be said for Indiana who will benefit from small forward Paul George returning to the heights where he once resided.
The problem is that George sat out all of 2015-2015. He’ll need to be brilliant in order for Indiana to beat Memphis at home in this game. Or, will he? Monta Ellis can score in the bunches and even though the Grizzlies have the better overall defense with center Marc Gasol and point-guard Mike Conley, Ellis and George should do enough for Memphis to win this one.
Back the home team Pacers on Thursday.
Golden State at Houston
When: Friday, Oct. 30th, 2015
The Warriors will start the season with interim coach Luke Walton making the decisions on the bench. Walton has the genes to be a very good basketball coach. He played under Lute Olsen at Arizona and studied hoops under Phil Jackson while with the L.A. Lakers. There’s also the fact that his dad is Bill Walton.
Walton will have his team primed and ready to battle the Rockets on Oct. 30. The difference for the Rockets in this season from last is that Ty Lawson is a legitimate point-guard who can take the pressure off of Harden to set up the other players on the team.
Lawson can also guard Curry in this battle on Friday. Without having to guard Curry, The Beard could go off for 40 in this. Harden will lead his team to the win.
Dallas at L.A. Lakers
When: Sunday, Nov. 1st, 2015
Have the Lakers improved enough to start beating teams like Dallas at home? Maybe, the Lakers have. L.A. has a bona fide future star in point-guard De’Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant is playing for one more season.
Then again, Bryant is thirty-seven years old and Russell is a rookie. The Lakers don’t seem to have a rebuilding plan. They only signed Metta World Peace because they couldn’t add depth by signing a top free agent at the power forward position. Former first lottery draft pick Julius Randle has bust written all over him.
This team is in trouble. Dallas has too much experience and too much depth for the Lakers to be anywhere close the Mavericks on Nov. 1. Dallas will roll. It’s going to be another long season in La-La-Land.