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.
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) April 13, 2017
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.