2017 NBA Title PicksJosh Bailey
With the start of the NBA playoffs barely weeks away, NBA betting buffs everywhere are in the process of making their postseason wagering plans.
Now, let’s get started.
2017 NBA Title Picks
The Favorite To Win The 2017 NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors 5/9
Maybe it’s me, but right now, I’m thinking the Golden State Warriors are a bit ticked off by their naysayers and are going to make their opponents pay because of their increased desire to shut the mouths of their doubters.
After losing three straight to Boston, Minnesota and San Antonio early in March, the Dubs have now won seven straight games while scoring at least 11 points six times and holding the opposition to 95 points or less four times during the span.
More importantly, Steph Curry is now playing like the two-time MVP he is after uncharacteristically struggling with his shot for long stretches this season and that means the Dubs are going to be even more dangerous once Kevin Durant returns from his knee injury.
The Smart Bet to win the 2017 NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors 5/9
For me, the Warriors (59-14 SU, 33-38-2 ATS) are not only the prohibitive favorites to win this season’s NBA Championship, but the ‘smart’ pick as well. Golden State ranks first in scoring (115.9 ppg), first in field goal shooting percentage (49.4%) and third in three-point shooting percentage (38.4%).
However, it is Golden State’s improved play at the defensive end of the floor that makes me believe they will win this season’s championship. The Warriors may be ranked a modest 11th in points allowed (104.3 ppg), but that doesn’t tell the story of just how good the Dubs have been defensively this season. You see, Golden State ranks first in defensive field goal percentage (43.6%) and first in defending the three-point shot (32.8%).
In addition to that, Klay Thompson has been heating up like Vinnie ‘The Microwave’ Johnson lately as he’s scored at least 21 points in eight of his last nine games while topping the 25-point plateau six times during the span and scoring at least 30 points three times.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 NBA Championship: Houston Rockets 20/1
James Harden and the Rockets (51-22 SU, 42-31 ATS) will face an uphill battle to beat the Warriors and Spurs in the loaded Western Conference, but for me, Houston is the most ‘scary’ team in the league and the biggest threat to Golden State’s Western Conference dominance.
Yeah, I know the Rockets are mediocre at best defensively as they rank an uninspiring 25th in points allowed (108.8 ppg) and 24th in defensive field goal percentage (46.3%), but Houston is so good offensively that I believe they’ll simply outscore the majority of teams they face in the postseason, just as they’ve done all season long.
Houston ranks a stupendous second in scoring (115.8 ppg), ninth in field goal shooting percentage (46.6%) and 11th in three-point shooting percentage (36.4%). Not only that, but the Rockets have a phenomenal six players averaging double figures in scoring and two more players that average at least 9.1 points per contest. Make no mistake about it, Houston is offering plenty of value as a 20/1 pick to win it all.
The Longshot To Win The 2017 NBA Championship: Washington Wizards 50/1
I could have picked another team like Boston or even Toronto s my longshot pick, but for me, Washington (45-28 SU, 38-34-1 ATS) represents the best chance of any longshot title contender to win this season’s NBA title.
While Washington has been so-so in ranking 21st in points allowed (106.8 ppg) and 23rd in defensive field goal percentage (46.3%), but the Wizards have been stupendous offensively in ranking fifth in scoring (109.2 ppg), third in field goal shooting percentage (47.4%) and seventh in three-point shooting percentage (37.3%).
Washington has arguably the best backcourt in the league today with Bradley Beal averaging 23.1 points per game and electrifying point guard John Wall averaging 23.0 points per contest. In addition to that, four other Wizards players average double figures in scoring while three more players all average just over 5.0 points per contest.
If you think the Wizards’ 127-115 beatdown of Cleveland on Sunday was an aberration, think again, the Wiz are for real!