Meanwhile, the Warriors are still heavy favorites to win the West, even with LeBron in L. If last year is any indication, look to the four teams that currently sit higher in the standings to see the likelier postseason entrants. Indiana Pacers - Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers - Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks - Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks - Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets - Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers - Chicago Bulls, 17. It doesn't come as much surprise that the Warriors are in the top spot as they are currently looking to win back-to-back titles. And the ideas that have already been set into motion are really interesting. With the addition of to the fold, this team should even be more dangerous than normal once the postseason rolls around and that is not a good sign for the Portland Trail Blazers and their chances to advance out of the first round. With Indiana establishing itself as one of the surprise teams in the East this past season, and Milwaukee having, arguably, the best player in the conference on their roster in , this projected matchup would be highly competitive and, likely, extremely entertaining series for fans to enjoy.
Considering the fact that Philadelphia was able to get the best of Miami this past postseason in just five games, the odds would likely be on their side once again in this projected matchup. Dallas, despite all the Luka magic, is struggling with lack of high-end talent outside the rookie star, and have been rumored in a bunch of trades, which could throw them in one direction or another. Should they stay healthy, and Leonard manages to gel with his new coaching staff and teammates, this could be the best Raptors team that fans have seen yet and that's not a good sign for the Detroit Pistons' chances of knocking them off in this projected matchup. With that being the case, a Northwest Division showdown in the postseason between the Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves would be must-see television given the uncertainty of Jimmy Butler's future with the franchise. .
Detroit Pistons - Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics - Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets - Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies - Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks - San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers - Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously replacing JaVale McGee with Cousins is an upgrade. Adjusting the Warriors' odds The Warriors, already less than even-money to three-peat, saw their odds shortened even further Monday night upon the Cousins signing. Before games started on January 1, 2018, 16 teams would have made the postseason no ties. All four teams have dealt with real injuries already, and if anything are likely to get healthier and stronger as the season goes along. Playing at O2 Arena, London. The two teams that climbed up, the Sixers and , were interestingly powered by two extraordinary seasons.
Given the fact that Houston will be taking on the Melo experiment just one year after it failed in Oklahoma City, a matchup between the Rockets and Thunder would provide plenty of story lines. Of those 16, 14 of them would make the actual playoffs in April. The Magic, too, are slowly collapsing after another hot start. If the Timberwolves fail to make a run next summer, he could be tempted to walk. If can put up the type of numbers he did during his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while also receiving some help from the supporting cast, Cleveland still has enough talent to push for a playoff spot.
With a focus on Chicago and Illinois sports, delivers original sports content with a betting spin, fantasy analysis, real-time news, live scores and updates, and free-to-play contests, where you make predictions on your favorite sports for a chance to win fantastic prizes. The lost their starting point guard, , for much of the season. That leaves six teams that I think will battle it out for four spots and as top favorites due to LeBron. This guide aims to help with providing the average total cost to attend any game, advice on getting the most affordable tickets out there, what to expect from the concession stands, and finally the best and worst seats for the money and the atmosphere. Thirty-five games, on the other hand, carry a large amount of weight, first half of the season or no. Westgate SuperBook did take into account LeBron James' looming free agency decision while making these odds. Who do you think would come out on top in these projected matchups? In addition, this would mark the first time that a led team did not qualify for the postseason since the 2004-05 season.
Yet the teams making the playoffs had largely been determined already. Share your opinion with the rest of the world in the comments section below. The West, which has 14 teams trying to make the playoffs, is a bit harder to decipher, but it too is starting to reveal itself. Five and 10 game sample sizes are virtually useless in predictive power, as can be seen every year when certain bad teams start hot and then fall back to earth rapidly. Then, before the deadline, they made a blockbuster trade for , who played well for them, but also dealt with injuries, and had the usual struggle of trying to fit onto a new team. Those 16 teams had played anywhere from 34 to 40 games: not one had even completed half a season.
With and set to return from injury, and the rest of their young stars having another season of experience under their belt, it would be hard to go against Boston in a series against the Washington Wizards despite the recent history the two franchise have with one another. Just click on the country name in the left menu and select your competition league, cup or tournament. Cavaliers odds were always lower because LeBron played for them. The top of the conference — , Nuggets, , and — would appear to be secure. We cut all of those teams' odds down, and we'll raise back up the teams he doesn't sign with. A lot of people thought LeBron was coming back to Cleveland. Of those six, one Washington is already trailing and has significant injuries.
The Rockets and 76ers are tied right behind Golden State while the Cavaliers drop to eighth. The , too, are falling, and two of their veterans got in a fight today after their loss to the Pistons. Given the many questions that are already arising concerning what the future may hold for Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, New Orleans would be best served making sure they get out of the first round of the playoffs and that could prove to be a tall task against Utah's roster. Minnesota and New Orleans have started to drop in the standings, and neither particularly look like they have answers on the way. Every game does matter when win tallies are totaled and playoff teams are determined. Looking at the standings right now can provide some clues as to how the rest of the season might play out.
While the Blazers have a good amount of firepower at their disposal, specifically in the backcourt, it will likely not be enough in a scenario where they meet the champs to start the playoffs. Meanwhile, the two teams that fell out of the playoffs after New Years also had straightforward reasons for their decline. The East has already separated, with five clear playoff teams on top, and a scrum between six more teams for the last spot. Teams have had times to scout each other, figure out rookies, create game plans for breakout players, and so forth. His idea is to model the future of the league after the culture of Silicon Valley of all places. . .
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