NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 24

By: Al McMordie / Apr 6, 2018

The NBA's season has just six days left, and most of the Playoff seeds are unknown at this juncture.  In the Eastern conference, Cleveland and Philly are tussling over the #3 seed, while Miami, Washington and Milwaukee all hope to avoid the #8 slot.  Out West, it's even more congested, with the Jazz, Spurs, Thunder, Pelicans, Timberwolves and Nuggets separated by a mere two games in the standings.  Let's take a look at the season's final week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 23

By: Al McMordie / Mar 27, 2018

The NBA season took an interesting turn last week when Golden State's Steph Curry sustained an injury which may keep him out of the Playoffs' 1st round.  Most seasons, it would not matter, as the Warriors could defeat a lower-seeded team without being at full strength.  However, this season, there's a heckuva chance the Warriors will Utah to start the Playoffs.  The Jazz are 23-4 in their last 27 games, and are the proverbial "team that no one wants to play."  Let's take a look around the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 21

By: Al McMordie / Mar 11, 2018

The Toronto Raptors served notice to the rest of the NBA when they defeated Houston on Friday to snap the Rockets' 17-game win streak.  Toronto has won its last eight games, and owns the 3rd best record in the NBA, at 49-17.  With just a month left in the season, there are several open questions, such as which team will own the best record, and which Western Conference teams will be left out of the Playoffs.  Let's take a look at the NBA's upcoming week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 20

By: Al McMordie / Mar 2, 2018

The Playoff races in the Eastern and Western Conferences this season are more competitive than in any recent season in memory.  In the West, there are seven teams separated by just two games in the loss column.  And in the East, five teams are separated by just three games in the loss column.  With less than six weeks left in the season, it appears NBA fans will be treated to a furious race to the finish.  Let's take a look at the goings-on around the league.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 18

By: Al McMordie / Feb 13, 2018

The All-Star Break is upon us, and the trade deadline last week certainly injected some drama into this season.  The Cavaliers were the main culprit, as GM Koby Altman completely re-made the Cavs' roster.  In the short term, at least, the moves have paid dividends.  And Cleveland served notice, with its 121-99 blowout of Boston, that reports of its demise were premature.  Let's take a look at this upcoming, abbreviated week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 17

By: Al McMordie / Feb 5, 2018

The Boston Celtics made a big move last week when they signed Greg Monroe, after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns.  And the East's #1-seeded team might have more players in its sight, as GM Danny Ainge is refusing to stand pat with his roster.  The trade deadline is Thursday, so the next four days will be significant for the Playoff contenders.  Let's take a look around the Association.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 15

By: Al McMordie / Jan 24, 2018

The NBA All-Stars were announced on Tuesday and, per usual, there were several snubs.  For my money, the biggest of all the snubs was Detroit's Andre Drummond, who is averaging 14.3 points, 15 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game!  But, given the way the league's current players treat the All-Star game (run-and-gun with zero defense), Drummond's strengths wouldn't even be brought to bear in the game, so it's not worth shedding a tear.  Let's take a look around the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 13

By: Al McMordie / Jan 13, 2018

The NBA Trade Deadline is less than four weeks away, so the rumors have started to swirl.  In the middle of such rumors is LeBron James' Cavaliers, who have lost 7 of their last 9 games, and now sit in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, behind Boston and Toronto.  Certainly, there is pressure on Cleveland's management to upgrade its roster, but they may not have (or be willing to part with) the requisite assets to make any meaningful deals.  Let's take a look at this week's upcoming action.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 12

By: Al McMordie / Jan 5, 2018

The Warriors have ascended to the top spot in the NBA on the heels of a 16-2 mark since November 29.  And their success came while Steph Curry missed 11 games.  For the season, the Warriors rank #2 in adjusted offensive efficiency, #6 in adjusted defensive efficiency, and #1 in net rating. The only other teams to rank in the Top 10 in each category are Toronto and OKC (which bodes well for the Playoff success of those teams, going forward).  Let's take a look at the upcoming week in the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 11

By: Al McMordie / Dec 25, 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Last year, at Christmas, there were five NBA teams with a win percentage better than .700:  Golden State, San Antonio Cleveland, Toronto and Houston.  This season, the top six teams include those five, along with up-and-comer Boston.  The Christmas Day games have always marked the "unofficial start" to the NBA season, so let's look at the Holiday week ahead.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 10

By: Al McMordie / Dec 18, 2017

The NBA is through its first trimester, and it's clear who the two best teams are.  The Rockets and Warriors are heads, shoulders and torsos above everyone else.  Both are winning by an average of about 11 points per game.  And they also own the two top offenses in the league, with efficiency ratings north of 115.  Both teams will be in action on Christmas Day (though not against each other), so NBA fans have a lot to look forward to.  Let's see what the upcoming week has to offer.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 8

By: Al McMordie / Dec 6, 2017

There's been a lot of belly-aching about the NBA's non-competitiveness, with the Warriors being by far the best team.  But that seemingly hasn't put a lid on fan interest.  National TV games are up 32%, and viewership is the highest level since LeBron James' 1st season in Miami.  Of course, it's also possible that the numbers would be even higher if there were teams that could threaten the Warriors' supremacy.  The NBA, though, never seems to lack storylines, so let's check out what's happening.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 7

By: Al McMordie / Nov 28, 2017

We're about a quarter of the way through the NBA season, which is an important barometer for predicting Playoff teams.  Last year, for example, 14 of the 16 teams that eventually made the Playoffs in April were in the Top eight of their respective conferences at the quarter pole.  So, that bodes well for teams playing unexpectedly well like the Pacers and Pelicans. But not so much for clubs like the Thunder and Bucks, who have been playing below expectations.  Let's take a look around the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 6

By: Al McMordie / Nov 21, 2017

Last week was a crazy one in the NBA, as there were several huge comebacks by teams down by more than 20 points earlier in their game.  On Monday, LeBron James' Cavaliers roared back from 23 down to upend the Knicks.  Then, on Friday, the Spurs upset the Thunder after trailing by 23, while the Pacers stunned the Pistons after falling behind by 22. Finally, on Saturday, the Warriors spotted the 76ers a 24-point lead before storming back for the win.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 5

By: Al McMordie / Nov 15, 2017

We're a month into the NBA season, and there have been several surprises in the early-going.  In the Eastern Conference, not many would have expected Stan Van Gundy's Pistons to sit in 2nd place, or Tyronn Lue's Cavaliers to be outside the Playoff picture, in 9th.  And out West, the New Orleans Pelicans are currently tied for 5th place, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are (like the Cavs) in 9th place.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week in the Association.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 4

By: Al McMordie / Nov 7, 2017

Through the NBA season's first three weeks, there are several surprises.  Out East, Stan Van Gundy's Detroit Pistons and Frank Vogel's Orlando Magic are in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, while Cleveland is 4-6, and tied for 11th place with the Nets and Heat.  In the Western Conference, the big surprise is the Memphis Grizzlies sitting in a tie for 4th place, with a 6-4 record.  Let's take a look at the week ahead in the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 3

By: Al McMordie / Oct 30, 2017

Unlike past seasons, where the NBA's best teams have burst out of the gate like supernovas, the league's top squads have been stumbling this year. The Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder and Cavaliers are widely considered to be the most talented teams.  Yet, in the aggregate, they are 19-14 straight-up, and 11-22 against the spread this season.  And none of them is above .500 ATS!  Will this be the week that our top-level teams finally get on track?  Let's take a look around the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 2

By: Al McMordie / Oct 22, 2017

We are back with our NBA Betting Roadmap Series.  A year ago, in our first issue, I predicted the Warriors would not only win the NBA Championship (at -130 odds), but also go 16-0 in the Playoffs.  Unfortunately (for me), the Warriors won their first 15 Playoff games, but couldn't win #16 (which cost me a small fortune, as my 16-0 Bet would have had a 179-1 payoff). This year, I'm coming right back with the Warriors at -195 odds to win the title.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week's action.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 25

By: Al McMordie / Apr 10, 2017

The Golden State Warriors have won 14 games in a row, and are the clear favorite to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy this season.  What isn't clear is what teams the Warriors will vanquish on their way to the Title.  Will we finally get a Warriors/Spurs match-up in the Conference Finals?  And will LeBron James earn his 7th straight trip to the Finals?  We're less than a week away from the Playoffs, so let's take a look around the league.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 24

By: Al McMordie / Apr 4, 2017

With just nine days left in the NBA's regular season, there are several story lines that still need an ending written.  The biggest one is whether Boston can supplant Cleveland as the Eastern Conference's #1 seed for this year's Playoffs.  But all eight of the Eastern Conference's seeds, and five of the Western Conference's seeds remain unsettled, at this point.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 23

By: Al McMordie / Mar 27, 2017

With just 17 days left in the NBA's regular season, there's still great drama atop the conferences.  The Spurs are just two games back in the loss column behind Golden State, while Boston's defeats exceed Cleveland's by just one.  Two of the three biggest remaining games on the schedule will be played in San Antonio this week, as the Spurs will welcome both the Cavs and Warriors.  And those results will go a long way toward determining the #1 seeds.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 22

By: Al McMordie / Mar 20, 2017

The NBA was probably happy that basketball fans turned their attention this weekend to the College sport, as controversy surrounded the league for the 2nd straight weekend when its nationally televised game lost its luster due to the resting of star players.  Of course, with the Playoffs on the horizon, this issue will be soon forgotten.  Let's take a look at what's ahead this week in the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 21

By: Al McMordie / Mar 13, 2017

There's now a virtual tie atop the NBA standings, as the Golden State Warriors (52-14) punted their game last week at San Antonio (51-14).  That race will likely go down to the season's last week, as will the battles in each conference for the final playoff seeds.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week in the NBA.

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 20

By: Al McMordie / Mar 7, 2017

The NBA's two conference-leading teams suffered injuries over the past week.  Of course, one injury (Kevin Durant) is much more significant than the other (Andrew Bogut).  And while the severity of Durant's injury is not yet known (he'll be re-evaluated at the end of March), the door is certainly ajar for teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets to possibly get through a loaded Western Conference.  Let's take a look around the league.     

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NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 19

By: Al McMordie / Feb 27, 2017

The NBA's trade deadline is in the rear view mirror, and the only blockbuster trade was an unexpected one.  New Orleans acquired DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings for a mix of uninspiring players and draft picks.  Meanwhile, the team many expected to make a move - the Boston Celtics - stood pat.  The next three days will see some additional player movement, as those who are bought out will be free to sign with another team, and be eligible for the Playoffs.  Let's take a look at the upcoming week.

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