The Western Conference is the toughest conference in sports and each year it is a bloodbath in the playoffs. Good teams lose in the first round, good teams miss the playoffs. It’s very difficult to break through in this conference which is what makes it so great. This season is no different. We have the Western Conference division odds below courtesy of 5Dimes. You can bet any of these at http://www.5Dimes.com
The Thunder lucked out when LaMarcus Aldridge signed with the San Antonio Spurs as it weakened their biggest Northwest Division rival in the Trailblazers. While the Jazz have made some great leaps over the past year, it’s hard to think of them as quite ready yet. This is the Thunder’s division to lose.
|NBA Northwest Division|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||-2500|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+7500|
The Golden State Warriors are expected to repeat as Pacific Division champions again this year as they have brought just about everyone back from their truly great 2015 team. They are still young and they still have one of the best offenses in the NBA so I expect them to stay in the thick of it all year.
The only team who really poses a threat to them is the Los Angeles Clippers who should truly be locked in this year. They added Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Josh Smith in the offseason to make (what could be) their last run with this group. The Chris Paul/Blake Griffin/DeAndre Jordan Clippers have had some good seasons, but they are yet to make it past the second round in the playoffs and if that happens again this year all bets are off.
The rest of this division is likely to miss the playoffs.
|NBA Pacific Division|
|Golden State Warriors||-210|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+185|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+25000|
This has to be the best division in all of basketball. The Spurs are always a threat, the Rockets could be one of the best teams in the NBA, the Pelicans are a threat and the Grizzlies always play tough. This division could easily see four playoff teams and those teams could make some noise in the playoffs.
The favorite, of course, is the San Antonio Spurs who win 50 games every year no matter what. With the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge they could be really scary and a run to first place is very likely. Really, the only thing that could stop the Spurs from winning this division is their own health. If they decide rest is more important than seeding, they could lose the division.
The next best team and one of the potential top contenders tonight is the Houston Rockets. They made it to the Western Conference Finals last season and have only improved themselves with the addition of Ty Lawson. While he’s had some problems in his personal life, you can’t knock his play on the court. James Harden remains an MVP threat and if their front court can stay healthy they could hit 60 wins again. Plus, you know they have at least one big trade in them this season.
My longshot bet of the Western Conference is the New Orleans Pelicans to win this divison. I’m just expecting a huge MVP season from Anthony Davis and the Pelicans could be dangerous this season. They’ll need some luck and possibly some injuries to win this division though.
|NBA Southwest Division|
|San Antonio Spurs||-150|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+1300|