The 2019 Houston Rockets are the team that everyone thinks is going to take a step back. This team won 65 games last year, but this year’s win total is set at just 55.5 wins. That’s quite the downgrade for a team that everyone agrees is still a contender in the Western Conference. Last year was a year that everyone really went right for them, but they lost some key pieces and this line feels fair.
The NBA Division Odds are out and we already covered the Eastern Conference division odds, now we’ll tackle the West. Last year we saw the Rockets and Warriors almost laughably win their divisions. The Warriors had a 16-game advantage over the second place team and the Rockets had 17-game advantage over the next best team. Those two divisions don’t look to change much, but the Northwest is a different story. Only two games separated the first and fifth place team in this division last year and that will likely happen again this year. Let’s take a look.