We are roughly 1/8th through the season and there is a lot of basketball left to be played. There are a lot of stories yet to play out and it is way too early to predict anything. Well, except maybe the Warriors winning another title. That said, there is a good enough sample size out there now that we think we know a little something about this league and we think there are some great value plays still on the board. Let’s take a look at our favorites for November.
The Jazz were a very interesting team last season. They looked to be out of the playoffs, but then went on a 29-6 run while playing the best defense in the league to get in there. They were the top Defensive Rating team in the league, but that doesn’t even really do them justice. During that 29-6 run they had a Defensive Rating of 98.3, the only team in basketball under 100 and 4.8 points better than the next best team. The promise of this season’s Jazz is that second half finish. They finished 48-34 last season and their win total is set at 48.5.
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.