NBA Mid-Season Betting Predictions

Posted by Aaron . on March 11, 2016 in

Here is an update on some of the most likely outcomes from the 2015-2016 NBA regular season. Obviously, some teams are doing much better than people thought — while others are not doing nearly as well. Let’s take a look at some of the things we expect to happen down the stretch in the NBA betting spread.

NBA Mid-Season Betting Predictions

 

 

Who’s likely to win the title?

If I had to pick four teams that I think are the most likely to come away with the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season, I would pick Golden State and San Antonio from the West and Boston and Toronto from the East. No one has shown that they can slow down the offense of the Warriors for one game, let alone four games out of seven. While the Warriors have handled the Spurs so far, their cagey hybrid of offense and defense makes them a legitimate threat as well. In the East, Boston has a powerful offense on par with the Warriors, and Toronto might have the best defense in the conference.

Who’s going to be carrying the coats of the contenders?

The next tier of contenders includes Cleveland, Atlanta and Miami from the East and Oklahoma City, the L.A. Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers from the West. All of these teams have tremendous upside but also come with a number of flaws. Cleveland’s flaws are primarily mental in nature. They have a highly talented roster, but squabbling led to the ouster of head coach David Blatt and has kept the interim coach, Tyronn Lue, from being able to make his mark on the team. The Clippers need to shore up a more consistent defense — but theirs is further along than the Thunder’s. Atlanta needs to find more consistent scoring out of Paul Millsap, and if Miami can keep getting great numbers from Joe Johnson, they can contend. The Trail Blazers are putting up video-game numbers on offense but need to show that they can do so on a more consistent basis.

Who else will make it into the postseason?

Out of the East, I see the Hornets, the Pacers and the Bulls qualifying for the last three spots, leaving the Pistons on the outside looking in. The Bulls have grown a lot with Jimmy Butler starting to come into his own, but they need his knee to stay healthy to make it down the home stretch. Kemba Walker is working to become a dominant scorer like Damian Lillard, so that the Hornets will have more leeway. Paul George leads the Pacers in rebounds, points and steals, but the Pacers’ defensive problems are causing issues.

In the West, I see Memphis, Houston and Utah making the playoffs, with Dallas on the outside. The Mavericks are in seventh now, but they simply can’t figure out how to play defense, which is causing some major problems. The Rockets seem to be putting things together after knocking off the Raptors in Toronto, and Utah could creep in if they can win six of their next 12 games and then coast the rest of the way. The Grizzlies could become a contender if they can get their starters healthy — but Marc Gasol still does not have a timetable.