2017-18 NBA Basketball Season Betting Preview, Las Vegas Odds and Liev Jackson Predictions
Thursday, October 05, 2017
by Liev Jackson

NBA Set to Start October 17th after a Historic Off Season

2017-18 NBA Basketball Season Betting Preview, Las Vegas Odds and Liev Jackson Predictions

It’s often said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the NBA with Golden State went 16-1 in the playoffs en route to their second championship in three years. Their roster has Kevin Durant entering his second season with the team and now includes four elite All-Stars in their starting lineup along with incredible depth up and down the bench. Given all that, the rest of the league had a choice to make: either accept the reality and allow the Warriors to rule the league again, or raise their game and the quality of their rosters to give Golden State a run for their money.

Lucky for all of us, several teams chose option B and we were treated to one of the most entertaining off seasons in history. Houston with the addition of Chris Paul, Oklahoma City with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Denver with the addition of Paul Millsap and Minnesota who added Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague will join with San Antonio to provide one of the most compelling seasons of elite and very good teams all in one conference in league history.

This list doesn’t even include a Memphis team that’s been in the playoffs for seven straight seasons and a full season with DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holliday on the same team.

On the other side of the league, all Boston did was overhaul 75% of a roster that made the conference finals, adding Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving third overall pick Jayson Tatum among others to the mix. And Cleveland in what is LeBron James’ last year before he hits free agency again did about as well as they could after the Irving fall out. After it seemed they were taking a step back with months of inaction while most of the other league wide moves were taking place, they now seem to have a more complete team than the one that went to three straight finals, winning one title. They added Isaiah Thomas to fill Irving’s role (although he’s expected to miss 3-4 months), Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose for depth and a key defensive stopper in Jae Crowder.

Will any of it be enough to unseat the Warriors? They are brining back Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to anchor the team. The usual depth players Andre Iguodala, David West and Shaun Livingston are back and now they added Nick Young and Omri Casspi and somehow managed to fit JaVale McGee back onto the roster as well. That’s as complete a team as I can remember and if they stay healthy will be awfully tough to beat. That last point though is significant as it’s a team that’s remained remarkably healthy over the years, but now they have the mileage of three straight Finals appearances to manage as well as some fierce competition that is likely to push them hard all season long.

Time for some predictions:

NBA Championship:
Golden State (-160) is still the pick to make. But if looking for some longer shots, Boston (+800) should be a real threat as I think Irving, Hayward and Tatum have raised the ceiling considerably. Oklahoma at +1200 is a solid pick and Minnesota at +2800 with all the depth they have and with Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns entering their third seasons are my choice as Golden State’s main competition in the West when it’s all said and done.
2018 NBA Championship Odds

Regular Season Wins Odds:
I think Boston Over 55.5 +120 is a 60-win team and Cleveland should be good for close to that as well so -115 for over 53.5 wins seems like a good choice. People are high on Philadelphia as the line is 41.5 for a team that hasn’t won 42 games since 2004-05. Joel Embiid is still not healthy, so I’ll take the under -175 there. Golden State is the best team, but the parity in the regular season has me thinking under 67.5 -105.
Regular Season Wins Odds

Rookie of the Year:
I’ll take the favorite Lonzo Ball (+225) who’s being put in the best position to succeed with the Lakers. But Ben Simmons (+275) got a year of apprenticing in the league and that should help him as well.
Rookie of the Year Odds

MVP:
Last year was all about Westbrook and Harden, but now with more superstar talent around them, they’ll lose some votes. Kawhi Leonard (+350) is a strong favorite and my pick because the Spurs didn’t add much to their roster and at 26 he’s still improving. Both John Wall (+3300) and Kyrie Irving (+1200) are worth strong looks because of their unique situations. 
MVP of the Year Odds

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carmelo anthony - chris paul - dwayne wade - gordon hayward - kevin durant - kyrie irving - lebron james - paul george - steph curry

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