NBA Odds To Win It All -- And More

THE NBA REPORT – CHECKING WITH THE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL THIS YEAR …

MORE COLLEGE B-BALL CONFERENCE TOURNIES PLUS THURSDAY’S MARQUEE MATCHUP FROM THE PAC-12

Give or take, there’s approximately 40 days left in this here-and-now 2016-17 NBA Regular Season and so forgive us all for looking ahead at the playoffs that will indeed be here before you know it:

No secret that “the world” expects a Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Part III for this year’s NBA Finals but in the spirit of showing y’all the Odds To Win it All for a batch of teams, we’ve got the current price tags for the top half-dozen-or-so teams.

Here we go …

NBA ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

GOLDEN STATE (- 285) – Let’s just say the good folks in Las Vegas expect the Warriors to snag their second crown in three years … wow, you’re laying close to 3-to-1 that G-State will be holding the championship trophy this June and you could be a real cynic and say Steve Kerr’s crew could win it all even if any of the mega-stars – that’s now-injured Kevin Durant (out four weeks), Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson – go down for a bunch of post-season games.

CLEVELAND (+ 200) – Wanna hear something funny? There actually could be real “value” in snapping up the defending champion Cavaliers plus a 2-to-1 price when you consider that LeBron James and friends should waltz through the Eastern Conference playoffs … right now we’d predict no more than four post-season losses through three rounds of the East … and so, in essence, you’d be taking Cleveland at + 200 in the NBA Finals itself. Neat!

SAN ANTONIO (+ 650) – It’s been another over-and-beyond regular season for these Spurs but the odds of beating Golden State four times in a single playoff round does seem unbelievably daunting, no? San Antonio has all the pieces of the puzzle to make this a special post-season but wonder aloud as to whether Gregg Popovich’s crew could beat G-State and Cleveland back-to-back in best-of-seven series. Hmmm.

HOUSTON (+ 1700) – Imagine grabbing 17-to-1 odds with a team playing near-.700 ball? Okay, so the James Harden-led Rockets have been something special this year (including a 25-9 record within the rough-and-tumble Western Conference) but Mike D’Antoni’s team probably would have to beat both the Spurs and the Warriors just to get into the NBA Finals … right, not very likely.

BOSTON (+ 1800) – If Coach-of-the-Year frontrunner Brad Stevens can somehow get G Isaiah Thomas (a 30 ppgg scorer) and Company all revved up to get through two playoff rounds before a potential Eastern Conference Finals versus the Cavs, then we might listen at the tallish odds to beat Cleveland – the key would be the Celtics snagging as playoff sweep (or two) along the way to preserve Thomas.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (+ 2500) – Go ahead and tell us when the Clippers will be “whole” and then we’ll let you know their real chance at winning it all. We thought Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and friends were gonna get to the NBA Finals last year but instead they gagged in the playoff series versus Houston.

TORONTO (+ 2600) – Wrist injury to G Kyle Lowry may not keep ‘em out come playoff time but beating Boston, Cleveland and then the Western Conference champs is true “mission impossible”.

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Get in on the fun/profits with all the hardwood action and remember the conference tournaments or so-called mini-tournies heat up this week and next week with lots of day-time action all throughout the month of March and we shall keep you posted. The mini-tournies are swinging into high gear this week/weekend, so don’t miss out on all the fun-n-profits!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL UPDATE

More Conference Tournament action on tap and here’s a couple of mini-tournies to check out this week/weekend …

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE – Thursday-thru-Sunday

Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO

THE FAVORITE: Wichita State

DARK HORSE: Northern Iowa

PLAYER TO WATCH: Illinois State G Paris Lee nailed a team-high 69 triples this year for the MVC co-champion Redbirds and he’s good for 13.0 ppg and 5.1 apg.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – Thursday-thru-Monday

Times Union Center – Albany, NY

THE FAVORITE: Monmouth

DARK HORSE: Siena

PLAYER TO WATCH: Monmouth G Justin Robinson (19.7 ppg) is a 5-foot-8 dynamo who dashes about the court and can drain shots from here to Saratoga. The 26-win Hawks should be NCAA Tournament-bound whether it wins this league tourney or not.

Now, here’s Thursday night’s Marquee Matchup:

CALIFORNIA (19-9, 10-6) at UTAH (18-10, 9-7) – 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Both teams will really have to swoon to not make it into the 68-team NCAA Tournament field so we can’t call this a win-or-else type regular-season affair but it’s still got plenty of importance with the visiting Cal Golden Bears (RPI 51) looking to toppled Utah (RPI 82) for a second time this year. California bagged a wild 77-75 non-cover double-overtime win in Berkeley back on February 2nd against a 4-point underdog Utes team that could not fully take advantage of their 15 offensive rebounds. Cal’s Jabari Bird poured in 26 points in that first go-round with Utah – he also added 7 rebounds – but Utah believes it can corral him here with some gimmicky defense if need be. Should be another tight fit between these growing rivals.

NOTE: Catch more College Basketball News & Notes plus NBA and NFL Draft news all this week right here at Jim Sez.

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