NBA BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS
NBA Tips 2016/17
NBA 2016/17 kicks off on October 26 with one of the most hyped seasons in recent years. Huge transfers, the increase of players wages, and the arrival of players from Europe, make the best basketball league in the world a whole lot better this year, and here at Wincomparator we bring you the best tips for your all your betting needs.
Last season was exceptional for many Western Conference teams who played at an exceptional level but also for many average and poor teams. Golden State Warriors had the best regular season in history with 73 wins and only 9 losses. This performance was in vain with a defeat in Game 7 of the Finals. They will be out for revenge but will fair well with the integration of Kevin Durant and the departure of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut who left big shoes to fill in 2015. The champions San Antonio Spurs are serious contenders again this year, as every year. The squad remains stable overall even with the loss of Tim Duncan to retirement after 40 years, which has changed the face of the team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have to learn to survive without Kevin Durant. However, this could liberate Russell Westbrook who recently extended his contract and can now fully take on the role of leader that he previously had to share with his wingman. The team is extremely athletic and although it is difficult to imagine that they are still outsiders. Los Angeles Clippers have experienced a very quiet offseason without major change. Unlucky last spring with injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at the worst time, it is time for this team to move up a gear or risk seeing the players tired of defeats and jumping ship. After the Big Four, there are the regulars in the playoffs with the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies , the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks. The race for the Top 8 is very open since young teams like Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trailblazers will also have the ambition to see their season extended beyond the 82 regular season games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favourites in the conference because they are defending champions and have brought the city the first major sports title since 1964. The US group remains almost unchanged and there is every chance of finding the Cavaliers in finals in June although the standard in the East appears to be increasing.
They will have to be wary of teams that continue to grow season after season and who dream of upsetting the hierarchy. Toronto Raptors are the perfect example with the duo of All-Stars Lowry DeRozan. Byombo’s loss will be detrimental but they still reatain some strength. The Boston Celtics should also do well with a stable workforce but the reinforcement of Al Horford should allow the most successful team in the conference to go one step further.
Teams like the Indiana Pacers and Paul George’s Atlanta Hawks come out weakened after the loss of two vital players, the Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons also have the means to cause an upset and do well. Finally, New York Knicks could return to the forefront after years of famine. The New York based team had an excellent season in terms of signings with the addition of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee or Brandon Jennings. The fitness of these players is uncertain but with a bit of luck they should be able to help Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Some helpful tips for betting on the NBA
Surprises and upsets in the NBA are common and it is important to assume that anything can happen. Several elements are to be monitored before placing a bet but the most important of them is dynamic team. The results of a team are often cyclical because they depend on marksmanship, the confidence of the group, motivation, communication of the defense and generally the chemistry between the players. This takes a long time to perfect and a long time to implement. Therefore looking at the recent history is essential when placing a bet.
The absence of major players should also monitored. With the pace of the schedule it is not uncommon for some players to rest to prevent injury. Because basketball is a team sport where the contribution of an individual can have a huge impact, it is essential to look at who might miss the next meeting. Some teams are really dependent on their best player and are known to introduce said players in the dying moments of games, even if they are resting. The downside of this fast paced game is of course the accumulation of fatigue. Once or twice in the season teams have to travel across the country in short periods of time for matches. The games played during the away days and miles driven are detrimental on the physical and mental freshness of the players.
Some teams know very quickly that they will fail to qualify for the play-offs. The more bad results a team get, the greater the chance of getting a good choice in the draft next season and pick up a good player. Sometimes some teams, who are currently in a transition phase, won’t hesitate to deliberately lose matches through experimenting with new tactics or giving players playing time. This usually happens after the All-Star Game in February. For example in 2016, Brooklyn ended their season with 10 straight defeats by not playing Brook Lopez even though he was fit.
Finally, an early season trick for bettors is to identify the teams that have changed coaches during the summer. Some franchises, to defend their reputation, will completely transform their squad under the leadership of a new coach who brings with him, a new game philosophy. Also worth noting, if an owner has paid a high price for a vital defensive profile, that is also an indication. Bookmakers tend to rely on statistics from last season to predict the number of points scored per game, but these changes are opportunities to take your betting to a new level.
|1||Golden State Warriors||67||15||0.817||67||15||67||15||9||1|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||61||21||0.744||61||21||61||21||5||5|
|5||Los Angeles Clippers||51||31||0.622||51||31||51||31||8||2|
|10||Oklahoma City Thunder||47||35||0.573||47||35||47||35||6||4|
|15||Portland Trail Blazers||41||41||0.500||41||41||41||41||7||3|
|21||New Orleans Pelicans||34||48||0.415||34||48||34||48||4||6|
|24||New York Knicks||31||51||0.378||31||51||31||51||4||6|
|28||Los Angeles Lakers||26||56||0.317||26||56||26||56||5||5|