As the race for the playoffs heats up, the market is still cool on the top team in the NBA. With spring kicking everyone into gear, we break down the runners and riders in the race for the NBA championship
The market doesn’t always solve. Sometimes, the market is a touch too timid. That’s what we’re seeing with NBA betting right now as everyone seems to really want to push the Houston Rockets into the spot as outright leaders but nobody wants to be the one to pull the trigger. There’s a big shadow over them, the Golden State Warriors. Leading betting sites like BettingTop10 are offering lot of options to choose from when betting on Rockets, Warriors or any other basketball team.
That’s why Houston sits at an eye droppingly brilliant price of 7/2 on the market despite showing less mercy than Darkseid or Thanos on a bad day. The Rockets have succeeded in one respect, they’ve forced the market to cool just a little on the Warriors. With Golden State now at 3/4 overall, the run by the league leading Rockets has drawn the defending champions out across the board. Just a month ago you couldn’t get anything approaching decent value on the Dubs, now they are well within range for bettors looking to make a play and they could yet move out and beyond evens into a serious value proposition.
The hulking mass of LeBron James dunking on Jusuf Nurkic will have those looking to back a team from the East, even for arbitrage, smiling. That monster dunk from the King reminded everyone why the casual punter is refusing to step away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs are 9/1 to win it all but it’s the Toronto Raptors you should be looking at for value here. Taking the Raps, at 12/1 on most markets, is just a straight up sensible play. The Cavs will have to get through the Celtics, 16/1 to win it all, just to get to the conference finals and the options outside of LBJ just aren’t enough to trust them to make the finals this year.
As it stands, there’s arbitrage room for even the most conservative bettor. The three top options in the East can be taken as a basket and then you can be smart before cashing out when it comes to their inevitable defeat at the hands of the Rockets or Warriors.