Rockets won't be competition for Warriors this time
October 17, 2018 3:00 AM
by Jim Feist
The NBA season has tipped off, and that means daily betting opportunities again.
The NBA did change a rule this year and that is in respect to an offensive rebound. Now, when a team grabs an offensive rebound, the shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds from the previous 24 seconds. Why did they do this? The NBA believes this will increase shot attempts. We’ll see.
Boston Celtics (57.5): The Celtics had a great season last year, despite numerous injuries. The Club finished second in the Eastern Conference and had to play without their top two players for quite a bit of that season. Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are back, plus they have some key young players in supporting role. I look for the Celtics to be possibly the beast of the East this year. OVER
Cleveland Cavaliers (30.5): Let’s face it, how can you not go down after losing LeBron James? They did get Collin Sexton from Alabama, who looks to be a excellent point guard. However, this team lost its soul when James departed. They will not be as bad though as experts are predicting. OVER
Denver Nuggets (47.5): Some say the Nuggets got a steal in the draft in the person of Michael Porter. They also added Isaiah Thomas and re-signed their star young center, Nikola Jokic. Jokic is one of the NBA’s top young players. Now the Nuggets are adding some supporting cast around him. OVER
Houston Rockets (54.5): Houston is returning mostly the same cast from that outstanding 2017-18 club. The only difference is that the West has improved with LeBron coming over and a few other teams improving. That will mean more competition for the Rockets. Houston will still contend for the top spot in the West, but don’t look for quite as good a season as last year. UNDER
Los Angeles Clippers (35.5): The Clippers were once an elite team in the Western Conference. Those days are gone with so many of their star players have departed. The Clippers are obviously in a rebuilding mode and while they have some young talent, I don’t see this team doing much this season. UNDER
Los Angeles Lakers (48.5): The biggest news in LA is the arrival of LeBron James. The Lakers have been down for several years now and this will infuse them along with Rajon Rondo coming over from New Orleans. This is still overall a young team, but the addition of Rondo and James, both of whom have a lot of playoff experience, will only help this team grow. The oddsmakers always overvalue the Lakers. UNDER
Milwaukee Bucks (46.5): His name may be hard to say or spell, but Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka the “Greek Freak,” is the heart and soul of this team. This team will be a contender if this guy is in the house. OVER
San Antonio Spurs (43.5): When you think of the NBA West, you must think of San Antonio. They have been a staple for so long, it’s hard to fathom the club on a downward trend. They have a great coach who will get the most out of this club, but the loss of Kawhi Leonard will hurt them. I look for this club to be down this year. UNDER
Toronto Raptors (54.5): Toronto had a great season last year; too bad they didn’t do all that well in the playoffs. Leonard was defensive player of the Year in 2017-18 and while his stay in Toronto may only be one year, I expect the Raptors to be in the top 5 of the East. OVER