What Are The NBA Standings
One of the downsides of the “Superteam Era” is the balance of power across the association is incredibly uneven. For one, most the league’s star power is situated in the Western Conference. This leaves the East with a logjam of mediocre teams. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean the playoff race won’t come down to the wire in either conference.
Keep tabs on the always-shifting standings below. Get a grasp of which teams are desperate for a win to move up the standings, and which can coast. Trust us, in a long 82-game season, this will matter.
NBA Betting Tips
We’ve already spoken volumes about the NBA’s shift toward superteams and three-point shooting, but there’s one more revolution shaping the league today — analytics.
The digital age has created a gorge of data for basketball teams and bettors alike. Just like NBA front offices are relying on advanced metrics to evaluate their rosters, so too should bettors when making everyday wagers.
Here’s the ones to keep top of mind: offensive and defensive ratings. Both measure a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency per 100 possessions, which unsurprisingly correlates to winning. Trust us, it’s a much better gauge than the typical per-game stats which can be skewed by outlier matchups.
Another one is real plus-minus (RPM) and RPM wins. These are player-specific metrics, but still matter dearly considering how player-driven the NBA is. RMP measures an individual player’s on-court impact, taking into account offensive and defensive ratings while he’s on the floor, among other things. RPM wins is one notch above that stat, estimating the number of wins a player has contributed.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Other metrics include “true shooting percentage,” efficiency of different lineups, and the number of possessions a team employs per game. It’s seriously a never-ending buffet of info, and the more you understand it, the better you can leverage it in betting.
Interesting enough, sportsbooks have been data-driven long before this revolution. They use similar stats to create the lines and over/unders you bet on. If you want to compete with them long-term, you’ll have to beat them at their own game and really have a firm grasp of these advanced metrics.
That’s not to say you can’t rely on the “eye test,” though. No amount of data can predict the Golden State Warriors coasting through the regular season, simply because they’re too good and bored. In the same token, data can’t predict the (extra) fiery anger burning inside Russell Westbrook when he squares off with ex-teammate Kevin Durant.
NBA players and coaches will never ever admit it, but some games do matter more than others. It’s an 82-game season after all and you can’t conceivably go 100 percent every night or risk burning yourself out. Identifying those lulls in play can make a huge difference.