How To Bet On NBA Western Conference

Now is the perfect time to get in on NBA Western Conference betting. There is an established pecking order, which simplifies the process of placing wagers. The West is top-heavy, with a few really good teams, such as the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, that are immensely better than the field. Neither the West’s basement nor its middle-rung teams stand consistent chances against the conference’s alphas, and with a little research, you should be able to forge some highly productive betting patterns. [+]

It’s never a bad idea to peruse the futures section of the West. There are always at least four teams guaranteed to be really good. As always, remain skeptical of championship odds. Those are more enticing plays during the middle of the season. They usually improve at some point, even for really good teams, so you could be selling your wallet short by investing in contenders, even formalities like the Spurs and Warriors, too early.

Predicting the over and under on win totals is the route to traverse. You can usually have a pretty good idea of which teams will have the most and least amount victories after free agency. Try to jump on these odds before the regular season tips off, as they will be more tailored to game outcomes, typically meaning you’re less likely to find a standout bet.

What Are The NBA Western Conference standings

The below NBA Western Conference standings are your friend. At this point in time, the West’s records are great indicators of which teams are succeeding and which squads you should avoid altogether. [+]

The dearth of conference rivalries also allows you to place more stock in these win-loss standings, which in turn makes for a much more rewarding betting experience.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 56 40 16 6254 5794 0.714
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 58 40 18 5966 5749 0.690
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 54 29 25 5808 5701 0.537
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 58 23 35 6003 6142 0.397
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 58 19 39 6114 6360 0.328
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 56 34 22 6170 6159 0.607
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 56 32 24 5839 5830 0.571
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 57 32 25 6085 6014 0.561
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 56 27 29 5789 5801 0.482
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 56 20 36 5792 6104 0.357
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 56 32 24 6005 5902 0.571
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 57 30 27 5728 5778 0.526
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 56 23 33 5939 5976 0.411
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 56 18 38 5914 6152 0.321
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 58 18 40 6018 6256 0.310
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 60 35 25 6575 6404 0.583
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 58 32 26 6168 5974 0.552
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 57 31 26 6122 6073 0.544
4 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 57 31 26 5967 5912 0.544
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 57 29 28 5895 5800 0.509
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 57 44 13 6602 6126 0.772
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 55 29 26 5917 5876 0.527
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 55 23 32 5886 6024 0.418
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 56 18 38 5535 5984 0.321
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 58 18 40 6032 6550 0.310
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 56 43 13 6404 5916 0.768
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 59 35 24 5993 5811 0.593
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 56 30 26 6206 6219 0.536
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 55 18 37 5440 5641 0.327
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 58 18 40 5920 6058 0.310

Pay attention to potneital dynasties out west. The conference’s best teams are, for the most part, head and shoulders above everyone else, be they bottoming-out organizations, mediorcre factions or even fringe contenders. Don’t bank on other teams beating those teams, outperforming them in the win column or, most importantly, advancing past them in the NBA playoffs.

Yes, it can be useful to take chances when looking at the futures section. Long-shot odds are, at times, a bettor’s best friend. But long-term success stories, such as those in Golden State, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, will shape the West’s betting outlook for years to come. Plan your big-picture dice rolls around their reigns.

In all honesty, when it comes to the West, it’s probably best to, right now, stick with daily game and prop bets. There is more flexibility on those fronts, because the “Any Given Sunday” rule applies.

As for overall conference and championship odds, direct all your large-sum investments in the direction of the best of the best, be it the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder or even Los Angeles Clippers, and no one else—at least not right now.