The convoluted Western Conference chase sorted itself out and the eight best teams have advanced. Now the fun begins and several current and potential matchups could be a lot to watch.
In looking at the NBA odds just below from 5Dimes, you immediately notice the best team in the NBA is not the favorite in the Houston Rockets. No, the defending champion Golden State Warriors have that honor, based on their three-year history and what they could be if they ever are 100 percent healthy.
Odds to Win the Western Conference
Golden State Warriors -103
Houston Rockets +123
Oklahoma City Thunder +2800
Portland Trailblazers +3250
Utah Jazz +4750
San Antonio Spurs +5500
Minnesota Timberwolves +10000
New Orleans Pelicans +10000
Though we will not have an official tally, one has to think over 90 percent of futures bets placed will be on Golden State or Houston to win the West. If you are thinking about a long shot, there is only one choice for NBA picks and its Portland and here is why. Since 1969, only once has a team not seeded in the Top 3 in either conference has won an NBA championship and that was Houston (1994-95) as a sixth seed.