Betting on Who Makes the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team

2016 olympic team candidates

(Originally published on Jan 22, 2016)
This week, the pool of 30 players has been announced, and as only 12 players will be chosen to join the 2016 Olympic Team, betting odds have been released. The Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the U.S. team is need of the best players they can get from the NBA. Take a look at the top candidates, along with their odds, and see if there is any you would put your money on.

Player NBA Team Odds
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz 20/1
Rudy Gay Sacramento Kings 20/1
Kenneth Faried Denver Nuggets 20/1
Harrison Barnes Golden State Warriors 20/1
Paul George Indiana Pacers 16/1
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets 11/1
Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies 9/1
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers 6/1
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors 17/3
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards 17/3
DeAndre Jordan L.A. Clippers 9/2
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors 4/1
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls 7/3
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 2/1
John Wall Washington Wizards 13/7
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 11/9
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 11/9
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 11/10
Blake Griffin L.A. Clippers 1/1
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 10/11
Chris Paul L.A. Clippers 2/3
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks 2/3
LeMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs 7/13
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 3/7
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 3/7
James Harden Houston Rockets 3/7
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 1/4
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 1/6
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 1/6
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 1/9


We can already tell who the favorites are to getting picked. With the most popular basketball players having the best odds of getting on the team, but there are 12 spots open, and they need different positions. If they take LeBron James and Kevin Durant, they may not need any more power forwards. The trick is to see which players are the most capable of filling the open positions, as those will most likely get picked. The coach may decide to take two or three players of each position, just as back-up. Betting on which player will get to play on the U.S. Olympic team may be tougher than expected.

NBA Betting Trend Producing High Wins

Clippers doing well against the spread

With just over two months into the season, most of the time there hasn’t been much fluctuation in betting, making for positive trends. For instance, the Warriors and Spurs were expected to be the top teams, and they are, with the best teams from the East being Cleveland, which it was also expected. There are no big surprises happening currently, making for a solid trend that has been giving fans a high win percent.

L.A. Clippers On The Spread

The Clippers have not performed very well during these past two months, and during their Christmas game against the Lakers, Blake Griffin tore his left quadriceps tendon. At this time, they were 17-13 SU and 10-16-4 ATS, of which they failed to cover the spread by an average of 2.6 PPG. However, without Griffin, they have gone 5-0 SU and ATS, covering the spread by an average of 9.9 PPG.

This doesn’t mean the Clippers are once again a powerhouse, but seeing as how they will still have a relaxed schedule against losing record teams, they may have good chances of continuing this trend ATS.

Cleveland Cavaliers Under Total

With the return of Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have gone Under the total in seven consecutive games. It isn’t because they are not scoring, but because their defense has held their opponents to 89.57 PPG, while they were only holding them to 96.0 PPG before Irving returned. As they have one home game, and then go on the Road for another three, they have good odds of going Under the total for these as well.

Stephen Curry Injury Watch

Curry has missed two full games and part of a third as he deals with a bruised lower leg. His status is day-to-day, so it is still unclear if he will be play against Charlotte or the Lakers at the start of the week. If Curry is benched, it may be a good time to bet against the Warriors.

Three Game Betting Picks, Warriors Big Favorite

Basketball game favorites

This week there have been some really intense basketball being played, and as some teams move to keep their winning streaks going, there could be opponents poised to stop that momentum. With all of the eyes on the championship winners from last season, the Golden State Warriors are definite favorites to beat the Denver Nuggets in Fridays match. There are a few others that are also in the running including the Indiana Pacers and their two-consecutive wins going up against the Miami Heat, and with the declining Lakers franchise going up against the poorly ranked Nets.


The Warriors have been the ultimate favorite for any sports fan, as they have been doing amazingly so far this season. So far they are going on a five-game winning streak, with three at home and two away. However, the Nuggets have done better on the road than at home, but they won’t win just because of this.

Spread Over/Under
Warriors (-17.5) Over (211)

They are averaging a spread of 20.8 points per game, but the scores that stand out are when they play horrible teams; beating the Grizzlies by 50 points and the Rockets by 20 points. The Nuggets could keep the score close during the first half, but with Stephen Curry at point they don’t stand a chance.


This game will be a pretty even matchup, as both teams have been struggling to get their performance up. In the end, the two-game streak that the Pacers are coming off, in combination with a back-to-back game for the Heat, it is slightly in favor of the Pacers winning.

Spread Over/Under
Pacers (+1) Under (205)

With the home court advantage, it is possible for the Pacers to not only cover the spread, but indeed outright win the game.


It is not surprising that most sportsbooks are making the Lakers the underdogs for this game, seeing as how poorly they have been playing; going on a 4-game losing streak. However, the Nets are not better off, with 5 consecutive losses so far this season, they would be a prime target to give the Lakers their first win.

Spread Over/Under
Lakers (+3.5) Under (207)

When betting on this game, just remember, it is a battle to see which one of the worst teams in the NBA is not as bad as the other. In this case, we would go with the Lakers to be not as bad. These basketball games give you a favorite and two underdogs to watch closely, as they could surprise you.

Betting On Votes For Best NBA Franchises

Basketball fan votes

With the NBA preseason still underway, and the basketball regular season quickly closing in, asked fans to vote for their favorite franchise. However, not only did they vote for NBA teams, but also for NFL, NHL, and MLB franchises. They used this information to determine just how good a team or franchise is viewed by the fans, not only based on current standings and performance. They take into account different aspects like coaches, previous wins, and even the most affordable team.

Rank Franchise Overall Position (out of 122)
1 San Antonio Spurs 1
2 Memphis Grizzlies 2
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 7
4 Indiana Pacers 13
5 Golden State Warriors 16
6 Miami Heat 21
7 Dallas Mavericks 22
8 Atlanta Hawks 29
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 34
10 Houston Rockets 35
11 New Orleans Pelicans 36
12 Utah Jazz 40
13 Los Angeles Clippers 42
14 Boston Celtics 57
15 Washington Wizards 63
16 Milwaukee Bucks 65
17 Chicago Bulls 66
18 Orlando Magic 70
19 Portland Trail Blazers 71
20 Charlotte Hornets 83
21 Detroit Pistons 84
22 Toronto Raptors 94
23 Sacramento Kings 96
24 Minnesota Timberwolves 97
25 Philadelphia 76ers 98
26 Los Angeles Lakers 101
27 Phoenix Suns 107
28 Brooklyn Nets 111
29 Denver Nuggets 119
30 New York Knicks 121

Every basketball fan loves to hate on the New York Knicks, which is probably why they are not only placed last among other NBA teams, but also second-to-last against all sports franchises in the United States. If they want to put a positive spin on this, they can always say that any news is good news!

We have the San Antonio Spurs coming in first spot, after being there in 2013 and 2015, along with the Memphis Grizzlies coming in second, but were first in 2014. These two teams continue to rank extremely high not only due to their endless talent they have on their teams, but because they are good at winning games. They also have a great coach and coaching staff, and even the owner played a part in them coming in first place again this year. Let’s see what this next basketball season has in store for these teams, and hopefully they will keep impressing all sports fans.

Top NBA Fantasy Betting Picks

Basketball fantasy picks

With the start of October comes the start of the basketball season, and as the NBA players start to warm up for the regular season, the fans are starting to warm up their fantasy teams and leagues. Based off of the performances so far during the preseason, and how well they performed last season, there are certain players that will always rank high when trying to pick them for your fantasy team. Here are the top 5 players for each position:

Rank Player

Point Guard

1 Stephen Curry
2 Russell Westbrook
3 Chris Paul
4 Damian Lillard
5 John Wall

Shooting Guard

1 Stephen Curry
2 James Harden
3 Klay Thompson
4 Paul George
5 Jimmy Butler

Small Forward

1 LeBron James
2 Kevin Durant
3 Klay Thompson
4 Paul George
5 Kawhi Leonard

Power Forward

1 Anthony Davis
2 LeBron James
3 Kevin Durant
4 DeMarcus Cousings
5 Blake Griffin


1 Anthony Davis
2 DeMarcus Cousins
3 Chris Bosh
4 Serge Ibaka
5 Marc Gasol

These are some of the best players you will find in the NBA, so don’t be surprised if they are already gone by the time it is your turn to draft players. However, the good thing is that you can check out the top 20 picks for each position here, so you can always have a few backups just in case. There will always be players that have an amazing season, but were relatively unknown before. Here are four players that are the breakout candidates:

  • Isaiah Thomas, PG, Boston Celtics
  • Victor Oladipo, SG, Orlando Magic
  • Andrew Wiggins, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Harrison Barnes, SF, Golden State Warriors

Be sure to have your selections ready, seeing as how games are already being played, and the regular season will be here before you know it. It is always a good time to start making the best fantasy basketball team you can.

NBA Basketball Power Rankings: Training Camp

2015-16 NBA Basketball Power Rankings

With the 2015-16 NBA season about to start up again, basketball teams start to get ready to play in serious games since the Finals took place 101 days ago. Starting out with preseason games, and working its way to the regular season which officially starts on October 27. Each team hopes to that their players are up to getting their team into winning records, and hopefully get them to the playoffs this year. As such, fans should know where their team stands before they start winning or losing this season with the latest Power Rankings.

1 Golden State Warriors 67-15
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 53-29
3 San Antonio Spurs 55-27
4 Los Angeles Clippers 55-26
5 Oklahoma City Thunder 45-37
6 Houston Rockets 56-26
7 Memphis Grizzlies 55-27
8 New Orleans Pelicans 45-37
9 Atlanta Hawks 60-22
10 Miami Heat 37-45
11 Chicago Bulls 50-32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 41-41
13 Toronto Raptors 49-33
14 Boston Celtics 40-42
15 Washington Wizards 46-36
16 Utah Jazz 38-44
17 Detroit Pistons 32-50
18 Dallas Mavericks 50-32
19 Indiana Pacers 38-44
20 Charlotte Hornets 33-49
21 Sacramento Kings 29-53
22 Phoenix Suns 39-43
23 Orlando Magic 25-57
24 Minnesota Timberwolves 16-66
25 New York Knicks 17-65
26 Brooklyn Nets 38-44
27 Denver Nuggets 30-52
28 Los Angeles Lakers 21-61
29 Portland Blazers 51-31
30 Philadelphia 76ers 18-64

It is surprising that some top teams in previous seasons are so low on the rankings this year, with the L.A. Lakers may be saying goodbye to their star player Kobe Bryant, and their 2016 first-round pick may be headed for Philly if it falls outside the top three. We may see an improved New Orleans Pelicans, with the help of their new coach Alvin Gentry to stay in the top 10 spots throughout the season.

A lot of fans are still looking at the Cleveland Cavaliers to be in the finals, even if it is another 250 days away. Thanks to LeBron James, as well as other players like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao; on top of the fact there is no clear number 2 in the East to give them a challenge. This season will certainly have some great basketball games, as past top ranked teams fall and newer and fresher teams take the lead.

Real Madrid Basketball Franchise Could Join NBA

Real Madrid Basketball team

The United States may not be the only country involved in the NBA basketball tournament in the near future, as the sport has gotten extremely popular in Spain. It has gotten so popular, in fact, that one Spanish club has made it its goal to join as another franchise in the NBA. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has stated that there are very good chances they could join the world renown league in the world.

As such, Real Madrid is scheduled to play against the Boston Celtics in October, where Perez is rumored to pitch his proposal to Commissioner Adam Silver. Perez is known as a ruthless businessman in the football world in Europe, so he may have a strategy when delivering his proposal, so that Silver will have no choice but to accept.

This would certainly open the doors towards getting more international teams involved in the NBA, who prides itself in claiming that they have the best teams in the world. The Association has always wanted to expand into international waters, ever since David Stern was commissioner. Some of the main reasons that the sport is getting so much attention overseas:

  • More international players being signed to big NBA teams.
  • Olympic basketball becoming much more widespread and competitive, promoting the sport in other countries.

One of the proponents that make people want to merge Spain and U.S. markets would have to be Spanish player Pau Gasol. Gasol recently showed his true talent and skill when the Spanish national team beat France 80-75 in the final of EuroBasket 2015, and will then proceed to go to the 2016 Olympic Games. He is one of the reasons that many young people are getting more and more involved in basketball, as they look up to him; just like many look up to the many great football players.

It would be great to actually see the NBA become a truly international sport with franchises from all over the world.

Looking At 5 Basketball Team Rosters

Basketball team rosters

As the 2015 NBA season is going on, we will take a look at the basketball players on five of the teams, the ones that are gone or the new players that have just arrived. This will give you a good way to gauge whether either of these teams has good chances of making it far, to the playoffs, or even to the final, hoping to get the next championship victory.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Players that are gone: No significant departures.
New Players: Karl-Anthony Towns, Tayshaun Prince, Tyus Jones, and Andre Miller.

Looking at the Timberwolves history we can see that they have had bad luck for at least 20 years, whether it was with poor management or bad luck in the Draft. However, this year things may be looking up as they got a few players that could truly turn the team around.

New York Knicks

Players that are gone: Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich, Andrea Bargnani, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, and Alexey Shved.
New Players: Arron Afflalo, Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Seraphin, Sasha Vujacic, and Derrick Williams.

Even with the hiring of Phil Jackson, things do not look too good for the Knicks. With their only star on the team, Carmelo Anthony has just gotten through a surgery and is well into his 30’s, and may not be in his prime for much longer. Without another star player to compliment him, and then possibly take over, the Knicks may be going for a losing season.

L.A. Lakers

Players that are gone: Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, and Jeremy Lin.
New Players: D’Angelo Russell, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Louis Williams, and Larry Nance Jr.

With Kobe Bryant nearing retirement age, the Lakers will not have him for very much longer; some speculate he is likely to leave after the 2015-16 season. Despite the fact that Kobe is still an amazing player, does nothing for the team actually winning the championship. The players that were traded and moves made by the team will have little impact this year, and will most likely start to show improvements in at least three years down the road.

Orlando Magic

Players that are gone: Ben Gordon, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, and Luke Ridnour.
New Players: Coach Scott Skiles, Mario Hezonja, Shabazz Napier, and CJ Watson.

Their biggest weapon this season would be the hiring of Scott Skiles as their coach. He has a lot of experience in the NBA, which is an advantage considering he is replacing Jacque Vaughn, who let his inexperience hurt the team. The main focus this season will be on developing the younger players, as well as fixing the big gap in defense; they were ranked 25th out of 30 teams last season.

Denver Nuggets

Players that are gone: Ty Lawson.
New Players: Emmanuel Mudiay, Coach Michael Malone, and ostas Panpanikolaou.

The Nuggets had a rough time last season, after they lost their star player, Ty Lawson, and didn’t really get anything in return. Bringing in Coach Michael Malone should bring in something positive, as his strategy is to have a cohesive team, with good relationships between players and coach. Rather than focusing entirely on getting people from the outside to help get the franchise back up and running, they invested heavily on the talent they already have; hopefully it will pay off for them in the long run.

No matter what, these five teams will have problems that they need to overcome if they want to have good chances of making it to the playoffs, so let’s hope their basketball is much better this season.

Predicting The NBA Basketball Eastern Conference Champion

2015-16 Basketball Eastern Conference champion predictions

Fans, as well as sportsbooks, are already getting ready for the upcoming basketball championships; more specifically, the Eastern Conference championship. ESPN is currently asking fans for their opinion on which teams have the best odds of winning the Eastern Conference for the 2015-16 season. Many believe that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will take that spot again, but what other NBA teams have good odds of taking their spot.

The fan predictions so far are:

Spot Team Projected Record Points
#4 Washington Wizards 46-36 15
#5 Atlanta Hawks 50-32 14
#6 (tied) Indiana Pacers 39-43 3
#6 (tied) Toronto Raptors 44-38 3
#6 (tied) Boston Celtics 40-42 3

It seems like fans are favoring some teams over others, and they certainly are right to do so. If the last season, as well as current performances, is any indication on future performance, this would be good guesses. Let’s compare these fan predictions against the NBA futures made by a professional sportsbook like Bovada:

Spot Team Odds
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers -300
#2 Chicago Bulls +800
#3 Miami Heat +900
#4 Atlanta Hawks +1800
#5 Indiana Pacers +2500
#6 Milwaukee Bucks +2500
#7 Toronto Raptors +2500
#8 Washington Wizards +2500
#9 Boston Celtics +4000
#10 Brooklyn Nets +7500

It looks like there are some big differences with how fans and sportsbooks calculate which teams have the best chances of winning the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are in spot #8 compared to the fan pick of #4, although the Hawks seem to have pretty good odds, as they were predicted very close to accurate. Overall, the fan predictions were pretty good, but all were missing now are spots #1, #2, and #3. We may still see that the Cavaliers take the #1 spot, as their basketball performance so far has been outstanding.

Top 100 Basketball Dunks Of 2014-15 Season

Basketball Dunks 2015

The NBA is finally doing something that all basketball fans want, a video showing the top dunks of the 2014-15 season. Seeing as how it is getting extremely popular and being viewed by thousands, I am sure this will repeat itself each year. We get the Top 10 dunks regularly on ESPN or SportsCenter, but this way we can see the Top 100.

Take a seat and watch this 19-minute video of all of the best slam dunks of the 2014-15 season.

There are always fan made videos of the best dunks, plays, fouls, and even fights, so getting one straight from the NBA should be high quality. Check out each of the basketball players that have talent and are able to get a dunk despite the opposing team’s defense.