View All Sports Betting Sites
Mon 14/03/2016 - 13:03 EDT

NBA Playoff Predictions 2016

NBA Playoff Predictions 2016
The NBA's playoff picture isn't yet fully ironed out. And that brings us here, with the help of TopBet's championship odds, to help you decide which fringe teams will and won't make the Association's postseason cut.

Who Will Make The NBA Playoffs?

Eastern Conference

East

Washington Wizards (+10,000)

Heed TopBet's championship odds for the Wizards...and don't bet on them. The Wizards have completely fallen apart this season, and while they remain within striking distance of a playoff berth, the play of the teams in front of them throws a wrench in their plans.

Verdict: Wizards miss the playoffs

Chicago Bulls (+8,000)

If we're being honest, TopBet should be giving the Wizards a better shot of winning the championship than the Bulls. Jimmy Butler is still sidelined with a left knee injury, and the Bulls haven't shown that they can win consistently even with him fully healthy.

Verdict: Bulls miss the playoffs 

Detroit Pistons (+15,000)

Another discrepancy. TopBet shouldn't be giving the Wizards better championship odds than the Pistons. At the same time, this is good for long shot bettors. The Pistons, on the back of their terrific starting five, are primed to make the playoffs. So if you're looking to invest small sums of money in unlikely Cinderella stories, the Pistons at least warrant your attention.

Verdict: Pistons make the playoffs

Indiana Pacers (+8,000)

The Pacers' championship odds are irrelevant. Yes, they're going to make the playoffs. And sure, they can match up against any team not named the Cleveland Cavaliers. But they don't have enough firepower outside the starting lineup to make any noise beyond the first round. Feel free to lay down a few shekels if you're a long-shot sage. Just know that your money would be better spent elsewhere.

Verdict: Pacers make the playoffs

Charlotte Hornets (+15,000)

The Hornets are going to make the playoffs. And so long as they avoid the Cavaliers in the first round, as it appears they will do, you shouldn't shy away from placing your dare to be great, even if it's unlikely, wagers on them. With the way they're positioned, they could end up making the Eastern Conference Finals.

Verdict: Hornets make the playoffs 

Atlanta Hawks (+4,000)

The Hawks are not a fringe team, and yet, mathematically, they are. Don't get caught up in thinking they're going to miss the playoffs. They won't. And while TopBet's +4,000 championship odds aren't appealing enough to get you to fork over part of your sportsbook purse, their +2,000 Eastern Conference odds just might be.

Verdict: Hawks make the playoffs

Western Conference

West

Denver Nuggets (+100,000)

The Nuggets are in 10th place in the Western Conference, but they're nowhere near the playoff picture. Five games separate them from the West's eighth and final postseason slot. There is almost no way they can make up that ground at this stage of the season. Avoid their championship odds, seductive though they seem, like the plague.

Verdict: Nuggets miss the playoffs 

Utah Jazz (+50,000)

A couple of months ago, it would have made sense to pounce on the Jazz. Now it doesn't. They are only two games outside the West's postseason bubble, but it's going to take late-season collapses from the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets to get them in.

Verdict: Jazz miss the playoffs

Dallas Mavericks (+25,000)

It's been tough sledding for the Mavericks recently, who, for the first time in a long time, don't have an on-court identity. They have enough raw talent in their starting five to grind out a playoff berth, but they're battling for the rights to play the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the first round, assuring them of a first-round exit. Steer clear of TopBet's +25,000 championship play unless Dallas unexpectedly shoots up the standings.

Verdict: Mavericks make the playoffs

 Houston Rockets (+10,000)

There is still some value in the Rockets as a long shot championship play, and TopBet knows it. Houston isn't guaranteed to make it out of the first round by any stretch, but they're currently positioned to face the Spurs, and while San Antonio is historically good, the Rockets are built to give them some problems. Keep this +10,000 in your back pocket.

Verdict: Rockets make the playoffs

Portland Trail Blazers (+7,500)

Making the playoffs has become a formality for the Blazers. That said, their championship odds are much too low to justify any small-time investments. If TopBet ever brings them past +10,000, that changes things.

Verdict: Blazers make the playoffs

Category : News

More articles...
News - 17/03/20
How You Can Bet Online Amid The Cornovirus Outbreak (Yes, It's Possible) 
How You Can Bet Online Amid The Cornovirus Outbreak (Yes, It's Possible)

NCAA March Madness? Canceled. NBA regular season? Postponed. Soccer games around the globe? Also postponed. Betting online? Still possible. Yes, despite all the sport stoppages due to COVID-19, there are still bettable games/events at your disposal — and you're about to find out which ones! Read this very special Coronavirus-edition betting guide before panicking!

News - 11/03/20
March Madness Contests 
March Madness Contests

Online sportsbooks offer plenty of March Madness contests available to sports bettors during the tournament, and many of which have low-cost entry fees or are free to enter. March Madness bracket contests are by far, the most popular style, where sports bettors have to correctly select the winners of each matchup of the tournament.

News - 11/03/20
How To Bet The 2020 Players Championship 
How To Bet The 2020 Players Championship

One of the last tune-ups before the PGA Grand Slam tourneys roll around is the Players Championship. But with $15 million in prize money — the most of any pro golf event — it's far from a throwaway event. We have a complete betting preview to the 2020 event. Find out who our free betting pick to win is before tee time!

News - 10/03/20
Formula 1 2020 Season Picks 
Formula 1 2020 Season Picks

The latest Formula 1 race season is only days away. All eyes are on Lewis Hamilton as he chases his record-tying seventh F1 Drivers Championship. We have a preview to the 2020 season, along with a free futures pick to make on the champion-to-be. Give this a read before making a bet!