The 2015-16 NBA season gets underway on 27 October and they’ll be plenty of thrills, spills and points scored before the finals start in June 2016. Whilst those finals might be a long way off we’ve already been assessing the chances of all the teams as we dish up our NBA outright betting tips, as well as providing you with the best odds comparison.
The season starts when the Chicago Bulls welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to the United Center and we feel that the fate of the NBA Championship could be revealed in that very first game. That might sound crazy, but whilst the Cavaliers are the current favourites in the betting, priced at odds of 11/4 with Bet365, our main betting tip in the NBA outright winner market is the Chicago Bulls, at very healthy odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.
We may well learn a lot from that opening day clash but we think there is real value to be had with the Bulls, looking for a first NBA Championship since 1998. The 1990s were undoubtedly their glory years, with the incomparable Michael Jordan helping them win six Championships in that decade. They have been through some lean times since then but after a few years where injuries have really held them back we feel they can upset the odds by going all the way this season.
The Bulls met the Cavs in the second round of the playoffs last season and were let down by some inconsistent performances, losing 4-2, but the signs were there that they are ready to challenge their great rivals. Fred Hoiberg has been brought in as head coach and his impressive demeanour and fine record with Iowa State suggest he could be the man to put the Chicago side back where they belong.
Of course, at odds of 14/1 they remain outsiders but we think they represent real value in the outright betting, although, as said, it is the Cavaliers who are currently favourites. Cleveland have never won the NBA Championship but many pundits, fans and bookies think they can change that this year. They went close last season, leading Golden State 2-1 in the finals before losing three games on the bounce, but the betting firms reckon they can go one better this time around.
San Antonio are priced a little further back at odds of 4/1 with Ladbrokes and the 2014 NBA champs are sure to go close yet again, having been disappointed to have been beaten in the first round of last year’s playoffs by the Clippers. They should improve on their showing from last season but we don’t think they have enough and at those odds we’re certainly looking elsewhere for our outright NBA winner.
Defending champs Golden State are third favourites, with Bet365 offering Steve Kerr’s men at odds of 21/4. Their 67-15 record last season was a franchise record but as the Spurs found, defending the NBA Championship is altogether harder than winning it and we feel Golden State, whilst still a hugely capable side, may just struggle with the extra pressure and expectation.
Whoever you fancy in this year’s outright winner betting – and for us it’s the Bulls all the way – be sure to use our odds comparison to maximise your odds, value and, hopefully, winnings.Google+