With the second half of the regular season still ongoing, we are bound to see teams fighting for a spot to be in the NBA playoffs. It is still a joy for fans that even amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-21 NBA season could happen.
Every individual who will be participating in the NBA season, either staff or players, will be following a guide about health and safety protocols. Any individual or team who will refuse to comply will be punished according to the updated version of the health and safety protocols, up to and includes warnings, fines, or suspensions.
This year’s NBA season will be a tough road for NBA teams participating this year. One could be tested positive for COVID-19, and there’s the injury of players happening here and there. There will be many unpredictable outcomes for this year’s season that made it exciting for fans and bettors. This way, it is more fun to see the top picks this year and predict who will win or lose the game.
The Nets are one of the interesting teams in the league this season. They are currently the top team representing the eastern conference and are also the favorite team in the final 4 odds with the highest odds to win the 2021 NBA Championship. It shouldn’t be a question as the Nets gathered the toughest players to complete the team. Even when all the team players are not available due to injuries, the Brooklyn Nets still held its position at the top with Steve Nash as the head coach of the Nets.
The Utah Jazz can’t be underestimated. We shouldn’t dismiss the fact that they are one of the teams we can look forward to as final contenders for this year’s NBA Championship. With Jazz being healthy this season and how Jazz’s head coach executed a very structured rotation, they are bound to be one of the most formidable contenders in this year’s season. They might also be the top team to represent the western conference.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers remain a formidable team in the western conference even with a few of their best players were injured. They recently managed to win six consecutive games from March 21 to 30, but their winning streak was snapped by the Orlando Magic in their game last March 31.
The Bucks are currently holding the third-place standing in the eastern conference. They recently won eight consecutive games from March 5 to 25. The Bucks are the NBA’s best in defense and fourth-best in the offense. Even with other players having injuries, the Bucks still have some best players like Jrue Holiday to help them hold their spot in the eastern conference.
Another team is considered a Finals contender for the NBA playoffs. The Denver Nuggets will be a formidable opponent with Jamal Murray picking up his play. The Nuggets make a move of adding Aaron Gordon to the team during the trade deadline. Pairing Aaron Gordon with the best players in the Nuggets like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray sounds like a winning equation for the team.
The Miami Heat recently won two consecutive games and was led by one of the Heat’s best players, Duncan Robinson, with his teammates’ support. The Miami Heat currently added Victor Oladipo during the trade deadline.
Los Angeles Lakers
Even with Lebron James having injuries, the Lakers can’t be underestimated. They remain as one of the most formidable teams in the western conference. They are in fourth place standing in the west conference despite their injuries.
The Suns is another team to look forward to with tough players like Devin Booker. He recently led the Suns to their 4th win streak with 45 points on their game against the Bulls last April 1. The Phoenix Suns decided to stay pat during the trade deadline on March 25. Although it was an intelligent move of the Phoenix Suns to stay pat during the trade deadline, they have to guard their position at the top in the western conference against their rivals’ improvements.
The Philadelphia 76ers are also a tough team from the eastern conference. With Joel Embiid having an MVP-winning-type season and the sixers point guard George Hill who could defend and handle the ball, the Philadelphia 76ers remain the second-best under the Nets in the eastern conference.
The Charlotte Hornets are currently in fourth place standing in the eastern conference. Even if the Charlotte Hornets is a young team, it is still exciting to watch them making a good pace to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2016 season.
To Wrap It Up
As a bettor, you can use a team’s weaknesses and strengths to your advantage. Even with players having injuries, it didn’t stop the teams from reaching and hold the top spots in both conferences for this season. As the season progresses, there will be more unpredictable outcomes to watch. It is up to you as a bettor to use the information given to formulating a winning strategy.