Future NBA Betting Tips

The 2016-17 NBA regular season is still in its infancy, but it’s never too early to start talking about the championship picture—particularly because the competitive landscape is now fairly predictable.

So, with that in mind, we’re going to break down the two juggernaut championship favorites from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, along with one dark horse who stands a chance of dethroning them both.

Eastern Conference: Cleveland Cavaliers (+275)
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For the past six years, the Eastern Conference champion has been determined by one question: Do you have LeBron James on your team?

Nothing has changed. That much is abundantly clear early on. The Cleveland Cavaliers remain head and shoulders above the rest of the East. Their collection of stars and efficient role players has yet to transcend James, which is a problem if he ever gets injured, but with him, they’re absolutely untouchable.

Everything about this team is a reflexive success; they are a well-oiled machine. LeBron James flirts with triple-doubles nightly; Kevin Love has bought into his role as a spot-up sniper and rebounder; Kyrie Irving is taking up the mantle as their go-to scorer; Iman Shumpert is busting his butt defensively; Tristan Thompson crashes the glass and dives toward the basket; and J.R. Smith and Channing Frye fire catch-and-shoot like it’s nobody’s business.

This is balance unlike we have ever seen from the Cavaliers. If anyone other than them is representing the East in the NBA Finals, it will be a true upset.

Western Conference: Golden State Warriors (-110)
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Although things didn’t start off so smoothly for the Golden State Warriors, they have officially hit their stride.

Which is bad news for the rest of the league.

It was only a matter of time before this team became a terror. The Warriors, remember, took the skeleton of a 73-win team and added Kevin Durant to it. And that’s absolutely nuts—especially now that everyone has figured out how to play on the same team.

Stephen Curry and Durant aren’t having any trouble splitting shots; Klay Thompson has struck a balance between featured scorer and contributor, and Draymond Green no longer looks confused.

Defense is the team’s only weakness. And yet, the Warriors’ league-best offense is so good, it doesn’t matter that much.

Dark Horse: Los Angeles Clippers (+750)
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Any team that isn’t the Cavaliers or Warriors must be considered a dark horse. Had we singled out one before the season, it would have been the San Antonio Spurs, or maybe one of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.

But the Los Angeles Clippers have exploded. The Big Three of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan is healthy and humming, and they’ve cobbled together an all-bench lineup that helps mitigate the damage done by head coach Doc Rivers’ decision to not stagger the minutes of his stars.

With a top-five offense and defense, plus almost as much star power as either Cleveland or Golden State, the Clippers, while a championship long shot, look to have emerged as the perfect dark horse.

Have a look at the NBA schedule, find out the best betting lines for each and every game and heed some wagering tips, too.

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adidas Reveals 2016 XENO On-Court Collection

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Adidas has just unveils the 2016 XENO On-Court collection, featuring blacked out editions of the D Rose 7, Crazy Explosive and D Lillard 2.

Designed with all-black uppers and reflective accents, each model features unique XENO detailing that reveal a color-shifting finish when hit with a flash of light.

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The D Rose 7 will retail for $160 USD, while the Crazy Explosive will retail for $150 USD and D Lillard 2 for $105 USD. All pairs are set to release November 24 at adidas’ official site as well as select adidas stores.

Damian Lillard will launch his D Lillard 2 XENO with a special early release and appearance at Foot Locker 34th Street in New York City on November 19th at 5PM.

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After A Shock Defeat How Have Golden State Bounced Back?

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Following all the hype and anticipation about how the Golden State Warriors would dominate the NBA this season, basketball fans all around the world were stunned after Warriors were handed an absolute mauling at the hands of San Antonio Spurs. Golden State were already a Superteam but they were only expected to get better after the acquisition of Kevin Durant, which is what made their opening game defeat all the more surprising. With a total of 75 games to be played, it is not a complete disaster as there is still the majority of the season to play. With four games played in total so far, we take a look at how the Warriors have bounced back from the disappointment of their opening game.

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Three nights after their Texan hangover, the Warriors treated game 2 as a must-win came and they came out fighting against the New Orleans Pelicans. Kevin Durant lived up to his reputation by 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. To their credit, the Pelicans weren’t push-over’s by any means, Anthony Davis, in particular, was very impressive for New Orleans, scoring 45 points and 17 rebounds. The key difference between Durant and Davis was that Durant was getting plenty of support from the rest of his team, no such luck for Davis.

Warriors vs. Suns 106-100

A narrow six points were all that separated these two teams on this occasion, which shows that KD and the Warriors are still a work in progress, and even Steve Kerr (Warriors coach) has admitted the team aren’t clicking as well as he’d like them to. Either way, Durant was still the MVP with 37 points, while Stephen Curry added 28. The winning points came from Durant in the final seven seconds of the game, providing the Warriors with a valuable ‘get out of jail free card’.

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Many fans and critics accused KD of looking past this game, as he knew that his old club, the Thunder are up next. Even if that was the case, he still managed to score 20 points. Gritty Stephen Curry was the top performer for Warriors on this occasion and scored 28 points, 23 of which came in the third quarter. Many of the Warriors key players were then benched once the team was 35 points ahead, probably to keep them fresh for the Thunder game on the horizon.

Up Next

The Warriors have recovered well from the opening game and now have a record of 3-1. Up next the Warriors will play Oklahoma City Thunder, and thus reunite Durant with his former team, even if only briefly. 888sport favour the Warriors to win this game, and they also favour them as outright winners of the NBA this season. Warriors have built up an impressive undefeated record of 3-0 on the road, but this game will be their first at home since their opening game loss. Golden State need to turn the Oracle Arena back into a fortress, just like it was for most of last season. Warriors have all the quality to go all the way this season, but a lot of hard work lies ahead.

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

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Celebrating the Portland Trail Blazers and the entire Rip City fan base, Damian Lillard heads into the season with a Primeknit edition of D Lillard 2 that embraces the team’s home crowd.

“Playing in front of Rip City is unbelievable. It’s hard to sustain that high energy over the course of an 82 game season but when you come in our arena, it’s like we’re back to game one. It’s easy to snap right into it and be ready to play,” Dame said. “How loud our fans cheer, you know this city loves their basketball. They’re itching for 1977 all over again, and we’re ready to bring it home.”

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

Rip City’s latest rendition is threaded with black and white Primeknit along the upper, features speckled laces and is contrasted by sharp red accents throughout. The silhouette’s interior mesh panels, Continental rubber outsole and TECHFIT bootie are detailed in black, while a BOUNCE midsole and leather trim are finished in white.

The D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit ($120) drops on 11/12 at adidas.com.

adidas Unveils Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins Away Colorway

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adidas unveils the latest Crazy Explosive colorway for NBA star Andrew Wiggins to add to his on-court rotation this season.

The Timberwolves inspired green and blue Primeknit upper is complimented by a blue outsole, gray three stripe branding and highlighted with yellow eyelets to mirror the eyes of the iconic wolves logo. Andrew’s “AW” player badge is prominently displayed on the tongue and the internal bootie features a graphic print done up in Minnesota green, blue and gray.

Designed for the game’s most explosive players, Crazy Explosive features heel-to-toe BOOST cushioning for industry-leading comfort and infinite energy return. The dynamic lacing system and TPU roll cage stabilize the foot for quick cuts and takeoff to the basket while the Primknit upper enhances fit and durability the court and in the air.

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The Crazy Explosive Andrew Wiggins Away PE drops on November 5 for $150 at adidas.com.

James Harden and adidas Wake The Game Up With Harden Vol. 1

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adidas and James Harden reimagine the signature shoe game with the debut of Harden Vol. 1. The collection represents the first chapter of the collaborative partnership that began October 1st with the goal of co-creating footwear and apparel unlike any signature line in sport.

Driven by Harden’s performance needs and embracing his distinctive design insights, Harden Vol. 1 embodies James’ creativity and expressive style on and off the court. adidas continues to reinvent collaboration and Harden Vol. 1 is a bold challenge to the traditional creative process.

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“This was my first time creating a shoe from the ground up. With adidas, we wanted to stand for something different, be true to who we are and that’s how we separate ourselves,” Harden said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and all the work we put in together is what makes this genuine. We’re open to each other’s opinions and we weren’t going to just put shoes on the shelves and say ‘This is James Harden.’ It’s built for how I play and you’ll see my style, different moods, the little details and stories that represent who I am.”

Harden Vol. 1 Pioneer launches December 3rd for $140 on adidas.com, with additional colorway drops throughout the season. The apparel collection is available this Fall.

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Join the conversation @adidashoops on Twitter and Instagram with #HardenVol1 and stay tuned to @ProjectHarden for the latest product drops, behind-the-scenes coverage and more.

Under Armour and Stephen Curry Launch The Curry 3

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Stephen Curry returns to the court this season with a renewed drive, hunger and focus on the future. Fueled by Stephen’s unwavering will to always take his game to the next level, Under Armour will drive the game of basketball forward with the latest addition to Stephen’s signature footwear collection, the Curry 3.

Constructed with proprietary technologies and designed to drive the league’s back-to-back MVP to new heights, the Curry 3 is the optimal combination of lightweight support, balance, speed and durability. Powered by Under Armour’s newest breakthrough in fabric technology, Threadborne™, Under Armour and Stephen have created a new shoe that breaks the mold of what to expect from basketball footwear, with innovative technology and design.

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Tech Specifications:

  • Threadborne™ is a new technology created by Under Armour’s innovators after examining a parachute, specifically paracord, a strong piece of material that is at the equipment’s core. Within the weave construction of paracord, Under Armour discovered ultra-durable yarns and rebuilt them into a fabric engineered to withstand the rigors of an 82 game season and support the two-time MVP as he transcends the limits of the game. The Curry 3 Threadborne fabric is comprised of braided thread that wraps around a larger, corded panel, delivering unparalleled lightweight directional strength and infinite support.
  • Meta-Wing lines the heel of the Curry 3 to expressly support the subtalor joint—the joint that connects the ankle and heel bones, and is crucial in terrain balance, pivoting and shock absorption. The shoes create a snug fit that is unrivaled in stabilizing the foot, ensuring the most complete and efficient way to cut and move laterally on the basketball court.
  • Anafoam is constructed on the medial to deliver body-mapped fit, lightweight structure and support.
  • Charged Cushioning™ is a unique foam technology, which absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst, making each stride or change of direction explosive.
  • Herringbone Traction: The return of Herringbone traction on the sole of the Curry 3 amplifies stability, grip and support on the court.

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“Being able to work directly with my team at Under Armour on the Curry 3 has been an incredible experience,” said Curry. “Our team’s knowledge and expertise on the science of building a shoe is unparalleled, and pairing with what works for my body and my game, I know that we have created something really special. Working in collaboration with my UA team from start to finish on inspiration, design and fit will without question drive us to success.”

The Curry 3 mid style retails for $140.00 and debuts globally at UA.com and the UA Shop App on October 25th with the “Dub Nation Heritage” colorway. The “SC Camo” colorway follows with a release at retailers worldwide on October 27th.