NBA - Full Season Overview

It’s still fairly early days in the NBA season, but at this stage of the campaign you certainly get a good feel for how things might pan out. As Steph Curry said in an interview recently, “you can't win a championship in November but you sure can take yourself out of the equation pretty quickly”.

Championship Contenders

Sportsbooks still have the Brooklyn Nets as favorites at +260 to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy, and with Kevin Durant cooking the way he is at the minute you can’t really argue with that too much. Their record currently stands at 10-4, and that’s with James Harden still adjusting to the new foul rules, and no Kyrie Irving - given his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Golden State Warriors are the early pacesetters, topping the standings with an 11-2 record. They’re surprisingly still available at +800 to win the NBA Championship, and given how many categories they top currently, it looks a solid pick.

It’s been patchy from the Los Angeles Lakers (8-6) so far but given the individual talents they have you can’t discredit their title chances too much. Their squad is notoriously ‘built for the play-offs’ given all of their veteran talent, but at +550 they don’t really appeal from a betting perspective.

Teams Yet To Get Going

Last season’s champions the Milwaukee Bucks are surprisingly languishing in 11th spot in the East. That’s certainly partly down to several key injury issues they’ve had, but as of yet they don’t look like the dominant force of last term - even with Giannis Antetokounmpo putting up MVP-worthy averages of 26.5 points and 11.3 rebounds.

The Atlanta Hawks were the team the Bucks beat in the Eastern Conference Finals last campaign, but their struggles on the road mean they’re 13th in the East standings. They’re better than their record of 5-9 suggests, but their defense needs to come along for the ride - the Hawks are third-worst when it comes to defensive rating in the league.

Surprise Packages

The East is looking a bit jumbled compared to what many people probably expected pre-season. The Bradley Beal-led Washington Wizards top the conference, with the revitalized Chicago Bulls not far behind them.

Both teams are firing on all cylinders, but the Cleveland Cavaliers certainly deserve a mention in this category after their 9-5 start. The Cavs have a good young core and they’ll be even more threatening when Collin Sexton returns from injury.

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James Tindall is an experienced sports betting and casino writer and is an industry veteran of more than a decade. James' main passion is football and he is an extensive follower of the English Premier League, the English Football League and much more. James is also a keen amateur cricketer so will also be providing us with tips from the IPL, as well as English County Championship and England Test matches. Away from sport, James likes to kick back by watching some of his favourite shows on Netflix, but when he's after a slight change in pace you will find him at the online poker table making generous donations to his opponents' bankrolls!

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