Odds to Win 2014 NBA Western Conference
Unlike the Eastern Conference the Western one is wide open with several teams that have solid value odds to win and make the finals. Future odds to win the Western Conference are provided by Bovada.
The Thunder have the lowest odds to win the Western Conference and even though Russell Westbrook is out with an injury for a while Kevin Durant is having a MVP season. They are a the league's 5th highest scoring and the best rebounding team and Serge Ibaka leads the league's 7th best defense. For the last couple of years they have had great 3rd scorer options, but this season Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb have gotten it done each averaging over 10 ppg.
The Spurs have the best record in the West and the Big 3 is still getting it done. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are still the leaders of the team that ranks 3rd in the league on defense. Kawhi Leonard showed last season's playoff were no fluke, as he is playing well and Marco Belinelli is averaging in double figures. The Spurs have the talent, but the Big 3 have to be 100% healthy when the post-season rolls around.
The Warriors are a solid offensive squad led by Stephen Curry 23 ppg and Klay Thomson and David Lee, who are each averaging at least 19 ppg. For a change Golden State ranks in the top 10 in defense and they could use home court in the playoffs, as they are much better on their floor.
The Blazers are the surprise team of the season so far and they have the 2nd best record in the West. LaMarcus Aldridge and Damon Lillard are each averaging over 21 ppg for a Portland team that has the highest scoring team in the league. They have a good all around team with only one main weakness, which is a defense that only ranks 26th in the league in opponents points allowed.
Chris Paul is out for a while with a shoulder injury, but he will be back and must stay healthy. Blake Griffin is having another All Star season and C De Andre Jordan leads the league in rebounding. The Clip Joint has all the pieces and J.J Reddick was a great off-season addition, but the team could use some more inside scoring.
The Rockets are another team in the West that has a great offense, but defensive issues. Dwight Howard has been solid and James Harden is a scoring machine, but Houston is only a .500 team on the road and they are currently in the 6th spot in the West.
The Minnesota T-Wolves and surprising Phoenix Suns are both at +2000 are young and talented, but simply do not have the firepower to keep up with the top teams in the conference.
Here are the odds to win the Western Conference in 2014 provided by Bovada as of January 13th, 2014
- Oklahoma City Thunder +260
- San Antonio Spurs +300
- Golden State Warriors +450
- Portland Blazers +700
- Los Angeles Clippers +750
- Houston Rockets +750
- Minnesota T-Wolves +2000
- Phoenix Suns +2000
- Dallas Mavericks +3000
- Memphis Grizzlies +3000
- Denver Nuggets +7500
- New Orleans Pelicans +10000
- Los Angeles Lakers +20000
- Sacramento Kings +100000
- Utah Jazz +500000