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NBA betting odds for the next season



The NBA season is right around the corner, in fact it begins October 20, and the question that comes to mind is who has the best chance of winning the title?

Currently Vegas odd makers have the Golden State Warriors coming away with the title at 5/8.

Cleveland didn’t do themselves any favors trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for the injured Isiah Thomas and others.  Thomas injury should have him sidelined until December and he’ll miss that time in preseason with his new teammates.  Keep faith with the Cavs, Lebron James is still there.  He’s the Batman and newly acquired Dwayne Wade is his Robin.  Cleveland’s odds of winning are 7/2 to win the title.

Boston made a big jump forward this off-season picking up Irving, but they also got Gordon Haywood in free agency.  The Celtics also drafted Duke freshman Jason Tatum who will play the small forward position.  The Celtics helped themselves out tremendously with those additions and they’re odds to win increased to 8/1 odds.

Houston missed out on the Carmelo Anthony trade, but were able to acquire Chris Paul from the Clippers and didn’t sacrifice much the other way.  James Harden can focus more this season on scoring, with Chris Paul controlling the ball.  Paul’s defense will also let Harden freelance more and transition hoops will flourish in H-Town.  They’re currently locked at 12/1 with San Antonio to win the title.

The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard back at full strength after his sprained ankle derailed any hope of the Spurs defeating the Warriors last season.  A reinvigorated Lamarcus Aldridge can only help a team that couldn’t find a hoop on the interior in the playoffs.  Spurs have an older back court in Ginobiili and Parker, and will need the young guns to come in and help with the load.  Regardless, the Spurs are still seen by Vegas bookmakers as a better bet to win it all than the OKC Thunder.

Oklahoma City landed not only Paul George, but also Carmelo Anthony this off-season.  Pairing them with last year’s MVP Russel Westbrook will only help a team that suffered to shoot the ball from deep last season, and could rarely score when Westbrook was on the bench.  However, even with the addition of Anthony and George, this Thunder team only comes in at 16/1 odds.

Minnesota (33/1), the Bucks (66/1), and the Wizards (66/1) round out the under 100/1 odds to win the title.

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Rockets in the mix for LeBron James?




As for how Houston could find a way to give max salary contracts starting at $35 million annually to both James (who has a player option worth $35.3 million for next season) and Paul (who will be a free agent) without the necessary cap space, Morey would indeed have to become a salary cap gymnast. The NBA salary cap is expected to be $101 million next season, and the Rockets are, well, capped out. But Morey is one of the league’s renowned risk takers, the kind of relentless executive who might already have hypothetical trades lined up for players like Ryan Anderson and others who would have to go for the Rockets to be able to sign one of the greatest players of all time in James. It’s also seen as possible that, like Kevin Durant did last summer with the Warriors, Paul could take less money to make James’ salary fit.

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Shooting coach David Nurse on his career, NBA players he’s trained, keys to a great shot and more




In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy talks to NBA shooting coach David Nurse, who has trained over 100 players and previously worked for the Brooklyn Nets. They discussed a wide range of topics including…

1:05: The two World Records that David holds: most three-pointers with one basketball in one minute (20) and in five minutes (81).

2:40: When David fell in love in basketball and realized that this could be his career.

4:45: What David learned from his uncle, Nick Nurse, who is an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.

5:20: Growing up in Iowa down the street from fellow sharpshooter Kyle Korver.

6:10: The keys to developing a great shot.

7:48: How long it takes for David to fix a player’s shot and see improvement.

12:45: Of all the players he’s trained, which players bought in the most and showed the most improvement as a shooter?

15:35: David breaks down which NBA players have the best form.

16:30: Whether Stephen Curry is the best shooter of all-time and how his rise has impacted the next generation of players.

19:30: The biggest differences between working for an NBA team (as David did with the Nets) versus training players individually.

22:00: David’s “athlete of the future protocol” that uses wearable technology along with nutritionists, sleep experts and more to ensure a player is maximizing their effectiveness.

26:00: David’s transition from playing professionally overseas to coaching NBA players.

28:00: David’s non-profit organization Basketball Life that teams up other foundations and puts on clinics around the world, including a camp scheduled in Antarctica for 2019.

30:00: David’s time writing for HoopsHype and how that came together.

31:30: The NBA’s best three-point shooting teams and the top shooting coaches around the league (in David’s opinion).

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Monte Morris (29 points) Highlights vs. Windy City Bulls




The NBA G League is the NBA’s official minor league. Fans can get a glimpse at the players, coaches and officials competing to ascend to the NBA’s rank. With 30 percent of players on start-of-season NBA rosters boasting NBA G League experience when the 2016-17 season tipped off in October, the NBA G League YouTube Channel is the best place to see the future now.

The NBA G League consists of 26 teams for the 2017-18 season, all singly affiliated with an NBA franchise: Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (Los Angeles Clippers), Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers), Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers), Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers), Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons), Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets), Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves), Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic), Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets), Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics), Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies) Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns), Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder), Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors), Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets), Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz), Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat), South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers), Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks), Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) and Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks).

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