We’re over the halfway point of the NBA season and nothing sticks out among the betting trends. The Grizzlies, however, are getting into a groove.
Grizzlies Going Strong
The Memphis Grizzlies are a problem and Ja Morant is a bonafide superstar in the NBA.
Winning 11 games on the bounce before falling to the Dallas Mavericks, the Grizzlies took the league by storm. This fairly decent group of young prospects announced themselves as a certain playoff team and possible disrupter throughout the Western Conference playoffs.
A new calendar year creates new expectations in the NBA.
I’ve looked into a few teams and how they should finish the season.
Warriors 💍 https://t.co/07OCcjwRAC
— Jason (@SportsJO13) January 14, 2022
Their $31 on the 11th line of betting in the championship market suggests they’re not championship contenders yet. However, this team isn’t one anybody will want to meet in the playoffs. They have a year of playoff experience under their belt now and are eager for more. Morant is playing with a chip on his shoulder and making everybody around him better.
Memphis are doing it on both sides of the ball. They’re in the top ten in both offensive and defensive rating overall – the Heat, Bucks and Suns are the only other teams doing the same.
The Grizzlies are good, Morant is must-watch tv, and it’s only going to get better as the NBA season goes on.
Wounded Warriors Bounce Back
Every team has a bad night. The Golden State Warriors will have circled their 118-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks as one of them. The good teams, though, they make sure to bounce back the next night to get things back on track. Eager to respond and confirm their status as one of the NBA’s best teams, the Warriors trashed the pants off the Chicago Bulls 138-96 just 24 hours later.
The 70-point halftime swing is the largest for any team in consecutive days in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Golden State’s up and down week didn’t trigger any panic in the market. They remain on the second line of betting in the NBA championship market at $4.80.
Nets Lose Durant
Nets on Durant: pic.twitter.com/z7Wfr0KWdP
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets occupy the first spot in the NBA championship market but Kevin Durant’s injury may trigger some movement. He has been ruled out for at least a month. With Kyrie Irving not available for home games and James Harden not quite at his best right now, the Nets might be in for a tough time.
NBA Championship Odds
Trolling & Tantrums
Devin Booker embarrassed himself as his Phoenix Suns hung on for a 99-95 win over the Torono Raptors. With an empty arena and only the Raptors mascot acting as home support, Booker threw his toys out of the cot after The Raptor was a little bit too enthusiastic behind the hoop as the Suns guard shot his free throws.
Devin Booker officially the softest player in NBA history
— JD Bunkis (@JDBunkis) January 12, 2022
Booker did poke fun at himself after the game by changing his Twitter profile picture to The Raptor. The damage had been done, though. The Indiana Pacers introduced him in the following game to Jurassic Park music.
Russell Westbrook copped a pasting from the Sacramento Kings, too. His shooting numbers are as bad as ever right now and everybody knows it. But just in case he forgot, the Kings introduced him to Foreigner’s Cold as Ice and dropped Ice, Ice Baby throughout his 2-14 performance.
At risk of having too much fun, the NBA has stepped in and had a word with the Kings media team.
Halftime NBA Trends
We’ve ticked over the halfway point of the NBA season so it seems like a good time to check in with some of the betting trends.
Unlike last year where underdogs – especially road dogs – dominated to start the season, there isn’t anything too shocking to start 2021-22.
|Over (Non-OT Games)||278||46.6%|
|Under (Non-OT Games)||319||53.4%|
Something To Keep An Eye On…
The Chicago Bulls have surprised everybody to have the fourth-best record in the NBA, but as they start to deal with injuries which coincide against games with other top teams, there’s a chance it turns ugly.
The Bulls have lost back-to-back games to the Nets and Warriors by a combined 68 points. pic.twitter.com/NbyLhSZjpw
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 15, 2022