The NBA is back!
Friday evening, the league unveiled the remaining regular-season schedules for all 22 teams returning to play in Orlando at the end of July.
With more information about the format of the NBA's return, comes new betting odds.
Westgate Casino provided updated betting odds in wake of the schedules being released, and they think the Blazers have a puncher's chance at getting the eighth seed in the Western Conference at (+400).
The favorite is the Memphis Grizzlies (-120) who sit three and a half games ahead of three next closest teams for the spot, and the setup clearly favors Memphis. Who, if they retain the eighth seed, will need to lose two play-in games against the ninth seed while they only need to win once.
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The New Orleans Pelicans are chosen as the team most likely to make the postseason as a team from the outside looking in at (+275). That's partially because the casino expects the public to want to bet on Zion Williamson, one of the league's most marketable young stars, and a much-easier strength of schedule.
The remaining odds for the eighth seed in the West are the Sacramento Kings at (+1200) who are 3.5 games behind Memphis currently, San Antonio (+5000) who sits four games behind Memphis but lost LaMarcus Aldridge for the season, the Pheonix Suns (+20000) who are six games behind Memphis and the Dallas Mavericks (+50000) who are currently 7 games ahead of the Grizzlies in the standings.
As for winning the NBA Finals, the Blazers are seen as an extreme longshot at +15000, which is twice as high odds than they had earlier this month at Ceasars Palace.
Vegas clearly doesn't believe in the Blazers given their comparatively much harder strength of schedule and the loss of starting small forward Trevor Ariza.
Let's see if they can shock the world.