NBA 2013 underdog and favorites
The season just started and the things are not as obvious as many analysts might think. It is important to remember that some events can be so extraordinary as to transcend their small sample .Such significant events could be Carmelo Anthony killing it at the power forward spot. It could be James Harden dominating for his new team. For Lakers fans, early struggles could speak to ominous times ahead. What are seeing after only a few games ? Trying to narrow it down to a few favorites , here’s a decent shot at what to expect.
You know the old saying: “You don’t go against the champs until you beat ’em.” Well, nobody has knocked off the Miami Heat just yet.
LeBron James is by far the best player in the game today, Dwyane Wade is becoming criminally underrated, and Chris Bosh’s embracing the center position full-time should yield fruitful results for both CB and the entire Heat team. Now Ray Allen has entered the picture to be the star of the second unit, and this is a team that has gotten better less than a year after winning the title. How tough these guys are. Well, tougher than last year , for sure.
Holy Knicks! Isn’t this team supposed to perpetually be overrated? Shocking as it seems, expectations may have been too low for New York. The Knicks look fantastic in the early going. The newly svelte Raymond Felton is splitting double-teams that he once would have gotten lodged in, like a panda in a dog door. Jason Kidd has been useful, especially when playing at the shooting guard spot. In their first two games, the Knicks easily beat Miami and Philadelphia, spacing the floor effectively with Carmelo Anthony at the 4-spot. It’s quite early, but with Melo at the power forward position and Tyson Chandler capably manning the middle, the Knicks look like a decent bet for second seed in the East.
Jumping over on the West Coast, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol—the question isn’t star power, but how those stars will jell with one another. They need time … Don’t expect much for at least two seasons. With Howard coming off of back surgery, Kobe battling a nagging foot injury and Nash still adjusting to life outside of Phoenix, there are legitimate questions about how this team will come together.
I would give them a long shot, but I actually like Dallas . Dirk Nowitzki’s knee surgery took everyone by surprise, but Dallas should actually be thankful that the big man took care of this sooner rather than later so it wasn’t an issue all season.
Dallas has to take advantage of its schedule at the beginning of the year with Nowitzki sidelined, and after striking out on both Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, the Mavs wound up with some nice “consolation” prizes in guys like O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Elton Brand.
This team looks different than last season, but this mix of experienced players is capable of surprising everyone. This is a long shot , but I’ll throw in at Sportsinteraction my dime on the Mavs @36 to do it again. If they see Miami up there in the finals , everything is possible. This might be a good NBA bet , that can be balanced and take a profit chunk later on on the NBA playoffs .