Even though the NBA is just coming out of its All-Star break, the season is mostly complete. Teams only have about 20 games remaining on the schedule.
That still leaves plenty of time to get some bets in on your favorite team before the postseason.
Lone Star State residents are still waiting for movement regarding Texas sports betting, but some have alternate options in nearby states.
Louisiana is a popular destination for many Texas bettors, as it offers a quality selection of online sports betting apps.
Those in the state don’t have legal sportsbooks yet, but they do have some great basketball. The state features three professional teams with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs.
Each is in a different place in the Western Conference standings, however, they all are listed with multiple futures odds at the top sportsbooks.
NBA futures odds
One of the best parts about online sportsbooks and today’s markets is the ability to bet on updated futures odds throughout the year. Regardless of how bad of a season someone might be in, there are odds continually posted for new potential wagers.
This works out well for say someone who enjoys watching the Rockets. Despite their 15-43 record, they’re available on DraftKings Sportsbook for a winnable market.
While you can technically put action down on their odds to make the playoffs or win the title, the Rockets’ updated win total is a very viable betting market.
Houston Rockets odds
Before the emergence of online betting, your preseason wager on Houston was probably a loser by now. With lots of online options, you can still find a way to put a few dollars on your favorite squad.
DraftKings shows its current win total at 21.5 now. The over is listed at -120, compared to the under at -110.
Over-backers just need the Rockets to snag seven more victories this year. Since the team has 24 contests left, you’d only need a 7-17 record the rest of the way to cash.
Of course, the Rockets aren’t the most exciting team to watch this season, but there are probably a lot of residents still paying attention to them. The fact that this market is offered in late February is very helpful.
DraftKings provides odds for Houston to win both the title and conference, but they’re both ridiculously long. Since it looks like it’s going to miss the playoffs comfortably, not too many are putting money down on its odds of +100000.
It wasn’t a good season overall, but there are reasons to be excited in Houston. Its roster includes several encouraging young players, like Christian Wood, rookie Jalen Green, and Kevin Porter Jr.
Each average over 13 points per game and looks like solid pieces moving forward.
Betting on the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are in a much better position overall. At the moment, they’re in fifth in the West, with a record of 35-24.
Dallas is right in the thick of things and should easily qualify for the playoffs. Naturally, this opens up a few more betting opportunities than the Rockets.
At BetMGM Sportsbook, the Mavs are shown at +4000 to win the NBA Finals this season. The online sportsbook gives them the seventh-best odds to advance out of the Western Conference, at +1700.
Although there isn’t too much time to make up ground in the standings, Dallas has odds of +750 to win the Southwest Division. Memphis holds first place by five games and is the -1200 favorite to end the year that way.
A win total for the Mavs is up at DraftKings, too. They must earn a W in 49 games to cash that over, available at +105. The under for this option is -135.
Dallas needs 14 more wins to accomplish this, which requires a finish of 14-9 down the stretch. That seems doable considering they’ve taken seven of their last 10 and their best player is healthy.
Luka Doncic is having another incredible campaign. He leads Dallas in points, rebounds, and assists with averages of 28, nine and nine, respectively.
Dallas doesn’t appear like a championship team right now, but anything is possible with Doncic. BetMGM shows him with the eighth-best odds for the league MVP, at +3000.
San Antonio Spurs odds
Another Texas-based side in the San Antonio Spurs is directly between the two others. With eight more wins than Houston, the Spurs are just outside the extended playoff picture.
Since 10 teams are involved in at least the play-in games in each conference, the Spurs are just 1.5 games out. This is good fortune somewhat considering their record sits at 23-36.
Still, San Antonio can easily make a run and move up a couple of spots in the standings. The Lakers, who are currently reeling, are in the ninth spot ahead of Portland in the final slot.
Both teams don’t have much going for them between trades and injury. Portland dealt guard CJ McCollum, while Anthony Davis just injured his ankle for LA.
It’s clear San Antonio isn’t competing for a ring this year, but the door is open for it to get into the postseason.
According to DraftKings, the odds are stacked against the Spurs, though. It provides odds of +1000 to qualify for the playoffs, whereas you can bet no at -2500.
Bettors should note that these odds are for which teams make the field of 16 (eight in each conference). The Spurs would need to get into the 10th spot, then also win a few games.
Their win total is an additional option. You can take over for the Spurs at 32.5 wins at -160. The under features odds of +120.
To reach 33 victories, they’d need to take 10 of their final 23 outings.
BetMGM has another consideration when looking at the odds for the NBA’s Most Improved Player. San Antonio guard Dejounte Murray is performing on a new level this season, contributing in just about every area. He’s posted with the fourth-best odds to win most improved, at +1600.