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Western Conference 8th Seed Odds on DraftKings Sportsbook
- Memphis Grizzlies (-143)
- New Orleans Pelicans (+300)
- Portland Trail Blazers (+400)
- Sacramento Kings (+1100)
- San Antonio Spurs (+1300)
- Phoenix Suns (+6000)
- Dallas Mavericks (+50000)
The Grizzlies currently hold the 8th seed as they are 3.5 games up on the rest of the field. Led by Rookie of the Year favorite Ja Morant, Memphis has far exceeded expectations thus far. While they have overshot their preseason projections, they’re still the safe pick to obtain the 8th seed. With eight games left in the season and already up significantly on the competition, you’d think they simply need to finish at least at .500 to secure the spot. Their first three games are against teams with worse records, so that will be an immediate key to their destiny.
The Pelicans (currently 10th) are in a 3-way tie for that first spot outside of the playoffs with the Blazers and Kings. With that being said, they’re my favorite to secure the eighth seed. They have a very favorable schedule, with six of their eight games being against current eight-seeds or worse. Combine that with a full (finally healthy) roster containing Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, and you’re looking at a team ready to make some noise in Orlando. Their odds seem like a steal to me.
Trail Blazers (+400)
I scratch my head every time I look at the 2019 Blazers (currently 9th). On paper they’re a top five team, which is what many projected at the beginning of the year. This isn’t too far from the squad that went to the Conference Finals last year, plus Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony. Yet, somehow, they got worse. With the restart, you’d think they’ll be out to prove themselves and make a quick turnaround. It’s hard to imagine there’s eight teams in the West more talented than Portland, yet here we are. I won’t blame you if you take this bet, and I won’t be surprised if Portland is the one to beat out the rest of these teams, but I will say proceed with caution.
If you want a fun bet, take a shot at the Kings (currently 11th). They are very often overlooked even though they are as much in the running as New Orleans and Portland. They may not have the star power of a Zion Williamson or a Damian Lillard, but I’m a huge fan of their young dynamic backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. They’re streaky, but if both of them are on their game at the same time, it’s fun to watch. The Kings are a team full of young players who have nothing to lose. I fully expect them to come out of the gate guns blazing. If you’re looking for a longshot, take Sacramento at +1100.
Over the past 20 years, we’ve learned to never count out the Spurs (currently 12th). Well, I’m counting them out. Yes, they have great veteran leaders in DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge (injured) and Patty Mills, but not much else after that. This roster just didn’t seem to put it together this year and they are now stuck too far behind. Couple that with a tough schedule where they play five games against teams currently a six-seed or better, and you’ve got an iffy combo at best. I’m steering clear of this bet.
The Suns (currently 13th) are probably better suited looking towards the draft than the playoffs. Currently six games back, it would take a miracle for them to play their way into the playoffs. They have a very underrated young core in Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre, but this isn’t their year. Their five game stretch against the Clippers, Pacers, Heat, Thunder and 76ers should be enough to take them out. Phoenix is capable of sneaking in a couple wins, but they’re too far back to make a serious playoff push.
The Mavs (currently 7th) are so far ahead of the other teams in this field that betting on them basically means you think they’re about to finish on the worst eight game stretch of their season. Fun fact: Dallas is actually closer to the 2nd seed than they are the 8th seed (5.5 games behind the Clippers for the 2nd seed; seven games ahead of the current 8th seed). I truly don’t see the Mavericks playing their way down the standings and falling that far to the 8th seed.
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