Updated NBA odds for next season:
Cleveland Cavaliers (4/1): You could have gotten at least 30/1, and higher in spots, just a week or two ago. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. This price is, of course, completely ridiculous right now. James is the best there is, and Kyrie Irving could be special — and is already the best point guard James has played with. There are a lot of uncertainties on this team, though — both in terms of usage and youth. This is public exuberance over the deal driving the price more than anything. This, as it stands right now, is far from the top contender in the league. They aren’t even the top contender in the East right now. Of course, you could view this as an investment in the future. If Cleveland can pull off a deal to land Kevin Love then suddenly everything changes. I can’t think of more than one or two players who are better suited to playing with James, and this new Big 3 would be good enough for 60 wins and real contender status. If you think that Love is going to happen then this isn’t a horrible bet — though there would still be no value here.
San Antonio Spurs (5/1): The Spurs have stayed out of the chaos and have quietly had a very good offseason. They locked up who they needed to, and they basically stayed the course. They are the class of this league — in more ways than one. The concern, of course, is that they are not getting any younger, and at some point that will catch up to them. On the other hand, they know that their window isn’t going to be open forever, so they will be highly motivated to win while they can. They are the deserving favorites until they prove otherwise.
Oklahoma City Thunder (13/2): They weren’t quite good enough last year, and they haven’t done enough to change that. Kevin Durant is the best player on the planet outside of Cleveland, but he doesn’t have enough around him to go all the way — unless the teams around them disappoint. I see no value at this price — not given the arms race that has been this summer so far.
Chicago Bulls (7/1): This is another big “if”. They are reportedly one of just two teams that Melo is considering — though not the favorite. With Anthony this price would be more than fair — especially if Love doesn’t end up in Cleveland. Without him, though, this is probably a touch low. It is an obvious concern that they have aggressively pursued everyone available, and it seems quite possible that they will have no takers. Circumstances have a lot to do with that, but it still isn’t a ringing endorsement of the core of this team — at least given the fragility of Derrick Rose’s knees.
Houston Rockets (7/1): If they get Bosh — and as I write this it seems very likely that they will — then this is an intriguing choice. I think Bosh is a better fit in Houston than he was in Miami lately. He and Howard and Harden make a fearsome trio, though I have some doubts about the toughness of Howard at this point. If this team was in the East the odds would be much lower. As it sits they are the third-best team in the West according to odds. That seems about fair. Of course, any bet here requires a leap of faith that the chemistry will work — far from a certainty when Howard is involved.
L.A. Clippers (10/1): They have done nothing of note and have fallen from the public mind as a result. They had a strong season and a decent playoff run, though it was hard to believe that they were going to be able to go all the way with what they have now. Now at least one team in the conference is better, so it is going to be even harder for the Clippers to break through. This price is right, I guess, but I sure don’t like it.
L.A. Lakers (33/1): This price makes me laugh. The public loves the Lakers, and they will back them no matter what. This price obviously doesn’t put them among the favorites, but it is still comically low. Who do they have? An old and beaten up Kobe who is harder and harder for anyone to play with. Jeremy Lin — if the deal with the Rockets that is being reported goes through. No Nash. No Pau. No free agent of note. No coach. It’s going to be an ugly, ugly year.
Miami Heat (50/1): How cruel this league can be. A couple of days ago the Heat were favored to win it all. They had added a couple of role-playing free agents and seemed to be ready to return their core. Then their world imploded. Now James is gone, Bosh is about to follow him, and their best player has knees that are totally shot. The only good thing you can say about this team at this point is that they have plenty of cap space.
A LOOK AT THE NFL EXTRA PAGE GIVES CURRENT ODDS FOR THE SUPER BOWL!!! PLUS TOP PLAYS AND COVERS FOR THE NFL SEASON!
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Seattle -5 (45)
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Atlanta -2 (52)
St. Louis -5 (46)
Pittsburgh -5 (41)
Philadelphia -11 (52.5)
N.Y. Jets -4.5 (39.5)
Baltimore -2.5 (43.5)
Chicago -6.5 (49)
Houston -2.5 (46.5)
Kansas City -5.5 (44)
New England -3.5 (47)
Carolina -2.5 (40.5)
San Francisco -3.5 (48.5)
Denver -7 (55.5)
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
New York Giants
Detroit -4 (45.5)
Arizona -3.5 (44.5)
UCLA Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship:
UCLA’s schedule will be its biggest asset and hindrance during the 2015 season. If the squad was able to get through the year undefeated or with one loss on its record, it would have a strong claim for the No. 1 ranking in the nation or at the very least a spot in the national title tournament. The trouble, however, is actually getting through that gauntlet of tough Pac-12 teams with only one loss.
Oregon and USC have national title hopes of their own, while Stanford and Arizona State promise to be very good, ranked schools during the 2014 season. Many experts already believe UCLA’s title chance to be overrated, The Bruins will be good, but unfortunately “good” will not be enough to reach the national title game. Expected UCLA to have another three-loss season but not make the BCS tournament.
Ohio State Odds to Win the 2015 National Championship:
Ohio State has only gotten better during each of its first two seasons under Meyer. The former National Championship-winning head coach brings an air of experience and confidence to a talented and experienced squad. Ohio State should be near the top of the rankings once again, and another undefeated regular season is well within reach for the team.
The Buckeyes feel like a shoe in for the BCS national title tournament if they can go through a big-name conference like the Big Ten undefeated or with one loss on the year. The team will probably be the most experienced and talented in the conference. Wagering on Ohio State’s National Championship odds feels like a solid bet for the 2014 college football season. The team’s schedule and conference is not as tough as some of the other top-ranked schools in the nation.
SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE MATCHUPS AND ODDS:
Seahawks vs. Broncos (+600):
There is a lot for these teams to overcome if they want a rematch. Most significantly, history has proven time and again that it is very tough for a team that played in the Super Bowl one year to make it again next year. Heck, it is tough enough for a Super Bowl team to just make the playoffs the next year.
These two teams have a lot to deal with that could be issues. The Seahawks have egos to deal with — Wilson and Sherman in particular have become much bigger stars than they were, but they are not alone. The Broncos aren’t getting any younger, and that is a particular concern for Manning — he has looked immortal for much of his career, but at some point time is going to catch up to him.
Seahawks vs. Patriots (+800):
We’ve discussed concerns with the Seahawks. The Patriots haven’t been as sharp as they could be for a couple of years now, are also dealing with a QB who isn’t getting younger, and have some real questions to answer at receiver and elsewhere.
Again, not nearly likely enough to justify this price.
Packers vs. Broncos (+1000): Many questions about the Broncos, and I just am not as impressed with these Packers as many seem to be. Aaron Rodgers’ health has to be an issue until he proves it isn’t, and their division is going to be much tougher this year than it was last year.
49ers vs. Broncos (+1500): There is some concern about the mental state of the 49'ers — the questions about Harbaugh and his relationship to his team in the offseason are a concern. The team is talented and built to win, though, and I like the offseason that they have had. The brutal division is always a concern, but I like the Niners as much or more than any NFC team.
Bears vs. Chargers (+30000):
Both teams are in their second year of a new regime after a much-needed coaching change last year. They have both significantly upgraded their coaching as a result, and it showed in the mindset of the teams. They both have quarterbacks who have plenty of talent if they can stay focused and avoid the lapses and mistakes. They both have some nice talent on both sides of the ball. Both play in deep and tough divisions, but both should be able to emerge from them if they play their best, and they will be well-seasoned from the challenges of their schedules.
Vikings vs. Jaguars (+800000): Not surprisingly, this is the longest shot on the board. I like the Jaguars quite a bit more than the Vikings — mostly because of coaching — but both have young quarterbacks and plenty of holes, and both are a few years away from being relevant.
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My Nephew Daniel Eaton and his partner did not make the Olympics this year is the pairs skating competition. However, they are in Taipei competiting in the Four Continents competition. They came in third place. My family believe that in the next winter olympics they will be competiting. The link http://youtu.be/j9ste_cu7rc is the latest of their performance in Taipei.
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