There is no doubt where the public believes the power is with NBA future odds as the Eastern Conference is led by power favorites Miami and Chicago with a host of select power dogs such as Orlando, Philadelphia, and Indiana. Add into the mix the “Linsanity” of the popular New York Knicks and the venerable veteran Boston Celtics and you have plenty of action in the East.
Perhaps the most intriguing story thus far in the East has been the Chicago Bulls as they have proven to be far more than a one man team of superstar Derrick Rose. Rose has been out most of February with injuries and yet the Bulls have maintained excellence and were in second place in the Eastern Conference standings within a game of the Miami Heat.
Chicago has proven to be a complete team that ranked 9th for scoring offense and 3rd for defense. Defense is what made them the top seed in the Eastern Conference last year and what could propel them again to the top spot. The Bulls have also proven to be a highly effective road team which is of critical importance come playoff time. Rose returned to the lineup on February 20th so the Bulls figure to be even better down the stretch.
Miami has been solid if not spectacular as LeBron James has been averaging 27.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to propel the Heat to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Miami’s offense was 2nd in the NBA for scoring while the defense was middle of the road at 14th.
The West is another matter as handicappers are showing with their action on the NBA future odds that there is little faith in those teams. The traditional power and public name brand team Los Angeles Lakers are looking more and more like a dysfunctional mess. The Lakers are beginning to implode as stories of a front office being run by the party animal sons of owner Jerry Buss have begun to surface. Add to that the rumors of a potential trade of Pau Gasol and new coach Mike Brown taking over for Hall of Famer Phil Jackson and you have a very bad situation brewing. The Oklahoma City Thunder are still young and unproven in the post season and the San Antonio Spurs are an odd mix of young and old. Defending champion Dallas is still in the mix and they could end up as a team to watch before this shortened NBA season is over.