In a battle of Crtside vs. some bookie likely named Don Ralphie Giamatti, the Vegas odds on the NBA season are out. I thought it’d be interesting to find out how my preseason predictions stacked up against the pros aka Las Vegas odds. If I were a betting man (which I’m not), I’d probably bet with the people that do this in order to take your money. But, like every great man who once owned a three bedroom house and now lives in a hostel, I think I’m smarter than Vegas.
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You can see there are some discrepancies between what I think and what the people who do this professionally think. First of all, as a general rule, I think the top third of the league is going to be better and the bottom third is going to be worse. Looking down the list, the first team I strongly disagree with Vegas is the Timberwolves. Even with Love missing some games in addition to Rubio, I still think this team is better than 39.5 wins. I also strongly disagree with the Hornets. Vegas bookies have them as the 3rd worst team in the league and I simply don’t see it. I also see the Rockets, Kings, Pistons, and Bobcats as significantly worse than they do. After watching Andre Drummond excel all preseason, I’m not sure how wild I am about making that pick. I do think the Rockets and Bobcats are bad and the Kings, although talented, have bad ownership and bad chemistry.
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below…