If you bet money on the Phoenix Suns to do some winning in Orlando, and the Phoenix Suns actually DO some winning in Orlando, then you could turn that money into a great deal of extra money.
I’m not telling you to bet. I’m also not telling you to not bet. So I’m kind of telling you to bet. First things first, let’s talk about what’s going to happen in Orlando.
Games kick off on Thursday, July 30. Games conclude on Friday, August 14. In total, 88 games will be played at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Twenty-two teams have been invited. Each club gets eight games to determine seeding. Per usual, eight teams in each conference will fill out the playoff field. Should the 9-seed be within four games of the 8-seed, those two will face off head-to-head to determine the final spot. The 8-seed needs to win once, the 9-seed needs to win twice.
- Play-In Games: Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16
- First Round: Monday, Aug. 17
- Conference Semifinals: Monday, Aug. 31
- Conference Finals: Tuesday, Sept. 15
- NBA Finals: Wednesday, Sept. 30
Clear as mud? Good. Now lets get paid.
First, lets talk win totals in the Orlando “regular” season:
- Milwaukee Bucks 6.5
- Philadelphia 76ers 5.5
- Boston Celtics 5.5
- Toronto Raptors 4.5
- Miami Heat 4.5
- Orlando Magic 2.5
- Los Angeles Lakers 5.5
- Los Angeles Clippers 5.5
- New Orleans Pelicans 5.5
- Dallas Mavericks 4.5
- Houston Rockets 4.5
- Oklahoma City Thunder 4.5
- Utah Jazz 4.5
- Denver Nuggets 3.5
- Memphis Grizzlies 3.5
- Portland Trail Blazers 3.5
- Sacramento Kings 3.5
- Phoenix Suns 2.5
- San Antonio Spurs 2.5
Indiana, Brooklyn, and Washington are off the board in the East because of a variety of injuries.
If you take the over on 2.5 wins for Phoenix you can get +150. Take the under, like a sucker, and you’re looking at -205.
Need something saucier? Here are the odds on reaching the postseason:
- Brooklyn Nets: Yes -10000, No +2100
- Memphis Grizzlies: Yes -143, No +108
- New Orleans Pelicans: Yes +290, No -435
- Orlando Magic: Yes -10000, No +2100
- Phoenix Suns: Yes +6000
- Portland Trail Blazers: Yes +400, No -670
- Sacramento Kings: Yes +1100, No -10000
- San Antonio Spurs: Yes +1300, No -10000
- Washington Wizards: Yes +2100, No -10000
Now we’re talking. Had to do a little bit of research, but on at least one site I found odds for the Suns to miss the playoffs at -20000. Please let me know if you end up placing that bet.
But +6000 isn’t sexy enough for you. is it? No it is not. Because your Suns are going to be crowned NBA CHAMPIONS.
Odds to win it all:
- Los Angeles Lakers +240
- Milwaukee Bucks +260
- Los Angeles Clippers +320
- Boston Celtics +1600
- Houston Rockets +1600
- Philadelphia 76ers +2000
- Toronto Raptors +2000
- Denver Nuggets +2500
- Dallas Mavericks +3500
- Utah Jazz +3500
- Miami Heat +4000
- Brooklyn Nets +8000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +8000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- New Orleans Pelicans +10000
- Portland Trail Blazers +10000
- Memphis Grizzlies +25000
- San Antonio Spurs +75000
- Orlando Magic +100000
- Phoenix Suns +100000
- Sacramento Kings +100000
- Washington Wizards +100000
There’s a reason that number next to the Suns is so big. It’s because oddsmakers don’t know what you and I know.
Here’s the Suns’ schedule so you can track all the money you’ll be raking in:
- vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, July 31 (4:00 p.m. ET)
- vs. Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, August 2 (9:00 p.m. ET)
- vs. LA Clippers on Tuesday, August 4 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
- vs. Indiana Pacers on Thursday, August 6 (4:00 p.m. ET)
- vs. Miami Heat on Saturday, August 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)
- vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, August 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)
- vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, August 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
- vs. Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, August 13 (TBD, TBD)
So there it is. All the info you need to finally pay off the student loans you haven’t been paying for the last few months anyway.
If EVER there was a time for chaos to reign supreme this is that time. We don’t even know if we’re going to get through this tournament. So take a longshot.