The NBA Playoffs are now well underway and the best of the best are really starting to separate from
the rest of the pack. The one and two seeds in the West have gotten off to excellent starts, while in the
East, the two-seed has gotten off to an all-too-familiar snake-bitten start. While most matchups are a
little more cut and dry than others, according to our advanced calculations, there is one sleeper still on
First off, we know who wont surprise and thats the big three Golden State, San Antonio and
Cleveland. In fact, a review of sportsbooks listed here shows consistency. Odds at the big NBA betting
sites hand it over to the West, either to Golden State (-180 odds) or the Spurs (+250) ousting the
Cavaliers (+400) to take the title. After those three though, the remaining contenders are a little all over
The Oklahoma City Thunder (+1,500) are no sure bet as they split their first two games with the
Mavericks. The Clippers (+2,000) looked strong in their opener beating Portland by 20, although their
regular season results against the Blazers show that the series is still wide open. Meanwhile, over in the
East, the Raptors (+3,000) lost their opener to Indiana by ten points.
There is one team in the conference though that nobodys talking about and thats the Charlotte
Hornets. We know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. While the Miami Heat destroyed the Hornets in
their series opener by 32-points, they split their season series. Now, while were not talking NBA Finals
here, the Hornets are (+15,000) and could pay off nicely.
They were one of the hottest teams entering the playoffs going 7-3 in their last ten and winning 26 of
their final 35 this season. If they can knock off the Heat, theyll face either Indiana or Toronto. They had
a little bit of trouble with the playoff-plagued Raptors, going 1-2 against them this season. However,
they completely blanked the Pacers three games to none. A successful run which included a 22-point
victory back in February. So if they can get rid of Miami, they could have a shot at making sportsbooks
think twice about the Swarm.
Sadly though, from the look of the odd sets, its yet NBA playoff picture thats basically already set in
stone. The NBA rejoiced at the thought of parity and flipping the script of a two, three or four team
league over the past few years. From what were seeing so far though this year, we can probably expect
the usual suspects to continue their 2015 fight for basketballs Holy Grail.