NBA Standings Right Now
Below is where you'll find the NBA's most current standings. Seeing where every team sits relative to the rest of its conference, as well as the rest of the league, is an invaluable too.
You won't regret studying this page frequently.
These standings are, admittedly, only so useful on individual game scales. Records can help you spot disparities in talent, so you that will aid in your moneyline betting. But spreads and overs or unders shouldn't be explored based on standings alone.
Further research into team play styles (offensive or defensive specialist?), player matchups, injuries, etc. is needed to take that route.
This glance at the standings is most useful, though, when betting futures. You should still do other research, of course; there is never just one piece of information you should use to cultivate a bet. But this does a lot of the work for you.
If you see that, say, that the Warriors are running away with the Western Conference or posting the best record in the NBA, you'll know to use them as strong Conference Finals and NBA Finals plays.
And then, if you notice that a team like the Brooklyn Nets is stuck in the doldrums, you'll know to avoid their futures, be they divisional or on a more macro level, like you've never avoided anything else in your entire life.
How To Win At NBA Betting
Futures NBA betting is pretty straightfoward. Over the offseason, you'll want to invest in the known commodities—the established conference and championship contenders, like the Warriors and Cavaliers, provided they aren't suffering from an inordinate amount of turnover.
Championship and Western Conference futures, though, should be limited to a select few squads until futher notice. The Warrios are still poised the dominate the league over the long haul, and there's no use in throwing money on super long shots, like the Memphis Grizzlies, just because the odds are good.
The gap between the Warriors and everyone else is that huge. You must roll with teams that have a chance at erasing it.
Every team outside Oakland, to that end, poses a risk. That's how unbelievable the Warriors remain. There isn't a clear team in the league right now—not Cleveland, not San Antonio, not Oklahoma City—that looks like it can best them over the course of a seven game set.
Investing in the Warriors is naturally always a good play. The returns won't be substantial unless you bet a ton, but they are the surest thing the NBA has right now.
Beyond them, keep Western Conference futures to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. And maybe the Clippers. Wait to see what they do with their Big Three of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan before making any rash decisions.
For the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are still king. And while they might face some intra-conference challenges, they are the only—read: only—Eastern Conference team that can even remotely stack up with the Warriors. Thank LeBron James.
Still, keep your eyes on the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors and, as always, the Miami Heat. When healthy, they can give the Cavaliers trouble—especially the Celitcs. Consider taking flyers on their Eastern Conference futures, but only in small doses, because of how good the Cavaliers still are.
Finally, when making these futures bets, also make sure you're taking into account offseason transactions, more specifically the draft and free agency. Rosters change a lot over the offseason, and you'll need to have the most accurate information so that you concoct your futures bets accordingly.