NBA's Safest Bets To Make The Playoffs

NBA is one of the most unpredictable sports competitions in the world, we take a look at NBA's safest bets to make the playoffs.

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The NBA is one of the most unpredictable sports competitions in the world. However, fans that like betting on it are often looking for close to a sure thing when it comes to the playoffs.

The real unpredictability in the NBA starts when the playoffs get underway, as the sides that are in the top positions in the Eastern and Western conferences do battle.

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Anyway, which teams are among the safest bets to reach the playoffs in the 2021-22 season?

Brooklyn Nets

It would be hard to start anywhere else when assessing the best chances to make the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets were considered favourites to win the NBA last season following the addition of James Harden.

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However, their season eventually fell apart in the post season, as they were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games in the conference semi-finals. This season they are looking extremely strong once again, in an Eastern Conference that looks wide open when it comes to playoff spots.

The Nets have won ten from 14 games that they have played, and have been strong both home and away. They have won four times in Brooklyn so far this season, and six times away from home. Obviously, we are still at a very early stage of the season, but the early indications are very good for this leading NBA chance to reach the playoffs this season.

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Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers boast one of the most impressive rosters in the NBA, which means it will come as no surprise that they are one of the safest bets to reach the playoffs this season. The Lakers won the NBA title in the 2019-20 season but were very disappointing in the post-season the last term.

They failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs, as they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns. It was the first time in the career of Lebron James that he was knocked out of the playoffs at the early stage. It was also the worst playoff performance by a defending champion since the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014-15 season.

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There is still work for the Lakers to do this season though, as they are down in seventh after 14 games of the new season. They have been slightly too easy to beat so far this term, having lost on six occasions and having won just eight times. Away performances will certainly need to improve, as they have lost two of the three games that they have played away from the Staples Center.

Golden State Warriors

There is certainly a feeling this season that the Golden State Warriors are truly back. They have missed out on the playoffs in the last two seasons but finally, look back to the level that they were at when winning their three titles between 2015 and 2018. The Warriors have already been making history over the early weeks of the season.

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Steph Curry looks to be at the top of his game this season, as he surpassed the record number of three-pointers in NBA history set by Ray Allen. The Warriors are the early pacesetters in the Western Conference, having won eleven of the 13 games that they have played.

Home form has been a huge plus for them to this point, as they have won eight of the nine games played with home-court advantage. Certainly, bigger tests will come down the line, but the momentum that they are building ensures that they are standout contenders to reach the playoffs at present.

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