Jared Quay gives three betting storylines headed into the NBA All-Star break, including who is the team to beat in the East, why you should fade the Pelicans and sleeper value on the Grizzlies winning their division.
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JARED QUAY: If you're betting on the NBA, here are three storylines for you heading into the all-star break that could be beneficial for you. Who's the king of the East, the Nets, Sixers, or, Bucks? The Nets are plus-130. I like them the most here because I think that they've been playing well without KD. But if you add him in, James Harden and Kyrie are starting to feel their rhythm together.
Plus, they look to be buyers for defenders during the trade deadline, which will only help them out a lot. And I think that if the Nets can get the number one seed, the two and three seed are gonna have to play each other in the playoffs. And that'll be where they can battle it out. And I think whoever has that one seed has a strong competitive advantage. But plus-130 for them seems to be a steal.
Also, we got to talk about a team to fade. I usually like the Pelicans, but this is a time to fade them. They're going into the trade deadline as big sellers. They've been part of the blockbuster trades going for the NBA for a while with the Anthony Davis trade two years ago and Jrue Holiday in the offseason. And I think they're looking to move a lot of their guards, maybe even Lonzo Ball. With that being the case, I think they're really trying to set up for the future with Zion and Brandon Ingram and a lot of draft picks, so I don't think this is a good time to bet them making it to the playoffs or even trying to push hard towards the end of the season.
With that same breath, I also like the Memphis Grizzlies to win their division. I think that they're undervalued here. You got Jaren Jackson coming back, which is creating a problem. That's the second best player on the team, and they're already having lineup problems because they have too much talent. You add that to the fact that the Spurs and the Mavericks haven't been playing as well. I think they're a great sleeper to win the division at plus-750. But you know what, let's make some money with the rest of this season.