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Wob, Phan, Moore and Mears: Drafting Our Favorite 2019 NBA Futures Bets


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  • The 2019 NBA Playoffs will begin this Saturday, April 13.
  • Before they start our NBA experts are looking to get down some futures bets. They run through the best ones currently available by conducting a snake draft.

With the 2019 NBA Playoffs starting tomorrow, it’s a good time to revisit futures bets — for this piece, that’s any bet not on a single game — and where the best value is in the market currently.

To do so, four of our NBA experts — Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob), Justin Phan, Matt Moore and Bryan Mears — gathered to do a futures snake draft, with each person getting two picks.

Any futures wager are fair game — NBA title, chance to win the conference, first-round props, etc.

Wob won the random drawing for the first selection, followed by Phan, Mears and Moore. Let’s get to it.

Pick 1: Rob Perez

Bet: Nuggets -230 vs. Spurs

The Nuggets tailspinning before the playoffs started was a blessing in disguise for bettors. Nobody trusts them after the way they’ve played these past couple weeks. Nooooobody.

They finished 20th in the league in points scored per game but sixth in efficiency. That is not a typo … they have completely pivoted their style to mudball, and they are damn good at it. Playoffs = mudball but for four full quarters.

The Nuggets are the 2-seed for a reason, and they are without a doubt the deepest team in the conference. I know that doesn’t carry the same weight in the playoffs that it does throughout the year, but options are always a great problem to have.

They can contain LaMarcus Aldridge with Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee, sparing Nikola Jokic the burden of having to actually try on defense for once. I know it feels different, but I still don’t trust Playoff DeRozan, and it’s going to be open season for Blue Arrow archery with Patty Mills on Jamal Murray. That Denver crowd is the army of orcs waiting outside of Helm’s Deep waiting to charge. Buy low while you still can.

Pick 2: Justin Phan

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