At the start of every NBA season, fans start having thoughts of their teams in the playoffs because they are just conditioned to get their hopes up. Given the events of this offseason, some teams have greatly improved their postseason odds, and as a result, they have gone from being pretenders to contenders. Others find themselves on the brink of the playoff chase, hoping to sneak into the postseason.
One team that is definitely playoff bound is the Los Angeles Lakers, who might have the best starting lineup in the NBA. The same can be said for the new-look Knicks, who may as well have two starting lineups with their killer second unit. Yet regarding teams like the Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks, their playoff chances in 2012-13 aren't so clear. Both teams are extremely young, but have the talent capable of taking them far.
Long story short, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are going to have a field day this NBA season. For the first time in what feels like forever, the playing field is actually level, and there is no way to tell just who is going to go all the way. If you're the gambling type and want to pick a winner with which you'll feel comfortable, make sure that you have the necessary knowledge on which teams to buy or sell before the actual bet is placed.