NBA Western Conference Chamionship Odds Breakdown

ctsports picksAnalyst IApril 16, 2009

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Finally, the NBA Playoffs are upon us. Not a minute too soon.

Craig Trapp from CT Sports Picks is hot, as his NBA Plays have gone 10-2 in the last 10 days.

Today, Craig will break down the odds of making the Conference Finals for each Western Conference Playoff squad. There's some great value to be had here if you can get past the huge favorite Los Angeles Lakers.

If you missed Craig's article breaking down the Eastern Conference odds, make sure you check it out also!

Los Angeles Lakers: -400

This team has all the weapons that any coach would want to win a championship. The West Title will go through L.A.

But let's throw them out for any future, since there is no betting value.

Denver Nuggets: +800

Yes, you read it correctly: The Nuggets have 8:1 odds to win the Western Conference Championship. Do not sleep on a very deep Denver team that can score at will against any team including the Lakers.

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By the way, they are one of the few teams to win at L.A. this season. They're the best option to beat the Lakers in the WCF; Chauncey Billups has won a championship and could carry this team a very long way.

Utah Jazz: +800

Not sure what oddsmakers are thinking with this team. They're the eight-seed and will face Kobe and Lakers first round.

The Jazz can't win on the road and has no way to beat L.A.

Houston Rockets: +800

And here's another perplexing future odds. If this team could play every game at home, they might have a chance, but they can't go to L.A. or Denver and win consistently.

Would have been interesting bet with Tracy McGrady, but his injury makes this team an afterthought.

Portland Trail Blazers: +1000

The Blazers have been very hot late in the season, even away from home. Plus, they've got the second-best player in the West, Brandon Roy.

This club could give the Lakers a very tough series in the second round. Too bad they couldn't play their way to the three-seed so as to stay away from L.A. until the finals.

Kobe & Co. are too experienced, but the Blazers are interesting at 10-to-1.

San Antonio Spurs: +1000

These past champions will go down swinging, but without Ginobili (due to injury), this team will lose in one of the first two rounds.

New Orleans Hornets: +1300

Chris Paul is playing at an elite level, but the rest of his team has not picked up their game. The Hornets would need a triple-double every game from CP3 to have any chance.

Don't be surprised if they get swept in first round of Western Conference Playoffs. These future odds should be more like 20-to-1.

Dallas Mavericks: +2500

The odds say it all. This team just can't stop anyone consistently on defense.

The Western Conference Championship will most likely be won by one of three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, or Portland Trail Blazers. But there's no way you can bet the favored Lakers, so either take a swing with one of the two longshots!

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