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NBA Season Preview | 2017/18

US Sports boffin Callum Wilson (@CallumWilsonSJ) runs the rule over the new NBA season, picking out his favourite fancies.

NBA Season Preview | 2017/18

It’s almost that time again – get those replica vests out, pick your team and prepare for some red hot NBA action. For those of you with a passion with all things basketball, you’ll know that the 2018 NBA Championships start back tomorrow.

A host of superstars are set to suit up, with Steph Curry, Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard and co ready to take it to the basket, with more televised games than ever before for the b-ball fan to feast on.

188BET has a number of specials for the upcoming season, and we preview some of the best ante-post bets to get on before we get underway.

Movers and shakers throughout the league

It’s been a pre-season of turbulence across the NBA, with major players jumping ship and making excellent use of free agency. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George have joined perhaps the most exciting player in the league, Russell Westbrook, at Oklahoma Thunder.

Other major moves include the likes of Kyrie Irving departing the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining the Boston Celtic – a landmark switch for the league.

Kyrie to bring the boom back to Boston

As aforementioned, perhaps the biggest move of this year’s free agency includes the wizard that is Kyrie ‘Uncle Drew’ Irving. Possibly the best handles in the entire league, Kyrie is a major acquisition for the Celtics.

What’s more, that the trade involved in bringing the superstar on board involved shipping off Isiah Thomas, who for all his showmanship and determination after losing his sister and continuing to play, was simply a hindrance to the team.

With Irving joining the likes of Gordon Hayward at the side, they look like a force to be reckoned with. At 188BET, we’re offering the Celtics to finish as the number one seed in the East, and win the NBA title at a whopping 17.0. That looks a massive price.

Ball to back the Lakers to beginning their journey back to the big time

A lot has been said about the controversial, polarising Lonzo Ball and what he can do to transform the fortunes of the LA Lakers.

One NBA columnist even put him above one of the most consistent, highest scoring players in recent history, Carmelo Anthony, on his power rankings – before the youngster has even played a game.

We’re offering punters a special of whether the young star can take the team to the playoffs, which they haven’t reached since the 2012/13 season when they suffered a 0-4 series record against the Spurs.

The hype surrounding the wonder kid coming out of college, in my opinion, will feed his ego and I can see him revolutionising the Lakers organisation. A supreme ball handler and passes is just what the doctor ordered for the outfit, and I have faith that he can land them the coveted spot. I’ll be taking up the 8.00 odds on him projecting them to the play-offs.

Leonard to Spur his way to MVP winner

One of our most popular and debatable markets is the Most Valuable Player (MVP), which is essentially an award for the most recognisable performer throughout the regular season. Among many potential shouts for the gong, San Antonio Spurs star, Kawhi Leonard looks a strong bet.

For many players, the essence is either in attack or defence on the court, but for Kawhi, there is absolutely no discriminating between the two.

A behemoth at the back, The Claw earned his nickname for a reason. Going forward, few have the inside game associated with the SF matched with the ability to score from mid-range and from distance. Looks a big price at 5.50 to clinch it this year, considering many think he was the deserving winner in last year’s regular season.

Best Bets

NBA 2017/18: Boston Celtics to be the #1 seed in the East plus the NBA title – Yes (17.0)

NBA 2017/18: Can Lonzo bring the Lakers to the play-offs – Yes (8.00)

NBA 2017/18: Regular season MVP – Kawhi Leonard (5.50)