NBA Betting: Who’s Impressed, Disappointed Early On

The 2017-18 NBA season is underway. Usually, the early games don’t mean a whole lot. Remember that the Cleveland Cavaliers really struggled in the early part of last season but still got it together by the end of the year. Even so, we’re able to glean some little things in the early goings. Here is a look at which teams have impressed and disappointed so far this season.

Impressed: Orlando Magic

Fresh off a win over the undefeated San Antonio Spurs, it’s hard not to be impressed with the Orlando Magic. They are 4-1 and are atop the Eastern Conference standings. Sure, it’s early, but this team looks very talented and very strong. They are loaded with explosive scorers as both Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon have scored 41 points in a game this season. They have three players averaging more than 21.5 points per game and four players scoring in double figures. That’s impressive. And they’ve even been without starters Elfrid Payton and Gordon for multiple games. It looks like this franchise has finally turned a corner.

Disappointed: Philadelphia 76ers

We keep hearing that the Philadelphia 76ers will break out but there has been no evidence of that so far. Even with a healthy Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, this team has looked abysmal. They’ve allowed an average of 113.8 points per game in their four losses and they’re just 1-4 on the year. Simmons has looked good and so has Embiid, but there is no semblance that this is a cohesive team that can put it all together and win games. They have the talent now, though, so if they don’t figure it out soon, Brett Brown will get fired.

Impressed: Los Angeles Clippers

Who would have figured that the Los Angeles Clippers would be the last undefeated team in the NBA this season? In fairness, remember that they started 14-2 last season and they didn’t meet their goals. However, this year’s team looks different. They’re built differently. They seem tougher, grittier and better defensively. They’ve held their four opponents to 91.8 points per game. Blake Griffin has been a beast, averaging 26.3 points per game with 9.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 threes and 1.0 steals per game. If he keeps that up, he’ll be in the running for league MVP.

There’s still a long ways to go this season but the Clippers have been impressive so far.

Disappointed: Oklahoma City Thunder

As we enter the weekend, the Oklahoma City Thunder are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns for the second-worst record in the Western Conference. They have a win over the lowly New York Knicks and the so-so Indiana Pacers. However, they’ve lost twice to the Minnesota Timberwolves and once to the Utah Jazz. This is a team that’s loaded with the Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George. They should be stumbling like this. It will take time but the early returns show that this team is not a championship contender…at least right now.