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Online Sports Betting’s 2015-16 NBA Southwest Division Preview

Online Sports Betting’s 2015-16 NBA Southwest Division Preview
Can Houston earn another division title? Are LaMarcus Aldridge and David West the necessary additions for San Antonio to return to the Finals? Can the Pelicans venture further as the Alvin Gentry era begins? We explore it all in our 2015-16 Southwest Division preview.

Dallas Mavericks

Odds To Win The NBA Championship: 50/1

Good ol' somewhat reliable Dallas. The Mavs made the playoffs last year for the fourteenth time in the last fifteen seasons and were bounced fairly quickly by Lone Star State rival Houston. The Mavericks scored a lot of points in 2014-15 (105.2 points-per-game, third best in the league) while also giving up 102+ points-per-game to their opponents. Dallas should be in line for more high scoring affairs with a few intriguing additions arriving on the roster. Ex-Portland guard Wesley Matthews has come aboard, same with veteran point guard Deron Williams and big man Zaza Pachulia. It might not be enough to come out on top in a stacked division, but loading up on talent is rarely a bad idea.

Houston Rockets

Odds To Win The NBA Championship: 16/1

Fear the beard. James Harden had an MVP calibre season last year, as he put the club on his back and carrying the Rockets to a date in the Western Conference Finals. There's a lot to like about Houston in this upcoming campaign with Ty Lawson joining the team via trade and Terrence Jones possibly enjoying a breakout year. One big question mark for the Rockets is whether or not Dwight Howard can return to form as one of the NBA's premier centers. Injuries have been a major issue for Howard, but it's not unfair to note that his production has declined a bit since leaving Orlando. If Houston can survive the season without too many players visiting the hospital, the Rockets could once again make some noise.

Memphis Grizzlies

Odds To Win The NBA Championship: 33/1

Perpetually overlooked Memphis is still a major player in the NBA's Western Conference. The cast remains mostly the same as the one that was eliminated by Golden State in the playoffs, but the club's depth and defensive skill set never goes out of style. The Grizzlies allowed only 95.1 points-per-game while Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph gave opponents fits. Memphis are in a tricky spot of shutting down opposing squads with their excellent defense, but can they contribute enough offense in a difficult division? We'll have to wait and see.

New Orleans Pelicans

Odds To Win The NBA Championship: 50/1

Monty Williams' reward for guiding the Pelicans to a surprise playoff appearance in 2014-15? His walking papers. Williams got the axe as head coach and now New Orleans will be under the watch coaching journeyman Alvin Gentry. The big draw with the Pelicans is unquestionably rising star Anthony Davis, although you can't entirely discount the contributions of players like Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson. Establishing a defense with more facets than just Davis' work should be a priority for New Orleans as last year's level of D play just won't do. A limited bench won't make that task easy, but it could help spring New Orleans to another playoff appearance.

San Antonio Spurs

Odds To Win The NBA Championship: 7/2

The Spurs have reloaded and that's some scary news for the entire NBA. San Antonio had a monster offseason with LaMarcus Aldridge and David West joining a roster that includes Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Did we mention that Gregg Popovich & Co. are seeking redemption following a Game 7 loss to the Clippers last year? This is a club with extra fire and the right balance of offensive and defensive prowess. Factors working against San Antonio? As always, there's the issue of age, plus this offseason featured a few roster subtractions that will bring the team's depth in question. If LaMarcus Aldridge and David West can play as advertised, the Spurs are in line for a colossal year.

Our Pick For Division Champ: San Antonio

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