If the Miami Heat are going to set a new NBA record with 34 consecutive wins, it will happen April 9 in Miami against the Bucks.
That’s 11 games and a few weeks away, what are the odds they can make it?
How about 6/1?
That’s the odds at Bovada, showing you the bookmakers know it is still a pretty long way to the promised land. There are road games in Chicago and San Antonio, there are back-to-backs, and there is the need to start getting players rest before the playoffs. Plus, other teams are motivated against the Heat right now — look how well both the shorthanded Celtics and the 76ers played the Heat in the last week.
If Miami gets to 34, it’s only five more games until the end of the season. You can get 10-1 odds the Heat close out the season without a loss. The under/over bet on the win streak is 29.
What are the odds on the Heat to win the NBA title? 11/10. Which means bet $100, win $110. Not much return on investment, but that’s where the public’s mind is about who wins it all this year. (I say public because odds are about public perception and earning the house an edge, although to be honest most basketball insiders think it’s the Heat then everyone else, too.)
Billy Donovan was given the head coaching job in Oklahoma City to bring their offense into modern times — and it seems to be working, Russell Westbrook said he feels a lot more space in the system.
But if the Thunder are going to contend for a title, they need a top 10 defense as well — and to do that Donovan is going to keep a Scott Brooks move and continue to start Andre Roberson and Steven Adams. Check out the starting lineup for their first preseason game Wednesday.
There also was this report via Anthony Slater in the Oklahoman yesterday about a scrimmage at practice.
Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Andre Roberson all started for the White team. Nick Collison joined them, but that was only because Steven Adams sat out with back soreness….
Donovan said the teams weren’t split by accident. That’s how they’ve been divided in practice. So at this point, it seems Roberson is this team’s starting shooting guard and Adams is the team’s starting center.
This is the smart move. Last season the lineup of Westbrook, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka and Adams was +13.4 points per 100 possessions over their opponents. Roberson and Adams are there for defense — neither brings much offensive game to the floor, but when you have Westbrook and Durant and only one ball between them, you don’t need more offensive threats. You’re going to get plenty of points.
If they can just stay healthy, Oklahoma City is a team to be feared.
The Hall of Fame player behind the original iron man streak is with us no more.
Knicks’ legend Harry Gallatin passes away at age 88, the team confirmed Wednesday.
Gallatin led the Knicks of the late 1940s and into the 1950s, when he set a then record playing in 610 consecutive games. Nicknamed “The Horse,” he was a beast on the boards who averaged 15.3 rebounds a game one season and averaged 11.9 boards and 13 points per game over the course of his 10-year career. He’s still fourth all time in total rebounds in Knicks franchise history.
Gallatin was a seven-time All-Star and twice All-NBA selection. After his playing days, he spent many years as the athletic director at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.