A Look At The NBA After The All Star Break

Most NBA teams have approximately 30 games left but there are still a lot left to be decided.

Well, in the Western Conference at least.

According to the favorite odds and lines on the All–Star Weekend in the past week or so, the Eastern Conference looks to be a two-team race with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat running away with the conference. Both teams look poised to meet up again in the Eastern Conference Finals. It doesn’t take NBA post All-Star Weekend betting tips to know that the Toronto Raptors or Chicago Bulls don’t pose a legitimate threat to either of those teams.

But going back to the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a lot of question marks surrounding them. Head coach Scott Brook has shown a willingness to bounce Kendrick Perkins out of his starting five, only to put him back in again.

There’s also questions about when Russell Westbrook will return to the court and if he will be able to stay healthy. After going under the knife three times in the past 12 months there are genuine concerns about whether his body can hold up.

The current conference champs, the San Antonio Spurs, might be playing their last season with Tim Duncan as whispers of The Big Fundamental retiring after this season were started by George Karl this week. Throw into the mix that Tony Parker is out for an undetermined period of time and the Spurs have their fair share of question marks surrounding them too.

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to grab the torch but their lack of depth have them in the mix to add some key pieces over the next 24 hours.

Portland started off the season great but have come back to earth with a hard thud. They are 4-6 in their past 10 games and have shown when their three-point shots aren’t falling they are a beatable team.

On top of that, Portland’s defense has looked shaky.

The Houston Rockets are probably the most likely team to supplant Oklahoma City or San Antonio, but they need to address their need for a stretch power forward still. They are putting Omer Asik out there as trade bait but it remains to be seen of a team like the Philadelphia 76ers will bite and trade them Thaddeus Young.