It’s time to get serious with playoff conference finals approaching and at 18-1 Oklahoma City is just too good to pass up now.
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
2016 Futures Report
This week we start to get serious about our basketball and hockey futures by adding one more NBA team to our portfolio.
We also have a new NASCAR driver on board. More on that later.
In the NBA, Oklahoma City is too good to pass up now at 18-1. While I have the same reservations most other analysts have about the Thunder, if they can bottle-up the same late-game focus and productivity from game 4 through the rest of the playoffs they stand as good a chance as any team including the mighty Warriors of winning the title.
It also helps that I only have one single-digit team in my portfolio making it much easier to turn a profit here.
2016 NBA Futures
In the NHL, if Washington can come from behind to knock-off the Penguins, we’ll own three of the final four teams.
We feel real confident that the winner of the San Jose/Nashville series will win the West while the East remains wide-open as Tampa Bay hopes to get Steven Stamkos back. The longer that other series in the East keeps going the better for the Lightning.
We’ll discuss more on the conference finals this Friday at 12:30pm with Jan Levine of Rotowire.com.
2016 NHL Futures
-Anaheim, Tampa Bay…9-1
Finally in NASCAR, even though he’s only been back for two races, we’re getting a good feeling about where Tony Stewart is right now after finishing a solid 12th at Kansas on Saturday night.
Stewart finished in the top-12 only twice in his last 15 races last season, so already he appears more comfortable with the new downforce package.
If Stewart’s average finish is just 25th over his last 15 races prior to the Chase and he scores just 1 win he’ll be eligible for the championship even after missing the first eight races of the season.
Also, at these odds I just don’t see how this is a gamble. If anything it will turn out to be a steal.
2016 NASCAR Futures
-M Truex Jr…18-1
-D Earnhardt Jr….15-1