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2017-18 NBA Central Division Betting Preview

Our second NBA preview is in the Central Division, which finds Indiana and Chicago going backwards, Detroit is stuck in neutral and Milwaukee is trying to move up.

Cleveland is still Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are less imposing without Kyrie Irving and the favorites to win the Central and Eastern Conference again.

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Cleveland Cavaliers (54 O/U win total)

It is a good thing head coach Tyronn Lue is a former player, because in Cleveland, it take special type of person to deal with today's NBA players, especially the collection the Cavaliers have. Nobody, maybe not even LeBron James knows if he is staying beyond this season, but this is an aging roster with an old bench, and Lue will have watch the minutes for many. Defensively, other than forcing turnovers, that is about the Cavs do anymore and that can work against most of the teams they will face. Hard to gauge Over play on Cleveland, since they only surpass if they feel threatened.

Milwaukee Bucks (47 O/U)

Without a doubt the most compelling team not only in the division, but the Eastern Conference. This is a really good roster of young talent, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The "Greek Freak" has gone from project to star in four years and he's still only 22. Malcolm Brogdon is Milwaukee's point guard and he should nicely complement sharp shooter Khris Middleton. The rest of the roster has players that coach Jason Kidd can mix and match depending on opponent or just go with the hot hand and you know center Greg Monroe in a contract year will be giving his all. If Jabari Parker comes back full strength in February and this team grows together, their upside is impressive. One question we have, can Kidd push the right buttons?

Detroit Pistons (35 O/U)

The addition of Avery Bradley does not make Detroit a great deal better, but certainly more intriguing. Bradley was a breakout star in last year's playoffs and playing with Reggie Jackson in the backcourt, these two should mesh together well. Bradley is also a first-team All-Defensive player and his work ethic will be positive on a team not always known for night-in, night-out effort. Though the NBA schedule has changed, in some ways this has made center Andre Drummond more of a force with his size and strength. Coach Stan Van Gundy will need more out of the frontcourt and bench, but this is a team that could approach 40 wins.

Indiana Pacers (31 O/U)

Though Indiana was widely panned for not making better a deal for Paul George, they had no leverage with George wanting out and he was going to be gone for nothing in free agency after this season. The Pacers will most likely start building team around C Miles Turner and SG Victor Oladipo. This is a great chance for Oladipo to turn into the type of player many expected as the No. 2 pick. If Turner can develop more offense, his value increases and I happen to think rookie T.J. Leaf can be a Kevin Love type player with a little more foot speed. As far as the total, the number sure looks accurate.

Chicago Bulls (22 O/U)

Fred Hoiberg was supposed to be what Lue became as head coach, competent. However, Hoiberg was brought in to install an up-tempo style of play and he's had a mixed roster in order to achieve that kind of success. Chicago is now in full tank-mode and is going extremely young. Despite being the 3rd-biggest TV market, do not expect the Bulls to be on TV much except locally. Players worth watching are Zach LaVine, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis and if you don't know who those players are, you are not alone.

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