How Good Are The Second Best Lineups?

According to Bovada, the four teams with the highest odds to win the NBA championship are the Miami Heat (10-13 odds), Oklahoma City Thunder (9-2 odds), San Antonio Spurs (7-1 odds), and the New York Knicks (15-1 odds).  What 10-13 odds mean is that to win $10 you have to risk $13.

A crucial element to a successful title run is an effective secondary lineup.  I look at the second most-utilized lineups for each of these four teams.

Here are some quick observations:

  • Most of the lineups are basically slight offshoots of the top lineup.  Take Miami’s lineup — they basically swap Haslem for Battier or OKC’s lineup where they change Sefolosha for Martin.
  • The New York Knicks lineup is surprisingly bad, relative to the other second lineups.  Part of their struggles are because of their terrible defending — they give up 108.3 points per 100 possessions which is roughly what the Sacramento Kings have given up all season.
  • Will San Antonio’s versatility be a strength or a weakness come playoff time?  The Spurs have four lineups that have played at least 100 minutes.

Topics: Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs

Want more from All U Can Heat?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Heat news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From