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The NBA season has yet to begin, but that's not stopping us from looking down the road to April where 16 teams will be rewarded with at least four more games due to their regular season success. We're talking about the playoffs folks. You can pretty much guarantee a few teams are making it based on last year's success, but there are a few squads who simply don't have what it takes to make the top eight in their conference once again.
Here are four playoff teams from last season along with the odds from FanDuel that you should bet on to not make the postseason this year.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers (-400)
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This one is pretty obvious as the King has left the building. Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone to the NBA Finals the last four seasons, they won't even get a chance to defend their crown as they won't make the postseason. They still have a star in Kevin Love, but let's not forget that he never went to the playoffs before he was carried by LeBron. There are some solid players around him, but it's hard to imagine him lifting this team to an eight seed with all the young and talented teams in the Eastern Conference.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves (+115)
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This bet has a bit more risk to it than the one above, but the payout could be worth it. The Timberwolves ended their postseason drought behind Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns last season, but the former does not seem happy in Minneapolis. There are rumors that he doesn't want to play with KAT, Andrew Wiggins, and the rest of the young core which could force the Timberwolves to trade him before they lose him for nothing. Without Butler, this simply isn't a playoff team. The talent is there, but this season could have implosion written all over it for the Wolves.
2. Miami Heat (+380)
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There are teams in the Eastern Conference you can blindly assume will be in the playoffs. Do you really have that same feeling for the Miami Heat? They didn't make any large free agency pickups this season and are going back into the season with the same mediocre squad with the exception of Dwyane Wade. He has yet to retire and wasn't even a full-time starter, but Wade showed down the stretch he was important for this team. There are squads like the Pistons and the Hornets who are making a push towards the postseason which means another Eastern Conference team will have to drop out. Betting on the team that had Kelly Olynyk has the player as the highest win shares generator on the team seems fitting.
1. Portland Trail Blazers (-170)
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There's nothing wrong with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They have one of the best backcourts in basketball and can light it up any given night. Unfortunately, they showed they can also get run out of the building against good teams like they did in the playoffs. They were the surprise team last year, and will remain a surprise but this time as the team who falls flat. The Western Conference is simply too loaded with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers expected to make the leap. There's firepower on this team, but not enough to make the postseason once again.
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