With the NBA’s regular season slated to tip off in the latter half of the month, it’s worth taking a trip down recent memory lane to contextualize which teams have been able to start the league’s calendar year on the right foot and which ones have stepped in a bucket out of the gate of late. This information will be useful for those participating in legal online sports betting.
While NBA teams can’t win the Larry O’Brien trophy in October, they certainly can quash any hope of winning enough games to qualify for the league’s postseason with a slow start, placing great impetus on hitting the gas pedal from the opening games of the year onward.
While the first month of the NBA season may be short, it is an important few games to get off to a hot start in October. U.S. Betting Report utilized ChampsorChumps.us to find the records of every NBA team in October since the 2017-2018 to find the best to worst teams during the first month of the NBA season.
Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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NBA Team Records in the Month of October Since 2017-18
For the story, we can cover each of the teams’ October games and any storylines as part of the October schedules for each of them. The chart below will be a big help when making your futures decisions on the top sportsbook apps.
Golden State Warriors
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Who’s Thrived, Dived In October Of Late?
The best teams in October of late generally have one thing in common, that being a league championship trophy on their mantle between 2018 and 2023.
Between the No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks (who won it all in 2021), The No. 2 Toronto Raptors (who won the league in 2019) and the No. 4 Golden State Warriors (who won it all in 2018 and 2022), there’s a definite correlation between solid starts in October and winning it all in June.
The rest of the league top-five in October include playoff stalwarts, in the Utah Jazz, who are tied with the Warriors with a 23-10 (.697) October record since 2017-18, and the Portland Trail Blazers, who rank fifth in the league, at 20-11 (.645).
Conversely, the bottom five teams during the 10th month of the calendar year are the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets (who are 11-21/.344 apiece), the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-19/.367) and the Atlanta Hawks (12-20/.375), showing how important a good start to the season in October is, in determining a team’s championship chances on the courts of the NBA.
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Christopher Boan covers sports betting and casino gambling for U.S. Betting Report. He has reported on sports and sports betting in Arizona for nearly a decade, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.