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NBA Opening Night Betting Odds and Preview
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. ET on TNT
Sportsbook.com NBA Lines: Heat -1.5, Total: 188.5
The NBA betting season officially gets underway tonight in Boston when the new-look Heat travel north to take on the Celtics. The game marks the much-anticipated debut of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami uniforms. Hopes are high in South Beach and anything less than an appearance in the NBA Finals could be viewed as a failure. Sportsbook.com has the Heat as the +160 favorites to cut down the nets in June.
They’ll also look to avenge an opening-round playoff loss to the Celtics last year, who needed only five games to bounce Miami out of the postseason. The Heat went an uninspiring 3-4 in the preseason with Wade missing a majority of the action with a hamstring injury.
For the Celtics, they enter the year for one more run at an NBA Championship with their big three still intact. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett got some help down low in the offseason with the addition of Shaquille O’Neal. Tuesday’s matchup marks the second time in as many seasons that Boston will open against LeBron James. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers last year on opening night in Cleveland, 95-89. The Celts compiled a 7-1 record during the preseason.
After looking at the NBA Championship betting odds, Boston is +700 to win it all.
Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers
10:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Sportsbook.com NBA Lines: Los Angeles -7, Total: 195
The Lakers begin their title defense Tuesday when they welcome the Rockets to Staples Center. Los Angeles begins the 2010-2011 season with the majority of their championship team intact, with the only subtraction being Jordan Farmar who signed with the Nets in the offseason.
The Lakers went 73-32 including the postseason last year. However, they weren’t kind to the NBA betting crowd compiling a 46-57-2 record (44.7%) against the spread. They were an impressive 45-8 in home games, but again struggled against the number, going 23-29-1. L.A took three of four from Houston last season but covered only twice. Six of the last seven meetings between the teams at Staples Center have gone under the total.
Houston hopes the return of Yao Ming can help it improve on the 42-40 record it posted last year. The Rockets went 37-45 (45.1%) against the spread in those games. They added Brad Miller and guard Courtney Lee in the offseason and parted ways with Trevor Ariza. The Rockets went 7-11 ATS against the Pacific Division last year and 13-17 ATS as a road underdog. Houston averaged 102.7 points per game in ‘09-10, good enough for eighth-best in the league. The Rockets’ troubles came on defense where they allowed 102.7 PPG, ranking 21st in the NBA. Yao’s presence should help the defensive numbers if he’s able to stay healthy for the entire year.
Here are a couple of NBA betting trends which both favor the Lakers on the point spread tonight.
LA LAKERS are 10-5 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons including a 6-2 ATS record in home games.
LA LAKERS are 44-25 (64%) straight up against HOUSTON since 1996.
Anyone interesting in betting on the ‘total’ should take note of the following trend:
Phil Jackson is 391-352 OVER (+3.8 Units) as a favorite as the coach of LA LAKERS.
The average score was LA LAKERS 103.4, OPPONENT 96.7 - (Rating = 0*).
To check out more basketball betting trends and to check out the NBA betting odds for all of tonight’s games, head over to Sportsbook.com now.
The same four teams that held home court advantage in the 2009 Eastern Conference playoffs will do so once again in 2010. Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, and Atlanta have been head & shoulders above the rest of the conference when you consider the entire body of work. Now sure each of these teams has had its peaks and valleys this season, but over the course of 5-1/2 months, they have separated themselves from the pack. The bottom half of the East is intriguing, only in the sense that Miami, Milwaukee, and Charlotte have played their best ball down the stretch and have shown signs of being streaky good, or at least good enough to win a series early. The picture was muddied last week with the Andrew Bogut injury for the Bucks, and seemingly, Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston will be hoping for that matchup in the first round. The Bobcats are making a first ever appearance in the postseason. The #8 spot in the East came down to Chicago, who used a late season push to clinch the seed on the season’s final night. Here’s a look at each Eastern Conference playoff club along with their odds and reasons as to why they can/can’t reach the ultimate destination.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +2000
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +1000
Reasons they can win: Atlanta’s franchise is in growth mode, with the young nucleus gaining more and more valuable experience each passing season. The Hawks won 50 games in a season for the first time in 12 years.
Reasons they can't: The Hawks’ combined record vs. the Cavaliers, Magic, and Celtics over the last three seasons is 13-31. Those are obviously the three teams standing in the way of a trip to the finals. They also don’t play nearly as well on the road as the “Big 3”.
StatFox Steve’s projection: Won’t make it past second round, received favorable matchup in first round vs. Bogut-less Milwaukee club.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +900
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +400
Reasons they can win: This is the most experienced team in the NBA when it comes to playoff success. Beyond the core title group of two years ago, the Celtics have now added Rasheed Wallace to the mix. Games with Cleveland of late have been both intense and competitive, leaving signs of a potential upset.
Reasons they can't: Boston at times this season has looked not so much experienced, but just plain old. Kevin Garnett in particular doesn’t seem to have the bounce he did two years ago in the title run. Orlando has been a thorn in the Celtics’ side.
StatFox Steve’s projection: On VERY THIN ICE in first round vs. Miami. Look for a long series which will eventually doom them in round two should they be fortunate to advance.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +10000
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +5000
Reasons they can win: The Bobcats give up the fewest points in the NBA and seem almost too naïve to understand they shouldn’t be winning this many games at this point. They also won 30+ games at home.
Reasons they can't: The only spots in which Charlotte boasts playoff winning experience are at Head Coach, with Larry Brown, and ownership, with Michael Jordan. Opponents won’t be overwhelmed by their youthful exuberance.
StatFox Steve’s projection: Won’t be surprised to see Charlotte win a game or two vs. Orlando, only at home, but that’s it.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +30000
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +10000
Reasons they can win: Last year’s dramatic playoff series with Boston in the first round is still fresh in the minds of the Bulls’ players still on the roster. The most important one, the player who took the team on his shoulders, is still in place: Derrick Rose.
Reasons they can't: Assuming Chicago makes the 8-team East field, this team doesn’t have the scoring punch of the ’09 team, ranking higher than only six other clubs in points per game.
StatFox Steve’s projection: With Cleveland’s penchant for taking care of business early, don’t be surprised to see the Bulls out in five games.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +150
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: -300
Reasons they can win: Is this finally the year that LeBron gets his ring? It better be according to those who could see James leaving this summer without a title. The pieces are in place, this is the league’s best team, and the Cavs should be at full strength for the playoffs.
Reasons they can't: Cleveland’s postseason memories with James in the fold have always ended in disappointment, most often making it at least a round shy of where expected. There really are no excuses this time for not making the Finals, but James’ free throw & outside shooting could stand in the way. Also, the Cavs have had trouble with the Magic.
StatFox Steve’s projection: With the conference finals loss from a year ago fresh on their minds, the Cavs take out the Magic then go on to their first NBA title.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +8000
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +4000
Reasons they can win: Dwyane Wade. Let’s face it, the playoffs are built for the superstars. There are only a couple of players more capable than Wade of putting a team on their back and winning playoff series’. Plus, the entire cast has actually played its best down the stretch.
Reasons they can't: It’s very difficult to upset three straight opponents en route to a conference title. That’s the path the Heat have to take again in 2010.
StatFox Steve’s projection: Last spring, the Heat took the Hawks to seven games in the first round. Boston is in for that same kind of challenge this season. Don’t be shocked by an upset.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +10000
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +4000
Reasons they can win: The Bucks have been undervalued by everyone from oddsmakers to the guy down the street with a passing interest in the NBA all season. As evidence, they covered pointspreads at a near-record pace. Even with the Bogut injury, Milwaukee had one of the top records in the NBA after the all-star break, getting after it on the defensive end.
Reasons they can't: The Bogut injury was both devastating and deflating. He was having the best year of his career. Without him, there is a big void in the middle. With him, there was playoff inexperience and a void in the 3-4 positions.
StatFox Steve’s projection: It won’t be nearly as easy of an ouster as experts are projecting post-Bogut, but the Hawks will take them out in a competitive series.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Title: +600
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +250
Reasons they can win: I’ll admit I was off in predicting a decline by the Magic after the trade for Vince Carter. He’s had a big year and is the offensive playmaker this team has lacked down the stretch of games in recent postseasons. Oh yeah, they also boast the league’s best big man and can shoot the 3-point shot as well as anyone.
Reasons they can't: Other East teams boast stronger benches than Orlando, and have been more effective on the road than Stan Van Gundy’s club.
StatFox Steve’s projection: Over the last three seasons, Orlando boasts a winning mark against all other East playoff teams. However, I still believe this is Cleveland’s year.