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The National Basketball Association (NBA) post-season continues this week, as the final four teams vie for the bragging rights of Eastern Conference or Western Conference champions, as well as the coveted opportunity to play in the NBA finals. We are unsure as to who will emerge as the NBA champions, right now were are only assuming and betting, but we do know that we will crown a new NBA champion, as the Boston Celtics suffered an early playoff exit courtesy of the Orlando Magic. It is the peak season for NBA betting.
Obviously, if you are betting in the NBA, you are fully aware that the Eastern Conference finals include the Orlando Magic (59-13 regular season record) versus the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers (66-16 regular season record). Game 1 will be played on Cleveland`s home arena, and they are favored 2/9, while the Orlando Magic`s odds stand at 9/2 according to the Best Betting web site (bestbetting.com).
Those betting on this NBA Eastern Conference showdown would be interested in the fact the series opening odds have the Cleveland Cavaliers listed at -800 odds, and the Orlando Magic at +500 odds.
The Magic defeated the injury-riddled Boston Celtics in seven games to earn their right to compete in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics were without their superstar power forward Kevin Garnett. The Cleveland Cavaliers easily disposed of the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks after posting the best regular season record in the NBA. A large majority of NBA enthusiasts are betting on the Cavaliers.
The Western Conference match-up includes the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers (65-17 regular season record) versus the upstart Denver Nuggets (54-28 regular season record). Betting on this NBA match-up may not be as easy as it looks. If you paid attention to the regular season, the Lakers were far and away the supreme team in the Western Conference. Nevertheless, there were times when they appeared vulnerable against the Houston Rockets. Without Yao Ming for the majority of the series, the Rockets pushed the Lakers to seven games.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets, led by Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billups, quickly disposed of the New Orleans Hornets as well as the Dallas Mavericks, amidst much drama thanks to the Mavericks notorious owner Mark Cuban. The Nuggets have raised eyebrows in the NBA betting circles because of their speed and athleticism, which is the primary reason they were able to overcome the Mavericks. In fact, the Mavericks leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki pointed to the Nuggets athleticism as their biggest obstacle in the series that ended after five games.
If you are betting on this NBA series, it is vital to know the opening series odds, which favor the Lakers. The Lakers odds stand at -270 odds, while the Nuggets stand at +210 odds. In Game 1, which will be played on the Lakers home floor, the Lakers are favored with odds of 1/3, while the Nuggets are at 13/5.
NBA betting can involve more than just betting on the outcome of the game. Some bettors will keep an eye on certain players and their single game or series statistics such as average points per game, or average rebounds per game.
For example, one NBA betting web site lists the Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard`s odds of an average points scored throughout the series as (19) -100 over, -120 under. The same NBA betting web site lists an average points per game throughout the series of (30) for Lebron James with odds of -130 over, even under.
In the Western Conference championship series, this particular NBA betting website lists the average points per game for Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony at 25.5 with odds of -130 over, even under. The same NBA betting guide lists the average points per game for Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant at 28.5 with odds of -140 over, +110 under.
If you are betting on which player will average the most points in either series, the odds are listed at 1/2 for Lebron James, 5/4 for Kobe Bryant, and 4/1 for Carmelo Anthony.
Based on the odds, most bettors will be betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers to reach the NBA finals. If those two teams happen to meet in the finals, the odds will likely be close to even. The Lakers and Cavaliers are arguably the two most gifted teams in professional basketball.
In September or October, the odds for the regular season usually surface. That is when most bettors begin their NBA betting.