NBA fans just received the best early Christmas present imaginable when we found out there would in fact be an NBA season this year, and fittingly enough, it will begin on Christmas day, as we joyously return to the days of Dirk’s fadeaway and LeBron’s fade…ing hairline. Aging freaks notwithstanding, bettors are excited because Bodog has put up the future’s betting on 2012 NBA Championship prospects. The Heat are the favored team this season, while the defending champion Mavericks are at 17/2. We’re not unaccustomed to such injustices, but we’ll examine Miami and the other favorites’ chances in this preview.
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Orlando Magic AT Portland Trailblazers
December 09, 2010 10:35 EST
Opening Line: Orlando Magic -1
Current Line: Orlando Magic -3
Current Total: 185
Current Moneyline: Orlando Magic -140 / Portland Trailblazers 129
Training camps have begun and tip-off is less than a week away, so it’s time to preview the upcoming NBA season. With all the movement in the offseason it is likely that some new teams will rise to the tops of their divisions. Let’s take a look at the Northwest Division. – All odds according to Pinnacle Sportsbook, although other places like Bodog offer online NBA betting on these props as well.
We’re going to delay our regularly scheduled programming a bit this week in recognition of the start of the NBA season. I don’t generally bet on the NBA as much as other sports – I get most of my hoops fix from the college ranks – but I do love the league, and I look for intriguing betting opportunities daily. As the season gets underway, here are ten things I will be keeping an eye on as a bettor: