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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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, 12/18/10, 10:00 PM EDT
Opening Point Spread: Portland -5
Current Betting Line: Portland -5.5
Opening Total: 195
Current Total: 197
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
Portland was a bit of a disappointment last year. Setting the bar high in light of how much talent they have, the Blazers struggled with injury problems, losing Oden, Przybilla, and Brandon Roy for stretches of the season. The bar still remains high in Portland, as their depth and talent makes them a favorite in the West. For season prop bets, the Blazers had 30/1 odds for a championship, and I advocated that as a value bet based on their talent level. While it seems highly unlikely that the Blazers actually do win a championship this year, it is also not out of the realm of possiblity. LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy are entering their respective primes, and Portland’s wealth of depth makes them a tough team to deal with. Here are a look at some of the player prop bets available at Bodog for the Portland Trail Blazers.
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.