Online betting players should have a big weekend, as Masters odds are out, the MLB betting season has started, and NBA betting players are thinking about who will represent the Eastern and Western Conferences in the Finals. The Lakers are the Western favorites, by far, while Boston and Cleveland could have some competition from Orlando in the East.
The Lakers are listed at +135 to win it all, and theyâ€™ve had the top spot wrapped up in the West for a while now. Theyâ€™ve even managed to keep Kobe Bryantâ€™s minutes down in hopes of keeping him fresh for the postseason, which should scare the rest of the West. Denver is listed at +1815 and, while they put up a lot of points, the Nuggets give up a lot of points as well. In the postseason, the game slows down, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see how they handle a slower pace.
Houston has NBA betting odds of +2550, but they still have to prove they can get out of the first round, much less win the NBA championship. San Antonio is rated at +2850, but they just received word that Manu Ginobili is out for the season with an ankle injury, while Tim Duncanâ€™s knees donâ€™t enable him to play back-to-back games. It could be the first chink in the Spursâ€™ armor.
The Cavaliers are the top East team with NBA odds of +265, and Clevelandâ€™s homecourt advantage in the playoffs will be crucial. Cleveland is an insane 38-1 at home, with the Lakers ruining their shot at a perfect record back in February. The Celtics are listed at +465, and Kevin Garnettâ€™s knee is probably the biggest injury worry in the postseason. Garnettâ€™s intensity, especially on defense, is what powered the Celtics to last yearâ€™s title, and heâ€™ll need to be at least 95 per cent for Boston to make it out of the East.
Orlando is listed at +1015, and itâ€™s not a stretch to think that the Magic can do it. They are 2-2 against Boston this year, and 2-1 against Cleveland, and if their outside shooters can keep the opposition from crowding Dwight Howard, the Magic could easily end up in the Finals.
The darkhorse in either conference? Miami, who is listed in the field at +2250. The Heat have a player, Dwayne Wade, who has already carried his team to a championship, and his numbers this year have been simply outstanding. If the Heat can play defense, and Michael Beasley can become a second option, the Heat are in the running for an NBA betting upset.