|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NBABasketball betting odds handicappers have a top shelf basketball betting doubleheader on TNT for Thursday as Miami hosts Cleveland and the Lakers host Phoenix. Basketball betting odds favored the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Eastern Conference but so far the Miami Heat have had the better basketball betting start.
Cleveland had a record of 4-3 straight up and 3-4 with the basketball betting odds to start the season. Gamblers should be careful with the Cavaliers as they could likely be a basketball betting overlay due to the hype regarding the duo of LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. A lot of “public” NBA betting money flowed Cleveland’s way even BEFORE Shaq arrived and now the Cavaliers rival the Lakers as the most popular team on the basketball betting odds board which means expensive prices on most days that they play. The Cavaliers went under the total in 6 out of their first 7 games. James is off to a great start with an average of 26.3 points per game along with a team best 8 assists per game.
The Miami Heat were 6-1 both straight up and with the basketball betting odds. Miami’s defense has been the big surprise with the basketball betting odds so far as it ranked 4th best in the league for points allowed. The Heat went under the total in 6 out of their first 7 games. The Heat are led by the incomparable Dwyane Wade who was averaging nearly 30 points per game.
The Phoenix Suns were the surprise team with the basketball betting odds coming out of the gate as they were 7-1 straight up and 5-3 against the spread. The Suns had the top ranked offense in the NBA that led the league in scoring. Steve Nash has been in top form with nearly 13 assist per game average.
The Lakers were 6-1 straight up but just 2-5 with the basketball betting odds as the public money continues to drive their prices far beyond where they belong. The Lakers have long been one of the worst board values with the basketball betting odds since they are the most popular team with gamblers, especially casual ones. Kobe Bryant has been lights out so far with a phenomenal 33.6 points per game average to start the year.