|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the NBABasketball betting fans saw three Southeast Division teams bolt out of the starting gate with the basketball betting odds to start the 2009-10 season. Basketball betting handicappers saw Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta beat the basketball betting odds in their first 3 games while Boston covered 3 out of their first 4.
The Orlando Magic were the biggest surprise in last year’s basketball betting playoffs as they won the Eastern Conference. There was plenty of doubt about the Magic’s ability to sustain success with the basketball betting odds this year but so far they have picked up where they left off last spring with a strong NBA betting start. Dwight Howard became a household name in basketball betting last year and is looking even better so far this year. Howard was averaging 21.7 points per game to lead the Magic. He also led Orlando in rebounding with an astounding 16 per game along with 2.33 blocked shots per game, just for good measure.
Dwyane Wade is in mid-season basketball betting form for Miami as he led the team with 27.7 points per game. Jermaine O’Neal had a strong start to the basketball betting season as well with a team best 10.3 rebounds per game and 17.3 points per game, which was 2nd best on the team.
Joe Johnson had the hot hand at the start of the basketball betting season for Atlanta as he was averaging 23.0 points per game to lead the team. Al Horford was also impressive with a team best 12.3 rebounds per game. The Hawks had 6 players averaging double figures in scoring to start the basketball betting campaign.
The Boston Celtics look to again be a leading contender to win the Eastern Conference thanks in large part to the return of Kevin Garnett, who was injured for the entire basketball betting post season last year. Garnett was averaging 13.3 points per game and a team best 7 rebounds per game. Paul Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 21.8 points per game. Rajon Rondo was an assist machine with an average of a whopping 11.8 per game.
After one week of action the East looked to be the dominant conference led by these teams.