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NBA betting on the western conference playoffs begins on Saturday an there could be a lot of high NBA scores in the opening round.NBA betting handicappers will have the LA Lakers as the heavy favorite to win the west but there are other teams capable of upset NBA scores.

The Los Angeles Lakers were clearly the class of the western conference this NBA betting season as they held a 10-game advantage over the Denver Nuggets to take the top spot in the west and home court advantage.  Kobe Bryant is one of the top players for NBA scores and he led LA with almost 27 points per game.  The Lakers will begin post season NBA betting action with the Utah Jazz.  One point of concern for the Lakers is their defense, which ranked just 13th overall in the league.

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The 2-seed Denver Nuggets might bring unexpected NBA betting value in the post season as they will not attract anywhere near the attention of the Lakers.  The Nuggets will open the NBA betting post season against the 7-seed New Orleans Hornets.  Carmelo Anthony is the main Nugget of gold as he led Denver with a 22.4 point per game average.

Another team to keep an eye on in the NBA betting playoffs are the San Antonio Spurs.  No team in the post season from either conference can equal the Spurs post season experience.  The NBA betting question is if the veteran Spurs can maintain their endurance during the grueling post season grind.  The Spurs will meet Dallas in the opening round.

What could be the most even and exciting first round NBA betting matchup in the west is between 4-seed Portland and 5-seed Houston.  Portland had the same record as Denver but lost on a tie breaker.  The Trailblazers don't get a lot of attention but had a fine season and were a solid board value, especially as chalks.  Houston faded somewhat down the stretch but with Yao Ming in the lineup they are a threat against anyone at any time.

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