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NBA Playoffs fans got a strong look at the potential basketball betting champion Cleveland Cavaliers in a dominant game 1 performance.  NBA Playoffs bettors on Cleveland enjoyed an easy basketball betting payoff as the Cavs blew out Detroit 102-84 as 11.5-point chalks. The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the NBA Playoffs as one of the heavy chalks to win it all and their game 1 efforts only served to reinforce their credibility as a legitimate basketball betting title contender.

LeBron James, arguable basketball's greatest player, quickly served notice to all NBA Playoffs handicappers that he will be bringing his "A" game as he led the Cavs with 38 points and 7 assists to launch Cleveland's march towards the NBA Playoffs Finals.  Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points and 10 rebounds for good measure. 

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Detroit entered the NBA Playoffs as prohibitive underdogs that had a losing record, poor board value, and as the last seed in the weak eastern conference.  Detroit was one of the worst offensive teams entering the NBA Playoffs as they finished the 2008-09 season ranked 28th overall in scoring.  The Pistons also covered just 34 out of 82 games against the board this year, which hardly inspired much confidence or action from NBA Playoffs gamblers.

When you add the combination of the punchless Detroit offense matched up against the suffocating Cleveland defense, which was ranked number one in the NBA, you have the makings of a quick series in which you very well may see the brooms coming out for an easy sweep. The key to handicapping the NBA Playoffs, however, is not making overlays and getting good value.  The oddsmakers are aware of the perception of these two teams, which means that you can count on the Cavaliers becoming more expensive as the series unfolds.

The one thing that gamblers can take confidence in with regards to Cleveland is the fact that they were one of the most consistent values on the board all season as they went 50-32 against the spread including 28-13 at home.  They were also 44-27 against the spread as chalks.

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