|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 15 June 2009 10:26|
NBA Finals odds were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in their sports betting series against the Orlando Magic to cap off a thrilling playoff season for 2009. NBA Finals odds may have been beaten soundly by the Lakers but there was plenty of sports betting drama, excitement, and surprises along the way.
After the first two rounds of sports betting playoff action it looked as if the Cleveland Cavaliers would be the team to beat against the NBA Finals odds as they swept both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks in the opening rounds of sportsbook betting action. Cleveland was also covering the spread without a problem and appeared to have a clear road against the NBA Finals odds before they met up with the Orlando Magic, who were given little chance to appear against the NBA Finals odds. But Orlando stunned the Cavaliers, beating them in 6 games and without much trouble as they gained admission against the NBA Finals odds versus the Lakers.
The Lakers themselves appeared at times to be a questionable commodity to make it against the NBA Finals odds. The Houston Rockets extended them to a full 7 games even without super star center Yao Ming, their most important player. But LA blew out Houston in game 7 to make it to the western conference finals against the Denver Nuggets, who were the most profitable team in the post season and a viable threat to make it against the NBA Finals odds. Denver finished 13-3 against the spread this year in the post season. Meanwhile the Lakers closed strong and finished 13-10 against the spread. 16 out of LA’s 23 playoff games went under the total.
The team that beat the NBA Finals odds last year lost one of its key players yet made a nice run in the 2009 playoffs. The Boston Celtics learned before their first playoff game that Kevin Garnett would miss the entire post season but they still managed to take Orlando a full 7 games in the 2nd round before finally running out of gas.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.