|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NBA Finals odds ended up being conquered, as expected, by the Los Angeles Lakers but there were many valuable sports betting lessons from the 2009 post season. NBA Finals odds simply cannot be handicapped like the regular season as teams can definitely turn it on and off again, as evidenced in this sports betting playoff season.
The Los Angeles Lakers entered action against the NBA Finals odds with the reputation of being “soft” both on defense and on the boards. The Lakers ranked only in the middle of the sports betting statistical pack for defense and this was considered to be a threat to their title hopes. Many in sportsbook betting thought that the Houston Rockets would upset them in the second round because of that weak defense. But the Lakers ended up playing against the NBA Finals odds as they were able to turn it on at just the right time.
The Orlando Magic, Los Angeles’ opponent against the NBA Finals odds, were thought have had an advantage against the Lakers because of center Dwight Howard, who entered action against the NBA Finals odds as the leading rebound man in the NBA post season. But Los Angeles showed themselves to be a different and tougher team against the NBA Finals odds as they were able to control Howard for most of the series, holding him to under 20 points in 4 out of the 5 games. This was completely unexpected by those betting the NBA Finals odds.
Another excellent lesson for those betting against the NBA Finals odds was to ignore the hype of the media. ESPN and their counterparts virtually demanded a Laker/Cleveland Cavalier Final for the ultimate matchup of LeBron James against Kobe Bryant. And after Cleveland swept their first two series they were being crowned as champions. A lot of gamblers got sucked into the hype and wagered as if it were a foregone conclusion that Cleveland would make, if not win, the Finals. Orlando was overlooked and yet easily dispatched of Cleveland in 6 games, providing a valuable lesson for gamblers on how to not bet with the masses.
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.