|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 25 May 2009 12:15|
NBA Playoffs odds have been more challenging to handicap this post season than perhaps ever before in the history of sportsbook betting. NBA Playoffs odds handicappers have had a hard time getting a grip on any sportsbook betting angles that would serve to be made into profits as the post season has been exciting but unpredictable.
The Denver Nuggets success against the NBA Playoffs odds was the first major sportsbook betting surprise. Denver had covered the spread in their first 12 games against the NBA Playoffs odds without a single loss. The key to Denver’s success against the NBA Playoffs odds was their top ranked offense that led the NBA playoffs in scoring with an average of 110.3 points per game. Their offense was powered by Carmelo Anthony who ranked 5th in the NBA for playoff scoring with an average of 28.6 points per game.
Chauncey Bilups has been another key to the Denver attack as he was averaging 22.2 points per game against the NBA Playoffs odds. Denver was not a strong defensive team against the NBA Playoffs odds but it didn’t seem to matter as despite ranking 11th in playoff defense they were still undefeated against the board. The combination of being strong on offense and weak on defense would make one figure that the Nuggets would be a good “over” team against the NBA Playoffs odds but the odds makers, as usual, had all of that figured and Denver was an even 6-6 split on the over/under board.
Head coach George Karl, who has had great success in previous stops at Seattle and Milwaukee, has done a masterful job of getting the Nuggets to buy into his system and in developing Anthony. Karl took some heat when He sent Allen Iverson packing to Detroit but the Nuggets performance against the NBA Playoffs odds has validated that decision.
Karl’s coaching genius was in full display for Denver in game 2 of their western conference final series against the Lakers. Denver suffered what could have been a devastating game 1 loss to LA but rallied to get off the mat, win and cover in the 2nd game to even the series as they headed for home!
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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.