Basketball Betting – Charlotte Bobcats at Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball betting on Thursday includes a matchup between the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers.

It will be the season opener for the Bobcats while it will already be the second game of the season for the Cavaliers.  Cleveland opened the pro basketball betting season at Boston on Tuesday.

Basketball betting on Charlotte should be different this season as new head coach Larry Brown takes over.  Brown is the only coach ever to win both the NBA and NCAA championships, as he won the NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2003-04 and the University of Kansas in 1987-88.  He has a career coach record of 1,010-800 in the NBA regular season according to pro basketball betting stats.  Charlotte has some new additions this season including guard D.J. Augustin out of Texas.  The Bobcats were led in scoring last season by guard Jason Richardson who became the first player in team history to average 20 or more points in a season. He had 16 games where he scored 30 or more points according to basketball betting stats.  He gives the Bobcats a nice one-two punch since Emeka Okafor averaged 13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game on the inside according to basketball betting stats.  He was one of just 18 NBA players to average a double-double last season according to basketball betting stats.  Both players played in all 82 games last season.

The Cavaliers have been one of the best teams in the NBA the past three seasons according to basketball betting stats.  Going back to the 2005-06 season, Cleveland has a record of 145-101 since then and that is the sixth-best record in the NBA during that time according to pro basketball betting stats. The Cavaliers are one of just eight teams in the NBA that have qualified for the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The Cavaliers have now won 45 or more games in each of their last three seasons according to basketball betting numbers.  The Cavs are led by LeBron James who averaged 30 points per game last season according to basketball betting stats. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas averaged 14.1 points per game in support of James according to basketball betting numbers.

Cleveland has been great at home in recent seasons according to basketball betting numbers.  They are 117-47 (.713) at home in the past four years and that is the fifth best home record in the NBA during that time period according to pro basketball betting stats.  They were 27-14 (.659) at home last season according to basketball betting numbers.

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