For many years during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the NBA was about superstars and basketball betting odds were greatly impacted by players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. NBA betting odds today are still impacted by superstar players; it is just the names that have changed.
NBA betting odds are impacted by big name stars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. In addition to those two big stars the NBA betting odds are also impacted by other star players like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.
Although the basketball betting odds are influenced by superstar players, they do not guarantee a team success. The Detroit Pistons have been a nice money maker to gamblers on the basketball betting odds board because they play solid team basketball. The San Antonio Spurs are similar in that respect. Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony are known as superstar players, yet Denver has never won anything. Kobe Bryant is the biggest star in the NBA but has yet to win a Championship without Shaq. The days of a superstar carrying a team to a championship seemed to come to an end when Jordan retired. Now gamblers must look at NBA betting odds and concentrate more on the team than an individual player.
NBA betting odds will change when a superstar player is out of the lineup. Sometimes you will see basketball betting odds move as much as three or four points when a key player is missing. The two players that have the biggest impact on NBA betting odds are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The NBA betting odds on the Lakers and Cavaliers also move more when these two players are not in the lineup because the overall supporting cast of both teams is weak. The NBA betting odds may not move as much if Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki is out of the lineup since the Spurs and Mavericks are deeper teams.
Keep the superstars in mind as you look at NBA betting odds but remember they don’t guarantee you anything. It is always nice to have them on your side but they should not dominate your NBA betting odds handicapping.