Orlando Continues to be Favored in Basketball Betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Basketball betting odds favor the Orlando Magic on a regular basis and that should continue for most of the NBA Playoffs.

The Magic are the third choice in NBA wagering future odds behind only the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA title.

Basketball betting favored Orlando in the series against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Magic should be favored in upcoming series until they meet Cleveland.  The Magic are the defending Eastern Conference champs but the Cavaliers are the team that most people believe will make it to the NBA Finals although that remains to be seen.

The Magic are capable of reaching the NBA Finals again. They play excellent defense and their offense is improved this season.  The Magic averaged 102.6 points per game this season which was sixth best in the league. Their defense allowed just 95.3 points per game and that was 4th best in the league.  Orlando has the defensive player of the year in Dwight Howard and they also have some scorers. In addition to Howard, the Magic have Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis and they can all score. 

The Magic were a solid team against the basketball betting line this season. They were 25-16-1 at home during the regular season against the point spread while they were 22-18-1 on the road. Orlando was a team that went under the total more often than they went over.  They went under in 21 of their 41 home games with one push while on the road they went under in 26 of their 41 road games.

Many people really got to know the Magic last year when they went to the NBA Finals. The team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers but the Magic showed they are a team that can compete at the highest level.  Orlando has been just as good as they were a year ago, in fact, they have been better. 

There is some value with Orlando in NBA wagering. All of the attention in the Eastern Conference is on the Cavaliers and that means Orlando has some value.  And people may forget that the Magic beat the Cavaliers in the playoffs last season.  Orlando has a more balanced offense but Cleveland has LeBron James.  The two teams could be on a collision course for the Eastern Conference title again this season.

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