NBA Playoffs betting in 2009 is going to be very popular on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Most gamblers who wager on NBA Playoffs odds will be taking a long look at the Lakers in the Western Conference. Let’s look at each of the eight Western Conference playoff teams in NBA Playoffs betting.
NBA Playoffs betting in the West starts with the Lakers. They are far and away the best team in the West and most people believe they will make the NBA Finals for the second straight season. While the Lakers are definitely the favorites in NBA Playoffs odds to make the Finals from the West they are not a sure thing versus the pointspread. Los Angeles is oftentimes overvalued versus the number and that might happen again in NBA Playoffs odds.
After the Lakers in the West it is really a crapshoot in NBA Playoffs betting. San Antonio would have been the team that could have challenged the Lakers in NBA Playoffs betting but with Manu Ginobili injured and out for the season that seems unlikely. Denver has some talented players with Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups so perhaps they can give the Lakers a run in NBA Playoffs betting. Portland is right there behind Denver but the Blazers just don’t seem to have the inside game to handle the Lakers. The Jazz can’t win on the road so they seem unlikely to win in NBA Playoffs betting even though the Jazz can put up points with Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and others.
The other three teams in NBA Playoffs betting in the West would seem to have weaknesses as well. Houston doesn’t look to have enough scoring to win consistently in NBA Playoffs betting. The Rockets play good defense but Yao Ming and Ron Artest are not superstar scorers. New Orleans and Dallas might actually be more of a threat to the Lakers in NBA Playoffs betting. Both teams have superstar players who can impact the NBA Playoffs. The Hornets have Chris Paul while the Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki. The problem for the Mavericks is that they can’t win on the road.
The Western Conference NBA Playoffs odds should be exciting even if the Lakers are the overwhelming favorite to win it all. Anything can happen in NBA Playoffs betting which is why it is so popular and that should be the case again in 2009.
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