Cavs Begin Playoffs as Sports Betting Favorite

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sports betting odds favor the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday.

The Cavaliers are the 6-5 favorite to win the NBA title and they are a huge Internet sports betting favorite to win their opening series against the Chicago Bulls.

Sports betting odds are so lopsided in the Chicago-Cleveland series that the Cavaliers are -3000 to win that series.  The Cavaliers won 20 more games than the Bulls this season and most people think this series ends in four or five games.  LeBron James had another MVP season and the Cavaliers look to be set to challenge the Lakers for the NBA title. The Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA at 61-21. Sports betting stats indicated that they had the best home record in the NBA at 35-6 and the second best road mark at 26-15.   The problem for Cleveland is that anything less than an NBA title will not be good enough. "We got through it," Cleveland head coach Mike Brown said about the regular season finale, "Everyone’s healthy. Now we can look forward to the playoffs. We know who we’re going to play and I think our players understand what’s at stake here and they’ll be ready."

On paper the sports betting NBA series looks very one-sided but the Bulls do have a couple of edges. Derrick Rose has been superb lately and he is a better guard than anyone Cleveland has. Rose scored fewer than 24 points only once this month.  Rose should do well in this series against Mo Williams.  The other guard matchup also favors the Bulls as Kirk Hinrich is better than Anthony Parker. The Bulls may also have an edge inside with Joakim Noah. The Cavaliers really can’t handle him inside even though they have Shaquille O’Neal and J.J. Hickson.

The problem for Chicago in this Internet sports betting matchup is they have no one that can contain LeBron James. Luol Deng is in not a player who can handle LeBron. The Cavaliers also have a big edge at the other forward position with Antawn Jamison against Taj Gibson.  The sports betting edge on the bench also goes to Cleveland with Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, Delonte West and Daniel Gibson.  The Bulls do have Brad Miller and Hakim Warrick but the Cavs are better. The Cavaliers also have a huge edge in coaching as Mike Brown is better than Vinny Del Negro.