NBA: SEASON PREVIEW
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The odds for the NBA Championship have just been updated and the Los Angeles Lakers are the 5:2 favorites with the belief that a healthy Andrew Bynum can put them over the top. The defending champion Boston Celtics (3:1) are right behind as they know Kevin Garnett’s intensity will not allow them to rest on their accomplishments.
A couple of interesting teams in the West Conference Odds are the Houston Rockets (4:1) and New Orleans Hornets (5:1). Houston obtained Ron Artest from the Sacramento Kings and the hope is his nasty demeanor rubs off on co-stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. The Hornets signed free agent James Posey from Boston, and they believe his championship experience will come up huge for them.
The Philadelphia 76ers are another team who made a big off-season splash. They signed power forward Elton Brand from the L.A. Clippers, and they think he makes their 12:1 odds to win the East Conference very exciting. Another team providing great value is the Toronto Raptors at 12:1. The addition of Jermaine O’Neal to go alongside Chris Bosh makes this team a sleeper ‘North of the Border’.
We also have odds for all six of the divisions with the Southwest particularly competitive.
One of the NBA ‘Rookie of the Year’ favorites is not even a guy drafted last year. Portland center Greg Oden missed all of last season with a knee injury but he’s still a 2:1 co-favorite along with Miami’s Michael Beasley. While Oden will be the better all-around player, Beasley is sure to score a lot of points which always attracts voter attention.
The Season MVP is also a two-way tie right now with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James each listed at 4:1. They are universally considered the best two players in the league and are heavily relied upon by their clubs. Chris Paul is next at 6:1 and you have to remember that he received a lot of consideration last year.
If you’re a fantasy basketball fan you’re going to be interested in our Top Scorer, Top Rebounder, and Top Assists props. Kobe (9:4) and LeBron (2:1) are the top scoring duo, while Orlando strongman Dwight Howard (3:2) is expected to dominate the boards once again. Paul (6:5) is the assist favorite but don’t forget about living legend Steve Nash (2:1).