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Basketball Betting - Boston vs Atlanta - Denver vs L.A.

Basketball betting handicappers have two top-shelf ESPN games to evaluate with the NBA lines as the Celtics host the Hawks and the Nuggets host the Lakers.

Basketball betting has “gone green” with the Atlanta Hawks who beat the NBA lines in 7 out of their first 8 games while going 6-2 straight up. The Boston Celtics had a basketball betting record of 8-1 straight up and 5-4 with the NBA lines to re-assert their dominance in the Eastern Conference.

The return of Kevin Garnett, who was injured for the entire basketball betting playoffs last year, has been a big reason for the Celtics success with the NBA lines.  Garnett has averaged 13.4 points per game and nearly 8 rebounds per game and is a major reason as to why the Celtics are the number one ranked defense in all of basketball betting.

Boston’s depth is also a significant basketball betting advantage.  “We’re a team of depth,” said Garnett.  “And it’s going to take some of that burden off the starters.”  The Atlanta Hawks were the 4th ranked offensive team in basketball betting and were led by Joe Johnson, who was averaging 21 points per game.

Boston has beaten the basketball betting board in 7 out of their last 9 home games against Atlanta.   This matchup is a possible playoff preview in the East.  The Lakers and Nuggets will be a rematch of last spring’s Western Conference Finals.  The Los Angeles Lakers were 6-1 straight up bust just 2-5 with the basketball betting odds.

The Lakers are the most popular and recognizable team on the board and attract tons of casual/public money, which erodes their value.  Kobe Bryant was off to a phenomenal start with the basketball betting season as he was averaging over 33 points per game.  He recently became the youngest player ever to surpass 24,000 career points.

The Denver Nuggets had a basketball betting record of 6-3 straight up and 4-5 against the spread.  Denver lost 3 out of 4 games straight up and all 4 of those games against the spread from November 6 through November 11.

Denver was ranked 5th on offense and led by Carmelo Anthony who was averaging 30 points per game.  The defense ranked only 22nd, however, and was the main culprit for Denver’s recent slump.  The Lakers have gotten the money in 8 out of their last 12 trips to Denver.