Basketball betting will start with preseason action against the NBA odds and there is plenty of news out of the eastern conference to help prepare for 2009-2010. The Boston Celtics had a nice basketball betting run in the playoffs last year against the NBA odds despite losing star center Kevin Garnett to injury right before post season action began.
The big basketball betting question heading into preseason is whether Garnett will be ready and it appears that he will be as good as ever. Garnett insisted that his surgically repaired knee is fine and basketball betting handicappers sure hope so as the Celtics learned that they cannot win the title without the 33 year old super star.
Boston made a key basketball betting acquisition in the off season as they acquired Rasheed Wallace through free agency. While Wallace brings rebounding and defensive skills there is always the question about his being a good citizen but the veteran insists he is simply there to help and to win.
The biggest basketball betting news this past summer has come out of Cleveland as the Cavaliers acquired veteran center Shaquille O’Neal. The Cavaliers are hoping that Shaq will be able to pair up with superstar LeBron James as he did in the past with LA’s Kobe Bryant to serve as the missing piece to Cleveland’s basketball betting puzzle.
The Cavs were considered the “sure thing” to win the eastern conference playoffs last basketball betting season but were exposed in the second round as being a one man team that lacked depth. Few conference champions garnered as little respect as the Orlando Magic did last year.
Orlando did not stand pat in the off season as general manager Otis Smith believes that it would have been counter productive for the Magic to rest on their laurels. Smith’s biggest acquisition was Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets.
Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass, Jason Williams, and Ryan Anderson were also brought into town to keep things fresh. The “Big Three” of the east look primed for another strong NBA season in 2009-10.