Basketball betting handicappers will get a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals in the Orlando/Cleveland matchup with the NBA lines. Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic are basketball betting favorites to again contend for the Eastern Conference title with the NBA lines this year.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a sluggish start to the basketball betting season as they were 4-3 straight up and just 3-4 with the NBA lines. Despite the much anticipated arrival of Shaquille O’Neal for this basketball betting season the Cavs have remained a one-man team with LeBron James having to carry the load.
James led Cleveland in scoring with 26.3 points per game and assists with 8 per game. Shaq had a slow start to the basketball betting season with just 11.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic had a basketball betting record of 5-2 straight up and 4-3 against the spread.
Orlando is led by Dwight Howard who was averaging 20 points per game scoring and 11.1 rebounds per game. Head coach Stan Van Gundy was not pleased with Orlando’s start to the basketball betting season. “We’re so soft. We don’t have any toughness on the roster and that needs to change,” said the Magic Mentor.
“Right now it doesn’t matter who we play because we’re not playing very well.” Speaking of not playing well, the New Orleans Hornets stumbled out of the gate to start the basketball betting season with a record of 2-5 both straight up and against the spread.
New Orleans had a basketball betting record of 1-3 against the number on the road and ranked 20th in scoring and an even worse 25th on defense. The Phoenix Suns had a basketball betting record of 6-1 straight up and 4-3 against the spread.
The Suns have gone back to their free-wheeling ways of the past as they ranked 2nd in scoring and 23rd in defense. Amare Stoudemire led the team with 19.3 points per game while Steve Nash dished out 11.9 assists per game. Stoudemire also led Phoenix in rebounding with 8.9 per game.