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Basketball Betting - Western Conference Preseason Notes

Basketball betting fans will again see the Los Angeles Lakers as the preseason favorites against the NBA odds to repeat as world champions.

Basketball betting handicappers have come around to give immense respect to both Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson after their incredible playoff run last spring against the NBA odds. Ron Artest has arrived in Hollywood to show that the Lakers are not about to rest on their basketball betting laurels.

Artest was brought in to help shore up LA’s depth against the NBA odds.  There is no doubt that Bryant and Pau Gasol are the main cogs to this basketball betting powerhouse.  The Denver Nuggets strong run in the basketball betting playoffs last year makes them one of the leading favorites to challenge the Lakers for the title.

Center Nene says that he feels “perfect” heading into the basketball betting preseason after suffering a broken arm in the playoffs last year.  Denver gave the Lakers a scare in the western conference finals last year.  The big basketball betting concern with the Houston Rockets is the status of center Yao Ming.

Rumors have swirled and gone back and forth about Yao’s status with some saying he will miss the entire basketball betting season while others have said that he could be back for the second half and a playoff run.  As it is, Yao will remain on crutches for a while yet after surgery for his left foot hairline fracture.

Another key basketball betting concern to the Rockets was that of Tracy McGrady who is coming off micro fracture knee surgery. The good news is that he expects to be in top form later this season although he has missed early preseason workouts.

The veteran San Antonio Spurs have seemed to slow down a bit but they have brought in new blood for 2009-10. Veterans Antonio McDyess and Theo Ratliff have arrived in town along with rookie DeJuan Blair to give this franchise a much needed shot in the arm.

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be the basket case of basketball.  Minnesota botched their first round draft pick by taking Ricky Rubio from Spain, a player they couldn’t and didn’t sign.  It looks like another cold long winter in the Twin Cities.