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Basketball Betting - Kings of Losing

Basketball betting handicappers have seen the Sacramento Kings suffer a dramatic fall in their online basketball betting fortunes after once being a perennial contender.
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Basketball betting expectations could not be lower for the Kings this year as they look like one of the worst franchises in all of online basketball betting.

After a 25 win season last year that followed a 17 win season the year before the Kings opened at Sports-Gambling as a +15000 long shot choice to win the 2010-11 NBA title.

The Kings did break even on the pro basketball betting board last year as they were often an enhanced bargain value that oddsmakers would sweeten the pot with in order to attract action their way.

Paul Westphal, who was best known for being the head coach of the Phoenix Suns when they were a top shelf Western Conference contender in the early 1990’s has taken over as coach.

Westphal has not enjoyed the same level of success at other coaching stops since his run at Phoenix and will have the task of developing one of the youngest rosters in the NBA.

DeMarcus Cousins arrives as the number one draft pick of the Kings last summer and the fifth overall selection in the NBA.

It is interesting to note that the Kings brought in Cousins’ high school coach, Otis Hughley, to serve as an assistant to Westphal and help develop the young budding superstar that is expected to join Tyreke Evans as the new face of the franchise.

Evans is a 1-year pro out of Memphis that has developed into one of the most promising guards in basketball sports betting.  Last year Evans led the Kings in scoring with 20.1 points per game and also led the team with 414 assists.

Evans was the NBA Rookie of the Year last season but had a miserable offseason that included a reckless driving citation.  He was the fourth player in NBA history to average 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in his first season to join the ranks of Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and LeBron James.

The Kings will have a tough job in competing in the deep, experienced, and loaded Western Conference.  It will be important for Cousins to develop quickly and for Evans to avoid a sophomore jinx if Sacramento is to improve as a basketball betting commodity.