Basketball betting handicappers may want to consider Golden State as a potential sleeper bargain that could bring better than expected online basketball betting value.
Golden State opened as a +12500 long shot choice to win the NBA title at Sports-Gambling.
Last year the Warriors finished 26-56 straight up but paid out a whopping 47 times as the odds makers continually sweetened the pot to attract action their way.
The Warriors will have new owners, a new coach, and sharp new uniforms for the 2010-11 season and with that the hope for a new image and long term success, though that may take time to develop.
Golden State has been a money making franchise that has been loyally supported but has just two winning seasons in the past 5 years and has had a long term track record for underachieving and failure as they have made the playoffs in just 1 of their last 16 seasons overall.
Forward David Lee, a 5 year pro out of Florida, was the big pro basketball betting acquisition during the off season as the Warriors have their first legitimate super star since Latrell Sprewell.
Lee is a 2010 All Star and averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last year, which made him one of only three players to accomplish that feat. Despite rather gaudy numbers the fact and concern does remain that Lee has never played for a winner and it is hoped that his leaving the scene with the New York Knicks will help him end that stigma.
Golden State’s big basketball sports betting weakness last year was an atrocious defense that was the worst in the league as it allowed 112.4 points per game. Rebounding was yet another big problem for Golden State.
A big key to restoring the defense and rebounding will be oft injured center Andris Biedrins. Biedrins is effective when he can go and the Warriors will definitely need his presence if they are to improve.
Biedrens has been a double double presence in the past and if he can return to that status Golden State will be a dangerous basketball betting commodity.
Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber will make for a significant upgrade in ownership that should mean better days for this franchise.