Basketball betting handicappers see a team in Portland that has won at least 50 games in back to back online basketball betting seasons despite key injuries last year.
Portland opened at Sports-Gambling as a +2500 choice to win the NBA championship in the 2010-11 season.
Despite injuries to center Greg Oden and Brandon Roy at various key stretches last year the Blazers still managed to win 50 games and make the Western Conference playoffs where they were eliminated in the first round for the second consecutive season.
The big goal and push for the 2010-11 pro basketball betting season is to go deeper in the playoffs and be poised for a run should the Lakers stumble or encounter problems. The Blazers lost just 36 games against the spread last year showing solid value despite being a well regarded team that was often favored.
Many observers believe that Portland could be a better than expected team and board value because of their success last year despite the injuries.
The Blazers are young and talented with plenty of upside and a highly respected head coach in Nate McMillan, who was a former NBA player and known for being a successful defensive teacher and leader that will shore up that end of the court to maximize the offensive production that is certain to come with such a talented roster.
Any look at the Trailblazers begins with Roy, a 4 year pro out of Washington and one of the elite guards in the game. Roy proved to be a key basketball sports betting asset by leading Portland with 21.5 points per game and was 2nd on the team in assists.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge is another important man up front for the Blazers, especially considering Oden’s injury plagued career. Aldridge averaged 17.9 points per game which was 2nd on the team and was the leading rebounder on the Blazers. He is a 4 year pro out of Texas.
Another basketball betting positive for Portland was the hiring of new general manager Rich Cho, who will work with McMillan in order to fulfill the goal of the first championship for this franchise since 1977.