NBA odds handicappers will have their choice of two online basketball betting teams that were disappointments last year but looking for improvement in 2009-10. While the Philadelphia 76ers did make the post season NBA odds board last year they were never considered a true online basketball betting threat to make a serious title run.
Philadelphia had a NBA odds record of 41-41 straight up and 36-44-2 against the spread for 2008-09 and made the playoffs thanks to a solid defense. Their offense was in the bottom third of the NBA odds stat charts for scoring.
The 76ers starting center, Samuel Dalembert, asked to be traded last season before the February deadline but was never dealt and remains with Philly entering NBA odds preseason action. Dalembert has since taken a liking to new head coach Eddie Jordan’s offense that places a high emphasis on big men.
Jordan believes Dalembert can have an impact with the NBA odds. “Whether it’s in the high post or the low post, I like the fact that Samuel can make shots from the elbow, the top of the key or the free throw line”, said Jordan. “That puts a lot of pressure on the defense”.
The Phoenix Suns finished with a NBA odds record last year of 46-36 straight up and 35-44-2 against the spread and failed to make the playoffs in the tough western conference. The Suns faded badly down the stretch and were one of the worst defensive teams on the NBA odds stat charts as they ranked 27th in points allowed.
Phoenix did have the top ranked offensive team in the league, however, which is something that they will build on. Head coach Alvin Gentry took over at the all-star break last year after previous coach Terry Porter failed to sell the Suns on playing tougher defense.
Gentry allowed the Suns to go back to their free-wheeling ways. Gentry takes the personal approach to coaching and believes it will help attain success.
“If you know a player on a personal level, they will be more receptive if you are more demanding and have to do something they don’t agree with for the betterment of the team”, said the coach.