NBA gambling handicappers and Cleveland fans will have to adjust to life without King James and look for a new key player to bolster their chances with the NBA gambling odds.
Cleveland has no public appeal with the loss of James and opened at Sports-Gambling as a +20000 longshot to win the NBA title.
Cleveland has been one of the elite franchises in all of NBA betting during the King’s Reign but never completed its mission to win the NBA title. Last year the Cavaliers and James looked like they quit in the post season against Boston and it cost coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry their jobs.
Byron Scott has the unenviable task of taking over as coach of a team that has lost its ultimate weapon. Cleveland is likely to have their string of 5 consecutive playoff appearances come to an end and will be nowhere near the level of a team that won a NBA best 127 games the past 2 seasons.
The Cleveland franchise is decimated beyond the loss of James as his ESPN production “The Decision” angered Cavaliers fans who burned his jersey after the announcement. Owner Dan Gilbert came off as very angry and bitter about what was labeled a betrayal by nearly everyone in Ohio and many more throughout the country.
The Cavs are now stuck at having to move on.
The Cleveland roster has plenty of good supporting cast type of players but lacks the one superstar needed for long term NBA betting online success. New general manager Chris Grant will be tasked with putting the pieces together in short order to get the Cavs back into contention.
Antawn Jamison was the second leading scorer on the team last year with 18.7 points per game while Mo Williams had 15.8 points per game along with 368 assists.
Anderson Varejao is a combination forward/center that was a second team All NBA Defensive Team pick last year. Varejao will need to step up his game as long time center Zydrunas Ilgauskas went with King James and took his talents to South Beach.
About the best that NBA gambling handicappers can rightfully expect is an 8th seed playoff berth for Cleveland and even that may be asking too much this year.