NBA gambling expectations are much higher now that Doug Collins has left the broadcast booth for a return to the bench and a shot at beating the NBA gambling odds.
Sports-Gambling opened with Philadelphia as a whopping +15000 longshot to win the NBA title. That being said they could prove to be a sleeper team that offers plenty of bargains and board value against better known commodities and smart handicappers will keep them in mind this year.
Philadelphia fell from a total of 41 wins in 2009 to just 27 wins last year as Jordan proved to be way in over his head as a NBA head coach. Collins is familiar with this situation as he was the first player taken in the 1973 NBA Draft by Philadelphia after they suffered through their infamous 9-73 season of 1972-73.
Collins has been out of NBA coaching since his brief stint for Michael Jordan in Washington that ended in 2003.
Jordan had led the Washington Wizards to 4 playoff appearances and his total flop and failure last NBA betting season caught many by surprise but it has become obvious that he is not real NBA head coaching materiel and that Collins is a significant upgrade. The roster is another story however.
Collins believes that last year’s Sixers lacked toughness and moved to address that for the upcoming NBA betting online season by acquiring Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni in the offseason while getting rid of Samuel Dalembert, who was disgruntled and a bad influence on the locker room.
Collins has also put a lot of time into building a relationship with last year’s leading scorer Andre Iguodala, who averaged 17.1 points per game last year. Iguodala loves to fire away from three point range and is a good defensive player but Collins will want him to penetrate the basket more to force fouls by opposing defenses.
Elton Brand will return for his third NBA gambling season at Philadelphia after proving to be one of the biggest free agent flops of all time. Brand was even kept on the bench by Jordan as a combination of injuries and poor play have the Sixers holding an empty bag that they paid $80 million for.