NBA gambling expectations are not as high for Orlando this year thanks to The “Three Kings of Miami” being the prohibitive favorites with the NBA gambling odds.
The Orlando Magic are just one year removed from being the Eastern Conference champions and have the infrastructure to make a serious run at the title for 2010-11. And Orlando has the one missing piece of the puzzle for the Miami Heat with center Dwight Howard.
Sports-Gambling opened with the Orlando Magic as a +1300 choice to win the NBA Finals and as a +500 selection to win the Eastern Conference with an over/under win total of 54.5.
Last year Orlando won the NBA Southeast Division title with a record of 59-23 while losing just 34 games against the spread. The Magic were one of the better balanced teams in NBA betting as they ranked 4th both in team scoring and team defense.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy is intense and does not allow for sloppy play which can eventually wear out his welcome but he is respected for the job he has done in Orlando. Last year’s bad playoff season will have him in trouble however if the Magic don’t win consistently.
Despite the hype with Miami the Magic believes that they are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and Howard is a major reason why. Howard proved to be a key NBA betting online asset last year with a team best 18.3 points per game and over 1000 rebounds as he made all 82 starts.
Howard had an NBA best 64 double doubles last year and added to that with a franchise best 20 consecutive double doubles. Howard is a 2-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and has a whopping total of 348 double doubles.
Orlando made news of their own this past offseason as they acquired Quentin Richardson, who is a three point shooting ace that can keep the heat off of Howard and free him up inside.
Another key NBA gambling asset for Orlando is Jameer Nelson, who has been injury riddled the past two seasons but still managed to lead the team in assists last year while also averaging 12.6 points per game.