NBA gambling expectations for this season have been shattered however as franchise player Amare Stoudemire is gone, which leaves a huge hole to fill with the NBA gambling odds.
The Suns opened as a +5000 longshot at Sports-Gambling.com to win the NBA title and with good reason as they were not much more of a true contender with Stoudemire but without him they are hopeless.
Phoenix had a 54 win season last year as coach Alvin Gentry returned the team to its roots of being a run and gun scoring machine that was one of the most entertaining to watch in all of NBA betting.
The loss of Stoudemire is devastating and there is simply no explaining or spinning it any other way.
Stoudemire led the Suns in scoring last year with 23.1 points per game before taking the money and bolting for the New York Knicks this past summer, in what would have been one of the biggest free agent signings were it not for the “Three Kings of Miami.”
Steve Nash will be 37 years young when the season starts and is coming off another solid season in which he averaged 16.5 points and 11 assists per game and remain one of the most respected and elite point guards in the game. The big question for this season is who will Nash dish the ball off to now that Stoudemire is gone?
There is also incredible instability in the front office that has many NBA betting online handicappers concerned as general manager Steve Kerr and vice president of basketball operations David Griffin are both gone and there is a general lack of direction that will likely hurt the team and their prospects on the board long term.
Hedo Turkoglu was acquired from Toronto after a disappointing season last year in the hopes the he can regain his stride with a new team. The forward will have the huge assignment of trying to replace Stoudemire.
Turkoglu believes his productivity will increase by playing with Nash and the Suns company line is that they will win as normal with this new duo heading into the 2010-11 NBA gambling season.