Online sports gambling handicappers are keeping a close eye on the sports gambling race for the 8th and final playoff spot as the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls were neck and neck. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the online sports gambling playoffs.
Cleveland was the favorite in the 2009 playoffs to win the East but suffered a stunning upset loss to the Orlando Magic that served to remind gamblers that there is no such thing as a sure thing or a forgone conclusion.
With LeBron James leading the lineup the only concern is the potential for large overlays on the board as the Cavs will be a “public” team that draws a lot of star-struck money.
The Magic had a firm hold on the number two seed in the Eastern Conference as they have proven to be a team that was not an online sports gambling “one hit wonder.” With center Dwight Howard in the lineup they can beat anyone on a given night of series as Cleveland painfully learned last year.
The Boston Celtics will be another highly popular and attractive basketball betting commodity in the playoffs. Boston won the weak Atlantic Division and was the world champion of 2008. There is plenty of talent and battle tested veteran leadership.
The Atlanta Hawks have emerged as one of the most respected teams on the NBA online sports gambling board and gave Orlando a modest challenge for the Southeast Division title. The Hawks will making their fourth consecutive playoff appearance and are coming off their best season in well over a decade.
Other online sports gambling teams that have clinched spots have been the surprising Milwaukee Bucks, the dangerous Miami Heat, and the Charlotte Bobcats. Toronto and Chicago may not settle their fight for 8th until the last day of the regular season on April 14.
Milwaukee has been a huge online sports gambling surprise as they continued to play better and win despite losing their two best players, Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut to injuries.