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Lakers and Cavaliers Favorites to Win the NBA Betting Championship

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Sunday, 18 April 2010 17:35

Lakers and Cavaliers NBA Playoffs OddsLos Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are favorites to be the faces in the NBA Betting Finals, but could force other candidates to interfere with that ambition in the long road to the title which begins tomorrow with the "play-off."

Eight clashes have this first round of the NBA betting playoffs, four in the East and an equal number in the West, with the decision to the best of seven games.

The Lakers multichampions will see them with inexperienced Oklahoma City Thunder, a young squad that advanced by the aim of Kevin Durant, the tournament's leading scorer, but will have a monumental task to subdue their more experienced rivals.

But the Lakers live a somewhat shady with injuries to Andrew Bynum, who missed the last 13 games of the regular season due to a strained Achilles tendon, and superstar Kobe Bryant, who also suffered a broken hand sore left shoulder and knee.

With other established figures such as Spanish Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher guard and efficient defender Ron Artest, Oklahoma should not mean an obstacle in the way of Lakers, but still took the steam environment with the statements of coach Phil Jackson on the "favors" to get Durant on the court.

"Durant travel a lot to the line because they get superstar treatment from the referees," said the experienced Jackson, winner of ten rings.

There is concern about the health of the franchise players angelina and performance they may have in the demanding postseason.

"The Lakers are the team to beat (in the West), but have many questions," said Doug Collins, an analyst of the television channel "TNT."

In the other commitments of the West against rival Dallas Mavericks San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz Denver Nuggets front.

"You can win any," said German power forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks. "There are several strong betting teams and you can not underestimate anyone," he said of stiff competition in the West.

The "Texan" Clash between Mavericks and Spurs is a rematch of last year, when Dallas beat the injury exploiting Manu Ginobili, who is now in great form as demonstrated by averaging over 20 points after "All-Star Game."

"There is no doubt that we are playing better than at the beginning of the season," said the head coach of the Spurs, Gregg Popovich, who can use all your figures, including French Tony Parker away 16 games due to injury.

Another major impact in meeting staged Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. The former are backed by Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups base and Brazilian Nene, while their adversaries should pin their hopes on Deron Williams, they are not completely healthy Carlos Boozer or Andrei Kirilenko, two pillars of the Jazz.

In the East, Cleveland Cavaliers start favorites against Chicago Bulls, while the runners-up Orlando Magic, they will face Charlotte Bobcats. The other two challenges are among Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Led by their star LeBron James, who is on the brink of repeating the title of MVP of the regular NBA betting season, the Cavaliers (61-21) got the best result among all NBA teams.

Unlike last season when they lost to Orlando Magic in the conference finals, now the Cavaliers have two figures that can tip the balance against any rival, Shaquille O'Neal and Antawm Jamison.

Both were acquired specifically for a potential clash against the Magic, who exhibited as enviable figure in the tables Dwight "Superman" Howard, the leader in rebounds and blocks in the season.

"I think the Cavaliers are going to win the conference," said analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

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