NBA Opening Night Betting Odds and Preview
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. ET on TNT
Sportsbook.com NBA Lines: Heat -1.5, Total: 188.5
The NBA betting season officially gets underway tonight in Boston when the new-look Heat travel north to take on the Celtics. The game marks the much-anticipated debut of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami uniforms. Hopes are high in South Beach and anything less than an appearance in the NBA Finals could be viewed as a failure. Sportsbook.com has the Heat as the +160 favorites to cut down the nets in June.
They’ll also look to avenge an opening-round playoff loss to the Celtics last year, who needed only five games to bounce Miami out of the postseason. The Heat went an uninspiring 3-4 in the preseason with Wade missing a majority of the action with a hamstring injury.
For the Celtics, they enter the year for one more run at an NBA Championship with their big three still intact. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett got some help down low in the offseason with the addition of Shaquille O’Neal. Tuesday’s matchup marks the second time in as many seasons that Boston will open against LeBron James. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers last year on opening night in Cleveland, 95-89. The Celts compiled a 7-1 record during the preseason.
After looking at the NBA Championship betting odds, Boston is +700 to win it all.
Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers
10:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Sportsbook.com NBA Lines: Los Angeles -7, Total: 195
The Lakers begin their title defense Tuesday when they welcome the Rockets to Staples Center. Los Angeles begins the 2010-2011 season with the majority of their championship team intact, with the only subtraction being Jordan Farmar who signed with the Nets in the offseason.
The Lakers went 73-32 including the postseason last year. However, they weren’t kind to the NBA betting crowd compiling a 46-57-2 record (44.7%) against the spread. They were an impressive 45-8 in home games, but again struggled against the number, going 23-29-1. L.A took three of four from Houston last season but covered only twice. Six of the last seven meetings between the teams at Staples Center have gone under the total.
Houston hopes the return of Yao Ming can help it improve on the 42-40 record it posted last year. The Rockets went 37-45 (45.1%) against the spread in those games. They added Brad Miller and guard Courtney Lee in the offseason and parted ways with Trevor Ariza. The Rockets went 7-11 ATS against the Pacific Division last year and 13-17 ATS as a road underdog. Houston averaged 102.7 points per game in ‘09-10, good enough for eighth-best in the league. The Rockets’ troubles came on defense where they allowed 102.7 PPG, ranking 21st in the NBA. Yao’s presence should help the defensive numbers if he’s able to stay healthy for the entire year.
Here are a couple of NBA betting trends which both favor the Lakers on the point spread tonight.
LA LAKERS are 10-5 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons including a 6-2 ATS record in home games.
LA LAKERS are 44-25 (64%) straight up against HOUSTON since 1996.
Anyone interesting in betting on the ‘total’ should take note of the following trend:
Phil Jackson is 391-352 OVER (+3.8 Units) as a favorite as the coach of LA LAKERS.
The average score was LA LAKERS 103.4, OPPONENT 96.7 - (Rating = 0*).
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