The NBA regular season for 2010/2011 is a little over a week away and bettors are getting anxious to get back to wagering real money at top rated NBA betting sites on regular season basketball action. A lot of money has already been laid down on NBA futures bets.
It is beneficial to take a look at some of the favorites and sleepers as the NBA season is about to tip off.
NBA Early Favorites
Miami Heat – The Miami Heat are currently the favorite to win the NBA Championship with 8/5 odds. The addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Heat stalwart Dwyane Wade in the offseason creates the most vaunted threesome in the entire league. Miami surely has the talent to take the league by storm.
The only question is whether the team can find the chemistry to contend. Either way, it is hard to bet against a team that features three of the best players in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers – The defending champion LA Lakers return with almost the exact same team they had a year ago. NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest are ready for another shot at the title.
The Lakers are more attractive than the Heat to some bettors because of the experience the team has playing with each other.
In addition, Lakers coach Phil Jackson knows what it takes to get to the top. He already has won three straight titles three separate times. A lot of bettors are banking on him to do it again. They have 7/2 odds to take the title this season.
NBA Sleeper Picks
Milwaukee Bucks – A young, yet experienced squad, the Bucks are currently 40/1 favorites to win the NBA Championship. Expect Milwaukee to make a lot of noise this season with the return of a healthy Andrew Bogut and the improvement of point guard Brandon Jennings.
In addition, the Bucks traded for Corey Maggette and signed Drew Gooden to add some more scoring potential to their team.
Coach Scott Skiles always fields a team that plays hard nosed defense. Expect the Bucks to frustrate some teams and make a run at the NBA Finals.