NBA Opening Night Betting
The wait is finally over - the Miami Heat will make their regular season debut Tuesday night in Boston, and sportsbooks are ready with plenty of unique NBA betting action.
Most betting lines favor the Heat – but only by a single point on the road. After all, the Celtics were just one win away from winning a second NBA championship in three years last season. The Celtics are old but will still field a pretty powerful starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O’Neal.
If Shaq can fill Kendrick Perkins’ shoes decently in the opener, the Celtics’ “D” could pose a threat to Miami. And you just know Boston would love to start the most hyped team of the last 10 years off on a losing note.
Wade and James both dealt with hamstring woes during the preseason but both superstars are expected to be ready for the opener.
Believe it or not, other basketball games will be played and bet on this Tuesday. The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers lock horns in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff matchup; almost every major book, including Sportsbook.ag and Bovada favors Portland by 7.5 points in Tuesday’s opener.
We can expect plenty of shooting and scoring from the Suns this season and Tuesday should be no exception, as Hedo Turkoglu gives Phoenix another guy who can put points up in a hurry with his shooting. But will the Suns defend at all? They’ll have their hands full defending Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Betting OVER the 201 points may be a good idea.
The defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers open their defense at home to the Houston Rockets and are favored by 7.5 points after opening lines favored them by as many as nine points. Kobe Bryant is reportedly ready for the opener after knee surgery but did sit out many practices during camp. Andrew Bynum (knee) won’t be ready until November.
With Aaron Brooks fresh off his Most Improved Player season and Yao Ming finally returning to their lineup, can the Rockets pull off an upset? Not so fast. Yao will be very limited; he’ll reportedly play the first six minutes, and be re-evaluated. He may not play more than 24 minutes in a game all year.
The rest of the league gets going on Wednesday. Denver hosts Utah, New Orleans hosts the improved Milwaukee Bucks, and Chicago visits Oklahoma City in a battle of two teams looking to sneak up into the NBA championship picture. Miami also plays its second of back-to-back games when it travels to Philadelphia.