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Christmas Day NBA Odds Preview

After a painful lockout and no NBA action since June, fans get a quintuple-header on Christmas Day to jump-start the stalled 2011-2012 season.


The action starts at noon with an Atlantic tilt between the Celtics and Knicks and ends with a nightcap of the Clippers and Warriors on the West Coast. Check out the latest NBA odds and matchup trends here at OddsShark.com and good luck on a profitable season.


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Celtics +3.5 at Knicks | Matchup Report

With all the trade rumors involving both teams in recent weeks, there could be some raw feelings here. But the battle for the Atlantic will go down between these teams so its appropriate they tip off the season.


The Celtics have won 8 in a row SU vs the Knicks, but New York is favored and should be a lock to win here at home.


Heat -4.5 at Mavericks | Matchup report

The defending champions in Dallas aren’t getting much early respect on the point spread or NBA futures. But the rematch of last year’s final sees the host Mavs as 4.5 point underdogs.


Despite the fact Dallas is 14-2 SU in the past 16 against Miami, early NBA betting is siding with the Heat. Dallas debuts newly acquired Laker forward Lamar Odom in this game as they try to prove doubters and bettors wrong.


Bulls +2.5 at Lakers | Matchup report

The line has jumped here in recent hours as Kobe Bryant’s status is in question with a wrist injury. The line swung 5 points at 5Dimes so keep an eye on this point spread to get the best wagering value.


The Bulls have covered the last three meetings and Lamar Odom is gone from Los Angeles. We’ll see how much of a difference his absence makes, especially if Kobe can’t play. The Lakers finished last season on a 1-8 ATS run at home.


Orlando +7.5 at Oklahoma City |Matchup report

Another situation where trade rumors have tainted the start of the season – Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando so how hard will he try for the Magic until that happens?


They visit the young and talented Thunder, who opened as 7.5-point chalk at home. Seven of the past 10 meetings of the Magic and Thunder played UNDER the total.


Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State | Matchup Report

Chris Paul landed with the Clippers and he is already lobbing perfect dunk passes to Blake Griffin. It could make the Clips contenders in the West.


No line set here as of press time but expect the Clippers to open as road favorites. The hype around the Paul trade might inflate the line, so Warrior backers could find great value.


NBA Props - who will lead league in rebounds, assists, scoring - courtesy of Bovada:

2011-2012 Regular Season Rebounds per Game Leader      

Dwight Howard (ORL)                      3/2

Kevin Love (MIN)                  3/2

Blake Griffin (LAC)               7/1

Zach Randolph (MEM)          9/1

David Lee (GWS)                   20/1

Al Jefferson (UTA)                 20/1

Joakim Noah (CHI)                20/1

Tyson Chandler (NYK)          20/1

Greg Monroe (DET)               25/1

Marcin Gortat (PHO)              25/1

PauGasol (LAL)                    25/1

Emeka Okafor (NO)               40/1

Al Horford (ATL)                   40/1

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC)      40/1


2011-2012 Regular Season Points per Game Leader            

Kevin Durant (OAK)              1/1

LeBron James (MIA)              11/4

Dwyane Wade (MIA)             8/1

Carmelo Anthony (NYK)       10/1

Derrick Rose (CHI)                10/1

KobeBryant (LAL)                10/1

Amare Stoudemire (NYK)     14/1

Blake Griffin (LAC)               25/1

Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)             25/1

Dwight Howard (ORL)                      25/1

Monta Ellis (GSW)                 25/1

Kevin Martin (HOU)              30/1


2011-2012 Regular Season Assists per Game Leader           

Deron Williams (NJ)               3/1

Rajon Rondo (BOS)               13/4

Steve Nash (PHO)                  13/4

Chris Paul (LAC)                    9/2

John Wall (WAS)                    10/1

LeBron James (MIA)              12/1

Russell Westbrook (OKC)      12/1

Derrick Rose (CHI)                12/1

Jason Kidd (DAL)                  15/1

Jose Calderon (TOR)              15/1

Raymond Felton (POR)          16/1