After a long and interesting offseason, NBA basketball betting action finally returns this Tuesday with a solid three-game slate that includes the two current favorites to win the NBA championship in early-season tests in their respective home openers.
The defending-champion Miami Heat are a 6.5-point favorite at Sportsbook at home over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. The Heat outlasted the Celtics in the playoffs last year with a seven-game victory against Boston in their third-round series.
Boston figures to be motivated by revenge after last year’s playoff loss, but it will be an emotional night in Miami as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat raise their championship banner into the rafters. Miami is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games against Boston at home.
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With the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers have shot up the betting board and enter the season as the favorite to win the Western Conference.
The new-look Lakers are an 8.5-point home favorite at Sportsbook over the Dallas Mavericks in their season opener this Tuesday night, although bettors will be monitoring the status of Kobe Bryant (sore foot) carefully prior to tipoff.
The Mavericks will also have a new look to them with familiar faces Jason Terry and Jason Kidd gone and Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo joining the team. As well, Dirk Nowitzki will miss the start of the season for Dallas with a knee injury. If recent history between these two teams is any indication, the Lakers will win but it will be a close game; Dallas is just 4-8 SU in its last 12 games against the Lakers in Los Angeles, but is 9-3 ATS over that stretch.
Rounding out the NBA’s Sportsbook night Tuesday is the Washington Wizards visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Cavs are a 5.5-point favorite at Sportsbook. Some of 2012’s top draft picks will take the court in this game as Washington’s Bradley Beal was taken third overall this year and Cleveland’s Dion Waiters was taken fourth overall.
Waiters joins Kyrie Irving in what could be an exciting young guard tandem in Cleveland for years to come. Cleveland is 13-3 SU in its last 16 home games against the Wizards.