NBA Week Betting: Cavs Tip Off Season

The Cleveland Cavaliers open their 2014 NBA regular season on Thursday night amid high expectations, taking on the New York Knicks as 12-point home favorites in NBA online betting action at Sportsbook.

With the return of LeBron James to his native Ohio this summer, along with the offseason acquisition of power forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavs hit the hardwood as strong 5/2 betting favorites at Sportsbook to claim their first-ever NBA championship.

The Knicks are coming off a 104-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls as five-point underdogs on Wednesday night, the second-worst season Sportsbook loss in franchise history.

The Los Angeles Clippers also kick off their season on Thursday night, playing host to the Oklahoma City Thunder as early 10.5-point home favorites. The Clippers’ focus is squarely on winning their first championship this season, beginning play with 17/2 odds in NBA futures betting at Sportsbook.

The Thunder, who led the Northwest last season with 59 wins, started their season on a losing note on Wednesday, dropping a disappointing 106-89 decision to the Portland Trail Blazers as nine-point road underdogs.

The Washington Wizards will be gunning for their first win of the season on Thursday when they clash with the Orlando Magic as four-point road favorites in NBA betting at Sportsbook.

Cleveland travels to Chicago on Friday night to take on the Bulls in the first of four meetings between the clubs this season. The Cavaliers were winless in two visits to Chicago last season and are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven matchups with the Bulls.

The defending-champion San Antonio Spurs travel to Phoenix on Friday to take on the Suns. The Spurs opened the season on Tuesday night with a slim 101-100 win over Dallas and trail only Cleveland as favorites to repeat as champs with 15/4 odds at Sportsbook.

The Toronto Raptors, who last season claimed their first Atlantic Division title since 2007, continue a southern swing on the weekend with games against the Magic on Saturday and the Miami Heat on Sunday, while the Los Angeles Lakers will look to bounce back from a 119-99 Sportsbook night loss to Phoenix when they take on the Clippers on Friday night before traveling upstate to face the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.