The Cleveland Cavaliers have opened at online sportsbooks as big money 1-2 betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference in the 2010 NBA playoffs. The Orlando Magic are the next choice at 10-3, followed by the Boston Celtics at 6-1. The Atlanta Hawks were the mid-level choice at 10-1. Eastern Conference longshots begin with the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks at 40-1 in NBA playoffs odds, the Toronto Raptors at 60-1, the Charlotte Bobcats at 65-1 and the Chicago Bulls at 100-1. Cleveland had the best record in the NBA this year at 61-20 and will be the top seed in the East.
Their status as the top team in the conference along with having the biggest name in the game, 2009 NBA MVP LeBron James, served to drive down their value, however they made the pay-off in just 37 games. Cleveland is a “public” team that will clean out gamblers often because their value has been decimated. Last year has not been forgotten when the Cavaliers were the huge betting favorite to win the East only to be upset by the Orlando Magic. As for James he was his usual dominant self this year as he led Cleveland in scoring with nearly 30 points per game while also leading the team in assists with 8.6. Bet the Cavaliers 1-2 as betting favorites to win the Eastern conference in the 2010 NBA playoffs with a 10% bonus and 110% poker bonus.
Orlando is the defending Eastern Conference Champion but will not have the “surprise element” in their favor this year. They will be the two-seed in the NBA playoffs and have odds of 10-3. The Magic have still not totally won over the general public as they have retained their NBA betting value. They lost just 33 games against the spread while going 58-23 straight up. Dwight Howard has emerged as one of the top centers in the game and led Orlando in scoring with 18.4 points per game. He also led the Magic in rebounds with a dominating 13.3 per game. A team to keep an eye on for potentially as a good longshot in the Eastern conference is Milwaukee. The Bucks were an astounding 52-28 against the spread despite missing their top two players due to injury and are 65-1 to win the East in NBA playoffs odds. Bet the Orlando Magic 10-3 as NBA betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference with a 10% bonus.