Starting on Tuesday (29th October) is the eagerly anticipated new NBA Championship season and Bet365 are live streaming the whole event to the UK, Ireland & Denmark (you will need to have a funded Bet365 account to watch).
Reigning champions and highly tipped favourites (2/1) Miami Heat, kick off the season welcoming the world renowned Chicago Bulls (9/1) to the American Airlines Arena, the Heat will be looking for a fast start to stamp their authority on the championship. Lebron James will be up against British star Loul Deng, as he begins his quest for a remarkable third consecutive most valuable player (MVP) title in an exciting sounding season opener..
Also on the opening night the two LA sides come up against each other as the Lakers host the Clippers. Both of these sides are regarded as outsiders. Kobe Bryant’s health question marks, along with the departure of Dwight Howard has caused many to write off the Lakers before they even passed a ball. While on the flip side, some pundits believe the departure of Howard may be of more benefit than hindrance for the Lakers, as it frees up space for Pau Gasol to express himself more. Their current odds of 30/1 offer an interesting long shot for the riskier punter.
While I am on the subject of Dwight Howard, his new side, the Houston Rockets, are 11/1 to win the NBA, and given the arrival of Howard and if we take into consideration the potential they showed with the great start to the season last year, this surely makes them a good bet at 11/1. The rockets open their season with a home tie against rank outsiders the Charlotte Bobcats (400/1 for the whole tournament), who I think we can safely write off
Another pre-season title contender, the Brooklyn Nets (9/1), are the visitors to the Cleveland Cavaliers, home of the number one draft this year, Anthony Bennett, in their opening fixture. The Nets are relying on experience doing the business for them this season, with ageing players such as Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry carrying the majority of their hopes.
My own personal expectations are for Miami to retain the title this season, with Lebron claiming that third straight and fifth overall MVP award. The only real contender I see is Oklahoma City Thunder, they look very strong and with three time NBA top scorer Kevin Durant keen to win his first Championship title, cannot be written off.
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