Here’s the thing to remember about gambling odds — it’s not about who the odds makers really think has the best chance, it’s about keeping money evenly spread around so the house doesn’t lose money.
Meaning the favorite on the betting line is really about that being the team bet the most so the book doesn’t want to give a lot of money back to those bettors.
In this case Lakers betters. And Heat betters. Because you all love those teams.
From Bodog.com, here are the odds for the NBA playoffs this season. You could make a lot of money on the Pacers… but maybe you should just send that money to me instead.
Odds to win 2011 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers 11/4
Miami Heat 13/4
Chicago Bulls 7/2
San Antonio Spurs 7/1
Boston Celtics 15/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 12/1
Dallas Mavericks 18/1
Orlando Magic 18/1
Denver Nuggets 35/1
New York Knicks 45/1
Portland Trailblazers 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 100/1
Atlanta Hawks 125/1
Philadelphia 76ers 150/1
New Orleans Hornets 175/1
Indiana Pacers 250/1
Odds to win 2011 Eastern Conference
Miami Heat 8/5
Chicago Bulls 7/4
Boston Celtics 7/2
Orlando Magic 9/1
New York Knicks 25/1
Atlanta Hawks 60/1
Philadelphia 76ers 65/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
Odds to win 2011 Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers 1/1
San Antonio Spurs 9/4
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/2
Dallas Mavericks 8/1
Denver Nuggets 14/1
Portland Trailblazers 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 60/1
New Orleans Hornets 80/1
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.