Looking Ahead to NBA Betting Opening Night
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
As October 25th draws nearer, online NBA betting fans can hardly wait to start making predictions on this year’s money lines. Unlike the NFL, the NBA gives bettors ample opportunities to scour the lines and find the best possible options with the best possible value. That’s the great thing about professional basketball, there are so many games and so many options that it’s practically impossible to find one that doesn’t call out for you. The Cleveland Cavaliers will officially kick off this year’s season when they face the New York Knicks, but after that contest has been completed, there will be another game for fans to tune into.
The Utah Jazz will be squaring off against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, October 25th, at 10:00 PM EST. The Golden State Warriors will be playing their game at 10:30 PM EST so fans looking to catch both should tune in extra early for the Trail Blazers game. Most basketball betting sites should have plenty of options on both games so fans can choose the line they are most comfortable with.
The Portland Trail Blazers were one of the biggest online NBA betting surprises that we saw in 2015. After losing 4 out of 5 starters many critics were quick to write off Portland, but instead the Trail Blazers shocked the world by winning 44 games. Terry Stotts almost won Coach of the Year, but his snub has lit a fire under this squad and now they’re ready for an ever stronger showing in 2016. But in order to do so Portland has to contend with a few losses. Specifically the loss of Gerald Henderson, who averaged 8.7 points off the bench and had a nice 35.5 shot percentage from beyond the arc. The Philadelphia 76ers offered Henderson a great contract, and as they say ‘money talks’.
Portland had no problem ‘blazing a trail’ after suffering injuries last season, and they’ve had a decent offseason to deal with the loss of Henderson. Evan Turner is a nice upgrade at small forward and should help improve Portland’s overall defense as well. Festus Ezeli, a 26-year old center, is also a nice addition, albeit not as flashy as Turner. The Trail Blazers have also added depth to their roster by bringing in backup point guard Shabazz Napier. Portland also made some moves in this year’s draft by trading up to snag Jake Layman, a promising young player. With these additions the online NBA betting odds should be showing plenty of love to Portland.
Unlike the Trail Blazers, the Utah Jazz did not qualify for the postseason in 2015. However, Utah has steadily been improving on their record for the last two seasons and keeps inching nearer and nearer to a playoff spot. This offseason Utah lost Trey Burke as well as Trevor Booker. Those losses aren’t devastating and Utah made plenty of moves in the offseason to account for them. The Jazz brought in a trio of veterans this offseason by bringing in Joe Johnson, George Hill and Boris Diaw. Hill is a great shooter who makes 37.6% of his threes and Diaw is arguably one of the better passers in the NBA who has ample championship experience. The combination of those two should result in plenty of wins for Utah, and if Johnson can consistently put up 30 then there’s no reason Utah shouldn’t qualify for the postseason this year.