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The summer season sees punters placing wagers on the draft, the playoff, finals and more. There are a whole slew of bets to be made every season. Placing a wager on one or more of the thirty franchised teams offers us a huge selection from east coast to west coast, but of course this is more fun if we simply bet on the team we support. It makes the game so much more exciting when we know we have money on it.
For the purpose of this particular article, we take a look at the summer forecast for Miami Heat. They are the defending NBA Champions, and if you are going to place a bet on NBA these guys might win you some money. Greg Ogden has chosen this team in which to make a comeback, and the team has announced its 2013-14 pre-season schedule.
This is an eight game schedule, with three games taking place on home grounds at the American Airlines Arena. We all know about home advantage, so, take note of this, and the season kicks off against Atlanta Hawks in Miami on the 7th October, 2013. Miami Heat will also be hosting a re-match at home, of last years’ final against the San Antonio Spurs.
Studies of sports betting market efficiency have shown to be similar to that of investing in financial markets. Although we don’t want to get too scientific about this, the point is that sports betting is a unique way to make a wager. The payoff is known in advance after calculating wager in relationship to odds, and all we have to do to get an outcome is wait for the game to play.
Over/under wagers are probably the most popular wagers made, this is a bet place that is lost or won according to the sum of both team scores, and is simple to play. For example, a NBA match between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat may be set at a score of 195 (these are high scoring teams). The punter places an over bet and is paid if a combined score of 196 or more is reached. In an under bet this score should be 194 and under. If the combined score comes in at 195, this is considered a tie, and the wager is returned to the punter.
This wager is basically point spread betting where placing a wager on an underdog could also land a very big win. Taking research from patterns of betting, it has been proven that these wagers actually win 50% of the time. When a punter uses a point spread bet methodology, he is usually not interested which team wins, only the final score. However fans of the NBA generally wager only on their favourite team, so, an average gambler does this for fun, and not necessarily profit.
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James Harden has made it clear he is confident the arrival of Dwight Howard this offseason has made the Houston Rockets title contenders ahead of the new campaign.
The signing of the seven-time All-Star prompted some discussion in the betfair forums, ending Howard’s dismal spell with the LA Lakers, and giving the 27-year old the chance to rediscover his best form with a team that really wants him.
After a season in which Harden established himself as a star, racking up an average of 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 38.3 minutes per game, there had been some worry as to the impact adding another superstar to the roster would have on Harden.
But the 23-year old has insisted he is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Howard this season, admitting he feels the signing has given the Rockets a real chance of winning the championship this year.
“We did some good things last year, and I think adding Dwight really makes us contenders for a title. I know it will take a lot of hard work, but we have a lot to work with,” admitted the 2013 All Star.
Now while there is the possibility that Howard may take away some of Harden’s touches, that could help the youngster’s efficiency. Harden was extremely productive last season, but he only shot 43.8 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from three.
A lot of that inefficiency was because Harden was often left to do all the donkey work in the lead up to making a shot, but Howard’s presence should lessen Harden’s workload.
The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to select Canadian player, Anthony Bennett, as the No 1 pick of the 2013 NBA draft.
The 6ft 8in forward averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds for the University of Nevada last season, catching the eye of every franchise in the NBA before being chosen by the Cavaliers ahead of the hotly-tipped Nerlens Noel and Alex Len.
The Cavs finished with a 24-58 record at the end of a dismal campaign last season to earn the first pick. The team surprised fans who bet on NHL with their decision to throw the eggs in Bennett’s basket.
“I’m just as surprised as everybody else,” Bennett. “I heard everything was up for grabs. But I’m just real happy, glad that I have this opportunity, and I just got to thank God for everything.”
“It’s just crazy. Made history. It’s just like a long-time dream that I had since I first started playing basketball.”
Elsewhere in the draft, Orlando Magic opted for Indiana guard, Victor Oladipo, with the second overall pick while the Washington Wizards chose forward, Otto Porter, from Georgetown University with their third overall pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats selected giant Indiana centre, Cody Zeller, who stands 7ft and weighs 240lbs, with the No 4 pick in the draft.
The Phoenix Suns eventually picked up the Ukrainian, Len, after the 7ft 1in centre averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds last season at Maryland to alert a number of NBA teams to his ability and convince the Suns to take him to Arizona.
The New Orleans Pelicans claimed Nerlens Noel, a favourite with NBA betting pundits prior to the draft, with the sixth pick, with the Sacramento Kings going for Kansas shooting guard, Ben McLemore.
The Detroit Pistons picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard, Trey Burke. The 10th pick saw the Portland Trail Blazers snap up 6ft 4in guard, CJ McCollum, from Lehigh to round off the top-10 of a fascinating draft.