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NBA Betting Online: The 2012-13 NBA season is only just around the corner. Here at Bookmaker Sportsbook, we're here to help you beat the NBA lines for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as we take a look at what they have done in the offseason to try to continue to build for the future.
The battles on the NBA betting lines will be hot and heavy in the 2012-13 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are going to be squaring off with some of the best that the Central Division and Eastern Conference have to offer this year, but this could be a year in which they take a massive step in the right direction.
Kyrie Irving is the future of the Cavaliers, and they have themselves an interesting core of players with which to build around him. The chance was there to make this team a real force by picking up Andrew Bynum, but that never came to fruition, and the Cavs continue to be a big question mark on the NBA betting lines this year.
Still, if you look at the projected lineup for this team in 2012-13, you see a heck of a lot of first round NBA Draft talent. Irving will start at the point, and one of this year's picks, Dion Waiters will probably ultimately be at the 2-guard. Tristan Thompson will once again be at the power forward spot, while Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation at the 4/5 spots as well.
Last year's leading scorer, Antawn Jamison is gone, but it is no tremendous loss, all things considered.
Cleveland wants to build its success on the NBA gambling lines around playing solid defense and fundamental basketball, and that's what really needs to improve. The team shot just 71.6 percent from the charity stripe, ranked 28th in the league in turnovers, and allowed 100.2 points per game. All of that is what needs to change this year for the team to find success.
Last season was still a frustration for sure, though at least getting Irving helped ease some of the pain of losing LeBron James two years ago. Cleveland still finished last in the Central Division, but it did go a far more respectable 31-35 ATS, as well as 31-35 for 'over' bettors.
Could the time be there for the Cavs to get into the playoffs in the East? That could be the case, but we think that there is still another year or two to get ready for that. But the realistic goal here on the NBA wagering lines for the Cavaliers is to compete night in and night out. They really could get past both the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks within the division in 2012-13, and doing that will at least give the club some sort of hope that one more solid draft pick might be what really gets this team back to the top of the Eastern Conference.
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Basketball Betting - How to bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
Point Spread Betting
Point spreads are used in sports betting to even the odds of a sporting event. The goal of the point spread is to even the action on each side of a particular contest. For instance, in a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics the point spread may appear as follows:
- Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (-110)
- Boston Celtics +2.5 (-110)
This means the Cleveland Cavaliers are 2.5 point favorites. In order for a bettor to win by picking the Lakers he must win by three points or more. In order to win picking the Boston Celtics they must lose by 2 points or less. The easiest way to calculate this is to add 2.5 points to the Boston Celtics final score.
The (-110) after each bet is the juice. In order to profit $100 a player must bet $110. The point spreads are generally determined by the amount of betting action on each team and they can move throughout the week or day. The sportsbooks want the same amount of money wagered on each team. If one team is gaining all the action (money bet), the sportsbooks will alter the point spread to entice bets on the other team, thus evening out the total money wagered.
This type of wager is used strictly on the outcome of a game. The difference in points does not matter, as the odds are based on a team's probability to win the game. The favorite team will appear with a negative number. The underdog (more likely to lose) will have a positive value. A tipical money line for NBA betting would look like this:
- Cleveland Cavaliers -300
- Boston Celtics +280
In the bets described above, a person betting on the favorite would have to risk $300 to win $100. For someone betting on the underdog, a wager of $100 would win $280. In each case the team must win the game outright in order to pay the bettor.
Over/Under wagers are bets on the point-total of a given game or event. Point spreads will typically end in .5 to avoid pushes. A typical over/under wager would appear as follows:
- Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics Over 210.5 (-110)
- Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics Under 210.5 (-110)
If the total score for the game is 211 or higher the players wagering on the "over" win. If the total score is 210 or lower, the players wagering on the "under" win.