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NBA Betting Online: Our NBA picks are set to continue with a look at how the Los Angeles Lakers will stack up against the rest of the league in 2012-13. This is sure to be a very interesting team to watch this year, knowing that it might be the most star-studded team that the league has to offer this year.
Our 2012 NBA picks continue for basketball diehards with a look at the Los Angeles Lakers and their season win total. Head Coach Mike Brown and his crew will hope to get the job done with a title in 2012-13, and there is no reason to think that that won't be exactly what happens.
If you were lucky enough to make your NBA Finals picks on the Lakers before the biggest news of the offseason, you certainly grabbed yourself a steal. Even if you didn't, now might be the perfect time to get into the fray.
The Lakers now have C Dwight Howard on their side, and they didn't have to cough up all that much save for some draft picks to make it happen. Yes, C Andrew Bynum is gone, but F Pau Gasol stayed, and he is now going to surely be with the team for the long haul now that Bynum is out. Of course, G Kobe Bryant is still one of the best at his trade in the league's history, and he is never a man that you want to make your NBA betting picks against.
G Steve Nash has also joined the fold in Los Angeles, giving the team a bona fide star at the point guard spot to replace the departed G Ramon Sessions. F Antawn Jamison will come off the bench as a bit of a sharpshooter, though his best days are clearly behind him.
If there is a major concern, it is at the center spot with Howard's health. It is very much so up in the air whether D12 is going to be ready to start the season after missing the whole end of the campaign last year and the playoffs with the Orlando Magic, and if he does, about all that is left is putting F Jordan Hill in the big man's spot.
The Lakers knew that something had to change if they were going to make another run at a title. They did go a healthy 41-25 last year, but they were just 28-38 ATS, one of the worst marks in the league, and they ended up failing because of their interior defense far too often. This is why LA was one of the best 'over' teams in the league at 37-28-1.
The Clippers keep getting better and better, but the right NBA wagering picks to make here are on the Lakers. They have a ton of wins coming within the division, and they have the massive amount of experience in the second season to compete. Howard wants his championship, and that's part of the reason that he was willing to come out to Los Angeles. Now, he might be able to finally get that ring once and for all!
The Los Angeles Lakers are set to give it a go on the hardwood, and we are ready to make our NBA picks for all of the games on their schedule. Here at Bookmaker Sportsbook, we are your official home for the 2012-13 basketball season, and we are going to have odds available on every single clash on the year!
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Basketball Betting - How to bet on the Los Angeles Lakers
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 Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics the point spread may appear as follows:
- Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 (-110)
- Boston Celtics +2.5 (-110)
This means the Los Angeles Lakers 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:
- Los Angeles Lakers -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:
- Los Angeles Lakers/Boston Celtics Over 210.5 (-110)
- Los Angeles Lakers/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.