2009 NBA Finals:
Odds favor Lakers over Orlando
It's the beginning of June and for the millions of
basketball fans this means one thing - the NBA Finals are here.
Now that we know the L.A. Lakers will meet the Orlando Magic in
the 2009 NBA Finals, it's time to look at the odds on each team
to win the first game and the NBA Championship, as well. For
better overview of the NBA Championship, we will compare the
2009 NBA Finals odds at two of the internet's most popular
online sportsbooks. Read on for the latest betting odds on the
NBA Finals between Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.
We will first stop at the leader among
the odds makers on the Internet -
Bookmaker (20% bonus for NBA
Finals bettors) where, just as expected, the Lakers are
the big favorite to win the 2009 NBA Championship, as well as
Game 1. At Bookmaker the Lakers hold -290 odds to win the NBA
Finals this year, while the Orlando Magic are underdog
with odds +240 to become the 2009 NBA Champions. For those new
to the betting odds, -290 on the L.A. Lakers means one must bet
$290 to win just $100, while the +240 on Orlando means the
bettor will win $240 for every $100 bet on the Magic to win the
2009 NBA Finals. You can learn more about how odds work here,
but even if you known nothing about betting, it's clear that the
odds makers are siding big time with the L.A. Lakers during this
year's NBA Finals.
Bookmaker also has the odds on Game 1 of
the NBA Finals posted already. There the Lakers are coincidently
also -290 odds-on favorite and Orlando is +240 underdog. The
point spread on the first game of the 2009 NBA Finals at the
bookie is set at -6 points chalk the Lakers and the total
expected is posted at 206 points.
To compare the 2009 NBA Finals odds, we
visited another popular offshore sportsbook,
Bodog Sports (10% bonus on
every deposit for NBA bettors), where the L.A. Lakers are
naturally also the favorite to win the 2009 NBA Championship,
although the odds are a slightly different. At Bodog the Lakers
hold -270 odds to win the 2009 NBA Finals, which makes this
sportsbook the better place to bet on the L.A. Lakers to win the
Championship, since you only have to risk $270 to win $100.
Meanwhile the Bodog sportsbook has posted +230 odds on Orlando
Magic to win the NBA Finals, making
Bookmaker clearly the better
choice for underdog bettors right now. Of course, we will
continue to monitor the 2009 NBA Finals odds and will bring you
any update of the lines and odds.