With a full slate of games scheduled for the week, the basketball betting community can officially say goodbye to the NBA offseason. The smattering of matchups, starting on opening day Tuesday night, will continue into the weekend but not before the world stops to watch LeBron James’ triumphant return back to Cleveland on Thursday.
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Smack in the middle of the week’s festivities, James and the Cavaliers will play their home opener against the New York Knicks. It’ll be the King’s first game in a Cavs uniform since the spring before “The Decision”.
With 5/2 odds of winning the NBA championship this season, Cleveland is a wildly popular NBA betting option. In addition to James, the franchise also welcomes league superstar Kevin Love to town for the first time.
The Knicks, in contrast, may struggle to establish themselves as relevant in the Thursday night clash, but are in a position spoil James’ return. Carmelo Anthony and James have been friends and rivals since high school, so you know the former will accept the challenge.
Don’t sleep on Anthony’s Knicks. Their 50/1 NBA futures may leave much to be desired but they have just enough talent to spoil Cleveland’s opening night fun.
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