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Does this look like an All Star move? Want to bet on it?

 

Last week, I pointed out that the line of 33 wins for the Raptors you’ll find on most betting sites is an opportunity to bet the “over.” This week, I’ll take a look at a list of other Raptors related props you can wager on, courtesy of Bodog.

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One of the things I like to keep an eye on during any sports off-season is betting trends. I especially  like to monitor how championship futures odds change throughout the off-season, particularly as roster moves are made.

To no one’s surprise, the Lakers’ recent acquisition of Dwight Howard without having to give up Pau Gasol has them right in the thick of being championship favourites, along with the slightly more favoured Heat and slightly less favoured Thunder. For the most part, it’s pretty safe to assume that the 2013 NBA championship will be won by one of those three teams (some betting sites have a simple option where you can bet on those three teams or the field), with perhaps a couple of squads heading into October with a fighting chance.

But outside of the title contenders, I also like to look at how the odds are moving towards the bottom of the table, among the league’s recent and predicted cellar dwellers. Raptors fans are used to heading into an NBA season with no one outside of Toronto or Canada expecting anything of, or caring anything about, their Raptors, and despite a notable improvement to the roster and overall depth, not much has changed.

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