Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 09:44 AM
So after the dreaded lockout, the shortened NBA season actually proved to be more exciting in some ways than a regular 82 game schedule.
The high octane pace of this 66 game year made and broke many. There was Linsanity, the Dwight Howard frenzy, Chris Paul being blocked from joining the Lakers only to join their in house neighbours when he signed with the Clippers.
This worked out great for their organization as the Clippers who at the start of the season opened at +8000 are now listed at +2000.
The injuries of course took their toll on many teams since players were forced to play back to back to back games for the first time in decades. Naturally you would think one of the oldest teams in the league which is of course the Spurs would suffer from this but the Spurs are a resilient bunch and have not only managed, they flourished while dealing with injuries and most recently giving Tim Duncan a night off and noting him on the roster list as inactive and the reason being “old”.
This stubbornness has rocketed the Spurs from opening at +3000 to being at +600 now.
The East as always looks much more predictable with the Heat and the Bulls leading the way even when their star players are out with injuries. This year will almost definitely be a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals with both teams being such a lock that the next best team projected which is Orlando is set at +1600.
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