Cleveland Favourites for NBA Conference Final
This year's edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) title race is now down to the final four teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers still favourite with online bookmakers to with its first championship.
The Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks in four games and were listed last week at odds of 4/6 with ExtraBet.com to win the 2009 NBA title. This has now shortened slightly to 7/11 while Ladbrokes.com is offering 4/7 followed by PaddyPower.com with 8/13.
Bet365.com has Cleveland at 2/3 to win it all this season while BetFred.com has joined BoyleSports.com, SportingBet.com and SkyBet.com by offering 4/6. StanJames.com is currently showing odds of 8/11 alongside 888Sport.com and BlueSq.com with WilliamHiill.com showing 7/10.
Last year's beaten finalists, the Los Angeles Lakers, started the post-season as clear favourite but struggled to get past the Houston Rockets in seven games in the previous round. The Californians are now up against the Denver Nuggets for the right to appear in the final round but are only listed at odds of 7/5 with WilliamHill.com to win this year's title. StanJames.com is showing the Lakers at 13/8 along with SkyBet.com while BlueSq.com has joined 888Sport.com with 8/5.
Denver is a very distant third favourite with ExtraBet.com offering 7/1 followed by Ladbrokes.com, StanJames.com, 888Sport.com, BlueSq.com and SportingBet.com with 9/1.
Despite defeating the defending champion Boston Celtics in the previous round, the Orlando Magic are very much the unfancied team and go into the match-up against Cleveland at odds of 16/1 to win it all with Ladbrokes.com and PaddyPower.com. Things only get worse from there for fans of the Floridians with SportingBet.com.com, BetFred.com, BoyleSports.com and ExtraBet.com showing Orlando at18/1 followed by WBX.com with 19/1. Bet365.com, BlueSq.com, SkyBet.com, StanJames.com and 888Sport.com have Orlando at 20/1 to win the 2009 title while punters can get 21/1 from BetDaq.com and Betfair.com.