Celtics Signing of Shaquille O’Neal Does Little to Improve Odds

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Aug/04/2010
Shaquille O’Neal Celtics

The Boston Celtics have signed center Shaquille O’Neal but this is not the year 2000 and the folks at Sportsbetting.com (see odds here) really don’t think Shaq will have much of an impact.  Odds of the Celtics winning the 2011 NBA Championship were still long at 10/1.  Remember, this is a team that took it down to the wire in this year’s finals.  But alas, everyone is focused on the “super team” Miami Heat.

The NBA offseason has been very NFL-like in the sense that basketball betting fans haven’t stopped talking about the league, the offseason movement and the start of the next season since this one ended. Enter the next piece of news.

On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics signed veteran center Shaquille O’Neal to a two-year, $3 million contract. The 38-year-old center will bring some much-needed front-court depth for the Celtics, which were clearly lacking it in the NBA finals when betting handicappers saw them lose to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The addition of The Big Aristotle is just the latest in a string of quiet, offseason moves that Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has executed. The Celtics re-signed Paul Pierce, then Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson as well. They also brought in Jermaine O’Neal to add an inside presence.

The sportsbook odds makers still rate the Celtics among the best in the East, especially after how they handled Orlando in the 2010 NBA Playoffs and the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fallen off. But the Miami Heat figure to rise and the Celtics are hoping that they have enough ammo to challenge them.

It’s possible, but the Celtics are a boom-or-bust team. NBA betting sharps know that they are old and by bringing in Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal, they aren’t getting younger. On top of that, Kendrick Perkins tore his ACL in the playoffs and is out for six months.

The Celtics do have a better point guard than the Heat and hopefully more depth, but whether they have enough talent – or the right talent – will have to be determined in the 2011 NBA playoffs.

Get a 20% Cash Bonus When You Open An Account Today at Sportsbetting.com Here. USE BONUS CODE GAMBLING911 when joining.  Opening an online betting account is easy at Sportsbetting.com. They accept deposits by VISA, MasterCard, Pre-Paid Gift Cards, Money Transfer,Cash Transfer and over the phone.

Basketball Odds News

Online Bookie Tips: New Year, New Events, Which Should You Offer?

Online Bookie Tips: New Year, New Events, Which Should You Offer?

It’s not too late to start protecting your sportsbook profit now from 2018. Add these three events, and online bookie agents are sure bank some serious cash.

NCAAB Betting: Pay Attention to Line Movements in Your Sportsbook

Prevent huge line movement swings in college hoop games by utilizing all available tools to manage NCAAB betting. Find the best tips for your sportsbook here.

Celtics Odds to Win 2018 NBA Finals Still Would Pay $8000

The Boston Celtics would pay out $8000 on a $100 bet if you were to grab them now and they end up winning the 2018 NBA Finals. 

Tips and Tools For Online Bookies To Win Big During the NBA Season

Tips and Tools For Online Bookies To Win Big During the NBA Season

It’s important for online bookies to shift their thinking in the NBA Season. Find out how online bookies can win big with NBA betting this season.

College Basketball Early Season Betting Tips and Sports Handicapping

College Basketball Early Season Betting Tips and Sports Handicapping

The combination of the vast number of teams (roughly 350) along with early entry to the NBA for the top players after just one year of college leads to a continuous turnover from season to season for the top teams in the country

Syndicate