As the post All-Star Game stretch run is set to begin, sportsbooks have the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons as the favorites to win the 2008 NBA Championship.

Boston is +265 while Detroit is +275 according to Bookmaker. NBA betting expert Curt Thomas from GodsTips, anchor of says the oddsmakers recognize the Eastern Conference Champion will have an easier road than the Western Conference. “We could see a team win 50 games in the West and not make the playoffs,” says Thomas, “thus no team had an quick path while the East should come down to the Pistons and the Celtics.”

Phoenix and newly acquired center Shaquille O’Neal are next at +500, followed very closely by the Spurs at +505. Cy McCormick of emphasizes, “The Spurs have been there, done that,” and adds that they are better than their record indicates because of several injuries.

Perennial bridesmaid and first-round upset victim last year, Dallas is +600. The Lakers, who recently added Pau Gasol to the equation, are +700.

Can LeBron James repeat and exceed last year’s one-man show? The Cavaliers are +2000, showing little respect for the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

Who is the best long shot? Thomas says it’s New Orleans at +1100. “Their starting five is their strength and benches shorten up in the postseason,” says the NBA betting guru.

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