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Online NBA Playoff Wagering – Lakers’ Modern Dynasty Comes To A Sudden Halt

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/6/2014 9:38:28 PM

The New England Patriots, Detroit Red Wings, and MLB betting New York Yankees have all delivered their versions of modern dynasties in their respective sports in recent years. The Los Angeles Lakers gave the sports landscape basketball’s version of a modern dynasty with three Western conference championships and two NBA titles over the past three years, but with their 122-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks that completed the four-game second round series sweep on Sunday, that era has come to an end. It had been a long time since Lakers’ head coach Phil Jackson walked across the court to shake hands with the opposition’s coaches on the losing end of a playoff series, and it likely marked the last time that he will make that gesture.

Jackson won’t just head into the offseason with his head held high, he will walk into retirement after the most successful run by any coach in NBA history. It marked the first time in 21 years that a team that Jackson coached had been swept in a playoff series, but it won’t take away from what he did during his career. The 65-year old was already a Hall of Fame coach back in 2007, and he will retire for the second time with more titles than series defeats after clinching 11 championships compared to suffering just 10 series losses. To illustrate just how dominant Jackson’s career accomplishments look, if you take away Red Auerbach’s nine titles than the Lakers’ leading man has won more championships than any two coaches combined. There is the fact that he worked with two of the best to ever play the game in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but the Zen master’s work goes far beyond a couple of NBA scores superstar players.

The retirement of Jackson won’t be the only sports betting question mark for Los Angeles, especially after the supporting cast around Bryant really struggled this postseason. Pau Gasol was a shadow of his former self and although in his case it may have been fatigue that played the biggest factor, there are concerns about how much Ron Artest and Lamar Odom have in the tank. The Lakers can use an upgrade at point guard ahead of veteran Derek Fisher as well, while Andrew Bynum’s inability to stay healthy will be a pressing issue in evaluating his importance going forward.

For the Mavericks, they will move on to the Western conference finals where they will be the favorites against either the Memphis Grizzlies or Oklahoma City Thunder with the chance to advance to the NBA finals. Owner Mark Cuban has always believed in his core group of Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and company, and after knocking off the two-time defending NBA champions the optimism is stronger than ever. Dallas has all of the tools to go all the way in 2011, now it comes down to putting the betting online pieces together and getting the job done with the pressure on.

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