This is a great time of the year for sports fans — and especially sports investors — as the baseball season is starting up, the hockey playoffs are heating up, and NBA teams are jockeying for playoff position. This is a particularly interesting time for NHL bettors. Round 1 playoff series are shifting to the home ice of the “underdog” seed which typically means that the money line odds for the games are close to even. Keep an eye on Sports Insights’ proprietary betting percentages to view potential value on these games. Also, we encourage our readers to revisit our article on NHL contrarian biases that we have researched over the years.
In particular, our team of analysts has circled the Nashville-Detroit game as a potential play as the visiting Predators look to have solid contrarian value. Note, however, that this represents very early betting action on this game.
In the NBA, the Knicks have been one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 7 of their last 10 games straight up — as well as against the spread (ATS). This has occurred without Lin-sanity, as Jeremy Lin has missed the Knicks’ last 10 games. This streak has made the Knicks just a 3-point underdog against the Miami Heat, at Madison Square Garden. The betting public loves the Heat in this game, with about 80% of the bets on Miami.
Our readers also know that we like large underdogs in the NBA, so our analysts have circled the Toronto-Atlanta game. Please login to your Sports Insights account later today to see if any plays have been triggered.
If you haven’t already done so, please check out this year’s MLB article on “betting against the Public.” Our staff has included our updated research on MLB and betting percentages — in Sports Insights’ 2012 Baseball Betting Guide.