The Public Has Bet the Over in 87% of NBA Playoff Games. Are They Right?

The Celtics’ shocking 94-90 victory over the Heat last night not only completely shifted momentum, but also marked the fourth consecutive time the over has hit this series. That has dropped Boston’s postseason record for unders to 45-43 (51.1%, -1.01 units) during the Big Three Era. This recent scoring binge has also been detrimental to betting the Heat’s unders,…

Are Home Teams Undervalued in the Playoffs?

With another thrilling victory for the Celtics last night, the series has been knotted at two games a piece as the action moves back to Miami. The win not only shifts the momentum of the series, but continues a prevalent playoff trend – and no, it’s not just unpredictable officiating. Boston’s victory means that the home team has…

Who Will The Bobcats Take With the 2nd Pick in the Draft? Oddsmakers Have a Surprising Favorite

The NBA draft lottery took place on Wednesday night, prior to the Celtics/Heat game, and the draft order is now set. The formerly league-owned New Orleans Hornets won the top pick, spurring conspiracy theories to blow up the internet and dropping the historically woeful Bobcats down to the number two slot. Although losing out on Anthony Davis (who many…

Do NBA Teams Really Play Better Defense in the Playoffs?

Throughout the regular season, NBA highlights are dominated by dunks, buzzer-beaters and the obligatory JaVale McGee “Bonehead Play of the Day.” Sometimes a ferocious rejection gets sprinkled in, but for the most part, highlights focus on offense. Do you remember the last time Sportscenter’s Top 10 included a fundamentally sound boxout or some solid help…

Weekend Sports Update

The NBA playoffs are getting underway — and the NHL playoffs are in full swing.  Here are some quick tidbits on the playoffs as we get set for an action-packed Sunday in sports. Unfortunately, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls will miss the rest of the season (and the playoffs) — damaging the Bulls’ chances…