2/24/2010 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the NBA edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at SportsInsights gives sports fans an unprecedented glimpse into the NBA point-spread marketplace. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch!Initially, the NBA Edition of Sports Marketwatch will be a weekly column published on Wednesdays, normally around 5PM, Eastern Time.
The staff at SportsInsights.com analyzes the marketplace, and especially thesports betting industry’s largest and most reputable sportsbooks, to identify which games the public is chasing and which ones the Sharps are pounding. Let’stake a look at what’s in store for tonight’s NBA games.
SportsMarketplace – NBA Edition
Amidst rampant trades and trade speculation involving both teams last Wednesday, New York managed to choke awaya 15-point second half lead against visiting Chicago. Danilo Gallinari missed a couple of crucial three point attempts in the last minute, and the2-point favorite Knicks dropped their second game to the Bulls in two nights,115-109. (Note to self: stop telling Chris Duhon when you pick the Knicks in Marketwatch. He’s still upset from that one time… and not above sabotage.)
2009-10 NBA Games to Watch: 14-16,46.7%*
Dallas Mavericks -1.5 over Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers come to Dallas tonight fresh off a thrilling one-point victory in Memphis. Kobe showed all the sportswriters his version of rust, hitting two three-pointers in the last minute and one in the waning secondsto ice the game. Dallas is also in good form, having won four straightsince acquiring Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood from the Wizards, includingvictories over the Suns and Magic. Haywood has been an especiallyimportant fill-in on the inside, since the overpaid muscle named Erick Dampier has been out with a dislocated finger. The Mavericks needed ashot in the arm to remain in the discussion of Western Conference contenders, and Butler, long-suffering star of the Wizards, fits the bill.The swingman averaged nearly 17ppg and 7rpg for Washington and won’t havethe focus of the entire opposing defense with weapons like Dirk Nowitzki,Jason Terry and Jason Kidd around him.
The line for this clash opened at apick at both CRIS and Olympic, as the Mavericks are especially tough atAmerican Airlines Center. The Public, though, ever the lover ofdefending champions, is backing the Lakers hard. Currently, LosAngeles is getting 68% of spread, 67% of moneyline and 79% of parlay andteaser bets. In spite of such heavy support, the line hasn’t leanedtoward Kobe & Co. Instead, it’s moved 2 full points at most offshorebooks, where the Mavs are now favored! We’ve seen a handful of sharpmoney plays come in on Dallas, including a Smart Money from Bet Jamaica (+14Units Won) and a Steam Move from ABC (+7.3 Units). Those books are theleaders in their respective Betting System, a huge endorsement. Go andgrab the Mavericks with an extra half point at BetUS.
Dallas Mavericks -1.5
Games to Watch: 14-16 = 46.7%
Dallas Mavericks -1.5
It should be an exciting night in the sports marketplace. Keep SportsMarketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.comfor thelatest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools.We’ll be back next Wednesday with the new edition of the SportsMarketwatch –NBA Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com