1/7/2011 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the NBA edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at Sports Insights 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.
The staff at SportsInsights.com analyzes the marketplace to identify which games the public is chasing and which ones the sharps are pounding. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for tonight’s NBA games.
Sports Marketplace – NBA Edition
Recapping Last Week
Marketwatch suffered our first loss of the season last week when the Cavaliers weren’t able to cover the 8-point spread when they lost by 15 to the Orlando Magic.
2010-11 NBA Games to Watch: 1-1 (50%)*
Phoenix Suns -2 over New York Knicks
Amare Stoudemire will make his return to Phoenix tonight in what most expect to be a high-scoring affair.
Phoenix is only 2-6 since they made drastic changes to their roster by way of a trade with Orlando. Meanwhile, many are buying into the Knicks being “reborn” and returning to relevance in the tough Eastern Conference.
Phoenix opened as a 1.5-point favorite at CRIS and is only receiving 21% of spread bets and 19% of moneyline wagers. The public money is backing the Knicks, however the line has moved to -2.5 at CRIS. This reverse-line movement has triggered many Smart Money Plays and Steam Moves on the Phoenix Suns.
The low betting percentage on the Suns could also make them an NBA Square Play, which are currently 43-26 (+13.7 units) on the season.
The line is at -2.5 at many books, but with the late start time of 10:35 PM ET, be sure to do some line shopping and grab the best number possible.
Phoenix Suns -2 (Bet at SIA -2)
Games to Watch: 1-1
Phoenix Suns -2
It should be an exciting night in the sports marketplace. Keep Sports Marketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.com for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools. We’ll be back next week with another edition of Sports Marketwatch – NBA Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com