1/26/2011 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 another tough loss last week as we took the Kings +2.5 points over Portland. The game went into overtime (which is usually bad news for the underdog) and the Kings lost the game by 4 points, and were unable to cover the spread.
2010-11 NBA Games to Watch: 1-4 (20%)*
Philadelphia 76ers (-4.5) over Toronto Raptors
This looks like an ugly game on paper. Both the 76ers (19-25) and Raptors (13-32) have losing records and lack the starpower to keep most fans interested. However it is often the “under-the-radar” games that can have some value to sports bettors.
These two teams have been moving in opposite directions lately. Toronto has lost 9 of their last 10 games to climb further down into the cellar, while Philadelphia has gone 6-4 in their last ten games to try to get back to .500 on the season.
The betting percentages for this game are not as lopsided as usual for games that we highlight. In fact, the 76ers are currently receiving 53% of the bets, but we can not ignore some sharp money indicators on this game. Sports Insights has tracked an Olympic Smart Money Play (37-28 +5.67 units won) and a CRIS Steam Move (147-123 +10.77 units won)on the 76ers. These moves have pushed the line to 4.5 at most books, but make sure to shop for the best line before getting down on this game. Our Premium Pro members can also use the Line Watcher tool to setup popups and e-mails to alert them of line changes.
Although it is unusual, we will actually give up the points tonight, and hope to get back on the winning track. As always, you can sign up to have all of our Marketwatch articles sent directly to your inbox by signing up here.
Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 (Bet at Pinnacle -4.5 (+100))
Games to Watch: 1-4
Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
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