Author: David Solar

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 won every game of the series and the same thing can be said in the Western Conference showdown between the Thunder and Spurs. But does this apparent home team bias translate to sports bettors?

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 talent analysts view as the only sure thing in this year’s draft class) hurts, Charlotte will still land a potential franchise cornerstone with their pick. But who will that selection be?

Is Your Favorite NFL Team Playoff Bound? Oddsmakers Weigh In

Although training camps won’t break until late July and the regular season doesn’t kick off until September 5th, Cantor created quite a stir for NFL fans worldwide today when they released their win totals for the 2012 season. For those who aren’t familiar, sportsbooks release their projected win totals for all 32 teams and bettors are able to wager whether a team will win more or less than that projected figure.

For sports bettors who believe they have determined which teams are over and underrated, this provides an opportunity to quite literally put their money where their mouth is. For us, this provides a power ranking system which allows us to know which teams Vegas believes are contenders and which are pretenders.