2/22/2008 4:15 PM EST
By The Team atSportsInsights.com
Welcome to this week’s edition of the SportsMarketwatch – NBA Edition, where the Team at SportsInsights gives sports fansunprecedented insight into the NBA point-spread marketplace. If you ever wantedto know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have anall-access pass with Sports Marketplace! The NBA Edition of the SportsMarketwatch will be a weekly column published on Friday, normally by around 5PM,Eastern Time.
The staff at SportsInsights.com speaks directly with theline managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks aboutwhich games the public is chasing and the Sharps are pounding. We’ll take alook at what’s in store for today’s NBA games.
Sports Marketplace –NBA Edition
Recapping Last Week’s Action
Due to theNBA’s All-Star Break last Friday, The Sports MarketWatch posted plays in twoother sports to show our readers that SportsInsights’ philosophy can be appliedto other sports like hockey and college basketball. Our selections went a nice2-0 with the Florida Panthers (NHL) and Marquette (College Hoops) both postingvictories. Please visit www.SportsInsights.com for more information on howseeking value using sports marketplace indicators can improve yourresults.
2007-08 NBA Games to Watch: 6-9-0 = 40%
(2-0 in specialnon-NBA plays last week)
Sports Marketwatch 2/22/08 – Games toWatch
Charlotte Bobcats +1 over SacramentoKings
Our contacts at the sportsbooks circled this game. Early“sharp money” has moved this line from Charlotte +2 to Charlotte +1. Publicmoney is pouring in on the once-mighty Kings – but “smart money” actually movedthe line the other way.
Both teams are below .500 with the Kings playinga horrible 8-18 on the road. Charlotte is almost .500 at home – and looks likea “live home dog.” Add the fact that Charlotte is just 2-8 in their last 10(and recently got blown out by the Spurs) – and we believe there is good valueon the Bobcats (buy Bobcats at a “low!”). Take the point and go with the “smartmoney” and the side of the sportsbooks.
Chicago Bulls +5 over Denver Nuggets
Witha huge 90% of the bets at the time of this writing, the line moved from an earlyopen of Chicago +2.5 (at CRIS) to Chicago +5. This is a good 2.5 point value ona Chicago team that has been competitive (almost .500) at home.
Although Denver is within striking distance of first place, they arebelow .500 on the road. We like “Betting Against the Public” in this match-upand taking the side of the sportsbooks. We love getting the “good line movementvalue” of 2.5 points.
Philadelphia 76ers +7.5 over OrlandoMagic
With just one-third of the bets landing on the 76ers, theline actually decreased from Philadelphia +7.5 to Philly +7. There are stillsome +7.5’s available that we would grab.
The Orlando Magic is a firstplace club – but is barely playing .600 ball. The 76ers have been a doormat forthe league over the past few years – but has picked it up as of late. They havewon 7 of their last 10 and are climbing back towards the .500 level. “Smartmoney” is on the 76ers – and we’ll join them with thepoints.
Philadelphia 76ers +7.5
Games toWatch: 6-9-0 = 40%
Charlotte Bobcats +1
Philadelphia 76ers +7.5
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We’ll be back next Friday with the newedition of the Sports Marketwatch – NBA Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com