1/27/2010 4:45 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the NBA edition of Sports Marketwatch, wherethe Team at SportsInsights gives sports fans an unprecedented glimpse into the NBApoint-spread marketplace. If you ever wanted to know what was really happeningon the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch!Initially, the NBA Edition of Sports Marketwatch will be a weekly columnpublished 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 identifywhich 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.
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NBA Marketwatch took another step back to the black last Wednesday, as theClippers outlasted the Bulls in Los Angeles 104-97. In addition to strongscoring outputs from Baron Davis and Chris Kaman, veteran big man Marcus Cambygrabbed an astounding 25 rebounds. This win made it 17 of the Clippers’ 19victories that they’d held their opponents to under 100 points. Moreimportantly, they covered the 3-point spread comfortably.
2009-10 NBA Games to Watch: 11-14,44%*
Cleveland Cavaliers -12.5 over Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota heads to the Quicken Loans Arena tonight after getting blown out bythe Knicks last night 132-105. The LeBrons are on a roll, having won 7 oftheir last 8 games, a number of those coming on the hostile road against WesternConference teams. Last week saw them return to Cleveland to enjoy a littlehome cooking, but they haven’t gotten all of their wins comfortably. Thelast two, in fact, have come by one lonely point. They haven’t won bydouble digits since January 10th at Portland and only twice in their last 13games. Of course, in that span, they’ve played no one as inept as the 9-37Timberwolves.
It appears that some big Public money is counting on the Cavs continuingtheir streak of close games. Although Cleveland is the slightest of Publicfavorites in terms of betting percentages – currently getting 51% – the line hasdropped from 14 at almost every offshore book. No moves have beentriggered by Sports Insights Betting Systems to indicate sharp money on theT’Wolves, and it’s rare that the Cavaliers’ line doesn’t get inflated by adeluge of Public money. That smells like value to us, and we’ve also seena Smart Money play triggered on Cleveland by Olympic (+5.55 Units Won).That’s good enough for us. The line has dropped from where it openedalmost everywhere, but you’ll find extra value tonight at BetUS.
Cleveland Cavaliers -12.5 (BetUS)
Games to Watch: 11-14 = 44%
Cleveland -12.5 (BetUS)
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