2/3/2010 5:00 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.
SportsMarketplace – NBA Edition
NBA Marketwatch stayed hot last Wednesday with a hit on the Cavaliers.Cleveland went into the fourth quarter with a 19-point lead and decided to sitboth LeBron and Shaq for the entire period. That was a bit worrisome, butthey were able to hang on for a 14-point victory, the final tally at 109-95.JJ Hickson paced the Cavaliers with 23 points and 8 rebounds in their firstblowout win in weeks.
2009-10 NBA Games to Watch: 12-14,46.2%*
Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 over Chicago Bulls
Philadelphia heads home tonight after an unconvincing 4-point victory over NBAcellar-dweller, New Jersey. Aside from generally being a disappointing16-31 on the season, they’ve also managed to confuse just about everyone.They have followed a 141-point performance with a 74-point stinkbomb, a win atBoston with a home loss to the Clippers and a win at Denver with a home loss toWashington. I’ll let you think on that for a second… Now, Chicagohas been equally confusing, but at least consistently so. Only 3 times allseason has a winning or losing “streak” been stopped at one. Whatever theydo, they do in bunches. And last night, after a 5-game road winningstreak, they lost. At home. To the Clippers. I cease anddesist.
It’s difficult for the shortsighted Public to see beyond 9 victories in theirlast 11 games, and so, when the game opened at Philadelphia -1 at both Pinnacleand Olympic, the bets came hard and fast on Chicago. The Bulls arereceiving 69% of spread bets, 78% of moneyline bets and are being picked for 63%of parlays and teasers. All in all, that’s a solid 2/3 of bets coming downon the road dog, but instead of dropping to a pick ’em, the line has grown.It now sits at -2 at most offshore books. Such reverse line movement isusually an indicator of sharp money, and indeed we’ve seen a Smart Money playtriggered on Philly from Olympic (+5.45 Units Won). Go out and grab theextra half-point. It’s hanging loose at Bet Phoenix.
Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 (BetPhoenix)
Games to Watch: 12-14 = 46.2%
Philadelphia -1.5 (BetPhoenix)
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