4/14/2010 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the NBA edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at SportsInsights 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!Initially, the NBA Edition of Sports Marketwatch will be a weekly column published on Wednesdays, normally around 5PM, Eastern Time.
The staff at SportsInsights.com analyzes the marketplace, and especially the sports betting industry’s largest and most reputable sportsbooks, to identify which 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
Another week, another win for NBA Marketwatch. We’ve won 5 in a row heading into our last regular season installment, thanks to Dallas’ 110-84 blowout of the Grizzlies last Wednesday.Caron Butler broke out of a recent slump with 23 points, and Dirk added 22 and 9rebounds. Despite scoring 23 points for Memphis, Rudy Gay’s rating was anabsurd -24 in 44 minutes. That was nearly the final margin, as the Mavs’26-point victory was good for an easy cover.
2009-10 NBA Games to Watch: 22-17,56.4%*
Utah Jazz -6 over Phoenix Suns
The Suns are scorching right now, having won 13 of their last 15 games asthey head to Utah to face the Jazz tonight. Although a number ofplayoff teams are resting their starters tonight, expect all the healthy bigguns to be out there tonight, as the game has some playoff seeding implications. Phoenix and Utah are currently tied for 3rd place in theWestern Conference. Phoenix has locked up home court advantage for atleast their first round series, but a home loss by the Jazz tonight woulddrop them to the 5th seed and force them to travel to Denver for Round 1 ofthe playoffs. The Suns ran the Nuggets off the court last night inPhoenix, but they certainly won’t be fresh heading into the thin air of SaltLake City. The Jazz also played last night, downing the Warriors in Oakland, and unfortunately had to watch forward Carlos Boozer leave thecourt with a strained muscle in his ribcage. His status for tonight’sgame is still in question.
Utah opened as 6-point favorites across theboard, but, most likely due to the Suns’ recent hot streak, the Public isgoing the other way. Phoenix is receiving 69% of spread bets, as wellas 56% of moneyline and 71% of parlay wagers. You might think thisheavy money would have made the line drop, but you’d be sadly mistaken.The Jazz have stood pat at -6 at most sportsbooks, even growing to -6.5 at afew. A handful of plays have been triggered by Sports Insights BettingSystems on the Jazz, most notably a Steam Move from BetUS (29-18, +8.1Units). The lopsided betting has made it possible to make this play onthe triggering line, a value we rarely get when Steam is on our side.Go get it before some more sharp money jumps on board and costs us anotherhalf-point.
Utah Jazz -6
Games to Watch: 22-17 = 56.4%
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