2/7/2011 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the NBA edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at Sports Insights 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.
The staff at SportsInsights.com analyzes the marketplace to identify which games the public is chasing and which ones the sharps are pounding. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for tonight’s NBA games.
Sports Marketplace – NBA Edition
Recapping Last Week
Marketwatch took the New Jersey Nets as a home dog getting 3.5 points, but we didn’t end up needing them as the Nets got a surprising 16-point win over the Denver Nuggets.
2010-11 NBA Games to Watch: 3-4 (43%)*
Charlotte Bobcats (+5) over Boston Celtics
We will try to get back to .500 on the season tonight as we will take the Charlotte Bobcats at home getting points. The Bobcats have compiled a 21-29 record on the season which is only one game out of the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats have struggled recently, losing four of their last five, including home losses to Miami and Dallas this past weekend.
Conversely, the Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference (38-12) and have won seven of their past ten. They are coming off of a solid home win against Orlando on Sunday, which is likely still in the mind of many sports bettors today (assuming their Superbowl party didn’t erase their memory).
The line opened with the Celtics as 4.5-point favorites at most books, and the line has remained relatively steady despite 85% of bets coming in on Boston. Sports Insights has tracked a CRIS Steam Move (169-142 +11.8 units won)on the Bobcats and the lopsided percentages could make the Bobcats a Square Play (58-43 +10.5 units won).
Tonight is another example of betting against the public, and the line may continue to move towards Charlotte, so make sure you log in to Sports Insights to find the best line. As always, you can sign up to have all of our Marketwatch articles sent directly to your inbox by signing up here.
Charlotte Bobcats +5 (Bet at Bodog +5)
Games to Watch: 3-4
Charlotte Bobcats +5
It should be an exciting night in the sports marketplace. Keep Sports Marketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.com for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools. We’ll be back next week with another edition of Sports Marketwatch – NBA Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com