2/14/2011 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 Bobcats getting five points over the Celtics, but it ended up Boston was the team needing five points as Charlotte won the game 94-89.
2010-11 NBA Games to Watch: 4-4 (50%)*
New Jersey Nets (+8.5) over San Antonio Spurs
There were some marquee matchups in the NBA yesterday with the Heat taking on the Celtics, and the Lakers traveling to Orlando to face the Magic. These teams are receiving a lot of national attention, yet none of them can boast the best record in the NBA. That distinction belongs to the San Antonio Spurs.
Somehow, the Spurs are flying below the radar with a 45-9 record. They have a 7-game lead in the Western Conference standings, and their old age hasn’t seemed to slow them down. The Nets are a much younger team, and have had much less success this season. They have a 17-38 record although they have been playing better lately winning 7 of their last 14 including semi-impressive wins over New Orleans, Denver, and Utah at home.
The line opened with the Spurs as 8.5-point favorites at CRIS and Pinnacle, but has since dropped to 8 points. This is the heaviest-bet game today and most casual bettors see this game as a blowout as 85% of bets are in favor of the Spurs. These lopsided percentages could make the Nets a Square Play (65-49 +10.9 units won).
Although the line has dropped at some books, you can still get the 8.5 points at some public books, so make sure to login to Sports Insights to find the best price. As always, you can sign up to have all of our Marketwatch articles sent directly to your inbox by signing up here.
New Jersey Nets +8.5 (Bet at Bodog +8.5 (-105))
Games to Watch: 4-4
New Jersey Nets +8.5
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