With quiet weeks approaching due to the Christmas break for many European countries, the NBA provides a great betting alternative. Rarely featuring less than 50 games per week and 7 full action packed days of action, it’s possible to turn out weeks of football profit in just a few nights if you know what you’re doing.
I’ll keep it simple for those of you that haven’t bet on the NBA before and may not understand what I mean when I use phrases such as ‘straight up’, ‘against the spread’ or even what a ‘trend’ means and what differences it makes to our betting – but I’ll explain all those if I can.
Basketball works differently in that the main form of betting is not outright, but instead on the handicap/point spread market. Depending on the situation and difference in quality between the teams, you’re looking at point spreads ranging from -1 to -15, and they work the same as the Asian Handicap.
Tonight the Atlanta Hawks take their 15-13 winning record on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers and their dismal record of 10-17. Winning just 37% of their games – as opposed to Atlanta who are winning 54% – I’m instantly interested that Atlanta are only a small -1 favourite. Win the game, and they’ll cover that spread.
Atlanta have won just 4 of their 9 road games, whilst the Cavs have won 8 of 13 at home, which explains the small spread. However, sometimes in the NBA there’s just a difference in class and certain teams don’t match up well against other teams, and this is one of those teams.
Here’s your first ‘trend’: Atlanta are 8-0ATS (against the spread) on the back of losing their last game on the road. In simple terms that means Atlanta lost their last match, and on all previous 8 occasions where Atlanta lost their previous game on the road, they’ve gone on to cover the point spread in their next game.
Cleveland have lost 4 of their last 5 and failed to cover the point spread in their past four games. Statistically, they’re 24th out of 28 when it comes to scoring points in the NBA. Also, Atlanta have covered the points spread in 6 of the last 7 meetings.
The Cavs are a very weak team all round and their minimal success comes from feeding off the home crowd. They’re hardly behind them with rather embarrassing scoring performances of late and confident must be low amongst the players. Atlanta are fresh off the back of a late overtime loss to the best in the business – the Miami Heat – and they’ll take great confidence from the fact they probably deserved to win. Few teams ever win in Miami.
My NBA bet for you this evening is to take the away side!
You can back Atlanta Hawks -2 at all bookmakers offering the NBA. Standard odds will be just below evens.
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