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Betting On NBA Basketball - The Report Card

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/10/2014 4:18:13 AM

What a short, strange online betting trip it's been in this abbreviated half of the National Basketball Association and online sports players have to match up the consensus of power rankings with how teams are doing in the sports betting arena against the spread.

First let's look at the cream of the crop and it all starts with the Miami Heat. They are on a flat-out mission as evidenced by the fact they started the season winning 25 of the first 32 games. Sure, LeBron is playing arguably the best of anybody on the planet and despite the injuries to D. Wade, Miami has done some incredible things on the road blowing teams out.

With that said, you can not just bet with you heart and expect to win as Miami only covered 17 of the first 32 contests. The words are tread very lightly.

Kind of the opposite occurrence has happened in the Western Conference as the San Antonio Spurs have thrived even at their age. They won 22 if their first 31 games and the majority of those wins came without arguably their best player in Manu Ginobili.

The good news for those that like to back these Texans is that they only failed to cover a dozen games so far.

When talking about the best in the league, you can't leave out the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. After a notoriously slow start they were a 20-12 team going into the All Star break and fans that have backed Dallas have thrived as they covered 19 of those games. They will be in most contests just because of Dirk Nowitzki and although Jason Kidd has lost a step, Dallas should be there deep into the playoffs.

It's been very hard for online sports enthusiasts to get a handle on this season because teams are tired, injured, in flux, and inconsistent so this year more than any maybe could be the time to just take a stand against the bad teams and load up against them.

Some of the worst teams in the league straight up, are also horrible against the number.

Michael Jordan may have been the best the game has ever seen, but even he has had to turn his head the way his Charlotte Bobcats have performed so far. They opened the season winning only 4 of their first 31 games and they were nearly just as bad against the spread. The Bobcats could only cover 11 of those events.

If betting the over/under is your things, there are some teams that one can isolate on for the good and for the bad.

Surprisingly, two poor teams, the New Jersey Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, have been good over teams to this point of the season.

The teams one didn't want to wager on taking the over is the Phoenix Suns, who used to be a high-octane machine. These days, with 2 guys starting that are 38 or older, they slow it down to a crawl.

The Suns only went over 11 of their first 32 games.

The New York Knicks have been more potent of late with the addition of Jeremy Lin but they only went over 10 of their first 32 events.

Be aware, that if Carmelo Anthony comes back healthy and he can adapt to playing with Lin, those sportsbooks stats may be totally turned around.

NBA players have to take recent trends into account this season, more than ever before.

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