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NBA Basketball Betting – Showtime to Slowdown

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/6/2014 9:55:47 PM

Back in the sports betting day, the Los Angeles Lakers were known as Showtime, largely due to the fact that Magic Johnson was wheeling and dealing and dropping dimes to guys named Kareem Abdul-Jabber, Jamal Wilkes and Norm Nixon but online sports betting enthusiasts will have to adjust to the 2012 Lakers.

Off to a 3-3 start through New Year’s, the Lakers are now using an entirely new offense and defense thanks to new Coach Mike Brown and although it may take time to figure it out, this kind of approach was needed for them to improve and get back into the NBA Finals.

There is no triangle offense any longer, which means the offense will be reluctant to pour it on to inferior teams and the team has shown the ability to share the ball and go deep into the shot clock before going to the hoop.

Los Angeles lost the first game of the year in a nail biter by a point, then came out flat when losing on the road in Sacramento but they put three solid wins together and will only get better with the re-emergence of Andrew Bynum.

All he did in his first start of the season was score 29 points in 31 minutes, get 6 offensive rebounds to add to his total of 13 and block 2 shots. He was visually tired but this is a different player.

In years past he would defer to Kobe and to Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom but this is a new Andrew. He can smell it and sense that the Lakers will go only as far as he can carry them.

Online sports players have to not only adjust to the fact the Lakers will have a harder time covering games this year because they will not score as many points, but that very fact becomes crystal clear when it is shown that they failed to go over in the first 6 games.

They were 9 off the sports betting websites over/under number in the opener, missed by 3 of going over in the second game and were 21 points away from going over in the third game.

The number did not adjust in the next couple of games either as the over/under was 196 and 198 and the total came back 181 back-to-back. On New Year’s, they were 10 points under the betting number.

Other teams that online sportsbooks betting fanatics have to pay attention to as far as not reaching the over/under number include Orlando, Golden State, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta and New Jersey.

Golden State and Orlando failed to go over in their first 4 games while the other teams mentions were under the number only once to kick off the season.

When you think about it, logic seems to prevail. Teams are not in shape, they are playing themselves into shape and that means they will tired late in the game and have a harder time scoring points in the last quarter.

Also with a compressed schedule, coaches around the league will have to be very careful with rotations and starters in regard when to throw in the towel in what seems like a losing situation. If a team has to play 4 games in 5 nights, teams can’t go deep into the fourth quarter with key players and compromise the very next game.

Bottom line, pay attention to the style that teams play and watch that over/under number.


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