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Accessing the Value Of NBA Rookies Coming Into the League

The preseason in the NBA isn’t particularly useful in my eyes. Basketball teams don’t really care about the games, so coaches are often more interested in just getting their team to the regular season as healthy and ready as they can. Winning the games is secondary (or worse). There are a (more…)

Factoring General Manager Changes In Your NBA Handicapping

In the NBA we spend a lot of time focusing on coaching changes and the impact they are going to have on the team and therefore on how we bet the team. That makes sense – especially because coaching changes are so frequent in the league. When a General Manager is (more…)

How To Handicap Bad NBA Teams Down the Stretch

By the time the All-Star break rolls around in the NBA there are at least eight or ten teams most years that clearly and obviously have no chance of making the playoffs – or even coming close. Their seasons might essentially be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can or (more…)

Watching NBA Preseason Games To Get An Early Advantage

The NBA preseason is underway. There are ways to bet on the preseason if you are determined to do so, but I have never seen much value in betting on any preseason – too many variables that you have to guess about. That doesn’t mean that the preseason isn’t useful, though. (more…)

Pros & Cons of Betting NBA Preseason Games

We are in the midst of the NBA preseason. It’s not a particularly exciting time – for fans or for most players. There is one very good reason to be interested in the preseason, though – you can bet on it. Nothing you can bet on can be too bad, can (more…)

The Sides Vs Totals Debate Which Should You Be Betting?

A couple of times in the last two weeks I have had people ask me if you are better off betting NBA sides or totals. It’s an interesting question, so let’s take a look at it.

The reason why this question gets asked more in the NBA than in any question is (more…)

NBA 1st Half Betting Explained With Tips To Win

While most sports bettors concentrate on the full game lines in NBA betting, first half lines might offer exceptional value for the smart handicapper. Your basic lines and totals are set for just the first half of the game and the outcome of the wagers will be decided after 24 minutes (more…)

Some Insight Into Spotting An NBA Upset Before It Happens

The gap between the really good teams and the really bad ones is probably bigger in the NBA than in any other professional league. The haves are so far from the have nots right now, it’s like they are playing different sports. When teams like that meet on the court the (more…)

Some ATS Tips For Picking Games With Streaking NBA Teams

Winning and losing streaks happen to teams in all sports. It seems, though, that these streaks are more common and longer lasting in the NBA than in other major North American sports. Here’s a look at why that is and how to deal with it:

Streaks are real in the NBA – (more…)

Handicapping Teams on Long Losing Streaks

In the 2010-11 NBA season the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 26 games in a row. The longest losing streak in the history of the NBA – a streak that looked like it may never end. While we had never seen a streak this long we often see extended periods of futility from (more…)

Impact Of Long Road Trips And How Sharp Bettors Manage Them

You would think that professional sports teams in major leagues like the NBA wouldn’t mind traveling at all. After all, when they are away from home they travel on very comfortable charter planes, at great food, stay in nice hotels, and have little to focus on but getting ready for their (more…)

Handicapping NBA Teams With Injured Star Players

While NBA handicapping is a very broad and detailed subject, today we will take a slice out of our playbook and give you some insight from a professional sports betting on how to handicap NBA games involving injured players.

Injuries are part of sports and they will happen to everyone at some (more…)

Evaluating NBA Teams Using Advanced Metrics

We are early in the NBA season, but we have seen enough games play that teams are starting to separate themselves in terms of their records. The challenge for sports handicappers is to determine whether teams with bad records right now are just struggling and having some bad luck, or if (more…)

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