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NBA Handicapping: Cleveland Cavaliers still miles away defensively

11.19.2014     01:23 PM     Printer Friendly
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Good article of Cleveland's defensive shortcomings thus far. The Cavs currently ranked tied for 25th in defensive efficiency (108.3). Tonight's opponent, San Antonio, ranks third at 96.0.


“I don’t think it’s something you learn on the fly,” James said Wednesday. “I think it’s something you work on every single day. You teach it, you preach it, you demand it. I didn’t come [into the NBA] as being a big defensive guy. I played defense and my high school coaches did preach it, and we knew in order to win, we had to defend. This is a different level.

“You have to raise the level of expectation,” Blatt said the other day, “and the level of accountability, and you have to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Sometimes if you’re not blessed with great individual defenders, your principles have to be that much stronger, and your helps and your court recognition have to be that much better. And that’s why it’s taken us longer in that area of the game than on

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Previewing the NBA Season O/U Wins market

10.27.2014     12:39 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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It’s Halloween week and the brand spankin’ new NBA season is upon us.  Some things have changed dramatically, most notably Lebron leaving Miami for a return trip to Cleveland.  That sets the books up for a real beating if the Cavs win the title next June since the Cavs opened as high as 60:1 before their enormous talent upgrade. 

Other things remain exactly the same, like the fact that the West is much, much stronger than the East, just as it has been since the Bulls run of dominance with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ended 17 years ago.  Let’s take a look at the upcoming NBA season from a betting perspective.

Other than the Cavs, many of the top contenders for the title remain the same.  The Spurs, Clippers, Thunder and Bulls are the only other teams besides Cleveland to be priced at less than 10:1 to win the title next June; all elite teams from last year. 

The top two teams in the East from 2013-24 – Miami and Indiana – both took major offseason hits, with the Heat losing LeBron and the Pacers losing Lance Stephenson to free agency and Paul George to a broken leg.  Oklahoma City, Read more



Tags: NBA Atlanta Hawks Cleveland Cavaliers Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets Utah Jazz Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapping: Westgate releases 2014-15 Season Over/Under Wins

10.01.2014     06:59 AM     Printer Friendly
Below is a chart of the Westgate's NBA Season Over/Under Wins. We've listed the opening numbers, last year's records, as well as the difference. Most teams are expected to improve or decline by a handful of wins. The exceptions of course are the Miami Heat (-10.5 wins) without LeBron; the Cleveland Cavaliers (+25.5) with LeBron and Kevin Love; and Indiana Pacers (-23.5) without Paul George and Lance Stephenson.

2014 NBA Season Over/Under Wins - Westgate
Team
2013 Record
2014 Over/Under Wins
Difference
Atlanta Hawks
38-44
40.5
+2.5
Boston Celtics
25-57
26.5
-1.5
Brooklyn Nets
44-38
41.5
-2.5
Charlotte Hornets
43-39
45.5
+2.5
Chicago Bulls
48-34
55.5
+7.5
Cleveland Cavaliers
33-49
58.5
+25.5
Dallas Mavericks
49-33
49.5
+0.5
Denver Nuggets
36-46
40.5
+4.5
Detroit Pistons
29-53
36.5
+7.5
Golden State Warriors
51-31
50.5
-0.5
Houston Rockets
54-28
49.5
-4.5
Indiana Pacers
56-26
32.5
-23.5
LA Clippers
57-25
55.5
-1.5
LA Lakers
27-55
31.5
+4.5
Memphis Grizzlies
50-32
48.5
-1.5
Miami Heat
54-28
43.5
-10.5
Milwaukee Bucks
15-67
24.5
+9.5
Minnesota Timberwolves
40-42
25.5
-14.5
New Orleans Pelicans
34-48
41.5
+7.5
New York Knicks
37-45
40.5
+3.5
Oklahoma City Thunder
59-23
57.5
-1.5
Orlando Magic
23-59
28.5
+5.5
Philadelphia 76ers
19-63
15.5
-3.5
Phoenix Suns
48-34
42.5
-5.5
Portland Trail Blazers
54-28
48.5
-5.5
Sacramento Kings
28-54
30.5
+2.5
San Antonio Spurs
62-20
56.5
-5.5
Toronto Raptors
48-34
49.5
+1.5
Utah Jazz
25-57
25.5
+0.5
Washington Wizards
44-38
49.5
+5.5





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Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning talks NBA Futures for ESPN Insider

08.25.2014     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly
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Yeah, it's football season and you're probably not following the NBA futures markets. But guess who is? Our very own Erin Rynning who contributed his thoughts and opinions on the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade for ESPN Insider. The Cavaliers are now as low as 3-1 to win the NBA Championship.




Tags: NBA Erin Rynning Cleveland Cavaliers Minnesota Timberwolves




Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning talks LeBron and NBA Futures for ESPN Insider

07.14.2014     02:09 PM     Printer Friendly
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Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning was featured in a recent ESPN Insider article about the state of the NBA betting markets now that LeBron James in headed back to Cleveland. As of late last week, LVH (which is now the Westgate Superbook – more on that in another blog), had the Cavaliers in the 3-1 and 4-1 range to win the title.




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NBA Handicapping: Bettors play guessing game with LeBron's destination

07.08.2014     08:36 AM     Printer Friendly
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As nauseating as it is to follow the coverage of LeBron James' free agent saga it has had an impact on the betting markets. Anticipating a potential move back to Cleveland a few Las Vegas bettors jumped in on the Cavs to win next year's NBA title. The MGM reportedly took a dime bet that helped drop the line from 40-1 to (geesh) 10-1. A slightly less knee-jerk reaction at LVH with Cleveland's odds now 30-1 after opening 60-1. Note that the MGM was the same sportsbook that at one point had the USMNT at 10-1 to win the World Cup.


"They are our biggest liability right now," said MGM VP of Race and Sports Jay Rood. "We took a dime ($1,000) on them at 40-1."







Tags: NBA Miami Heat Cleveland Cavaliers




NBA Handicapper Free Play: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

04.09.2014     10:35 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit +6.5 at Cleveland O/U 207
Recommendation: Detroit


I used the Cavs +6.5 as a free play when they travelled to Detroit less than two weeks ago and emerged with a one point SU victory.  In the rematch tonight, once again this pointspread is out of whack with current realities, but this time it’s Detroit offering legitimate value for their supporters.

The Cavs suffered brutal back-to-back losses last weekend; blown out by a Hawks team that they were chasing for the final playoff spot in the East, then knocked off at home in OT by the Bobcats.  While the Cavs remain technically alive for that last berth, they’ll need to win every game while the Hawks and Knicks lose every game; an extremely unlikely proposition.  For a squad with major chemistry issues that haven’t dissipated as the season has progressed, it’s hard to picture a circle-the-wagons level of effort this evening.

Detroit won at Cleveland on their last visit to Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Cleveland Cavaliers Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Play: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons

03.26.2014     10:20 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Cleveland +6 at Detroit O/U 205
Recommendation: Cleveland


The betting markets have soured on the Cleveland Cavaliers since leading scorer and assist man Kyrie Irving got hurt. The dead Cavs had just pulled off outright upset road wins as big underdogs at Golden State and Phoenix before the injury, but they lost by 22 on the night that Irving went down.

Since that blowout loss to the Clippers, the Cavs have been pointspread machines, reeling off five consecutive pointspread covers as they travel to Detroit tonight.  That stretch includes a pair of outright upsets against the Knicks and Raptors along with a trio of closer than expected losses against elites Houston, Oklahoma City and Miami.

One player’s injury is another player’s opportunity.  While the markets downgraded the Cavs after Irving got hurt, backup point guard Jarrett Jack stepped into the starters roll. And much as he did two years ago in New Orleans, or last year in Golden State, Jack Read more



Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Teddy Covers




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: Late season NBA betting opportunities

03.24.2014     09:10 AM     Printer Friendly
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While the betting markets focus on post-season college basketball tournaments and the upcoming baseball season, the long and winding NBA campaign still offers plenty of wagering opportunities down the homestretch. 

There are still three and a half weeks left in the regular season.  Most squads have between 12 and 14 games remaining.  And very quietly, underneath the radar, we’ve seen a handful of late season morphers; teams playing well above or well below their full season power rating numbers.  Those are the teams I’m looking to focus on in this week’s Vegas Wiseguy Report, particularly in the Eastern Conference.

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 24 games in a row as I write this very early on Monday morning.  This is no surprise – the Sixers have been openly tanking since last summer, playing for ping-pong balls, not victories.  And for the better part of the first four months of the campaign, the sportsbooks couldn’t hang a line high enough to get bettors to support this completely anonymous, sorry squad. 

Philly hasn’t gotten any better in recent weeks.  Read more



Tags: NBA Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Brooklyn Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Play: St. Mary's Gaels at Minnesota Golden Gophers

03.23.2014     04:59 AM         Printer Friendly
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St. Mary's at Minnesota -6
Recommendation: Minnesota


Minnesota was in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid coming down the stretch of the regular season, but it just couldn't break through with a quality road win. In fact, the Gophers lost seven of their last eight games on the road. But that doesn't matter in regards to Sunday's showdown with Saint Mary's in the NIT's version of the Sweet 16. You see, Richard Pitino's team is at home for this game and it is a completely different squad at The Barn. When Minnesota wins at home, something it did in 16 of 19 games this season, it doesn't mess around. In fact, the Gophers have won 15 of their 16 home games by margins of six points or more. That's a convenient stat because most books had Pitino's troops installed as six-point home. We should also note that Minnesota won by double digits in 12 of its 15 home victories. And it's not as if Minnesota was going up against a bunch of scrub squads. The Gophers beat Ohio State by a 63-53 count and thumped Wisconsin, 81-68. Another team in the NCAA Tournament (Iowa) field got bested 95-89 in Minneapolis, while one school left in the NIT field (Florida Read more



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