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NBA Gambling Alert: LeBron upgraded to probable vs. Celtics

04.10.2015     09:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
After originally being listed as "doubtful" due to rest, Cleveland's LeBron James has been upgraded to probable for tonight's game against Boston. The Cavaliers are locked into the no. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are currently tied with Brooklyn for the seventh seed.

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Looking for NBA teams to bet on

02.02.2015     08:22 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
The Super Bowl is in the rear view mirror, and MLB season is still two months away.  That means we’re In the heart of basketball season right now.  In this week’s Wiseguy Report I’ll take a look at a handful of NBA teams that offer legitimate bet-on potential as we approach the All-Star break.

The Cleveland Cavaliers spent the first half of the campaign disappointing their backers every bit as much as their fans.  In fact, the Cavs ranked among the very worst NBA teams against the spread, with a dismal 13-26 ATS mark in their first 39 games.  LeBron James was ailing, Kevin Love looked lost, key low post presence Anderson Varejao went out for the season with an Achilles tear and first year head coach David Blatt was under constant scrutiny, on the hotseat less than half the way through his first campaign.

The return to health of LeBron and a couple of trades have turned things around completely in Cleveland.  The Cavs have gone 10-0 SU, 9-0-1 ATS in their last ten ballgames; orchestrating a complete turnaround on the defensive end of the floor with former Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov anchoring the low Read more

Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves Teddy Covers

NBA Gambling Alert: LeBron James questionable vs. Phoenix

01.13.2015     08:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
LeBron James is listed as a "game-time decision" for tonight's game at Phoenix. In his absence, the Cavaliers went 1-7 SU/ATS and 1-7 O/U.

When asked if he could play against Phoenix, James said he's a "game-time decision." James got work in during Monday's practice and said it felt good to get back on the court. He did admit the rest was good for him, but not for the team.

Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns

NBA Handicapping: Cleveland Cavaliers still miles away defensively

11.19.2014     01:23 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
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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Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers San Antonio Spurs

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 blog entry.
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
2013 Record
2014 Over/Under Wins
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
LA Clippers
LA Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

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Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning talks NBA Futures for ESPN Insider

08.25.2014     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
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.

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

07.14.2014     02:09 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
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 blog entry.
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 blog entry.
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.

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