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NBA Gambling News: Cleveland can't guard and thus can't cover pointspreads

01.12.2018     09:31 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Looks like were in the midst of a mid-season Cleveland Cavaliers swoon. After ripping off an 18-1 run, the Cavs started a hellacious stretch of 10 out of 12 on the highway. They took down the Wizards on December 17 but proceeded to lose seven of their next 10 while covering only one pointspread during that span. The last two efforts have been particularly alarming. On Monday they were hammered at Minnesota, 127-99, and managed to top it with a 133-99 loss to Toronto last night. Cleveland currently sports the worst ATS record in the league at 12-28-1. Tonight's game at Indiana marks the finale of the road swing. The Cavs opened -1 and were bet up to -2.5.

"We've got to be better," Lue said after the Cavs lost for the seventh time in the past 10 games. "We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page -- and if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way."

Asked what he meant by "agendas," Lue

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Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Indiana Pacers

NBA Gambling News: Cleveland vows to shore up leaky defense

11.01.2017     09:57 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
A little early in the NBA season for a "team meeting", no? The Cleveland Cavaliers are 3-4 (1-6 ATS) and 28th in the league in defensive efficiency. They've allowed 115 ppg over their last five games; three of which came against New York, Brooklyn, and Chicago. After two off days, the Cavs (-10) play host to Indiana tonight. The total was bet down from 218.5 to 216.5.

“The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” 

Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Indiana Pacers

NBA Betting News: Oddsmakers say meh to Cleveland-Boston trade

08.23.2017     08:55 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, some dude you've never heard of, and Brooklyn's unprotected 2018 first-round selection. A lot of NBA people are excited. You know who's not excited? Oddsmakers. Check out this tweet from Jeff Sherman from the Westgate SuperBook...

Jeff Sherman ✔ @golfodds
NBA Title odds prior to K Irving/I Thomas trade
Cavaliers 4/1
Celtics 10/1

NBA Title odds after trade
Cavaliers 4/1
Celtics 10/1[:END-QUOTE:

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NBA Gambling: Odds indicate Irving will stay in Cleveland, Melo headed to Houston

07.24.2017     09:41 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The NBA offseason is a total shit-show right now because Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony would rather play for Idaho State than the New York Knicks. Looking to capitalize on the chaos, BetOnline is offering odds on where both players will end up. Right now, Kyrie is even money to suit up for the Cavs and Houston is the chalk destination for Melo at -130. 

Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Houston Rockets

NBA Betting News: Houston Rockets title odds drop to 15-1 following acquisition of Paul

06.29.2017     09:29 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The odds on another Golden State-Cleveland NBA Finals are still ridiculously low (+140 at 5Dimes) but with Chris Paul headed to Houston, the Rockets are without question more of a "player." The Rockets began the summer at 30-1 to win the title according to Las Vegas' Westgate but have since dropped to 15-1.

 "Since winning back-to-back championships [in 1994 and '95], the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement. "We feel that combining two of the league's greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach [Mike] D'Antoni's system, gives us a championship-caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come."

Tags: NBA Houston Rockets Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Finals Betting News: Golden State Warriors continue to take money for tonight's Game 3

06.07.2017     09:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Following Game 1 and 2's domination, you couldn't help but feel Golden State was going to go off as road chalk for Game 3. But not only are the Warriors chalk, they could close as high as -4 favorites. The game originally opened -2 at CRIS and -2.5 at Pinnacle. It immediately climbed to -3 with indicators it could go to -3.5. As of this morning, -3.5 is the prevailing price but Pinnacle, Cantor, and Grande all have juice attached to the -3.5 and Heritage and Las Vegas' Coasts are already at -4. According to Sports Options, 80% of the "betting public" is on Golden State. Interestingly, 67% prefers the under which is perhaps a nod to Game 2 closing 221 and Game 3 as high as 227. 

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NBA Finals Handicapping: Golden State opens chalk, takes money for Game 3

06.05.2017     10:04 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
In last year's NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors dominated Games 1 and 2 with wins by 15 and 33. Despite that domination, the Cleveland Cavaliers were short chalk (-1.5 and -2.5) and Games 3 and 4 at Quicken Loans Arena. We saw a similar outcome in this year's first two games with Golden State winning and covering with relative ease. The difference is Cleveland won't need to win by margin to cash a ticket this time around with the Warriors opening -2 and immediately bet up to -3. A few offshore sportsbooks indicate that the line could go even higher with juice attached to the -3. Note that 5Dimes' lookahead lines for Games 3 and 4 had the Cavs -2. Golden State is now an adjusted -1500 series favorite. Those able to shop around could get Cleveland at 10-1.


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NBA Finals Handicapping: Game 1's result prompts oddsmakers to adjust total

06.02.2017     08:36 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Because of two never-in-doubt outcomes in Game 1 -- Golden State covering -7 with ease and the total going under by 20 points -- oddsmakers and the betting markets have adjusted for Game 2. Remember, Game 1's total reached as high as 227 before closing 224/224.5. Game 2 meanwhile opened 221.5 and is getting bet under as we speak with CRIS and Pinnacle at 220.5. In terms of the side, some late money helped Golden State close -7.5 (-8 at a few offshore books). The Warriors opened -8 for Game 2 but have been popped repeatedly and are now as high as -9.

Tags: NBA Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Finals Handicapping: Big market move on the UNDER

06.01.2017     08:32 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Very big move on the total for tonight's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After opening 226, the total reached as high as 227, but a big wave of under money has most offshore sportsbooks now offering 223. Slow and perhaps reluctant to react, 224.5/224 is still available in Las Vegas. According to Sports Options, 59% of the "public" is on the under while 59% prefers Cleveland +7. Note that a few offshore books (Pinnacle, Heritage and Matchbook) are currently showing 7.5. 

Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors

NBA Finals Handicapping: Golden State series favorite but Cleveland taking money

05.26.2017     07:05 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Unique betting pattern thus far for the upcoming NBA Finals. For Game 1, CRIS opened Golden State as a -5 home favorite which has since been bet up to -7. For the series, Golden State opened -350 but money on Cleveland has driven the line down to -255. Last season, the Warriors closed -6 for Game 1 and around -210 for the series.


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