After an extended vacation along with a visit to Team USA camp in Las Vegas alongside Sheridan over the summer, my NBA gambling column is back. We absolutely NAILED last year’s NBA Championship winner (at 14-1, too, I might add) and I’m excited to be back on deck for the 2015-16 season. I’m going to kick things off with a series of preseason gambling predictions. We’ll cover all the major awards, division winners and even find where the value lies in the NBA Championship and conference winner markets.
One week from today, LeBron James can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Three weeks from now, he can sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers or … fill in the blank. And Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are in similar situations, as all have early termination options in their contracts. But despite this uncertainty, in NBA futures betting the Heat are listed as 3-1 favorites to win the championship in
OK, folks. We are going to have some fun with this column. About a million different NBA prop bets are out, and I am going to run through a bunch them and make picks on each of them. Some of these props will be easier to find at offshore sites rather than in Vegas, but we are writing for a worldwide audience here, and those of us in America are slightly jealous that our brethren in other countries who can make wagers
On Wednesday night, LeBron James had unquestionably his worst playoff performance as a member of the Miami Heat. He bricked eight of his 10 shot attempts, turned the ball over three times and mustered only four assists and two rebounds. According to a measurement devised by John Hollinger, the O.G. of basketball advanced statisticians, it was the second-worst playoff performance of James’ career. Not surprisingly, the four-time MVP’s struggles were a big reason Miami lost 93-90, failing to close out
Back in the preseason, I told you my pick to win the NBA championship was the Indiana Pacers, who at the time were listed anywhere from 12-1 to 15-1. I even went on the BBC and told the host to run down to Ladbroke’s and make that wager. (He didn’t — and I have not stopped badgering him about it since.) So what are the latest odds to win the NBA championship? And who is offering the best odds to win the
Advertisement The Western Conference is absolutely nothing like the Eastern Conference when it comes to championship odds. We have what I call a two-horse race in the East versus what I am going to call the six-plus team race in the West. In the 15 previous seasons, only four teams (the Lakers, seven times; the Spurs, five times, the Mavericks, two times; the Thunder, once) have won the Western Conference, which is a similar concept to what the Eastern
Brain-twister for you today, folks. Go back to the start of the 2005-06 regular season, and try to name a superstar player who has represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Your answer cannot include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo or Ray Allen. It’s OK. Keep thinking … [Read more…]
The gambling life ain’t easy, folks — which is where today’s tale begins. But by the time you get to the end of today’s column, hopefully you’ll be amused by my personal adventures and enlightened by my leaguewide analysis. We are at the quarter-pole of the NBA season, and trends have emerged. First, to truly appreciate what it means to gamble on the NBA on a daily basis, you had to experience what it was like to bet on the Philadelphia 76ers