Even though I am an avid NBA follower these days, I’m actually more of a Kobe Bryant lover these days. That’s just the way it is, the Lakers are the team to beat in the West, period. Sheesh.
But, I do have some nice tidbits to offer any Lakers fans lucky enough to make it to the end of this series. I would have to say, based on what I gleaned from the first two games, bet the totals on this series. I made the Lakers +1140 favorites to win the series last night, and IForecast the series as a push.
Why do I make such a bold statement? Well, the reason is because the Lakers have been so thoroughly abused by the West in the past, that it is more than just an streak of good luck. Ruptured relationships with past and current West opponents (The Rockets, Sonics, Nuggets, Dewavegas, etc.). flats against the percentage (The Lakers have a tendency to be very streaky in the postseason). And, the list goes on.
Now, the West has to be at least somewhat irritated at the notion that their undefeated streak might be coming to an end. And, I don’t blame them. The ‘Nets’ have way too many weapons offensively, and don’t care as much about Bynum & Co. Not to mention, unless they face Dallas, the easiest non-conference schedule in the NBA.
With that said, let’s look at the lines. The popular linesmakers use are the lines made by the sharpest, most reputable sports handicapping companies. These lines are not set by oddsmakers. These are updated on a minute basis to incorporate any possible injury or suspension of players. If the injury is to a key player, like Deion Sanders is with the Dallas Mavericks, then the line may be changed to reflect that the injury is more significant that originally anticipated.
The sharp sports handicapping companies truly do maintain a good record over the long haul. clients know them for years and many of them are referral sources. That’s important. In this day and age a sports handicapper referral is still a referral. You have to earn that referred customer, over the phone and through referrals, referral of a good quality sports handicapper referral that’s been earning for years and not just by word of mouth.
The referral process is simple. You call the number listed on the sports handicapper’s web page and the customer service representative assigned to you will get right to the point. It’s important to avoid the dial tone that sports handicappers sometimes use to carry their grandma and grandpa. That’s difficult to do, but not impossible.
Once you’ve spoken to that customer service rep, the next step is signing up for the sports handicapper’s regular updates. You want this done before your April 1st appointment so you can be ready to go that very day. Baseball handicapping will be available Wednesday night, and football will follow shortly after. These are important dates because they usually determine which games carry the highest betting value in that particular sports handicapper’s “seasonal” selections.
So, if you want to be ready to go March + MMA – football, baseball + BOTH basketball games on ESPN premium cable sports channels as of April 1st, you’re going to need to ensure that you’re getting the most up to date and accurate facts about both the MTTs and your April + MMA MTT bets. You also want to know what those odds look like so you can compare them to your moneyline odds and actually commit your money to a real sports bet if it looks right. Often times you can find one of these posted online and ready to go.
Don’t miss out on all of the action this opening round in the playoffs. But, that won’t matter if you have your sports handicapping set up early. You want the very best very early on, but the later the better. You want to sure your March + MMA + football MTT is good on March + MMA MTT knockout or moneyline odds. That way you can make an informed decision about your money as the playoffs unfold.
Remember, Basketball Handicapping will be available for you online this weekend inprogress. Make sure you have the latest, and the best MTTs.