With the NHL trade deadline coming to an end today, sports handicappers are now focusing on the NBA as the top major sport. After a near four month lockout, the NBA was forced to adjust their season to 66 games, which in turn requires the implementation of back to back games on a regular basis. As one can imagine, if you are preparing for the March Madness betting tournament, handicapping back to back games in the NBA can give you an excellent read on which teams to wager upon. Here is a guide to assist you in your research.
The basic handicapping system for back to back NBA games, called for the bettor to take the home underdog, when the road favorite was a favorite in the game the night before. Essentially, the theory suggested, that because it was hard to win on the road, you could take a weaker home dog in the second of back to backs for the road team since they were due for a let down. However, in the last four years the system has experienced a bit of a backfire, as the road team has gone 58-42-one since 2008-2009. Thus, sharp bettors using the system, would suffer a loss of 22 units.
Now, what’s interesting to note, is that if you used the same system, except bet the over instead of the spread, you would have won at a resounding 58 percent. Basically, the let down that was taking place amongst the road favorites, allowed for the weaker home teams, to score more points. In other words, the total would go over the allotted number, because of the lack of defense from both sides. This in turn translates to a win loss record for the sports betting system of an identical 58 – 42 – one.