Hello players! Another busy week has ended in the baskets,
let’s start at Monday and work our way through the week to see what transpired
in sports betting this week.
Monday was a busy day in NBA betting;
the house did well on the Detroit +12, Toronto +5, New York -8 games and the
players countered with Chicago -7, Houston -3, and the amazing San Antonio Spurs -5.5 to
almost even things out. Always remember:
I’m just giving you the big house wins and losses, the games I don’t mention
were of no significance but usually the house picks up a few hundred in juice
on these games so it adds up of course. In NCAA basketball betting for Monday there were no big wins or losses so the books did ok overall
for college and the day.
Tuesday in the NBA the house had
no significant wins; the players, however, did the damage with Denver -4.5,
Boston (17) and Dallas (7) both landing on or near the number, and the Lakers’
burying of Utah to have their biggest day for the week of the 24th to
the 30th. In NCAA, the house
faired a little better (they would’ve had to) winning with Seton Hall +13,
Florida +3, Colorado +7.5, and Wyoming +13.
The players came back with a couple of wins with Clemson -8 and U Conn
+5 to easily maintain their huge day from the NBA.
On to Wednesday, the second
busiest day of the week for the sportsbooks.
The house won with New Jersey +4, Minnesota +5.5, and the Clippers +8 (it
fell 7, some players pushed but still a good game for the house) in the NBA
while the players came back with Orlando -5.5, Spurs -3, and New Orleans -1.5
to minimize the house take a bit for the night. In the very busy college board
the house picked up wins on West Virginia +7, Georgia State
+8, Rhode Island
+3, Air Force +10, and BYU -5. The
players countered with Providence +5.5 (big syndicate game), Georgetown -8,
Texas -4.5, North Carolina -1.5, Cincinnati -10.5, and Texas Tech +10. But it was still a good night for the books
because of the amount of games and volume (I know I sound like a broken record
but I can’t stress the importance of action at the proper numbers).
On to Thursday, my personal
favorite day of the week, I like the West Coast schools playing at night (I
know them better) and I’m not a big fan of the NBA and it’s usually a 3-game
schedule. In the aforementioned NBA the
house won small with Houston +6.5 and the players won small with Boston -4.5,
the Heat-Knicks game was a closely bet, high-volumed game with no real decision
(house usually likes those unless they land on the number). In the NCAA action, the house won with Michigan
+11, UCLA +7, Indiana +4, South Florida -10.5, and Saint Mary’s +3 while the
players countered with Maryland -5, Vandy falling 7, USC falling 2, and California
-8.5 to dent the house profits for the night somewhat but still a good night
for the books.
Conversely, Friday is my least
favorite night of the week with a large NBA schedule and minimal college action
although I enjoy the Ivy League games just to see who is steamed and such. In the NBA, the house picked up wins on Memphis +4 with their amazing 4th quarter
comeback, Washington +10, and Phoenix +4.
The players won with Milwaukee -2.5, Indianapolis -6, Denver -9.5,
-6.5. The Lakers being upset was a low-volume
game that the house needed the Lakers small in.
The reason I mentioned the Lakers game is people may see that and go “Wow,
Lakers were favored by 12 and lost, books must have cleaned up”, but remember
it is just a number, it’s not like we had the game at pick (that would’ve been
a score, LOL) and one game in baskets doesn’t make or break your day. In the colleges, the house won their only
significant game of the day with Dartmouth
+4 over Cornell to have a decent night overall.
Saturday, the busiest you will be
in this business in college hoop season, it is a lot of busy work and you must
pay attention at all times because the volume isn’t the same as college
football betting, you need to have everything done properly from halftimes to moving
off the right people and not worry what other books have, book to your sharp
clientele and you will be fine. In the
NBA, the house picked up wins on Dallas -5.5 (Atlanta syndicate game) and Sacramento
+4.5 while the players countered with Chicago -7, the unbeatable Spurs -8, and
the Clippers -6.5 to have a small winning night in the NBA, their first since Tuesday. In Saturday college hoops, the house picked
up wins on Xavier +4, Louisville +5, Mississippi State +6, Colorado +8,
Marquette -2, ASU +1, Texas Tech +2.5 (another OT win on the day), Arizona -7,
and Rutgers +10; in the meantime, the players countered with Georgetown +4.5,
George Mason -10.5, Valparaiso +2.5 (syndicate game, as was New Mexico +2.5),
Tennessee +1.5, Old Dominion -18, Colorado State -1.5, Oklahoma +8.5, and Long Beach State -11.5, but all in all a big day for the books because of
the number of games.
Sunday closed out the week with
two ridiculous All Star games that need to be scrapped, the Pro Bowl and the
pick up sides high school PE hockey game; enough ranting, on to the real games. In the NBA the house won with Boston +3 and Cleveland +17
while the players came back with the New York Knicks +6.5, Phoenix
landing 2, and Golden
State -4.5 to wash out
the day in the NBA. The Heat-Thunder
game was a closely bet affair with no root either way. In college, the house did well with Saint John’s +8.5, Indiana
+10, and Maryland -1.5 while the players came
back with U Mass -1 and the Washington
State game over 152 to
limit their losses for the day.
A good week for the house, as
most are during this time of year. It’s
a grind and when done properly the house should win each week unlike football
where there can be huge decisions that can make or break a week (also makes it
more exciting though, too).
Good luck players! Talk to you next week.