Odds Movement & Top Betting Trends for Friday

Doug Upstone

Friday, January 9, 2015 6:44 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 6:44 PM UTC

Welcome to a new feature at Sports Book Review.com. Five days a week we will delve into the biggest line moves of the day and very profitable trends you should consider when making your sports picks.

In each game capsule, we will provide what the public is betting on and how much the line moved, possible reasons as to why and offer our opinion on what the outcome could be.

We welcome your feedback and comments and hope you enjoy. Let’s get started!


NBA – Chicago vs. Washington  8:05 ET  ESPN
You hear the chant in every NBA arena, “DE – FENSE” and that is what those making NBA picks are thinking about this outstanding Eastern Conference clash. The total has plummeted from 197.5 to 195 and here are the details as to why. If your point guard is your lead playmaker and accomplished scorer, both teams are in trouble. Derrick Rose is 28 for 110 (25.5%) and he has the most shots over a six-game span with a field-goal percentage under 26.0 percent since 1983-84. John Wall of Washington is averaging 14 points a game in last seven outings after posting 18.9 in previous nine contests. Chicago is 11-3 UNDER in road games when the total is between 190 and 199.5 points this season.

NBA Pick –  Lean Under

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NBA – Memphis vs. New Orleans 8:05 ET  SPSO, FSNO
The affects of not having Zack Randolph in the lineup are showing up on the NBA odds for Memphis, who has averaged 96 PPG in their past five outings, compared to 101.2 PPG on the season. Despite this, the betting odds on the total have been adjusted upward two points to 196.5 for this Southwest Division battle. With Randolph again –questionable – for tonight, chances are New Orleans will dictate the tempo and they score 10.4 more points at home compared to on the road (defense roughly the same), which would explain the shift. The Pelicans are 17-6 OVER at home when the total is between 190 and 199.5 points.

NBA Pick – Play Over at 5Dimes

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NHL – New York Islanders vs. New Jersey 7:05 ET  MSG, MSG+
New York is 2-2 on their six-game road trip and they will attempt to avoid a third straight loss when visiting nearby New Jersey. The sportsbooks opened the Islanders at -140 and those working the NHL odds are certain the Devils will have a devil of a time and moved the Isles to -165 on the money line. New York has won four in a row in the Garden State, but New Jersey has taken a trio of recent home games and could make this interesting. 

NHL Pick – Take New York -1.5 at BetOnline


NHL – Chicago vs. Edmonton  9:35 ET  CSN-C, SN-W
Chicago is still a largest favorite on the road in Edmonton, just not as big as they first started out. Odds makers had the Blackhawks at -235 and they have sunk 20 cents to -215. The Oilers have the fewest points in the NHL at 27 and are the second-worst defense team in the league to Buffalo. I like that most NHL hockey handicappers really cannot explain why pucks bettors are putting money on Edmonton, but I do know Chicago will be trying to get off to a fast start, since they are 14-1 when leading after the first period. 

NHL Pick – Chicago -1.5 at The Greek

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Sports Book Review Tasty Trends
Cleveland is 1-11 ATS after one or more consecutive Over’s this season. 

NBA Totals Trend
Orlando is 18-4 UNDER in non-conference road games the last two seasons. 

UW- Milwaukee is 0-8 ATS after playing two consecutive road games the last two seasons. 

NHL Money Line Trend
Columbus is 10-2 revenging a home loss this season.

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