Every day on SportsBIT Teddy and Pauly break down the betting action from the previous night, focusing on bad beats and bad bets.
Generally, the bad beats get most of the headlines – they certainly did over the weekend, with the Madness of March on full display for bettors from around the globe.
But On SportsBIT for Tuesday, Teddy and Pauly spend some time breaking down all the ‘wrong side losers’ in NBA and college hoops on Monday’s card. And there were certainly no shortage of wrong sides to discuss!
In NIT action, the money didn’t flow in the wrong direction. Monmouth was a home favorite over George Washington, but the senior laden Colonials took the $$, bet from +3.5 down to +2 at tip-off. That money had the right idea, as the favored Hawks lost by double digits as home chalk. It was a similar story in Columbia, as the South Carolina Gamecocks were also thoroughly whipped as home favorites against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets shot better than 50% for the game, bad news for Frank Martin’s squad who prided themselves on defensive intensity for extended stretches this season.
In the NBA, just about all of the ‘sharp’ money went in the wrong direction, not atypical of longer term NBA betting patterns. The Pacers – 76ers total got steamed up from 207.5 to 211 on the NBA odds board, but that Over was never in play; a game that stayed 45 points Under the closing number. Denver took money at Cleveland, but the Nuggets were down 15 after one quarter and lost by 33, another wrong side.
The Atlanta Hawks got bet up from -6.5 to -7.5, but they trailed for the entire second half, losing by 15 at home to the suddenly surging Wizards. And Golden State took heavy money as well, bet from -11 to -12.5 in a game at Minnesota where they had to rally from behind in the fourth quarter just to win in SU fashion, never sniffing a point spread cover.
Teddy closes out the segment with this key bit of veteran Vegas info: “There are worse ‘basic strategies’ than betting against the so called sharp $$ in the NBA…”