NBA Worthy of All-Star hype
February 20, 2018 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
VIP Bettin' On B-Ball | This past weekend’s NBA All Star festivities were largely considered a success, especially the new format of the All Star game itself.
This past weekend’s NBA All Star festivities were largely considered a success, especially the new format of the All Star game itself. Rather than have teams representing the two conferences as had been the traditional format since the game’s inception, the NBA used a modified form of the playground method of choosing up sides from the available talent, regardless of team and conference affiliation.
The two captains were LeBron James and Stephen Curry and the new format, which was well received, produced an entertaining and competitive All Star game.
Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen, 148-145, with bettors who backed LeBron’s team (bet up from a 2 to a 2.5-point favorite) cashing their tickets as did those who bet the UNDER. The Total took quite a nosedive, opening at 341.5 and closing at 332, using the lines from the Westgate.
Regular season play resumes on Thursday with a half dozen games and the other 18 teams resume on Friday. The players should be very well rested as teams will have been idle for at least a week. There might be some rust as the players return although they will also have benefitted from the extra time given for nagging injuries to continue to heal.
Over the years handicapping and betting the NBA has evolved from more of a scientific exercise to one that now relies more on artistry. It’s a topic I have written and spoken about often.
By this description I refer to the science of handicapping as involving the development and use of Power Ratings in making decisions about how to bet a specific game. It takes the premise of “all things being equal, Team A is x points better than Team B.” Of course, all things are rarely, if ever, equal.
Back in the days before personal computers and the internet it was often difficult to gather and process meaningful statistical information unless you kept track of it yourself. That started to change nearly a generation ago as technology made it easier to gather, assemble, process and share information on a worldwide and instantaneous basis.