Posted: 10/30/2009 2:38:11 AM
Well after an unfortunate 2nd Half bet in the Denver/Portland game, let us turn our attention to Friday's card shall we?! Some interesting games on the board tomorrow that have drawn my attention.
Toronto @ Memphis
After Toronto's opening win against the powerhous/public loving Cavaliers, you can bet a lot of gamblers have taken notice. Cleveland's 0-2 start has been at the forfront on all the major sports sites/tv shows, and with mention of the Cavs struggles also comes the Raptors winning a game against a far superior team. Memphis on the other hand appeared to be the same old team from last season as they were demolished by the new look Pistons 96-74.
I look at this way. You have a Raptors team that just pulled a big upset. They won a game many thought they wouldn't even contend in. Now they play arguably one of the weakest/youngest teams in the league in Memphis... a team that just took it on the chin two nights ago. Who do think the public is going to favour in a situation like that? Obviously Toronto.
I've seen it time and time again where underdog teams pull off a big upset win and then come out flat against a weaker opponent. I think this game fits the criteria, and it pains me to say it because I love my Raptors. But I gotta go with the Grizz here.
Washington @ Atlanta
The Wizards were +8 underdogs on opening night in Dallas. Despite Washington being relatively healthy this time around, many people still needed to be convinced that the Wizards were going to be a different team this year. Was Arenas going to be the old explosive player he was pre-injury problems. Could Caron Butler continue to be a go to guy? How would the additons of Miller and Foye affect the team? Well not only did Washington manage to compete with highly favoured Mavericks, they actually won the game outright. Arenas looked superb as he the game in points and assits. And newly aquired players Miller and Foye did an excellent job fitting in with their new team.
I look at this way. This game is a little similar to the Toronto @ Cleveland game. In this case however the underdog Wizards are up against yet another superb team in the Hawks. The spread on this game opened at Hawks -6.5 and has hit already hit -7 at some books. This is going to be sitation where people will feel as though the spread is too high. As I said before, Washington is coming off of win in which they were +8 dogs. Now again they are big dogs against a fairly comparable(to the Mavericks), dare I say weaker(than the Mavericks) Atlanta team.
You can bet that a lot of people will be on the Wizards in this game simpily due to what happened against Dallas. It's happened before and it will continue to happen. Hype can be very powerful.
GL to all!