The betting market had seen enough, and finally dove in head first. New York had gone 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games, and was on the road against a short-handed Spurs team on the second leg of back-to-back. The Knicks, who had opened as a small underdog, went off as a road favorite in San Antonio, and were subsequently blasted in the second half in a 119-93 loss. The loss is a cautionary tale for those who like to buy at the top of the market, and a lesson we should carry forward as handicappers.
Here are my daily NBA notes for Wednesday, March 3.
Updated injury report can be found here.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Utah Jazz (-2.5, 227.5) at Philadelphia 76ers
On Feb. 15 the Jazz were set to host the 76ers, but a late scratch of Joel Embiid put a damper on the contest. Before Embiid was ruled out, Utah was holding steady as a 7-point favorite, a clear sign that the market had greatly adjusted the power rating on Utah. The opening number today still signifies a strong respect for the Jazz, but clearly the market has lowered its rating of this team after a loss on the road against New Orleans, and much more human-like stretch of 3-3 SU and ATS over the last six games.