If you’ve been playing with the NBA odds using the common theory that road weary NBA teams perform poorly on the last night of an extended road trip, you’ve probably come up short lately. Seems the idea that NBA players will be worn down from long road trips, is not following this common sense assumption, so far in 2017. While the straight up numbers still have the home team winning about half the time, adding the basketball odds to the equation and teams that should be tired and weary from road wear, are covering the point spread. But, looking closely at those games supporting these odd numbers, and we find a few reasons to say “aha”!
First piece of evidence that indicates this current trend might be smoke and mirrors, is taking into account which teams are winning these final games of the road trip. Erase the Golden State Warriors from the mix and the numbers slowly start to level out. The Cavaliers have only endured one extended road journey, a six game stint that ended in Golden State with a loss to the Dubs. Another interesting twist to consider is that Cleveland has been on a 3-6 stumble during the time period where they spent over a week away from The Q.
The 2nd best record in the NBA belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Every astute basketball fan knows what Coach Popp does on the last leg of road trips. Stars ride the pine to save themselves for the long stretch. Jump to the 4th best record and you find the Houston Rockets, also taking care of business on a nightly basis. The Rockets last 10 games mirrored the results produced by the Cavaliers, stumbling to only 4 victories, one of those in Philadelphia against the talented, but young 76ers.
Basketball odds have a way of balancing themselves out over the long 82-game season. This current phenomenon that is defying all sense of logic is kind of like the old “follow the bouncing ball” magic trick. If, you’re not careful you’ll become hypnotized by the unexplainable until the explainable takes back over. Basketball connoisseurs enjoy betting on basketball odds at Covers.com and have been keen to this current trend. This might be a good time to look deeply into the proverbial crystal ball and consider which games on the schedule are prime to reverse this oddity back to reality.