Issue 10
November 12 - 18, 2000
Volume 1
page 3

By Howard Schwartz

Maybe it's not as important as it was years ago, where there was roster stability, the same players returning on a regular basis. But pointspread histories are still on the minds of a certain percentage of pro basketball bettors. Some want to go back 10 years-but let's be reasonable, isn't three years enough? Players and offenses change from year to year now-there were so many trades in the off-season in the NBA it's hard to remember who's playing for whom for a few dozen games into the new season.

But, let's say you've got to have them. Spread histories and totals from 1997-1999. They're available in the Killer Sports NBA Annual (151 pages, 8x11 paperbound, $29.95). You'll be able to see, for each team the date the game was played, where it was played, the opening line, final score, the against the spread margin, the total for the game as posted by the bet-taker and what the over-under or totals margin was.

You'll be able to see, for each team, about 40 categories, summarized, for the past three seasons, like how a team did overall at home as a dog, how they did after a straight-up win, what their shooting percentage was at home, away, and what percentage they allowed opponents on shooting percentage.

Ed Meyer, the compiler, also summarizes the last three seasons overall for each of the 40 categories. There are about three dozen past performance trends for each pro team, going back to the 1995-96 season only. He also has charts and tables analyzing team performance keyed to the amount of rest a team has had-and this applies to whether a team covers and whether a team goes over or under the total-but only for last season.

How does a team perform after playing in a overtime game? Is it a mental factor that's more important or the physical? The book has a nice analysis of that situation, for those who

have a theory and want to follow it throughout this season. Overall, a nice time-saver of a book and excellent reference source.

Trends Made Easy-NBA from Davler Sports (76 pages, paperbound, $27.95) allows access to more than 650 pro hoops betting angles in two presentations. The first is by team-and you'll be able to access an average of seven spread angles per team and six totals angles. The second method is by the NBA schedule. No matter when you buy this book, you'll be able to quickly isolate a date, like Nov. 25 and see there are six plays that day, including "play New Jersey (to go) over on the road vs. Portland (this play is 14-3-1 since 1986)." Also on that date, "Play on San Antonio at home vs. Philadelphia (this play is 14-3-1 since 1986)."

This book is clearly for the handicapper looking for a shortcut-a little synthetic confidence in making a small wager, or for use by someone who has a sports service and has to convince customers it's a strong play based on past history.

The college version of this book is due to arrive at Gambler's Book Shop in late November, at the same price as its NBA cousin, $27.95.

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