If you are a typical sports bettor, you crave the action. Once the regular season ends in the NHL and NBA, casual fans start paying attention more because the games are meaningful.
While I am an ardent fan of the NHL, I do not dismiss the NBA and over the course of the regular season actually bet more professionals basketball games at 5Dimes among other sportsbooks.
Yes, I understand the NBA Playoffs dominate cable TV ratings this time of year, but seriously, who did not think Golden State would be playing Cleveland in The Finals? The closest thing to an interesting series was Chicago and Boston, until Rajon Rondo got hurt.
Now let’s consider the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the underdog is 39-37 straight up, and they have generated +14.21 units of profit against the NHL odds as of May 23. Compare that to the NBA where the underdog 18-54 SU. Even if you include the pointspread, the dog is still only 30-40-2 ATS. Talk about predictability.