Around the Horn at the Halfway Point

Art Aronson | Feb 15, 2013 | ARCHIVE

AAA Sports

I think few would argue that the LA Lakers are considered one of the biggest "public teams" in the league. This year Kobe Bryant received the most overall votes for the All-Star game with 1,591,437.

However, not only have the Lakers been a disappointment with an overall 25-29 SU record, but they've also been a disaster for bettors, ranked ahead of only Charlotte in the ATS department with a 21-32-1 mark at the half way point.

LA's spiral into mediocrity is definitely a shock, but I'd argue that the Washington Wizards are an even bigger surprise so far. While their 15-36 SU record is likely better than what most expected at the half way point, it's been their league-leading 31-18-2 ATS mark which has turned the most heads. With dynamic guard John Wall back in the lineup, the Wizards are a team which comes to compete night in and night out.

Chicago is 30-22 SU and is poised to finish the year strong with the imminent return of super-star Derrick Rose. It's 22-30 ATS mark ranks it 26th out of 30 teams though.

The Clippers finished the first half with a resounding 125-101 win over the Lakers on Thursday night. The Clips are 39-17 SU, and 31-25 ATS.

But for the most part, the oddsmakers have in fact been pretty much bang on with their spreads and totals over the first half:

Against The Spread Trends (ATS)

Category               Record                              Percent                                                                                           

Away Teams         381-390-17                   49.42%

Home Teams         390-381-17                   50.58%

Favorites               394-377-17                   51.10%

Dogs                     377-394-17                   48.90%

Away Favorites  118-114-4                         50.86%

Away Dogs          263-276-13                    48.79%

Home Favorites     276-263-13                    51.21%

Home Dogs          114-118-4                          49.14%

Over vs. Under Trends

Category                         Overs             Percent     Unders    Percent                                                                                              

Overtime Games              50                   87.72%      7             12.28%                                              

Non-Overtime Games  339                   47.28%      378         52.72%             

All Games                    389                   50.26%      385          49.74%                                          

The All-Star Game

It's hard to believe that the NBA All-Star game is already upon us. Growing up, this was one of my favorite events to watch. While I believe the whole All-Star weekend is now a shell of its former self, the dunk competition and the actual game are still fun to watch.

This year the game will be played on Sunday, February 17th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The starters for the event were selected by the fans, who were responsible for choosing three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference.

Here are the main categories, and the participants in this year's festivities.

All Star Game MVP

Blake Griffin +1500
Brook Lopez +5000
Carmelo Anthony +1500
Chris Bosh +1500
Chris Paul +800
David Lee +2500
Dwight Howard +2000
Dwyane Wade +1500
James Harden +1000
Joakim Noah +6000
Jrue Holiday +2000
Kevin Durant +300
Kevin Garnett +2500
Kobe Bryant +1000
Kryrie Irving +1500
LaMarcus Aldridge +2500
LeBron James +250
Luol Deng +5000
Paul George +3000
Russell Westbrook +1500
Tim Duncan +6000
Tony Parker +1500
Tyson Chandler +5000
Zach Randolph +5000

Foot Locker 3 Point Contest

Kyrie Irving (Clev) +450
Matt Bonner (SA) +500
Paul George (Ind) +650
Ryan Anderson (NO) +350
Stephen Curry (GS) +200
Steve Novak (NYK) +300

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Eric Bledsoe (LAC) +500
Gerald Green (Ind) +385
James White (NYK) +150
Jeremy Evans (Utah) +650
Kenneth Faried (Den) +700
Terrence Ross (Tor) +350