ADAPTING TO THE TIMES
THRILL OF CHASING POINT SPREADS
Say, an NBA matchup between a defensive-minded team in the San Antonio Spurs back in the Tim Duncan era of the 2000s against the high-scoring Golden State Warriors that featured Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant in the mid-2010s provide contrasting fates based on their playing styles. Bettors then look back at the last five to 10 games of both teams, and say the Spurs are winning by holding down teams to 97.5 points per game. But the Warriors were 4-1 in their last five games by scoring 121 points per game and outgunning their opponents by 10 to 15 points. So how do you bet on this game?
If both teams are on winning streaks, the sportsbook will still pick a favorite and a point spread for bettors to choose. The hunch may come into play here, as the decision is still yours to make, but try to look carefully if you believe the Spurs will win by five points or less or the Warriors emerge victorious by 10 to 15 points.