|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Charlotte Bobcats are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Denver Nuggets this Wednesday night in Denver.
As the sportsbook odds have been falling for the Nuggets since they traded away Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, every team that plays against them seems that much stronger than they really are. The loss of Anthony has fundamentally altered the dynamics in Denver.
The Nuggets host the Bobcats on Wednesday, with the game starting at 9:00 pm EST. The game could have a significant impact on each team's overall success in this second half of the season.
The era of Carmelo Anthony has ended in Denver after 8 long years of disappointments in the postseason. Despite the star power of Anthony, he was never able to lead a team to an NBA Championship. In fact, he was never able to lead a team to the NBA Finals. The closest they came was the Western Conference Finals in 2009, which they lost to the LA Lakers.
The main problem confronting Denver now that Anthony is gone is how they fill the seats. Anthony was a star and a crowd pleaser, no question about that. Immediately after losing him, the Nuggets have been 2-1, with Nene becoming the new leading scorer on the team. They had been ranked first in the NBA in terms of their offense, but that is not likely to last with the change in lineups. Their defense was ranked 23rd in the league, and that will now improve with any luck.
Charlotte is a team currently playing under .500, but having success with basketball betting fans. They are 26-32 straight up, but have 6 payouts in 8 games from Feb 7-Feb 25. Although they may not be successful in getting to the playoffs this year, they are right on the edge and sportsbook fans are having a fun time watching this team pay out consistently.
But also take note: the Bobcats have only paid out once in the last six games in Denver. They have lost their last three games in Denver, with all three of them going over the total.
UPDATE: Wow, was this game lopsided. The Nuggets ran away with the win 120-80. As the last paragraph of this article concluded, the Bobcats do not do well in Denver, and last night's game did not help the team's playoff chances.