The 2009-10 NBA season is shaping up to another exciting year with the big teams getting bigger names. Shaq in is Cleveland, Air Carter has landed in Magic town, Richard Jefferson has Tim Duncan's back in San Antonio, Crazy Ron brings his bag of crazy to LA to replace Trevor Ariza and so on. Preseason NBA betting uses the same strategy as regular NBA season handicapping but with a different weighting factor on minutes played.

2009-10 NBA Preseason Betting Tips

1. Minutes played - getting sources of news on how many minutes a player is going to play is an overweight factor in preseason NBA handicapping. You need to estimate the minutes of key players if you do not have good sources. NBA beat reporter who cover their team on their personal blog is a great source of information when you focus and cap individual teams. NBA Truehoop and their morning bullets is an excellent source of NBA blog information on player health and coach's doghouse

2. Depth Chart - You have to assess NBA depth charts will have an overweight factor in covering the spread in the preseason. Line makers will not have the full source of information to post a line that balances action in the preseason and you can find value in a lot of preseason NBA betting lines. For 2009-10 expect some decent value on Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers as ten deep rosters with experienced NBA talent who are looking to prove something in the preseason.

3. Stars Off Season Surgery - How a coach brings back a player from off season surgery (usually knee surgery) and how effective they will be in the preseason is another weighting factor in covering the spread. Example, Martell Webster - hustle guy in Portland is recovering from stress fracture in his foot and he is a 5th year forward fighting for minutes in a contract year. Expect hustling, defense and rebounding in the preseason from Webster in his 20 minutes played per game.

4. Fade the NBA rookies in the preseason over veteran bench warmers. NBA rookies will get all the media hype but the reality is that in the preseason they are taken out of their comfort zone as coach want them to play their offense. Expect a lot of rookie turnovers in preseason by walk ons and draft picks. NBA vets playing for minutes on the depth chart are a stronger factor than hyped NBA rookies in the preseason.

5. Have more than one online sportsbook. NBA preseason betting lines are soft in the preseason as line makers assess the NBA teams. Sharp money will pound the line quickly in some cases moving the line .5 to 1 point over other online sportsbooks. Sometimes the line will be the same but the juice or vig will be -120 to +100 for the same spread as line makers try to balance their action. Even if you deposit $100 and play $10 a unit play it is worth it to have 2 online sportsbooks for line shopping.


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