In the first of an ongoing series involving New Orleans betting, I am going to start with $1,000 dollars cash and make bets only on Louisiana teams. I'll keep continual track of my progress at the conclusion of each article.
Over the years I've had pretty consistent success, so if you enjoy betting, it's worth a look.
The Thunder have been surprisingly good this year, posting a record of 19-15 so far overall, but only winning 9 of 16 at home. They have been playing well all year.
The Hornets on the other hand started out the season horribly.
It's only recently that they seem to be coming together well, both at home and on the road. They have won 6 of 9, and Monday's win in Utah broke a long losing streak that dated back years.
Let's look at the numbers.
New Orleans is getting 4.5 points and +180 on the money line.
Both of these bets are great, but I like the +180 more for a few reasons.
First off, the Thunder have never beaten the Hornets.
Secondly there are match up problems all over the place for OKC. Also, the Hornets rarely lose close games, so a few points isn't likely to matter.
When they lose, they lose big.
West and Okafor should create huge problems given the Thunder's lack of big men. It's also pretty well known that Westbrook isn't a great defender.
Expect Paul to have a bounce back game after his poor performance in Utah.
This Hornets team is finally coming into its' own, and with West playing like his old self, there is no reason to think that the Hornets won't beat the Thunder.
Total cash going into game: $1,000
My bets: $100 on the Hornets money line
Potential win: $180