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- With NBA All-Star weekend approaching, the playoff race is becoming more clear, especially for teams at the bottom of the league.
- Has there been value in fading tanking teams late in the season? Yes -- see the BetLabs Pro System below.
Buy-in to Zion? Quit tryin’ for Zion? Still workshopping mottos here, but there’s no doubt teams will try to get into the running for the top overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.
Sure, the lottery odds are flattened this year — the bottom-three teams will all have a 14.0% chance at the first pick instead of descending odds of 25.0%, 19.9% and 15.6%, respectively — but I’m not sure that will stop the tanking.
What else do the Knicks have to play for other than increasing their odds, even if it’s to a much smaller degree than before?
And thankfully for bettors, there’s historically been value late in the season betting against tanking teams.