NBA Consensus Odds

The NBA has a massive worldwide following and thousands of bets a day get placed on the games. A consensus pick gives you a strong view of which way the betting is going, which teams are favored above others and what the general public is betting on. Because not every bettor is totally analytical about how they place their wagers and because it is not uncommon for fans to want to put down a couple of bucks on their favorite team regardless of the odds or their chances of success, popular teams can wind up with shorter odds. Savvy bettors will be aware of this and look behind the numbers and move in when they think the public have gone too far on one side. This process is also called “betting the fade” against the public, or being the “contrarian.”