Long Term Losing & Little Public Appeal
The empty seats at Minnesota Timberwolves home games are reflective of the interest of gamblers at the Sbg sportsbook as the Wolves have been one of the least appealing teams on the board in recent years except for those handicappers looking for a weak team to oppose.
Last year Minnesota was 15-67 straight up and 37-44-1 against the spread. The year before that the Wolves went 24-58 straight up and 37-43-2 against the spread. In 2007-08 Minnesota was 22-60 straight up and 39-42-1 against the board. In 2006-07 the Wolves wallowed around with a NBA betting mark of 32-50 straight up and 33-47-2 versus the odds. In 2005-06 Minnesota was 33-49 straight up and 37-44-1 against the spread. Even in their last winning season of 2004-05 in which they went 44-38 straight up the Wolves went 32-49-1 with the line. This long term record of gushing red ink is burned into the hard drive of all pro basketball handicappers.
Is Relief in Sight?
As a team that is a mere afterthought in the minds of Minnesota area sports fans the Wolves have correctly realized that they needed a makeover on their roster. Head coach Kurt Rambis has been candid about the need for the Wolves to remake their lineup and image in the community after the train wreck of the Kevin McHale regime. Last year the Wolves cleaned house and Rambis considers 2010-11 the first year of the new era.
Minnesota has cause for optimism as they head to training camp as they may prove to be a decent board value with bargain hunting handicappers looking for extra NBA betting online points against more respected commodities.
Darko Milicic was signed to a $16 million deal and Michael Beasley was acquired from Miami to fill the power forward position. Point guard Johnny Flynn had an up and down rookie season last year but should be improved for 2010-11.
Kevin McHale would have to rate as the NBA betting equivalent of the NFL’s Matt Millen as the worst general manager in recent memory and the Wolves will need time to clean up the nuclear waste site that is his legacy.