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Catello's NBA Guide Packed With Betting Angles, Room For Records

9 November 2005


The question is, what constitutes a "good bet?"

For many punters finding the "right number" or "right total" or the right situation provides enough reason to bet. Using patience, discipline and a lot of hard work along with money management, they isolate the best and toss the rest.

Jim Catello, a first-time author-compiler has produced a surprise "rookie-of-the-year" winner titled The Complete Guide to the 2005-06 NBA Schedule (170 pages, 8x11 workbook/guidebook combination in which he outlines, then details 20 scheduling issues that directly affect the quality of play of pro basketball teams. These, he contends, are weaknesses that a player can take advantage of so he identifies and "flags" them in a unique format.

Among those factors impacting team performance as the season goes on are the first and second games of a back-to-back; playing three games in four days or four in five days; getting four or more days off between games; the last home game before leaving on a trip; mismatch games; non-conference games; the second matchup of the season; playing a day game following a night game.

Catello evaluates team schedules from most favorable to least favorable then lists team with those situations highlighted. (Obviously teams with proper rest perform better--tired legs, high altitude games, "home cooking" impact performance.)

The sharpest handicappers over the past decades have noted those special games where a team is strongest or weakest and they patiently wait for the opportunity to wager, depending on the number listed.

Key rivalries, whether the game is on national television, looking ahead (sandwich games), playing the champion and how healthy a key player also have impact.

Catello has examined the entire pro schedule carefully and has much to say, plenty to alert you to. Some samples:

"Feb. 27--the Sacramento Kings: last home game before leaving on a long East Coast trip," and for the Lakers: "Dec. 26: Lakers must be considered vulnerable in this game (at the Wizards). It's the last game of a trip--the third game of a 3 in 4 nights thing on the road...there has to be some very serious emotional lag after playing the Heat yesterday..."

A major section of the book allows you to list all the scores, totals, how the team did straight up or against the spread and see the rest of the schedule, month by month.

The amazing thing about this book is that Catello sent us a little more than a dozen copies without notice, the store placed it on the counter without any review or ballyhoo and on the web site with a brief description and they sold out immediately without a customer asking any question about the format. Instant popularity is rare--but it happened with Catello's work.

Howard Schwartz
Howard Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," was the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he held from 1979 to 2010, when he retired. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.

Howard Schwartz Websites:

www.gamblersbook.com
Howard Schwartz
Howard Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," was the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he held from 1979 to 2010, when he retired. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.

Howard Schwartz Websites:

www.gamblersbook.com