Sports gambling has long considered the ACC college basketball’s premier conference but with that comes the online sports gambling pitfalls of a “public” league. The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils are the two top sports gambling commodities in the public’s eyes as far as online sports gambling goes with the ACC.
And there is much reality with that sportsbook gambling public perception. There is also a sports gambling risk of overlays.
Since Duke and North Carolina are two of the most “public” teams from a “public” conference they often fail to bring true sports gambling value to the board as the odds makers will often inflate the prices of both teams in order to scare off public demand and even chase value savvy gamblers to the other side.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the defending national champions and always a threat to make the Final Four. They are near lethal at home with mark of 18-2 straight up in their last 20 home games through December 12, 2009.
Yet despite losing only 2 of those games straight up, North Carolina has a poor sports gambling record of 8-9 against the spread. In that same time span North Carolina had a sports gambling record of 17-3 straight up as a favorite.
Yet the Tar Heels were a weak 9-11 against the spread as a sports gambling favorite in those games which is a clear indicator of their lack of value. For Duke it has been much of the same sports gambling story. The Blue Devils were 17-3 straight up in their last 20 games as a chalk and yet were only 10-10 against the spread in those 20 matchups.
Duke was 18-2 straight up as a host in that same span and yet was just 10-9 against the spread at Cameron, which is known as one of the toughest venues in college basketball. The reality of ACC handicapping, as is the case in all forms of sports wagering, is value rather than perception.