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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

There is no average in second guessing bookmakers but what's with the Super Bowl betting line that has the New England Patriots a 3.5-point favorite over the New York Giants-a team that seems to have their number? This is not to declare the number ridiculous but it certainly is a bit on the soft side.

The Giants and Patriots have met but four times in the past 10 years and the former stands 3-1 straight up and against the spread, including an upset win in over New England in Foxborough November 6, 24-30, as a 9.5-point underdog. And then there is the 2008 Super Bowl in which New York faced an 18-0 Patriot team and, as a 12-point underdog, beat the latter, 17-14.

Whatever it is, whatever it takes to beat New England, the New York Giants seem to have it.

The betting lines were deep at Las Vegas Sports books Sunday night and literally just seconds after the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, in overtime the betting boards flashed, New England -4 with a total of 55, and the Benjamin Franklins attacked the windows. A few minutes later the number dropped to- 3.5 at most books and -3 at one, the Las Vegas Hotel, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton.

Several things have caused me to question the number on this game and none of them is more important than the fact the Giants are playing outstanding football right now-far better than any team that made it to the post season.

First of all, New York had to beat the Dallas four games ago to even make the playoffs, and they did, destroying the Cowboys, 31-14, as a 3-point favorite.

In the wild-card round of the playoffs, the Giants were a 3-point home favorite over the Atlanta Falcons and crushed them, 24-2 (my 50 Unit Wild Card Game of the Year winner!). It was then on to Green Bay to take on the number one seed, the once-beaten Packers. New York won that one 37-20 as a 9-point underdog. Sunday's overtime win in San Francisco was a nail-biter but again the underdog Giants (+2) got it done again.

The improvement New York late in the season is illustrated by the fact that during the regular season, on November 13  the Giants as a 4-point underdog had lost at San Francisco, 27-20, and one December 4 had lost at home to the Packers, 38-35, as a 7-point 'dog.

Bettors have two weeks to figure it out before the 46th Super Bowl is played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday, February 5.

This Tells Us Spurs, Lakers, Celtics Are Done

One may not be able to tell a book by its cover but one can certainly tell just how good an NBA team is by looking at its road record. The fact the Los Angeles Lakers are and the San Antonio Spurs are 1-6 away from home and the Boston Celtics are 2-4 when traveling tells us a major shift in power is underway in the NBA.

The Chicago Bulls (15-3) are 8-3 on the road, while the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-3) is 7-2, the Orlando Magic (11-4) 5-2, and the Denver Nuggets (12-5) 6-3. A team's true identity is revealed on the road, since even the worst team can win in the friendly confines of home. It is of note there are but six of the 30 NBA teams that have winning road records. In addition to the aforementioned, the other two teams are the Indiana Pacers (11-4) who are 6-4 and the Miami Heat (11-5) who are 5-3.

For the record, the NBA teams with the worst road records are New Jersey (3-7), Toronto (2-8), Milwaukee (2-8), Detroit (1-7), Charlotte (1-8), Washington (0-6) and the Los Angeles Clippers (1-4).

Hapless Knicks Biggest Money Burners

The New York Knicks, a team lacking even the appearance of chemistry, is the biggest money-burner in the NBA, standing 3-13-0 against the spread. A more revealing fact is the Knicks are 0-6 straight up and against the number in their last six games and there is little to suggest things are going to get any better.

New York has many problems, the first of which is Carmelo Anthony's refusal to share the ball with Amar'e Stoudemire. Anthony, acquired last season from Denver, is a ball hog on steroids and obviously wants the spotlight on him and him alone. Nothing illustrates this more than Saturday night's double-overtime loss to Denver, a game in which Stoudemire, like Anthony a super-star, did not take a shot from late in the third period until there were but 7.6 seconds left in overtime.

No chemistry, no team work, an absolute disaster the New York Knicks.

Other NBA teams that are burying bettors are the Detroit Pistons who are 5-12 against the number and the Washington Bullets who are 5-11.

At the other end of the ledger are Denver (12-5 and Philadelphia (12-4).

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