Is technology giving Blazers an NBA betting advantage?

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Is technology giving Blazers an NBA betting advantage?

Is technology giving the Portland Trail Blazers an online NBA betting advantage on the road? The answer to that question appears to be yes, as suggested by SI’s Jake Fischer. As it turns out, the Blazers do not leave home without a set of “Sad lights” – or “happy lights,” as center Mason Plumlee calls them. Four panels in a square at the center of the locker room which beaming a cool, bright light onto each wall of player lockers, intended to counter Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD. Huh. Who woulda thunk it?

You know what else the Blazers should do? They should bring Zelda Rubinstein back from the dead so she could have head coach Terry Stotts tell the players “Run to the light, Carol Anne! Run as fast as you can! Mommy’s in the light! Mommy is waiting for you in the light!” Fischer explains SAD at length, but we’ll do you one better by simply linking to the Wikipedia article. Ditto for light therapy. It will come as no surprise to online NBA betting fans that basketball players ply their trade indoors and all through the winter. Winter can be tough, what with the North Wind roaring all day about and blowing the chimney-pots down, and the Hail rattling on the roof for three hours a day and breaking all the slates.

Stotts’s light bulb – pun very much intended – went off when he saw that his “wife has one of the lights right by our living room table.” Ha! We knew it! We knew Mrs. Stotts was really the puppet master that secretly holds the string in the Blazers’ locker room. As Fischer tells us, “the Blazers have long installed Sad lights within the ceilings of their Moda Center home locker room and above their practice facility court.” And search lights outside so that no one can escape.

Last season, the Blazers were pretty bummed out that LaMarcus Aldridge left for the San Antonio Spurs. Therefore, head athletic trainer Geoff Clark decided to bring portable Sad lights on away games as well. The lights are on, “at least as bright as the arena” according to Stotts, before the game and during halftime. Unlike Mumford & Sons, though, not all Blazers players are Lovers of the Light. “I feel like I just get myself prepared for the game and that’s that,” said Allen Crabbe. “They don’t give me headaches but I’ve heard some people complain about them,” added Plumlee. And Ed Davis summed it thusly: “I ain’t really into all that scientific s***.” Now watch your language there, ED; “scientific” may be an overstatement.

The Trail Blazers are currently 12-12 overall and 5-8 on the road so that the whole online NBA betting advantage theory might be best taken with a grain of salt. That is, fans who are fond of betting on NBA games should not rush to place a wager on the Blazers. On the other hands, when the Blazers miss shots, they could play She Blinded Me with Science on the loudspeakers, so it’s not all a loss.