What is The Zig-Zag Theory in the NBA Playoffs and How Do I Apply it to My Betting?

Written by:
Tony Caliente
Published on:
May/14/2019

What on Earth is the Zig-Zag Theory when it comes to the NBA Playoffs?  It's actually among the more proven betting trends in all of sports, with key components being the 2-2-1-1-1 format, previous game performance and a home court advantage.

If the road team wins Game 1, we typically see an upset.

One needs to only look at the recent Nets-76ers Playoffs series to see this theory in action and come to fruition.

Brooklyn came to Philadelphia as a +6.5 road dog and beat the Sixers 111-102.

We here at Gambling911.com were all over Philadelphia to dismantle the Nets in the next game, especially having watched the action come in on Brooklyn and the books encouraging more of it.  They knew about the Zig-Zag Theory!

Sure enough, Philadelphia crushed Brooklyn 145-123 as an -8.5 home favorite.  Notice the two-point jump for this one?

Historically the home team wins 75% of the time in this scenario.

A higher-seeded team that comes into Game 3 2-0 will typically not play as well as the lower-seed team at home since "desperation mode" sets in with the knowledge that no team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to go onto win an NBA Playoffs series.  That lower-seeded team wins around 60% of the time in this scenario.

The Zig-Zag Theory can be used for NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs series as well.

It's a proven winner.  Speaking of winners, our friends at Doc’s Sports have been winning big this NBA season.  Check out the latest plays from Scott Spreitzer and good luck with your plays.

- Tony Caliente, Gambling911.com

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