The NBA Global Game series will resume today when the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets square off in London and the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns play in Mexico. For the last six years teams have been traveling internationally to promote the NBA. Besides earlier games (London tip off is at 3pm ET today), is there a betting edge in the Global Game series?

Global Game Betting Trends

  • Favorites are 5-3 ATS
  • Designated home teams are 3-5 straight-up and ATS
  • The Over is 5-3

Unfortunately, there is no discernable edge due to the small sample size. Perhaps there is a good betting trend if we look at how the teams perform after the international trip.

How does so much travel affect the player’s performance?

Game After Trends

  • All Straight-up: 7-7
  • All Against-the-spread: 7-7
  • Return from London: 6-4 straight-up and ATS
  • Return from Mexico: 1-3 straight-up and ATS

In the teams first game after the international game there is no apparent trend. We need more data before we can feel comfortable placing a bet. On the bright side we get to watch some NBA about four hours earlier than normal!