As we all know, Asians make up some of the biggest gamblers the world over. Just look at Maccau. Vegas has got nothing on Maccau. So when an Asian basketball sensation like the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin comes to the fore, you gotta wonder if books (legal or illegal) who take a lot of Asian action are getting worried.
Think about it, the Vegas line cannot account for an illegal book in, say SoCal, or wherever there might be a big Asian population, taking extraordinary money on the Knicks because of Lin.
Maybe there isn’t a lot of Asian money being bet on the Knicks at Treasue Island in Vegas, but I guarantee there is at certain offshore and illegal shops elsewhere in the world. And the Vegas number isn’t going to account for all that action those books will get hit with.
If I was a legal/illegal book with a lot of Asian clientele, I might start shading the Knicks line 2-3 points in NY’s favor.