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This Week's Best NBA Bets
This Week's Best NBA Bets
NBA's Weekly Betting News and Notes
Each week, we look back on the NBA betting scene and give you the best - and worst - basketball bets, as well as some spots to keep an eye on with the upcoming schedule.
For the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2
Hottest ATS - Phoenix Suns (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS)
Not even a long-term injury to talented guard Eric Bledsoe has been able to slow down the Suns, who remain one of the best stories in the NBA so far this season. The Suns used a four-win week to vault past the Golden State Warriors and into second place in the Pacific Division, 3.5 games back of the first-place Los Angeles Clippers. Two of the covers were by one point or fewer, but a double-digit victory in Philadelphia and a surprising win in Indiana showed that the Suns' most recent hot streak is no fluke.
Coldest ATS - Cleveland Cavaliers (0-3 SU, 0-3 ATS)
Things are quickly going south for the Cavaliers, who looked like contenders for a playoff berth early in the season but are flaming out so far in January. Things reached a new low last week, when Cleveland lost home games against Phoenix and New Orleans before heading out on the road and getting beaten soundly by New York and Houston. Rumors persist that there is friction in the locker room, though franchise point guard Kyrie Irving quelled some of the scuttlebutt by insisting he'd like to remain in Cleveland - at least for now.
Best Over play - Atlanta Hawks (2-1 SU, 3-0 O/U)
Atlanta has consistently been one of the best Over plays in the Eastern Conference this season and last week saw a continuation of that trend. After opening the stretch with a heart-wrenching 111-109 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Hawks regrouped to defeat Philadelphia 125-99 and topple Minnesota 120-113. The team has been relying on a balanced scoring attack, as 10 players scored at least seven points against the 76ers and eight reached the plateau against the Timberwolves.
Best Under play - Chicago Bulls (1-2 SU, 0-3 O/U)
Chicago has assumed its perch as the best Under play in the NBA following yet another low-scoring week. Despite boasting some of the lowest totals of the week, the Bulls delivered three straight Unders with a 95-86 loss to the Timberwolves, a stunning 96-86 triumph in San Antonio and an 88-79 defeat at the hands of host New Orleans. Chicago has gone under in four consecutive games and six of the previous eight, showing off its trademark stingy defense but having trouble generating much in the way of offense.
Surveying the schedule
The Los Angeles Clippers have had one of the most grueling schedules of any NBA team over the past two and a half weeks, playing eight of their previous 10 games away from the Staples Center. You can make it nine of 11 when the Clippers kick off the new week in Denver Monday night. But that's followed by a five-game homestand that includes games against Miami, Toronto and Philadelphia. With Los Angeles having seen its lead in the Pacific shrink, the run of home games couldn't have come at a better time.
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NBA Betting Report
In this week's Hoops Report our number crunching machine tells us the Indiana Pacers have the best record in the NBA at 36-10 (0.783) closely followed by Thunder at 38-11 (0.776). Indiana is not only winning straight up, the Pacers are covering the betting line at a 63.0% clip (29-17 ATS) on the campaign. But, that has cooled recently as they are 1-5 ATS the past six on the hardwood including a pair of defeats and non-cover vs the leagues current best bet the Phoenix Suns cashing at a 68.1% clip (32-14-1 ATS). The next best against the betting line, Toronto Raptors cashing 61.7% of their tickets (29-18 ATS).
Blazers continue to lead the league in scoring dropping an average 108.3 per/contest with Bucks the worst at putting the ball through the hoop (91.9). On the defensive side, Pacers are number one in the league allowing 90.6 PPG with 76ers the worst surrendering a whopping 109.9 per/game.
Blazers with it's offensive fire-power are one of the best 'Over' teams at 30-15-1 O/U but it is interesting to note Pistons have been an 'Over' bettors dream posting a 32-14 O/U mark. Betting 'Under' when stingy Pacers hit the hardwood has proven to be a solid move as they're 19-26-1 to the 'Under'. The 'Under' has also been profitable when offensively challenged Bulls (92.5) take the floor as they're 18-28 O/U on the year.
On a more recent note (14 Days) the best ATS teams are Suns (7-1), Thunder (7-2) and Raptors (6-3) with the worst performers ATS being Blazers and Cavaliers at 1-6 ATS. From a total perspective Lakers, Hawks have been good 'Over' plays the past two weeks (6-1 O/U) with Grizzlies, Cavaliers the best 'Under' choices both posting a 1-6 O/U mark.
Finally, looking at non-conference matchups the Eastern Conference continues to be duds when running the hardwood vs the Western Conference going 89-169 SU on the campaign with a cash draining 112-144-2 mark at the betting window. A tired East team when these two Conferences collide is a recipe for disaster as the East is just 10-53 SU in back-2-backs vs the West cashing at a 38.1% clip (24-39 ATS).
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This Week's Best NBA Spot Bet Opportunities
By Steve Merril
Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots.
Brooklyn slumped through the first two months of the season, but once the calendar changed to 2014, the Nets got hot. They started the New Year by winning 10 of their first 11 games and that built their confidence. Brooklyn was written off early, but it is starting to play up to its expectations.
The Nets haven’t played in too many spotlight games this season, but they will Thursday night when they host the San Antonio Spurs. Brooklyn will be playing with revenge after losing by 21 points (113-92) to the Spurs on New Year’s Eve. This is a big game for Brooklyn and with a game the following night in Detroit, the Nets may not be fully focused on the Pistons.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have two high-profile games this week. The first comes Wednesday when the Timberwolves play in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. The second comes Saturday night when they host Portland. Both of those games are revenge spots for Minnesota as it has recently lost to both of those teams.
Minnesota has a game sandwiched between Oklahoma City and Portland, and it comes Friday night in New Orleans. The Timberwolves just beat the Pelicans 88-77 at home on January 29. Off their game in Oklahoma City, the Timberwolves will likely be overlooking New Orleans Friday night, especially with Portland on deck the following night.
The Houston Rockets will be a focused team Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets will be going into that game on three full days of rest while the Suns will be playing on a back-to-back set.
Houston will also be playing with revenge after losing at home to Phoenix 97-88 the last time they played. The Rockets only have two games this week, so we can be assured they’ll be rested and ready for a peak performance in this game.