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 Dec. 30-Jan. 5.
Hottest ATS team
Houston Rockets (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS)
The Rockets are absolutely on fire ATS, covering in 10 of their last 11 games. Houston swept the board this past week, covering the number against Atlanta, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Cleveland. Houston welcomes the Lakers on Tuesday before heading out on a three-game road trip that includes stops in New Orleans, Boston and Philadelphia.
Coldest ATS team
Miami Heat (2-1 SU, 0-3 ATS)
The Heat have failed to cover in five straight contests, including three last week as favorites against the Magic, Mavericks and Bulls. Miami always has high expectations placed on it by oddsmakers and continues to be one of the more mediocre bets in the Association (15-16 ATS). The Heat host the Wizards Sunday before heading out on a six-game road trip.
Best over team
Orlando Magic (0-3 SU, 3-0 over/under)
The Magic have played over the total in seven consecutive games and are losers of eight straight heading into action Monday at Portland. The Magic haven't dropped that many games in a row since Feb. 6-22, 2006, under coach Brian Hill. Orlando is still dealing with injuries to key cogs E’Twaun Moore (elbow) and Glen Davis (shoulder) and now embarks on a four-game west coast road trip.
Best under team
Indiana Pacers (3-1 SU, 0-4 over/under)
The Pacers have been one of the best under plays (13-20 O/U) all season long and this week was no different. Indiana has played under the number in four consecutive games, thanks to its tenacious defense. The Pacers allow 89.8 points per game – the second-best mark in the league – and are holding opponents to an NBA-best 41.4 percent shooting from the floor. Indiana continues its five-game homestand with games against Miami, New York and Charlotte this week.
Scouting the schedule:
-The Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a daunting eight-game road trip (3-5 ATS) in San Antonio on Saturday. The Sixers now play 13 of their next 15 contests in the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center beginning with a visit from the Nets on Tuesday.
-The Timberwolves have lost star forward Kevin Love (hand) indefinitely and are also dealing with an injury to guard Ricky Rubio (back). Minnesota hosts Atlanta on Tuesday and then heads out on a four-game road trip with stops in Oklahoma City, New Orleans, San Antonio and Dallas.