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 Oct. 29 - Nov. 3
Hottest ATS - Philadelphia 76ers (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS)
Surprise, surprise. Philly was everyone's favorite tank job heading into the season but started the campaign with wins over the ho-hum Miami Heat, the sexy Washington Wizards and the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls. The Sixers host the high-octane Golden State Warriors Monday, followed by home games against Washington and the Cleveland Cavs. Oh. Michael Carter-Williams is good.
Coldest ATS - Memphis Grizzlies (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS)
The Grizz are an overtime victory away from starting the campaign 0-3 SU. They started the season as road dogs in two games (at San Antonio, at Dallas) and failed to cover as 7.5-point home faves against the Detroit Pistons. The usually-reliable defense has sputtered out of the gate, allowing 106.7 points per game. Memphis will try to cash in for backers with a full week at home as the Celtics, Pelicans and Warriors stop by.
Best Over play - Dallas Mavericks (2-1 SU, 3-0 O/U)
The Mavs have started with a scorching offense that is averaging 111.3 points per game through the opening three games of the season. Add to that a defense that permits 107 points per game and you have a perfect formula for Overs. There is a possibility of some more Overs on tap for the Mavs as they host the Lakers Tuesday, the Thunder on Wednesday and the Timberwolves Friday.
Best Under play - Indiana Pacers (3-0 SU, 0-3 O/U)
A perfect start to season for the Pacers and a glorious start for an exceptionally good defense - both interior and perimeter. The Pacers are second best in the league, allowing 83.7 points per contest. They held the Cleveland Cavs to just 74 points in an 89-74 victory Saturday and through three games, the Pelicans are the only squad to reach 90 points against Indy thus far. The Pacers have a big week versus Eastern Conference foes with games against Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and Brooklyn coming up.
Surveying the schedule:
- The sharp-shooting Golden State Warriors embark on a long and grueling road trip this week. The miles could take a toll on one of the league's more uptempo offenses and fatigue could play a factor which could spell betting value. The Warriors start Monday night in Philly, followed by a trip to Minnesota Wednesday, then San Antonio Friday and Memphis Saturday.