Teams you should have been betting on in 2010
With the holiday spirit upon us and the season of giving in full swing, it's time to take a look at the teams that have been--or were--especially generous to the sports bettors in 2010. Who were the best ballclubs against the spread this year? While some you can probably guess, others will come as quite a surprise. The Detroit Lions? Yep, that laughingstock of a franchise has been lights-out ATS.
Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions: 10-4 ATS – The Falcons are 12-2 and poised to snag home-field advantage in the NFC while the Lions are 4-10 and again watching the playoffs on TV. But they do have one thing in common; they cover spreads better than anyone else in the league. The Lions don’t get much respect from Vegas, and although they rarely win games, they almost never get blown out.
New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers: 19-9-1 ATS – The Knicks, 18-9 overall, simply weren’t supposed to be this good. During an eight-game winning streak, they covered the spread seven times. In an overlapping stretch when they won 13 of 14 games, they covered 12 times. The Sixers, a stellar 10-4 ATS at home, covered a whopping 10 straight times from Nov. 26 to Dec. 15.
Nashville Predators: 23-10 ATS – In regulation, the Predators are 17-10. They have been underdogs in all six of their overtime/shootout losses, so while they are just barely managing to pay out, they are getting the job done. Nashville is not much of a play on the road, but the team is 8-2-3-2 at home, good for an overwhelming 13-2 ATS clip when it does not have to travel.
Vanderbilt Commodores: 6-1 ATS – The Commodores are off to an impressive 8-2 start and they are even better against the spread. Interestingly, Vegas seems to have a great read on Vandy. All seven of the team's outcomes have come within seven points of the line, six have come within five points, and the last four have come within three points. The 'Dores only failed to cover when they beat App. State by 13 with the spread set at -14.5.
Hawaii Warriors: 11-2 ATS – The Warriors failed to cover the spread in losses at Colorado and Boise State, but other than that they have been flawless. Hawaii is a perfect 7-0 ATS in Honolulu, where a prolific offense has scored more than 40 points on four straight occasions, including 59 in its last two outings. That sounds like bad news for Tulsa, which will play on Hawaii’s home turf in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
San Diego Padres, +1905 – The Padres went 90-72 for their 2010 campaign, exceeding all expectations despite missing out on the playoffs on the final day of the season. They blew away the field in terms of profitability, coming out ahead 1905 units. Only 10 teams finished in positive figures; second-place Cincinnati was way back at +1535. Of course, we will see how profitable San Diego is in 2011 without Adrian Gonzalez.