Bank shots: NBA 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.
Hottest ATS team
Memphis Grizzlies (8-1 SU, 8-1 ATS)
There’s no team hotter ATS than the Griz, who have covered in eight straight games. Even more impressive is Memphis’ recent string of three consecutive covers against New York, Oklahoma City and Miami. The Grizzlies begin a five-game homestand Monday when they welcome Denver and will put their perfect 4-0 ATS home record on the line.
Coldest ATS team
Phoenix Suns (4-7 SU, 2-9 ATS)
The Suns have had a tough schedule to open the season and that’s reflected in their SU and ATS records. Phoenix blew covers against the Heat, Lakers and Bulls this week but gets some much needed time off to regroup before hosting Portland on Wednesday.
Hottest over bet
Phoenix Suns (4-7 SU, 7-4 over/under)
The Suns have the second-worst defense in the league (104.3 ppg) and rank 14th in offense (98.3 ppg) - a major reason why they’ve been playing over the total early in the season. Phoenix is allowing its opponents to shoot 47.8 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from 3-point range, both close to league-worst marks.
Hottest under bet
Indiana Pacers (4-6 SU, 2-8 over/under)
The Pacers have played under the total in four consecutive games against Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto and Washington. The combination of having the best defense in the league (90.3 ppg) and one of the worst offenses (89.3 ppg) has made Indiana a profitable under bet. David West leads the team in scoring, averaging only 15 points per game. With Danny Granger (knee) out for an extended period of time, the Pacers’ scoring woes are likely to continue.
Scouting the schedule
-The Brooklyn Nets (3-2-2 ATS) head west for a three-game set that begins Sunday in Sacramento, followed by dates with the Lakers and Golden State this week. The Nets then return home for two tough contests with the Clippers and Blazers.
-The Atlanta Hawks (3-5 ATS) have a chance to gain some serious momentum in the next three weeks. They play seven of their next eight games at home, including two dates with the lowly Wizards. Only one of Atlanta’s next eight opponents (Clippers) currently has a winning record.