NBA Top 4: Most two-faced ATS teams
There are currently a number of NBA teams boasting impressive straight-up records either at home or on the road, but that success isn't translating against the spread.
Here’s a look at four NBA teams that have "Jekyll and Hyde" home and away ATS records:
Chicago Bulls (1-9 ATS home, 4-3 ATS road)
The Bulls are 5-5 SU at home, but have only covered once (Nov. 28 vs. Dallas) at the United Center this season. Chicago is averaging only 90.9 points per game at home, the second lowest total in the NBA. Conversely, the Bulls have put up an average of 96.9 points in their seven road contests. The Bulls opened the campaign with six of their first seven games at home, and oddsmakers may have thought the team was stronger than it actually is without Derrick Rose. Chicago blew covers as big home favorites early in the season against New Orleans, Orlando, and Minnesota, which threw it behind the ATS ball right out of the gate. The Bulls alternate home and away games for the majority of December, so it will be interesting to see if their home ATS woes continue.
Houston Rockets (7-3 ATS home, 2-4-1 ATS road)
Houston has covered in five straight home games, thanks to a recent offensive explosion. The Rockets have eclipsed the century mark in scoring in four straight at the Toyota Center, lifting their scoring output to 105 points per game in front of their faithful. But Houston has been a completely different team on the road. The Rockets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five road contests, failing to cover away from Houston since the opening two games of the season at Detroit and Atlanta. If you can recall, James Harden dropped 37 and 45 points respectively to lift the team to those consecutive covers. Houston plays four of its next five games in the friendly confines of the Toyota Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5 ATS home, 7-5 ATS road)
The Cavs have covered in four of their last five road contests without budding star Kyrie Irving, who suffered a hairline fracture on his left index finger against the Mavericks on Nov.17. The Cavs are a dismal 2-10 SU on the road, but boast an impressive line of covers against formidable opponents like the Grizzlies and Heat. Cleveland averages 97 points per game away from home, compared to 92.4 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs are in Minnesota Friday before returning home for dates with the Pistons and Lakers.
Orlando Magic (3-6 ATS home, 6-2-1 ATS road)
The Magic have covered in four consecutive road games and are one of best bets in the Association away from home this season. But their impressive record isn’t because they thrive on the road. When comparing the team’s home and away stats, the Magic have a significantly higher shooting percentage and increased offensive output at home. Orlando isn’t getting much respect from oddsmakers and has faced and covered enormous spreads as an underdog on numerous occasions. The Magic have two games remaining on a five-game West Coast road trip before returning to Amway Arena.