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.
For the week of Dec. 2-Dec. 8
Hottest ATS team
San Antonio Spurs – This week: 3-0 ATS, Season: 14-6-1
San Antonio has covered in three straight and six of its last seven games. The Spurs rolled to convincing victories over the Bucks, Rockets and Bobcats this week to dethrone Oklahoma City as the best cover team in the league heading into action on Sunday. San Antonio continues its four-game road trip this week with stops in Houston, Utah and Portland.
Coldest ATS team
Cleveland Cavaliers – This week: 0-3 ATS, Season: 9-12
The Cavs have been failing miserably ATS since budding star Kyrie Irving (finger) was lost due to injury on Nov. 21. Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last five games and coach Byron Scott is hopeful that Irving and backcourt partner Dion Waiters (ankle) will be able to suit up for the team’s next game against the Lakers on Tuesday.
Hottest over bet
Los Angeles Clippers – This week: 3-0 over, Season: 13-6 O/U
The Clippers have played over the total in seven straight games, thanks to their high-powered offense. Los Angeles is averaging 110 points over its last five contests and is tied with Golden State for the best over mark in the league. The Clippers host Toronto on Sunday, before heading out for a four-game east coast road trip.
Hottest under bet
Chicago Bulls – This week: 3-1 under, Season: 6-13 O/U
The Bulls offense continues to struggle without Derrick Rose. To make matters worse, Chicago may be without Kirk Hinrich for a few games. The guard injured his left elbow during Saturday’s win over the Knicks and is considered day-to-day. The Bulls have a tough slate of games this week with dates against the Clippers, Sixers and Nets.
Scouting the schedule
-The Miami Heat play the third game of a six-game homestand Monday when they welcome the Hawks. Miami is 9-1 SU and 5-5 ATS at home this season.
-The Denver Nuggets have a jam-packed schedule this week. The Nuggets will play five games in seven nights, including four road contests at New York, Detroit, Minnesota and Sacramento. Denver is a respectable 7-7 ATS away from home this season.