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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 Jan. 20-26.

Hottest ATS team

Washington Wizards (3-1 SU, 4-0 ATS)

The Wizards are on a red-hot 10-game cover streak. Washington has thrived since PG John Wall returned from injury and continues to defy oddsmakers as an underdog. The Wizards host the Kings Monday before heading out on a three-game road swing.

Coldest ATS team

Los Angeles Clippers (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS)

The Clippers have been money for bettors all season long but they’re currently mired in a mid-season slump. Los Angeles has failed to cover in five straight games – four times as favorites. The Clippers host Portland Sunday and then head out on a season-long eight-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Minnesota.

Best over team

Milwaukee Bucks (2-1 SU, 3-0 over/under)


The Bucks have soared over the total in four consecutive games. Milwaukee’s offense has come alive during that stretch, averaging 109.2 points per game. The Bucks hit the court again Tuesday in Detroit before two tough contests against the Bulls and Knicks.

Best under team

New York Knicks (1-2 SU, 0-3 over/under)


The Knicks have gone low in five straight and six of their last seven games. New York is averaging just 84.6 points over the last three games – 11.5 points lower than its 96.1 season average. The Knicks kick off a five-game homestand beginning Sunday when Atlanta rolls into town.

Scouting the schedule:

-The Philadelphia 76ers kicked off their season-long eight-game homestand with a win over the Knicks Saturday night. The Sixers are 16-6 O/U at the Wells Fargo Center.

-The New Orleans Hornets play eight of their next nine games away from home, but that doesn't mean bettors should shy away from them. The Hornets boast an impressive 14-7 ATS mark on the road.

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Posted by vision23x
1 year ago

Wizards now 0-2 SU and ATS. Keep 'em coming Covers.
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Posted by vision23x
1 year ago

Damn I'm good. Wiz 7.5 point faves and they lose SU. Like I said, you can't follow the trend after the fact, that's no good. You gotta tail the trend prior to the world knowing about it. I wonder which book owns Covers? Fading the front page of Covers.Com articles is pure GOLD!
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Posted by DLazer
1 year ago

I would say the Clips were pretty cold. Losing 5 straight ATS til finally covering Sunday.
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Posted by 666LES
1 year ago

LAClips...coldest? Portland lays 1.5 satnite and wins by 1 and then sunnite LA smokes them as -7 favs? No Paul and they reverse their Under trend in last5games. Increased scoring and covering = cold?
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Posted by MrBogey
1 year ago

Common sense should tell you the article was written before the Clippers home win AND besides that the closing line on the Saturday game was LAC pk or LAC -1 in MANY places. And you get a +1 thumbs up, ROFL! Now we know how Vegas was built, cats like you.
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Posted by vision23x
1 year ago

Can't back a team after covering 10 in a row! Now Covers front page lures the square bettor into taking them going forward. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wizards go 3-7 ATS in the next 10 games. I'm sure the Wizards lines will be inflated because the oddsmakers aren't stupid. Trends don't work AFTER the fact when EVERYONE is on them. Just look at the Clippers last night... this article lured everyone to take Portland +7.5 and look where that got them. TRENDS ATS don't work in the long run. Nice try though Covers, but I'm sure you'll trick enough bettors to make it profitable.
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Posted by superplay
1 year ago

You are absolutely right, you stay as the villain of the game right now is unpredictable guess when you stop and whiz cover for me will be one surprise to many when the day comes that you can be today.
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Posted by vision23x
1 year ago

"Can't back a team after covering 10 in a row! Now Covers front page lures the square bettor into taking them going forward. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wizards go 3-7 ATS in the next 10 games. I'm sure the Wizards lines will be inflated because..."