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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.

All stats prior to action Feb.11.

Hottest ATS

Boston Celtics (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS)

The Celtics have covered in seven straight games since G Rajon Rondo was lost to a season-ending ACL injury. Avery Bradley and veteran Jason Terry have filled in admirably in Rondo’s absence but Boston’s schedule gets tougher in coming weeks. The Celtics in Charlotte Monday for the second half of a back-to-back, and then welcome the Bulls Wednesday before heading west for a five-game tour after the All-Star festivities.

Coldest ATS

Milwaukee Bucks (0-3 SU, 0-3 ATS)

The Bucks have failed to cover in six consecutive games, posting a 1-5 SU record in the process. Milwaukee enjoys four of its next five games at home where it has a 10-14 ATS record. Up next are the Wizards, who boast the best ATS mark in the league (30-17-2) and have covered in four straight contests.

Best over

Memphis Grizzlies (2-2 SU, 4-0 over/under)

The Grizzlies have been an awesome under play (20-29-1 O/U) all season long, but that hasn’t been the case over their last four games. Memphis is known for its usually stout defense (90 ppg) but a temporary lapse over its past four contests (95 ppg) has led to four straight over plays. The team dynamic has changed since the departure of Rudy Gay and now the Grizzlies face four consecutive sub-.500 opponents beginning Tuesday when Sacramento comes to town.

Best under

Philadelphia 76ers (2-1 SU, 0-3 over/under)

The Sixers have finally tightened the screws on defense and gone low in five straight games. Philadelphia has played a ton of home games recently and has been holding opponents to 81 points over its last seven – 14 points less than its season average (95 ppg). The Sixers have one last home affair with the Clippers Monday before hitting the road prior to the All-Star break.

Scouting the schedule:

-The San Antonio Spurs should benefit from the upcoming All-Star break more than any other team. Not only will it give the Spurs’ old legs a rest, but it breaks up their current season-long nine-game road trip. San Antonio is off to a 2-1 SU and ATS start on the trip and keep in mind the Spurs are a decent over play away from home with a 16-11-1 O/U mark.

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