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.
Last week’s edition was put on hold because of the NBA All-Star Weekend, so we’ve expanded this week’s article to include games from Feb. 11-24. All stats are prior to action Monday.
Miami Heat (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS)
The Heat are on an absolute tear, picking up wins in 11 straight games. LeBron and Co. have covered in seven of their last eight games. Sacramento and Memphis visit South Beach later this week.
Milwaukee Bucks (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
The Bucks have been fade material for the entire month of February, posting a 1-9 ATS mark. However, Milwaukee has been a great bet on the road (15-11 ATS). The Bucks have a tough back-to-back in Dallas and Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home for a pair of games.
Best over play
Oklahoma City Thunder (2-3 SU, 4-1 over/under)
The Thunder halted a season-high three-game losing streak with a 127-111 win over the lowly T-Wolves Friday and have put together back-to-back victories. Oklahoma City has played over the number in six of its last eight contests thanks to its potent offense, which averages 106.6 points per game. OKC hosts the Hornets Wednesday.
Best under play
Washington Wizards (3-2 SU, 1-4 over/under)
It’s no secret the Wizards are a great bet with a 33-19-2 ATS mark, but Washington is also satisfying under bettors with its 21-31-2 O/U record. The Wiz shipped Jordan Crawford to the Celtics at the trade deadline, putting even more pressure on John Wall and Bradley Beal to carry the offense moving forward. Washington is at red-hot Toronto Monday before returning home for three games.
Scouting the schedule:
-The Atlanta Hawks edged the Bucks 103-102 Saturday in the first contest of their current six-game road trip. The Hawks are in Detroit Monday before heading west for four tough games in Utah, Phoenix, L.A. (Lakers) and Denver. Atlanta has been a better bet on the road (14-12 ATS) than it has at home (10-16-2 ATS) this season.
-The Portland Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game skid with a 92-86 win over Boston Sunday. The Blazers are a much better team at home, posting an 18-9 SU record at the Rose Garden. Denver, Minnesota and Charlotte will also visit the Rose Garden over the next eight days.