Bank shots: NBA's weekly betting news and notes
Each week, we look aback 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 Nov. 4 - 10
Hottest ATS - Boston Celtics (3-1 SU, 4-0 ATS)
The Celtics were supposed to be one of the teams in the "Riggin' for Wiggins" category, but apparently no one told rookie head coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics are on a three-game winning streak, which included upsetting the up-and-down Miami Heat on a buzzer beater 3-pointer by Jeff Green. This week the Celtics start a three game home stand where they take on the Magic for the second time in three games, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Portland Trailblazers, before heading on the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Rajon Rondo still isn't due back from his knee injury until December.
Coldest ATS - Utah Jazz (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS)
The winless Jazz are coming off a brutal east cost road trip where they played four games in five days and with their 0-7 start to the season are the early leaders in the race for Andrew Wiggins. Scoring has been the biggest issue for the Jazz so far this season as they rank dead last in points per game, field goal percentage, and 3-point percentage. Saturday night in Toronto the Raptors held them to 16.7 percent from behind the arc. The Jazz hope some home cooking will change their fortunes when the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs come to town before traveling to Golden State to take on the Warriors.
Best over play - New York Knicks (1-2 SU, 3-0 O/U)
The Knicks defense continues to struggle in the absence of Tyson Chandler. Since fracturing his right leg three games ago, the Knicks have given up 101 points per game, including 120 to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday. In the Knicks first three games with Chandler in the lineup, they had only given up 91.3 points per game. This week the Knicks take on the Atlanta Hawks twice, who are scoring at a clip of 105 points per game, and the Houston Rockets, who score 105.6 points per game.
Best under play - Orlando Magic (1-2 SU, 0-3 O/U)
The Magic have actually hit the under four games in a row dating back to last week. This is thanks in large part to the Magic's hard work at the defensive end of the court. The Magic hold opponents to the second lowest field goal percentage and the third lowest 3-point percentage so far this season. They are allowing 96.9 points per game which ranks them twelfth. The Magic travel to Boston Monday to face the Celtics before heading home to take on the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks this week.
Surveying the schedule:
Before the season tipped-off he Brooklyn Nets were considered a team that could challenge the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference title. So far that has not been the case. The Nets are 2-4 SU and ATS to start the season, which includes losses to Washington, Orlando and Cleveland. If the Nets hope to improve their record this season they will have to do it on a west coast road trip this week. They take on the Sacramento Kings, the up-start Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers.