Bank shots: NBA's weekly 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. 15 to 21.
Hottest ATS - Los Angeles Clippers (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS)
It seems like the L.A. Clippers are becoming the balanced team Doc Rivers had envisioned when he took over the head coaching job in L.A. In what could have been a letdown week after returning from a seven-game road trip, the Clippers played extremely well, which included an impressive 115-92 win over San Antonio. The Clippers are not surprisingly a Top 5 offense, but where they have improved is at the defensive end of the court, giving up only 98.5 points per game, good for tenth. This week the Clippers have some tough matchups with Minnesota, Golden State and Portland before finishing up against Utah.
Coldest ATS - Portland Trail Blazer (3-1 SU, 0-4 ATS)
It feels weird writing about the Portland Trail Blazers as the coldest of anything, let alone ATS, but after this week, that is exactly what they are. The week saw another Blazer win streak - five in a row this time - come to an end at Minnesota, at the conclusion of a four game road trip. How good the Blazers are is no longer a secret in the NBA and they are going to get every team's best effort moving forward. So despite winning eight of their past 10 games, they are only 5-5 ATS in that span. The Blazer only have two games next week, but they are tough ones, with one versus the aforementioned Clippers and the Miami Heat.
Best Over play - Detroit Pistons (2-2 SU, 4-0 O/U)
That's back-to-back weeks with the Pistons as our best Over play, and boy do they deserve it. They have hit the Over nine games in a row, going over the total by an average of 11.5 points per game in that stretch. They are now the league's best Over play with a 22-7 O/U mark on the season. The Pistons continue to improve on offense scoring 100.3 points per game, while still being in the bottom third in the league on defense, giving up102 points per game. The Pistons have three road games this week, with contests at Cleveland, Orlando and Washington.
Best Under play - Denver Nuggets (1-3 SU, 0-4 O/U)
The Nuggets had a tough week against some solid competition including matchups with two of the league's hottest teams in the L.A. Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nuggets have actually hit the Under seven games in a row and in nine of their past 10. Denver has only scored an average of 93.7 points during their current Under streak, while giving up at least 103 points in four of its past five games. The Nuggets have a date at home with the Golden State Warriors before their Christmas break before ending the week at New Orleans and Memphis.
Surveying the schedule
Some teams will get a bit of a break during the holdidays, but 10 teams this Christmas will be giving us the gift of five consecutive games of NBA action on Christmas Day. The holiday action begins at Noon ET, with Brooklyn hosting Chicago, then Oklahoma City travels to New York, Miami takes on the L.A. Lakers, Houston faces San Antonio and the last of the stocking stuffers is when the Clippers head to Golden State to battle the Warriors.