Each week, Covers Expert Art Aronson will dissect the hottest and coldest ATS streak in sports betting, as well as an Over/Under run, giving you the inside scoop on what's driving these stretches, where to bet them next, and if they'll continue to cash in.
Streaking ATS team: Brooklyn Nets
The panic appears to be over in Flatbush, where the Nets have at long last started to pick up some steam and the Hades-like first month of the season is in the rearview mirror. Rookie coach Jason Kidd is starting to get his feet under him, and loyal bettors are starting to be rewarded.
Brooklyn has covered seven of its last eight games and, while the old guys are still under water ATS (19-20), that’s a far cry from the 5-11 turd they dropped in the first five weeks of the season. A good sign that the Nets may have turned the corner was their signature overtime win over Miami on January 10. The Heat are hardly a motivated group right now, but that victory still holds water.
Slumping ATS team: New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden is a depressing place these days, and only the depressed state of the Eastern Conference is keeping anyone interested in the Knicks. A decent home win over Phoenix was followed by four ugly losses (Bobcats, Pacers, Clippers, Knicks) by an average score of 107-87.
New York has dropped five in a row ATS after Monday’s loss to the Nets and making things even more problematic for coach Mike Woodson is that his reserves are playing better than his starters. Ouch.
Over/under streak: Indiana Pacers
There’s no more streaky O/U team in the league than the Pacers, who right now are on an over trend – three straight overs in which Indiana has averaged 113 points a game and a push versus the Warriors Monday.
Like the weather, though, it can change on a dime. The Over streak followed a stretch in which Pacers games went Under seven straight times and 10 times in 11 games. For what it’s worth, Pacers games tend to go Over when Indiana takes on good teams, and Under against mediocre competition. Go figure.