Nothing can make or break your NBA bet like free-throw shooting.
It’s happened to every bettor. Your bet is looking good until the final minute of a game. And then the foul-induced free throw fest begins and you watch your money disappear.
It’s no coincidence that some of the top free-throw shooting teams in the Association are also very profitable bets. In fact, the top five foul shooting teams this season have a combined 118-84-5 ATS (against the spread) record heading into action Tuesday night.
Let’s take a look at the top teams from the charity stripe and their respective ATS records. Numbers are as of before Tuesday's games:
Oklahoma City Thunder (83.8 percent from the line, 25-15-2 ATS)
The Thunder are by far the best team in the league from the line. Six players on their roster shoot over 80 percent from the stripe and even big man Serge Ibaka boasts a 76 percent free-throw percentage. Not to mention Kevin Martin and Kevin Durant are the best shooters from 15 feet out in the league. Oklahoma City is the second-best bet with a 25-15-2 ATS mark.
Golden State Warriors (79.8 percent from the line, 23-16-1 ATS)
The Warriors have 10 players that shoot 70 percent or better from the line, led by sharp-shooter Stephen Curry’s 89 percent stroke. Golden State is the eighth-best bet with a 23-16-1 ATS record.
Dallas Mavericks (79.4 percent from the line, 23-19-0 ATS)
The Mavericks boast eight players on their roster that shoot over 80 percent from the charity stripe and surprisingly Dirk Nowitzki (77%) isn’t one of them. Dallas has covered in seven straight games to improve its overall ATS record to 23-19-0.
San Antonio Spurs (79.2 percent from the line, 25-18-1 ATS)
The Spurs are stacked with sharpshooters that thrive on free-throw attempts. San Antonio has 12 players that shoot 70 percent or better and not a single baller worse than 66 percent (Boris Diaw).
Memphis Grizzlies (79.2 percent from the line, 23-16-1 ATS)
Memphis has become one of the better bets because of its tenacious defense (89.4 ppg) and proficiency from the line. Marc Gasol is one of the best bigs from the stripe with an 88 percent mark. The Grizzlies are fifth in the league in free-throw percentage and that has translated into an equal fifth-best ATS mark.