NBA playoff bettors buying into the Zig-Zag theory are likely holding tickets on Milwaukee (+14), Boston (+6.5), and Golden State (+8) after going 2-0 ATS playing teams coming off a loss Monday.
Both the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies - who lost Game 1 of their first-round series - managed to cover the spread as underdogs Monday night. The Bulls defeated the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 as 5-point pups while the Grizzlies lost 93-91 to the Los Angeles Clippers, covering as 5.5-point road underdogs.
The Zig-Zag theory is a basic betting practice in postseasons that says: wager on the team coming off a loss. The Milwaukee Bucks fell in their opener to the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics lost Game 1 versus the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors were edged on a last-second layup in their series opener with the Denver Nuggets this past weekend.
In last year’s first round of the NBA playoffs, bettors believing in the Zig-Zag theory went just 16-18-2 ATS.
Overall, home teams are 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in the 2013 NBA playoffs. Teams have combined for a 4-5-1 over/under count.