The NCAA tournament isn’t the only place where underdogs shine.
While hoops bettors are enthralled with the likes of Florida Gulf Coast, La Salle and Wichita State this March, NBA underdogs have turned a pretty profit over the past eight days going 34-19 ATS heading into Wednesday's schedule.
Here are three dogs that have succeeded against the spread and three faves that have failed in the past week.
New Orleans Hornets (3-0 ATS as dogs)
It has been a good week at home for the Hornets. ATS and SU wins vs quality opposition which includes Boston, Memphis and Denver with covers of +4.5, +6 and +7.5, respectively. Defense has been key during this three-game stretch for New Orleans. They have held the opposition to an average of 85 points per game in the three contests.
Utah Jazz (3-0 ATS as dogs)
Utah is one of the worst road teams in the league and the lines have reflected that. But over the past seven days they have managed to cover the spread during a Texas road trip. The Jazz successfully covered in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas before heading home last night, where they also covered as 7.5-point favorites versus Philadelphia.
Atlanta Hawks (2-0 ATS as dogs)
Atlanta posted a 2-0 ATS record as road underdogs this week against Central Division opponents Milwaukee and Indiana. The Hawks have the third best ATS record in the league at 20-16. The road trip continues this week with games in Toronto on Wednesday and Boston on Friday.
Memphis Grizzlies (0-4 ATS as faves)
Memphis was favored in four games and they failed to cover all of them. It was a bit of a crazy schedule for the Grizz: at home to OKC, on the road to NO, back home to Boston, and most recently on the road to Washington. Their scorelines reflect a tired team. Memphis boasts the second best points allowed defense at 89.7 ppg, but opponents averaged 98 ppg during the ATS slump.
Denver Nuggets (0-3 ATS as faves)
Denver was sorry as a favorite despite posting a franchise record 15-0 winning streak. The aforementioned Hornets brought said streak to a screeching halt last night, adding to Denver's woes as faves. Gaudy lines at home against Philadelphia (-14.5) and Sacramento (-11) were a reflection of their previous dominance SU and ATS.
Sacramento Kings (0-2 ATS as faves)
The Kings are not favorites very often and these two most recent home games show us why. Lowly opponents Minnesota and Philadelphia came to town and, despite splitting the pair SU, the Kings failed to cover and disappointed bettors.