NBA Betting: NBA’s Best ATS Playoff Teams

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The 2010 NBA betting season is coming down the home stretch with only the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers series having gone undecided. The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Orlando Magic have already punched their tickets to their respective conference finals.

With that being the case, I thought it would be interesting to see how these teams stack up against one another against the closing NBA point spreads in the post-season.

The best of the bunch has clearly been the Orlando Magic who have played a total of eight games and gone a sportsbook pummeling 7-1 SU & ATS in those outings. The lone defeat came by a single bucket in Game 1 of their 1st round series against the division rival Charlotte Bobcats.

They’re average margin of defeat has been a whopping 17.2 PPG. It was clearly evident that Atlanta didn’t deserve to even share the same court with them after getting rolled up and smoked in all four battles. Orlando barely broke a sweat as it pummeled the Hawks by an average of 25.3 PPG.

Orlando stands 7-1 SU & ATS as a favorite, 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS at home, and 4-0 SU & ATS on the road in the 2010 NBA betting playoffs.

The other team to make some nice coin for NBA bettors in the post-season has been the Steve Nash led Phoenix Suns. HC Alvin Gentry’s club has gone 8-2 SU & ATS in their ten games played against the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

Many had them pegged to once again fall to Tim Duncan and the Spurs in the teams Western Conference Semifinals match-up, but oddsmakers were correct in installing them the favorites after they pulled off the shocking sweep.

Since splitting its first four against the Blazers both SU & ATS, the Suns are currently on a six game winning streak both SU & ATS covering as favorites and underdogs three times each.

Like the Suns, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have only had to play ten games in the post-season after it just made quick work of the Utah Jazz in the 2nd round of the basketball betting playoffs.

Kobe and company got a much tougher test in the 1st round against the Oklahoma City Thunder evidenced by the fact that it took six games to dispose of Durant and company. Maybe Deron Williams and the Jazz expended too much energy in the 1st round vs. the Nuggets or the loss of Mehmut Okur was more of an issue against LA for it to be that easy. Regardless, you have to hand it to HC Phil Jackson’s crew for going into the Energy Solutions Arena, a place Utah stood 35-9 SU in at the onset of the series, and coming away with a pair of outright victories as short underdogs.

Entering the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers stand 5-0 SU & 3-2 ATS as home favorites and 3-2 SU & ATS as road underdogs.

Though its series with Cleveland is still yet to be decided with Game 6 going Thursday night in Boston, the Celtics have been solid bets for their backers in the post-season. They’re 7-3 SU & ATS and just like in the regular season, they’ve continued to excel on the road going 3-2 SU & ATS as a visitor; most recently picking up a huge 120-88 outright road win and cover as 7.5 point underdogs in Game 5.

As for Cleveland, it’s been largely unimpressive and failed to live up to its top billing at the onset of the second season. It got tested mightily by #8 seeded Chicago in the 1st round, and though it only took five games to dispose of the Bulls, Cleveland managed covers in just two of the three games.

LeBron and company have gone just 3-6 ATS the nine times it was favored this post-season. They pounded the Celtics 124-95 as one-point underdogs in Game 3, and they find themselves in that exact same role heading into Thursday night’s game.

Can you say Game 7 Sunday? Be there or be square!

NBA BETTING – Teams Dominating The Point Spread


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The NBA betting regular season comes to a close in just a short six weeks. The upper echelon teams will be fighting for playoff positioning during that stretch, but what we’re most concerned with here are the teams you should be looking to invest your hard earned money on. Here’s a look at the best teams in terms of covering the closing NBA odds and what they have on deck for the week ahead.

1: Milwaukee Bucks (38-21 ATS, 30-29 SU): The Bucks had their six-game winning streak snapped their last time out in an overtime defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. However, the four-point defeat saw them cash their seventh straight pointspread ticket to move them atop the 2009-10 ATS standings as the best bet on the pro hardwood. Their defense has allowed them to snag the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, but ever since G John Salmons has found his bearings since coming over in a trade deadline deal, the Bucks have surpassed the 100+ point plateau in three of their L/4 outings.

Up Next: Home vs. Wizards, Away @ Wizards, Home vs. Cavaliers

2: Utah Jazz (36-20-3 ATS, 38-21 SU): Head Coach Jerry Sloan’s squad has continued its upward ascent in the Northwest Division standings, and enters this week’s NBA betting action just one-game in back of the Denver Nuggets. They went a $$$-making 9-3-1 ATS in their 13 February contests, and most recently trounced the Houston Rockets at home 133-110 as 9.5-point chalk to improve their home ATS mark to 20-10-2 on the year. Their 102.4 points per game average is good for the league’s 6th best offensive mark, and the Jazz are above average defensively this season as well ranking 13th overall allowing 97.4 PPG.

Up Next: Away @ Clippers, Away @ Suns, Home vs. Clippers

3: Oklahoma City Thunder (35-23 ATS, 35-23 SU): The Thunder currently sit in third place of the ultra competitive Northwest Division, which currently finds them clenching onto the 6th seed in the West 1.5-games in front of the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City boasts the league’s #1 ranked defense in terms of FG% allowed (43.7 PPG), but it also has one of the best talents in the NBA leading its offensive charge. SF Kevin Durant and his 29.7 PPG average sits only behind the Cavaliers LeBron James on the scoring charts. What’s most impressive about the Thunder this NBA betting season is the fact that they’re a stellar 19-10 ATS away from their own arena.

Up Next: Home vs. Kings, Away @ Nuggets, Away @ Clippers, Away @ Kings

4: Atlanta Hawks (34-24 ATS, 37-21 SU): The Hawks were one of the most lucrative bets throughout the first half of the season, but it’s been tough sledding since the All Star Break. Joe Johnson and company are 4-3 SU since February 17th, but they’ve managed just two pointspread covers during that stretch. They enter this week’s action losers of three in a row against the closing NBA odds, but could get on a roll with three of their next four opponents of the sub .500 variety.

Up Next: Away @ Bulls, Home vs. 76ers, Home vs. Warriors, Away @ Heat

5: Phoenix Suns (35-26 ATS, 37-24 SU): Steve Nash and the Suns were the league’s hottest ticket throughout the first month of the season, but then they went on a major decline through the end of January. However since, the Suns have been nothing but money in the bank. Though they lost a thriller against San Antonio on Sunday, Phoenix has rattled off six straight ATS covers. This club is 11-3 SU & 12-2 ATS since January 28th and playing exactly like the red hot “Suns” NBA bettors have grown to know and love.

Up Next: Home vs. Nuggets, Away @ Clippers, Home vs. Jazz, Home vs. Pacers

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By: Mike Rose (