Basketball teams go like the stock market. Sometimes they’re hot and you have to buy them, and sometimes they’re cold and you have to sell. Our NBA betting tips show the teams that you should hold and the teams you should ditch here at Bang the Book!
Boston Celtics: It was only two weeks ago that the Celtics were the worst ATS team in the game at 14-26-3 ATS. They lost G Rajon Rondo for the year, and shortly thereafter, they were without F Jared Sullinger for the campaign as well. Now, with trade rumors swirling about, the C’s have rolled off seven straight wins both SU and ATS to get back in control of their playoff fate in the Eastern Conference. This is a team to watch, as it might have made GM Danny Ainge believe that it is a team that should be buying, as opposed to one that should be selling at the trade deadline.
Washington Wizards: The Wiz are the only team in the Eastern Conference to roll off 30 covers thus far on the season, and it hasn’t come on accident. Sure, the team is getting some help along the way, but since G John Wall has been back playing a meaningful role in the lineup, the club has been unstoppable for bettors. Now, Washington has three SU victories in a row, too. Playing like this, the playoffs might not be all that farfetched either… OK, we’re not set to go quite that far yet, but it’s good to see the Wiz on a roll.
Memphis Grizzlies: We know that it’s only two games, but we think that the post-Rudy Gay trade shock has worn off of the Grizz, and they are back to their winning ways. They have locked down both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors in back to back games, and they are now a whopping 17-10-1 ATS at home this year. Teams just don’t score against this outfit, and now that Gay is gone and the swingmen are starting to get more involved in the team defense and the defense-first philosophy, we do think that this is a team that you should be buying stock in at the moment.
Phoenix Suns: This team is progressively getting worse and worse as the season wears on, and it is painful to watch happen. Phoenix just hit a real low point in its two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend. The team was beaten 127-96 on Friday, and it turned around and lost 97-69 at home on Sunday. Now, it’s off on the road through the West Coast for the next three, and we can’t help but wonder if there are a lot more ATS (and SU) defeats on the horizon.
Milwaukee Bucks: In fairness to the Bucks, they’ve had to play through their share of injuries over the course of the last few weeks. However, they can’t excuse the way that they have just fallen right through the cracks in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Milwaukee is on life support right now having lost five out of six SU and all six games from an ATS standpoint. This is the team that most needs the All-Star Break right now in the entire league.
Brooklyn Nets: Here’s another team that really isn’t doing well at the moment. The Nets, just two nights after getting hammered on the road by the Wizards by 15 points, were destroyed by the San Antonio Spurs by 25 at home. The only wins this team has from an ATS perspective since January 23rd came against the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons. The last time Brooklyn covered against a team that is probably going to be in the playoffs this year was the New York Knicks way back on January 21st, and since that point, the team is 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS against teams that will even remotely threaten the .500 mark on the campaign.
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