NBA Betting: Basketball Stock Market Report for 2/19/13

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!

Stock Up

Miami Heat: Ok, more specifically, LeBron James. James is shooting 56% from the field this season, and he is knocking down more than 60% of his shots over the course of his last seven games. In those games, he has put up at least 30 points every single time, and he is the reason that the Heat are literally on fire. Miami has scored seven straight SU wins and four straight covers, and in those four games, the team has scored at least 107 points every single time.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings are indeed one of the hottest teams in the league going into the second half of the year, as they had covered four games in a row before their final game prior to the break. Of course, a 123-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks reminded us that yes, these are still the Kings that we are dealing with, but they are really playing competitive ball at the moment. Sacramento has scored at least 100 points in four straight games, and it has SU victories over the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz in that mix as well.

New Orleans Hornets: Are the Hornets really starting to put it together? Sure, they only have 19 wins all season long, but four of those wins came right at the end of the first half of the season. The offense has at least been respectable in those games, something that has been a problem all year long. If New Orleans starts to really put together some solid offensive efforts, the defensive intensity will be able to carry this team to victory more often than not. Don’t believe us? Ask the Portland Trail Blazers, who scored just 63 against the Hornets six nights ago prior to the break.

Stock Down

Milwaukee Bucks: And the skid hits eight games for the Bucks… Yuck. Milwaukee has failed to cover eight in a row dating back to the end of January, and it is the only team in the league that has failed to cover a game in the month of February. At least there is a tiny bit of good news for the Bucks, though. They get to play the Brooklyn Nets twice this week, and they have covered the Nets 10 straight times. Still, until we see an ATS victory, Milwaukee is one of the most poisonous teams in the league.

Charlotte Bobcats: Consider this a season-long stock down for the Bobcats. This franchise has been a wreck over the course of the last two seasons, and the argument could be made that this team is just as bad as last year’s club that set all sorts of records for futility. Charlotte is started off the year at 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS, but since that point, the team has won just five games outright and has a dreadful 13-26-1 ATS mark.

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers have generally always been a bad road team, but this East Coast swing that they went on to end the first half of the year was as brutal as it gets. Not only did the team lost its final five games and fail to cover each of those games, but the losses just kept getting worse and worse. The team lost by 14 to the Mavericks, 15 to the Rockets, six to the Magic (as three-point favorites), 13 to the Heat, and finally, 36 to the Hornets. That last loss against one of the worst teams in the NBA was an embarrassing defeat that will not be forgotten easily, and it is that type of a loss that sends a team down the tubes for a long period of time.

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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