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!
Miami Heat: Twenty-seven wins in the books, six more to go for the record for the Heat. We do have to be aware of the fact that Miami is only 2-3 ATS in its last five games, and the covers that it is getting are coming by the skin of its teeth, but there is no way that we could talk about what team is hot without at least making a mention of how well the Heat are doing. Miami could be in for some problems over the course of these next few games, as they have on tap a pair of road games against the San Antonio Spurs, and this team…
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls have averaged 102.2 points per game in their last five, and when they are playing offense like that, they’re a dangerous team. This is a club that has been playing without G Rip Hamilton and C Joakim Noah, and there is still really no timetable set for the return for G Derrick Rose to the lineup. That being said, the boys from the Windy City have done a great job hanging in there in the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. There really isn’t much place to go but down from here, and though it will end up being better for whichever team ends up finishing in sixth than in fifth in all likelihood, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau wants to keep his team playing solid basketball. The Bulls have four covers in their last five games.
New York Knicks: The Knicks have covered five games in a row, and they have four wins out of those five games as a result. The real key has been the play of F Carmelo Anthony and getting him back in the lineup. When Melo tried rushing back from a knee injury the first time around while New York was still out on the road, it was clear that he was getting no real movement, and he could barely jump off of the ground. Now, he has had the knee drained, has sat for a couple weeks, and now, he’s ready to go again. Granted, the competition hasn’t been all that tough, but we really think that the win on the road against the Utah Jazz, the last game that Anthony missed, was the game that really got this team going. Look out in the future as well, as C Tyson Chandler is still out of the lineup as well, and he should be back within a few weeks.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks are going to rue the day that they brought G JJ Redick to the team. That was the biggest blockbuster deal of the trade deadline, but it was one that might ruin any chances that Milwaukee has of winning even a couple of games in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The team is just 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS in its last eight games, and the games that it has lost have virtually all come against the exact teams, or the caliber of teams that it will be facing in the second season. A lot of these games haven’t been all that close either, namely the 102-78 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse back on March 22nd. The Redick/Monta Ellis/Brandon Jennings thing just isn’t working, and at least one, if not all three of these men, might be gone at the end of the season as a result.
Toronto Raptors: The talk out there is that F Rudy Gay is going to be shut down for the rest of the season with back problems, and that probably wouldn’t be a terrible move for the Raps at this point. They knew that they weren’t going to have a shot of getting into the playoffs once F Andrea Bargnani went down for the season, and now that both he and Gay aren’t playing, the team is a wreck. Case in point: In the first game without both in the lineup, Toronto lost to the Knicks 110-84 at Madison Square Garden. That marked the fourth straight loss both SU and ATS for Toronto, and one of those defeats was at the hands of the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies really need home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if they want any chance to stay alive for even a full round. They’re doing what they can to blow that on this most recent string of games in which they are just 4-3 SU and more importantly, just 1-6 ATS. The offense has been spotty during this stretch at best, averaging just 90.4 points per game. It’s odd, as we have seen Memphis play so well, even on this run. Remember that the Grizz beat the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder in this stretch of games, but some of the losses to teams like the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets have the same head-scratching value associated with it.
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