It’s another Thursday in the world of NBA betting action, and here at Bang the Book, we’re taking advantage of the light day on the slate to look back at the week that was with its highest and lowest moments against the NBA odds.
The Heat Is On in Miami: Anyone who thought the Miami Heat were going to go 82-0 this year was promptly dismissed on the opening night of the season a week and change ago, as the Boston Celtics absolutely dominated them early on, and held on for an 88-80 victory as a short underdog. It’s becoming more and more clear that this team still belongs to G Dwyane Wade and not F LeBron James. James is doing more taking the ball up the court than anything else, and he doesn’t appear to be content to just be a distributor for “Flash.” Wade is averaging 22.4 points per game so far on the season, while James is “only” at a mere 20.4 points per game. The third member of the trio, F Chris Bosh is only averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and he clearly has yet to find his groove this season. Still, the Heat are 4-1 SU and ATS and have looked sharp since that opening night loss.
Hawks Flying High: However, heading into Thursday night, that 4-1 record wasn’t even good enough to be the best record in the NBA, or in Miami’s own division. The Atlanta Hawks still have that distinction at this point, as they are now 5-0 and one of the three undefeated teams left in the NBA. This is the only club to go on the road and win three games this year without a loss. It seems that there is a significantly better balance in this club now that former HC Mike Goodson is a goner, and if that keeps up, this is a team that is clearly talented enough to do a ton of damage in the Southeast, even with two of the best teams in the NBA floating around in the division as well.
Kobe’s Up and Down Week Leads Lakers to 5-0: When you want to talk about the epitome of success in the NBA in terms of scoring, you have to look at HC Phil Jackson and his Triangle Offense with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is averaging 113.8 points per game so far this year, and is shooting a scorching 46.8 percent from beyond the arc. No wonder why these guys are 4-1 ATS! G Kobe Bryant had a few iffy games by his standards last week, particularly in a 20 point game against the Golden State Warriors in which he turned the ball over four times in just 27 minutes on the court, but he more than made up for it on Wednesday by scoring 30 points, dishing out 12 assists, and hauling in 12 boards for his 17th career triple-double.
Four Up, Four Upsets for the Hornets: The New Orleans Hornets are on fire right now, as they are the only undefeated ATS team in the game at 4-0. This was a club that was largely expected to struggle this season, but thanks to some defensive intensity and some timely shooting, they are really doing what they can to roll towards the top of the charts in the NBA betting world. New Orleans hasn’t let a foe score in the 100s this year and just completed one of the most grueling duos of games in the league, the road trip to the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, winning the two games by a combined 17 points even though they were dogs of nine points and five points respectively.
Rondo’s a Record Breaker: G Rajon Rondo is doing things that a point guard has never done before. Rondo already has a whopping 82 assists this season, which is the most through five games in NBA history. He already has a triple double to his credit in which he scored ten points, pulled down ten boards, and dished out a season high 24 assists in a 105-101 win over the New York Knicks. However, Rondo nearly did it again on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 17, picking up 15 helpers, and pulling in five boards. Rondo has had at least 15 assists in four of the team’s five regular season tussles this year, which is simply a remarkable number. Rondo is averaging 16.4 assists per game. The next closest? Jason Kidd, who is only at 11.8 APG.
Wall Proving to Be the Real Deal in DC: Everyone get the Rookie of the Year trophy all polished up and ready to go. G John Wall is already looking for a place to put it on his mantle. Wall is leading the NBA in steals per game with 4.0, and he is third in the NBA in assists per game at 10.3. Oh yeah, the rook just dropped 29 in an OT ‘W’ over the Philadelphia 76ers, which came just two nights after he dropped 28 on the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena. Sure, we know that this kid is going to have all sorts of problems at points over the course of this season, particularly on a team that is just flat out awful, but if Wall can keep this up, the future is going to be very, very bright for the future of the Washington Wizards.
Postponed in Big Apple: It isn’t often that you see an NBA betting affair canceled, but that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, as building problems related to asbestos caused the cancelation of the duel between the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks. It was the first time the Magic had a game canceled on them in the regular season since 1996, but ironically, they had their final preseason duel scratched due to the surface being too slick on the court of the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay against the Miami Heat. No makeup date for the duel has been announced, though December 30th seems like a logical conclusion since the schedule fits for both teams and the two squads play each other the next night at the brand new Amway Center.
Biggest Upsets of the Week
Memphis Grizzlies +9.5: 91 – 90 @ Dallas (Friday 10/29)
New Orleans Hornets +9: 99 – 90 @ San Antonio (Saturday 10/30)
Phoenix Suns +7.5: 110 – 94 @ Utah (Thursday 10/28)
Utah Jazz +6.5: 120 – 99 @ Oklahoma City (Sunday 10/31)
Biggest Blowouts of the Week
Orlando Magic -18: 128 – 86 vs. Minnesota (Wednesday 11/3)
Miami Heat -16: 129 – 97 vs. Minnesota (Tuesday 11/2)
Orlando Magic -13.5: 112 – 83 vs. Washington (Thursday 10/28)
Miami Heat -4: 96 – 70 vs. Orlando (Friday 10/29)
Philadelphia 76ers +2.5: 101 – 75 vs. Indiana (Wednesday 11/3)
Los Angeles Lakers -9.5: 107 – 83 vs. Minnesota (Sunday 10/31)
Boston Celtics -7: 109 – 86 @ Detroit (Tuesday 11/2)
Miami Heat -9: 101 – 78 @ New Jersey (Sunday 10/31)
Utah Jazz +6.5: 120 – 99 @ Oklahoma City (Sunday 10/31)
Toronto Raptors -4: 101 – 81 vs. Cleveland (Friday 10/29)
Memphis Grizzlies -7: 109 – 89 vs. Minnesota (Saturday 10/30)
High Scoring Games
Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets (260, Wednesday 10/28)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings (233, Wednesday 10/28)
Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors (233, Wednesday 11/3)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers (231, Wednesday, 10/28)
Lowest Scoring Games
Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic (166, Friday 10/29)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (166, Tuesday 11/2)
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat (168, Tuesday 10/26)
New Jersey Nets vs. Charlotte Bobcats (168, Wednesday 11/3)
Monta Ellis, GS: 46 points, 3 rebounds (Wednesday 10/27)
Luol Deng, CHI: 40 points, 4 rebounds (Monday 11/1)
Monta Ellis, GS: 39 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists (Wednesday 11/3)
Derrick Rose, CHI: 39 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds (Saturday 10/31)
Luis Scola, HOU: 36 points, 16 rebounds (Wednesday 10/27)
Rudy Gay, MEM: 35 points, 7 rebounds (Wednesday 11/3)
Dirk Nowitzki, DAL: 35 points, 12 rebounds (Wednesday 11/3)
Kobe Bryant, LAL: 30 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds (Wednesday 11/3)
Paul Millsap, UTA: 30 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists (Sunday 10/31)
Rajon Rondo, BOS: 10 points, 24 assists, 10 rebounds (Friday 10/29)