Bang the Book.com has everything you need to successfully wager on the NBA. Every week we will break down the league and point out teams on the rise or the decline in our Stock Watch report. Every week we will post four teams that are rising up the ladder from a gambling standpoint and four that are to be avoided when going to the betting window.
In this Stock Watch article, like the others, we look at the teams that have surprised so far this season and the others that have failed to meet expectations.
On The Rise
The Indiana Pacers are a slam dunk to make this list. After all they are the only team in the NBA that has yet to record a loss on the season. Perhaps even more impressively is their record against the spread this season. After a double digit blowout over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Pacers are now 6-2 against the spread this season. That should make both Pacer fans and NBA bettors very happy. Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is becoming a superstar in the league and notched his first double-double of the season.
The Boston Celtics entered this season in rebuilding mode. They lost major stars in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and not much was expected of the guys in green. Just the opposite has happened as the Celtics used a last second shot to beat the Miami Heat in Miami. They may only have a record of 4-4 on the season, but they are 6-2 against the spread, tied with the Pacers as the best record against the number in the Eastern Conference.
On the Decline
The Utah Jazz have already had to deal with a difficult East Coast trip, but that is no excuse for being the only team in the league that has yet to win a game. Coach Tyrone Corbin is already on the hot seat and may not survive the season. After losing to the Denver Nuggets the Jazz are now 0-8 on the season which includes an awful 1-6-1 record against the spread. The Jazz are not only losing, but they are losing badly.
The Kings are not as bad as the Jazz, because they have won a game, but they are not much better. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is not to blame as he registered a pair of 30-point performances with his latest one coming Friday. The ugly 1-5 record is closely related to their record at the betting window as they have yet to cash in for basketball bettors with a disgusting 0-5-1 record against the betting number.
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