There are just two weeks left in the NBA regular season as the contending teams in the league continue to try and sharpen their game for the upcoming postseason tournament for this year’s world title. Through this past weekend’s games, there were four teams battling it out for three spots in the Eastern Conference and eight teams vying for one of the five playoff berths still available in the West.
While the top four seeds in both conferences are just about set, this betting guide is more interested in the top teams where it counts the most; against the spread. Here is a look at the top four in the NBA that fit the bill.
The San Antonio Spurs are 42-16 straight-up and trail Oklahoma City for the No.1 seed in the West by just one game. They remain at the top of our list with a 35-20-3 record ATS. The Spurs are 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 games while going 13-2 SU in their last 15. They have been lights-out at home with a 25-5 record SU and a 21-8-1 record ATS. San Antonio is 17-11 SU on the road and 14-12-2 ATS. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 17 of 30 home games but has gone ‘over’ in 19 of its 28 games on the road.
Even with their best player in and out of the lineup, the Chicago Bulls continue to lead the way in the East. Derrick Rose has missed well over 20 games this season due to various injuries, but the Bulls still have the best record in the NBA at 46-14 SU and the second-best record ATS at 34-25-1. They are 24-6 SU at home but just 15-14-1 ATS. Where Chicago has been most impressive is on the road where it is 22-8 SU and 19-11 ATS. The total has gone 14-15-1 at home and 17-13 in 30 road games. The Bulls’ recent form has been a bit off the mark at 4-3 SU and 2-4-1 ATS in their last seven games.
The team with the third-best record in the league ATS will be watching the playoffs on TV like the rest of us, but at 34-26-1 ATS, the Toronto Raptors have been profitable for anyone who was smart enough to stick with them this year. They are 22-39 SU overall and may be riding-out the string a bit with a 2-4 SU (3-3 ATS) in their last six games. Toronto does have three straight road games down the stretch against Miami, Detroit, and Milwaukee and remain worth a second look given their 18-12 ATS record this season away from home. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of its last nine games and is 25-34-2 on the year.
The final team on this week’s list is the second-best team in the league SU at 44-16. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 33-27 ATS overall; 17-14 ATS at home and 16-13 ATS on the road. The total has gone 29-31 in 60 games. The Thunder have also slipped a bit in recent games with a 4-4 SU record in their last eight contests and a 3-5 record ATS. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of their last 10 games.
A few other teams with a solid record both SU and ATS include the Atlanta Hawks at 35-25 SU and 32-26-2 ATS, the Phoenix Suns at 31-29 SU and 32-28 ATS, and the Boston Celtics at 36-25 SU and a 31-28-2 ATS.
A few teams that have played very well on the court, but remain under .500 ATS include the Los Angeles Lakers at 39-22 SU but 26-35 ATS, the Memphis Grizzlies at 35-25 SU but 28-32 ATS, and the Indiana Pacers at 38-22 SU and 29-31 ATS.
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