NBA Teams to Bet on Down the Stretch: Now that the All-Star break has concluded, the real fun begins. The trade deadline is looming as many contenders will try to bolster their lineup for a playoff run. Many teams have surprised the league while many teams have disappointed.
There are a few teams to keep tabs on in terms of betting against the spread with teams making moves in the next few weeks. In the first half of the season, the Utah Jazz, Pheonix Suns, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and the San Antonio Spurs rounding out the top five list for betting against the spread.
NBA Teams to Bet on Down the Stretch – My Top 3
For having the best record in the NBA, the Jazz are arguably one of the most underrated teams in the NBA that had three players featured in the All-Star Game.
Mike Conley was a late addition due to Devin Booker being out due to an injury; however, Conley may be playing the best basketball of his career. Many of his statistics do not show up on the stat sheet but he is one of the best defensive point guards in the league.
Mitchell is the team’s points leader averaging 24.7 PPG. Gobert leads the team in blocks with 2.7 BPG, along with 13.3 RPG, placing him in the top 5 of the NBA, and Conley leads the team in the assists and steals category.
They have dominated their competition in the first half on both ends of the floor, and have drawn comparisons to the 2014 Spurs because of their ball movement, spacing, and unselfishness. The Jazz are 25-11-0 ATS in the first half of the season, covering 69.4%.
It’s entertaining to watch the Suns being a force in the “Wild West”. Adding the veteran Chris Paul has helped the team to surge to the second seed in the Western Conference. Devin Booker has become an even better player, but there is no denying that their surrounding cast has improved tremendously.
Mikal Bridges has become an ideal 3-and-D complement. While Deandre Ayton‘s scoring is down due to the addition of a few players, he’s still rebounding and shooting well from the field as he adjusts to playing with Paul.
The Suns have the 8th best offense in the NBA, going along with the third-best defense in the NBA. The Suns are 24-11-0 ATS, which equals a cover percentage of 68.6%.
The Nets have become a serious title contender by adding James Harden. They have recently added to their arsenal by signing former star Blake Griffin who was recently waived by the Detroit Pistons. Playing without Kevin Durant has not stopped them from being going on a rampage in the NBA.
The Nets have put up a massive 122.4 offensive rating, and fans of other teams can wonder about the nightmare matchup this team will be when the stars are all healthy. The team is 20-17-0 ATS which is only good for 54.0%; however, things could change once Durant comes back from injury.
You can’t go wrong with betting on the Nets during the home-stretch of the season.
New York Knicks
The question for this team is whether their play is sustainable for the second half of the season. The team’s offense runs through Julius Randle who improved shooting and facilitating ability under the new head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Knicks have the second in the league in defensive rating.
The Knicks are 21-16-0 ATS, covering 56.8% of the time. It will interesting to see what the team will do at the deadline sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference while being one game above .500.