Last Updated: 2017-11-10
With a handful of games completed in the NBA this is the time of the year when handicappers make a big mistake. This is the time of the season that handicappers believe that they have figured out the changes that all the teams have made in the off season. This is when they think they know the makeup and how it will translate at the betting window. That could be a costly error on the behalf of the basketball bettor.
The NBA is always changing. This is the time of year when teams start to face their first set of injuries and when teams start to adjust their lineups and game plans to react to other teams and to improve the areas that they are lacking in. Because of this the NBA handicapper always has to be on the lookout for great information. That is why it is always important that you read the NBA betting sheet that we deliver right here at Bangthebook.com. Here is the latest information that you need to know if you want win big betting on basketball.
Best and the Worst
With about a dozen games in the books it is time to track the best and worst teams against the spread (ATS) this season. The Boston Celtics are the clear winners at 10-2 ATS which is two games higher than the Detroit Pistons (8-2 ATS) Philadelphia 76ers (8-3 ATS) and the New Orleans Pelicans (8-4 ATS). On the down side there are a group of teams that have only three wins against the spread who include the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are having a bad year and many are attributing it to the fact that they lost Kyrie Irving and that LeBron James has no help with aging veterans. While this may be true, many people are ignoring the fact that this team does not play any defense. They are on track to have one of the worst defenses in history. The Cavs have allowed 4.4 more points per 100 possessions than they did last season. That’s the biggest increase in the league. This is one of the reasons that the Cavs have the most OVERS this season so far with an Over/Under record of 8-4. In contrast the Boston Celtics have one of the best defenses in the NBA and the over/under record in games that they have played is just 4-8.
OKC not OK
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a tremendous offseason and added a big three to the team, but so far that is a colossal failure. They have just four wins and they are an eye popping 0-6 straight up in the western conference and 0-5 in division. The biggest problem is that Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are not meshing on offense. They are still playing isolated basketball and not buying into the system. This miscommunication on offense has hurt this team in the scoring department and that has led to many of their games going under the total. Currently the Over/Under record for the Thunder is 2-9 a number that will only get worse until they figure out the problems on offense or the sportsbooks adjust the totals in games with the Thunder.
Boston Bitten by the Injury Bug
The Celtics are one of the surprise teams of the early NBA season with the winning streak and the incredible record against the spread this season. If you are planning on getting on board now you may want to watch the injury report a bit closer. Rookie star Jason Tatum hurt his ankle and is in a walking boot. Although it looks like he will not need surgery, he is questionable for the games this weekend. Starter Al Horford is out with a concussion and he is a leader on the floor and is having one of the best defensive seasons of his career. This will test the Celtics depth which looked good against the Lakers, but will be put to the test with upcoming games against Charlotte and Toronto.