NBA Betting Guide-January 10
- Updated: January 10, 2012
NBA Betting Guide-January 10
The long-awaited NBA regular season is just over two weeks old and while some of the top teams in the league are off to an expected strong start, there have already been a few unexpected twists and turns. This betting guide is designed to provide a weekly snap-shot of which teams are the top performers in the league. Not necessarily on the court, but where it matters the most; against the spread.
The team with the best jump out of the blocks is the Denver Nuggets. They are coming off a 94-81 rout at the hands of New Orleans as 13-point home favorites to drop their overall record to 6-4 straight-up. The reason the Nuggets remain at the top of this list is an 8-2 record against the spread. Monday night’s loss was the first time Denver failed to cover in its last seven games as it is 4-1 ATS both home and away. Balance is going to be a key in the shortened, but accelerated regular season, and the Nuggets already have five different players scoring in double-figures and are second in the league in scoring with an average of 101.7 points a game.
The biggest surprise so far is a playoff team from last year that was completely left off most people’s radar screen when breaking down the contenders in the Eastern Conference for this season . The Philadelphia 76ers’ 96-86 victory over Indiana on Monday night as seven-point home favorites was their fifth in-a-row after a 1-2 start. They are now on top of the Atlantic Division at 6-2 SU and a very healthy 6-1-1 ATS. The Sixers are getting it done with the best scoring differential in the NBA. They are averaging 100.3 points a game while holding their opponents to an average of just 85.6 points, which is the lowest in the league. Philadelphia is also well-balanced with five players scoring in double-figures led by Lou Williams 16.6 points a game. It has also demonstrated decent depth with eight players averaging over 20 minutes a game. This is also crucial considering the pace of this season’s 66-game schedule.
The third-best money maker so far has been the Portland Trail Blazers. They are currently 6-2 SU on the year after routing Cleveland 98-78 on Sunday as 10.5-point home favorites. The Trail Blazers are 5-2-1 ATS overall and 4-0-1 ATS in their first five home games. They are averaging 99 points a game led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 22.6-point average. He is also second on the team in rebounds and shooting 49 percent from the floor. Overall, the Trail Blazers have six players averaging over 10 points a game while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor and 80.1 percent from the free-throw line.
A few other teams that are off to a solid start are the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3-6 SU, but 6-3 ATS and the Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers all coming in at 5-3 ATS. The Timberwolves have also been a solid play on the ‘under’ with seven of their first nine games staying ‘under’ the total.
A few early drains on the wallet have been the New York Knicks at 5-4 SU but 2-7 ATS and the Detroit Pistons at 2-7 both SU and ATS. The Washington Wizards are still looking for their first win of the season at 0-8 and are a dismal 2-6 ATS.
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