TRENDING… NBA TEAMS AT THE BREAK

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By Marc Lawrence of Playbook.com – NBA Teams at the Break

You’ll never guess which team in the NBA is 0-7 SUATS away without rest this season. With that and with the NBA taking a time out for the All-Star break, there is no better time than the present to examine the condition of each team in the league at this stage of the season.  From the surprise teams to the disappointments, the run to the 2017 playoffs is about to take off.

Here’s a quick look from my well-oiled database of the very best and the very worst pointspread records to date this season of every team in games played this season through the All-Star break.  In addition, I also present a noteworthy most recent trend on each team.  All results are SU (Straight Up), ATS (Against The Spread) or O/U (Over Under sequence), unless stated otherwise.

ATLANTA

Best: 6-1 ATS as dogs of 5 or more points

Worst: 1-10 ATS vs foe off back-to-back losses

Trending: Hawks are 6-1 SU and 7-0 ATS in games with O/U total of 217 or more points

BOSTON

Best: 8-1 ATS vs foe off back-to-back SUATS wins

Worst: 1-7 ATS vs .303 or less opponents

Trending: Celtics play down to the level of opposition, just 1-8 ATS as favorites of 8 or more points

BROOKLYN

Best: 3-0 ATS vs sub .230 foe

Worst: 1-7 ATS vs foe off SU underdog win

Trending: Nets have yet to win back-to-back games, going 0-9 SU following a win

CHARLOTTE

Best: 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in games with O/U total of 197 or less

Worst: 2-7 SU and 1-7-1 ATS in games with O/U total of more than 217 points

Trending: The Hornets lose when they are expected to, going 0-14 SU as dogs of 3 or more points, with only 4 ATS wins

CHICAGO

Best: 5-0 ATS following three consecutive losses

Worst: 0-4 ATS as favorites of 3 or more points with no rest

Trending: The Bulls have struggled laying 4 or more points, going 1-11 ATS the last 12 games

CLEVELAND

www.vegasproinsidersdaily.com		Best: 5-0 ATS off back-to-back SUATS wins against foes off back-to-back wins

Worst: 0-7 SUATS away with no rest

Trending: The Cavs will take a walk with you, going 1-9 UNDER in games with O/U total points of 206 or less

DALLAS

Best: 8-1 SUATS pick or favored

Worst: Trending: 0-5 SUATS against sub .310 opponents

Trending: Mavs struggle keeping up in potential high scoring games, going 0-6 UNDER with O/U total of 210 or higher

DENVER

Best: 5-1-1 ATS home off a double digit win

Worst: 1-4-1 ATS as favorites of 6 or more points

Trending: Nuggets have had troubles against .666 or greater foes, going 0-4 SUATS when Denver is off a win

DETROIT

Best: 4-0 SUATS home against foes off a SU favorites loss

Worst: 0-5 ATS as dog if 8 or more points

Trending: The Pistons have a hard time sustaining success, going 1-5 ATS away and 1-4 ATS home following consecutive wins

GOLDEN STATE

Best: 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS against conference foes off a win of more than 7 points

Worst: 0-9-1 ATS vs foes off back-to-back SUATS losses

Trending: Like the Cavs, the Warriors are struggling away with no rest, going 3-7 ATS

HOUSTON

Best: 8-1 SUATS in conference games following a SU loss

Worst: 1-4 ATS following SU underdog win

Trending: The Rockets have handled losing foes, going 24-5 SU and 20-9 ATS – including 6-0 SUATS against unrested losers

INDIANA

Best: 4-0 ATS away following a loss of 14 or more points

Worst: 2-10 ATS with no rest, including 0-5 ATS away

Trending: Indiana has had trouble keeping pace following a SU underdog win going 2-7 ATS, including 0-5 ATS against foes off a win

LA. CLIPPERS

Best: 4-0 ATS as dogs against foes off a SU favorite loss

Worst: 1-5 ATS against greater than .666 foes off consecutive wins

Trending: The Clippers like a slow pace, going 5-1 SUATS in games with an O/U total of less than 200 points and can’t keep up in high scoring paced contests, going 0-4 SUATS with a total of more than 221

LA. LAKERS

Best: 5-0 SUATS in games with a win percentage of less than .325

Worst: 0-4 ATS home off a loss against foes off back-to-back losses

Trending: The Lakers suck wind in games with an O/U total of more than 226 points, going 1-6 SUATS

MEMPHIS

Best: 3-0 SUATS as division underdog

Worst: 1-9 ATS following a win when facing non-conference opponents

Trending: The bigger they are the harder they fall as the Grizzlies are 5-1 SUATS versus .780 or greater foes

MIAMI

Best: 7-0 ATS home following consecutive wins

Worst: 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS away against .750 or greater opponents

Trending: Erik Spoelstra loves taking the air out of the ball against quality teams, going 1-10 UNDER against .700 or greater foes

MILWAUKEE

Best: 5-1 ATS as favorites following a SU underdog win

Worst: 1-8 ATS as a favorite against foes off a loss

Trending: Rest makes rust for the Bucks, who are 0-6 SUATS with 3 or more days off

MINNESOTA

Best: 6-0 ATS as underdogs following three consecutive losses

Worst: 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS following a win of more than 14 points

Trending: Wolves waltz in games with O/U total of 221 or more, going 0-5 UNDER

NEW ORLEANS

Best: 7-1 ATS against foes off a SU favorite loss

Worst: 1-5 ATS home against foes off a double-digit win

Trending: Pelicans snooze in games with O/U total less than 205 points, going 1-9 SU and 1-8-1 ATS

NEW YORK

Best: 5-1 ATS as dogs following a SU favorite loss

Worst: 1-6 SUATS following a win of more than 10 points

Trending: The Knicks raise their level of play depending on opposition, going 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS versus .750 or greater foes, including 3-0 SUATS at home

OKLAHOMA CITY

www.vegasproinsidersdaily.com		Best: 6-1 ATS home against opponents off back-to-back wins

Worst: 0-7-1 ATS in non-division games against foes off a SU favorite loss

Trending: The Thunder can’t keep up with the big boys, going 0-7 SU and 1-6 ATS as dogs of 8 or more points

ORLANDO

Best: 7-0 ATS as dogs of more than 7 points following consecutive losses

Worst: 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS home in division games

Trending: Magic act disappears in games with high totals, going 0-4 SUATS with O/U of 220 or more points

PHILADELPHIA

Best: 8-1 ATS against foes off a SU underdog win

Worst: 1-4 ATS as underdogs of more than 12 points

Trending: Sixers enjoy games with high totals, gong 9-3-1 ATS with O/U of more than 212 points, including 3-0-1 ATS at home

PHOENIX

Best: 6-1 ATS following SU loss as a favorite

Worst: 0-4 SUATS home off SUATS win vs foe off SUATS loss

Trending: Suns have been double perfect in games with an O/U total of more than 227 points, going 6-0 OVER and 0-6 SUATS

PORTLAND

Best: 4-1 ATS as a double-digit dog

Worst: 0-6 ATS home against conference foes off a loss

Trending: The Blazers have had trouble sustaining success, going 1-8 ATS as favorites of 3 or more points following a win

SACRAMENTO

Best: 6-1 ATS following a loss of 14 or more points

Worst: 1-8 SUATS following a win of 7 or more points

Trending: Kings take the air out of the ball against the better teams in the league, going 1-6 UNDER against .800 or greater foes

SAN ANTONIO

Best: 5-0 SUATS versus opponents off BB SUATS wins

Worst: 1-4 ATS following a double-digit loss

Trending: The Spurs play down to the level of opposition that is off back-to-back losses, going 4-3 SU and 1-6 ATS as double-digit favorites

TORONTO

Best: 7-0 SUATS versus .250 or less opponents

Worst: 1-4 ATS following a double-digit loss

Trending: Raptors have been division dominators, going 6-0 SU and 5-1 at home, and 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS away

UTAH

Best: 6-0 ATS as non-conference road favorites

Worst: 1-10 ATS as road dogs

Trending: As poorly as the Jazz have performed as underdogs this year, they have excelled as small favorites of less than 5 points, going 11-2 SUATS

WASHINGTON

Best: 8-1 ATS versus an opponent off a double-digit win

Worst: 1-6 ATS away versus sub .300 opponents

Trending: After a dismal 7-13 SUATS start to the season, the Wizards took a 27-8 SU and 25-10 ATS win skein into the All Star break

FYI: teams that have responded exceptionally well in same season revenge affairs this season include the Thunder (7-4 SU and 9-2 ATS) and the Wizards (9-4 SU and 10-3 ATS), while the teams that have struggled mightily in these same payback situations include the Raptors (2-8 SUATS) and the Hornets (5-9 SU and 3-10-1 ATS).

 

I’ve done my homework. Now, you do yours and we’ll both enjoy the 2nd half of the season.

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