Top 5 NBA Betting Teams Down the Stretch
The NBA regular season is headed for the stretch run to the playoffs with the month of February rapidly coming to a close. Teams such as Atlanta in the East and Golden State in the West have led the way both straight up on the court and against the spread for most of the season, but Docsports.com is looking for a few teams that might be able to help line our pockets heading into the final third of the 82-game schedule. Here are five that might do the trick.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It has been a wild ride for the Thunder this season, but they are starting to find that championship form even with Kevin Durant once again sidelined with an injury. Coming off of this past Sunday’s 119-94 victory against Denver as 8.5-point home favorites, they have now won their last six games both SU and ATS. This run has moved Oklahoma City into eighth place in the Western Conference standings at 31-25 SU on the year. It’s now 16-9-1 ATS at home this season. Some roster moves right before last week’s NBA trade deadline that added Kyle Singler and Enes Kantner to the mix could make Oklahoma City a very dangerous team once Durant is 100 percent.
The Bucks have already more than doubled last season’s win total with last Friday’s 89-81 victory against Denver as 8.5-point home favorites. While they have not been a bargain to bet on lately with a 1-6 record ATS in their last seven games, this is still a solid team to wager on over the long haul with a SU record of 31-24 and a 34-21 record ATS. Milwaukee has been especially profitable on the road this season with a 21-7 record ATS in 28 previous road games. While you might want to back off the Bucks right now given their current slide ATS, this should still be a good team to go with over the course of the rest of the year once they get back on track.
Cleveland remains the favorite to win the East this season, and following back-to-back victories against Washington and New York it has climbed to fourth in the conference standings at 35-22. During the Cavaliers’ recent 12-game winning streak, they also posted a 10-2 record ATS. Since that streak ended in a Feb. 6 loss to Indiana they have gone 4-2 (SU and ATS) in their last six outings to keep this positive return going. Overall, Cleveland is still below .500 ATS at 28-29, but the outlook for the future at the betting window remains promising given its current form on the court.
New Orleans Pelicans
This is another up-and-coming franchise in the NBA behind the stellar play of power forward Anthony Davis in just his second season in the league. Following this past Saturday’s 105-91 victory against Miami as 2.5-point road underdogs, the Pelicans are now 28-27 SU on the year and just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot in the West. New Orleans has also been a solid bet all season long at 31-24 ATS despite a recent downturn in which it failed to cover in five of its last seven contests. Just like the Bucks, the long-term betting outlook for this team remains positive, especially when it closes as an underdog. The Pelicans are currently 18-8 ATS as underdogs this season.
The Sixers made this list as a good team to actually go against for the rest of the season. They have made tanking a virtual art form the past few seasons, and the front office’s recent decision to trade one of their only legitimate scorers in Michael Carter-Williams for even more future draft choices points towards an epic fail over the next two months to try and lock up a top spot in the draft. Philadelphia has actually been a pretty solid bet lately with an 8-2 record ATS in its last 10 games, but this should not hold up. This has been an excellent team to go against on the road all season long with a 11-16-1 record ATS.