NBA Surprises After One Month
It's hard to believe that almost one month has passed since the start of the 2012-13 NBA season.
We have a few surprises after nearly four weeks of action. Here is a look at a few:
It's turned into a "Battle of the Big Apple" early.
The Knicks are 9-3 SU/ATS, including going 5-0 SU/ATS in front of the home town crowd. After losing Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, and after Carmelo Anthony's sub-par season a year ago, the Knicks were considered a bit of an enigma heading into this year, especially with big man Amare Stoudemire out with injury. There is no question that New York is one of the biggest surprises in the league right now. Note that it's 3-1 ATS thus far vs. team's with winning records.
Brooklyn is another positive surprise, sitting at 8-4 SU and 7-3-2 ATS. While the back-court duo of Joe Johnson and Deron Williams continues to look brilliant at times, and pretty pedestrian at others, big contributions from the likes of Brook Lopez has this team flirting with one of the best records in the league right now. Despite the quick start, it's still significant to note that it's just 10-20 ATS in its last 30 vs. division opponents.
This division is "log-jammed". The Bucks lead at 6-5 SU and 5-6 ATS. Note though that they're just 1-5 ATS thus far in front of the home town crowd.
Without Derrick Rose in the lineup, the Bulls have gotten out to a lacklustre 6-6 SU record. Indiana is at 6-8. Annual cellar dwellers Cleveland and Detroit sit at 3-10 and 3-11 SU respectively.
The defending champs have gotten out to a quick start, sitting at 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS. While the Heat are 6-0 SU in front of the home town crowd, they're just 3-3 ATS. The O/U is 7-6, going 5-1 at home and 2-5 on the road.
The Hawks are in second at 8-4 SU and 5-7 ATS. They're 4-2 SU at home, but just 1-5 ATS in front of the home town crowd.
Memphis and San Antonio have quickly made this a two-horse race.
The Grizzlies are 9-2 SU/ATS. They're 5-1 SU/ATS at home, and 4-1 SU/ATS on the road.
The Spurs meanwhile are 11-3 SU and 8-5-1 ATS. They're 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS on the road.
Dallas is at 7-7 SU, and after a quick start, Houston has fallen off and sits at 6-7.
This division has been dominated by the Oklahoma City Thunder for a few years, and that's once again the case this season. OKC is 10-4 SU and 8-5-1 ATS. It's 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in front of the home town crowd.
Another log-jammed division, with the Clippers sitting at 8-5, the Warriors at 8-6 and the Lakers at 7-7.
The Lakers have a lot of pressure on them to perform this season, and after a disappointing start, have started to right the ship. I said this two weeks ago, and I'll say it again. Don't worry Lakers-fan. LA will be "ok" by the end of the season, and will definitely be competing for the Western Conference crown. The combination of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard is just too talented in my opinion to not start competing at a much higher level. It will be interesting to track this team over the second month.
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- August 9, 2015 - 8:00 PM
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings -2 1/2 8:00 EST
1* Free Play Minnesota Vikings.
What you see is what you get each year from Pittsburgh, which builds through the draft, doesn’t sign a lot of free agents and basically comes at you. How much Ben Roethlisberger has left is a question asked every September given the number of hits he takes. The biggest change will be at defensive coordinator, where legend Dick Lebeau is gone – which may mean the LBs will be freer to attack the pocket.
The Vikes have Adrian Peterson back and things seem to have calmed down a bit in Minnesota. But then again, Mike Wallace has been on board for only a few months. Vikes are looking for a huge Year 2 improvement from Teddy Bridgewater and if they get it they can make things sticky in the North.
In 2014/15 the Steelers were 1-3 SU/ATS in the preseason and in 2013/14 they were 0-4 SU/ATS. After missing the playoffs in 2013/14, Pittsburgh returned last year only to lose 30-17 to the Ravens in the Wildcard round. Mike Tomlin has clearly not been very worried about winning in the preseason the last few years.
Last year the Vikes went 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in the preseason, after going 1-3 SU/ATS in 2013/14 and 1-3 SU/ATS in 2012/13. For a team which is desperately trying to get back to the playoffs, the preseason suddenly becomes a lot more important.
There are many players on Minnesota which have something to prove, while Pittsburgh will surely be happy to just go through the motions and leave Canton without any significant injuries.
Minnesota would seem to be the more motivated team in this one, consider laying the short points.
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