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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- LA Dodgers
- Larry Ness
- June 30, 2015 - 9:40 PM
- Offered at:
- williamhill @ -115 LA Dodgers
I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA (12.50 ERA in two tries TY) or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the L30 meetings...
My free play is on the LA Dodgers at 9;40 ET.
The Dodgers scored six runs on 10 hits Monday night but Arizona overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4 to win 10-6. LA had been 26-1 when scoring at least six runs. LA had allowed just 11 runs during the first seven games of its 10-game road trip but the D'backs almost equaled that total in the opener of a three-game set Monday, as Arizona pushed across 10 runs over its final four at-bats in the 10-6 victory, halting a stretch of SEVEN straight losses to the Dodgers.
The teams are back at it tonight, as Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) squares off against Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA). De La Rosa has faced off with all four of the Arizona's divisional opponents in his last four outings. He's had no problems with San Francisco, San Diego and Colorado from June 14-25, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in that span. Opposing batters hit just .222 over those three contests with a .547 OPS and De La Rosa walked only one in seven innings while allowing one run Thursday in a 6-4 loss at Colorado.
However, back on June 8, De La Rosa (a former Dodger) got 'rocked' in Chavez Ravine, allowing 10 hits, one walk and nine ERs is just five innings of a 9-3 loss to the Dodgers. It was reminiscent of his May 1 start in LA, when he allowed three hits, five walks and five ERs over five innings on an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers. That's 10 IP, 13 hits allowed, four walks and 14 ERs for a 12.60 ERA against his former team in two meetings this year!
I want NO part of De La Rosa here or for that matter the D'backs, as prior to last night, the Dodgers had won SEVEN straight and 23 of their previous 29 against Arizona. Frias had gone 0-3 during a four-start stretch before defeating the Chicago Cubs in his last outings, when he pitched five shutout innings against Chicago and allowed seven hits and three walks to land his second victory (4-0) in his last nine starts.
Frias pitched opposite De La Rosa in the May 1 meeting and also took down Arizona on June 9, 3-1. His 'line' is 12 IP, with one ER allowed for an 0.75 ERA In the two starts vs the D'backs here in 2015. A concern here is with Frias' endurance, as he has gone more than six innings in only THREE of 11 starts this season and has not reached 90 pitches in any of his last four appearances. That could become a problem considering LA's fatigued bullpen, as SIX Dodgers relievers combined for 107 pitches and allowed all 10 runs Monday after Mike Bolsinger exited after four innings with flu-like symptoms.
That said, I repeat, I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the last 30 meetings!
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