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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- Will Rogers
- November 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -3.5 -106 Stanford
Notre Dame @ Stanford -4 7:30 EST
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the bubble as far as the playoffs are concerned, and they need a win here at Stanford, and possibly some help from teams like Nebraska, Penn State or TCU. The Cardinal's playoff hopes are a little slimmer, but they've already punched a ticket to the PAC12 Championship Game, and a win over the Irish could keep them in the discussion. My money is on a Stanford team that has a far more impressive body of work.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Christian McCaffrey - The Heisman hopeful ran for 192 yards on 29 carries last week, and he also rank back a 98 yard kick for a TD. He should find plenty of room to run against a Notre Dame team that surrendered 214 rushing yards to Boston College last week.
2. Injuries - The Irish are really banged up, and last week they lost leading rusher C.J. Prosise to a high ankle sprain. He's not likely to play on Saturday versus Stanford.
3. X-Factor - The Cardinal are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 home games, and they've covered in seven of their last nine versus a team with a winning record.
Selection: This is a play on the Stanford Cardinal (Free)
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