An NBA Christmas
By Marc Lawrence
From David Stern's book of Christmas…
'Twas the day of Christmas when all through the sport, NBA fans are stirring with no less than five games to sort.
They speak not a word, and go straight to work. Looking to stuff their stockings while not coming off like a jerk.
With presents delivered under the Christmas tree.
Here's my gift to you, for all to see.
The Knicks and the Celtics taking off in flight. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Here is a breakdown of the ten teams playing on Christmas this season and how they’ve performed on Santa’s day since 1990:
• Boston: 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS
Trending: underdogs all six games
• Brooklyn: 1-0 SU and 1-0 ATS
Trending: 1-0 OVER
• Chicago: 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS
Trending: 0-4 UNDER last four
• Denver: 1-2 SU and 1-2 ATS
Trending: 0-2 ATS off ATS win
• Houston: 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS
Trending: 3-0 ATS last three games
• LA Clippers: 1-3 SU and 1-3 ATS
Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. .500 or greater opponent
• LA Lakers: 6-9 SU and 8-6-1 ATS
Trending: 1-6 UNDER last seven games
• Miami: 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS
Trending: 1-5 UNDER last six games
• New York: 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS
Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. sub .550 opponent
• Oklahoma City: 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS
Trending: 1-3 UNDER
Defending Champion Doldrums
Christmas day has not been a gifting experience for defending champions.
That’s confirmed by their lousy 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS mark when facing .700 or greater opponents, including 0-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS the last six games.
Oklahoma City will look to add to that number as they head to South Beach with revenge on their minds from last year’s loss in the championship finals to Miami.
Non-conference games certainly bring the best defensive effort out in teams on St. Nick’s day.
Eleven of the 13 games played on this day involving Eastern and Western Conference foes have played UNDER the total.
The five games involving a team off loss have all stayed UNDER the total.
Stat Of The Day
NBA teams on Christmas day off a pair of losses are 5-0 ATS versus an opponent off a pair of wins since 1990.
- Al McMordie
- September 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -26 -106 Louisville
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At 8 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Louisville Cardinals minus the points over Marshall. Last week, we had what was our biggest play of the season-to-date when we took Louisville against Florida State. And the Cardinals rewarded us with a 63-20 blowout win over the Seminoles. Some may look for a letdown on Saturday night by Louisville, but I don’t want to step in front of this freight train. Certainly, it’s true that this is a big number, but we’re going to lay the points with the high-flying Cardinals, who have scored an average of 65 ppg. Meanwhile, Marshall just gave up 65 points last week to Akron. And teams, like Louisville, that average 40 or more points per game on offense, have covered 60% of the time as double-digit favorites vs. non-conference foes that give up at least 30 points per game on defense. Finally, over the past 15 years, home underdogs are an awful 32-77 ATS if their defense gives up at least 22 ppg, and their opponent has won each of its three previous games by 20 or more points. Take Louisville. Good luck, as always…Al McMordie. And don't miss my RED-HOT Baseball and Football Winners, as I'm currently on a 41-21 RUN. I've already posted 9 huge Football Winners for College, including 3 of my 10* Championship Club plays. Don't miss out. Or, better yet, join for a week or month today to get all of my award-winning selections.