Surprises at the Half Way Point
Each month since the season started, I've taken a quick look at some of the surprises in the NBA. With the All-Star break less than two weeks away, I thought I'd take another glance at some of the more interesting sub-plots around the league.
From the outset it's been a race between the Knicks and Nets, and each team is neck and neck heading into the break. The Knicks are 30-15 SU as of writing, while the Nets are 28-19. Neither side has been particularly profitable for bettors overall this season though, as New York is 24-20-1 ATS, while Brooklyn is 21-23-3 ATS. If there was a surprise in this division, it would be Boston at 23-23 SU. The C's have struggled with consistency all year, but after losing Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season to injury, have rallied and gone a perfect 4-0.
Another tough division. Chicago has a slim lead over Indiana right now. The Bulls are 29-18 SU, and the Pacers are 28-19. Chicago is just 20-27 ATS, while Indiana is 25-22 ATS. The Bulls will get a big boost when Derrick Rose returns to the lineup after the break, while the Pacers are also anxiously awaiting on top-scorer Danny Granger to make his debut this year as well. Milwaukee is firmly in third at 25-21 SU and 24-22 ATS.
This is a two-horse race, with Miami at 29-14 SU and Atlanta at 26-20. The Heat are 21-22 ATS, while Atlanta is just 19-25-2 ATS. Washington sits in a two way tie for last place with Charlotte at 11-35 SU. The Wizards though are 27-17-2 ATS, while the Bobcats are 17-28-1.
San Antonio has finally started to distance itself from Memphis, sitting at 38-11 SU, compared to the Grizzlies 30-16. The Spurs are 27-20-2 ATS, while the Grizz are 27-18-1 ATS. Houston is nipping at their heels at 26-23 SU, while Dallas stumbles into the mid-way point at 20-27.
Oklahoma City (35-12 SU), has not been able to pull away from Denver (30-18), and Utah is right behind at 26-22. Both leaders have been delivering the goods for bettors as well this year, with OKC at 27-18-2 ATS, and the Nuggets at 28-20. Utah though is a sub-par 23-24-1 ATS.
The LA Clippers have stumbled of late without All Star guard Chris Paul in the lineup, but still lead the division at 34-14 SU. Golden State remains in second at 30-17. The Clippers are 27-21 ATS, while the Warriors are 27-19-1. But the Lakers at 21-26 SU continue to be the talk of the division, and of the league. The Lake Show has also failed to get the job done for bettors this year, sitting at 19-27-1 ATS thus far. So do the Lakers have a big second half push in them? Only time will tell, but one things for sure, it's going to be interesting to watch!
- 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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