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!
- St. Louis
- April 21, 2014 - 7:10 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- top bet @ -106 St. Louis
1* Free Play St. Louis Cardinals.
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Coming off a loss yesterday, I like the powerhouse Cardinals to bounce back and earn a series opening win over the Mets. The Cardinals took five of seven between the team’s last year and have won eight of the last 11 in this series. The Cardinals will send Tyler Lyons (NR) to the hill in place of injured starter Joe Kelly. Lyons holds a 3.32 ERA with 18 strikeouts over his first 19 Triple-A frames this season. Lyons did start eight games in the majors as a rookie last year so we aren’t backing a completely “green” pitcher here: "We just hope he can carry that momentum forward here Monday," Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny assessed last night. "He did a great job for us when he got the opportunity last year. And we go with that hot hand." New York gives the nod to Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81), who has enjoyed a surprisingly successful start to the season after entering with a 2-6 record and 4.53 ERA in 11 career starts. I look at this as a small sample size and fully expect the Cardinals’ offense to wake up and take it to Mejia tonight, after it struck out 12 times against Nationals’ pitching yesterday. Home field hasn’t exactly been kind to the Mets this season. Despite winning yesterday’s game in extra innings, the Mets carry a 3-6 record at Citi Field thus far. The Cardinals meanwhile are 7-6 on the road and always seem to find to a way to get separation from the pack. Consider the Cards.