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!
- U (WKU at VAN)
- AAA Sports
- September 3, 2015 - 8:00 PM
- Offered at:
- sbgglobal @ Under 68 -110
1* Free Play UNDER WKU/Vandy.
WKU owned one of the countries top offensive units last year and it will once again be a strength of for the 'Tops this season. If Western Kentucky wants to take its play to the next level though, clearly it needs to improve on the defensive side of the ball this season and the team draws a great opponent in its opener to test its new unit. The Hilltoppers got some good news in the offseason when UAB decided to shutdown its football program at the end of last year, making its players available for transfer and immediate eligibility. WKU would quickly grab senior Jontavious Morris, who upgrades the defensive line and the defensive unit as a whole. On the other side of the field, Derek Mason's start as Head Coach got off to a rocky start in 2014/15 as Vanderbilt would win just three games overall, while going a miserable 0-8 in the SEC. Vandy had no consistency at the QB position and it's going to be an issue again this year as new Offensive Coordinator Andy Ludwig is still trying to decide who will start as neither Wade Freebeck or Johnny McCrary have played well enough to stake a claim as the No. 1 guy. The offensive line was atrocious last season, the team averaged a league-worst 3.4 YPC, while also struggling to protect the QB. The Commodores though will benefit from more experience on both sides of the ball in 2014/15, but all signs once again point to a long and frustrating season. While there's sure to be some spectacular offensive plays in this one, we feel that the combination of WKU's improved defensive unit and Vanderbilt's issues at QB will result in this one falling UNDER the posted number.