NBA Eastern Conference betting road map
The playoff picture hasn't gotten any clearer in the Eastern Conference, with no fewer than four teams battling it out for the eighth and final playoff spot. Things are more settled at the top, where the Hawks own an eight-game edge over the second place Cavs.
Here's a look at four angles to consider over the next seven days.
The Boston Celtics are reeling at the absolute worst time, losers of five of their last seven games and winless ATS over their last three contests.
There is reason to believe they can turn things around this week, however. Boston will sandwich a pair of manageable road games around back-to-back contests at TD Garden. All four games are winnable, coming against the Hornets, Pacers, Bucks and Raptors. I expect to see the C's go 3-1 ATS at worst.
Note that Boston remains 10 games over .500 from an ATS perspective this season. This isn't the time to jump ship in my opinion.
The 'under' has been a solid bet in games involving the Milwaukee Bucks but not so much lately.
Milwaukee has seen four of its last six games go 'over' the total but that's a short-term trend that will hold little weight this week. The Bucks have a big week ahead, with four games on tap against Eastern Conference opponents. It starts on Monday in Atlanta as Milwaukee aims to respond following a poor defensive showing against the sharp-shooting Warriors on Saturday night.
With major playoff implications, I expect to see the Bucks tighten things up considerably. Take a good look at the 'under' when they take the floor this week.
Sunday's narrow win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers may have been a costly one for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they lost both Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert to injuries. The extent of those injuries is not known, so for now they're both listed as day-to-day.
Perhaps it's a good thing that the Cavs don't play again until Thursday when they host the Miami Heat. Needless to say, these injuries are worth paying attention to as we've already seen Cleveland cool off slightly, going just 3-4 ATS over its last seven games following an extended hot streak against the number.
After Thursday's game against the Heat, the Cavs will enjoy another couple of days off before hosting the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
At this time last week the Indiana Pacers biggest concern was a sagging offense that had played a major role in a five-game losing streak that ultimately would reach six before it was snapped last Wednesday against Washington.
We've certainly seen the Pacers step up their game offensively, however, scoring 100 points or more in five straight games. They've managed to win two of their last three contests, so the turnaround at that end of the floor has paid dividends.
Expect to see the Pacers continue to push the pace as they face four beatable Eastern Conference foes this week. Don't be surprised if their run of five consecutive 'overs' continues and they may be worth a shot against the number as well.
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ELITE 8 ROUND NOTES
• #1 Seed favs > 7 pts are 1-8 ATS
• #2 Seeds are 3-10-1 ATS off a DD ATS win
• #3 Seeds are 1-9 ATS
• #4 Seeds are 11-2 ATS
• #5 Seeds are 7-0 ATS
• #6 Seeds are 2-5 ATS
• #7 Seeds are 1-6 SU
• #8 Seeds are 5-1 ATS
• Teams that score 67 < pts are 16-47 SU & 15-45-3 ATS
• Teams that score 85 > pts are 28-7 SU & 25-8-2 ATS
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• Teams with Revenge are 16-5-1 ATS
• Dogs off 3 straight DD wins are 1-5-1 ATS
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SEC: 5-0 as favs 7 > pts, Pac-12: 4-1 as dogs, Big 10: 4-1 as dogs, Big East: 7-3-1 as dogs
Worst Conference ATS records in this round –
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These two teams met in Buffalo last week, in a historical game that will always be remembered for the fact that Buffalo fans cheered when Arizona scored the overtime winner. That all but sealed up the top draft lottery spot for the Sabres, who many feel have been tanking to get Connor McDavid. Starting backup goaltender Matthew Hackett in that game was certainly an indication that the Sabres had very little interest in winning. Hackett is 0-4 with a 4.42 GAA this season, and he was pulled after surrendering three goals on 10 shots in a loss at Colorado on Saturday.