Okay, March Madness is here, but I haven't forgotten about the NBA betting in the slightest.
Have the rankings changed at all? Check out our top fives
and see if they can help you make your NBA picks going forward.
It looks as if we've staying in familiar territory out West,
but there are a couple new additions to the power rankings in the Eastern
Let's get right down to it.
Miami Heat (31-9 SU, 20-20 ATS)
The Miami Heat have responded nicely after their little two-game
losing streak, winning three in a row with victories over Indiana and Atlanta.
They now play Orlando, Chicago and Philadelphia on the road before returning
home to play the Magic yet again.
Chicago Bulls (35-9 SU, 26-18 ATS)
Okay, so we know the Chicago Bulls can't stay healthy, but it really
doesn't seem to make any difference at all. They're 10-1 SU over their last 11
and are a solid 5-3 ATS over their past eight. Their next three opponents (MIA,
POR, PHI) are tough, but at least they get them all at home.
Orlando Magic (27-15 SU, 20-20 ATS)
Starting to peak here in the second half, the Magic have
become an immensely difficult team to beat. Their latest two wins, on the road
over the Bulls and at home over the Pacers, were impressive. Let's see how they
do against Miami and San Antonio this week.
Philadelphia 76ers (25-17 SU, 23-18-1 ATS)
The 76ers return to the top five after a strong stretch in
which they won three consecutive matchups both straight up and against the
number. The schedule remains a challenge over the coming week so we'll find out
shortly if they're back for good.
Boston Celtics (22-19 SU, 19-22 ATS)
Welcome Boston! The Celtics have looked a completely
different team since the All-Star break, winning seven of nine to open up the
second half of the season. However, they do still have six games left on this
road-trip, which could be a lot to handle for the aging Celtics.
Oklahoma City Thunder (32-9 SU, 23-18 ATS)
Well what on earth happened to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their home
loss to Cleveland? Aside from that debacle, Oklahoma City is still playing at a
high level and remain the best team in the Western Conference. Three of their
next four will be played at home.
San Antonio Spurs (27-13 SU, 23-16-1 ATS)
Where has the consistency gone? The San Antonio Spurs have alternated
wins and losses over their last nine (ATS too) and now have to play the Magic,
Thunder and Mavericks over their next three contests.
L.A. Lakers (25-16 SU, 19-22 ATS)
There may be a lot of problems within this franchise, but
the talent level of the team cannot be ignored. The Lakers just survived a
tough test at home against Boston to push their Staples Center record to 18-2.
They need to figure out how to win on the road pronto though.
L.A. Clippers (23-17 SU, 21-19 ATS)
I'll give the Clippers the benefit of the doubt even though
they've lost four of their last five. Want to know why? CP3. He may have had a
shocker against the Celtics the other night, but I wouldn't want any other
point guard leading my team. The Clipshow also play their next four at home.
Memphis Grizzlies (24-16 SU, 20-20 ATS)
The Grizzlies remain in my top five simply because they
haven't given me a legitimate reason to drop them. They've won six of seven and
are 5-2 ATS during that span. Let's not forget either that Zach Randolph is due
to return any day now.