Victor Oladipo and Indiana are having a wonderful season, but playing in Charlotte hasn't always been kind to the Pacers. We'll check out that trend and others as the NBA season winds down.
The Indiana Pacers (48-33 SU, 47-34-0 ATS) haven’t enjoyed playing at Charlotte (35-46 SU, 33-44-4 ATS), with seven consecutive ATS road defeats against the Hornets entering Sunday's matchup. However, Indiana was a -2 favorite on the NBA odds board in this spot and ended the streak with a 123-117 victory.
2. Hornets 8-1 ATS L9 Meetings vs. Magic
After throttling the Magic 137-100 on Friday night in Orlando (CHAR -7), the Charlotte Hornets improved to 8-1 ATS the L9 meetings and have gone 11-1 SU the L12. In Friday’s crushing, the Hornets (35-45 SU) outscored the Magic (24-55 SU) — who sat Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic and trailed by as many as 45 points — in every quarter. Charlotte led 43-28 after the first period (43-28). As far as your NBA picks, bettors will have to wait until the 2018-19 season to see if the Hornets can extend the trend.
3. 'Over' Improves to 22-6 L28 Bulls-Celtics Meetings in Boston
With the Celtics' 111-104 victory (BOS -7) over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the "over" is a crazy 22-6 the L28 meetings (78.6%) in Boston. The pace for an "over" was set in the first quarter, with each side scoring 30 points. Trend bettors will have to wait until next season to back Bulls-Celtics "overs" in Boston.
4. Games with Bucks as Favorites Usually Go 'Over'
Milwaukee had played nine consecutive "overs" when lined at the favorite before the trend was broken Saturday night in New York, as the Bucks won 115-102 for an "under" (219½). One trend that continued was the "under" in Bucks-Knicks matchups; that has now hit in the L5 meetings in New York. Prior to Saturday, the last time a Milwaukee game went "under" when the Bucks were favored was on March 2 at home against Indiana. It might be a good idea to back the "over" in the Bucks' final regular-season dribbles, on Monday at home vs. the Magic and on Wednesday at Philadelphia.
5. Spurs 9-0 ATS L8 Home Games
Even with star Kawhi Leonard (quad) sidelined the Spurs have been getting the money at home, covering nine in a row ATS including Saturday night's 116-105 win over Portland (SA -5). The Spurs (46-34 SU, 42-36-2 ATS) are a profitable 26-13 ATS at home this season. Since 2003, no NBA team has performed better ATS at home than the Spurs, who are 380-305-20 ATS (55.5 percent, +1.0 ppg vs. ATS). This season, only Philadelphia (26-12-0 ATS) has a better home mark than the Spurs.
6. Underdogs 9-0 ATS L9 Pistons-Grizzlies Meetings
When the Memphis Grizzlies (21-58 SU, 34-42-3 ATS) have faced the Detroit Pistons (38-41 SU, 38-36-3 ATS) lately, the favorite has been the wrong side to bet on, with underdogs 9-0 ATS the L9 meetings heading into Sunday's game. This seems like a bad spot to test that trend, with both teams' postseason hopes gone. And with the Pistons 5-0 ATS the L5 road games, 5-0 ATS the L5 vs. the Western Conference, 8-0 ATS their L8 vs. teams with losing records and 9-1 ATS their L10 overall, this is a clash of trends with neither side motivated Detroit opened as a 5½-point favorite for Sunday’s game. When these teams last met on Feb. 1 in Detroit, the Pistons won 104-102, failing to cover as 8½-point favorites.