The Lakers have been good to their backers at the betting windows the past couple weeks. Let’s look at that NBA Betworthy Trend and four others relating to this week's action.
After beating the Mavericks 124-102 on Friday and covering as 4½-point favorites, the Los Angeles Lakers are now 9-0 ATS and SU in their L9 games at Staples Center. Los Angeles (24-34 SU, 31-27 ATS) improved to 17-12 ATS at home and also has played four straight "overs" (after a string of four "unders"). The Lakers are now on a road trip. The next chance to use your NBA picks to back them at home is March 5 against Portland.2. Not Their Favorite Day: Mavericks 1-11-1 ATS L13 Fridays
With their ATS and SU loss to the Lakers on Friday, the Dallas Mavericks fell to an ugly 1-11-1 ATS in their L13 Friday games (9.1 percent). The slumping Mavericks, contending to finish the season with the NBA's worst record, have four more Friday games on their schedule starting this week in Chicago. Those are four solid spots where fading Dallas (16-12-1 ATS on road) is recommended.3. The Griffin Effect? Pistons Have Lost Six Straight ATS
Friday's loss to the Celtics gave the Detroit Pistons (28-30 SU, 28-27-3 ATS) six consecutive ATS setbacks. Since trading for Blake Griffin on Feb. 1, the Pistons (8-21 ATS L29 overall) have gone 5-4 SU but a fade-worthy 1-8 ATS L9, the lone ATS cover coming in a 111-91 home win over the Trail Blazers (DET -2) on Feb. 5. After beginning this week with games at Charlotte (Sunday) and Toronto (Monday), the Pistons host the Bucks on Wednesday before hitting the road again as Detroit (3-7 ATS L10 on road) plays at Orlando on Friday, and Miami on Saturday.4. Magic a Houdini-like 8-0 ATS L8 Road Games Prior to Saturday
Prior to Saturday's 11-point loss to the 76ers, the Orlando Magic had covered eight straight games ATS on the road to improve to 17-13-0 ATS this season away. Orlando, at Oklahoma City on Monday, is 279-255-12 (52.2 percent) on the road (+0.3 ppg vs. ATS) since 2005.5. Wizards 8-3 SU/ATS Since Wall's Injury
One might think the Washington Wizards (34-25- SU, 28-31-0 ATS) would be struggling without starting point guard and floor general John Wall (19.4 ppg, 9.3 apg), who is out with a knee injury. However, even after losing SU and ATS to the Hornets on Friday, the Wizards were still 8-3 SU and ATS since Wall went down, with fellow backcourt mate Bradley Beal (23.7 ppt) doing a great job of assuming the role of the leader on the court. The Wizards were especially effective on the road during this stretch, going 6-1 SU and ATS. After hosting the 76ers on Sunday night, Washington can improve upon that road success Tuesday at Milwaukee.