The Nets and 76ers have been the best teams to bet on in the NBA the past two years, and the Bulls have been profitable despite starting this season 3-20 SU. What? Yep, it makes perfect sense in the nonsensical NBA, right? Let’s see who’s streaking and who’s not this week.
The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers -- teams that have experienced some sad times over the last 10 years -- have been the best money-makers in the NBA this season. The Nets were an NBA-best 31-17-1 ATS (64.6 percent) against the betting number entering Saturday night's road game against the Timberwolves. The surging Sixers were 27-17-1 ATS (61.4 percent) after upsetting the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday night, winning outright as high as +155 moneyline road underdogs. The 76ers and Nets rank 1-2 ATS since 2016, with Philadelphia 76-50-1 ATS (60.3 percent) and Brooklyn (72-55-4, 56.7 percent). These are now Betworthy statistics worth remembering, with few perceiving these two former dregs as teams you would want to back at the betting window.2. Disappearing Act: Wizards a Woeful 1-9 ATS L10
After going a profitable 10-5 ATS from Nov. 9 through Dec. 7, John Wall and the Washington Wizards have hit the hardwood skids, going 6-17 ATS their L23 and 1-9 ATS their L10 games entering the weekend. The Wizards were 3-6 SU their L9 to fall to 26-22 and into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.3. Cold as Ice: Heat a Fade-Worthy 6-19-2 ATS L27 Home Games
The friendly confines of American Airlines Arena in Miami haven’t been so kind to the Heat (27-21 SU, 22-24-2 ATS) these past two seasons. The Southeast Division leaders were just 9-12-1 ATS at home this season and a chilly 6-19-2 ATS their L27 games in South Florida (24 percent) heading into the weekend. The Heat, set to embark on a four-game road trip, play their next home game Feb. 5 against the Magic. Since 2012, Miami is a dead-even, juice-paying 125-125-7 ATS at home (-0.2 ppg vs. ATS).4. Bulls a Profitable 23-7 ATS L30 vs. East, 14-4 ATS L18 Games After a SU Win
The rebuilding Chicago Bulls (18-31 SU, 29-18-2 ATS) have surprisingly been a very profitable team this season despite the horrific SU start (3-20) and the fact so many key players have left in the past year. The Bulls' sweet 23-7 ATS record against the Eastern Conference (76.7 percent) is definitely a Betworthy trend to be aware of this winter. And heading into Sunday's home game against East foe Milwaukee, the Bulls were tied with the Nets with a 10-4 ATS mark after a SU win, although Chicago had lost three straight and Milwaukee had won its past two. A deeper handicapping dive reveals that Chicago was 7-3 ATS the L10 meetings at home, and 15-7 ATS the L22 vs. the Bucks.5. Weekend Woes: Magic 7-19-1 ATS L27 Saturdays
The Orlando Magic (14-33 SU, 20-27-0 ATS) have been pretty bad on Saturdays, going a dismal 7-19-1 ATS their L27 Saturday games (26.9 percent) heading into their game Saturday at Indiana. Orlando did cover its previous Saturday game, Jan. 6 against Cleveland, losing 131-127 but getting the butter as stout 9-point home underdogs. In their three December games played on Saturday, the Magic went 0-3 SU/ATS, losing Dec. 30 to Miami (117-111 as 1½-point home underdogs), Dec. 23 to Washington (130-103 as 10-point road underdogs), and Dec. 9 at Atlanta (117-110 as 5-point road underdogs). Orlando also went 0-3 SU/ATS on Saturdays in November, getting blown out and allowing at least 125 points in all of those games, against Philadelphia, Utah and Denver.