NBA Betting: Best 'Over'/'Under' Teams in 2013-14

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:09 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 5:09 PM UTC

With the LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series, we’re seeing some of the most exciting, high scoring battles in the NBA playoffs in recent times. Let’s take a look at this past season’s 'over' and 'under' betting to see which picks proved most profitable.

Detroit Pistons-29-53 SU, 55-26-1 'Over'/'Under'
The Pistons with newly acquired Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith didn’t fare so well when it came to winning ball games, but if you’re a bettor that looks to bet 'over's,' this is the team as no other team even comes close to Detroit.

The Pistons allowed 104.7 points per ball game, and this was a definite contributing factor, no matter where the betting total was placed at by odds makers.

Milwaukee Bucks -15-67 SU, 47-34-1 
Again, here is another lousy basketball team that didn’t know how to play defense. The Bucks allowed 103.7 points per game and averaged only 95.5 points per game. The defense overrode the offense where the betting total was concerned. Larry Sanders, who excelled on the defensive end of the court, missed a boat load of ball games and this didn’t help Milwaukee’s cause.

Portland Trail Blazers – 54-28 SU, 46-35-1 
If you watch Damian Lillard enough, you’ll know why the Blazers games were 'over' the total often, and that’s because the man can’t play defense. Although Portland plays a fast-paced game with guys like Batum and Aldridge, they also are lacking on the defensive end, and that’s why we saw a lot of 'over' the totals.

Let’s skip through a few teams to find some teams who basically played a “Swiss Cheese-like defense” with a lot of holes for the opponents to run through.

Los Angeles Lakers -27-55 SU, 44-37-1 
This team never had a set lineup and their defense was simply disgusting to watch. When Mike D’antoni is the head coach, defense isn’t stressed anyway and it resulted in more 'over' than 'under's.'

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Golden State Warriors – 51-31 SU, 33-48-1 'Over'/'Under'
The Warriors played to the 'under' the most in the league, and this was due to the odds makers placing very high totals with sharp shooters like Stephen Curry in the game.

Although the Warriors were spectacular on the offensive end of the court, the totals for these games were simply listed too high and the bettors that favored the 'under', made out like bandits with their NBA picks.

Chicago Bulls- 48-34 SU, 34-48 
The Bulls are a different story because although Derrick Rose was injured, Joakim Noah made it his goal to be a force on the defensive end, and it showed in the final scores of most of the Bulls games, which were mostly low scoring. Odds makers placed the totals on the low side, but evidently not low enough.

Indiana Pacers – 56-26 SU, 35-45-2 
The Pacers are one of the best examples for taking the 'under' because no matter how low the betting totals were placed, this team had a top-flight defense, and you weren’t going to see a lot of teams “go off” on Indiana; not even teams with great offenses such as Miami. Defense almost always prevailed in Pacers games and the 'under' was the way to go.

This has been a fantastic look at some of the most prosperous ways to bet where the total is concerned. Enjoy the playoffs, everyone and keep these trends in mind for next season!

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