NBA Eastern Conference power rankings update
Let’s take a look at the updated power rankings and East standings, and see which teams are going to either start or cease to be a tail or fade into the final quarter of the season for our NBA betting.
- Miami Heat (45-14 SU, 31-28 ATS, 1st in East standings)
Although we’ve pretty much determined it was a forgone conclusion, the Heat are 7 ½ games up in the standings with a little more than 20 games to go. It’s been safe to say their the #1 seed since Derrick Rose tore his ACL last April. The Heat’s winning streak was barely stretched to 16 games after a last second layup by Lebron James against the Magic on Wednesday night. Their covering has been an issue lately too, as the books have finally caught up to them. The Heat have lost four of their last six games ATS, and I think they will start coming back down to earth if they haven’t already. Look for them to be a coin flip the rest of the season ATS.
- Indiana Pacers (38-23 SU, 34-27 ATS, 3rd in East standings)
Even though they lost a close game at home to the Celtics this past Wednesday, I’m still considering the Pacers just a little bit better than the Knicks at this point. Between Carmelo Anthony’s injury and the Knicks’ defensive uncertainty, the Pacers hold onto the 2nd spot this week, despite being currently 3rd in the East standings. The Pacers have cooled significantly since their great run ATS over the last two or three weeks, but they are still making money on the season. While I don’t think they can beat Miami in a playoff series, they get a chance to play one another the 10th of this month.
- New York Knicks (37-21 SU, 29-29 ATS, 2nd in East standings)
I know this will sound strange, but I do think the Knicks could possibly beat the Heat in the playoffs. I’m just not sure they are going to get the chance to. The Knicks have been up and down recently, as they are 5-5 SU in their last ten games. Hopefully Anthony’s knee is ok, but as we have talked about all season, this team is only one or two injuries away from going from above to below average. I wouldn’t trust them ATS down the stretch as far as I can throw them. However, if they can stay healthy and get back to playing that defense that shows its’ head every blue moon consistently, this team is very dangerous and could be a good bet as well in the playoffs.
- Brooklyn Nets (35-26 SU, 27-32-2 ATS, 4th in East standings)
As soon as we started to count them out, the Nets have started to come back and play like they were at the beginning of the season. They still aren’t covering to save their lives, but they are playing at bit better SU, going 6-4 in their last ten games. Their problem is they got beat up by the Western Conference making a visit into Brooklyn, as they have lost their last three home games in a row to the Mavs, Grizzlies and Rockets. Brooklyn could have some value late if they can turn it up one more notch on offense, so be on the look out for some trends to emerge. However, Brooklyn is only 2-4 ATS in their last six games, so take that statement with a grain of salt.
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- Atlanta Hawks
- Chicago Bulls
- Boston Celtics
- Milwaukee Bucks