NBA Picks: Eastern Conference Betting Updates

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, March 28, 2013 3:59 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 3:59 PM UTC

With about a dozen games to go in the season, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is set, but who will play who is another story. Let’s take an updated look on my power rankings in the Eastern Conference and in light of recent events, let’s see if anything has changed over the last week.

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  1. Miami Heat (56-15 SU, 37-34 ATS, 1st in East standings) 

With a couple more wins (or some losses from others) the Heat will clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference, as they lead the next closest team by 11 ½ games. Even though they lost to the Bulls last night ending the streak, I don’t even think losing out for the rest of the regular season could volt them out of the top spot in my East power rankings. 

Miami has been hovering around .500 ATS over their winning streak, but fading them as large favorites seemed to be the best money making play during their now finished winning streak. I still expect Miami to win the East, but I don’t expect anyone to be able to make much money adding them to their NBA picks in their final 11 games. 

  1. Indiana Pacers (45-27 SU, 40-32 ATS, 3rd in East standings)

The Pacers have been on a steady climb in the ATS standings, as Indiana is on a nice streak at cashing. With the exception of Washington, they have the best ATS record in the East right now. The question of whether they can beat the Heat is another story, but this team has ben undervalued for chunks of this season, and I don’t see it changing.

Their schedule for the rest of the regular season has six of the last ten on the road, but besides their current road trip where they end against the Clippers in LA, the month of April should continue to be profitable betting on the Pacers.

  1. New York Knicks (45-26 SU, 37-32-1 ATS, 2nd in East standings)

The Knicks have actually been making people money again, and it happened after all of these injuries. Apparently without the three biggest names on that team for a small stretch, the sportsbooks vastly undervalued the Knicks. Now that Carmelo is back and Tyson Chandler is close to returning, the Knicks might go back to fade territory.

However, I do think the Knicks can continue this run of profitability into the end of the season, they just have to play defense. We all know they can score, but if they can tighten up their defense and get healthy going into the playoffs, this team could very well beat Miami.

  1. Brooklyn Nets (42-29 SU, 34-35-2 ATS, 4th in East standings)

Not even the Bulls beating Miami could unseat the Nets from my 4th spot in the PR. Chicago still has a lot of questions regarding health, and the Nets have been playing great basketball in the recent weeks. Brooklyn is currently on their rodeo road trip right now, something that should be kicking their ass at this point in the season. However, Brooklyn is 4-1 SU and ATS so far, and they still have three more games on this eight-game and 17 day trip.

Brooklyn will be able to hang with whomever they play with their defense, but up until VERY recently, their road play was suspect. However, ride the train while it’s hot!

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Atlanta Hawks
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Boston Celtics

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