NBA Eastern Conference Power rankings update
We have reached the All Star Break, and while most players are looking forward to the 5 days off in between games, some of the league’s elite are set for a weekend of festivities in Houston. Not a whole lot has changed in the East as it sits right now, but there are some things that need noting heading into the second half of the seasons for your NBA Picks.
- Miami Heat (35-14 SU, 25-24 ATS, 1st in East standings)
The Heat are on a nice six game winning streak SU, and since our last conference betting update on the Eastern Conference, the Heat have gone 3-0 ATS in this last week. However their six game winning streak, which culminates with their 5 game home stand they just finished up with will come to the test tonight on the road against the Thunder. Miami is still not rebounding the ball well, which could ultimately be their downfall this season against bigger teams. It will be interesting how they hold up for the rest of the season, but a fade streak might be in order after the break.
- New York Knicks (32-18 SU, 26-24 ATS, 2nd in East standings)
New York hasn’t exactly been the cashing king they were to start the season, and like most other hot teams ATS, their record is slowly coming back down to earth. The Knicks however have been staggering, and I was hesitant to put them in the 2nd seed again this week. They have lost two in a row and three of their last four SU, and one of those losses was to the Wizards. Now that the break is here, hopefully New York can get things together and start cashing ATS again. New York is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games.
- Indiana Pacers (32-21 SU, 29-24 ATS, 3rd in East standings)
Indiana was playing like a team that looked good enough to challenge the Heat this season, but a couple of recent losses to Toronto and Brooklyn has changed that, as they are back into the 3rd seed both in my power rankings, and in the East standings. Indiana’s problem is simply consistency. The Pacers play great at home ATS, but on the road they either forget their offense or defense. Some improvement is needed in the second half for me to give them a shot.
- Chicago Bulls (30-22 SU, 22-30 ATS, 4th in East standings)
The Bulls are just getting back from the injury big, but it didn’t help as they have stumbled big time into the break. The Bulls have lost four of their last five games SU, and they also have lost five of their last seven games SU, Now the return of Derrick Rose is in doubt some, and people are starting to wonder if this short fade session of the Bulls will continue well past the All Star break. Hopefully for the Bulls, they can get back Kirk Hinrich after the break, as well as sometime get Rose back. If not, this team might just fade out of contention in the East.
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