NBA Picks Worst Three ATS Records At All-Star Break

Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:10 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 3:10 PM UTC

Now that the league has reached the All-Star break, let’s check out the three teams with the worst ATS records near the quarter-pole of the season and find out why.

Which Teams Are Breaking Your Bank?

1. Phoenix Suns (42.4%) – The Suns are once again mired in the muck of the NBA basement with a miserable 11-48 (.186) straight up record at the break. But one would think that the NBA odds makers would be hip to the fact that Phoenix has become almost an auto-fade for many handicappers at this point, and inflate the lines on the Suns to the point where they become big underdogs worthy of consideration in their customer’s NBA picks.

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— ina Smith 68 (@Leftleg68) February 11, 2019
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Despite having had the first overall pick in the draft, which bore Deandre Ayton, the Suns are faring even worse than last season when they ended the year with a low-water mark of 21-61 (.256) and held a 37-43-2 (.462) ATS record. Things have only gotten worse as the 2018-2019 season has progressed, with the Suns dropping their last 15 games and covering the number in just five of those contests. One would tend to believe a progression to the mean would be in the offing with the lines becoming increasingly favorable for Phoenix backers. After all, the oddsmakers had posted a total of 29 wins on the Suns before the season began, and those who believed the team from the desert would go over that number are already ripping up their tickets. Can they continue to be this bad in the standings and at the betting windows?

2. Golden State Warriors (42.9%) – Well, well – lookie here! It’s the team with one of the best records in the league but one of the worst ATS marks. This is the quintessential problem with betting a team that has become synonymous with winning. The public loves laying the lumber and the oddsmakers are all too willing to allow them to do so with double-digit favorites that look invincible in the standings but cannot overcome the herculean spreads that are tagged on them game after game. The masses don’t care, they keep sending it in and the bookies are more than happy to take their money. As of the break, the Warriors are 41-16 (.719) straight up but a woeful 24-32-1 (.429) against the spread. Don’t expect too much to change going forward because the public will continue to bet them regardless of the number, which opens up opportunities for the sharps to fade them.

3. Atlanta Hawks (43.1%) – Like the Suns, the Hawks are another team rebounding off a miserable season but are having the same difficulties as last year. Although not quite as pathetic as Phoenix, Atlanta is pretty much matching their anemic production from last season with a 19-39 (.328) straight up record and covering the number about 43 percent of the time. If you were looking for a silver lining then I’m afraid all you’ll find is frayed threads as the Hawks lost to a team so bad that the public was actually betting Atlanta as 7 ½ point home favorites! How do you lay that many points on a team as woeful as the Hawks? I don’t care if they’re at home, away, or on Jupiter. And the chalk-eating public got exactly what they deserved when the 11-47 New York Knicks trounced Atlanta 106-91! You can’t make this up and the bookies must be chuckling at the lemmings who continue to bet favorites regardless of how bad they truly are.

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— Randy V. Jean (@JeaniusTV) January 20, 2019
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