Several NBA teams have been reeling off lengthy winning and losing streaks straight up, but are these teams seeing similar results against the point spread? The answer is a resounding “yes."
1. Raptors, Jazz Just Keep Winning ATS And SU
The Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference and the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference keep on rolling, with Toronto riding an 11-game winning streak SU prior to Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City, and Utah winning nine straight SU capped by Saturday night's win over Sacramento. But how have these two teams been doing ATS over that span? Very well, thank you. The Raptors were a profitable 8-2 ATS during the final 10 games of their streak, while the Jazz were 7-2 ATS, making these two bad boys a combined 15-4 ATS their L19 games (78.9 percent).
The Raptors are now going to Orlando on Tuesday, then to Cleveland on Wednesday. Utah (6-1 ATS L7) hosts Atlanta on Tuesday before embarking on a tough three-game road trip at Dallas on Thursday, San Antonio on Friday and Golden State next Sunday.
2. Grizzlies, Suns Streaking Wrong Way
The Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 19-game SU losing streak with a 101-94 win Saturday night against Denver, while the Phoenix Suns (19-51 SU, 31-37-2 ATS) have lost eight in a row SU, including Saturday's setback to Golden State. The Grizzlies and Suns were a combined 8-18 ATS (30.8 percent) entering the weekend.
The Grizzlies (19-50 SU, 29-38-2 ATS) have a three-game road trip this week: at Brooklyn on Monday, at Philadelphia on Wednesday, and at Charlotte on Thursday. The Suns host Detroit on Tuesday, play at Cleveland on Thursday, and are at Orlando on Friday in three games the Suns lost ATS in the previous meetings -- by 24 (Pistons), 22 (Cavaliers) and 16 (Magic) points.
3. Lakers Streak Of Scoring 100+ Points Ends At 23
The new-look Los Angeles Lakers (31-37 SU, 37-31-0 ATS) had scored more than 100 points in a mind-boggling 23 straight games before losing to Miami 92-91 on Friday at home. Neither Los Angeles (31-38 SU, 38-32-0 ATS) nor Miami scored more than 26 points in a single quarter. So with all of this scoring by the Lakers, have the totals in their games been going "over" the number? A little bit, with the "over" 13-10-1 (56.5 percent) after Friday’s easy "under" (219), so probably best deemed noteworthy but not betworthy with sportsbooks adjusting their totals with past results fed into their computers.
The Lakers (108.5 ppg, No. 9 NBA) return to action Monday at Indiana, followed by two more road games -- at New Orleans on Thursday, and at Detroit on Saturday. Those could be two high-scoring affairs, as two of the past three matchups went "over" the closing total.
4. Trail Blazers A Profitable 19-5-1 ATS in Past 25 Games
Damian Lillard (26.8 ppg, 6.6 apg) and the Portland Trail Blazers (42-26 SU, 37-26-5 ATS) have been on a roll, beating Detroit on Saturday for their 12 straight victory SU. Portland is a profitable 19-5-1 ATS its L25 and 17-5-1 ATS the L23 at home. After visiting the Clippers on Sunday, Portland welcomes Houston on Tuesday, and Boston on Friday.
5. Underdog Improves to 21-6 ATS L27 in Bulls-Cavaliers Series
The underdog in the Central Division series between the Chicago Bulls (24-45 SU) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (40-29 SU) is now a dominating 21-6 ATS the L27 meetings (77.8 percent) after Chicago rallied and covered ATS as 7½-point home underdogs against Cleveland on Saturday night, losing 113-109. The Bulls (36-30-2 ATS), who have alternated SU wins and losses in their L9 games, are now 28-20 ATS the L48 meetings against hobbled Cleveland, which suited up just nine players Saturday.
The next time to try to exploit this trend with your NBA picks will have to wait until next season, as Saturday’s matchup was the last between them for 2017-18.