The Hawks don’t like that “TGIF” thing, having lost eight of their past nine games ATS on Fridays. The Clippers, on the other hand, dig that day of the week. Let’s look at those trends and others.
1. Hawks 1-8 ATS L9 Friday Games After Latest Pounding
Atlanta (20-46 SU, 33-31-2 ATS) has been a really good team to fade on Fridays. The Hawks are 1-8 ATS the L9 Fridays after losing at Indiana 112-87 as 9-point road underdogs in a game the visitors were never really in, trailing by 19 at the end of the first quarter. Also betworthy when these Eastern Conference teams meet again: The "under" is 9-0 the L9 meetings after Friday’s game went "under" (211, Bookmaker) by 12 points. The Hawks (102.2 PF-108.8 PA) have three Friday games left this season: March 23 at defending NBA champion Golden State; March 30 at home against Philadelphia; and April 6 at Washington. With those three opponents jockeying for playoff positioning, fading the Hawks in all three seems wise with your NBA picks.
2. Clippers 11-1 ATS L12 Fridays After Bouncing Cavaliers
Los Angeles (34-29 SU, 35-28-ATS) is a profitable 11-1 ATS its L12 Friday games, the latest being a 116-102 win over Cleveland to cover ATS as 1-point home underdogs. The Clippers raced to a 35-17 lead after the first quarter. Cleveland outscored Los Angeles in the second (30-26) and third (30-24) quarters, but the hosts finished with 31 in the final frame to win by 12 and stay in the postseason race in the competitive Western Conference.
The remaining Friday games for the Clippers are in the next three weeks: this week at Oklahoma City; March 23 at Indianapolis; and March 30 at Portland
3. Bulls Really Scuffling With 4-14 ATS Mark L18
Chicago (22-43 SU, 34-31-0 ATS) continues to slump, losing at Detroit 99-83 on Friday as 7½- to 8-point road underdogs. Chicago led 26-21 at the end of the first quarter but then was outscored 78-57 the next three quarters to suffer its 43rd loss of its miserable season, falling to a (not) Betworthy 4-14 ATS its L18 ATS (22.2 percent). The Bulls (103.4 PF-109.4 PA) are suddenly atrocious on D and, after seeing so many big names leave the Windy City, they'll need to wait and reload and hope for a better future. The Bulls' schedule this week, following Sunday's date in Atlanta, is Tuesday at home against the Clippers; Thursday at free-falling Memphis (L16 SU); and Saturday at home against Cleveland in what might be a good spot to back the defending East champion Cavaliers, depending on the point spread on the NBA odds board.
4. Blazers Win 6th Straight ATS as Warriors Lose 5th Straight Against Spread
Damian Lillard (26.8 ppg, 6.4 apg) and Portland (40-26 SU, 35-26-5 ATS) continued their hot play, both SU and ATS, upsetting Golden State 125-108 on Friday night. Golden State went from 6-point opening favorites to as high as 2-point road underdogs on heavy Blazers money in an 8-point swing on news that All-Star guard Steph Curry (ankle) would miss the game for the Warriors (5-1 SU L6, 1-5 ATS L6) -- movement that didn’t matter in the end with the hosts winning by 17. Portland has W9 consecutive SU, W6 in a row ATS and played five straight "unders." Next up for the red-hot Trail Blazers are three consecutive home games: Monday against Miami in a nationally televised affair (10:30 pm ET, ESPN); Thursday against LeBron James and Cleveland; and Saturday versus Blake Griffin and Detroit, completing the wave of Eastern Conference opponents in Oregon.
5. Rockets Rolling, But a Very Humbling 3-15 ATS L18 vs. Atlantic
Houston (51-14 SU, 34-30-1 ATS) saw its 17-game SU winning streak snapped on Friday night, losing 108-105 at Toronto. The Rockets lost their 15th game in the L18 ATS to Atlantic Division opponents, falling behind 32-16 at the end of the first quarter. Houston outscored Toronto 62-50 in the second half, but with the NBA's best home record (27-5 SU) the Raptors held off the visitors. The good news for the high-scoring (113.9 ppg) Rockets? No more games against Atlantic Division teams this season -- barring such a matchup in the NBA Finals.
Free NBA Betworthy Trend Friday Pick: Los Angeles Clippers over Oklahoma City Thunder