This Week’s Betting Edge: NBA Teams to Fade

David Schwab

Monday, February 26, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

Riding a hot team both straight-up and against the spread is one of the most basic betting strategies to successfully wager on sports. Eventually that hot streak will come to an end, but you can make quite a bit of money along the way if you get on the ride early and take it to the end.

Another viable betting strategy is to go against or "fade" teams that are losing recent games both SU and ATS. Once any streak reaches three games ATS win or lose, it is time to start zeroing on that particular team with an appropriate bet either way. If its wins (or loses) that next game, then keep riding the trend until in ends.

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NBA Teams to Fade for Week of Feb. 27

The final round of NBA games in the month of February offer a few good opportunities to fade a team that is really struggling right now. Some of the current losing trends are extended, so there may only be one or two more plays in the run. However, it is not too late to get on board in hopes of cashing a few winning bets at as one of the top online sportsbooks for betting on the NBA.

The team at the top of the list this week would be the Detroit Pistons. Going back to mid-January when they were mired in an eight-game SU losing streak with a 1-7 record ATS, the Pistons decided to pull the trigger on a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that added All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the starting lineup. The new broom swept clean with a SU five-game winning streak, but Detroit only managed to cover in two of those five games.

Going back to a 108-95 loss to Griffin’s old team on Feb. 9 as 3.5-point home favorites, the Pistons have proceeded to lose five of their last six games with a dismal 0-6 run ATS. Heading into Monday night’s road game against Toronto as a 10.5-point road underdog, Detroit has now failed to cover in 14 of its last 16 games. On Wednesday night, it will play host to Central Division rival Milwaukee.

The next team on this week’s NBA fade list should be the once-hot Utah Jazz. They worked their way back into playoff contention in the Western Conference with a recent 11-game SU winning streak heading into the All-Star break. After covering ATS in eight of the first nine games in this impressive run, the Jazz failed to cover in their last two victories against San Antonio and Phoenix at home.

Coming off the break, their SU winning streak finally came to an end with a 100-81 loss to Portland as 4.5-point favorites at home. Utah went on to beat Dallas 97-90 on Saturday, but it could not cover the 10.5-point spread as a home favorite to fall to 0-4 ATS in its last four outings. This Monday, the Jazz will have to face the hottest team in the NBA, the Houston Rockets, as 2.5-point home underdogs. The Rockets have won their last 12 games SU while posting a 7-3 record ATS over their last 10.

The final NBA team to fade this week would be the Memphis Grizzlies. At 18-40 SU with a 25-32-1 record ATS, this has been a good team to fade all season. Their current SU losing streak stands at nine games heading into Monday night’s road game against Boston as 11.5-point underdogs.

The Grizzlies have failed to cover in their last four games coming off Saturday’s 115-89 loss to Miami on the road as 9.5-point underdogs. Memphis is also 0-4 ATS in its last four road games.

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