With the NBA season about to start winding down, there should still be some great opportunities to make some profit off of undervalued teams ATS. Join us inside!
The Bucks have had one of the most disappointing first halves of any playoff team from the East last season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t turn things around in the second half and become a great wager in certain games. This team is talented, and barring any last minute deadline trades that could potentially weaken them down the stretch, the Bucks have already shown they are turning things around.
With Jason Kidd back on the bench, their defense should improve enough to keep them close in games against teams that are better than them offensively, and on top of that, the turnaround may have already begun for this team. They finished before the All Star Break with an above .500 ATS record of 27-26-1, and that was mainly because they covered nine of their last 15 games heading into the break.
Now in the second half, the Bucks likely won’t be able to climb enough in the standings to make the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try. The Bucks are only 5 ½ games out of the eighth seed right now, and as long as they are fighting and not tanking, they should continue to be a solid wager like they have for the last month.
The Heat are in somewhat of the same situation as the Bucks, however, they are much better to begin with, and will have no problem making the playoffs if they stay healthy. Plus, if Pat Riley pulls off a deadline deal and brings in another scorer, the Heat could be back to where most people thought they would be to start the season, contending in the East.
The loan issue with this is the injury to Chris Bosh, and whether or not his most recent bout with clots could be season, or even life threatening. If Bosh can’t make his way back soon, this all goes out the window. However, if Bosh is ok and can continue playing, the Heat have already started to turn things around against the NBA Odds.
The Heat will probably still not be a great play on the road, but heading into the All Star Break, Miami covered six of their last nine games before the break, and if that is a sign of things to come, you might want to jump on board and buy in lower with the Heat if Bosh is ok.
The Hornets have had a very up and down year, but not a lot of people realize how good this team is when fully healthy, and that can be a nice advantage in betting them ATS for our NBA picks. The Hornets are currently 26-26-1 ATS this season, but they also have recently gone on a nice run ATS to close out the first half, going 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games. Even with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist now out again for the season, the Hornets’ depth and recent trade to bring in Courtney Lee should help this club from the outside and especially on defense.
At one point this season when they were playing at full strength, the Hornets were top 10 in both Offensive and Defensive Rating, and only only a few elite teams in that category including the Warriors and Spurs joined them. If they can get back to playing defense and get healthy down the stretch, the Hornets should have no problem being a great ATS play, and an Eastern Conference playoff team.
Just looking at Charlotte’s schedule can help you agree with me. In their final 30 games, the Hornets only play 10 teams that are currently in the playoffs in both conferences, and they only have one game (Spurs) left against the West’s top five teams. Don’t be surprised to see the Hornets go on a nice run ATS to close the season.