The Must Bet NBA Teams For 2014Noah Williams
What an exciting NBA betting season we are in store for. LeBron is back to where it all began. Kobe is in game shape, Nash & Durant aren’t.
Can the San Antonio Spurs defend their title? How will the shift in power in the Eastern Conference fallout? Will former MVP’s bounce back from injuries? Will highly touted rookies make an impact?
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The Must Bet NBA Teams For 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers – The Cavs went 39-41-2 against the spread last season. This season, they could easily go 50 and 32 ATS because of the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Dallas Mavericks – The Mavs were good against the spread last season with a 48 and 34 record. They shouldn’t be any worse than that with Parson Chandler in the mix.
New York Knicks – They might lose Andrea Bargnani for a bit since he just went in for an MRI but that kid, Tim Hardaway Jr., is turning into a player and the 46-34-2 record from last season bodes well for this season. Also, with the triangle in place, ‘Melo should be awesome in the 2014-2015 NBA Season.
Denver Nuggets – Denver should score at will, which is the way that teams cover spreads in the NBA, with Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Javale McGee. NBA handicappers shouldn’t sleep on the Nuggets’ 49-32-1 ATS record from last season.
Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizz are a defensive team first, but they still managed a 46-34-2 ATS record. It could be that in the games where they are favored they don’t face large point spreads.
L.A. Clippers – The Clippers went 45-37 ATS last season. That’s not bad and it could be much better if Chris Paul and Blake Griffin stay healthy this season.
Golden State Warriors – It looks like second-year player Draymond Green has taken a huge step forward in his development. That should aid the Warriors to another plus .500 record against the spread this season. The Warriors went 42-39-1 ATS in 2013-2014.
Washington Wizards – A repeat of the 45-35-2 ATS record from last season should be within reach for the Wizards. They added Paul Pierce to go along with the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Utah Jazz – The Jazz’s ATS record from the 2013-2014 NBA Season of 42-39-1 is more of a testament of Vegas odds makers not believing in the team. The Jazz were favorites in only 14 of 82 games last season. History could repeat itself in Utah.
Miami Heat – Yes, the 46 and 36 ATS record from last season was due in large part to LeBron’s play, but what will happen now, with LeBron back in Cleveland, is that the Heat are likely to be the dog in more games. That could lead to a very similar against the spread record this season.
Houston Rockets – The Rockets barely made a profit for bettors with a 41-40-1 ATS record in 2013-2014. If Vegas doesn’t put too much faith in Dwight Howard and James Harden, Houston could improve against the spread this season due to weaker betting lines.
Indiana Pacers – Without Paul George, Indiana is going to find it tough to repeat their 42 and 39 ATS record of a year ago. Then again, they’ll still have a lock down defense and they could be getting points in a lot of games.
Toronto Raptors – Like Houston, Toronto barely got above .500 against the spread last season with a 41-40-1 ATS record. There isn’t much to say about Toronto. Vegas sure looked like they had the Raptors figured out last season and they’ll probably have them figured out this season.
Detroit Pistons – With new Coach Stan Van Gundy calling the shots, there is the likelihood that Detroit will be much better than 40-41-1 like they were in the 2013-2014 NBA Season. But it’s probably too early to put them higher in the betting rankings.
Brooklyn Nets – Without Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, most of the Nets’ points will come from Joe Johnson. Is Johnson good enough to at least help the Nets get to a 39-40-3 ATS record like what they had last season? Yes, because Brooklyn will be a dog in a lot of their games and Johnson will be money at the end of those games.
San Antonio Spurs – How does a team that finishes 58 and 24 straight up and wins the NBA Championship not get a higher spot in the betting rankings? The Spurs went 39-42-1 ATS last season. They could be worse than that this season because it’s doubtful that San Antonio will be the dog in many of their games. Plus, since they’re the defending champs, basketball bettors have to figure that the Spurs are going to have to cover against huge betting lines.