Did the New Orleans Pelicans make a mistake by hiring veteran head coach Stan Van Gundy to lead their team in a new direction this season? Will the Sacramento Kings ever attempt to play defense against anyone with a heartbeat? Does Stephen Silas get another shot in H-Town after getting moldy loaf of bread by the Rockets in his first season as an NBA head coach?
With the 13th week of the 2020-21 NBA regular season here, I’ve identified the worst ATS ballclubs in the association. If you want to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often this coming week, then you’re in luck. Let’s find out which teams are consistently failing to cover the NBA sportsbook betting odds spread.
5. Sacramento (16-22 ATS)
The middle school team I coached in Missouri over a decade ago played far better defense than anything I’ve seen out of Sacramento this season. The Kings are giving up a whopping 120.0 points per game to rank dead last in points allowed. Sacramento has allowed eight of its last 10 opponents to put at least 120 points on the board. The Kings gave up a mind-boggling 140 points to the offensively-challenged Knicks on Feb. 25. Yet, somehow, the Kings have managed to win three of their last six games. Sacramento had its two-game ATS winning streak snapped in Saturday’s 121-106 road loss at Atlanta to fall to 3-7 ATS over its last 10. The Kings are in 13th place out west (15-23).
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4. New Orleans (16-22 ATS)
Zion Williamson and the mostly young Pelicans blew the LA Clippers out of the water in a stunning 135-115 smackdown on Sunday night, two nights after routing Cleveland by 34. New Orleans is 5-5 SU and ATS over its last 10 games, but I maintain, the Pels look like they made a mistake by hiring Stan Van Gundy to replace Alvin Gentry. In 12th place in the Western Conference standings (16-22), the Pelicans are ranked an encouraging fifth in scoring (115.7 ppg). The bad news is that the Pelicans are allowing 115.5 points per game to rank a dismal 27th in points allowed.
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3. Indiana (15-22 ATS)
I had high hopes for the Pacers coming into the season after TJ Warren went bonkers in the bubble last season. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for Indiana this season as they sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings (17-20). The Pacers did manage to snap a two-game skid by stunning Phoenix 122-111 on Saturday, but they are just 1-7 ATS over its last eight games. Indiana is on the road at Denver on Monday night and looking to pick up the pace after going 3-7 over its last 10. There’s some good news, too. The Pacers saw small forward Caris LeVert play his first game for the franchise after successful surgery to remove a cancerous mass on his kidney.
“A month and a half ago, two months ago, I didn’t even know if I knew I was even gonna be out here, especially this soon, just with everything that happened, so it’s definitely a level of gratefulness and just happy to be on the court,” LeVert said after Indiana’s win over Phoenix.
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2. Cleveland (15-22 ATS)
The young Cavaliers have been maddening this season. Case in point – Cleveland won four straight from Feb. 23 to March 1 while beating Atlanta and Phoenix along the way. The Cavs then dropped three straight, including a 34-point road loss at New Orleans on Friday and an 18-point defeat at Atlanta on Sunday. Still, Cleveland is in 12th place in the east standings, just 3.5 games behind eighth place Atlanta. The Cavs are dead last in scoring (103.0 ppg) and 29th in three-point shooting (34.0%).
1. Houston (12-24 ATS)
As an old-school hoops fan that used to love Paul Silas, it pains me to see the raw deal his son, Stephen Silas, has gotten in his first season leading the dysfunctional Rockets. First, there was trade that sent an unhappy Russell Westbrook to Washington for a player that had missed almost two full seasons in John Wall. Then, there was the incessant James Harden drama that ruined Houston’s locker room chemistry and led to the former MVP being traded to Brooklyn.
Since then, do-it-all veteran forward PJ Tucker is out of the lineup as he awaits his long-rumored trade. Now, Eric Gordon is lost for up to six weeks. The Rockets have lost a stunning 15 straight games heading into the new week including an embarrassing 134-107 loss at home against Boston on Sunday. Believe it or not, the Rockets still have three more victories this season than the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-30).
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