Some NBA teams put points on the scoreboard like an old-school pinball machine. Others give up baskets like they’re bull-taunting matadors. Then, there’s the handful of teams that use a combination of the two to consistently top their Over/Under NBA betting odds totals. Here are the top five under-teams in the league. With a full slate of Tuesday night sportsbook betting action on tap, let’s get down to business.
5. Denver (24-15 O/U)
Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets (23-16) are sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference and second to Utah in the Northwest Division. Denver has been solid defensively in limiting their opponents to 110. 4 points per contest (7th) and have an offense that ranks sixth in scoring (115.3 ppg). The Nuggets are fifth in Over outcomes this season, but be careful if you’re making a total wager on last season’s Western Conference finalists. Denver had finished under the total in four consecutive games before topping a 222.5-point figure in Monday’s 121-106 home win over Indiana. The Over is 4-6 over the Nuggets’ last 10 games.
4. LA Clippers (24-16-1 O/U)
Kawhi Leonard, PG 13, and the rest of the Clippers (26-15) are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and third in the Pacific Division. LA ranks sixth in points allowed (109.7 ppg) and seventh in scoring (115.1 ppg), but has been one of the most perplexing teams. Case in point: over their last 10 games, the Clippers have beaten Golden State by 26, Memphis by 20, Washington by 19, and Dallas by 10 on Monday night. Unfortunately, this team has also suffered a 28-point loss against Memphis, a 2-point loss to the lowly Wizards, and a 20-point loss against New Orleans. The Over is 4-1 in LA’s last five.
3. Sacramento (25-14 O/U)
The Kings (15-24) are in 13th place in the Western Conference and last in the loaded Pacific Division. While Sacramento ranks third in Overs heading into Tuesday night, the Kings have played under the total in three straight. Sacramento was robbed in Monday night’s 122-116 road loss at Charlotte with the Hornets not getting called for a clear-cut backcourt violation with the game on the line. The Over is 6-4 over the Kings’ last 10 games. Sacramento ranks an impressive ninth in scoring (114.8 ppg) but a dismal 20th in points allowed (120.0 ppg). The combination of the two should help the Kings remain a consistent Over team for the remainder of the season.
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2. Brooklyn (26-14 O/U)
Kyrie Irving and the Nets (27-13) are second in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division to Philadelphia (27-12). Brooklyn uses a combination of high-scoring offense and non-existent defense to top the O/U total far more often than not. The Nets lead the NBA in scoring by putting up 120.5 points per game. Defensively, Brooklyn ranks 25th in points allowed (115.3 ppg). Be careful as oddsmakers adjust their total odds on the Nets moving forward. Case in point, Brooklyn is 3-4 O/U over its last seven games despite topping the total in Monday night’s 117-112 win over the Knicks.
1. New Orleans (28-11 O/U)
The Pelicans (17-22) are in 11th place in the Western Conference and fourth place in the Southwest Division. Like the aforementioned Nets, New Orleans uses a combination of high-scoring offense and lackluster defense to consistently top the O/U total. Zion Williamson & Co. are fifth in scoring (115.7 ppg) and 27th in points allowed (115.5 ppg). The Over is 7-3 in the Pelicans’ last 10 games. New Orleans has been a real head-scratching team this season. For instance, the Pels beat league-leading Utah on March 1 but lost by 30 to lowly Minnesota on March 11 – before routing the Clippers 135-115 on Sunday. Wait…what?