When it comes to the handful of teams that are consistently playing Under the NBA betting odds total, there are a handful of traits you need to be on the lookout for. Some ballclubs use stellar defense to play Under the total more often than not. For others, it’s a stingy defense that produces a majority of Under outcomes. Then, there’s the handful of teams that use a combination of the two.
No matter the case, you need to know which NBA teams are consistently playing Under the NBA sportsbook betting odds total. To that end, I’ve identified the top five Under teams in the league heading into tonight’s slate of NBA Odds!
5. New York (17-23 O/U)
New York (20-20) is sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Knicks are in the top five Under teams in the league. But be careful, things look like they’re changing. New York has topped the O/U total in five straight games heading into Tuesday night including their 117-112 road loss against Brooklyn on Monday. Still, the Knicks rank a stellar first in points allowed (105.3 PPG), second in field goal percentage defense (44.3%) and first in three-point defense (33.4%). Again, be forewarned, the Over is 7-1 in New York’s last eight games.
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4. Cleveland (15-22-1 O/U)
The Cavs (14-24) are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland is 4-6 over its last 10 games and heads into Tuesday night riding a three-game losing streak that includes a 100-82 road loss at Atlanta on Sunday. I like the backcourt combination of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland and I love big man Jarrett Allen. However, the rebuilding Cavs are ranked dead last in scoring (103.4 ppg) and 29th in three-point shooting percentage (34.0%). The Under is 3-1 in Cleveland’s last four and 8-2 over their last 10 games. The Under looks like a cash cow for the Cavs with only one 20-point scorer (Sexton) and no one else averaging more than 15.9 points per game.
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3. San Antonio (15-21 O/U)
The Spurs (20-16) are sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, but first in the Southwest Division. Still, San Antonio has been perplexing at best. The Spurs have alternated wins and losses over their last four games after getting past Detroit 109-99 on Monday night. San Antonio also alternated wins and losses over a five-game stretch before suffering consecutive losses against the Thunder and Mavs on March 4 and 10. The Spurs rank eighth in points allowed (110.4 PPG), but just 22nd in scoring (110.2 PPG). The combination of mediocre offense and lock-down defense has the Spurs in third place in Under outcomes heading into Tuesday night. The Under is 4-1 in San Antonio’s last five games.
2. Houston (14-22-1 O/U)
Let me start by saying, the Rockets (11-26) are a complete and utter mess. Houston has lost 16 consecutive games heading into Tuesday night’s action after getting blown out of the water by Boston 134-107 on Sunday. The Rockets are ranked 25th in scoring (107.2 PPG) and 22nd in points allowed (113.8 PPG). The Under is 4-2 in Houston’s last six games and 6-3 over the last nine games overall. The Rockets have lost nine straight by double figures, including a jaw-dropping 49-point home loss against Memphis on Feb. 28.
1. LA Lakers (14-25 O/U)
The Lakers (26-13) are now in third place in the Western Conference standings, not that it will matter much come playoff time (I think). LeBron and company are ranked a modest 20th in scoring (111.6 PPG), but rank second to New York in points allowed (105.9 PPG). LA also ranks sixth in field goal defense (45.2%) and seventh in three-point defense (35.4%). The Under is 5-2 in the Lakers’ last seven games and 7-3 over their last 10. LA’s combination of so-so scoring and lockdown defense makes the Lakers the top Under producers in the league.