Stop the presses.
The Houston Rockets won a game. Yes, you read that right. The lowly Rockets picked up their first victory since Abe Lincoln was in office on Monday.
Okay, so I’m exaggerating. The fact remains, that the Rockets snapped an ugly losing streak that had everyone in the basketball community reaching out to head coach Stephen Silas just 48 hours earlier.
Houston remains at the bottom of the league’s ATS standings moving into Tuesday night, but they’re not alone. Two new teams are in the bottom five while No. 2 and No. 3 remain unchanged from a week ago.
Let’s find out which teams are failing to cover the NBA sportsbook betting odds consistently as we get set for Tuesday night.
5. Miami (18-24-1 ATS)
New Orleans is out of the bottom five after going 3-1 ATS last week. The Heat (22-21) are now among the league’s worst ATS teams after going 0-3 SU and ATS over the last seven days. Miami, hits the new week, fresh off of consecutive losses to Indiana, including a 109-106 overtime loss on Sunday, I predicted. Miami is 3-6 ATS over its last nine games with ATS-leading Phoenix visiting on Tuesday night. Keep in mind, Miami is allowing more points per game (107.6 ppg) than they average (106.3 ppg). The Heat are 8-13-1 ATS at home this season.
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4. Minnesota (18-2-1 ATS)
Minnesota jumps into the bottom five after Monday night’s action while Sacramento is suddenly out of the group. After going an encouraging 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS over its previous five games, the Timberwolves have dropped two straight heading into Tuesday night.
Minnesota lost at Phoenix 113-101 on Friday and narrowly missed covering the spread as an 11-point underdog. On Monday night, the T-Wolves lost at home 112-103 against Oklahoma City as a 5-point dog. Now, 1-3 ATS over its last four, I just don’t have any hopes Minnesota can get its act together before the end of the season. Karl Anthony Towns has missed 20 games and veteran point guard D’Angelo Russell has missed 23 games. The good news is that Minnesota clearly hit a home run with No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Edwards (16.7 ppg). Still, I’m thinking the Timberwolves aren’t going to cover the spread very often for the remainder of the season.
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3. Indiana (17-25 ATS)
After losing to Denver and Brooklyn to start last week, Indiana (19-22) finished the week 2-2 SU and ATS by beating Miami in back-to-back games. Of course, the Pacers didn’t show up at all in their embarrassing 140-113 blowout road loss at Milwaukee on Monday night. Malcolm Brogdon was out of the lineup for Indy, but Milwaukee saw Giannis Antetokounmpo sit out as well. Point-blank, the Pacers were abysmal to start the week.
Indiana heads into Tuesday’s action tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Still, the Pacers are only a half-game back of sixth place Charlotte and a full game behind Miami and Atlanta.
Use some caution if you’re betting against Indy moving forward. The Pacers should get a nice boost from swingman Caris LeVert, whose return from a cancer scare is one of the best feel-good stories of the season. Additionally, Indiana has an impressive eight players averaging double figures in scoring. Keep in mind, the Pacers have gone a pitiful 6-13 ATS at home.
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2. Cleveland (17-26 ATS)
The Cavaliers remain in next to last place in the ATS standings for the second straight week. Cleveland got smacked around by Sacramento 119-105 on Monday night as 4.5-point home underdogs. The Cavs have alternated ATS wins and losses over their last five and head into Tuesday night 2-5 ATS over their last seven. Cleveland is 30th in scoring (104.1 ppg) and 29th in three-point shooting percentage (34.2%). The Cavs are a great team to wager against for the remainder of the year, especially on the road (5-15 ATS). This floundering franchise just doesn’t have enough good players – or any kind of direction – to win.
1. Houston (13-29 ATS)
The Rockets snapped a mind-boggling 20-game losing streak by walloping Toronto 117-99 on Monday night as an 8.5-point home underdog. John Wall dropped his first triple-double in five years to lead the Rockets to the much-needed win.
Moving forward into the week, I wouldn’t necessarily expect Houston to revert to its losing ways after getting a taste of victory on Monday. The Rockets host Charlotte on Wednesday night with the Hornets now without star rookie LaMelo Ball. After that, Houston has a pair of winnable road dates at awful Minnesota on Friday and Saturday. Call me crazy, but I can see Houston potentially going 4-0 SU and ATS this week.
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