Are the red-hot Utah Jazz legitimate sportsbook betting title contenders out west? Can the streaking LA Clippers live up to their online betting status as one of the top NBA Finals contenders after failing to do so last season in epic fashion?
Will the Portland Trail Blazers ever get serious at the defensive end of the floor and last but not least, what the hell has happened to the young New Orleans Pelicans?
With the 2020-21 NBA regular season moving further into its sixth week of action, let’s find out which teams are consistently playing Over and Under the NBA Total odds.
Denver (9-4 O/U)
The Nuggets (10-7 SU) head into Wednesday’s matchup against Miami riding a season-high four-game winning streak that includes consecutive overtime wins over Phoenix and a thrilling win over Dallas on Monday night. The Nuggets have played Over the total in four straight and have the perfect blend of high-scoring offense (116.8 ppg, 4th) and mediocre defense (112.6 ppg, 21st) to play over the total at a high rate all season long.
Brooklyn (10-5 O/U)
Speaking of teams with high-scoring offenses and uninspiring defenses and Brooklyn (11-8 SU) fits the bill better than any other team in the league at this point. The Nets rank second in scoring (119.1 ppg), but a discouraging 25th in points allowed (115.1 ppg). Sure, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are all going to ‘get theirs’ at the offensive end of the floor, but If the Nets don’t start playing some sort of defense soon, I’m not sure they’re going to live up to their billing as Eastern Conference favorites.
Chicago (9-5 O/U)
Chicago (7-10 SU) has been lighting up the scoreboard in its first season under head coach Billy Donovan by averaging 115.3 points per game to rank fifth in scoring. Unfortunately, the Bulls haven’t been stopping anyone defensively, giving up a whopping 118.2 points per game to rank 28th in points allowed. Still, the Bulls look better right now than they have in years.
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LA Clippers (8-5 O/U)
The Clippers (13-4 SU) are heating up nicely, having won seven straight games heading into Tuesday night’s road date at Atlanta. Los Angeles is averaging 114.8 points per game to rank seventh in scoring while limiting the opposition to 107.2 points per game defensively to rank fourth in points allowed. While LA is currently among the league leaders in Over outcomes, I’m not expecting it to stay that way, seeing as how the Clippers have really picked up their play at the defensive end of the floor recently.
Detroit (10-7 O/U)
The Pistons (4-13 SU) have played Over the total in two straight games and five of their last six games overall. Detroit ranks 21st in scoring (109.5 ppg) and 22nd in points allowed (113.0 ppg) and has either scored or allowed at least 113 points in every Over outcome this season. With the Pistons allowing the opposition to shoot 47.9 percent from the field (27th) and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc (24th) I expect a lot more Over results this season.
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Phoenix (6-9 O/U)
While Phoenix (8-7 SU) ranks a modest 17th in scoring (111.1 ppg), the Suns have been a solid pick to play Under the total because of a defense that ranks sixth in points allowed (109.0 ppg). Phoenix heads into its mid-week matchup against Oklahoma City fresh off of consecutive overtime losses against Denver that saw the total go Over in both contests.
LA Lakers (6-12 O/U)
LA ranks eighth in scoring (114.3 ppg), but has been even better defensively in limiting the opposition points per game to rank second in points allowed. The Under is 2-1 in LA’s last three games and 6-4 over the last 10 games overall.
Houston (5-9-1 O/U)
The Rockets (6-9 SU) are putting up 110.7 points per game while allowing (111.4 points per contest defensively to rank an identical 18th in both categories. The Under is 5-2 in Houston’s last seven games with the Rockets looking at six totals of at least 222 points over their last 10 games.
Atlanta (4-12 O/U)
The Hawks (8-8 SU) are ranked 13th in scoring (112.4 ppg) and 14th in points allowed (110.1 ppg) but are playing under the total far more often than not because of an offense that ranks 24th in field goal shooting percentage (44.3%) and 22nd in three-point shooting (34.9%).
Memphis (4-9 O/U)
The Grizzlies (7-6 SU) are averaging 106.6 points per game to rank a dismal 26th in scoring, but are limiting the opposition to just 107.3 points per game defensively to rank a stellar fifth in points allowed. Memphis also ranks ninth in defensive field goal percentage (45.3%) and 10th in three-point defense (35.8%). The Grizz have played Under the total in two straight and three of four heading into Tuesday night’s full slate of action.
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