It is that time of the week again! Time to hit the hardwood looking at the hot, the cold and the over/under teams of the NBA over the past week.
THE HOT TEAM: Washington Wizards
Last Week: 2-2 SU, 4-0 ATS
Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz (-7, 197)
The Wizards have covered in six straight games and eight of their last nine. The return of PG John Wall (knee) from injury has helped bolster the offence and Washington hasn’t been getting much respect from oddsmakers lately. The Wizards covered as double-digit dogs in their last two games at Denver and Los Angeles. Despite their horrendous SU record of 8-30, Washington has been a good bet with a 23-15 ATS mark.
THE COLD TEAM: Houston Rockets
Last Week: 0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS
Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets (-2.5, 216.5)
The Rockets have dropped seven straight overall, failing to cover in each of those contests. Houston hasn’t had any issues scoring, but its matador team defence (30th allowing 103.5 ppg) is a major cause for concern. The Rockets were the hottest over bet in the Association out of the gates but oddsmakers are catching on, setting most of their totals well above 200 the past few weeks. Houston has a good chance to stop the bleeding Monday in Charlotte.
THE OVER TEAM: Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 0-4 SU, 4-0 Over/Under
The Raptors finished 2012 on an absolute tear, but they’re settling back into reality in January. Toronto has dropped four straight overall, smashing the totals in those contests. The Raptors have allowed an average of 108.7 points per game during the skid, but keep in mind two of those contests went to overtime. Toronto has a tough start to this week. The Raps host the Lakers Sunday afternoon before heading to Miami for a showdown with the Heat on Wednesday.
THE UNDER TEAM: San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 4-0 SU, 0-4 Over/Under
The Spurs’ roster may be aging, but the grizzled vets sure aren’t slacking on the defensive end. San Antonio allowed opponents to score an average of 87.7 points this past week, 8.4 points less than its season average of 96.1. The Spurs have a chance to really pull away from the pack in the West in the next couple weeks as their next eight opponents are all currently sub-.500 teams.