The last week of NBA action for 2012 was an exciting one, but what teams are heading into the New Year as the hot, the cold and the over/under teams in the NBA? Read on to find out:
THE HOT TEAM: Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 3-0 ATS
The Warriors swept the board last week, posting victories straight up and against the spread over Utah, Philadelphia and Boston. Harrison Barnes has stepped up in the absence of big man Andrew Bogut (ankle) and David Lee and Stephen Curry continue to lead the charge for the Warriors, who have a tough home-and-home set with the Clippers this week.
THE COLD TEAM: Orlando Magic
Last Week: 0-4 ATS
Season: 14-15-1 ATS
Miami Heat at Orlando Magic (+10, 193.5)
The Magic have dropped five straight contests, going 1-4 ATS in the process. Injuries to Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis and E’Twaun Moore have certainly been a factor in the downslide. Orlando is allowing 103 points per game during the losing skid and will have to tighten the screws on defence this week against Miami, Chicago and New York.
THE OVER TEAM: Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 3-0 O/U
Season: 15-13 O/U
Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets (-4.5, 204.5)
After playing under the total in their previous three games, the Hawks averaged 112 points per game over their next three contests against Detroit, Cleveland and Indiana. Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, and Josh Smith are all dealing with injuries and are questionable Monday at Houston.
THE UNDER TEAM: Boston Celtics
Last Week: 0-3 O/U
Season: 16-13 O/U
The absence of PG Rajon Rondo (thigh) Saturday night had a devastating impact on the Celtics offence. Boston only mustered 83 points against a Golden State squad that is mediocre defensively. The Celtics are averaging just over 84 points per game over their last three contests, nearly 12 points lower than their season average. Rondo is questionable Sunday at Sacramento.