NBA: Bank Shots For 8 January

THE HOTNESS: Jeremy Lin and the Rockets were the hot team in the NBA last week.

Time to take a look back at the week that was in the Association and see what team thrived against the spread, what team was hitting the Over and what team was bringing home the Under in the NBA.

THE HOT TEAM: Houston Rockets
Last Week: 4-0 ATS
Season: 20-13-1 ATS
The Rockets are absolutely on fire ATS, covering in 10 of their last 11 games. Houston swept the board this past week, covering the number against Atlanta, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Cleveland. Houston welcomes the Lakers on Tuesday before heading out on a three-game road trip that includes stops in New Orleans, Boston and Philadelphia.

Last Week: 0-3 ATS
Season: 16-16 ATS
The Heat have failed to cover in five straight contests, including three last week as favorites against the Magic, Mavericks and Bulls. Miami always has high expectations placed on it by oddsmakers and continues to be one of the more mediocre bets in the Association (15-16 ATS). The Heat host the Wizards Sunday before heading out on a six-game road trip.

THE OVER TEAM: Orlando Magic
Last Week: 3-0 Over/Under
Season: 17-14 Over/Under
The Magic have played over the total in seven consecutive games and are losers of eight straight heading into action Monday at Portland. The Magic haven’t dropped that many games in a row since Feb. 6-22, 2006, under coach Brian Hill. Orlando is still dealing with injuries to key cogs E’Twaun Moore (elbow) and Glen Davis (shoulder) and now embarks on a four-game west coast road trip.

THE UNDER TEAM: Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 0-4 Over/Under
Season: 13-20 Over/Under

The Pacers have been one of the best under plays (13-20 O/U) all season long and this week was no different. Indiana has played under the number in four consecutive games, thanks to its tenacious defense. The Pacers allow 89.8 points per game – the second-best mark in the league – and are holding opponents to an NBA-best 41.4 percent shooting from the floor. Indiana continues its five-game homestand with games against Miami, New York and Charlotte this week.