|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NBABasketball betting odds have been beaten like a drum so far by the Atlanta Hawks who had a basketball betting record of 8-2 straight up and 9-1 against the spread. Basketball betting odds handicappers have seen this team emerge as a basketball betting playoff surprise in 2007 to a leading Eastern Conference contender this year.
Atlanta’s offense is the key to their success with the basketball betting odds as it ranked 3rd in basketball betting for points scored. Joe Johnson is the NBA betting trigger man for Atlanta as he was averaging 22 points per game. The Hawks were also a solid “over” team with the basketball betting odds as they cleared the over/under number in 7 out of their first 10 games.
The Portland Trailblazers were another hot team with the basketball betting odds in the early going with a record of 8-3 both straight up and against the spread. Defense was the Trailblazers strength with the basketball betting odds as they ranked 3rd overall for points allowed. Portland went under the basketball betting odds total in 8 out of their first 11 games.
Texas rivals Dallas and Houston were also off to great starts with the basketball betting odds in their race for the Southwest Division lead.
The Dallas Mavericks had a record of 7-3 both straight up and with the basketball betting odds while the Houston Rockets were 6-4 straight up and 7-3 against the spread.
Dallas has shown marked improvement on defense as they ranked 8th for points allowed. Veteran superstar Dirk Nowitzki supplied the offense with 26 points per game scoring.
Houston has gotten excellent offensive production and ranked 7th in the NBA for scoring. Trevor Ariza led a balanced attack with 18 points per game average.
On the opposite end of the spectrum the Los Angeles Lakers were 7-3 straight up but a poor 3-7 against the spread. Kobe Bryant was shooting lights out with a scoring average of 30 points per game. The Lakers problem is that they remain one of the most popular teams on the board in any sport and attract way too much casual money, which destroys their board value.