The NBA All-Star break is here as Team Lebron takes on Team Curry. And while everyone loves the dunk contest, three-point shootouts and skills challenge now is also a good time to take a look at how teams and the league are performing when there is a little money on the line. With most teams having somewhere around 25 games remaining let's take a quick moment to look at how the league is performing against the spread as well as which teams have performed best or worst against the number.
Overall, in what is probably a slightly correlated angle Away teams and underdogs have outperformed home teams and favorites against the number so far this season. Underdogs are currently hitting at just below 53% at 445-397-23 ATS thus far this season. Away teams also come in right below the 53% threshold at 441-401-23. Combining the two gives us the best percentage of covering the number as away dogs have gone 297-253-21 this year. So who have been the biggest winners or losers this season for their backers?
Interesting side note, the top 5 teams this season against the spread all come from the weaker side of the bracket in the Eastern Conference.
Boston Celtics (34-23-2) - The Celtics are currently 40-19 SU and look to be a contender in the East. They have cooled down after a huge start to the season but still, sit as the #2 seed in the East chasing a red-hot Toronto Raptors squad. This is one of the teams where SU success has been followed by ATS success.
Brooklyn Nets (33-25-1) - Who thought backing a team that 19-40 SU would yield profits versus the number. Proof once again that straight up records are not always an indicator ATS. This Nets team has been competitive in a lot of their games but has been unable to finish many out. The result has been a lot of close losses and a lot of covering the number.
Houston Rockets (28-28-1) - Despite having the best record in the NBA at 44-13 SU the Rockets have been the definition of average ATS thus far this season. Probably one of the only standings where you find the Rockets sitting right next to the Magic.
Oklahoma City Thunder (24-34-1) - Although they have improved since opening the season awful this team has still struggled. There was lots of expectation that the Thunder's new Big 3 were going to be something special after they added Anthony and George. Have to imagine a lot of money was lost early on following this hype train.
Cleveland Cavaliers (18-37-1) - The single most profitable angle in the NBA this season thus far has been playing against the Cavs every night. Faders of the Lebron's have been rewarded with over 66% winners. Be careful going forward however as they have been on fire recently going 3-0 since the trade deadline. Can this team put it together and go on a tear heading into the playoffs? Nothing surprises when James is involved.