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Recapping the NBA's first half from a betting perspective

February 18, 2022 08:37 PM

Welcome to those of you who are just joining us! Super Bowl LVI is in the books, and most bettors will likely turn to the hardwood, both professional and collegiate, to scratch that betting itch. Instead of our usual weekly recap of the NBA, let’s look back at what has happened through the first 70% of the regular season.

Best ATS teams

— Memphis Grizzlies (38-19-1)

— Oklahoma City Thunder (36-19-1)

— Cleveland Cavaliers (33-21-3)

— Miami Heat (33-22-2)

— Phoenix Suns (32-32-1)

It might shock some of you to see Oklahoma City and Cleveland at the top of the list. Cleveland has arguably been the best story of the season. With one of the best defenses in the league, the Cavaliers are 35-22 SU and in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs are currently fourth in non-garbage time defensive efficiency (106.3), and they have the league’s best defensive frontcourt duo in Jarrett Allen and rookie Evan Mobley. They also play at the sixth-slowest pace (97.0) and rank 20th in offensive efficiency (110.4), which has made them the best Under team in the league (63.6%). Oklahoma City is not as fun from a narrative standpoint, but the Thunder play a solid brand of defense that is 12th in efficiency (110.1).

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