NBA Post All-Star Teams to Watch
Let’s take a few moments to check out some post-All-Star Game break “teams to watch” as the league’s back in action tonight …
PHILADELPHIA (37-21) – No doubt the 76ers are heading back to the NBA Playoffs this spring (in back-to-back years for the first time in forever!) but will Philly be money-makers in its final 24 regular-season games? The Sixers enter tonight’s home game against 6-point underdog Miami with a mediocre 28-30 ATS (against the spread) mark and take note that Philadelphia’s sported only one three-game ATS winning streak this year, so we’ve yet to see the 76ers generate any real drive to cash on a sustained basis. If All Stars Joel Embiid (out for a couple of games with a sore knee), Ben Simmons and mates don’t step it up on “D” then this club will stay sub-.500 versus the vig.
SACRAMENTO (30-27) – The Kings come out of the second-half break having covered six of their last seven games while notching a dandy 34-23 ATS mark and did you know Sacramento’s a hearty 14-6 SU /ATS when playing Eastern Conference foes? Okay, so maybe the key is the Kings might be worth our financial attention here in their final 25 regular-season outings if they’re getting points or just tiny betting favorites against Eastern Conference squads. Remember this is a really young team that could “hit a wall” in the last month-plus of the season, so don’t merely expect that .596 winning rate against the odds to continue here ‘cause there could be some major challenges ahead.
TORONTO (43-16) – The North-of-the-Border gang enters the post-break tilts just one game back of Milwaukee in the chase for the top seed in the Eastern Conference but note the Raptors are a disappointing 26-31-2 against the odds … what gives? Note that Toronto is a rotten 4-10-1 spreadwise in its last 15 road games and so maybe it’s a really good thing that Kawhi Leonard and mates play five of their first six post-break games in Canada. Okay, so we would expect Toronto to upgrade that overall pointspread mark – and that recent road spread record, too – but let’s keep track of how the new pieces (see Marc Gasol, Jeremy Lin) fit in here.