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The NBA season is almost a month old and the troubles continue for a quartet of the league’s most storied franchises.

The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers have been part of NBA royalty almost since the inception of the NBA nearly 70 years ago, winning multiple titles, most notably by Boston and the Lakers.

But those 4 teams have started this season a combined 11-42 with Philly yet to record a win in its first 13 games. The ATS results are only slightly better at 19-33-1 which still would leave backers more than 15 units in the hole.

Of this group the Knicks have been the worst team to back with a 3-11 record that is worse than their 4-10 SU mark. The Lakers, at 7-7 ATS, have the best point spread record of the group. Both Boston and Philadelphia have losing ATS records.

Overall, road teams have been much the better bet during the season’s first month, going 105-88-4 ATS.

This is not that surprising. Often betting decisions over the early part of the season are based upon last season’s results as modified by personnel moves and previews for the upcoming campaign that attempt to assess the impact of changes.

As a result, early season value is often with the road team considering the popularity of home teams, especially home favorites, with a majority of the wagering public.

Thus far home favorites are just 63-72-2 ATS whereas road favorites have been a profitable 33-23-2. Those percentages won’t hold up as the lines makers and the bettors are better able to assess the 30 teams as more games are played but these results are something you may wish to file away for the start of next season.

Totals results have been much more balanced with the OVER holding a slight 96-94-7 edge as posted at the Westgate Sports Book.

With wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, here’s a look at three games to be played over the holiday weekend.


Minnesota at LA Lakers: Neither will contend to make the playoffs and might end up as the two worst teams in the West. Minnesota is a team in transition following the off-season trade of Kevin Love for some young, promising talent. The Lakers are in a similar situation as future Hall of Fame Kobe Bryant approaches the end of his playing career and no longer has Pau Gasol or Steve Nash. Neither team concentrates too much on defense but rather plays an aggressive style of offense in an attempt to gain a rare win. OVER.


New Orleans at Washington: Both teams are up and comers in their respective conferences with each team keyed by an elite player. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis is quickly being recognized as the next great superstar and Washington’s John Wall is living up to the reviews garnered in his college days now that he’s playing healthy. Washington has built upon a nice playoff run last season with a 9-3 start, second best in the East. The situation favors the hosts who are rested since before Thanksgiving whereas the Pelicans played Friday in Atlanta. WASHINGTON.


Memphis at Sacramento: Memphis started the week with the NBA’s best record, 13-2, while the Kings have also been a pleasant surprise with their 8-5 start. These teams met two weeks ago in Memphis with the host Grizzlies earning a controversial 111-110 win when a tip in at the buzzer was allowed despite seemingly not enough time remained on the clock. The Kings’ protest of that game has yet to be decided but regardless of the outcome the ending to that game should fuel the Kings to give another inspired performance, and likely again in the underdog role. MEMPHIS.

Andy Iskoe, and his Logical Approach, provides his popular and unique handicapping statistics to Gaming Today readers and online visitors. He has been a long time GT columnist, contributing weekly in-season columns on baseball, pro basketball and pro football. Contact Andy at [email protected]


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Andy Iskoe

Owner and author of “The Logical Approach,” Andy Iskoe has been a long time GT columnist, contributing weekly in-season columns on baseball, pro basketball and pro football.

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