24 Seconds Around the NBA
by Robert Ferringo and Nolan Sinclair - 11/18/2009
Here is this week's 24 Seconds Around The NBA:
24. Did any of you watch Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings score 55 against the Golden State Warriors? I did, and what was most impressive was that he didn't score a point in the first quarter. I am sure you can do basic math and realize that he put up an average of just more than 18 points a quarter from that point on. Can you say "Rookie of the Year"? It's early, but I think I can.
23. It really doesn't matter much but I figured I would inform all of you that Allen Iverson and the Memphis Grizzlies have ended their unbelievably long relationship. Iverson played in three games for the Grizz and averaged just more than 12 points a game. In a way, it's a huge shame the way that Iverson's career has turned after being one of the marquee names in this league for a long time. Going to the Knicks won't be the remedy that people think it may be. At this point, Iverson in New York would just be a carnival act.
22. LeBron James volunteered to give up his No. 23 so the NBA would consider retiring Michael Jordan's number league wide. Why? I know that MJ is considered the best ever, but Bill Russell is the best champion and Kareem Abdul-Jabar is the leading scorer. Now don't get me wrong, I understand how great Jordan was, but he didn't do what Gretzky or Jackie Robinson did.
21. The Atlanta Hawks are on absolute fire ATS. The Hawks lead the NBA with a 9-1 ATS mark, following their overtime win and cover versus the Portland Trailblazers. But the books have clearly caught on. Look for a lot more double-digit lines on this team, as the oddsmakers have to do something to stem the tide.
20. Philadelphia 76ers center Maurice Speights is rumored to miss the next six to eight weeks. If that is the case then the Sixers bench becomes significantly less deep. Speights was having a solid season thus far averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game. Keep an eye on Philly moving forward as this injury could prove beneficial for our wallets should we decide to fade the 76ers. Unlike the adage of betting on a team that just lost its star player, you can often find value going against teams that lost important role players because the betting public doesn't usually compensate.
19. If you haven't figured it out yet rebounding wins games. If your team has a positive rebounding margin you normally have a positive ATS mark as well. Memphis is the only team in the top five teams based on rebounding margin with an under .500 ATS record. Milwaukee, Portland, Charlotte, and Sacramento are all above .500.
18. Chris Paul is out three to four weeks and New Orleans Hornets have already looked awful in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. New Orleans looks like they are ready to completely fall apart following the dismissal of Byron Scott.
17. The Golden State Warriors lead the NBA in points per game and they are the worst in the league in points per game given up. This is not strange for the Warriors as that's what they are know for. What is strange however is that they are only 5-4 versus the total. I guess it is hard to beat the total when you are looking at 230 every night.
16. Stephen Jackson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Rad...Radmon..Radmanovichhhh…Ah, who cares. Jackson will immediately give the Bobcats another scoring option that they desperately need. Rumors around Golden State are that Jackson used to take his teammates out to dinner and always wanted to be together. If this is the case in Charlotte the Kitties could be a team to wager on in the coming months.
15. I know we are only 10 games into the season but Steve Nash is making a push for MVP yet again. I just can't get enough of this guy. He already has two-20 assist games under his belt and he leads the NBA at 11.5 a game. Man, he is fun to watch.
14. The Miami Heat are having a great year thus far but their game against the New Jersey Nets shows us all that they are not that deep. Miami played that game without starters Jermaine O'Neal and Mario Chalmers and they had to come back to win, 81-80. If the Heat sustain any more significant injuries fading them may fatten your wallet.
13. The Houston Rockets surprisingly have been a solid bet so far this year. Houston is both 7-3 ATS and 7-3 versus the total. They have transitioned nicely from bump-and-grind to run-and-gun, and Aaron Brooks has really burst onto the scene as a solid NBA leading man.
12. The Boston Celtics had a wakeup call this week when they were out-played, out-muscled, and out-hearted in their loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Now it's being said that Paul Pierce is playing through some pains. If he continues to be less than 100 percent the Celtics might start to struggle. By struggle I mean they may not cover their double-digit lines AS often.
11. Only six of 15 teams in the West have an above .500 record ATS compared to eight of 15 teams in the East. The Washington Wizards are the only team in the NBA's Southeast Division under .500 ATS. And despite all of the buzz about them as a sleeper team (hey, they had me fooled too) they are just 2-7 through nine games, and that includes their opening night win at Dallas.
10. Deron Williams abruptly left the Jazz last weekend to be with his ailing daughter. Many people immediately jumped ship on the Jazz without Williams but Utah went 2-0 ATS without him. Utah still has some talent without D-Will. If Utah ever gets healthy they will be a top-five team in the West. I have to say - I thought that Williams looked off through the first few weeks of the season. Now it appears that we know why.
9. Tayshaun Prince is known as a defensive stopper and when he went down the Pistons were thought to become less of a defensive-minded team. Out of the six games the Pistons have played without Prince five have still gone under the total. It is more Detroit's offense that brings them under the total as they are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in three-point shooting percentage and free throw shooting percentage.
8. The Boston Celtics need to keep their cool or they will come across Mr. Joey Crawford. During a crucial fourth-quarter stretch the C's were whistled for two technical fouls in 21 seconds. The first was on Kendrick Perkins for keeping his hands raised high after being whistled for a foul on Danny Granger, and the second was on Celtics coach Doc Rivers for waving his hand in disgust following a Kevin Garnett offensive foul. The best though was when Rasheed Wallace, who drew a technical in the first half, tried to contain his anger. "I ain't got no comment on it because I'm going to F*&% around and get fined some more,'' he said. "You saw it for yourself, I am glad I am almost done with this F*&%$ing man. This is bad for my blood pressure.'' Watch out for Celtics games in which Crawford officiates. He seems whistle happy when calling their games.
7. The top three free throw shooting teams in the NBA - Portland, Denver, and Dallas - are a combined 21-11 ATS. Now I know why my high school coach made us shoot so many freebies.
6. Syracuse Orange Update: Syracuse won both of its regular season games this past week very easily. Up next, No. 13 California and a possible matchup with North Carolina. College hoops is about to get really fun.
5. Favorites are winning games at a 70 percent clip this season, but they are only covering the line 51 percent of the time.
4. Ref Watch: If you like to wager on the home team find games in which Eric Dalen, Joe DeRosa, David Jones, or Zach Zarba are officiating. Teams at home are 26-4 combined when these boys are blowing the whistles.
3. Almost 57 percent of games that haven't gone to overtime have fallen short of the total. Normally in the beginning of the season teams are a little rusty on the offensive end of the floor as they are getting used to new players or new systems. However this year we are seeing huge numbers at the betting window. The lines will be adjusted soon so be wary.
2. Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison is set to return Wednesday. The Wiz has started out 2-7 both SU and ATS. With Jamison back the Wizards could have some value early on.
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