Ahh, Thanksgiving ... a time when we can all sit back and think about what we're thankful for. A season to appreciate all of the things we have in our lives. I'll save the deep reflection for another time, though, and focus on what we all should be grateful for here -- three NBA teams we can always bet on.
Shallow you say? Oh, this isn't shallow at all. It's just showing appreciation to three NBA teams we've all been able to count on (or count out) so far this year.
Golden State is starting to look like their old, title-winning self again, which means you find it hard to ever bet against them. Heading into their game against the Sixers, the Warriors had the second-best record against the spread at 12-4-1, 7-2-1 ATS at home, and surprisingly a strong under play on a nightly basis at 6-11 O/U this year, including 4-6 at home.
Golden State is the top-scoring team in the NBA at 114.2 points per game while holding opponents to just 101.1 points a game, going back and forth with the Nuggets for tops in the league.
When you can score with anyone while playing lockdown defense, it's pretty hard to compete with a team like that.
It's also really hard to ever bet against this team.
The Lakers are starting to become the polar opposite of the Warriors, and if you keep fading L.A., you tend to come out on top.
They're 5-12-1 ATS, worst in the NBA, and in even more shocking fashion, just 3-8-1 ATS at home this year (maybe going from Staples Center to Crypto.com Arena will change their fortune).
Los Angeles has also gone over more than any other team in the league so far this year, 11-7 O/U heading into their game with the Knicks.
When LeBron is out, this team is really bad, when he plays, they're 5-3 SU, but there's still a lot of work to be done for a team that has the second-highest odds to win the NBA title.
Not only have the Cavs been one of the fun surprises so far in the NBA, but they're a damn good pick as an underdog this year.
Cleveland is covering almost 67 percent of the time they're underdogs, 10-5-1 ATS as a dog overall. The market clearly hasn't adjusted yet to what we're seeing from this team, and it's to your advantage until it does.
Like the Lakers constantly failing to cover with lines reflecting what should be a much better team, it's clear bookmakers haven't fully taken in the fact that this Cavs team is better than expected.
And for all of that ... we're thankful.
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