Hoop and the Harm: Weekly NBA Betting Recap for February 23-March 2

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Welcome to the Hoop and the Harm. This is a weekly feature on OddsShark where hoops bettors can uncover all the hottest need-to-know trends, stats and general info for the week that was on the hardwood.

With the NBA trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, the stretch run of the 2016-17 NBA campaign is officially underway. While the actual deadline itself may have been a bit of a dud, the biggest moves that were made have already had a big impact at the betting window.

This week we’re going to take a look at how the teams that made the most newsworthy trades on deadline day have fared since.

Nerlens to the Big D

Philadelphia 76ers trade Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a heavily protected 2017 first-round pick.

Team SU record since trade deadline ATS record since trade deadline
Philadelphia 76ers 1-3 3-1
Dallas Mavericks 2-2 3-1

Many people in NBA circles were surprised when the 76ers decided to move on from Noel due to the relatively low return coming back to the City of Brotherly Love, but Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo firmly committed to a future with Joel Embiid at the five spot. Unfortunately for Philly, it was announced this week that the dominant Cameroon native would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Whoops.

Philadelphia has been getting the job done when it comes to covering the spread though, as the squad has gone 3-1 ATS since dealing Noel. This trade was a home run for Noel since he’ll automatically become the man in the Mavericks’ weak frontcourt.

Interestingly enough, the 76ers have gone 8-1 ATS in their last nine without Embiid on the floor and 17-12 ATS on the year with the big man sidelined.

Dougie McBuckets to OKC

Chicago Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

Team SU record since trade deadline ATS record since trade deadline
Chicago Bulls 2-1 2-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 3-0 3-0

The Thunder pulled off what’s widely been considered one of the best deals of this year’s trade deadline by acquiring the sharpshooting Doug McDermott and the ever-reliable Taj Gibson from the Bulls, and they haven’t looked back since. OKC rattled off victories over the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz with McDermott and Gibson in the fold, as the pair have greatly contributed to a team that desperately needed secondary scoring with Enes Kanter injured.

I’m still not sure about this trade for Chicago, but then again I don’t think I’ve agreed with any of the moves the Bulls’ front office have made in the last few years. The Bulls are 2-1 SU and ATS since the trade deadline and are clinging on to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, however, this team is not designed for a playoff run with its current makeup.

Tucker in the T Dot

Phoenix Suns trade P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks (2017 and 2018).

Team SU record since trade deadline ATS record since trade deadline
Toronto Raptors 3-1 2-2
Phoenix Suns 0-3 1-2

The Raptors made out like bandits at the deadline by trading for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, and the duo have automatically injected a sense of defensive urgency and toughness to a club that was lacking in both of those departments. Tucker is never going to be a guy who stands out in the box score, but he’s as good of a defender as you’ll find in the Association right now and his impact on games has already been felt for Canada’s lone NBA franchise.

Phoenix immediately waived Sullinger, so the Suns effectively turned Tucker into two second-round picks. That’s not great value for the veteran, but Suns general manager Ryan McDonough wasn’t able to get a first anywhere and opted to pull the trigger on this trade instead of losing the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Tucker for nothing in the offseason.

The Suns are a floundering franchise right now and it’s no surprise to see them lose three straight without Tucker in the fold. Regardless of how much you like their underdog value going forward, this team is still devoid of talent outside of the up-and-coming Devin Booker and should be avoided for the remainder of the season.

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