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Long road trips can be gruelling for any professional sports franchise, and the NBA is no different. When it comes to gauging how teams perform on the opposite end of the continent, sports bettors should pick their spots.
This week we’re looking at which squads are covering the spread with ease on the opposite coast, as well as which ones are becoming a money pit away from home. Note: these numbers are defined by the ATS results with games played in certain time zones, so “east coast” refers to Eastern Standard Time and “west coast” means Pacific Standard Time.
Here are the five best bets from Eastern Conference teams travelling west and Western Conference clubs heading east:
|Team||ATS record on the east coast|
|San Antonio Spurs||6-2 ATS|
|Phoenix Suns||5-2 ATS|
|Golden State Warriors||5-3-1 ATS|
|Houston Rockets||7-5 ATS|
|Utah Jazz||5-3 ATS|
If there’s one NBA club that personifies consistency, it’s the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, who are on the verge of making the playoffs for an NBA record 20th straight year, own the best ATS margin on the east coast out of any Western Conference team at 6-2.
The Spurs are the second-best bet in the Association, so this really doesn’t come as much of a surprise when you consider their 28-19-1 ATS mark overall. The lowly Phoenix Suns are often tabbed as underdogs, but they’ve been getting the job done on the east coast and have covered in five of their seven games played there.
It wasn’t that long ago when the Golden State Warriors were one of the worst bets in the league, but they’ve bounced back in a big way by going 7-2-1 ATS since mid-January. Two of those ATS wins came on the road against eastern teams (Charlotte and Orlando).
|Team||ATS record on the west coast|
|Chicago Bulls||3-0 ATS|
|New York Knicks||3-0 ATS|
|Orlando Magic||2-1 ATS|
|Philadelphia 76ers||1-0 ATS|
|Atlanta Hawks||1-1 ATS|
The second half of the NBA schedule features more home games for west coast teams vs their eastern counterparts, so there isn’t as much data to draw from in this regard. However, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks both possess spotless 3-0 ATS records when playing in the Pacific Time Zone.
Despite their less than stellar 22-29 SU record, the Knicks have been a sneaky good bet this year. Kristaps Porzingis and company possess the sixth-best ATS record in the NBA (29-22 ATS) but won’t face another west coast trip until late March when they’ll tangle with Portland, Utah, San Antonio and the L.A. Clippers.
The Bulls are a team in turmoil right now, so I wouldn’t put too much trust into them going forward. Chicago is clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference but is experiencing some major turmoil in the locker room. What else would you expect when you sign Rajon Rondo?
Chicago opens a five-game road swing out west on February 3 with games against Houston, Sacramento, Golden State, Phoenix and Minnesota on the docket.