The NBA season is six weeks old and the Lakers still top the standings. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers and Suns are starting to trend in expected directions.
Harden Explodes For 60
Just as the Luka Doncic MVP hype-train started to build speed, James Harden has put himself back in front of the 20-year-old with 60 points on just 24 shots against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
🚀 4th career 60-point game
🚀 16-24 FGM
🚀 8 3PM
— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2019
Harden disposed of the Hawks in just 31 minutes as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 158-111 victory.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is still on the first line of betting in the MVP market at $2.75. However, Harden’s $5 looks awfully appealing as his 38.9 points per game continues to grow on performances like this.
Conference Leaders Still Streaking
The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers were streaking through the NBA after Week 5, and have worked their way through Week 6 unbeaten as well.
While Antetokounmpo’s double-double streak ended against the Charlotte Hornets, the win is the Bucks 11th in a row. They now own a 17-3 record and a two-game lead over the Toronto Raptors (14-4) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers have a little more of a buffer at the top of the Western Conference with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets both losing recently. On the back of a 10-game winning streak, the Lakers are an incredible 17-2 and three games ahead of the Nuggets in the 2nd seed.
NBA Championship Odds:
Fake Early-Season Form Guides?
It happens every NBA season.
A team most think will be in the playoff picture starts slowly and the knives come out. Sometimes, and often at the same time, another team expected to struggle flies out of the blocks and surprises a few people.
It looks like we’re dealing with both cases in 2019-20.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been awful to start the season. However, the signing of Carmelo Anthony and a three-game winning streak has them back within touching distance of the playoff spots and looking a lot more like themselves. One team they’re likely to leap on their way back up is the Phoenix Suns.
It’s been a long time since Suns fans had much to cheer about so it was no surprise to see them celebrate the early 5-2 record. The 3-8 record since has been a reality check and closer to pre-season expectations.
As a result of the unexpected starts, the Blazers have struggled to be 9-11 against the spread while the Suns have cashed in for a 10-8 record. We can anticipate a correction in ATS records too, though.
NBA ATS Standings
The Miami Heat are still a favourite for punters as they punch above their weight to start the season. It’s a different story for the San Antonio Spurs, though. Strangely inconsistent, they have the worst record against the spread in the league.
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