NBA Weekend Games Scores: Home Teams Reward Bettors

Dominant ATS Weekend for Home Teams

Bucks, Lakers Keep Surging

The Milwaukee Bucks made it 14 straight wins as they took care of the Phoenix Suns in the early marquee fixture on Sunday. Let’s take a look at the NBA Weekend Games Scores and see how the teams and markets performed around the league.

The Bucks secured a 104-101 win in a 2021 NBA Finals rematch despite being without the services of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The line closed at -3.0 points in favor of the home team which meant both sides pushed on the final score, but early bettors did cash on the Suns with +3.5 floating around the board on the openers.

The LA Lakers are a team hoping they’re at the start of a similar streak as their 111-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks made it four wins in their last five games.

The Lakers were 4.5-point underdogs in this one and are now 4-1 against-the-spread (ATS) in their last five to match. The lone loss and non-cover came at Portland where they were without LeBron James.

The Boston Celtics asserted their dominance on division rivals Philadelphia as they ran out 110-107 road winners over the 76ers.

Boston closed as 1.0-point underdogs and trailed by as many as 15 points before a late dagger three-pointer from Jayson Tatum sealed a dramatic win. The Celtics are now 8-2 (80%) ATS against division opponents this season, including 3-0 straight up and ATS against the Sixers.

Mixed Results for Nuggets, Raptors

The Denver Nuggets split their weekend results, going 1-1 straight up and ATS against the Memphis Grizzlies and LA Clippers respectively.

The Grizzlies returned home and put on a show as they blew out the West’s top seed en route to a 112-94 win. Memphis had opened as 2.5-point favorites but closed at -3.0 point in most places. The market proved correct as Ja Morant’s team improved to 18-11-1 (62.1%) ATS at FedEx forum this season.

The Nuggets bounced back immediately though as they returned home and took care of business against the LA Clippers in a 134-124 OT thriller.

Despite being on the second of a back-to-back the Nuggets closed as 4.5-point favorites and rewarded bettors with a dominant display in overtime. The Nuggets are now a league-best 21-10-1 (67.7%) ATS at home this season.

The Toronto Raptors are struggling to find the consistency needed to propel them into the playoff picture in the East as they too went 1-1 straight up over the weekend.

The team from north of the border did go 0-2 ATS as they failed to cover a 6.5-point spread in a 95-91 road win over the Detroit Pistons before being completely blown out as 7.5-point underdogs at Cleveland.

The Raptors 118-93 loss to the Cavs means they remain 1.5 games behind the #8 seeded Atlanta Hawks in the East. Toronto now moves to 12-18 (40%) ATS on the road this season.

Warriors, Knicks Secure Vital Home Wins

The Golden State Warriors secured a 109-104 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game of huge importance in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Warriors closed as 1.0-point favorites as both teams were victim to some late NBA injuries. Draymond Green joined Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins on the sidelines for this one, while the Timberwolves were also down key starters as Rudy Gobert was a late out along with Taurean Prince and Jaylen Nowell.

The New York Knicks are within touching distance of taking over the #5 seed in the East as they blew out the New Orleans Pelicans 128-106 as 4.0-point favorites.

The Knicks have now won seven of their last eight games and have gone 7-1 ATS in that span. Meanwhile, the Pelicans dropped to 11-16 (40.7%) ATS in non-conference games this season.

Pressure is beginning to mount on the Pelicans, who are now just 1.5 games above the #13 seed in the NBA standings out West.

Overall, the weekend markets were heavily skewed towards home teams as they went 10-5-1 (62.5%) ATS. Full games totals went 4-12 on Over/Under markets as scoring came to a halt with teams showing an increased effort on defense.

That’s all for our NBA Weekend Games Scores recap. Be sure to check back as we continue to recap the market reactions as the race to the playoffs continues in the NBA.
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