The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Team Trends

By Marc Lawrence

Some say the NBA is simply an acronym for ‘Nothing But Aggravation’. Others insist it’s merely a ‘Nice Bankroll Additive’. Whatever your take, there is no better time than the present – with the NBA taking a time out for the All-Star break - to examine the condition of each team in the league at this stage of the season. From the surprise teams to the disappointments, the run to the 2012 playoffs is about to take off.

Here’s a quick look at some of the GOOD, BAD, and UGLY team trends on every team and how they have fared SU (Straight Up) and ATS (Against The Spread) this season in games played through the All-Star break. In addition, I also break down performance records for each team in games versus .500 or less and greater than .500 opponents this campaign.

ATLANTA

Good: 8-1 ATS with no rest

Bad: 2-9 ATS off BB wins

Ugly: 0-5 ATS off BB SUATS wins

Vs. .500 or less: 13-3 SU, 8-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 7-11 SU, 8-10 ATS

BOSTON

Good: 5-1 ATS vs. .333 or less opp

Bad: 1-4 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Ugly: 0-4 ATS w/revenge vs. opp with no rest

Vs. .500 or less: 10-7 SU, 7-10 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-10 SU, 6-9 ATS

CHARLOTTE

Good: 4-1 ATS away vs. opp off BB wins

Bad: 1-7 ATS off division game

Ugly: 0-6 ATS off SUATS division loss

Vs. .500 or less: 4-11 SU, 6-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 0-19 SU, 6-13 ATS

CHICAGO

Good: 7-1 ATS after allow 100 or more points

Bad: 1-4 ATS off BB wins vs, winning opp

Ugly: 0-3 ATS off BB SUATS wins vs, winning opp

Vs. .500 or less: 23-3 SU, 17-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 4-5 SU, 4-5 ATS

CLEVELAND

Good: 5-1 ATS Off BB losses

Bad: 2-6 ATS as favorites

Ugly: 0-4 ATS as favorites vs. greater than .250

Vs. .500 or less: 10-7 SU, 10-7 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 3-1 SU, 6-8 ATS

DALLAS

Good: 6-1-1 ATS vs. opp off BB wins

Bad: 1-3 ATS vs. division

Ugly: 0-3 ATS off division win

Vs. .500 or less: 12-6 SU, 11-7 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-7 SU, 8-7-1 ATS

DENVER

Good: 9-3 ATS road dogs

Bad: 1-7 ATS home off loss

Ugly: 0-6 ATS home off loss vs. opp off loss

Vs. .500 or less: 12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-13 SU, 10-9 ATS

DETROIT

Good: 8-2 ATS home vs. .475 or greater opp

Bad: 6-11 ATS away

Ugly: 0-5 ATS double-digit road dogs

Vs. .500 or less: 6-15 SU, 9-12 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-9 SU, 8-6 ATS

GOLDEN STATE

Good: 8-2 ATS off BB losses

Bad: 1-7 ATS vs. less than .333 opp

Ugly: 0-6 ATS w/revenge vs. less than .333 opp

Vs. .500 or less: 5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-10 SU, 10-8 ATS

HOUSTON

Good: 8-0 ATS home off loss

Bad: 2-6 ATS road dogs less than 7

Ugly: 0-5 ATS away w/revenge

Vs. .500 or less: 10-10 SU, 9-11 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 10-4 SU, 11-3 ATS

INDIANA

Good: 4-0 ATS away off SU favorite loss

Bad: 4-10 ATS off SUATS win

Ugly: 0-4 ATS off BB SUATS wins

Vs. .500 or less: 13-5 SU, 8-10 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-7 SU, 7-8 ATS

LA CLIPPERS

Good: 7-2 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Bad: 2-7-1 ATS off BB wins

Ugly: 0-4 ATS away off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 12-8 SU, 10-9-1 ATS

LA LAKERS

Good: 11-5 ATS home

Bad: 5-13 ATS away

Ugly: 0-5 ATS away vs. opp off loss

Vs. .500 or less: 11-6 SU, 9-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS

MEMPHIS

Good: 7-2 ATS non con games

Bad: 3-8 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Ugly: 0-4 ATS vs. opp off loss with no rest

Vs. .500 or less: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-12 SU, 8-13 ATS

MIAMI

Good: 4-1 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Bad: 6-10 ATS vs. opp off loss

Ugly: 1-7 ATS favorite more than 8 vs. non-div favorite opp off loss

Vs. .500 or less: 16-3 SU, 9-10 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 11-4 SU, 9-6 ATS

MILWAUKEE

Good: 3-0 ATS home vs. opp off BB losses

Bad: 2-8 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Ugly: 0-5 ATS home vs. opp with no rest

Vs. .500 or less: 8-7 SU, 6-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-13 SU, 7-11 ATS

MINNESOTA

Good: 11-3 ATS away

Bad: 2-7 ATS home vs. opp with no rest

Ugly: 0-6 ATS home favorite 2 or more vs. opp with no rest

Vs. .500 or less: 9-6 SU, 8-7 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-11 SU, 12-7 ATS

NEW JERSEY

Good: 5-0 ATS away vs. opp off DD win

Bad: 3-13 ATS home

Ugly: 0-7 ATS home off win

Vs. .500 or less: 8-10 SU, 7-11 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 2-15 SU, 7-10 ATS

NEW ORLEANS

Good: 11-5 ATS away

Bad: 5-12 ATS home

Ugly: 1-7 ATS home off SUATS loss

Vs. .500 or less: 5-12 SU, 8-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 3-13 SU, 8-8 ATS

NEW YORK

Good: 4-1 ATS as favorites 4 or less

Bad: 1-6 ATS favorites off SUATS win

Ugly: 0-5 ATS favorites off SUATS win vs. 333 or less opp

Vs. .500 or less: 12-10- SU, 8-14 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-8 SU, 8-5 ATS

OKLAHOMA CITY

Good: 6-1 ATS off loss

Bad: 3-6 ATS vs. opp with no rest

Ugly: 0-4 ATS away vs. opp with no rest

Vs. .500 or less: 18-3 SU, 12-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS

ORLANDO

Good: 9-2 ATS off SUATS loss

Bad: 4-8 ATS off win more than 8

Ugly: 1-7 ATS off ATS win more than 8

Vs. .500 or less: 16-5 SU, 13-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-8 SU, 7-7 ATS

PHILADELPHIA

Good: 6-0 ATS favorites with no rest

Bad: 4-8 ATS vs. opp off win

Ugly: 1-5 ATS away vs. opp off win

Vs. .500 or less: 13-4 SU, 13-4 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 7-10 SU, 6-11 ATS

PHOENIX

Good: 4-2 ATS vs. opp off DD win

Bad: 3-7 ATS favorites

Ugly: 0-4 ATS favorites off SUATS loss

Vs. .500 or less: 9-8 SU, 8-9 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-12 SU, 6-11 ATS

PORTLAND

Good: 7-1 ATS home off SUATS loss

Bad: 6-10 ATS away

Ugly: 1-8 ATS away off win

Vs. .500 or less: 8-7 SU, 7-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 10-9 SU, 11-8 ATS

SACRAMENTO

Good: 10-5 ATS off BB losses

Bad: 5-8 ATS with double revenge

Ugly: 1-6 ATS odd DD loss with double revenge

Vs. .500 or less: 6-11 SU, 9-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-11 SU, 8-8 ATS

SAN ANTONIO

Good: 8-2 ATS home off win

Bad: 1-3 ATS vs. opp off SUATS win

Ugly: 0-5 ATS off win 14 or more

Vs. .500 or less: 13-5 SU, 8-9-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 11-5 SU, 12-4 ATS

TORONTO

Good: 10-4 ATS off SUATS win

Bad: 4-8 ATS vs. opp off SUATS loss

Ugly: 1-5 ATS vs. 333 or less opp off SUATS loss

Vs. .500 or less: 7-10 SU / 9-8 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 3-13 SU, 9-6-1 ATS

UTAH

Good: 11-7 ATS home

Bad: 5-9 ATS away

Ugly: 1-5 ATS away vs. opp off SUATS loss

Vs. .500 or less: 10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-11 SU, 7-9 ATS

WASHINGTON

Good: 3-1 ATS off BB losses vs. opp off BB wins

Bad: 7-19 ATS dogs

Ugly: 1-10 ATS dogs vs. opp off SUATS loss

Vs. .500 or less: 5-13 SU, 6-12 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 2-13 SU, 4-11 ATS

Little did Charlotte realize that its 96-95 loss to Miami on Dec 28 would be the closest it would come to defeating a winning team this season. On the flip side, Golden State, Memphis and New Jersey can take pride in knowing they’ve been the only teams in the loop with a losing record that have managed to slay the Bulls.

FYI: teams that have responded exceptionally well in same season revenge affairs this season include the Trailblazers (5-1 SU and ATS) and the Lakers (3-0 SU and ATS), while the teams that have struggled in these same payback situations include the Bobcats (0-10 SU and 2-8 ATS), the Bucks (0-6 SU and ATS) and the Wizards (1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS).

I’ve done my homework. Now, you do yours and we’ll both enjoy the 2nd half of the season.