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NBA Playoff Payoffs
by Marc Lawrence

NBA Playoffs Handicapping To the unsuspecting gambler, the NBA often times simply means 'Nothing But Agony'. To the informed, however, it represents a 'Nice Bankroll Advantage'. Knowing the difference is half the battle. Having substantively sound edges in your favor is the other half, especially during the postseason.

With the 2011-12 NBA regular season now in the history books, let's take a look at how this season's 16 playoff participants have fared in the post season over the last 21 years. Listed below is a chart containing each teamís OVERALL SU (Straight-Up) and ATS (Against The Spread) performance record in all playoff games since 1991, along with a key BEST and WORST playoff ATS trend for each team since 1991. Let's have a look...

ATLANTA
Overall: 36-60 SU & 78-62-2 ATS
Best: 8-1 ATS HF > 4 vs opp off win
Worst: 1-14 SUATS away off loss 12 >

BOSTON
Overall: 72-67 SU & 68-68-3 ATS
Best: 8-2 ATS away off loss 20 >
Worst: 1-12 ATS fav > 2 off one win exact

CHICAGO
Overall: 124-62 SU & 78-62-2 ATS
Best: 7-1 ATS dog off SU fav loss
Worst: 0-5 ATS DD fav vs opp off BB wins

DALLAS
Overall: 65-62 SU & 65-59-3 ATS
Best: 10-1-1 ATS RD 3 <
Worst: 1-9 ATS home off win as dog +3 >

DENVER
Overall: 23-43 SU & 30-51-1 ATS
Best: 5-0 ATS vs opp off loss 20 >
Worst: 1-9 ATS dog 7 > vs opp off SUATS win

INDIANA
Overall: 81-76 SU & 85-66-6 ATS
Best: 7-0-1 ATS off loss > 16
Overall: 0-5 ATS home off ATS win > 18

LA CLIPPERS
Overall: 11-14 SU & 12-13 ATS
Best: 4-0 ATS home off SUATS loss
Overall: 1-6 ATS away off SUATS win

LA LAKERS
Overall: 153-100 SU & 121-124-8 ATS
Best: 9-0 ATS dog 4 > off loss 14 >
Overall: 1-11 ATS off BB losses, last as fav

MEMPHIS
Overall: 7-18 SU & 10-14-1 ATS
Best: 4-1 ATS fav off loss
Overall: 0-11 SU and 1-9-1 ATS if .569 <

MIAMI
Overall: 71-68 SU & 65-70-4 ATS
Best: 10-1 ATS off DD loss Rounds Two & Three
Overall: 2-18 SU & 3-17 ATS Round One RD > 2

NEW YORK
Overall: 72-71 SU & 73-67-3 ATS
Best: 14-2 ATS Round One RD < 7
Overall: 0-4 ATS fav > 5 off loss

OKLAHOMA CITY
Overall: 63-67 SU & 59-68-3 ATS
Best: 11-3 ATS Game Two off loss
Overall: 1-12 ATS off ATS win 16 >

ORLANDO
Overall: 56-62 SU & 51-63-4 ATS
Best: 5-1 ATS dog 9 >
Overall: 2-11 ATS fav off SU fav loss

PHILADELPHIA
Overall: 38-50 SU & 42-45-1 ATS
Best: 6-1 ATS DD dog
Overall: 0-6 ATS Game Two off loss > 4

SAN ANTONIO
Overall: 129-98 SU & 119-101-7 ATS
Best: 9-1 ATS Round Four vs opp off win
Overall: 1-8 ATS dog vs opp off BB SUATS losses

UTAH
Overall: 94-94 SU & 100-86-2 ATS
Best: 5-1 ATS DD dog
Overall: 0-4 ATS dog 7 > off loss 20 >

OPENING ROUND AWESOME ANGLE
PLAY ON any home team in Game Three of the opening round of the playoffs off one loss exact if they lost to the spread by 10 or less points in the loss.

Record Since 1991: 16-3 SU and 17-2 ATS

There you have it. A study in progress of this yearís playoff teams and how they have fared in NBA postseason play since 1991Ö plus an Awesome Angle to strongly consider in the opening round.

By applying a little bit of discipline, and with some fortuitous insight, you too can also enjoy a 'Nice Bankroll Advantage' this NBA playoff season. Enjoy!

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