Thursday Three Team Special Teaser
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve put together a Thursday Three Team Special Teaser, but never fear, Joe Berra is here to help reload your account as we head into the NFL Wild Card weekend. I was on a super-hot streak with my teasers and hit my last one, a Christmas Day Special, when I put together a winning Three Team Special. It’s time to get to my next winner.
The first game of our teaser sees the Atlanta Hawks (21-15, 17-18-1 ATS, 19-17 O/U) travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (4-33, 15-21-1 ATS, 19-17-1 O/U). America’s Bookie currently has the Hawks a 9-point road favorite with the total at 204½.
The 76ers started the year losing their first 16 games, and followed their first win with 12 more losses to give them a 1-28 record through December 23rd. They have since won 3 of their last six but still own the worst record in the NBA. In the process, they are giving up the 25th most points/game (104.6) while scoring the least per game by over 3 points (92.9). The 76ers did however score 109 in their last game on Monday to beat the Timberwolves 109-99.
The Hawks come in to Philly 5th in the Eastern Conference having won 7 of their last 10 but lost both of a home-and-home against the Knicks on Sunday and Tuesday nights, the last a 107-101 defeat. Atlanta’s defense has been middle of the road, allowing the 15th most points per game at 100.6 and is scoring 101.8/game, good for 12th.
These two played on December 16th in Atlanta, a game the Hawks won 127-106. The 76ers committed 24 turnovers but out-rebounded the Hawks 32-25. Atlanta will be looking to rebound after the back-to-back losses to the Knicks and I expect them to dominate.
Our second game of the special teaser has an old rivalry game when the Chicago Bulls (21-12, 14-19-0 ATS, 15-17-1 O/U) host the Boston Celtics (19-16, 19-15-1 ATS, 15-20 O/U) at the United Center. After the Celtics enjoyed a 4-game winning streak towards the end of December, they have lost three of their last 4 and sit 8th in the East.
The Bulls are second in the East behind the Cavaliers on the strength of a 5-game winning streak. Before the streak, they has lost 4 of five, but have been getting fantastic play from Jimmy Butler who has scored 23, 42 and 32 points in the Bulls last three games respectively to lead his team.
The Bulls and Celtics played on December 9th in Boston when the home team got double-digit scoring from eight different players to outlast the Bulls 105-100. Butler led all scorers with 36. Basketball odds makers have the home team a 5-point favorite with the number at 203.
For the third and last game for our teaser we’ll move to the Western Conference where the Utah Jazz (15-19, 18-16 ATS, 13-21 O/U) visit the Houston Rockets (17-19, 13-23 ATS, 17-19 O/U). These two met only 3 days ago in Salt Lake City when James Harden scored 30 points to lead the Rockets to a 93-91 win.
Houston has been very inconsistent this year and has lost 5 of their last seven while Utah has lost 9 of their last 14 including their last 2. The Rockets are an 8½-point favorite with the total set at 198½.
Here’s how my Thursday Three Team Special Teaser looks; take the Atlanta Hawks -2 (B+7), Boston Celtics +12 (B+7) and Utah Jazz +15½ (B+7) for a winner.
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