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NBA Playoff Payoffs

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 team’s 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...

Eastern Conference
Team SU Record ATS Record Best Angle Worst Angle
Atlanta 36-60 78-62-2 8-1 ATS HF > 4 vs opp off win 1-14 SU/ATS away off loss 12 >
Boston 72-67 68-68-3 8-2 ATS away off loss 20 > 1-12 ATS fav > 2 off one win exact
Chicago 124-62 78-62-2 7-1 ATS dog off SU fav loss 0-5 ATS DD fav vs opp off BB wins
Indiana 81-76 85-66-6 7-0-1 ATS off loss > 16 0-5 ATS home off ATS win > 18
Miami 71-68 65-70-4 10-1 ATS off DD loss Rounds Two & Three 2-18 3-17 ATS Round One RD > 2
New York 72-71 73-67-3 14-2 ATS Round One RD < 7 0-4 ATS fav > 5 off loss
Orlando 56-62 51-63-4 5-1 ATS dog 9 > 2-11 ATS fav off SU fav loss
Philadelphia 38-50 42-45-1 6-1 ATS DD dog 0-6 ATS Game Two off loss > 4
Western Conference
Team SU Record ATS Record Best Angle Worst Angle
Dallas 65-62 65-59-3 10-1-1 ATS RD 3 < 1-9 ATS home off win as dog +3 >
Denver 23-43 30-51-1 5-0 ATS vs opp off loss 20 > 1-9 ATS dog 7 > vs opp off SU/ATS win
L.A. Clippers 11-4 12-13 4-0 ATS home off SU/ATS loss 1-6 ATS away off SU/ATS win
L.A. Lakers 153-100 121-124-8 9-0 ATS dog 4 > off loss 14 > 1-11 ATS off BB losses, last as fav
Memphis 7-18 10-14-1 4-1 ATS fav off loss 0-11 SU and 1-9-1 ATS if .569 <
Oklahoma City 63-67 59-68-3 11-3 ATS Game Two off loss 1-12 ATS off ATS win 16 >
San Antonio 129-98 119-101-7 9-1 ATS Round Four vs opp off win 1-8 ATS dog vs opp off BB SU/ATS losses
Utah 94-94 100-86-2 5-1 ATS DD dog 0-4 ATS dog 7 > off loss 20 >


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 (84%) and 17-2 ATS (89%) 

There you have it. A study in progress of this year’s playoff teams and how they have fared in NBA postseason play since 1991… 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.


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