Each week, we look back on the NBA betting scene and give you the best - and worst - basketball bets, as well as some spots to keep an eye on with the upcoming schedule. For the week of March 31-April 6. Hottest ATS - Chicago Bulls (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS) The third seed in the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs, and the Bulls have staked their claim to the spot with a five-game winning streak that has them tied with the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors. Chicago is firing on all cylinders as the regular season winds down, winning all four of its games this week by at least 12 points and capping it with an 18-point drubbing of the host Washington Wizards to improve to 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven. Chicago winds down its schedule with games against Minnesota, Detroit, New York, Orlando and Charlotte. Coldest ATS - Indiana Pacers (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS) The Pacers are imploding like few top-tier teams before them, and oddsmakers are scrambling to keep up with the descent. The Pacers are 0-9 ATS in their last nine games, including last week's four-game stretch that saw them get trounced by 26 against San Antonio, squeak out a narrow win over a subpar Detroit team and follow that up with losses to Toronto and Atlanta. The one-sided defeat to the Hawks was so bad, center Roy Hibbert tapped out after just nine minutes and didn't play at all in the second half. Best Over play - Detroit Pistons (2-2 SU, 4-0 O/U) You have to give it to the Pistons, who are finishing out their disappointing season the same way they started it: with a high-octane offense and a virtually non-existent defense. Detroit extended its streak of "over" results to five last week, earning a 116-111 win over Milwaukee and a 115-111 triumph over Boston with losses to the Pacers and Brooklyn Nets in between. No team has paid off "over" bettors as well as Detroit, which goes into the final stretch of the season with an absurd 52-25-0 O/U mark. Best Under play - Sacramento Kings (2-2 SU, 1-3 O/U) No team played a perfect "under" week, but the Kings came about as close as anyone. Sacramento opened with a 102-97 win over New Orleans - a game that went just 2.5 points over the total - before defeating the Lakers and dropping decisions to Golden State and Dallas. The absence of electrifying point guard Isaiah Thomas has played a part in the muted Sacramento offense - particularly since, beyond Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings don't have any reliable scoring options.
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