NBA's 10 best betting seasons of the last 30 years


The NBA season is on hold for the time being and will have a unique look if play resumes in the bubble at Disney World in late July. So while we’re waiting things out, we thought now would be a good time to look into the 10 best seasons against the spread over the past 30 years.

With the help of research from ESPN Stats & Information, we broke down the 10 best overall betting campaigns over the past 30 seasons.

2011-12 San Antonio Spurs (43-21-2 ATS, 67.2% cover)

Manu GinĂ³bili missed nearly half the season, but the bench picked up the production. The Spurs’ bench averaged 41.9 PPG in 2011-12, the most in the NBA. That helped the Spurs lead the NBA in offensive efficiency for the first and only time under Gregg Popovich. Rookie Kawhi Leonard averaged 7.9 points on 49% shooting and 1.3 steals per game in 64 games.

2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks (54-28 ATS, 65.85%)

The Bucks improved by 12 games in 2009-10 (46-36) from the previous season (34-48) in part due to the play of rookie Brandon Jennings. Jennings started all 82 games and averaged 15.5 PPG, the third-highest mark among rookies behind only Tyreke Evans (20.1) and Stephen Curry (17.5). Jennings’ 55-point performance against the Warriors is the single-game high for any rookie since the NBA merger (1976-77). The Bucks’ 101.9 defensive efficiency rating was also best in the NBA.

1994-95 Utah Jazz (52-28-2 ATS, 65%)

The Jazz had their first 60-win season, going 60-22 and at the time setting the best single-season record in franchise history. Utah won a league-high 39 games by double-digits in 1994-95 and went 37-1-1 ATS in those wins. The Jazz also went 27-14 away from home, still their best road record in franchise history.

2007-08 Boston Celtics (52-29-1 ATS, 64.2%)

Boosted by the offseason acquisitions of perennial All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics won 66 games, the third-highest total in team history and their most since 1972-73. They increased their win total by 42 games from the previous season, the largest increase from one season to the next by any team in league history (according to research by Elias Sports Bureau).

1993-94 Indiana Pacers (51-29-2 ATS, 63.75%)

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