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Hoop and the Harm: Weekly NBA Betting Recap for March 2-9

Welcome to the Hoop and the Harm. This is a weekly feature on OddsShark where hoops bettors can uncover all the hottest need-to-know trends, stats and general info for the week that was on the hardwood.

There's no escaping it: the NBA has transitioned into a 3-point obsessed league over the last decade. While jump-shooting teams used to be frowned upon in the past, the modern shape of the Association features a litany of bombers while coaches are featuring more and more small-ball lineups to get higher numbers of shooters on the floor every season.

The traditional use of centers and power forwards has shifted as well, as many of the NBA's biggest players are equipping themselves with the 3-point shot to help space the floor for their smaller teammates.

So, how can sports bettors capitalize on the trend? This week I'm taking a look at how the best (and worst) 3-point shooting teams have done when it comes to going OVER and UNDER totals.

Shoot the J! Shoot it!

TeamPercentage of points from 3-pointersOVER/UNDER record
Houston Rockets43.9 percent34-30-1
Cleveland Cavaliers39.5 percent35-27
Boston Celtics36.3 percent31-32-2
Golden State Warriors36.1 percent27-37
Brooklyn Nets32.9 percent33-29-1

Under the guidance of offensive-minded head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Rockets are shooting the three-ball at a ridiculous rate this year and it's led to a sizzling 44-21 straight-up record. The Rockets, who occupy the third spot in the Western Conference, haven't been as consistent at going OVER totals as their Eastern Conference counterparts, Cleveland, though.

At 35-27 O/U, the Cavs have been the fifth-best OVER bet in the NBA this season. Cleveland isn't afraid to chuck up treys, as the mid-season addition of veteran marksman Kyle Korver from Atlanta has greatly increased the team's 3-point prowess.

While the wine and gold's "Big Three" of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have all been getting the job done from downtown, it's the Cavs bench that's made the biggest difference from beyond the arc. James Jones (56.9 percent), Derrick Williams (43.8) and Channing Frye (40.5) have all done an excellent job in putting points on the board from the second unit.

You get an 'E' for effort

TeamPercentage of points from 3-pointersOVER/UNDER record
Chicago Bulls20.4 percent24-39-1
Minnesota Timberwolves22.9 percent32-31
Detroit Pistons23.2 percent31-33
Phoenix Suns23.7 percent41-23
Orlando Magic25.3 percent29-36

The Chicago Bulls have been the hottest UNDER team in the league for the majority of the 2016-17 campaign, and that's likely not going to change as long as their struggles from long range continue. At 24-39-1 O/U, the Bulls have been an extremely inept bunch under Fred Hoiberg but they're still in the Eastern Conference playoff picture at 31-33 SU.

No player on the Bulls is shooting above 40 percent from 3-point range, as Jerian Grant (38.3 percent), Bobby Portis (35.8) and Jimmy Butler (34) lead the way among regulars. Whatever direction this team is trying to go in is clearly not working, and it's only a matter of time before major shakeups hit the organization from the top down.

Bettors can find some solace in tailing the UNDER, however, as that's looking like the only safe way to bet the Bulls this year.