Betting News and Notes -Dec 12th

Betting News and Notes -Dec 12th

Milwaukee Bucks struggle to get back from California because of Midwest storm
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MILWAUKEE -- The decision by Milwaukee Bucks officials to delay their flight home from California because of a winter storm in the Midwest left them with more hassles on Tuesday.

After an eight-day, 1-4 road trip that included a 95-93 loss to Sacramento on Monday, the Bucks left California early Tuesday for the four-hour flight back to Wisconsin. They were diverted to Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay because of nearly 6 inches of snow and ice in the Milwaukee area.

The Bucks said they would take a bus to Milwaukee, which is normally a two-hour trip, but could take longer on the snowy and slick roads.

The Bucks play Southeast Division leader Orlando on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

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Celtics big man hurt toe when bed fell on it
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Despite the Boston Celtics' 17-2 record, center Kendrick Perkins failed to get a good night's sleep.

What he did get was a sore toe.

Perkins said part of his bed fell on his right big toe Monday night and he might miss the Celtics' game Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings. It would be the first time Boston has altered its starting five this season.

''Man, that's a weird story,'' Perkins said after practice Tuesday. ''I was asleep. I guess whoever put my bed together didn't put it together right when I moved, so one side of my bed fell. My bed was tilted, so I got out of my bed to go push down on the other side.

''And when I was about getting ready to push down on the other side, the headboard started coming in. So I tried to push the headboard back so it wouldn't fall over. My foot was under the bed and the other side of the bed fell on my foot.''

X-rays were negative, but Perkins was limited to riding a bike and other non-basketball activities Tuesday. He is averaging 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Books have not released a line for Wednesday's game.

Through 19 games, the starting five has been the same: Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.

Backup forward Scot Pollard also missed practice with lower back pain.

''Perk's foot, a big toe injury, and that is a concern,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''Right now, I would say there's a very good chance we're going to be without Perk and Scot Pollard'' against the Kings.

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Detroit (15-6, 12-9 ATS) at Houston (11-11, 9-13 ATS)

The Pistons play their fifth road game of the month, and their second in as many nights, when they head to Houston to battle the Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Detroit topped the Grizzlies 113-103 last night as a 5½-point road chalk, improving to 4-0 SU and ATS on the road in December. Overall, the Pistons have won seven of their last eight both SU and ATS.

The Rockets head home following a 1-2 road trip that ended with Monday’s 100-88 loss at Philadelphia as a 5½-point chalk. Houston, which has played seven of its last eight contests on the road, is just 5-10 in its last 15 outings (6-9 ATS).

The Pistons are on an 8-2 run against the Rockets (7-3 ATS), with the straight-up winner going 9-1 ATS during this stretch. The home team is 7-2 SU and the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the past nine meetings.

The straight-up winner is 12-0 ATS in Houston’s last 12 games and 14-1 ATS in Detroit’s last 15 (9-0 ATS in the last nine). The winner is also 11-1 ATS in Detroit’s 12 roadies and 7-1 ATS in Houston’s eight home outings.

The Pistons are a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS when playing on back-to-back nights.

Houston has followed up a three-game SU and ATS home losing skid with consecutive wins and covers at the Toyota Center.

The under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings, and the under is 5-0 in the last five series clashes in Houston. Also, the under is on runs of 6-2-1 for the Rockets overall, 7-1 for the Rockets against the Central Division and 7-2 for the Pistons against the Southwest Division.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DETROIT and UNDER


Utah (13-9, 10-11-1 ATS) at Phoenix (16-6, 10-12 ATS)

The Suns try to halt a rare two-game losing skid when they host freefalling Utah in a battle of two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA.

Phoenix capped a five-game road trip with Saturday’s 100-93 loss to the Timberwolves as a 10½-point favorite, then came home on Monday and fell 117-113 to the Heat as an 11½-point home chalk. The two-game slide comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

The Suns are just 3-6 ATS in their last nine contests, including 0-3 ATS at home.

Utah returned from an 0-3 SU and ATS losing skid last night and promptly suffered one of the biggest upset losses in the NBA this season, falling 97-89 to Portland as a 14-point favorite. The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last five outings.

The Jazz are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight road games, including three straight losses and non-covers. Also, the straight-up winner is 11-1 ATS in Utah’s 12 road games this year, including 9-0 ATS in the last nine.

Utah has won four of the last five meetings against Phoenix and is 4-2 ATS in the last six clashes. The winning team has scored at least 102 points in nine of the last 10 series battles.

The Jazz are on a 6-2 ATS run against the Pacific Division, but they’re 1-5 ATS when playing on back-to-back nights.

Utah has topped the total in seven of eight games overall and 20 of its last 27 on the road. Also, the over is 6-1 in the Suns’ last seven overall and 6-3 in their nine home contests this season.

ATS ADVANTAGE: PHOENIX and OVER


COLLEGE BASKETBALL


Cincinnati (4-4, 0-4-1 ATS) at (17) Xavier (7-1, 4-1 ATS)


Xavier puts its six-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Cincinnati in the annual battle for Queen City bragging rights.

The Musketeers have been idle since blasting Creighton 79-66 as an 11½-point home favorite a week ago today. Xavier has scored at least 78 points in all seven of its wins, all of which have come by double digits, and the Musketeers have cashed in all three of their lined games during their six-game winning streak.

Cincinnati is coming off back-to-back road losses at UAB (73-54) on Dec. 1 and Illinois State (62-52) on Saturday. The Bearcats pushed as a 10-point underdog in Saturday’s contest, snapping an 0-6 ATS slide that dated to last season.

The home team has won each of the last four meetings (2-2 ATS), with the Bearcats prevailing last year 67-57 as a 4½-point home pup. The underdog is 8-0 ATS in this rivalry the last eight years.

Cincinnati is just 5-17-2 ATS in its last 24 overall, including 1-7 ATS in its last seven non-conference contests. However, the Bearcats have cashed in four of their last five against Atlantic-10 foes.

Xavier is mired in a 1-5 ATS slump against Big East teams.

The under is 5-1 in the last six battles in this rivalry. However, the over is 19-7 in Xavier’s last 26 at home.

ATS ADVANTAGE: XAVIER

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NBA Today - Wednesday, Dec. 12
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SCOREBOARD Wednesday, Dec. 12

Sacramento at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST). The Kings are 0-8 on the road this season and the Celtics are 10-0 at home.

STARS Tuesday

-Larry Hughes, Cavaliers, scored 36 points and Cleveland beat Indiana 118-105.

-Chauncey Billups, Pistons, had 28 points and 14 assists to lead Detroit past Memphis 113-103.

-Martell Webster, Trail Blazers, scored 25 points to help Portland get its second win on the road this season, a 97-89 triumph over Utah.

.500

Washington (11-10) beat Minnesota 102-88 Tuesday night to move above .500 for only the second time all season. ... Atlanta (10-11) fell to Toronto 100-88 and was denied in its attempt to move over .500 after 20 or more games for the first time since 1998-99, its last playoff season.

NEW JERSEY BLUES

Chris Kaman and Tim Thomas both scored 18 points and Kaman grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers past the Nets 91-82 on Tuesday night for their first win in New Jersey since Jan. 15, 1998. The Nets have lost eight of their last nine games at home. New Jersey shot 32 percent (26-for-81), including an abysmal 5-for-25 in the fourth quarter in the loss.

SUPER SUB

Larry Hughes came off the bench and scored a season-high 36 points in just 26 minutes, and Cleveland snapped a six-game losing streak with a 118-105 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night. It was his second game back after missing 11 with a bruised leg. Hughes finished 13-of-17 from the field. The last time a Cleveland reserve scored 36 points or more was Phil Hubbard (37) in 1984.

STREAKS

Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh consecutive double-double in Washington's 102-88 win victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night. That matches the longest streak of his career - something he hadn't done since Dec. 27, 2000, to Jan. 8, 2001. ... Detroit beat Memphis 113-103 to win its seventh in the last eight games and hand the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.

SNAPPED

LeBron James scored 17 minutes in 22 minutes after a five-game absence to help Cleveland beat Indiana 118-105 Tuesday night and snap a six-game losing streak. The Cavaliers set season highs in points and field-goal percentage (55) in the win. ... Golden State beat San Antonio 96-84 to snap the Spurs' five-game winning streak. San Antonio hadn't lost since its last trip to Northern California - a 112-99 defeat at Sacramento on Nov. 26.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Craig Smith scored a career-high 36 points in Minnesota's 102-88 loss to Washington on Tuesday night. ... Carlos Boozer scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but Utah lost to Portland 97-89.

SPEAKING

''We scored close to 100 points. We scored close to 50 in the half, and we weren't even in the game. If you don't defend in this league, you can't be in the game.'' - Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo after the Sonics' 123-96 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night. The Bulls' 123 points were their most in regulation since a 128-102 win over Philadelphia on April 7, 1997.

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Wednesday's NBA betting matchup notes
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Dallas Mavericks at Toronto Raptors


The Raptors try to end an eight-game losing streak to the Mavericks when they meet Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

The Wolves won both meetings with the 76ers last season, including a 95-84 victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 3, 2006.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte (7-12) is 0-6 against the Clippers since joining the NBA as an expansion team in 2004, including 0-3 at home.

Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers

The Bulls (7-12) have won four of their last five overall meetings against the Pacers (10-11), including a 3-1 edge in last season's series.

Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics

The Kings have won 12 of 14 against the Celtics, including five of seven in Boston

Seattle SuperSonics at New York Knicks

The Knicks had a three-game win streak against the Sonics snapped with a 100-99 home loss on March 6. Seattle has won two of its last three visits to New York after losing six straight there.

Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks

Orlando is winning by an average of 20.0 points during its three-game winning streak over the Bucks, and has won five of the last six meetings.

Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets

The Pistons and Rockets split two games last season, with each team winning at home. Detroit has dropped 11 of its last 14 visits to Houston.

New Orleans Hornets at Denver Nuggets

New Orleans' win over Denver in November was just its fourth in the last 12 meetings between the teams.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers


The Warriors have recent history on their side, as they have won eight of their last nine games against the Trail Blazers.

Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash had 18 assists in a 126-98 win over Utah on April 14 to help Phoenix avoid being swept in the teams' four meetings last season. The Suns have lost their last two at home to the Jazz.

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Wednesday's NCAAB matchup notes
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Cincinnati Bearcats at No. 17 Xavier Musketeers

The Musketeers have won seven of the past 11 meetings with the school that's just three miles down the road.

No. 21 Vanderbilt Commodores at DePaul Blue Demons

This is the second meeting between these schools. Vanderbilt won 83-78 in overtime on March 12, 1965 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Lamar Cardinals at No. 25 Brigham Young Cougars

Lamar Sanders had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds versus BYU last season.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats

- The Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Bobcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

The Clippers controlled the second half and picked up a 91-82 victory over the Nets last time out, as 6.5-point underdogs. The combined 173 points were UNDER the posted total of 185.

Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 18 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Tim Thomas also added 18 points in the win.

The Bobcats lost to Detroit 104-85 as a 12-point underdog last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (192).

Jason Richardson led the Bobcats with 15 points, while Emeka Okafor chipped in with 14 points.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 8-12 SU, 7-13 ATS
Charlotte: 7-12 SU, 6-12-1 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Memphis are 2-8
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-7
Before playing Orlando are 1-9
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games on the road
LA Clippers are 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Charlotte
LA Clippers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Charlotte's last 23 games
Charlotte is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Clippers

Next up:
LA Clippers at Memphis, Friday, December 14
Charlotte home to Orlando, Friday, December 14

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers

- The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Wachovia Center.

Craig Smith had a game-high 36 points in Minnesota's 102-88 loss to Washington on Tuesday. Minnesota were 8.5-point underdogs, while the 190 points were UNDER the posted total of 196.

Craig Smith netted a game-high 36 points with eight rebounds in the loss.

The 76ers got out to a roaring start and held off a late surge to upset the Rockets 100-88 last time out, as 6-point underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 182.5.

Andre Miller led the way with 17 points and 12 assists, while Willie Green added a team-high 20 points in the win.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 3-16 SU, 8-11 ATS
Philadelphia: 8-13 SU, 10-10-1 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Seattle are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Sacramento are 4-6
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games on the road
Minnesota is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Seattle, Friday, December 14
Philadelphia home to Sacramento, Friday, December 14

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Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers

- The fans at Conseco Fieldhouse will be treated to a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers when they take their seats on Wednesday.

Ben Gordon tossed in a game-high 27 points in leading the Bulls to a 123-96 victory over the SuperSonics last time out. The Bulls easily covered the 8.5-point spread, and the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 192.

Gordon shot 12-for-19 from the field with five rebounds and six assists, and Luol Deng added 20 points in the win.

The Pacers were dumped 118-105 by the Cavaliers last time out, as 2-point road underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 196.

Mike Dunleavy led the Pacers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Team records:
Chicago: 7-12 SU, 7-12 ATS
Indiana: 10-11 SU, 11-10 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games at home
Indiana is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Indiana is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
Chicago home to New York, Friday, December 14
Indiana home to Toronto, Friday, December 14

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Seattle SuperSonics vs. New York Knicks

- The Seattle SuperSonics and the New York Knicks will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Madison Square Garden.

The SuperSonics were crushed 123-96 by the Bulls last time out, as 8.5-point underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 192.

Kevin Durant had 16 points, while Wally Szczerbiak and Mickael Gelabale had 12 points apiece in the loss.

The Knicks lost 99-89 to the Mavericks on Monday, as 8.5-point underdogs. The combined 188 points were well UNDER the posted total of 200.

Zach Randolph had a double-double, sinking 24 points with 11 rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Seattle has lost 2 straight games.
New York has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Seattle: 5-17 SU, 10-12 ATS
New York: 6-14 SU, 8-12 ATS

Seattle most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Chicago are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

New York most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago are 2-8
After playing Dallas are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
Seattle is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
Seattle is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing Seattle
New York is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Seattle
New York is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Seattle at Minnesota, Friday, December 14
New York at Chicago, Friday, December 14

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors

- The Dallas Mavericks and the Toronto Raptors will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Air Canada Centre.

Dirk Nowitzki tossed in a game-high 36 points to spark the Mavericks to a 99-89 win over the lowly Knicks on Monday. The Mavericks covered the 8.5-point spread, but the combined 188 points were well UNDER the posted total of 200.

Nowitzki shot 14-for-23 from the field with seven rebounds, while Josh Howard added 22 points in the win.

The Raptors dominated the fourth quarter to come away with a 100-88 win over the Hawks on Tuesday. The Raptors covered the 3-point spread, and the game's 188 points made it OVER the posted total of 186.

T.J. Ford led the Raptors with a game-high 26 points from 11-for-15 shooting, and Chris Bosh added 20 points in the win.

Current streak:
Dallas has won 2 straight games.
Toronto has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 14-8 SU, 9-13 ATS
Toronto: 12-10 SU, 14-8 ATS

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 8-2
After playing New York are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Dallas's last 15 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games at home
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to New Orleans, Friday, December 14
Toronto at Indiana, Friday, December 14

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Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics

- The fans at TD Banknorth Garden will be treated to a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Kings scored 30 points in the final quarter to come back and defeat the Bucks 96-93 last time out. The Kings failed to cover the 5.5-point spread, while the combined 189 points were UNDER the posted total of 198.5.

John Salmons led the way with 22 points, three rebounds and five assists from 9-for-14 shooting.

Ray Allen netted 21 points as the Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 92-81 on Saturday night.

The Celtics cashed as 6-point road favorites as the teams played under the 183-point total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Boston has won 6 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 8-12 SU, 11-9 ATS
Boston: 17-2 SU, 13-5-1 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

Boston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
Sacramento is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
Sacramento is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Boston
Sacramento is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Sacramento
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Sacramento at Philadelphia, Friday, December 14
Boston home to Milwaukee, Friday, December 14

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Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets

- The Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Toyota Center.

The Pistons were outplayed in the fourth quarter, but easily tamed the Grizzlies in a 113-103 win last time out. The Pistons covered the 5.5-point spread, and the 216 points sailed OVER the posted total of 204.5.

Chauncey Billups shot 7-for-15 from the field with 28 points, five rebounds and 14 assists.

The Rockets were upset 100-88 by the 76ers last time out, as 6-point favorites. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 182.5.

Bonzi Wells had a double-double in the loss, netting 24 points with 10 rebounds.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 2 straight games.
Houston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 15-6 SU, 12-9 ATS
Houston: 11-11 SU, 9-13 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 8-2
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 9-1
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Detroit is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Detroit
Houston is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Detroit home to Atlanta, Friday, December 14
Houston home to Dallas, Saturday, December 15

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Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks

- The Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Bradley Center.

The Magic were upended 98-87 by the Hawks on Monday, as 10.5-point favorites. The 185 points fell UNDER the posted total of 194.5.

Hedo Turkoglu shot 7-for-15 from the field with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.

The Bucks were downed 96-93 by the Kings, as 5.5-point underdogs last time out. The combined 189 points were UNDER the posted total of 198.5.

Michael Redd shot 8-for-19 from the field with 24 points and four rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Orlando has lost 2 straight games.
Milwaukee has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 16-6 SU, 17-5 ATS
Milwaukee: 8-12 SU, 8-11-1 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Sacramento are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Orlando is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Milwaukee is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Orlando at Charlotte, Friday, December 14
Milwaukee at Boston, Friday, December 14

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New Orleans Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets

- The New Orleans Hornets and the Denver Nuggets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

The Hornets defeated Seattle 91-88 as an 8-point favorite last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (196).

Chris Paul scored a game-high 29 points and handed out 10 assists for New Orleans, while David West added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Allen Iverson had 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Nuggets to a 101-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

The Nuggets couldn't cover as huge 13.5-point favorites as the teams played under the 214-point total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
New Orleans has won 2 straight games.
Denver has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 14-7 SU, 10-10-1 ATS
Denver: 13-8 SU, 10-11 ATS

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 1-9
After a win are 6-4

Denver most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
New Orleans is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 13-3-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
Denver is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans at Dallas, Friday, December 14
Denver at San Antonio, Saturday, December 15

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Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

- The fans at Rose Garden will be treated to a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Warriors defence had 14 steals to help them crush the Spurs 96-84 on Tuesday. The Warriors easily covered the 1.5-point spread, while the combined 176 points were UNDER the posted total of 213.

Stephen Jackson netted 20 points to lead the way, while Baron Davis chipped in with 18.

The Trail Blazers dominated from the three-point line and stopped the Jazz for a 97-89 upset last time out, as 14-point underdogs. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 202.

Martell Webster led the way with a team-high 25 points, while Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack each tossed in 16 points in the win.

Current streak:
Portland has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 12-9 SU, 11-10 ATS
Portland: 9-12 SU, 11-10 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Portland most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 2-8
After playing Utah are 2-8
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Golden State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Golden State's last 8 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland's last 8 games when playing Golden State
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Portland is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing at home against Golden State

Next up:
Golden State home to LA Lakers, Friday, December 14
Portland home to Utah, Friday, December 14

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Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns

- The Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at US Airways Center.

The Jazz were upset 97-89 by the Trail Blazers last time out, as 14-point favorites. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 202.

Carlos Boozer had a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Suns were upset 117-113 by the Heat on Monday, as 12-point favorites. The combined 230 points sailed OVER the posted total of 217.

Shawn Marion was one of four players with 19 points in the loss for the Suns, while shooting 8-for-11 from the field with six rebounds.

Current streak:
Utah has lost 4 straight games.
Phoenix has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 13-9 SU, 10-12 ATS
Phoenix: 16-6 SU, 10-12 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 4-6
After playing Portland are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Utah is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games
Phoenix is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
Phoenix is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Portland, Friday, December 14
Phoenix at New Orleans, Saturday, December 15

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NHL parity makes sure bets a rarity

League's balance has made wagering on hockey a risky proposition.

Perhaps the best example of parity in sports can be found in the NHL standings listed in order of records against the spread.

After 10 weeks of the 2007-08 season, 23 of the league's 30 teams have won at least 13 times against the spread and 23 have lost at least 13 times against the spread.

That's betting balance at its best, and it's what has made wagering on hockey so risky this season.

Just check out the Central Division.

The Detroit Red Wings own the league's best record at 22-6-2 and had a 13-point lead over second-place St. Louis heading into Tuesday night's games.

But third-place Columbus, which trails Detroit by 14 points, and last-place Chicago, 16 points behind the Red Wings, have the best records against the spread in the division at 18-12 and 17-12, respectively. Detroit is 14-16 against the spread.

One factor behind the balance has been a more competitive league schedule, with every team having already spent a month playing against division rivals. Facing the same teams over and over led to fewer blowout games.

The NHL also has cut down home-ice advantage in many games involving teams playing on back-to-back nights.

For example, last week the Buffalo Sabres were outscored by a combined 12-3 in consecutive losses to the Ducks and Kings. Two days later, Buffalo won, 7-1, at San Jose, with the Sharks having played at Phoenix the night before.

In previous seasons, San Jose probably would have been rested and waiting for the Sabres instead of the other way around.

Last hockey add: The NHL's best team against the spread? Boston, with a 22-7 record. Even though the Bruins are only 16-10-3, they are the only team in the league to cover the line more than 18 times and the only team that has failed to cover fewer than 11 times.

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Freshmen Lucas-Perry to leave Arizona

Tucson, AZ -- UA freshman guard Laval Lucas-Perry quit the Arizona men's basketball team Monday, announcing he has decided to transfer to another school. He's undecided on where that will be.

"We wish Laval the best of luck," UA interim head coach Kevin O'Neill said in a press release. "He is a great kid. Unfortunately, he felt that opportunities would be better for him elsewhere."

NCAA rules stipulate that Lucas-Perry must sit out a year before transferring to another Division I school, so he would not be eligible to play until the end of the fall semester next year when he would have 2 1/2 years of eligibility left.

Lucas-Perry, who hails from Grand Blanc, Mich., averaged 4.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game, seeing time in five of the Wildcats' eight contests. His best game came Nov. 19 against Missouri-Kansas City when he set career highs in points (nine), rebounds (five) and minutes (24).

The news comes four days after UA head coach Lute Olson announced that he will miss the rest of the season for personal reasons.

Lucas-Perry, the No. 138 player in the recruiting Web site Rival.com's class of 2007 rankings, was offered scholarships by Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, according to Rivals, making it possible one of those schools could be interested in him now.

He becomes the first Wildcat to transfer since guard J.P. Prince left for Tennessee last year.

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Xavier big 'chalk' vs. Cincy
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Carrying a national ranking into its annual crosstown rivalry game with Cincinnati has been a good thing for Xavier. Then again, being the underdog in this matchup has had its advantages.

The No. 17 Musketeers look to remain perfect when facing the Bearcats while ranked in the AP poll and avoid their first home loss in nearly a year as the teams meet Wednesday at Cintas Center. Most sports books are listing Cincy as a huge 19-point underdog.

Xavier (7-1) has been ranked five times heading into this crosstown game and won each matchup, including twice in the past 10 years when Cincinnati has been unranked. Though they trail the overall series 47-27, the Musketeers have won seven of the past 11 meetings with the school that's just three miles down the road.   

Since 1996, the Bearcats have lost four times to an unranked Xavier team when they've been ranked - twice as the nation's No. 1 team. Though neither team was ranked when they met last season on Dec. 13, Cincinnati's 67-57 win was certainly considered an upset. The Bearcats went on to finish 11-19 - their worst record in 23 years - while Xavier was 25-9.

The teams have met at least once per season since 1945-46.

Cincinnati has lost its last two trips to Cintas Center, where the Musketeers have won 13 in a row since a loss to Bucknell on Dec. 20, 2006. Their five home wins this season have been by an average of 31.8 points.

A win against Cincinnati will give Xavier its best start since the 1996-97 team won its first 10 games.

Coach Sean Miller's team has been one of the nation's most balanced early this season. Six players average between 11.0 and 13.5 points, and each of those six has led the team in scoring in at least one game.

"On any particular night, we have different players who are capable of having a big night," Miller said. "It's not always six players in double figures. It's the ability of a lot of players to have a big game."

The latest Musketeer to come up big was senior guard Drew Lavender. The preseason Atlantic-10 first-team selection scored 28 points and had a career-best 10 assists - his first ever double-double - in leading Xavier to a 79-66 win over previously unbeaten Creighton on Dec. 5.

"He was the first option," said B.J. Raymond, who added 15 points. "It shows you how good he is. It's hard to find a point guard who can score, who can run the team, take on the press. Basically, he does all the work."

Xavier is the best team in the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage (49.7) and 3-point percentage (40.8). Raymond, Lavender and senior Stanley Burrell each shoot at least 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Cincinnati (4-4) is coming off its first losing season in 19 years, and is off to a mediocre start in 2007-08. Its four wins have come against mid-major programs with a combined record of 10-23.

The Bearcats opened the season with six straight home games, winning the most recent one on Nov. 26, before losing twice on the road in their only games since.

In their most recent defeat, 62-52 at Illinois State on Saturday, Cincinnati shot 36.7 percent for the game and scored only 18 points in the first half.

Point guard Deonta Vaughn led the team in scoring as a freshman last season and is doing the same as a sophomore, averaging 15.0 points to go along with 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He had 24 points to spark Cincinnati's win over Xavier last season.

While the Musketeers are one of the best shooting teams in their conference, the Bearcats are one of the worst in the Big East. They rank 15th in both field-goal percentage (41.8) and 3-point percentage (30.8). They are last in points per game (65.8).

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