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Betting News and Notes - Dec 14th

Betting News and Notes - Dec 14th

Los Angeles Clippers waive forward Ruben Patterson
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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers waived forward Ruben Patterson on Thursday, hours after he helped them beat the Nets in New Jersey for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Patterson and Tim Thomas led a 16-5 run that put the Clippers ahead for good in the third quarter of Wednesday night's 91-82 victory.

Patterson signed with the Clippers as a free agent Aug. 29. He made five starts in 20 games this season, averaging 5.1 points and 3.2 assists.

The Clippers have been beset by injuries. Elton Brand is still recovering from an offseason Achilles' injury, Sam Cassell has missed seven consecutive games with a calf injury, and Quinton Ross sustained a lower back bruise when he fell in the third quarter Wednesday.

The Clippers play the Grizzlies on Friday.

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Hawks' Horford suspended for flagrant foul on Ford
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NEW YORK -- Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was suspended for one game by the NBA on Thursday for a flagrant foul against Toronto's T.J. Ford.

Ford was injured when Horford struck him on the head and knocked him down as Ford was trying to score on a breakaway with 1:32 left in the game Tuesday night. Horford, ejected for a flagrant foul penalty two, said he was trying to block Ford's shot.

Ford was released from an Atlanta hospital Wednesday and flew home to Toronto. Ford spent the night in Piedmont Hospital for observation and tests.

The Hawks play Detroit on Friday night.

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Ely to miss Hornets game at Dallas
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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans center Melvin Ely has a fractured left eye socket that will keep him out of the lineup when the Hornets play at Dallas on Friday night.

Ely was hurt when he was elbowed by the Nuggets' Kenyon Martin during the second quarter of the Hornets' 105-99 loss in Denver on Wednesday night.

A Hornets spokesman said Thursday that a timetable for Ely's return will be set following further examination.

Hornets guard Morris Peterson (back) and forward Peja Stojakovic (groin) are questionable for Friday night's game against the Mavericks.

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Friday's NBA matchup notes
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Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers


Philadelphia has won three of the last four meetings with the Kings after losing the previous nine games in the interconference series.

Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats

The Magic are 1-5 all-time at Charlotte Bobcats Arena despite averaging 100 points per game there.

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers

Indiana has won eight of its last 10 home games against Toronto.

Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics

These teams split last season's four-game series, with each club winning once on the other's home floor.

Cleveland Cavaliers at New Jersey Nets

The Nets have won nine of 10 against the Cavaliers at home, but just two of the last six meetings overall in the series.

Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons

The Pistons (15-7) have won six straight at home against Atlanta (10-11) and 23 of the last 26 meetings at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where Detroit is 7-2 this year.

L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies

The Clippers won all three meetings with the Grizzlies last season after losing 11 of the previous 13.

Seattle SuperSonics at Minnesota Timberwolves

The Sonics have taken three consecutive matchups and four of the last five from Minnesota.

New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls

The Knicks have dropped six straight and 11 of 12 road games against the Bulls (7-13).

New Orleans Hornets at Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks are 9-2 in Dallas, where the Hornets have dropped 11 straight visits.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

Utah has lost five of its last seven visits to Portland.

L.A. Lakers at Golden State Warriors

Golden State (12-10) has not beaten Los Angeles since a 126-99 win on April 18, 2005, in the final week of that season. The Warriors have also lost 14 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.

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Atlanta (10-11 SU and ATS) at Detroit (15-7 SU, 12-9-1 ATS)

The Pistons look to beat the Hawks for the third time already this season when they welcome Atlanta to the Palace at Auburn Hills.

Detroit edged the Hawks 92-91 back on Nov. 4 but failed to cover the 7½-point spread, and then followed that up with a 106-95 win in Atlanta 10 days ago, getting the cash as a six-point chalk. The Pistons have dominated the Hawks lately, going 8-2 SU. However, despite the most recent result, Atlanta has been cashing tickets, going 6-2 ATS since February 2006, all as an underdog.

Since losing to Detroit earlier this month, the Hawks have won three of four overall (2-2 ATS), the one blemish being Tuesday’s 100-88 setback to Toronto as a three-point home ‘dog. Atlanta is also 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four on the highway, including Monday’s 98-87 upset of the Magic as 10½-point pups.

The Pistons return home off an 80-77 loss in Houston on Wednesday, pushing as three-point underdogs. Even with the horrible offensive effort against the Rockets, Detroit has topped the century mark in six of its last nine games, going 7-2 SU along the way (7-1-1 ATS).

The under is 10-1 in Atlanta’s last 11 road games, 10-2 in its last 12 overall and 10-4 in the Pistons’ last 14 Friday tip-offs. However the over is 6-3 in the last nine head-to-head matchups between these two.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


New Orleans (14-8 SU, 11-10-1 ATS) at Dallas (14-9 SU, 9-14 ATS)


Two weeks after these two slugged it out in an overtime game in New Orleans, the Hornets and Mavericks meet again in Dallas.

New Orleans outlasted the Mavs 112-108 as a three-point underdog on Dec. 3, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Mavericks. Neither team has really had the upper hand getting the cash lately, with Dallas holding a slight 4-2-1 ATS advantage in the last seven.

The Hornets have won four of their last six overall, but are just 1-3 ATS in their last four. The one spread-cover came on Wednesday in Denver, where New Orleans lost 105-99 as eight-point ‘dogs.

New Orleans is 16-5-2 ATS in its last 23 road games, including 7-3 ATS on the highway this season.

The Mavs, who are coming off Wednesday 92-76 loss at Toronto as four-point favorites, are mired in slumps of 4-7 SU and 4-11 ATS. Dallas split its last two home games, falling to Denver 122-109 as an 8½-point chalk and beating Utah 125-117 as a 5½-point favorite.

At home, Dallas puts up 107.2 points a game and shoots 48.7 percent from the field. However, Avery Johnson’s club is surrendering 101.1 ppg in front of the home fans on 47 percent shooting.

The under is 13-5 in New Orleans’ last 18 overall and 7-2-1 in the last 10 series meetings. However, the over is on runs of 8-2-1 for the Hornets against Southwest Division rivals, 7-2 for Dallas against the Western Conference and 20-8 for the Mavs at home (9-2 “over” at home this season).

ATS ADVANTAGE: NEW ORLEANS


L.A. Lakers (13-8 SU, 12-9 ATS) at Golden State (12-10 SU, 11-11 ATS)

The Lakers head up the California coast, where they hope to continue their dominance over the Warriors in a Western Conference showdown.

Los Angeles has won nine straight overall against Golden State (6-3 ATS), including four consecutive wins and covers at Oracle Arena in Oakland. In the first meeting between these two this season on Sunday, the Lakers scored a 123-113 win as three-point home favorites.

The Lakers are riding a four-game winning streak (3-1 ATS) into this one, and have scored at least 111 points three of the four games. Thursday, Los Angeles beat the Tim Duncan-less Spurs 102-97 in the Staples Center, but the Lakers failed to cover as 6 ½-point favorites.

Los Angeles has followed up a three-game SU and ATS slide on the road with consecutive road victories over Minnesota (116-95) and Denver (111-107). The straight-up winner has covered the spread in all nine road games for the Lakers, who average 106.4 ppg on the highway and shoot 48.3 percent from the floor, but allow 105.3 ppg (44.6 percent).

Golden State fell to 7-3 SU (6-4 ATS) in its last 10 after Wednesday’s 105-95 loss in Portland as a four-point chalk. The last time the Warriors were at home, they beat the Tim Duncan-less Spurs 96-84 as 2½-point favorites.

The Warriors light up the scoreboard at home, averaging 112.4 ppg while allowing 107.2. They’re 6-1 in their last seven at Oracle Arena (5-2 ATS), the only setback being a six-point overtime loss to the Magic on Dec. 3. Also, the straight-up winner is 9-2 ATS in Golden State’s 11 home contests.

Golden State is 7-2 ATS in its last nine divisional games.

Offense hasn’t been in short supply in this series, as the winner has topped the century mark in every game since 2005. Not surprisingly, the over is 19-7 in the last 26 head-to-head meetings. The over is also on runs of 8-3 for the Lakers on the road, 9-4 for the Lakers on Friday, 8-3 for the Warriors at home and 7-1 for the Warriors against Pacific Division rivals.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER

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Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats

- The Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Dwight Howard netted 20 points and had 13 rebounds for the Magic in their 100-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

The Bucks cashed in as 10-point home underdogs as the teams played under the 186-point total posted by sportsbooks.

Emeka Okafor scored 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Bobcats beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-103 on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats couldn't cash in as 6.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 187-point total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Orlando has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 16-7 SU, 17-6 ATS
Charlotte: 8-12 SU, 6-13-1 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 2-4
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
Orlando is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Orlando is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games at home
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Orlando
Charlotte is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing at home against Orlando

Next up:
Orlando home to Memphis, Saturday, December 15
Charlotte at Atlanta, Saturday, December 15

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Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers

- The Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Wachovia Center.

Ron Artest and Beno Udrih were the top scorers for the Kings with 16 points in their 90-78 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

The Celtics couldn't cover as 14.5-point home favorites as the teams played well under the 192-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Andre Igoudala netted 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-94 on Wednesday night.

The Sixers couldn't cover as 13.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 186.5-point total posted by books.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 8-13 SU, 12-9 ATS
Philadelphia: 9-13 SU, 10-11-1 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games
Sacramento is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Sacramento's last 11 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Sacramento is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games when playing at home against Sacramento

Next up:
Sacramento at Washington, Saturday, December 15
Philadelphia at Cleveland, Saturday, December 15

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Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers

- The Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Chris Bosh had 17 points as the Raptors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 92-76 on Wednesday night.

The Raptors cashed as 5.5-point home underdogs as the game played under the 196-point total set by oddsmakers.

Kareem Rush scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Pacers to a 117-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

The Pacers covered as 6-point home favorites as the teams played over the 198.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Toronto has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 13-10 SU, 15-8 ATS
Indiana: 11-11 SU, 12-10 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Boston, Sunday, December 16
Indiana at Miami, Saturday, December 15

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

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

Michael Redd scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out nine assists to lead the Bucks to a 100-86 upset win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

The Bucks cashed in as 10-point home underdogs as the teams played under the 186-point total posted by sportsbooks.

Paul Pierce scored 26 points to lead the Celtics past the Sacramento Kings 90-78 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics couldn't cover as 14.5-point home favorites as the teams played well under the 192-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Boston has won 7 straight games.

Team records:
Milwaukee: 9-12 SU, 9-11-1 ATS
Boston: 18-2 SU, 13-6-1 ATS

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Sacramento are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
Milwaukee is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Boston
Milwaukee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 16 games when playing 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 6 games at home
Boston is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Minnesota, Saturday, December 15
Boston at Toronto, Sunday, December 16

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons

- The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Hawks lost 100-88 to the Raptors last time out, as 3-point underdogs. The game's 188 points made it OVER the posted total of 186.

Joe Johnson shot 6-for-16 from the field with 21 points, four rebounds and five assists in the loss.

Rasheed Wallace paced the Pistons with 21 points in their 80-77 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Rockets failed to cover as 7-point home favorites as the game played well under the 185-point total set by oddsmakers.

Team records:
Atlanta: 10-11 SU, 10-11 ATS
Detroit: 15-7 SU, 12-9-1 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Charlotte are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Golden State are 7-3
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 12 games
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Detroit is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Atlanta home to Charlotte, Saturday, December 15
Detroit home to Golden State, Sunday, December 16

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Seattle SuperSonics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

- The fans at Target Center will be treated to a game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Minnesota Timberwolves when they take their seats on Friday.

Kevin Durant had 30 points to lift the SuperSonics to a 117-110 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

The Sonics upset the Knicks as 6-point road underdogs as the game played well over the 198.5-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Al Jefferson led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 11 rebounds in their 98-94 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

The Sixers couldn't cover as 13.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 186.5-point total posted by books.

Current streak:
Minnesota has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Seattle: 6-17 SU, 11-12 ATS
Minnesota: 3-17 SU, 9-11 ATS

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

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Seattle is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Seattle

Next up:
Seattle at Utah, Saturday, December 15
Minnesota at Milwaukee, Saturday, December 15

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

- The Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at FedExForum.

Corey Maggette paced the Clippers with 23 points in their 108-103 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats couldn't cash in as 6.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 187-point total set by sportsbooks.

The Grizzlies could not recover in a 113-103 loss to the Pistons last time out, as 5.5-point underdogs. The 216 points sailed OVER the posted total of 204.5.

Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 20 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 8-for-17 from the field.

Current streak:
Memphis has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 8-13 SU, 8-13 ATS
Memphis: 6-15 SU, 11-10 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 2-4
After a loss are 3-7

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Clippers last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 6 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Memphis's last 10 games at home
Memphis is 15-4 SU in their last 19 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Memphis is 11-5 SU in their last 16 games when playing LA Clippers
Memphis is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
LA Clippers at LA Lakers, Sunday, December 16
Memphis at Orlando, Saturday, December 15

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Jersey Nets

- The fans at Izod Center will be treated to a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Jersey Nets when they take their seats on Friday.

The Cavaliers got out to a 21 point lead after the first quarter in a 118-105 victory over the Pacers last time out. The Cavaliers easily covered the 2-point spread, and the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 196.

Larry Hughes took the pressure off LeBron James, netting a game-high 36 points from 13-for-17 shooting and James netted 17 in the win.

The Nets were upset 91-82 by the Clippers on Tuesday, as 6.5-point favorites. The combined 173 points were UNDER the posted total of 185.

Jason Kidd had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double in the loss.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 10-12 SU, 10-12 ATS
New Jersey: 9-13 SU, 7-14-1 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
New Jersey is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Cleveland
New Jersey is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Philadelphia, Saturday, December 15
New Jersey at New York, Saturday, December 15

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New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls

- The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at United Center.

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 29 points in their 117-110 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

The Sonics upset the Knicks as 6-point road underdogs as the game played well over the 198.5-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 18 points in their 117-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

The Pacers covered as 6-point home favorites as the teams played over the 198.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
New York has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 6-15 SU, 8-13 ATS
Chicago: 7-13 SU, 7-13 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 2-8
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games
New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing New York
Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York home to New Jersey, Saturday, December 15
Chicago home to LA Lakers, Tuesday, December 18

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New Orleans Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks

- If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the New Orleans Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks meet at American Airlines Center.

Chris Paul led the Hornets with 30 points and 12 assists in their 105-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

The Nuggets couldn't cover as 8-point home favorites as the teams played under the 206.5-point total set by sportsbooks.

Jason Terry paced the Mavericks with 21 points in their 92-76 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Raptors cashed as 5.5-point home underdogs as the game played under the 196-point total set by oddsmakers.

Team records:
New Orleans: 14-8 SU, 11-10-1 ATS
Dallas: 14-9 SU, 9-14 ATS

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Dallas is 21-1 SU in its last 22 games when playing New Orleans
Dallas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans home to Phoenix, Saturday, December 15
Dallas at Houston, Saturday, December 15

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Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers meet at Rose Garden.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 24 points and 13 rebounds in their 103-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

The Suns failed to cover as 7.5-point home favorites as the game played well under the 224.5-point total set by oddsmakers.

Travis Outlaw had 22 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Trail Blazers to a 105-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

The Blazers easily covered as 4.5-point home underdogs as the game played under the 209-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Utah has lost 5 straight games.
Portland has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 13-10 SU, 11-12 ATS
Portland: 10-12 SU, 12-10 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Portland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Denver are 6-4
After playing Golden State are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Utah is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games when playing on the road against Portland
Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
Utah is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Portland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Portland is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Utah

Next up:
Utah home to Seattle, Saturday, December 15
Portland at Denver, Sunday, December 16

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors

- The fans at Oracle Arena will be treated to a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors when they take their seats on Friday.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with a game-high 28 points Thursday, as the they cruised past the Spurs 102-97. The Lakers Los Angeles won the game as 6-point underdogs, while the combined 199 points fell UNDER the posted total of 199.

Kobe Bryant led the way with a game-high 30 points from 10-for-24 shooting for the Lakers. Lamar Odom chipped in with 14 points in the win.

Baron Davis led the Warriors with 23 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds in their 105-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Blazers easily covered as 4.5-point home underdogs as the game played under the 209-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 13-8 SU, 12-8-1 ATS
Golden State: 12-10 SU, 11-11 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing Portland are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 11 of the LA Lakers last 12 games when playing on the road against Golden State
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 10 of the LA Lakers last 12 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Golden State's last 12 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Golden State's last 12 games when playing LA Lakers
Golden State is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to LA Clippers, Sunday, December 16
Golden State at Detroit, Sunday, December 16

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Iowa's Lickliter: Freeman may be back from toe injury

Iowa City, IA -- Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter iterated Wednesday that while Tony Freeman is expected to return Friday night against Drake, it's remains unclear when, if ever, the junior guard will compete at full-strength this season.

Fighting continued soreness in a fractured toe on his left foot - a condition that kept him out of the team's first nine games and again last weekend - Freeman worked through a regular practice session Tuesday for the first time in six days after logging 24 minutes at Northern Iowa.

And although the severity of the soreness was the deciding factor in Freeman's choice to sit out against Iowa State, Lickliter and the third-year point man seem to be on the same page six weeks into rehabilitation.

"I really think it's tolerating the soreness and the foot adjusting to this kind of pressure again," the coach said. "Eventually, it will subside. But I think he's going to have to go through some of this no matter what it is.

"So maybe practice is actually better than rest - he's been off of it a long time."

Continuing to ice his foot on a daily basis, Freeman appears to be doing just that. From early pool workouts to the more high-stress action of the hardwood last week, he appears to be working hard and adapting to the injury process as he feels comfortable.

"I should be ready to go [Friday]," he said. "Last week, it was kind of early. I'm going to have to play through pain probably the first 10 months of this injury. I'm used to that, and as long as I'm able to go 90 percent of the time as far as playing with pain, I'll be fine."

At 6-5 overall, and with Freeman's limited minutes coming off the bench Friday, one thing that does bode well for Iowa (6-5) is the schedule. Following the home contest with Drake, the Hawkeyes enjoy a 13-day break away from competition leading into the Big Ten season, with final exams and a brief Christmas vacation in store for players.

"Anybody with any type of injury, to get two weeks off - and like four or five of those days are just going home and resting with your family - it's no pressure or anything that holds you back from getting better," Freeman said. "I'm looking forward to taking that time off and just getting back to 100 percent for the Big Ten.

"I never like to take time off - I'm a gym rat. But if it's going to do my body justice and give the team time to rest injuries, then it's probably worth it."

One injury to which Freeman is referring is that of freshman Jeff Peterson, who's sprained right thumb has been a nagging constant in recent weeks. Admittedly bothersome when the guard is shooting, the minor setback has also limited his once heavy workload.

While he and Freeman will both come off the bench Friday, Peterson is anxious to play alongside his backcourt mentor for the first time all season.

"It's our first game together, so it's exciting," Peterson said. "Besides Tony helping me off the court and on the court or whatever, now he's actually going to be side-by-side, so that's very exciting."

Anxious to return and understanding of the play-through-pain mentality, Freeman hopes to make an immediate impact for the Hawkeyes Friday.

"I've been playing through pain my whole life," he said. This is probably something new, but you know, whatever it takes to win, my teammates are counting on me and I'm counting on myself."

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Friday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Magic at Bobcats**

-Caesars Palace installed Orlando as a five-point road ‘chalk’ over Charlotte, with the total set at 204 ½. ESPN will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET.

-Orlando (16-7 straight up, 17-6 against the spread) is currently mired in a three-game SU and ATS losing skid after falling to Milwaukee Wednesday as a five-point road favorite, 100-86. The combined 186 points never seriously threatened the 203-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to cash the second consecutive contest.

-Center Dwight Howard stepped up with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Rashard Lewis added 20 and four. The Magic were outrebounded, 48-38, and allowed the Bucks to shoot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field.

-Orlando is 11-3 SU and 12-2 ATS on the road, winning those games by an average score of 104-98.

-Charlotte (8-12 SU, 7-13 ATS) toppled the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday as a 6 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 108-103. That marked the fifth game in a row that the Bobcats failed to cover. The combined 211 points soared past the 187 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the third straight matchup.

-Charlotte outrebounded the Clippers, 44-39, while shooting 50 percent (40-of-80) from the field. Raymond Felton led all scorers with 26 points and six assists, while Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace each netted 25.

-The Bobcats are 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS on their home court, winning those affairs by an average score of 96-95.

-The home team has won and covered the past six meetings in the Orlando-Charlotte series, with the Magic winning Nov. 23 as a 9 ½-point home favorite, 105-92. The combined 197 points in that contest slithered ‘over’ the 196 ½-point closing total.

-Orlando guard Carlos Arroyo (foot) is ‘questionable’ versus the Bobcats, while forward Pat Garrity (ankle) is ‘out.’

**Lakers at Warriors**

-There is no overnight line on this contest due to the ‘questionable’ status of key players on both teams. ESPN starts its coverage of this contest at 10:35 p.m. ET.

-Los Angeles (12-8 SU and ATS) is playing back-to-back nights after hosting San Antonio Thursday night. The Lakers won their last three games in a row SU and ATS heading into their matchup with the defending champions.

-Los Angeles toppled Golden State Sunday as a 2 ½-point home favorite, 123-113. The combined 236 points eclipsed the 225-point closing total. The Lakers are 9-0 SU and 6-3 ATS the previous nine meetings with the Warriors.

-Golden State (12-10 SU, 11-11 ATS) takes the court for the first time since falling to Portland Wednesday as a 4 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 105-95. The combined 200 points failed to eclipse the 208 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ cash the second consecutive contest.

-Baron Davis led the way with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and dished out 11 assists, while Matt Barnes added 15 and 12 rebounds. The Warriors shot 40 percent from the field (35-of-87) and 37 percent (13-of-35) from behind the arc.

-Golden State is 6-5 SU and ATS at home, with the ‘over’ going 8-3. The Warriors have been winning those matchups by an average score of 112-107.

-Los Angeles forward Luke Walton (ankle) is ‘questionable’ against the Warriors, while forward Lamar Odom (knee) is ‘probable.’ Center Kwame Brown (ankle) hopes to return to action sometime next week.

-Golden State guard Monta Ellis (thigh) is ‘questionable’ against the Lakers.

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NBA Today - Friday, December 14
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SCOREBOARD Friday, Dec. 14

Milwaukee at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST). The Bucks, just 2-10 on the road, visit the Celtics, winners of seven straight and undefeated (11-0) at home.

STARS Thursday

-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 30 points as Los Angeles beat short-handed San Antonio 102-97 for its fourth straight victory.

-DeShawn Stevenson, Wizards, scored a season-high 26 points to lead Washington to a 104-91 win at Miami.

DOUBLE DIGITS

All five Washington starters scored in double figures in the Wizards' 104-91 victory over Miami on Thursday night. DeShawn Stevenson topped the Wizards with a season-high 26 points, Caron Butler scored 19, Antawn Jamison had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Brendan Haywood finished with 12 points and Antonio Daniels had 11. Washington has had five players in double figures in each of the last four games, the first time since March 2004.

SHORT-HANDED

San Antonio, playing without stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, lost a second consecutive game for the first time this season, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 102-97 on Thursday night. Duncan, who sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle, had missed just two games in each of the last two seasons. Parker, who missed his first game with a sprained left ankle, has played in 492 games while sitting out just 22 in his six-plus seasons with the Spurs.

SUSPENDED

The NBA suspended Atlanta forward Al Horford on Thursday for one game for a flagrant foul against Toronto's T.J. Ford. Horford injured Ford when he struck him on the head and knocked him down as Ford was trying to score on a breakaway with 1:32 left in the Raptors' 100-88 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night. Horford, who was ejected for the flagrant foul, said he was trying to block Ford's shot.

CLIPPED

The Los Angeles Clippers waived forward Ruben Patterson on Thursday, hours after he helped them beat the Nets in New Jersey for the first time in nearly 10 years. Patterson, who signed with the Clippers as a free agent Aug. 29, made five starts in 20 games, averaging 5.1 points and 3.2 assists.

SPEAKING


''You've got to maintain your character, your poise. You're needed by your basketball club.'' - Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson on starting center Andrew Bynum, who picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 4:32 left in the third quarter of the Lakers' 102-97 win over San Antonio on Thursday night.

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