Betting News and Notes - Dec 22

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

- The Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at AT&T Center.

The Clippers were 3-for-13 from three-point land in Friday's 102-89 loss at Dallas, falling as 11-point road underdogs. The 191 points scored were UNDER the posted total of 194.

Chris Kaman put up 24 points and 19 rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley came off the bench with 13 points for the Clippers.

Manu Ginobili had a team-high 20 points in San Antonio's 88-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The Spurs had been favored by 7 points on the road in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (200).

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 3 straight games.
San Antonio has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 9-16 SU, 10-15 ATS
San Antonio: 18-7 SU, 14-10-1 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the LA Clippers last 22 games when playing San Antonio
LA Clippers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games on the road
LA Clippers are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
San Antonio is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games at home
San Antonio is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
LA Clippers home to Phoenix, Thursday, December 27
San Antonio home to Chicago, Wednesday, December 26

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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Bucks

- The Charlotte Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Bradley Center.

Charlotte shot 50% from the floor in Friday's 105-95 win over New York, covering the 6-point home spread. The 210 points scored were OVER the posted total of 192.5.

Gerald Wallace led the way with 27 points, while Nazr Mohammed added 20 points and 14 boards for the Bobcats.

Michael Redd scored 27 points in Milwaukee's 102-89 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

The Bucks had been favored by 6.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (194.5).

Current streak:
Charlotte has won 2 straight games.
Milwaukee has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Charlotte: 10-14 SU, 8-15-1 ATS
Milwaukee: 10-15 SU, 10-14-1 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-3
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing New York are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Sacramento are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Charlotte is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
Milwaukee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte

Next up:
Charlotte home to Washington, Wednesday, December 26
Milwaukee at Denver, Wednesday, December 26

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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls

- The Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at United Center.

The Rockets were defeated 112-110 by the Nuggets last time out, as 8-point underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 198.

Yao Ming had 26 points and hauled down 19 boards in the loss.

Chicago shot 35.5% from the floor in Friday's 107-82 loss at Boston, falling as 9.5-point road underdogs. The 189 points scored were OVER the posted total of 181.

Ben Gordon dropped 19 points, while Aaron Gray came off the bench with 14 points for the Bulls.

Current streak:
Houston has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 12-14 SU, 10-15-1 ATS
Chicago: 9-15 SU, 8-16 ATS

Houston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 2-8
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Detroit, Sunday, December 23
Chicago at San Antonio, Wednesday, December 26

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Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns

- The Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at US Airways Center.

Toronto had 13 turnovers in Friday's 123-115 loss at Seattle, falling as 4.5-point road favorites. The 238 points scored were OVER the posted total of 194.5.

Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Anthony Parker added 18 points for the Raptors.

Phoenix lost 108-105 to Dallas last time out, as 3-point underdogs on the road. The combined 213 points fell UNDER the posted total of 217.

Steve Nash led the Suns with 21 points and 18 assists, and Amare Stoudemire had a team-high 25 points.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 15-13 SU, 16-12 ATS
Phoenix: 18-8 SU, 11-14-1 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

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

Next up:
Toronto at San Antonio, Friday, December 28
Phoenix at LA Lakers, Tuesday, December 25

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Georgetown-Memphis Preview for Saturday
by T.O. Whenham

There have been some big games in college basketball so far this year, but none have been bigger than the showdown between No. 2 Memphis and No. 4 Georgetown on Saturday. Both teams are undefeated, both teams are heading towards high seeds and deep tournament runs, and both teams have impressive star power. The odds aren't set for the game yet, but that doesn't mean that it's too early to take a look at how it breaks down and get a jump on handicapping it.

Records - Georgetown is 8-0 and Memphis is 9-0, but the two teams have amassed their marks in different ways. The Hoyas haven't really been tested. Their biggest wins have been against Alabama and Old Dominion. Neither are particularly eye-opening victories other than the fact that they both occurred on the road. They come into this game off of one-sided jokes against Jacksonville and Radford, so we don't truly know what state they are in. Memphis has had a bit tougher road, having to get past USC, Connecticut and Oklahoma. Though the opponents have been tougher, the last win against Cincinnati was Memphis' first true road game, so their scheduling has helped a bit.

It's notable that the only time one of the teams has won by fewer than nine points is when Memphis needed overtime to get past USC by four, so the teams have been doing their jobs. Despite the relative ease of the wins, both teams came into the season with very high expectations, and they haven't been living up to those expectations in the eyes of bettors. Georgetown is 3-3 ATS. They haven't managed to cover two in a row, but there is a pattern to the games they haven't covered - they were the games with the three highest spreads. Georgetown has inflated their offensive stats by playing weak opponents (they are 87th in RPI and 306th is strength of schedule), and bettors haven't shown an ability to compensate yet. Georgetown's ATS performance looks stellar next to Memphis' - 2-5-2 ATS. They haven't covered in their last five outings.

Offense - The two teams are a study in contrasts offensively. Georgetown is ruthlessly efficient, but plays with almost a glacial tempo. Memphis moves the ball much faster, but doesn't generally shoot as well. The quality of opponents makes the stats somewhat questionable, though. The defensive strength of Georgetown's opponents has been almost incomprehensibly bad, while Memphis has played a generally stronger group of opponents. That means that we can probably draw more accurate conclusions from the offensive stats of Memphis when it comes to the upcoming game than we can for Georgetown. Memphis is going to face their best defense of the year, but Georgetown's offense will face a defense much, much better than they are used to.

Defense - Coaches from across the country will be watching this game because it will be a defensive clinic. Both teams are in the top 15 in the country in both defensive rank and defensive efficiency. As we have come to expect from both programs, the defense is a team-wide priority on both sides, and mistakes are rare. Perhaps not the most important aspect of the defense but the most exciting to watch on both sides are the blocking machines they have - both Roy Hibbert for Georgetown and Joey Dorsey from Memphis get more than their share of blocks. Momentum could make a difference in the game, but neither team has a clear defensive edge going in.

Star power - Georgetown lost a major star in Jeff Green, but gigantic center Roy Hibbert has continued to be the star that he is. His free throw shooting is worse than last year, but the rest of his statistics are so close to last season's that it is almost spooky. With Green gone, Hibbert is unquestionably the leader of the team and he is living up to the role very well. That's a good thing, because the team doesn't have a lot of superstar-caliber players behind him. DaJuan Summers and Jessie Sapp have raised their games a bit, and Austin Freeman is contributing nicely as a freshman, but the Hoyas only have one eye-opening, buzz-worthy player.

By contrast, Memphis has an embarrassment of talent. The entire core of the team from last year is back, led by the incredible Chris Douglas-Roberts, and relentless brawlers Robert Dozier and Joey Dorsey. That team had enough to make the Elite Eight last year, and it probably would have been enough to go that far again this year. They don't have to settle for more of the same though thanks to the addition of freshman freak Derrick Rose. As you would expect, consistency has been an issue for a guy who is just nine games into his college career. When he is good, though, he is unbelievably good, and he's averaging almost 16 points and better than five rebounds and four assists per game. Rose's future at Memphis is very bright for as long as he stays there.

Overall - Memphis is at home, they have been tested more, they have more depth, and they are probably the better team (though not by a huge margin). The Tigers will be favored, and they should be. The challenge isn't to figure any of that out, it is to decide if they match up well against Georgetown, and if they can cover the spread when they have struggled so badly to do so all year.

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