Betting News and Notes - Feb 19

Betting News and Notes - Feb 19

IU's White is uncertain against Purdue
February 18, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana forward D.J. White has a sprained left knee and it is uncertain if he can play against Purdue in a key Big Ten game Tuesday night.

An MRI on Sunday disclosed the injury, and there is no timetable for his return, coach Kelvin Sampson said Monday during a conference call.

Purdue has won 11 straight and the game at Indiana will be a showdown between two of the Big Ten's top teams.

White, the Hoosiers' primary inside threat, is a leading contender for the conference's player of the year award. He is the Big Ten's top rebounder and No. 2 scorer.

He landed awkwardly on his left leg and rolled out of bounds during the first half of Saturday's 80-61 win over Michigan State. He was helped to the locker room and didn't return to the sidelines until late in the second half.

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Best and Worst
February 18, 2008
By Marc Lawrence

The King held court, leading the Eastern Conference to a 134-128 upset win over the West in the 2008 NBA All-Star game. Lebron James showed the basketball world why he is, indeed, the new Michael Jordan in the league. His MVP All-Star award was likely a prelude of more to come by season's end.

With players headed back to work following the break, let's exam the very BEST and the very WORST team trends that have developed to date in the NBA this season All results are ATS (Against The Spread) in games played prior to this year's All-Star break, unless indicated otherwise. Enjoy.....

Atlanta
Best: 10-2 vs unrested opp
Worst: 1-6 away vs opp off win of 5 or more points

Boston
Best: 16-0 SU vs Western Conference opp
Worst: 0-4 as favs 13 or more points

Charlotte
Best: 5-1 vs .750 or better opp
Worst: 1-8-1 away off DD loss

Chicago
Best: 6-1 with 3+ days of rest
Worst: 1-6 off division game

Cleveland
Best: 8-2 dog off loss
Worst: 0-6 dog off BB SUATS wins

Dallas
Best: 8-0-2 vs opp off loss of more than 7 points
Worst: 1-8-1 off division game

Denver
Best: 11-1 home vs non con opp
Worst: 1-7 vs opp off SU favorite loss

Detroit
Best: 5-0 vs opp with 3+ days of rest
Worst: 1-5 off BB wins vs opp off BB SUATS losses

Golden State
Best: 5-0 off loss vs opp off BB SUATS wins
Worst: 0-5 vs opp off SU favorite loss

Houston
Best: 6-0 pick or dog vs opp off SUATS loss
Worst: 1-5 fav off DD loss

Indiana
Best: 7-1 off DD ATS loss
Worst: 0-5 away off DD ATS win

LA Clippers
Best: 8-2 off loss vs opp off win
Worst: 2-11 off SU dog win

LA Lakers
Best: 5-0-1 off division
Worst: 1-5 vs non con opp off BB wins

Memphis
Best: 6-1 off DD loss vs opp off win
Worst: 0-6 home off win

Miami
Best: 8-1-1 off BB losses vs opp off DD win
Worst: 1-8 off win

Milwaukee
Best: 9-1 vs opp of BB SUATS losses
Worst: 1-6 favorite vs opp off win

Minnesota
Best: 5-1 as favorites
Worst: 1-6 as dogs 5 or less points

New Jersey
Best: 5-1 as dogs off SUATS win vs < .700 opp
Worst: 1-9 vs division

New York
Best: 7-1 away off DD loss
Worst: 1-7 as favorites

Orlando
Best: 10-1-1 vs .333 or less opp
Worst: 1-7-2 HF off win

Philadelphia
Best: 14-3 with no rest
Worst: 1-5 away vs opp off BB wins

Phoenix
Best: 4-0 away vs opp more than .666 opp
Worst: 1-7 vs .333 or less con opp

Portland
Best: 12-1 home off BB wins
Worst: 0-5 away vs opp off BB SUATS wins

Sacramento
Best: 19-4 dogs of less than 8 points
Worst: 1-7 dogs of 8 or more points with revenge

San Antonio
Best: 5-1-1 off loss vs opp off win
Worst: 1-6-1 RD

Seattle
Best: 4-0-1 DD dog odd DD loss
Worst: 0-4 with 3+ days of rest

Toronto
Best: 10-0 con as favorites of 5 or more points
Worst: 0-4 off win with 3+ days of rest

Utah
Best: 7-1 vs opp off win of more than 10 points
Worst: 1-5 RF without rest

Washington
Best: 5-0 as division dog
Worst: 0-6 with revenge vs opp off DD win

Terms:

SU - Straight Up
ATS - Against the Spread
RD - Road Underdog
RF - Road Favorite
DD - Double Digit

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Second-half fades
By Stephen Nover

OK, now that the All-Star game is history, what can we expect during the rest of this NBA regular season?

More of the same, that’s what. Boston has 41 victories. Miami, Minnesota, Memphis and Seattle have a combined 46 wins.

There are nine teams in the Western Conference that begin the post-All-Star break at least 12 games above .500. Some of these clubs have gotten better since tinkering with their rosters.

It’s easy to think improvement from the Los Angeles Lakers with Pau Gasol now on the roster. Dallas certainly will be better if Jason Kidd joins up. The Jazz are a quiet 18-3 since acquiring Kyle Korver.

Phoenix is rolling the dice on Shaquille O’Neal. But at least the Suns are willing to play poker. The Nuggets, Hornets and Celtics probably will make moves, too, before Thursday’s trade deadline.

What’s likely to happen is the gap is going to widen between upper tier and lower tier teams.

From a betting perspective that could mean a lean towards favorites.

Miami has been the worst pointspread team, covering only 35 percent of the time so far. But there probably are going to be worse spread teams than the Heat during these two months.

The Heat at least shook up the deck bringing in Shawn Marion. Dwayne Wade and Marion give the Heat two of the top 15 players, at least from a fantasy basketball standpoint.

Unless the points are exceedingly generous, be wary of backings Seattle, Memphis and Charlotte.

Not only do these teams lack star talent, but morale could become a huge negative factor.

David Stern didn’t do the SuperSonics any favors during All-Star weekend when he candidly said to expect the team to leave Seattle either this year or next year. What incentive do the Sonics have now?

Memphis could be the worst team. Minnesota has fewer victories, but the Timberwolves have young talent and Randy Foye now is finally healthy.

The Blue Ribbon College yearbook is great reference material, but Chris Wallace is one horrendous NBA general manager. The Grizzlies GM dealing of Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown and other debris probably would have been stopped by the league if the late Bowie Kuhn had been NBA commissioner.

The Grizzlies were 14-48 with Gasol, their best player. Their owner wants to sell the team, the defense still is bad and now there’s just a bunch of role players and non-defenders such as Mike Miller.

Charlotte has some good players, namely Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor. But the Bobcats are last in the NBA in free throw percentage and have an overmatched coach, Sam Vincent.

Morale can’t be very good with the players not buying into Vincent and rumors of Larry Brown taking over as coach. The Bobcats entered the break 1-7 straight-up and 1-6-1 against the spread.

Milwaukee and New York are two other clubs that could be worth ‘fading.’ The Bucks aren’t buying into coach Larry Krystkowiak anymore. They came into the All-Star break on a 1-7 cold spell. General manager Larry Harris is on the hot seat, too.

As for the Knicks, first it was the media being down on Isiah Thomas. Then the fans turned on Thomas. Now the players finally have seen the light. They can’t stand him. Isiah is a prophet all right – a prophet of doom.

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Jeremy Richardson returns to Hawks under 10-day contract
February 18, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -The Atlanta Hawks signed guard Jeremy Richardson to a 10-day contract Monday, restoring their roster to 13 players after sending four to the Sacramento Kings in a trade for point guard Mike Bibby.

The 6-foot-7 Richardson has played eight games this season with the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs and 12 games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

With Fort Wayne, he averaged 25.4 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

Richardson played in five games for the Hawks last year after signing two 10-day contracts, averaging 1.6 points and 0.4 rebounds. He also played in one game for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2006-07.

In 14 career NBA games, he has 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

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Lookin' ahead to the second-half
By ASA

The NBA All-Star Game and its corresponding festivities take place this weekend, marking the unofficial halfway point of the season. While the All-Star game has lost some of its appeal in recent years, what follows will have a direct impact on how the rest of the season plays out. The second half of the season will bring the trade deadline, playoff pushes and lottery-bound tankers. Here’s a look at all of the second-half storylines to watch and how each will affect the stretch run:

Trade Deadline

The NBA’s trading deadline is Thursday and with it could come some season-changing deals. The biggest deals – Pau Gasol to Los Angeles, Shaq to Phoenix and Jason Kidd possibly to Dallas – are likely done but with those deals could come some countermoves. The rest of the Western Conference needs to keep up with the Lakers, Suns and possibly the Mavs and could be more willing to make a blockbuster move.

Every Western Conference contender will be looking to upgrade and will likely raid the league’s non-contenders for their best parts. The Lakers have been the early winners with their fleecing of Memphis but another team could step forward to make the Western race even tighter.

Injuries

In the crowded Western Conference, one single injury could send even the top-seeded team tumbling out of playoff contention all together. Injuries can happen at any time and should be monitored daily. Los Angeles, with Kobe Bryant’s dislocated right pinky and Andrew Bynum’s sprained right knee, could potentially see the biggest fall depending on how Bryant handles his injury.

Kevin Garnett’s abdominal injury has kept him out nine games and has been said to be an ailment that doesn’t heal quickly. Not that it has slowed down the Celtics much as they’ve gone 7-2 SU and 6-2-1 ATS with him sidelined. Increased workloads for Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, in an effort to make up for Garnett’s absence, could come back to haunt Boston down the stretch, though.

Other significant players missing time with injuries include Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao, Chicago’s Luol Deng, Dallas’ (or New Jersey’s) Devin Harris, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal and San Antonio’s Tony Parker. And there’s always the chance for more.

Players returning from injuries could also make a big difference down the stretch. Washington’s Gilbert Arenas is expected back in mid-March and would give a struggling Wizards team a much-needed playoff push. Additionally, despite the Clippers being out of playoff contention, the potential return of Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston could put Los Angeles in prime spoiler position.

Tanking

The prospect of landing either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant led many teams to tank down the stretch last year, whether those teams want to admit it or not. This year’s draft may not have the name-power of last year’s but it does have a much deeper pool of players. There are numerous teams already showing signs of cashing it in to get better draft position and it’s important to identify those teams early when making bets.

Memphis’ giving away of Gasol, along with the potential trading of Mike Miller and Kyle Lowry, will leave the Grizzlies with a lot of youth and little chance of providing much resistance. Additionally, there are a ton of teams that could potentially kick off the tanking in the upcoming weeks. Even though most of the Eastern Conference is still technically alive in the playoff race, teams like Miami, Milwaukee, Charlotte and New York could commence with the tanking shortly.

Western Conference playoff race

The Eastern Conference is pretty much a two-horse race between Boston and Detroit. Three teams currently under .500 own the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff seeds in the East with Orlando, Cleveland and Toronto taking up the other three spots. Ultimately, the Celtics and Pistons are the cream of the crop with the East providing little else. The Western Conference is a completely different story.

There are currently 10 teams in the West with records of at least four games above .500 and there’s a legitimate possibility that a 50-win team could miss the playoffs. Unlike the East, the Western Conference is extremely balanced. Only 4.5 games separate the currently top-seeded Hornets from the out-of-the-playoffs Nuggets. That makes every game for the top 10 teams in the conference extremely important from here on out.

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Tuesday's Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Clemson at Florida State**

-Las Vegas Sports Consultants installed Clemson as a four-point road ‘chalk’ over Florida State, with the total set at 147. This Atlantic Coast Conference contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.

-Clemson (19-6 straight up, 14-8 against the spread) improved to 4-1 SU and ATS the past five games after beating North Carolina State Saturday as a 5 ½-point road favorite, 71-64.

-K.C. Rivers paced the offense with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Trevor Booker added 11 and five. The Tigers triumphed despite shooting a pedestrian 37 percent (26-of-70) from the field.

-Clemson is 7-4 SU and 6-4 ATS away from home, winning those affairs by an average score of 83-75.

-Florida State (14-12 SU, 7-16 ATS) is currently mired in a two-game SU and ATS losing skid after Saturday’s setback to Maryland as an eight-point road underdog, 82-72. The Seminoles are just 1-4 SU and ATS their past five games.

-Florida State entered halftime ahead, 40-32, before getting outscored by the Terrapins in the second half, 50-32. Four of the five Seminoles starters reached double digits in scoring, led by guard Ralph Mims who had 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

-Florida State is 10-4 SU at home, but just 3-8 ATS. The Seminoles have been winning their home endeavors by an average score of 74-64.

-Clemson is 3-1 SU and ATS the previous four meetings with Florida State after prevailing in overtime January 12 as a 9 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 97-85.

**Baylor at Oklahoma**

-LVSC opened Oklahoma as a 4½-point home favorite over Baylor, with the total listed at 142. This Big XII matchup is slated to start at 8:00 p.m. ET.

-Baylor (17-7 SU, 7-8 ATS) has dropped three games in a row SU and back-to-back outings ATS after Saturday’s setback to Texas as a two-point home ‘chalk,’ 82-77. The Bears are now just 1-4 ATS their last five games.

-Baylor was outrebounded by the Longhorns, 39-33, while shooting 40 percent (27-of-68) from the field. Guard Henry Dugat netted 19 points in the setback, while LaceDarius Dunn also added 19 off the bench.

-The Bears are a solid 7-3 SU and 6-2 ATS on the road, winning those matchups by an average score of 79-77.

-Oklahoma (17-8 SU, 11-11 ATS) has recorded consecutive SU and ATS victories after slipping past Texas Tech Saturday as a two-point road underdog, 66-64. The Sooners had failed to cover their previous four outings.

-Oklahoma dominated the Red Raiders on the boards, 35-25, while shooting 44 percent (24-of-54) from the field. Guard Austin Johnson led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

-The Sooners maintain a 12-3 SU and 6-6 ATS home record, winning those matchups by an average score of 74-60.

-Oklahoma is 5-0 SU and 4-0-1 ATS the previous five meetings with Baylor after winning Jan. 26 as a five-point road underdog, 77-71.

**Georgia at Kentucky**

-LVSC lists Kentucky as a 7½-point home ‘chalk’ over Georgia, with the total set at 133. ESPN will provide coverage of this SEC contest beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

-Georgia (12-11 SU, 10-8 ATS) slipped to 1-4 SU its last five games after Saturday’s loss to Tennessee as an eight-point home underdog, 74-71. That marked the third game in a row that the Bulldogs covered.

-Senior guard Sundiata Gaines led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Terrance Woodbury added 14 and six. Georgia shot a solid 47 percent (30-of-64) for the contest.

-The Bulldogs have struggled to a 1-8 SU and 3-5 ATS road record, dropping those affairs by an average score of 70-61.

-Kentucky (13-10 SU, 10-8 ATS) improved to 4-1 SU and ATS its last five games after knocking off Louisiana State Saturday as a road ‘pick,’ 67-63. The lone blemish the past five games was when the team was routed by Vanderbilt as a four-point road underdog, 93-52.

-The Wildcats connected at a 51-percent clip (26-of-51), while limiting the Tigers to 40 percent (25-of-62). Kentucky’s Joe Crawford accounted for 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Ramel Bradley added 16 and seven rebounds.

-The Wildcats are 10-5 SU and 6-4 ATS at Rupp Arena, winning those games by an average score of 74-64.

-Kentucky is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS the previous five meetings with Georgia after winning February 2 as a two-point road underdog, 63-58.

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Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

- The Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Quicken Loans Arena.

Yao Ming tossed in 25 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double Wednesday, as the Rockets edged past the Kings 89-87. The Rockets failed to cover the 9.5-point spread, while the combined 176 points were well UNDER the posted total of 199.

Rafer Alston chipped in with 23 points and seven assists for the Rockets.

The Cavaliers fell 112-105 to the Spurs last time out, as 3-point underdogs at home. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 177.5.

LeBron James shot 17-for-31 from the field with 39 points with six boards and nine assists in the loss.

Current streak:
Houston has won 8 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 32-20 SU, 26-24-2 ATS
Cleveland: 29-23 SU, 24-28 ATS

Houston most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 4-6
After a loss are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Cleveland
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing Houston
Cleveland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Cleveland is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Miami, Thursday, February 21
Cleveland at Indiana, Wednesday, February 20

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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards

- The New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

The Knicks lost 111-103 to the Celtics last time out, as 8-point underdogs on the road. The combined score sailed OVER the posted over/under (193).

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 26 points and seven assists in the loss.

The Wizards pulled out a hard-fought 91-89 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday. The Wizards failed to cover the 3.5-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Antawn Jamison led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 13-for-25 from the field in the win.

Team records:
New York: 15-37 SU, 25-26-1 ATS
Washington: 25-27 SU, 30-21-1 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Washington most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
New York is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 13 of New York's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games at home
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York at Philadelphia, Wednesday, February 20
Washington at Cleveland, Friday, February 22

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Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

- The Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Five players reached double-digit scoring Wednesday to help the Magic defeat the Nuggets 109-98. The Magic covered the 6-point spread, while the combined 207 points fell UNDER the game's posted total of 219.

Dwight Howard led the way for Orlando, tossing in 23 points and grabbing 24 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

The Pistons were outplayed in the fourth quarter Wednesday, but easily defeated the Pacers 96-80. The Pistons covered the 10-point spread, while the 176 points were UNDER the posted total of 187.5.

Richard Hamilton shot 5-for-6 from the field with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pistons.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 10 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 33-21 SU, 33-20-1 ATS
Detroit: 39-13 SU, 30-21-1 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Orlando's last 8 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Orlando's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 7 games
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando

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Orlando at Toronto, Wednesday, February 20
Detroit at Milwaukee, Wednesday, February 20

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

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

Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 29 points in leading the 76ers in a 102-88 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The 76ers covered the 9.5-point spread, while the 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 196.

Iguodala also hauled down eight boards and had eight assists in the win, and Samuel Dalembert added 16.

The Timberwolves lost 117-92 to the Lakers last time out, as 9.5-point road underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 203.

Al Jefferson shot 9-for-18 from the field with 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has won 5 straight games.
Minnesota has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 23-30 SU, 27-25-1 ATS
Minnesota: 10-41 SU, 24-26-1 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 3-7
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Minnesota is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

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Philadelphia home to New York, Wednesday, February 20
Minnesota home to San Antonio, Thursday, February 21

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Charlotte Bobcats vs. San Antonio Spurs

- The Charlotte Bobcats and the San Antonio Spurs will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at AT&T Center.

The Bobcats controlled the fourth quarter Wednesday, and snuck past the Hawks 100-98. The Bobcats covered the slight 1-point spread, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 193.

Raymond Felton scored a team-high 22 points and Emeka Okafor had a double-double with 20 points and 21 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Manu Ginobili tossed in a game-high 46 points Wednesday, as the Spurs got past the Cavaliers 112-105. The Spurs covered the 3-point spread, and the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 177.5.

Ginobili shot an impressive 15-for-20 from the field, and Tim Duncan added 23 points in the win.

Current streak:
San Antonio has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Charlotte: 19-34 SU, 20-31-2 ATS
San Antonio: 34-17 SU, 25-26 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 3-4
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games
Charlotte is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
San Antonio is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte
San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte

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Charlotte home to Sacramento, Friday, February 22
San Antonio at Minnesota, Thursday, February 21

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Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets

- The Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

The Celtics were outplayed in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but hung on for a 111-103 win over the Knicks. The Celtics failed to cover the 8-point spread, while the combined score sailed OVER the posted over/under (193).

Paul Pierce led the way with 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the win, and Ray Allen chipped in with 21 points.

The Nuggets lost 109-98 to the Magic last time out, as 6-point road underdogs. The combined 207 points fell UNDER the game's posted total of 219.

Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 32 points in the loss.

Current streak:
Boston has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 41-9 SU, 31-17-2 ATS
Denver: 32-20 SU, 27-25 ATS

Boston most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 2-8
After playing New York are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Denver most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Denver
Boston is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Boston is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Boston
Denver is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games at home
Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Golden State, Wednesday, February 20
Denver at Chicago, Friday, February 22

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Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz

- The Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Warriors came back in the fourth quarter and defeated the Suns 120-118 last time out. The Warriors failed to cover the 2.5-point spread, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 234.

Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 37 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 18-for-27 from the field in the win.

The Jazz scored 31 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the SuperSonics 112-93 last time out. The Jazz covered the 6.5-point spread, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Carlos Boozer led the way with a triple-double, tossing in 22 points with 11 boards and 10 assists for the Jazz.

Current streak:
Golden State has won 3 straight games.
Utah has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 32-20 SU, 22-30 ATS
Utah: 34-19 SU, 28-25 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Utah most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games
Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Golden State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State
Utah is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Golden State home to Boston, Wednesday, February 20
Utah at LA Clippers, Friday, February 22

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Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers

- The Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Rose Garden.

The Kings were edged 89-87 by the Rockets last time out, as 9.5-point road underdogs. The combined 176 points were well UNDER the posted total of 199.

Ron Artest shot 11-for-18 from the field with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists in the loss.

The Trail Blazers fell 96-76 to the Mavericks last time out, as 3.5-point road underdogs. The combined 172 points were UNDER the posted total of 180.

Brando Roy led the Trail Blazers with 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss.

Current streak:
Sacramento has lost 3 straight games.
Portland has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 23-28 SU, 28-23 ATS
Portland: 28-24 SU, 27-25 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Portland most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Seattle are 2-8
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Sacramento's last 18 games when playing Portland
Portland is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Portland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Sacramento

Next up:
Sacramento home to Atlanta, Wednesday, February 20
Portland home to Seattle, Thursday, February 21

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Seattle SuperSonics

- The Memphis Grizzlies and the Seattle SuperSonics will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at KeyArena.

The Grizzlies lost 102-88 to the 76ers last time out, as 9.5-point underdogs on the road. The 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 196.

Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay each tossed in 23 points in a losing effort for the Grizzlies.

The SuperSonics lost 112-93 to the Jazz on Wednesday, as 6.5-point underdogs at home. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Damien Wilkins shot 6-for-11 from the field with 14 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Seattle has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Memphis: 14-38 SU, 24-28 ATS
Seattle: 13-38 SU, 24-26-1 ATS

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Seattle most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 4-6
After playing Utah are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Memphis's last 13 games
Memphis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Seattle
Memphis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Seattle
Seattle is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games at home
Seattle is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Memphis

Next up:
Memphis at LA Clippers, Wednesday, February 20
Seattle at Portland, Thursday, February 21

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

- The Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at STAPLES Center.

The Hawks were taken down 100-98 by the Bobcats last time out, as 1-point underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 193.

Joe Johnson shot 9-for-19 from the field with 23 points in the loss.

Kobe Bryant tossed in 29 points to help give the Lakers a 117-92 win over the Timberwolves last time out. The Lakers covered the 9.5-point spread, while the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 203.

Bryant finished with five rebounds and five assists, while Pau Gasol added 19 points in the win.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 4 straight games.
Los Angeles has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 22-28 SU, 25-25 ATS
Los Angeles: 35-17 SU, 32-19-1 ATS

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

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Atlanta's last 25 games on the road
LA Lakers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games
LA Lakers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Sacramento, Wednesday, February 20
LA Lakers at Phoenix, Wednesday, February 20

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Clemson (19-6, 14-8 ATS) at Florida State (14-12, 7-16 ATS)

Clemson shoots for its third straight victory when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to battle the struggling Seminoles in an ACC contest.

The Tigers have rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime loss at North Carolina with consecutive wins and covers over Georgia Tech on Thursday (82-67 as an 8½-point home favorite) and N.C. State on Saturday (71-64 as a 5½-point road chalk). Clemson (7-4 SU and ATS in the ACC) is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six.

Florida State is coming off Saturday’s 82-72 loss at Maryland, falling just short as an eight-point underdog. The Seminoles, who have lost two in a row, are just 3-8 SU and 2-9 ATS in league play, including 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS when hosting ACC rivals.

Clemson needed overtime to put away the Seminoles back on Jan. 12, pulling away for a 97-85 victory and covering as a 9½-point home chalk. The Tigers are 7-3 SU and ATS in the last 10 series clashes, with the winner covering the spread in all 10 contests.

Despite Saturday’s win at N.C. State, the Tigers are still only 2-3 SU and ATS in ACC road games, with the winner covering the spread in all five contests. In fact, the SU winner is 10-1 ATS in Clemson’s 11 road-neutral-site contests.

Florida State is mired in ATS funks of 2-14 overall, 0-8 at home, 2-8 as an underdog and 1-9 in ACC games.

The Tigers have followed up a 5-1 “over” streak with a 5-1 “under” run, and the under is 15-6 in Florida State’s last 21 conference games and 7-3 in its last 10 at home. Also, the under is 5-1 in the last six series meetings between these schools, including 4-0 in Tallahassee, though the one “over” occurred in last month’s overtime thriller at Clemson.

ATS ADVANTAGE: CLEMSON and UNDER


(14) Purdue (21-5, 14-9 ATS) at (15) Indiana (21-4, 11-10-1 ATS)


One of the biggest games of the Big Ten season features a battle of instate rivals, as red-hot Purdue heads to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers and embattled coach Kelvin Sampson.

The Boilermakers ran their winning streak to 11 in a row with Saturday’s 71-56 rout of Northwestern, easily covering as an eight-point road chalk. Purdue is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games – all in Big Ten play – including five consecutive spread-covers overall. Also, during their run, the Boilers are 5-0 SU and ATS on the road.

Purdue, which has won 15 of its last 16 games going back to the non-conference season, leads the Big Ten with a 12-1 mark (11-2 ATS), a game ahead of Wisconsin and 1½ games ahead of Indiana (10-2 SU, 6-5-1 ATS).

Despite the controversy surrounding Sampson’s alleged NCAA violations, the Hoosiers went out on Saturday night and crushed then-No. 10 Michigan State 80-61, easily covering as a 4½-point home favorite. Despite the victory, Indiana is just 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS since ripping off a 13-game winning streak that stretched over nearly two months.

This is the first meeting of the season between these rivals. Last year, they split their season series, with the home team winning and cashing in both contests. However, going back to the 2004-05 season, Indiana is 5-1 against Purdue (4-2 ATS), including 3-0 at home (2-1 ATS). Stretching back even further, the Hoosiers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight at home against the Boilermakers. Finally, the favorite has cashed in five of the last six clashes.

Purdue is on impressive ATS streaks of 13-6 on the road, 22-6 in Big Ten play, 6-0 on Tuesdays and 20-7 following a spread-cover. Also, the Boilermakers are 7-1 ATS as an underdog this season, while Indiana is 9-9 ATS as a favorite.

Purdue has been playing tremendous defense, holing six of its last eight opponents to 56 points or fewer. However, tonight, the Boilers face a Hoosiers squad that’s averaging nearly 81 ppg at home on 50 percent shooting.

The under is 6-2 in Purdue’s last eight games overall. However, the over is 4-2 in its six Big Ten road outings. Also, the over is 4-1 in Indiana’s last five overall, including 3-0 at home. Finally, the over is 5-2 in the last seven series meetings, with both of last year’s battles easily hurdling the posted price.

ATS ADVANTAGE: PURDUE and OVER


Baylor (17-7, 8-8 ATS) at Oklahoma (17-8, 11-10 ATS)

Baylor heads to Norman, Okla., looking to snap a couple of losing streaks when it battles the Sooners, who have won and covered two in a row.

The Bears are coming off Saturday’s 82-77 loss to Texas as a 1½-point home favorite. Since starting Big 12 play 4-0 (3-1 ATS), Baylor last lost five of six (1-5 ATS), three consecutive SU defeats.

Oklahoma has followed up a three-game SU and ATS losing skid with consecutive wins and covers, beating Iowa State 76-65 as a 10½-point home chalk on Wednesday and edging Texas Tech 66-64 as a two-point road underdog on Saturday. Like Baylor, the Sooners are 5-5 in conference action, but just 3-7 ATS.

Baylor hasn’t defeated Oklahoma in 31 years, losing a total of 27 in a row to the Sooners. That includes a 77-71 home loss on Jan. 26 as a 4½-point chalk. The Sooners are 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five battles in Norman.

Although the Bears have lost three straight road games (all in conference), they’re still 8-2 ATS in their last 10 on the highway (7-2 ATS this year). Also, Baylor is 5-3 ATS as a ‘dog this season.

Oklahoma sports ATS slumps of 4-13 in the Big 12, 1-4 at home and 0-5 on Tuesdays.

The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings. Also, for Baylor, the over is on incredible runs of 10-0 overall, 6-0 on the road, 14-2 in league contests (10-0 this year) and 9-3 on Tuesdays. On the flip side, the under is 3-1 in Oklahoma’s last four home games, all against Big 12 foes.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OKLAHOMA and OVER


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Orlando (33-21, 33-20-1 ATS) at Detroit (39-13, 30-21-1 ATS)


The Pistons, who went into the All-Star break riding a 10-game winning streak, look to pick up where they left off when they host the Magic in the final regular-season meeting between these squads.

Detroit has been idle since Wednesday’s 96-80 rout of the Pacers, cashing as a 10½-point home chalk. The Pistons are just 5-5 ATS during their winning streak, including 3-5 ATS in the last eight overall and 4-3 ATS at home.

Orlando halted a two-game losing skid with Wednesday’s 109-98 beat-down of Denver, easily covering as a six-point home favorite. The Magic have followed up a 7-1 SU roll by going 2-3 in their last five, and they’re just 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10.

The Magic were the last team to defeat Detroit, winning 102-100 as a 2½-point home underdog on Jan 21. However, the Pistons avenged that loss four days later at the Palace of Auburn Hills, winning 101-93 as a seven-point chalk. In fact, including a four-game playoff sweep last spring, Detroit is on a 10-1 SU roll against Orlando, going 6-3-2 ATS.

The visitor is 14-5-3 ATS in the last 22 series meetings, with the Magic posting a 5-2-3 ATS mark in Motown.

The Magic have been road warriors this year, going 19-10 SU and 20-9 ATS, including 3-1 SU in the last four (2-2 ATS), the lone loss coming at Detroit last month. Going back to last year, Orlando is 24-9-2 ATS on the highway. Furthermore, Stan Van Gundy’s squad is on impressive ATS steaks of 15-5 as an underdog, 12-4-1 as a road underdog and 4-1 on Tuesdays.

Detroit has cashed in 12 of its last 17 at home (all as a favorite). However, the Pistons are stuck in ATS ruts of 4-9 following a SU win, 1-6 following a non-cover and 1-4 when playing on three or more days’ rest.

Going back to the final game of last year’s playoff series, the over is on a 4-0 run in this rivalry. Also, 10 of the last 11 series clashes in Detroit have hurdled the number. Finally, the over is on streaks of 9-3 for the Magic on the road, 13-5 when the Magic are a road underdog, 4-0 for the Magic against the Central Division, 8-0 for Detroit on Tuesday and 7-0 for Detroit against the Southeast Division.

ATS ADVANTAGE: ORLANDO and OVER


Boston (41-9, 31-17-2 ATS) at Denver (32-20, 27-25 ATS)

The Celtics look to continue their dominance of the Western Conference when they kick off a five-game Western road trip in Denver.

Boston is 16-0 against the Western Conference, going 10-6 ATS. That includes a 119-93 rout of the Nuggets in Beantown way back on Nov. 7, cashing as a 6½-point favorite. The home team has won and covered each of the last six meetings. In fact, the winner is 10-0 ATS in the last 10 clashes.

Three of the Celtics’ 16 victories against the West have come during their current five-game winning streak. Boston has been idle since Wednesday, when it routed the Knicks 111-103, pushing as an eight-point home chalk. Doc Rivers’ team is 7-1 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight contests.

Denver went into the All-Star break with a 109-98 loss at Orlando as a six-point road underdog. Despite that setback, the Nuggets are 6-2 in their last eight (5-3 ATS) and 10-5 in their last 15 (9-6 ATS).

Boston is an NBA-best 18-5 on the road (15-7-1 ATS). However, today the C’s face a Nuggets squad that’s 21-6 inside its Pepsi Center (16-11 ATS), including 9-1 in the last 10 (8-2 ATS).

Boston is on positive ATS runs of 48-19-1 on the road, 14-6 against the Northwest Division and 8-2 on Tuesday. However, the Celtics are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 when playing on at least three days’ rest.

The Nuggets are 39-19 ATS in their last 58 against Eastern Conference squads and 5-2 ATS in their last seven when going on three or more days’ rest. However, they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday outings.

The over is on runs of 23-5 for the Celtics against the Northwest Division, 9-3 for the Celtics on Tuesday, 5-2 for Denver overall, 6-1 for Denver at home, 10-4-1 for Denver against the Atlantic Division and 4-1 for Denver on Tuesday. Finally, the over is 5-0 in the last five series meetings.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER


Golden State (32-20, 22-30 ATS) at Utah (34-19, 28-25 ATS)

Two of the teams in the thick of the hunt in the competitive Western Conference resume their quest for a playoff berth when they duke it out in Salt Lake City.

The Warriors won three straight home games going into the All-Star break, beating the Kings, Wizards and Suns by a combined eight points. However, they failed to cash as a favorite in all three contests, and they’re 2-8 ATS in their last 10, including four consecutive non-covers. Over the last month, Golden State is 12-4 SU, but only 5-11 ATS.

Utah has been one of the NBA’s hottest teams of late, going 18-3 since New Year’s Eve (14-7 ATS). That includes a 112-93 rout of the Sonics as a seven-point road chalk in the team’s most recent game on Wednesday. The Jazz have won 12 straight at the EnergySolutions Arena (7-5 ATS), and they own an NBA-best 22-3 home record (16-9 ATS).

These teams opened the season against each other on Oct. 30, with the Jazz winning 117-96 as a 1½-point road underdog. They met again four days later in Salt Lake City and Utah rolled 133-110 as a 9½-point favorite. Going back to last year’s playoff series, the Jazz are 6-1 against Golden State (5-1-1 ATS), including four straight wins and covers. Also, the Jazz have defeated the Warriors seven straight times in Salt Lake City (4-2-1 ATS).

Utah is on ATS streaks of 9-1 against the Western Conference, 4-1 versus the Pacific Division and 6-0 when playing on three or more days’ rest.

Golden State is 7-19 ATS in its last 26 following a SU victory and 1-5 ATS in its last six against Northwest Division foes. However, Don Nelson’s troops are 3-1 ATS in their last four on the road.

The Warriors, who have scored at least 105 points in 16 consecutive games, have topped the total in 11 of their last 13 overall, including five straight on the road. Also, the over is 6-2 in the last eight series meetings, including 3-1 in Utah.

Conversely, the under is 8-2 in Utah’s last 10 overall, holding the opposition to 93 points or fewer in all eight “under” contests. Also, the under is on runs of 7-1 for Utah as a favorite, 4-0 for Utah at home and 6-2-1 for the Warriors against the Northwest Division.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UTAH

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Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers


* The Rockets look to win 9 straight for the first time in nearly 9 years. The Rockets have also won 8 straight away from home, and according to center Yao Ming, “this is the time to keep our winning streak.” EDGE: ROCKETS
* The Cavaliers will have Drew Gooden and Daniel Gibson in the lineup for this contest, and LeBron James has been carrying this team through the injuries in averaging 30 points per game. Houston has had a tough time stopping James, as he is scoring an average of 32 points in the last 2 meetings against them. EDGE: CAVS
* Rockets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.
* Rockets are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. Central Division.
* Cavaliers are 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 Tuesday games.
* The OVER is 19-7-1 in Cleveland's last 27 Tuesday games.
* The UNDER is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
* The UNDER is 7-2 in Cleveland's last 9 games vs. Southwest Division.
* The UNDER is 11-3 in Houston's last 14 games vs. Central Division.
       
New York Knicks at Washington Wizards

* Wizards are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. Atlantic Division.
* Wizards are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.
* The OVER is 13-5 in New York's last 18 road games
* The UNDER is 14-3 in Wizards last 17 home games.
* The UNDER is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
       
Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons

* Detroit is riding a 10-game winning streak since losing at Orlando back on January 21st, 102-100. The Pistons swept last year's season series by an average of 9 points per game and have won the last 7 home meetings with the Magic, including last year's sweep in the playoffs. BIG EDGE: PISTONS
* Pistons guard Rip Hamilton has averaged 26.5 points in 2 games vs. Orlando this season. Hamilton has averaged 18.8 points in 30 career games against the Magic, who have a major disadvantage in the backcourt trying to defend him and Chauncey Billups. BIG EDGE: PISTONS
* Magic are 24-9-2 ATS in their last 35 road games.
* Pistons are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games.
* Road team is 14-5-3 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
* The OVER is 8-0 in Detroit's last 8 Tuesday games.
* The OVER is 9-3 in Orlando's last 12 road games.
* The OVER is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit.
* The UNDER is 11-5-1 in Detroit's last 17 home games.

Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets

* Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has targeted this game for his return from an abdominal injury, but according to local reports he is 50/50 to start. Garnett has missed the last 9 games, but the team has stepped up in his absence by going 7-2 SU during that span and 6-2-1 ATS. “Our other guys are getting confidence,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. (Check status on the Pregame Wire!) EDGE: CELTICS
* The Nuggets are mostly healthy and playing well, with 6 wins in their last 8 games. Denver has also won 9 of its last 10 at home, where the team is 21-6 this season. Carmelo Anthony is a big reason why the Nuggets have been so hot, as he is averaging 30 points in 7 February games. EDGE: NUGGETS
* Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.
* Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
* The OVER is 9-3 in Boston's last 12 Tuesday games.
* The OVER is 23-5 in Boston's last 28 games vs. Northwest Division.
* The OVER is 10-4-1 in Denver's last 15 games vs. Atlantic Division.

Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz

* Utah has won 12 straight home games, going 8-4 ATS during that stretch. The Jazz are 22-3 at EnergySolutions Arena overall with a 16-9 spread record. BIG EDGE: JAZZ
* Golden State has scored at least 100 points in 16 straight games, averaging 113.8 points per game over that period. That's almost 4 points more than the team's season average, although the Warriors have lost their last 7 trips to Salt Lake City. They have also dropped both regular-season meetings with Utah this season after dropping their second-round playoff series last year in 5 games. EDGE: JAZZ & UNDER
* Jazz are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
* The OVER is 16-5 in Utah's last 21 games vs. Pacific Division.
* The OVER is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
* The UNDER is 6-2-1 in Golden State's last games 9 vs. Northwest Division.
* The UNDER is 8-2 in Utah's last 10 overall.

Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers

* Kings are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games.
* Kings are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games.
* Blazers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* The OVER is 7-3 in Portland's last 10 Tuesday games.
* The UNDER is 11-5 in Portland's last 16 home games.

Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers

* Atlanta is hoping the addition of point guard Mike Bibby will help the team end a long playoff drought and make the postseason for the first time since 1998-99. Bibby was traded to the Hawks on Saturday from Sacramento for Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Shelden Williams, Lorenzen Wright and a 2008 second-round draft pick. “There’s another option now,” Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. “It’ll be like a one-two punch in the backcourt. I think it’s a good move or us to get a guy who’s run a team for many years. It’s an opportunity to put a stamp on our team.” EDGE: HAWKS
* Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant played less than 3 minutes in the All-Star Game on Sunday due to a torn ligament in his pinkie finger. His doctor recommended surgery, but Bryant is opting to play through the rest of the season despite the pain. “My current thinking is to give my finger some treatment and rest for a few days, and hope I can still continue to compete at a high level after that rest,” Bryant said. EDGE: HAWKS
* This will be the home debut of LA's new addition Pau Gasol. The Lakers are 5-1 SU & ATS with Gasol and just completed a successful 7-2 road trip prior to the All-Star break. Insiders expect a very warm reception from the Staples Center crowd for Gasol, who is averaging 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds with his new team. EDGE: LAKERS
* Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games.
* The OVER is 7-3 in LA's last 10 Tuesday games.

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#23 Purdue at #12 Indiana


* Purdue has won 5 straight conference road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Boilermakers have never won 6 straight conference road games. SLIGHT EDGE: INDIANA
* The Boilermakers are 3-1 against ranked teams during Big Ten play, with all 3 wins over teams ranked in the Top 11 of the AP poll. EDGE: PURDUE
* Indiana leads the all-time series 59-35 in Bloomington and has won 8 of the last 10 home outings.. The Hoosiers have also won 7 of the last 10 meetings overall. EDGE: INDIANA
* The Hoosiers have posted an impressive 32-1 record when scoring 70 points or more under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana may have trouble reaching that number, as Purdue is allowing just 60.5 points per game on the season. EDGE: PURDUE
* Big Ten leading rebounder D.J. White could miss this game for the Hoosiers due to a sprained knee. White is also the conference's second-leading scorer and the team's top inside scoring threat. “You’re not going to replace D.J. with one guy,” IU head coach Kelvin Sampson said. “It would take an unbelievable, collective team effort.” EDGE: PURDUE
* Purdue is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
* Purdue is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 road games.
* Purdue is 22-6 ATS in its last 28 games vs. Big Ten.
* Purdue is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana.

UNC-Greensboro at Davidson

* Davidson has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Greensboro. The Wildcats overcame a 20-point first half deficit to beat the Spartans 83-78 in last week's meeting in Greensboro. EDGE: DAVIDSON
* The month of February has not been kind to the Spartans over the last few years. Over the last 4 seasons, UNCG is now 10-18 in the month of February. On the other hand, Davidson is a dominating 29-3 record in February since the 2003-04 season. EDGE: DAVIDSON
* The Wildcats have also won 15 straight home games and 39 of their last 41 against Southern Conference opponents at Belk Arena. EDGE: DAVIDSON
* Davidson is 55-27-3 ATS in its last 85 games vs. Southern.
* Davidson is 36-16-1 ATS in its last 53 games overall.
* UNC-Greensboro is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 Tuesday games.
* UNC-Greensboro is 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
* Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
* The OVER is 16-6 in UNC-Greensboro'a last 22 games vs. Southern.
* The UNDER is 9-4 in DAV last 13 Tuesday games.

Georgia at Kentucky

* Last season marked the first regular-season split in 13 years in this series. All subsequent years have produced a sweep in one direction or the other, which gives Kentucky the advantage after winning the first meeting, 63-58. EDGE: KENTUCKY
* The Bulldogs entered their game against Tennessee with just 7 scholarship players, but that number grew before game time when reserve forward Chris Barnes recovered from an eye infection to log 12 minutes in a heartbreaking 74-71 defeat. The number should expand tonight, as Georgia's leading scorer Billy Humphrey returns from a three-games suspension. EDGE: GEORGIA
* Kentucky has held 14 of its last 15 opponents under 50-percent shooting. Georgia has shot just 36.5 percent from the field away from Athens this season. EDGE: UNDER
* Georgia 7-15 ATS in its last 22 road games.
* The OVER is 7-3 in Kentucky's last 10 Tuesday games.

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Lawrence dismissed by UNLV Rebels after drunk driving charge
February 19, 2008

LAS VEGAS (AP) -Marcus Lawrence has been kicked off the UNLV basketball team, a few days after the sophomore was charged with driving under the influence.

The 20-year-old guard was dismissed Monday, school spokesman Andy Grossman said.

UNLV coach Lon Kruger called the situation ``extremely disappointing,'' but said Lawrence had run out of second chances.

Kruger says it was the third or fourth incident where the team has discussed Lawrence's behavior.

Lawrence was arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol after a one-vehicle accident Friday in Las Vegas. The arrest came about 7:30 a.m., three hours before UNLV's practice.

Lawrence missed Saturday's loss at BYU.

Kruger said Lawrence can remain on scholarship and added he plans to finish the semester.

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