Betting News and Notes - Feb 22

Betting News and Notes - Feb 22

Friday's Tip Sheet
By Chris David

After taking last Friday off for the All-Star break, the NBA returns with a monster 13-game card. As always, stay abreast with our Injury Report and Player Updates before making a vested wager.

Also, you can bet that a few players will be unavailable on Friday due to the Trade Deadline too.

Without further adieu, let’s break ‘em down!

Must-See Games

Houston (33-20 straight up, 28-24 against the spread) at New Orleans (37-15 SU, 33-19 ATS):
The Southwest Division is easily the toughest in the NBA, with four teams in the thick of the Wild Wild Western Conference. The Hornets dropped the Rockets 87-82 as a one-point underdog on Jan. 13 at Toyota Center. Houston was without Tracy McGrady in this loss and still held a five-point lead heading into the final quarter before losing. New Orleans has had Houston’s number recently, going 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Both Houston (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS) and New Orleans (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) enter this contest on a roll. The Rockets will be playing their second game in two nights after hosting Miami on Thursday. The Rockets are 6-6 SU and 7-5 ATS on zero days rest. The ‘under’ has gone 7-5. Houston has produced a 17-11 SU and 16-12 ATS record on the road, while New Orleans owns a solid 18-8 SU and 15-11 ATS ledger in the Big Easy.

Boston (41-11 SU, 30-19 ATS) at Phoenix (37-17 SU, 23-29 ATS): The Celtics and Suns meet in a possible NBA Finals preview on Friday in a nationally televised (ESPN, 10:35 p.m. EST) from the desert. After winning its first 16 games against the Western Conference, Boston has dropped back-to-back setbacks to Denver (124-118) and Golden State (119-117). The Celtics are still dangerous on the road, going 18-7 SU and 14-9 ATS. Phoenix owns a 20-7 SU record at home, but has hurt backers with a 10-17 ATS mark. The Suns are averaging 112 points per game at US Airways Center, helping the ‘over’ go 17-9. Phoenix has won four straight (2-2 ATS) against Boston, but this will be the first meeting this year. The Suns are an eye opening 21-2 SU versus the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Wars

Washington (25-28 SU, 30-22 ATS) at Cleveland (30-24 SU, 25-29 ATS):
The Wizards and Cavaliers will meet for the third time this year in a nationally televised battle on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. EST. The season series is all square at 1-1, with the home team winning and covering both games by double-digits. The ‘over’ is 2-0. Gamblers should be aware that Washington is 15-10 ATS on the road and the Cavs are 8-17 ATS at home.

New Jersey (24-30 SU, 21-33 ATS) at Indiana (21-33 SU, 25-29 ATS): New Jersey has won seven straight games against Indiana, covering six of the seven as well. Friday’s matchup will be the first meeting between the two teams. The ‘over’ has gone 6-1 during the Nets’ dominance during this stretch. Tough to handicap this one, with NJ going 11-5 SU and 12-14 ATS on the road and Indy owning an inconsistent 10-16 SU and 12-14 ATS mark at home.

Philadelphia (24-31 SU, 28-24 ATS) at Orlando (34-22 SU, 33-21 ATS): Orlando nipped Philadelphia 108-106 on Feb. 1, but failed to cover as a 4½-point road favorite. The Magic have notched three in a row against the Sixers, including February’s win. This contest is also hard to gauge, considering Philadelphia has been down on the road (9-17 SU, 13-12 ATS) and Orlando’s home mark (14-11 SU, 12-11 ATS) isn’t exactly off the charts.

Road Favorites

Toronto (29-23 SU, 29-22 ATS) at New York (16-38 SU, 26-27 ATS):
The Raptors have been steady on the road, going 13-12 SU and 13-11 ATS. One of those victories came on Jan. 11 when the Raptors topped the Knicks 99-90 as five-point favorites. New York is hoping to rebound from a 40-point (124-84) loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Knicks are 10-17 SU and 11-16 ATS at Madison Square Garden. The ‘under’ has gone 4-1 in the past five meetings between the two teams.

Dallas (35-19 SU, 21-30 ATS) at Memphis (14-40 SU, 22-31 ATS): Jason Kidd had his debut with the Mavericks spoiled on Wednesday when the team fell to New Orleans, 104-93. Dallas is 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in its last six games, which includes back-to-back road defeats. Memphis started the second half with consecutive losses away from home both SU and ATS. The Mavs have won 14 straight games against the Grizzlies, going 10-4 ATS during this stretch.

Utah (35-19 SU, 29-23 ATS) at L.A. Clippers (18-33 SU, 23-28 ATS): The Jazz look to extend their winning streak to four games on Friday when they visit Los Angeles. Utah has won all three of its last games by double digits. The Clippers are off a 100-86 victory against Memphis on Wednesday as eight-point favorites. Los Angles has watched the ‘under’ go 31-20 on the season, which includes its current 4-0 run. Utah has won and covered both meetings against L.A. this year, including a 109-93 win on Jan. 21 as a three-point road favorite. The total has gone 1-1.

Non-Conference Battles

Sacramento (25-28 SU, 30-23 ATS) at Charlotte (19-35 SU, 22-31 ATS):
The Kings ripped the Bobcats 105-91 on Jan. 30 as a 7½-point home favorite. The home team has won the past five meetings between Sacramento and Charlotte, while the ‘over’ has gone 4-1 during this span. Fifteen of the Bobcats’ 19 wins have come at home this year and seven of the victories are against the Western Conference.

Denver (33-20 SU, 28-25 ATS) at Chicago (21-32 SU, 22-31 ATS):
The Nuggets are 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three battles against the Bulls, including a 112-91 blowout win on Nov. 12 as an 8½ point home favorite. The ‘over’ has gone 3-0 in all three games. Denver has been outscored 108-104 on the road en route to an inconsistent 11-14 record both SU and ATS. Chicago is a dismal 11-14 SU and 9-16 ATS at home this year.

Atlanta (22-30 SU, 24-26 ATS) at Golden State (33-21 SU, 23-29 ATS): Atlanta has won and covered three straight against Golden State, but this will be the first meeting between the two this year. The ‘over’ is 3-0 in the last three contests. The Hawks are mired in a six-game (1-5 ATS) losing streak. The Warriors are 4-1 SU in their last five, but only 1-4 ATS.

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Timberwolves trade Gerald Green to Rockets for Kirk Snyder
February 21, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -The Minnesota Timberwolves traded seldom-used swingman Gerald Green to the Houston Rockets on Thursday for shooting guard Kirk Snyder.

Minnesota also gets a second-round pick in 2010 and cash.

Green is a Houston native who was taken out of high school by Boston in 2005. He's averaging a little more than five points and two rebounds in scant playing time. He will be a free agent after this season.

Snyder has played in just nine games this season. He's averaging almost four points.

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Raptors acquire Brezec from Pistons for Dixon
February 21, 2008

TORONTO (AP) -The Toronto Raptors acquired center Primoz Brezec from the Detroit Pistons on Thursday for guard Juan Dixon and cash considerations.
   
Dixon was averaging 4.3 points and 1.8 assists in 36 games with Toronto this season, his second with the Raptors.

Dixon joined Toronto from Portland last year in a trade deadline deal that sent swingman Fred Jones to the Trail Blazers. Dixon asked Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo to explore trade options after he lost playing time to newcomers Carlos Delfino, Jason Kapono and Jamario Moon.

Toronto will be Brezec's third team this season. The 7-foot-1 Slovenian began the year with Charlotte but was traded to Detroit along with Walter Herrmann in a Dec. 14 deal that sent Nazr Mohammed to the Bobcats.

Brezec, who played alongside Toronto's Rasho Nesterovic for Slovenia at the 2006 world championships, is averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 37 games this season.

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Portland G Taurean Green goes to Denver for G Von Wafer
February 21, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired guard Von Wafer from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guard Taurean Green.

Wafer, a three-year veteran, averaged 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 4.3 minutes in 21 games with the Nuggets this season.

Green, a rookie, was selected by the Trail Blazers with the 52nd overall pick out of Florida.

He played in eight games for the Blazers this season, averaging 2.1 points in 5.5 minutes.

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Is Saint Mary's for real?
By Matt Fargo

We knew coming in that St. Mary’s was going to be a good team and possibly challenge Gonzaga for the West Coast Championship. We just weren’t sure how good. The Gaels finished 17-15 last season but they came into this year with four returning starters including six of their top seven scorers, 75 percent of their scoring offense and 80 percent of their rebounds from a year ago. The big concern was filling the void at point guard but that has not been an issue.

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Freshman Patrick Mills won the starting job as floor general and he not only leads the team in assists but is also the Gaels leading scorer at 15.2 ppg. His presence keeps defenses on their toes as it is the frontcourt that is the real strength of this team. WCC Player of the Year Candidate Diamon Simpson is second in scoring with 12.3 ppg and the leading rebounder with 9.3 per game. The next two top scorers are also down low as Omar Samhan and Ian O’Leary average a combined 19.9 ppg and 12.3 rpg.

St. Mary’s is off to its best start since 1988-89 when it went 22-3 through its first 25 games. The Gaels have been able to dominate on their home court, going a perfect 14-0 and they have won 16 straight games at McKeon Pavilion dating back to last season. There have been some impressive wins along with including a rout of then 12th ranked Oregon as well as a six-point win over Drake and we know what the Bulldogs have accomplished this season. The biggest however was an overtime victory over Gonzaga.

Taking care of the home floor is one thing but winning the big games on the road is what makes teams great. St. Mary’s is 5-3 in true road games but it has not defeated anyone of real significance. A victory at Fresno St. was nice but blowout losses at Southern Illinois and Texas brings up some question about whether the Gaels can win the “big one” on the road. St. Mary’s is 4-1 on the road in the WCC but the conference is extremely weak and the lone challenge came against San Diego, the lone conference loss.

It seems as though when the Gaels enter the top 25 polls, they end up losing. St. Mary’s slipped into the top 25 way back on December 10th, entering for the first time at No. 24. The next night was the night the Gaels lost to Southern Illinois and it took them close to two months to re-enter the polls and it was that same night it lost to San Diego. St. Mary’s did not drop out that time however and it currently is 23rd in the nation with three huge games on tap.

Four games remain on the schedule but it is the first three that are worth noting. The first comes this Saturday as the Gaels host Kent St. in one of the numerous Bracket Buster games taking place. It is big considering a win would be the 7th top 60 RPI victory on the season and that goes a long way come tournament seeding time. Following that is the final home game of the season in a revenge game against San Diego on Monday. The conference championship will then come down to the next game on Saturday at Gonzaga.

The game against the Bulldogs is huge not just for the regular season title. It would add yet another quality win to the column. Consider just how weak the West Coast Conference really is. St. Mary’s was ranked 20th in the RPI prior to its game at Loyola-Marymount last Saturday. Despite winning that game by 31 points, the Gales dropped to 27th in the RPI which happened to be its lowest ranking of the season. After the 36-point win over Pepperdine on Monday, St. Mary’s stayed at 27th.

A victory at Gonzaga, who is currently ranked 39th in the RPI, will move St. Mary’s up again. It will also give the Gaels their first real quality road victory of the season and prove that they can get it done on the road. St. Mary’s is 14-8-1 ATS on the season which is good for a top 20 ranking. This includes a 6-5-1 ATS mark in road and neutral court games. After starting 5-5-1 ATS, the Gaels have gone 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games and look to keep that momentum rolling.

The Gaels are ranked 29th in scoring offense and 46th in scoring defense so they have gotten it done on both ends of the floor which is a main ingredient for good tournament teams. One big issue against them is that they are hitting 66.7 percent from the free throw line which is 246th in the nation. That will need to improve come tournament time. St. Mary’s has what it takes to make some noise and the Gonzaga game will tell us a lot in how far it might be able to go.

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Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Bobcats

- The fans at Charlotte Bobcats Arena will be treated to a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats when they take their seats on Friday.

The Kings dominated the fourth quarter and solidified a 119-107 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday. The Kings covered the 7-point spread, while the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 200.5.

Ron Artest led the Kings with 29 points and seven rebounds, while Kevin Martin added 26 in the win.

The Bobcats were chewed apart 85-65 by the Spurs last time out, as 11-point underdogs. The 150 points were well UNDER the posted total of 186.

Raymond Felton shot 6-for-13 from the field with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Current streak:
Sacramento has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 25-28 SU, 30-23 ATS
Charlotte: 19-35 SU, 20-32-2 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-4
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing San Antonio are 0-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Sacramento is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games on the road
Sacramento is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Charlotte is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Charlotte is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Charlotte is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Sacramento at Orlando, Sunday, February 24
Charlotte at Washington, Saturday, February 23

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New Jersey Nets vs. Indiana Pacers

- The New Jersey Nets and the Indiana Pacers will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Vince Carter scored a game-high 33 points on Wednesday, as the Nets upset the Bulls 110-102 in overtime. The Nets won the game as a 4-point underdog, while the 212 points sailed OVER the posted total of 188.5.

Carter finished with nine rebounds and seven assists, while Marcus Williams had 25 points and Richard Jefferson added 24 in the win.

The Pacers fell 106-97 to the Cavaliers last time out, as 2.5-point underdogs at home. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 203.5.

Danny Granger scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 24-30 SU, 21-32-1 ATS
Indiana: 21-33 SU, 25-28-1 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

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

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
New Jersey is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Indiana is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
New Jersey home to Indiana, Saturday, February 23
Indiana at New Jersey, Saturday, February 23

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic

- The fans at Amway Arena will be treated to a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic when they take their seats on Friday.

The 76ers held the New York Knicks to under 40 points in the first half Wednesday, and cruised to a 124-84 victory at home. The 76ers easily covered the 6.5-point spread, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 191.

Thaddeus Young shot 8-for-11 from the field with 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the way.

The Magic were defeated 127-110 by the Raptors on Wednesday, as slight 3.5-point road underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 207.

Dwight Howard had a double-double with 37 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 24-31 SU, 28-26-1 ATS
Orlando: 34-22 SU, 34-21-1 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing New York are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Orlando is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Orlando is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Miami, Saturday, February 23
Orlando home to Sacramento, Sunday, February 24

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Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

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

The Wizards were upset 113-100 by the Knicks in OT last time out. Oddsmakers had the Wizards as 5.5-point favorites in the contest, while the 213 points sailed OVER the posted total of 195.

Antawn Jamison finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

LeBron James poured in 31 points in leading the Cavaliers to a 106-97 victory over the Pacers last time out. The Cavaliers covered the 2.5-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 203.5.

James finished with 14 rebounds and 12 assists to complete the triple-double performance.

Team records:
Washington: 25-28 SU, 30-22-1 ATS
Cleveland: 30-24 SU, 25-29 ATS

Washington most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Charlotte are 7-3
After playing New York are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 19 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Washington
Cleveland is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games

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Washington home to Charlotte, Saturday, February 23
Cleveland home to Memphis, Sunday, February 24

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Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks

- The fans at Madison Square Garden will be treated to a game between the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks when they take their seats on Friday.

Chris Bosh tossed in a game-high 40 points to lead the Raptors to a 127-110 win over the Magic on Wednesday. The Raptors covered the 3.5-point spread, and the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 207.

Bosh shot an impressive 14-for-16 from the field with five rebounds and five assists. Carlos Delfino netted 23 points off the bench.

The Knicks were crushed 124-84 by the 76ers last time out, as 6.5-point road underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 191.

Jamal Crawford had 14 points with three rebounds and five assists in the loss.

Current streak:
Toronto has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 29-23 SU, 30-22 ATS
New York: 16-38 SU, 26-27-1 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Orlando are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
Toronto home to New York, Sunday, February 24
New York at Toronto, Sunday, February 24

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

- The fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills will be treated to a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons when they take their seats on Friday.

The Bucks dominated the first half and went on to upset the Central division-leading Pistons 103-98 on Wednesday, as 6-point underdogs. The 201 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.5.

Michael Redd tossed in 27 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bucks. Desmond Mason chipped in with 16 points in the win.

The Pistons were upset 103-98 by the Bucks last time out, as 6-point favorites on the road. The 201 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.5.

Michael Redd tossed in 27 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bucks. Desmond Mason chipped in with 16 points in the win.

Current streak:
Detroit has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Milwaukee: 20-34 SU, 24-29-1 ATS
Detroit: 39-15 SU, 30-23-1 ATS

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 15 games when playing Detroit
Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Milwaukee is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Detroit is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee

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Milwaukee home to Denver, Saturday, February 23
Detroit at Phoenix, Sunday, February 24

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Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls

- The Denver Nuggets and the Chicago Bulls will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at United Center.

Carmelo Anthony threw down 29 points as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Celtics 124-118 last time out, as slight 1-point underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 207.5.

Allan Iverson scored 28 points with seven rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets.

The Bulls fell 110-102 to the Nets in overtime on Wednesday, as 4-point favorites. The 212 points sailed OVER the posted total of 188.5.

Joe Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort for the Bulls.

Team records:
Denver: 33-20 SU, 28-25 ATS
Chicago: 21-32 SU, 22-31 ATS

Denver most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

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

Next up:
Denver at Milwaukee, Saturday, February 23
Chicago at Houston, Sunday, February 24

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

- The fans at FedExForum will be treated to a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies when they take their seats on Friday.

The Mavericks lost 104-93 to the Hornets on Wednesday, as 3-point underdogs. The combined 197 points made it OVER the posted total of 190.

Dirk Nowitzki collected 31 points and hauled down eight rebounds for the Mavericks.

The Grizzlies fell 100-86 to the Clippers last time out, as 8-point road underdogs. The 186 points fell UNDER the posted total of 197.

Hakim Warrick shot 8-for-14 from the field with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Current streak:
Dallas has lost 2 straight games.
Memphis has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 35-19 SU, 21-30-3 ATS
Memphis: 14-40 SU, 24-30 ATS

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 9-1
After playing New Orleans are 10-0
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Dallas is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at Minnesota, Sunday, February 24
Memphis at Cleveland, Sunday, February 24

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Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Hornets

- The Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at New Orleans Arena.

The Rockets scored 41 points in the first quarter and went on to defeat the Heat 112-100 last time out. The Rockets managed to cover the 10.5-point spread, while the 212 points sailed OVER the posted total of 190.

Tracy McGrady shot 8-for-19 from the field with 23 points and 10 assists, while Yao Ming added 21 in the victory.

Chris Paul tossed in 31 points to help the Hornets get by the Mavericks 104-93 last time out. The Hornets covered the 3-point spread, and the combined 197 points made it OVER the posted total of 190.

Paul shot 11-for-20 from the field with five rebounds and 11 assists for the Hornets. Peja Stojakovic and David West each chipped in with 18 points for the Hornets.

Current streak:
Houston has won 10 straight games.
New Orleans has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 34-20 SU, 28-24-2 ATS
New Orleans: 37-15 SU, 32-19-1 ATS

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 3-7
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 2-8
After a win are 9-1

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

Next up:
Houston home to Chicago, Sunday, February 24
New Orleans at San Antonio, Saturday, February 23

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors

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

The Hawks were crowned 119-107 by the Kings last time out, as 7-point road underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 200.5.

Al Horford shot 5-for-11 from the field with 12 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

The Warriors scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to come back and upset the Celtics 119-117 last time out, as 3.5-point underdogs. The 236 points sailed OVER the posted total of 219.

Baron Davis dropped a team-high 29 points and Monta Ellis added 16 for the Warriors. Al Harrington had 22 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 6 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 22-30 SU, 25-27 ATS
Golden State: 33-21 SU, 23-31 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Utah are 2-8
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Seattle are 6-4
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Golden State's last 9 games
Golden State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Utah, Saturday, February 23
Golden State home to Seattle, Tuesday, February 26

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Seattle SuperSonics

- The division rival Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at KeyArena.

Brandon Roy scored 19 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double on Thursday, as the Trail Blazers defeated the SuperSonics 92-88. The Trail Blazers failed to cover the 8.5-point spread, while the 180 points fell UNDER the posted total of 191.5.

Travis Outlaw had 19 points off the bench, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 in the victory.

The SuperSonics were defeated 92-88 by the Trail Blazers last time out, as 8.5-point underdogs. The 180 points fell UNDER the posted total of 191.5.

Earl Watson had 15 points with eight rebounds and nine assists in a losing effort.

Team records:
Portland: 29-25 SU, 27-27 ATS
Seattle: 14-39 SU, 26-26-1 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Seattle most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing LA Lakers are 1-9
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Seattle
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Portland
Seattle is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland

Next up:
Portland home to Boston, Sunday, February 24
Seattle home to LA Lakers, Sunday, February 24

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Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns

- The fans at US Airways Center will be treated to a game between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns when they take their seats on Friday.

The Celtics lost 119-117 to the Warriors last time out, as 3.5-point favorites on the road. The 236 points sailed OVER the posted total of 219.

Ray Allen shot 11-for-17 from the field with a game-high 32 points in the loss.

The Suns fell 130-124 to the Lakers last time out, as 3-point favorites. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 224.

Amare Stoudemire had a double-double for the Suns, scoring 37 points and hauling down 15 boards.

Current streak:
Boston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 41-11 SU, 31-19-2 ATS
Phoenix: 37-17 SU, 24-28-2 ATS

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

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After a loss are 10-0

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games when playing Phoenix
Boston is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Phoenix is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Portland, Sunday, February 24
Phoenix home to Detroit, Sunday, February 24

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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers

- The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at STAPLES Center.

The Jazz were badly outplayed in the fourth quarter, but held on to defeat the Warriors 119-109 on Tuesday. The combined 228 points made it OVER the posted total of 224.

Deron Williams tossed in a game-high 29 points to lead the Jazz, and Andrei Kirilenko added 18 in the win.

Corey Maggette scored 30 points and hauled down 10 boards to lead the Clippers past the Grizzlies 100-86 last time out. The Clippers covered the 8-point spread, while the combined 186 points fell UNDER the posted total of 197.

Tim Thomas came off the bench to score 17 points, and Cuttino Mobley added 12 in the win.

Current streak:
Utah has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 35-19 SU, 29-25 ATS
Los Angeles: 18-33 SU, 23-28 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 3-7
After a win are 9-1

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 0-10

A few trends to consider:
Utah is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
Utah is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Utah is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Utah is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
LA Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing at home against Utah

Next up:
Utah home to Atlanta, Saturday, February 23
LA Clippers home to LA Lakers, Saturday, February 23

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Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic


* 76ers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* Road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
* Underdog is 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
* The OVER is 11-5 in Orlando's last 16 games vs. Atlantic Division.
       
Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks

* Knicks are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games vs. Atlantic Division.
* Raptors are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
* Home team is 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings
* The OVER is 7-1 in Toronto's last 8 games as a favorite.
* The OVER is 7-2 in Toronto's last 9 games overall.
* The OVER is 9-4 in New York's last 13 Friday games.

Houston Rockets at New Orleans Hornets


* Rockets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games.
* Rockets are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 Friday games.
* Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
* Hornets are 42-20-1 ATS in their last 63 games overall.
* Road team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
* Underdog is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
* The OVER is 11-5-1 in New Orleans' last 17 games vs. Southwest Division.
* The UNDER is 39-18-1 in Houston's last 58 games vs. Southwest Division

Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons

* The OVER is 8-3 in Milwaukee's last 11 games vs. Central Division.
* The OVER is 6-2 in Detroit's last 8 games vs. Eastern Conference.
* The OVER is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers

* Cavs star LeBron James has been a one-man show of late. In 9 games this month, James is averaging 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists per game. He has also put together consecutive triple-doubles in the last 2 games and could also be extra motivated after Cleveland pulled off a blockbuster trade on Thursday, reeling in Ben Wallace and Joe Smith from Chicago and Wally Szczerbiak from Seattle. BIG EDGE: CAVS
* The Wizards have been struggling to win lately, losing 9 of their last 10 games. Forward Antawn Jamison said: “We’ve got to play with a sense of urgency.” All-Star forward Caron Butler has missed 6 straight games and 9 of 11 with a strained left hip flexor, and his status is uncertain for this contest. The Wizards are 2-8 this season when Butler doesn't play.  EDGE: CAVS
* Wizards are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
* The OVER is 8-0 in Washington's last 8 games vs. Eastern Conference.
* The OVER is 8-1 in Washington's last 9 road games.
* The UNDER is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings at Cleveland.

Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls

* Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
* Nuggets are 37-18 ATS in their last 55 vs. Central Division.
* Nuggets are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
* Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
* Bulls are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games.
* The OVER is 7-3 in Chicago's last 10 games vs. Northwest Division.
* The OVER is 6-2 in Denver's last 8 games overall.

Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns

* The Suns are tied with Golden State for the league lead scoring, averaging 110 points per game. Meanwhile, Boston has turned in its 2 worst defensive performances of the season in the first 2 contests on its 5-game road trip, allowing 124 points at Denver Tuesday and 119 at Golden State on Wednesday. EDGE: SUNS & OVER
* Boston forward Kevin Garnett is fresh off his best offensive performance since returning from an abdominal injury, scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in 30 minutes of action against Golden State. Garnett's two highest-scoring games in the NBA have come against Phoenix, scoring 47 points in 2005 and 44 in 2007 with the Timberwolves. EDGE: CELTICS
* Boston is averaging 107 points in its last 10 games, and Paul Pierce is scoring 27 ppg in his last 5 games alone. Thanks to Phoenix's run-and-gun style, the Suns haven’t been able to stop anyone on defense, allowing 105 ppg this season. EDGE: OVER
* New Suns center Shaquille O’Neal had 15 points and 9 rebounds in his team debut against the Lakers on Wednesday night. Phoenix head coach Mike D'Antoni was encouraged by his performance, saying Shaq “got stronger as the game went on.” With Shaq in the lineup, Amare Stoudemire also gets to play his natural power forward position, and he scored a team-high 37 points and grabbed 15 boards with O’Neal in the lineup. EDGE: SUNS
* Celtics are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 road games.
* Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
* Road team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
* The OVER is 17-4 in PHO last 21 vs. Eastern Conference.
* The OVER is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
       
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Davidson at Winthrop


* Davidson is 36-17-1 ATS in its last 54 games overall.
* Davidson is 37-18 ATS in its last 55 road games.
* Winthrop is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games overall.
* The OVER is 9-2 in Davidson's last 11 Friday games.

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Oddsmakers have own rankings

Jeff Haney explains why it’s hard to say which are this year’s top college teams

The most widely hyped college basketball game of the weekend pits unbeaten Memphis against Tennessee in a clash of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation.

Or does it?

Sure, the Tigers and the Volunteers, who meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, are ranked 1-2 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.

It does not necessarily follow that they are the top two teams in college basketball — at least from a betting outlook.

In the oddsmakers’ top 30 poll, released this week by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Memphis is ranked No. 4 and Tennessee No. 6.

Kansas and UCLA held on to the top two spots in the LVSC poll, based on the oddsmakers’ power ratings. Memphis dropped from third to fourth in the poll after a week in which the Tigers barely got past Alabama-Birmingham, winning 79-78 as an 8 1/2-point favorite.

North Carolina, No. 3 according to the AP and Las Vegas Sports Consultants, moved up a notch in the oddsmakers’ poll on the strength of a 92-53 thumping of Virginia Tech as a 13-point favorite.

Drake, 23-3 overall and leading the Missouri Valley Conference at 14-2 at midweek, has been showing up on the sports highlight shows more frequently, becoming an underdog darling at No. 16 in the AP poll and perhaps a trendy pick heading into postseason play. The Bulldogs, however, have not impressed the LVSC oddsmakers, who dropped them from No. 29 into the ignominious “others receiving votes” category.

Butler, ranked No. 8 by the AP, also is more lightly regarded by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which provides betting lines to most Nevada casinos. The Butler Bulldogs are barely hanging on at No. 30 in the LVSC poll.

The lack of a dominant team in college basketball has not gone unnoticed by gamblers this season, nor has the absence of a consensus in the various ranking systems, Las Vegas sports handicapper Joe D’Amico said.

“I think Memphis deserves to be ranked at least in the top two or three in the ratings, but it seems like if you look at 10 different places, you find 10 different opinions,” D’Amico said. “There have been a lot of surprises this year, a lot of teams that are tough to figure out.”

Just as the growing popularity of spread-offense systems has shaken up the college football landscape in recent seasons, the dynamics of big-time college basketball are shifting as well, D’Amico said.

About two decades ago network TV wielded much more power than it does in the age of cable, satellite and ESPN saturation.

“Look at the great coaches who would win constantly,” said D’Amico (online at allamericansports.info). “Bobby Knight at Indiana. Dean Smith at North Carolina. Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Great players from all around the country wanted to go to these schools because they knew they would be on TV every Saturday, and they wanted to become nationally known.

“Now a lot of other schools can get quality players. It’s really leveling off.”

Teams such as Xavier and Notre Dame, not typically noted as national basketball powerhouses, could make noise in March, D’Amico said. The same goes for Davidson and Gonzaga of the unheralded Southern and West Coast conferences.

“I don’t want to call them smaller conferences or lesser-known conferences anymore, because it seems like they’re all about equally known now,” D’Amico said.

They’re particularly known among gamblers, who have to be aware that even teams with poor straight-up records such as Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech have been covering the point spread at profitable rates this season.

Just as bettors can establish a good case for about eight NBA teams to win the title — instead of the usual three or four that essentially leave the field behind by this point in the season — they also could make an argument for more than a handful of college teams to win the tournament.

Still, the top two leagues look to be the Pac-10 and the Atlantic Coast Conference, thanks largely to UCLA (No. 2 in the LVSC poll), North Carolina (No. 3), Duke (No. 5), Stanford (No. 9), Washington State (No. 10) and Clemson (No. 12).

“UCLA looks strong, and most people didn’t think Stanford would be as strong as they are,” D’Amico said. “And if you asked me before the season where Washington State would be, I wouldn’t have said the Top 10.”

Driver odds

The odds on Ryan Newman to win the 2008 Sprint Cup dropped to 18-1 from 40-1 in Las Vegas sports books after his victory in the Daytona 500 as a 22-1 long shot. Jimmie Johnson (4-1) and Jeff Gordon (5-1) remain the betting favorites to win the season-long points title.

Fight game

IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko is a minus-550 favorite (risk $5.50 to win $1) against Sultan Ibragimov in a matchup of heavyweights from the former Soviet bloc Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York (HBO, Cox cable Channel 200). Ibragimov is plus-375 (risk $1 to net $3.75), according to odds at all Station Casinos properties. The fight is a unification bout of sorts, as Ibragimov’s WBO belt also is on the line.

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