Betting News and Notes - March 2

Betting News and Notes - March 2

Sunday's Tip Sheet
By Josh Jacobs 

A slate of 11 games in the NBA will fill up the entire Sunday of activities, including two ABC televised tilts and an ESPN tip-off beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST. With the action preping, let’s tackle each and every contest with the hopes of counting some serious cash at the end of the day.

**Chicago at Cleveland on ABC**

Dropping four of its last six, Chicago has gone on to cover six in the last 10. As a total’s player, the Bulls have gone 4-1-1 on the ‘over’ in their last six appearances on the court. Chicago has been shooting lights out in their last five, averaging 106 PPG, but allowing 107.4 PPG to opponents has burnt this club in the long run. Running hot and cold, Cleveland is 1-2 SU and ATS in its last three, and has gone an average 5-5 SU (4-6 ATS) in its last 10. Meeting for the fifth time this season, both teams are even at two wins apiece, with the ‘over’ dominating at a 3-1 frequency.

**Dallas at L.A. Lakers on ABC**

The exacta special on ABC will finish off with a 3:30 p.m. EST showing between a Dallas team going 4-1 SU (3-1-1 ATS) in its last five and the L.A. Lakers trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss in Portland (119-111). While the Mavs are 5-5 SU in the last 10, a 16-5-1 ATS record in their last 22 Sunday games, coupled with a 5-1 SU performance in their last six head-to-head contests should raise eyebrows. The hometown Lakers will look to take their 14th win in 16 appearances on Sunday. Going 14-3 ATS in the last 17, L.A. has been smoking tickets, while the ‘under’ could be something to look at (the Lakers are 7-2 on the ‘under’ in their last nine home games).

**Atlanta at Boston**

In a surprising victory over the Celtics on Apr. 10 (104-96), the Hawks will look to have all hands on deck for a repeat performance. Taking just three wins in its last 10, Atlanta has excelled in the totals department, striking gold with a 7-3 ‘over’ record. Boston seems to have recovered from a brief, three-game slump, racking up four games in a row and spitting two of two ATS. In their last five, the Celtics have held a point difference of plus-8.6 PPG and are shooting an effective 50-percent from the field.

**San Antonio at New Jersey**

With an 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS run in its last 12, the Spurs are once again putting on a second half clinic. Designated as the road team on Sunday, San Antonio has held opposing teams to a stingy 93.3 PPG this season. One problem for backer is a 3-8 ATS record for the Spurs coming off zero days of rest. Scoring 94.6 PPG, while sacrificing a sky high 99.3 PPG to the opposition, New Jersey has its work cut out. Be aware that the Spurs are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 head-to-head meetings with the Nets.

**New Orleans at Washington**

Going 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 road games, the Hornets have been effective when playing away from home. With a 19-8 SU record and scoring 99.1 PPG on the road, the Wizards will be challenged with a defense allowing a gaping 98.2 PPG at home. With a 4-3 SU and an impressive 5-2 ATS outing, Washington will be asked to put up a solid performance without the presence of Caron Butler (out sine Feb. 6 with a hip flexor). New Orleans is 22-10 ATS in its last 32 overall.

**Toronto at Charlotte**

Winning just one-game in their last 13, the Bobcats will have one-day to recoup before it clashes with a Raptors team that’s 15-8 SU and ATS in their last 23. Charlotte has been a burden to bettors, appearing at the window for winners a total three times in the last 13. When books have set the total in Toronto games from 195-199.5, the Raptors have gone on to acquire a 6-2 record on the ‘over’. During evening games, Toronto has been an ‘over’ king with a 30-18 record (on the ‘over’).

**Milwaukee at Indiana**

With a lonely six wins on the road and a 2-7 ATS docket in its last nine away from home, Milwaukee isn’t giving bettors a good reason to invest. On the flipside, the Bucks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 and have been tearing up totals by hitting the ‘over’ nine times in their last 10. Coming off one days worth of rest, the Pacers have succumbed to a 10-16 ATS report. Again for total players, Indiana at home and on the ‘over’ has gone on to notch a 16-11-2 record.

**Seattle at Minnesota**

The home team in these head-to-head contests has gone 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Entering with a 5-22 SU away record, the Sonics are 1-4 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning percentage below .400 and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games versus a team with a home record below .400. The Timberwolves are 7-1 ATS in their last eight when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, and are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home contests versus a team with a losing road record.

**Denver at Houston**

Taking the edge in December in their last 10 head-to-head matches (6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS), the Rockets where able to grab a 112-111 overtime victory over the Nuggets. Squaring off for the second time this season, Houston will enter the contest on a 14-game winning streak. During the same run, the Rockets have covered the spread 12 times. Giving up a 27th worst 104.7 PPG this year, Denver has relied on its offensive force, scoring 107.6 PPG to keep it in playoff contention in the West. Closing out national coverage for Sunday, ESPN will be providing the live feed.

**Portland at Golden State**

The Trailblazers are 5-1 ATS in their last six versus Pacific division teams, are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, but have slumped against the Western Conference with a 3-8 ATS in their last 11. The Warriors are as cold as ice in some ATS trends, amounting a dreaded 5-21 ATS record in their last 26 following a SU win and a 1-8 ATS performance in their last nine following a SU win of more then 10 points.

**Miami at Sacramento**

Continuing on Miami’s rock bottom crawl through this season; the Heat are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 at home, a 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and are 0-4 ATS in their last four following an ATS win. Sacramento will welcome Miami into their arena with a 6-2 ATS record in its last eight home games, and a 10-4-1 ATS stint in its last 15 home games following road trip of seven or more days. However, Miami is 4-0 ATS in its last four in Sacramento and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 head-to-head meetings.

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Vols look for revenge vs. UK
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Tennessee returns to the court Sunday for the first time since losing at Vanderbilt just 24 hours after being voted the No. 1 team in the country for the first time in school history. The Volunteers will play host to red-hot Kentucky in a crucial SEC East showdown.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Tennessee (25-3 straight up, 14-10 against the spread) as a 12-point favorite with a total of 143. The Vols are in both a revenge spot and a bounce-back situation here. They lost a 72-66 decision at Rupp Arena as 5½-point favorites earlier this year.

Kentucky (16-10 SU, 11-11 ATS) is absolutely on fire, turning a 7-9 overall record into a 16-10 ledger going into Knoxville. The Wildcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games.

Everything seemed to be going right for UK until Friday, when news broke of a season-ending injury to freshman center Patrick Patterson, who was averaging 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. This is a crushing blow for the ‘Cats, who have dealt with a slew of injuries all season long.

Nevertheless, with its 10-3 record in SEC play, UK still has a legitimate shot at earning an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament. But without Patterson, it won’t be easy.

Still, the ‘Cats would gain sole possession of first place in the SEC East with a second victory over UT.

Bruce Pearl’s team gets a mulligan from me for Tuesday’s loss in Music City, where Vandy remains undefeated. That was a classic letdown spot following last Saturday’s emotional 66-62 win over previously-unbeaten Memphis.

Chris Lofton scored a team-high 25 points in the losing effort against the Commodores. Lofton was not recruited by Kentucky because Tubby Smith chose Ramel Bradley ahead of the homegrown product who was Mr. Basketball as a high school senior in the Bluegrass State. Therefore, you can bet the UT senior will bring his A-Game Sunday.

The Vols have been nothing short of sensational at Thompson-Boling Arena, compiling a 14-0 SU record and an 8-2 ATS mark.

The ‘under’ has cashed in four consecutive UK games, seven of its last eight and is 13-10 overall.

The ‘under’ is 14-10 overall for UT, but the ‘over’ has hit at a 6-4 clip in its home games.

Kentucky is 3-6 ATS in nine games as an underdog during Billy Gillispie’s first year in Lexington.

CBS will provide television coverage at noon Eastern.

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Sunday’s best NBA bets
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Dallas at Los Angeles

These teams made two of the biggest trades of the season recently, with the Lakers picking up Pau Gasol and the Mavericks acquiring Jason Kidd. So far it looks like the Lakers may have done the better deal.

Los Angeles has won 11 of its last 12 games with Gasol in the lineup, including 10 straight. The 7-foot center is averaging 20.6 points per game since his arrival, and the Lakers have covered the spread in 10 of the games he has featured in.

Kidd, meanwhile, hasn’t made quite as big of a splash. The formers Nets guard has played in five games for Dallas, and the Mavs have dropped two of them – winning the other three against struggling opponents. He is averaging just 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Atlanta at Boston

The Celtics responded to their first three-game losing streak in the best possible fashion, by winning the next three consecutive games. That blip is now long forgotten and Boston is seemingly back in the swing of dominating its opponents.

It has faced Portland and the Clippers on the road and Cleveland at home in its last three, and beat them all by an average margin of 14.3 points. The win over the Cavs lifted the Celts to an NBA-best 24-4 at home, where they have covered the spread in 16 of their 28 games this season.

This will be the Celtics second time facing the Hawks this season, and if they play anywhere near as well as they did the first time they won’t have any problems. They beat Atlanta 106-83 at home on Nov. 9, easily covering a 9 ½-point spread.

Portland at Golden State

The loss of guard Brandon Roy cannot be overstated ahead of Portland’s trip to Oakland. He leads the team in points (19.3), assists (5.7), and steals (1.1) this season, and the Blazers will struggle to score without him.

Roy has missed the last two games with an ankle sprain, and the Blazers scored just 82 and 83 points respectively in those game. They lost to the Lakers in the first, and then defeated the Clippers 82-80 in the second.

A road game against the Warriors is always a tough task – as several big teams have found out in recent weeks. They have beaten Seattle, Boston, Phoenix and Sacramento at the Oracle Arena, and are certainly capable of adding the Roy-less Blazers to that list.

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The 'madness' is just around the corner
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The Horizon League and The Ohio Valley Conference take to the courts on Tuesday, as the first of the conference tourneys get underway. The term "March Madness" was first used to describe the NCAA tournament but using some literary license, let's start getting “mad” on Tuesday. As I mentioned in a previous article, 19 of the 25 Division I conferences (excluding the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC) received just one bid last year.

With that in mind, most schools know entering their respective conference tourneys that they had better win. The Horizon League got two bids last year and will again this year, only if at-large shoe-in Butler doesn't win its postseason tourney. The CAA ended a 20-year drought without an at-large selection by sending two schools to the Big Dance in each of the last two years but only Virginia Commonwealth has an outside chance of an at-large bid from the CAA this year (and I wouldn't want to be sweating out Selection Sunday if I were the Rams).

The WAC saw both New Mexico State and Nevada get bids last year but the WAC seems destined to be a one-bid league this time around. The Mountain West has sent two schools to the NCAA tournament six years running and BYU and UNLV seem certain to make it seven in a row this year (watch out for New Mexico, as well). Gonzaga of the WCC is looking for its 10th straight NCAA bid and St. Mary's may join the Bulldogs in Bracketville this year.

The Missouri Valley Conference has seen three of its schools make it to the Sweet 16 the past two years: Southern Illinois last year and Bradley and Northern Iowa, the year before. Drake's win at Butler last Saturday all but secured an at-large selection for the Bulldogs but for the conference to get multiple bids again this year, someone other than Drake would have to win the MVC's postseason tourney. The MAC hasn't gotten an at-large selection since 1999, but Kent State's win at St. Mary's last Saturday night put the Golden Flashes directly on the proverbial bubble.

C-USA's lone NCAA representative last year was Memphis but this year, both Houston (21-6) and UAB 20-8) will get long looks from the committee, with the school which reaches the C-USA final against Memphis having the best chance.

Much was made of Memphis' loss last Saturday to Tennessee but February losses are no big deal when it comes to success in March. Ten of the past 11 national champions lost at least once in the year's shortest month. The only exception being the 2002 Maryland squad which went 7-0 through February '02.

However, even though a late loss (or two) does not spell NCAA doom, future Final Four teams must show the ability to win tough games over an extended period of time. Simply put, you've got to be able to get hot and stay hot. If a team hasn't demonstrated the ability to win at least four games in a row in January, it's unlikely it'll win four in a row this March and get a chance to visit San Antonio (the site of this year's Final Four).

Don't believe me? The last 28 Final Four teams have had at least one winning streak of four or more games in January or later. The last time it didn't happen was 2000, when both North Carolina and Wisconsin stumbled into a fluky Final Four as No. 8 seeds. Both the Tar Heels and Badgers won no more than three in a row between January and the NCAAs, yet both advanced to that year's Final Four. Naturally, Wisconsin lost to Michigan State (53-41) and North Carolina lost to Florida (71-59) once they got there.

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Bettors don't like Rockets' chances

Since the loss of Yao, the odds on Houston's winning the NBA title have gone from 15-1 to 30-1.

Yao who?

So far, the Houston Rockets haven't missed a beat since it was announced that center Yao Ming would sit out the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his foot.

One of many quality teams in the Western Conference, the Rockets have won twice since their big man was sidelined, running their win streak to 14. Their average of margin of victory has been 12 points, but oddsmakers don't like Houston's chances of winning a championship.

According to Vegasinsider.com, the Rockets are now 30-1 to win the NBA title after opening at 15-1.

A perfect 14-0 in February, Houston hopes to continue its roll when it begins its March schedule by playing host to Denver tonight.

Fresh off an expected win over the Clippers on Friday night, the Nuggets are hoping to earn their way into a playoff spot and one of the teams they have a chance of overtaking is Houston.

The two teams have split two games this season, with the home team holding serve. Houston won, 109-81, on Nov. 24, and Denver prevailed, 112-111, nearly one month later.

There are some conflicting trends entering tonight's game.

According to Covers.com, the Rockets are only 1-5 against the point spread in their last six Sunday games.

The Nuggets are 4-1 versus the number in their last five Sunday games.

However, Denver is only 1-6 against the spread in its last seven with Houston and the Rockets have gone 5-1 versus the number in their last six games against Western Conference opponents.

College basketball

Coach Billy Gillispie's record through his first 26 games at Kentucky is only 16-10, but the Wildcats are playing their best basketball at the right time.

With the start of the NCAA tournament less than three weeks away, Kentucky has won four in a row and nine of its last 10.

The Wildcats can move into a first-place tie with Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference with a road victory today in Knoxville.

The Wildcats are 10-3 in the SEC compared with 11-2 for the Volunteers, and they already have a head-to-head win. After trailing by 10 points in the second half, Kentucky rallied for a 72-66 win on Jan. 22 in Lexington.

The task for Kentucky, which has covered the point spread in eight of its last 10 games, will be more difficult today because of the absence of talented freshman Patrick Patterson.

Patterson, who was averaging 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in the SEC, is out for the season after being diagnosed on Friday with a stress fracture in his left ankle.

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College Basketball Gameday
By David Harrison

Three big conference matchups hit the college hardwood on Sunday, as Kentucky faces No. 1 Tennessee in the SEC, No. 12 Indiana takes on No. 19 Michigan State in the Big Ten, and Villanova visits Louisville in the Big East.

Kentucky at Tennessee (1)

The Wildcats stormed past Mississippi earlier this week 58-54 as a 4.5-point favorite. Joe Crawford and Patrick Patterson each netted 15 points for Kentucky, while Ramel Bradley chipped in with 14 points. The Wildcats were dealt a huge blow on Friday after it was confirmed that Patterson has a stress fracture in his left ankle and will miss the rest of the season.

The Volunteers lost their first game as the top-ranked school in the nation after falling to Vanderbilt 72-69 as a 2-point favorite on Tuesday. Chris Lofton led the Vols with 25 points, but Tyler Smith was the only other Tennessee played to score in double figures with 11 points and 15 rebounds. As a team the Volunteers shot only 32 percent in the loss.

Kentucky already has one upset win over Tennessee this season. The Wildcats defeated the Volunteers 72-66 as a 5.5-point underdog back in January. Patterson unleashed 20 points and eight rebounds for Kentucky, while Lofton led Tennessee with 22 points.

Indiana (12) at Michigan State (19)

The Hoosiers posted their fourth straight win on Tuesday after getting past Ohio State 72-69 as an 8-point favorite. Armon Bassett led Indiana with 23 points, and Eric Gordon started to find his shot again with 17 points. D.J. White just missed his usual double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Spartans are in danger of dropping out of the Top 25 after losing to Wisconsin 57-42 as a 6-point underdog on Thursday. Goran Suton led the Spartans with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while leading scorer Drew Neitzel failed to show up after scoring only three points on 1-of-10 shooting.

The Hoosiers and Spartans collided back in mid-February when Indiana defeated Michigan State 80-62 as a 4-point favorite. Gordon poured in 28 points for Indiana, while Neitzel led Michigan State with 21 points.

Villanova at Louisville (13)

Villanova’s troubles in the Big East continued as they dropped to 7-8 in the conference after losing to Marquette 85-75 as a 1.5-point underdog on Monday. Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats with 14 points and Dante Cunningham had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

The Cardinals are making a charge for the Big East title after winning their last eight games. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 90-85 as a 7.5-point favorite on Thursday night to climb up another rung in the Big East ladder. David Padgett scored 26 points for the Cardinals in the win, while Earl Clark chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds.

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Kentucky (16-10, 11-11-1 ATS) at (1) Tennessee (25-3, 14-10 ATS)

The top-ranked Volunteers, certain to be knocked from their throne when the latest polls are unveiled on Monday, look to rebound from a tough loss at Vanderbilt when they host Kentucky, which handed Tennessee its first SEC loss of the season.

Two days after upsetting then-No. 1 and previously undefeated Memphis 66-62 as a 6½-point road underdog to achieve its first No. 1 ranking in school history, Tennessee faced another instate rival in Vanderbilt, but fell short 72-69 as a two-point road chalk. The defeat snapped the Vols’ nine-game winning streak (7-2 ATS) and dropped them to 11-2 in the SEC (8-5 ATS), still the best record in the conference.

Kentucky comes into this game having won four in a row and nine of its last 10, all in league action. The 9-1 SU run started with a 72-66 upset of Tennessee as a 5½-point underdog on Jan. 22, with the Wildcats most recently beating Ole Miss 58-54 on Tuesday. In that contest, Kentucky nearly blew a 22-point second-half lead and came up just short as a 4½-point home chalk.

The Wildcats have alternated spread-covers in their last six games, but are still 9-4 ATS in league play (10-3 SU). They’ve also cashed in six straight games after a non-cover.

Kentucky snapped Tennessee’s 11-game overall winning streak back in late January, improving to 8-2 SU in the last 10 series meetings (6-4 ATS).

The Wildcats are just 3-6 on the highway (4-5 ATS), though they have won and covered three of their last four SEC road contests. Meanwhile, Tennessee is 14-0 SU and 8-2 ATS on its home floor, cashing in five straight conference contests in Knoxville. Also, Bruce Pearl’s squad is 6-2-1 ATS in its last nine Sunday affairs.

The under is on current streaks of 9-4 for Tennessee and 7-1 for Kentucky (4-0 last four). However, the over is 4-0 in the Vols’ last four home games (all against the SEC). Also, even though the total has alternated in the last eight series meetings – with this year’s battle in Kentucky staying under the posted price – the over is 3-0 in the last three clashes in Knoxville.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


(12) Indiana (24-4, 12-12-1 ATS) at (19) Michigan State (22-6, 9-13-2 ATS)

The day’s only matchup of Top 25 teams comes from East Lansing, Mich., where the struggling Spartans look to get it going with a win over streaking Indiana.

Michigan State is coming off Thursday’s 57-42 loss at Wisconsin as a six-point underdog. The Spartans (10-5, 4-11 ATS in the Big Ten) have followed up a five-game winning streak by losing four of their last seven. Also, Tom Izzo’s squad has been burning money for more than two months, going 4-12 ATS in its last 12.

The Hoosiers have won seven of their last eight, including the last four in row following Tuesday’s 72-69 home win over Ohio State. Indiana (13-2, 7-8-1 ATS in the Big Ten) has posted consecutive three-point wins since former coach Kelvin Sampson was dismissed, but failed to cover in both games, falling to 3-6 ATS in its last nine.

This rivalry has belonged to the home team in recent years, as the host is 10-1 SU and ATS in the last 11 meetings. That includes Indiana’s 80-61 blowout victory as a four-point home chalk on Feb. 16. However, MSU is 5-0 ATS in the past five battles in East Lansing, and the SU winner has covered the pointspread in each of the last 11 head-to-head clashes.

The Hoosiers have been road warriors all season, going 8-2 in road/neutral-site venues (6-4 ATS). Today they face a Michigan State squad that’s 17-0 at home, but only 5-8 ATS. In fact, the Spartans have failed to cash in seven of their last nine in East Lansing. On the bright side for Michigan State, it is 3-0 ATS as a favorite of seven points or less this season.

The over is 6-1-1 in the last eight Indiana-Michigan State tussles, with last month’s meeting hurdling the posted price. Furthermore, the over is on runs of 7-1 for Indiana (5-0 last five), 7-4 for Michigan State overall and 9-4 for Michigan State at home.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER


(4) UCLA (25-3, 17-8-2 ATS) at Arizona (17-11, 13-12-1 ATS)

UCLA can move a step closer to wrapping up its third straight Pac-10 regular-season title with a victory over struggling Arizona, a team the Bruins have dominated recently.

UCLA heads south to Tucson, Ariz., after Thursday’s 70-49 destruction of Arizona State as a 6½-point road favorite. The Bruins, who have won four in a row (3-1 ATS) and nine of 10 (8-2 ATS), sit atop the conference standings at 13-2 (11-4 ATS).

Arizona got dumped 70-58 by USC on Thursday, failing as a 5½-point home chalk. The Wildcats (7-8 SU and ATS in the Pac-10) have followed up a four-game winning streak by losing five of their last seven both SU and ATS to put themselves squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The winner has cashed in each of Arizona’s last 11 contests, including each of the last six at home.

The Bruins destroyed Arizona 82-60 as a nine-point home favorite on Feb. 2, their sixth straight win in this series (5-1 ATS). Two of those wins and covers have come in Tucson, including last year’s 81-66 rout as a one-point road underdog. Going back further, UCLA has cashed in six of its last seven visits to Tucson.

UCLA has been virtually unstoppable on the road the last two years, going 25-7 SU (including NCAA Tournament games). This year, Ben Howland’s squad is 11-1 SU and 9-2-1 ATS as a visitor, and going back several years, the Bruins are on a 35-16-1 ATS tear on the road.

Conversely, Arizona is 11-5 SU at home this year, but 8-17 ATS in its last 25 at the McKale Center.

The over is 6-1 in the last seven head-to-head meetings in Arizona and 6-2 in the ‘Cats last eight at home. However, the under is 4-1 in UCLA’s last five overall.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UCLA


Villanova (17-10, 9-15 ATS) at (13) Louisville (23-6, 15-11-1 ATS)

In need of a signature win to enhance its NCAA Tournament resume, Villanova invades Freedom Hall looking to become the first team to defeat Louisville in more than a month.

The Wildcats had three-game SU and four-game ATS winning streaks snapped in their most recent game Monday, falling 85-75 to Marquette as a 1½-point home underdog. A Top 25 team not long ago, Villanova is just 7-8 in the Big East (5-10 ATS).

Louisville has soared up the Big East standings, courtesy of an eight-game winning streak, all in league play. That includes Thursday’s 90-85 home win over Notre Dame. However, the Cardinals misfired as a 7½-point home favorite against the Irish, ending a seven-game ATS tear.

These teams have met three times in the last two years, with Villanova coming away victorious every time. However, the Cardinals got the cash in the last two, including barely covering as a five-point road underdog in ‘Nova’s 57-53 victory last year.

Louisville opened Big East play with a one-point home loss to Cincinnati on Jan. 5. Since then, the Cardinals have won seven straight home games (all in conference), going 5-2 ATS. Also, the team is on ATS streaks of 4-0 on Sundays and 22-6-2 against Big East foes.

‘Nova has lost six of its last eight road games (3-5 ATS), all in conference action. Also, the Wildcats are mired in ATS funks of 1-5 on Sunday, 2-10 following a non-cover and 0-7 off a double-digit home loss.

Villanova had a six-game “under” streak end when Monday’s contest against Marquette easily hurdled the posted total. Still, the under is 15-6 in the Wildcats’ last 17 overall, as well as 10-4 in Louisville’s last 14 at home. Conversely, the over is 4-1 in Louisville’s last five overall.

ATS ADVANTAGE: LOUISVILLE


NBA

Dallas (39-20, 24-31-4 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (41-18, 37-20-1 ATS)


The Mavericks get their first crack at the Lakers since L.A. acquired Pau Gasol as these clubs battle in a key Western Conference showdown at Staples Center.

Dallas comes in having won four of its last five (3-1-1 ATS), including Saturday’s 115-106 home victory over the Kings, pushing as a nine-point chalk. However, Avery Johnson’s squad is just 3-7 in its last 10 road games (4-6 ATS).

The Lakers had their 10-game winning streak halted in stunning fashion Friday night, losing 119-111 in Portland as a six-point road chalk. Despite the defeat, Los Angeles is still 14-3 SU and ATS in its last 17 contests, including 4-0 at home (3-1 ATS).

In the first meeting between these teams this season, the Mavericks prevailed 112-105, pushing as a seven-point home chalk. Dallas has taken the last three meetings, going 2-0-1 ATS, which comes on the heels of L.A.’s 7-1 ATS roll in the rivalry. The Lakers have been underdogs in each of the last 11 head-to-head clashes, and they’re 4-1 ATS in the last five battles on their own floor.

For the season, the Lakers are 20-7 on their home floor (16-10 ATS), while the Mavs are a sub-.500 road team at 14-17 (13-18 ATS).

Dallas is stuck in ATS ruts of 3-8 on Sunday, 5-14-3 against the Pacific Division and 3-10-1 after a SU win. Conversely, Los Angeles is on pointspread streaks of 8-1 after an outright loss, 4-0-1 after a non-cover and 8-1 when playing on one day of rest.

Los Angeles topped the total in Friday’s shootout at Portland, ending a 4-0 “under” streak. Still the under is 7-2 in its last nine home game. Also, the under is on streaks of 15-7 for Dallas on the road, 16-5-1 for Dallas on Sunday, 6-0 for the Lakers on Sunday and 2-0 in the last two Mavs-Lakers battles at Staples Center.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. LAKERS and UNDER


Denver (35-23, 29-29 ATS) at Houston (38-20, 33-24-1 ATS)

The Rockets put the NBA’s longest winning streak of the season on the line tonight at the Toyota Center, as they host Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets in a critical game for two teams looking to climb up the Western Conference playoff standings.

Houston has hardly missed a beat since learning the terrible news in the middle of last week that All-Star center Yao Ming (injury) was lost for the season, as the Rockets came out and crushed the Wizards and Grizzlies by 25 and 21 points, respectively. Houston is riding a 14-game winning streak, going 12-2 ATS along the way, including 6-0 ATS in the last six.

The Rockets have registered five straight double-digit blowout wins, four of which have come at home. During this five-game stretch, they’ve averaged 106.2 points per game (50.5 percent shooting) and given up 88.2 ppg (40.6 percent).

The Nuggets have rebounded from a three-game losing skid with back-to-back wins over the Sonics (138-96 on the road) and Clippers (110-104 at home). However, in Friday’s win over Los Angeles, Denver never came close to covering as a 14-point chalk, falling to 2-6 ATS in its last eight, though it was favored in seven of those contests.

Each team has protected its home floor in the first two meetings this season, with Houston winning 109-81 on Nov. 24 and the Nuggets eking out a 112-111 overtime win on Dec. 20. However, the Rockets cashed in both games, and they’re 6-1 ATS in the last seven matchups (5-2 SU). Finally, prior to this year, the visitor had won four straight in this series both SU and ATS.

During its winning streak, Houston has won nine straight home games, going 8-1 ATS. That’s boosted the Rockets’ season home record to 20-9 SU and 16-12-1 ATS. Tonight, they face a Nuggets squad that’s just 12-16 SU and ATS away from the Mile High City. George Karl’s club has followed up a four-game road winning streak (3-1 ATS) by going 1-3 SU and ATS in its last four on the highway.

This game pits one of the NBA’s highest-scoring teams (Denver averages 107.6 points per game) against one of the league’s top defensive squads (Houston gives up just 92.2 ppg). That said, the winner has scored at least 108 points in each of the last four meetings between these squads.

For Houston, the under is on streaks of 8-4 overall, 5-1 on Sunday, 4-0 against the Northwest Division and 3-1 when battling the Nuggets inside the Toyota Center. However, the over is 3-1 in the Rockets’ last four at home overall, while Denver has topped the total in two straight games, five of the last six and 10 of the last 13, going 5-2 “over” in its last seven on the road.

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Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers


* Ten days after making a blockbuster trade that drastically changed the look of both teams, the Cavaliers and Bulls will meet for the first time this season. Cavs star LeBron James is averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in five contests since the trade. James said he “is looking forward” to this matchup.” EDGE: CAVS
* Chicago has become more of an up-tempo, fast-break team since the trade, but is not necessarily finding more success. The Bulls had allowed a modest 98 points per game prior to the trade, but have given up an average of 107 since. “We’ve lost are defensive edge,” according to guard Kirk Hinrich. EDGE: CAVS
* Bulls are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
* Cavs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games against the Central Division.
* The home team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
       
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers

* The Lakers are 11-2 since acquiring Pau Gasol, and are now scoring an average of 109 points per game. The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off allowing 106 points to a lowly Sacramento Kings team on Friday night. EDGE: LAKERS
* The Mavericks have also found success through trades, as they have won four of six since acquiring Jason Kidd. Kidd is fresh off a 21 point 11 rebound game against the Kings, and recorded a double-double while a member of the Nets last time against the Lakers. EDGE: MAVS
* Lakers star Kobe Bryant is averaging 35 points in his last 12 games against the Mavs. In that stretch, he has four games with at least 40 points, including a 62-point performance. EDGE: LAKERS
* Mavs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
* Lakers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
* The underdog is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

* The league-best Celtics are gunning for their fifth straight win and eighth in a row at home. Boston already hammered Atlanta 106-83 on Nov. 9. That game saw the big three Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce combine for 64 total points. EDGE: CELTICS
* Hawks rookie Al Horford, has been solid all season, and is averaging 16 points with 13 rebounds in his last three games alone. It's been easier for Horford to make plays with Mike Bibby in the lineup. Bibby was acquired from Sacramento on Feb. 16, and has averaged 13 points and 7 assists in Atlanta. EDGE: HAWKS
* Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
* Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
* The OVER is 7-3 in the Celtics last 10 games against the Eastern Conference.

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets

* The Denver Nuggets lost three straight games Feb. 22-25, but has bounced back with consecutive wins. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in the team’s 110-104 latest victory over the Clippers on Friday night. Allen Iverson is also hot of late averaging 30 points and shooting 53 percent from the field in his last five games. EDGE: NUGGETS
* Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson combined for 73 points against the Rockets in the Nuggets 112-111 double-overtime win on Dec. 20. EDGE: NUGGETS
* After blowing out weak opponents in their first two games without All-Star center Yao Ming to cap a 13-0 February, the Rockets face a tougher challenge here. However the Rockets are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings against Denver, including a big 28 point win last time these teams met in Houston. EDGE: ROCKETS
* Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
* Rockets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
* The UNDER is 5-3 in the last 8 meetings.

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Kentucky at #1 Tennessee


* A win by Kentucky would vault the Wildcats, who have won their last four conference matchups, into first place in the East. A win will also help Kentucky’s chances to squeak into the NCAA tournament. EDGE: KENTUCKY
* A win by Tennessee would give the Vols a two-game lead in the East Division with two games left to play. Tennessee is trying to win the conference outright for the first time in 41 years. EDGE: TENNESSEE
* Kentucky will be without freshman phenom Patrick Patterson due to a left ankle injury. He scored 20 points against the Vols in Kentucky's 72-66 win over Tennessee in January. EDGE: TENNESSEE
* Tennessee guard JaJuan Smith said the Vols have a good chance to grab revenge for that loss. "We've got to treat this like a championship." Tennessee will honor a face from its past before the game by retiring All-American Ernie Grunfeld's jersey as well. EDGE: TENNESSEE
* Tennessee guard Chris Lofton always finds a way to shoot well against the Wildcats, including going 7-for-14 from the field with 22 points in the first matchup this year."This is a big game for me.” EDGE: TENNESSEE
* Kentucky is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
* The UNDER is 8-2 in Kentucky’s last 10 games overall.
* Tennessee is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games overall.

#12 Indiana at #19 Michigan State

* Indiana has won four straight, including a 72-69 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday. This was its second win in a row with assistant coach Dan Dakich at the helm, who replaced Kelvin Sampson. On the flip side Michigan State has lost four out its last seven games. EDGE: INDIANA
* Indiana has won four of the last six meetings with Michigan State - including an 80-61 blowout on Feb. 16 – but the Hoosiers have lost their last 13 games in East Lansing dating back to 1991. EDGE: MICHIGAN STATE
* Michigan State enters this contest on a 20-game winning streak at the Breslin Center, and the home team has won the last seven meetings between these schools. “It’s difficult to play Michigan State up there,” said Indiana coach Dan Dakich. EDGE: MICHIGAN STATE
* Michigan State Preseason All-American Drew Neitzel has played well of late against Indiana. He is averaging 16 points in his last three games versus the Hoosiers. EDGE: MICHIGAN STATE
* Indiana is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 road games.
* Michigan State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 home games.
* The home team is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

#4 UCLA at Arizona

* The UCLA Bruins are currently on an impressive four-game winning streak, and haven’t lost since February 10th. During this steak they are outscoring their opponents by an average of 19 points. EDGE: UCLA
* UCLA has won six straight against Arizona since an 83-73 home loss in 2005 that capped a four-game losing streak in the series. EDGE: UCLA
* Arizona is led by Rookie Jerryd Bayless (21 ppg) and second-leading scorer Chase Budinger (17 ppg). UCLA shut both of them down in the first meeting already this year, with Bayless scoring just 13 points and Budinger managing 9. EDGE: UCLA
* UCLA is 35-16-1 ATS in its last 52 road games.
* UCLA is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
* Arizona is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 home games.

Villanova at #13 Louisville

* Louisville has won eight straight and 14 of 16, including a 90-85 win over No. 17 Notre Dame on Thursday. The Cardinals shot 53 percent from the field and had five players score in double figures. EDGE: LOUISVILLE
* The Cardinals are 14-2 at Freedom Hall, including 7-1 in conference games, and have yielded just 57 points per game in their Big East home contests. EDGE: LOUISVILLE
* Villanova meanwhile, enters this game desperate for a marquee victory to bolster its NCAA tournament chances. The Wildcats are fresh off a 85-75 home loss to No. 21 Marquette in which they committed a season-high 23 turnovers that led to 31 points. EDGE: LOUISVILLE
* Villanova has won the last three games between the teams to take a 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The teams did not meet last season, but Villanova swept two games in the 2005-06 season. EDGE: VILLANOVA
* Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games overall.
* The UNDER is 7-3 in Villanova’s last 10 games overall.
* Louisville is 22-6-2 ATS in its last 30 games against the Big East.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

- The Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet on the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday in a battle of division rivals.

Andres Nocioni had a team-high 19 points in Chicago's 97-91 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

The Bulls had been favored by 6 points at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (197.5).

LeBron James led the way with 30 points on Friday night as the Cavaliers knocked off the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 92-84.

The Cavs, however, failed to cover the 9.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total (190).

Team records:
Chicago: 23-35 SU, 25-33 ATS
Cleveland: 33-26 SU, 27-32 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Chicago is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 9 games on the road
Chicago is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Chicago

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Cleveland at New York, Wednesday, March 5

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

- The Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 34 points on Friday night as the Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 115-106.

The Mavericks managed to PUSH the 9-point spread in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (202.5).

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in Los Angeles' 119-111 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

The Lakers had been favored by 7 points on the road in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (196.5).

Team records:
Dallas: 39-20 SU, 24-31-4 ATS
Los Angeles: 41-18 SU, 37-21-1 ATS

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Portland are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Dallas's last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games
LA Lakers are 22-3 SU in their last 25 games when playing at home against Dallas
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
LA Lakers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games

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LA Lakers at Sacramento, Tuesday, March 4

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics

- The Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at TD Banknorth Garden.

Josh Smith netted 25 points on Friday night to lead the Hawks to a 99-93 win over the New York Knicks.

The Hawks just failed to cover the 6.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total (202).

Ray Allen led the way with 23 points for the Celtics in their 108-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

The Celtics didn't cover the big 17.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (195.5).

Current streak:
Atlanta has won 2 straight games.
Boston has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 25-32 SU, 28-29 ATS
Boston: 45-12 SU, 33-22-2 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing New York are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Boston most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

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

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Atlanta home to Golden State, Tuesday, March 4
Boston home to Detroit, Wednesday, March 5

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Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Bobcats

- The fans at Charlotte Bobcats Arena will be treated to a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats when they take their seats on Sunday.

Andrea Bargnani had a team-high 27 points in Toronto's 122-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

The Raptors had been favored by 11.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (207.5).

Jason Richardson poured in 30 points in Charlotte's 108-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

The Celtics didn't cover the big 17.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (195.5).

Current streak:
Charlotte has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 32-25 SU, 33-24 ATS
Charlotte: 19-39 SU, 22-34-2 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
Before playing Minnesota are 2-4
After playing Boston are 1-9
After a loss are 1-9

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

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San Antonio Spurs vs. New Jersey Nets

- The San Antonio Spurs and the New Jersey Nets will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Izod Center.

The Spurs dominated the third quarter and managed to hang on and defeat the Bucks 96-94 on Saturday. The Spurs failed to cover the 6.5-point spread, while the 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Michael Redd had a team-high 25 points.

The Nets dominated the fourth quarter and went on to defeat the Bucks 120-106 on Thursday. The Nets covered the 3.5-point spread, and the 226 points sailed OVER the posted total of 198.

Vince Carter had 19 points, three boards and five assists for the Nets and Devin Harris tossed in a team-high 21 points in the win.

Current streak:
San Antonio has won 8 straight games.

Team records:
San Antonio: 40-17 SU, 28-29 ATS
New Jersey: 26-32 SU, 23-34-1 ATS

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
San Antonio is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing at home against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Jersey's last 17 games when playing San Antonio

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San Antonio home to New Jersey, Tuesday, March 4
New Jersey at San Antonio, Tuesday, March 4

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers

- The Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Bucks were defeated 96-94 by the Spurs last time out, as 6.5-point road underdogs. The 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Michael Redd had a team-high 25 points and Andrew Bogut had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Mike Dunleavy poured in 36 points on Friday night to lead the Pacers to a 122-111 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors had been favored by 11.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (207.5).

Current streak:
Milwaukee has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Milwaukee: 22-37 SU, 27-31-1 ATS
Indiana: 23-36 SU, 27-31-1 ATS

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

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
Milwaukee is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Milwaukee is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Indiana is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 10 games

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Milwaukee home to Seattle, Wednesday, March 5
Indiana at Houston, Wednesday, March 5

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New Orleans Hornets vs. Washington Wizards

- The New Orleans Hornets and the Washington Wizards will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Verizon Center.

David West picked up 25 points on Friday night as the Hornets got past the Utah Jazz by a final score of 110-98.

The Hornets managed to cover the 5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (208.5).

Antawn Jamison picked up 17 points and 15 boards on Friday to lead the Wizards to a 97-91 win over the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls had been favored by 6 points at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (197.5).

Current streak:
New Orleans has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 39-18 SU, 34-22-1 ATS
Washington: 28-30 SU, 34-23-1 ATS

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 4-6
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

Washington most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
New Orleans is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans's last 13 games when playing on the road against Washington
New Orleans is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
New Orleans is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games

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New Orleans at New York, Monday, March 3
Washington home to Orlando, Wednesday, March 5

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Seattle SuperSonics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

- The division rival Seattle SuperSonics and Minnesota Timberwolves are set to renew hostilities on Sunday when they meet at Target Center.

Chris Wilcox poured in 30 points in Seattle's 103-93 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night.

The Heat managed to cover the 2-point spread on the road in that contest, while the combined score was a PUSH against the posted total (196).

Al Jefferson tossed in 22 points in Minnesota's 92-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Cavs, however, failed to cover the 9.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total (190).

Current streak:
Seattle has lost 4 straight games.
Minnesota has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Seattle: 15-43 SU, 28-29-1 ATS
Minnesota: 12-45 SU, 28-28-1 ATS

Seattle most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 3-3
After playing Cleveland are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road
Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Seattle
Minnesota is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Seattle
Minnesota is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home

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Seattle at Detroit, Tuesday, March 4
Minnesota home to Charlotte, Tuesday, March 4

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Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets

- The Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Toyota Center.

Allen Iverson netted 38 points on Friday night to lead the Nuggets to a 110-104 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Nuggets, however, failed to cover the 14-point spread in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (213.5).

Tracy McGrady poured in 25 points on Friday night to guide the Rockets to a 116-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Rockets managed to cover the 13.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (194).

Current streak:
Denver has won 2 straight games.
Houston has won 14 straight games.

Team records:
Denver: 35-23 SU, 29-29 ATS
Houston: 38-20 SU, 32-24-2 ATS

Denver most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 6-4
After playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Houston most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 10-0

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

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Denver home to Phoenix, Wednesday, March 5
Houston home to Indiana, Wednesday, March 5

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors

- The Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Oracle Arena.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points on Friday night as the Trail Blazers rallied to a 119-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers had been favored by 7 points on the road in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (196.5).

Mickael Pietrus led the way with 23 points on Friday night as the Warriors got past the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 119-97.

The Warriors managed to cover the 5-point spread at home on that night, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (215.5).

Current streak:
Portland has won 2 straight games.
Golden State has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 31-28 SU, 30-29 ATS
Golden State: 35-22 SU, 24-33 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Phoenix are 2-8
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

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 5 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Portland's last 10 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Portland's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing at home against Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Golden State's last 10 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland

Next up:
Portland home to Phoenix, Tuesday, March 4
Golden State at Atlanta, Tuesday, March 4

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Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings

- The fans at ARCO Arena will be treated to a game between the Miami Heat and the Sacramento Kings when they take their seats on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade tossed in a game-high 31 points on Friday night to lead the Heat to a 103-93 win over the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Heat managed to cover the 2-point spread on the road in that contest, while the combined score was a PUSH against the posted total (196).

Beno Udrih and Kevin Martin each scored 25 points in Sacramento's 115-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

The Mavericks managed to PUSH the 9-point spread in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (202.5).

Current streak:
Sacramento has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Miami: 11-46 SU, 20-36-1 ATS
Sacramento: 26-32 SU, 30-27-1 ATS

Miami most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 1-9

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Sacramento is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Sacramento's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing at home against Miami
Sacramento is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Miami home to Toronto, Wednesday, March 5
Sacramento home to LA Lakers, Tuesday, March 4

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Providence at Cincinnati, 12:00 EST ESPNU
Providence: 0-9 ATS off DD road loss
Cincinnati: 7-0 ATS off road loss

Kentucky at Tennessee, 12:00 EST CBS
Kentucky: 10-3 Under vs. conference
Tennessee: 18-5 ATS in home games

Notre Dame at DePaul, 1:00 EST
Notre Dame: 6-1 Over in road games
DePaul: 11-1 ATS after playing as a home underdog

(TC) Indiana at Michigan State, 2:00 EST CBS
Indiana: 6-1 ATS off SU win/ATS loss
Michigan State: 4-11 ATS vs. conference

Georgia at LSU, 2:00 EST
Georgia: 6-16 ATS as an underdog
LSU: 0-7 ATS as a favorite

Duquesne at Charlotte, 2:00 EST
Duquesne: 0-6 ATS off SU loss as favorite
Charlotte:

UCLA at Arizona, 4:00 EST FSN
UCLA: 7-1 ATS as road favorite
Arizona: 0-6 ATS off DD loss

Villanova at Louisville, 4:00 EST CBS
Villanova: 4-14 ATS off conference loss
Louisville: 24-9 ATS vs. conference

Temple at St Joseph's, 7:00 EST (at the Palestra)
Temple: 2-11 ATS Away off home win
St Joseph's: 7-0 ATS off SU loss

Clemson at Maryland, 7:30 EST FSN
Clemson: 18-7 ATS off home win
Maryland: 6-0 ATS at home when the line is +3 to -3

Oregon at Oregon State, 10:00 EST FSN
Oregon: 8-2 ATS off road game
Oregon State: 0-6 ATS as home underdog

Added Games

Manhattan at Iona, 12:00 EST
Manhattan: 1-12 ATS when the total is 130 to 139.5
Iona: 2-8 ATS off road loss

Siena at St Peter's, 2:00 EST
Siena: 26-12 ATS in road games
St Peter's: 3-11 ATS as home underdog

Canisius at Niagara, 2:00 EST
Canisius: 7-0 ATS Away off 3+ ATS wins
Niagara: 7-23 ATS Away playing only their 2nd game in 8 days

Fairfield at Rider, 2:00 EST
Fairfield: 6-0 ATS Away off home win
Rider: 2-9 ATS playing only their 2nd game in 8 days

Loyola (Md.) at Marist, 4:00 EST
Loyola (Md.): 7-0 ATS as a road underdog of 6 points or less
Marist: 17-7 Over playing with revenge

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