Betting News and Notes - Mar. 5

Betting News and Notes - Mar. 5

Webber could miss Warriors' next 4 games
March 4, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -Chris Webber missed Golden State's game against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night with a sore left knee.

Warriors coach Don Nelson said Webber, who left a win Sunday over Portland after eight minutes, plans to stay in Atlanta to rehab and could sit out the final three games of Golden State's current road trip.

Results of an MRI taken Monday in Oakland were negative.

Matt Barnes started in place of Webber, a 14th-year center-forward who is averaging 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in nine games. Nelson said Webber has a home in Atlanta and a trainer to help him work out.

The Warriors signed Webber to a free-agent contract on Jan. 29.

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Mavs sign free agent guard Tyronn Lue

DALLAS(AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Tyronn Lue on Tuesday to be their backup point guard.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

The Sacramento Kings waived Lue on Friday. He was acquired from Atlanta on Feb. 16, but never played for the Kings. Lue averaged 6.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.2 rebounds over 17 minutes in 33 games for the Hawks.

The Mavs are the seventh team in Lue's 10-year career. He was a backup for the Lakers when they won the NBA title in 2001.

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Wednesday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Warriors at Bobcats**

-Caesars Palace installed Golden State as a five-point road ‘chalk’ over Charlotte, with the total set at 221. This contest is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. ET.

-Golden State (37-22 straight up, 25-32 against the spread) has won four games in a row SU after outlasting Atlanta Tuesday as a two-point road underdog, 135-118. The combined 253 points soared ‘over’ the 221½-point closing total.

-The Warriors are now 16-12 SU and 14-13 ATS on the road, winning those games by an average score of 108-107.

-Charlotte (21-39 SU, 25-33 ATS) defeated Minnesota Tuesday as a six-point road underdog, 109-89, while the combined 198 points went ‘under’ the 200-point closing total. The Bobcats have now won back-to-back games SU and three consecutive contests ATS.

-Charlotte is 16-17 SU and 16-16 ATS at home, with the ‘over’ going 18-14. The Bobcats have been dropping those games by an average score of 99-98.

-Golden State won the lone encounter with Charlotte this season (Feb. 1) as an 8½-point home favorite, 127-96. The combined 223 points eclipsed the 218-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to improve to 4-1 the last five games in this series.

-Golden State center Chris Webber (knee) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Bobcats. Charlotte guard Derek Anderson (knee) is ‘questionable’ against the Warriors.

**Magic at Wizards**

-Caesars Palace opened Orlando as a two-point road favorite, with the total set at 201. This game is slated to start at 7:05 p.m. ET.

-Orlando (39-23 SU, 38-22 ATS) continued its winning ways by beating Toronto Tuesday as a 9½-point home ‘chalk,’ 102-87. The combined 189 points never seriously threatened the 210-point closing total. The ‘under’ has cashed the last five games for the Magic.

-Orlando maintains a 21-12 SU and 22-11 ATS road record, winning those games by an average score of 104-101.

-Washington (29-30 SU, 35-23 ATS) improved to 4-1 SU and ATS the past five games after roughing up New Orleans Sunday as a 7½-point home underdog, 101-84. The combined 185 points failed to topple the 193½-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to cash the fourth consecutive contest.

-The Wizards are now 17-12 SU and ATS at home, with the ‘under’ going 17-12. Washington has been winning its home affairs by an average score of 99-95.

-Orlando is 2-0 SU and ATS the past two meetings with Washington after winning November 3 as a two-point road underdog, 94-82. The ‘under’ has cashed the last two games in this series.

-Orlando guard jameer Nelson (flu) is ‘probable’ against the Wizards, while guard Keyon Dooling (foot) is ‘questionable.’

**Cavaliers at Knicks**

-There is no overnight line or total on the Cleveland-New York contest due to a couple key injuries. This game is scheduled to tipoff at 7:35 p.m. ET.

-Cleveland (34-26 SU, 28-32 ATS) has won back-to-back games SU (1-1 ATS) after upending Chicago Sunday as a five-point home ‘chalk,’ 95-86. The combined 181 points failed to topple the 195-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ cash a third consecutive contest.

-The Cavaliers are 15-16 SU, and 18-13 ATS on the road, dropping those games by an average score of 98-94.

-New York (18-42 SU, 29-30 ATS) has dropped three games in a row SU and back-to-back outings ATS after Monday’s setback to New Orleans as a seven-point home underdog, 100-88. The combined 188 points failed to eclipse the 196-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to cash the third matchup in a row.

-The Knicks are now 18-42 SU and 29-30 ATS at Madison Square Garden, losing those games by an average score of 98-95.

-Cleveland is just 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS the previous three meetings with New York after dropping the latest matchup Dec. 19 as a 3 ½-point road favorite, 108-90. The combined 198 points toppled the 192½-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to cash the third straight game in this series.

-New York forward Zach Randolph (foot) is ‘questionable’ against the Cavs.

**Raptors at Heat**

-Caesars Palace lists Miami as a 2½-point home ‘chalk’ over Toronto, with the total set at 198½. This contest is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. ET.

-Toronto (32-27 SU, 32-26 ATS) hopes to rebound after getting roughed up by Orlando Tuesday as a 9 ½-point road underdog, 102-87. The Raptors have now dropped their last three games SU and ATS.

-Toronto is now 14-15 SU and 14-14 ATS away from home, with the ‘over’ going 18-11.

-Miami (11-47 SU, 20-36 ATS) has alternated SU and ATS wins and losses the last five games after Sunday’s setback to Sacramento as a seven-point road underdog, 120-109. The combined 229 points soared ‘over’ the 204 ½-point closing total, snapping a three-game ‘under’ streak.

-The Heat are just 6-22 SU and 8-20 ATS on their home court, dropping those games by an average score of 100-95.

-Toronto is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS the last three meetings with Miami after winning February 4 as a nine-point road ‘chalk,’ 114-82. The combined 196 points slithered ‘over’ the 195-point closing total, ending a three-game ‘under’ streak in this series.

-Toronto forward Chris Bosh (knee) is ‘out’ against the Heat.

**Pistons at Celtics**

-Stratosphere installed Boston as a four-point home favorite over Detroit, with the total set at 183. This game is slated to begin at 7:35 p.m. ET.

-Detroit (44-16 SU, 34-25 ATS) held off Seattle Tuesday as a 15-point home ‘chalk,’ 100-97, while the combined 197 points went ‘over’ the 193-point closing total.

-The Pistons are 21-11 SU and 17-14 ATS on the road, with the ‘over’ going 18-14. Detroit has been winning those games by an average score of 98-93.

-Boston (46-12 SU, 32-23 ATS) is currently riding a five-game SU winning streak, but has failed to cover its last three games after Sunday’s triumph over Atlanta as an 11 ½-point home favorite, 98-88. the combined 186 points failed to topple the 198 ½-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to improve to 3-1 the past four games.

-The Celtics are now 26-4 SU and 16-13 ATS at home, with the ‘under’ going 16-12. Boston has been winning its home endeavors by an average score of 100-88.

-Detroit had gone 8-0 SU and 4-4 ATS the previous eight meetings with Boston before losing January 5 as a 2 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 92-85. The combined 177 points went ‘under’ the 181½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 6-1 the last seven games in this series.

-Detroit guard Chauncey Billups (personal) is ‘probable’ against the Celtics. Boston guard Sam Cassell (wrist) is ‘questionable’ versus the Pistons.

**Nets at Grizzlies**

-Caesars Palace opened New Jersey as a three-point road favorite over Memphis, with the total listed at 202. This contest is slated to start at 8:05 p.m. ET.

-New Jersey (26-34 SU, 24-36 ATS) is off Tuesday’s setback to San Antonio as an 11 ½-point road underdog, 81-70. The combined 151 points never seriously threatened the 185½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 4-1 the past five games.

-The Nets are now 11-17 SU and 13-15 ATS on the road, losing those games by an average score of 103-96.

-Memphis (14-46 SU, 22-37 ATS) continued its downward spiral after Tuesday’s loss to Chicago as an 11-point road underdog, 112-97. The combined 209 points went ‘over’ the 208-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 4-1 the last five games.

-The Grizzlies are 10-21 SU and 10-20 ATS at home, dropping those affairs by an average score of 107-103.

-New Jersey had beaten Memphis three times in a row SU and ATS before falling Nov. 27 as a six-point home favorite, 110-103. The combined 213 points toppled the 205-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the third game in a row.

-New Jersey guard/forward Bostjan Nachbar (hip) is expected to miss this matchup with the Grizzlies. Memphis guard/forward Mike Miller (back) is expected to play against the Nets.

**Sonics at Bucks**

-Caesars Palace lists Milwaukee as a nine-point home ‘chalk’ over Seattle, with the total set at 208½. This matchup is slated to start at 8:05 p.m. ET.

-Seattle (16-44 SU, 30-29 ATS) fell short in its upset bid of Detroit Tuesday as a 15-point road underdog, 100-97. The combined 197 points went ‘over’ the 193-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-1 the past four games.

-The Sonics are now 6-23 SU and 14-14 ATS away from home, with the ‘under’ going 17-12. Seattle has been losing its road games by an average score of 105-96.

-Milwaukee (22-38 SU, 27-32 ATS) has dropped three games in a row SU (1-2 ATS) after falling to Indiana Sunday as a six-point road underdog, 128-106. The combined 234 points soared past the 215 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 4-1 the last five games.

-The Bucks are 16-12 SU and 14-13 ATS at home, dropping those matchups by an average score of 99-98.

-Seattle has won the last two games against Milwaukee SU and previous four outings ATS after winning December 7 as a one-point home ‘chalk,’ 104-98. The combined 202 points went ‘over’ the 199 ½-point closing total, ending back-to-back ‘under’ outings.

-Seattle forward/center Nick Collison (knee) and forward/center Chris Wilcox (knee) are ‘questionable’ against the Bucks. Milwaukee forward Yi Jianlian (ankle) is ‘questionable’ versus the Sonics.

**Hawks at Hornets**

-Caesars Palace installed New Orleans as a 9½-point home favorite over Atlanta, with the total listed at 197½. This contest is scheduled to tipoff at 8:05 p.m. ET.

-Atlanta (25-34 SU, 28-29 ATS) fell to Golden State Tuesday as a two-point home ‘chalk,’ 135-118. The combined 253 points soared ‘over’ the 221½-point closing total.

-The Hawks are 7-22 SU and 12-16 ATS away from home, with the ‘under’ going 18-11. Atlanta has been losing those affairs by an average score of 98-91.

-New Orleans (40-19 SU, 36-23 ATS) improved to 3-1 SU and ATS its last four games after beating New York Sunday as a seven-point road favorite, 100-88. The combined 188 points went ‘under’ the 196-point closing total.

-The Hornets sport a 20-10 SU and 17-13 ATS home record, with the ‘over’ going 17-12. New Orleans has been winning its home endeavors by an average score of 101-95.

-The Hornets are 3-0 SU and ATS the past three meetings with Atlanta after prevailing Nov. 30 as a one-point road favorite, 92-86. The combined 178 points went ‘under’ the 186½-point closing total.

-Atlanta guard Acie Law (wrist) is ‘probable’ against the Hornets. New Orleans forward Bonzi Wells (foot) and forward David West (ankle) are ‘questionable’ versus the Hawks.

**Pacers at Rockets**


-Caesars Palace lists Houston as an 11-point home ‘chalk’ over Indiana, with the total set at 201. This matchup is scheduled to begin at 8:35 p.m. ET.

-Indiana (24-36 SU, 28-32 ATS) has won back-to-back outings SU and ATS after cruising past Milwaukee Sunday as a six-point home favorite, 128-106. The combined 234 points soared ‘over’ the 215½-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to cash the third game in a row.

-The Pacers are 12-18 SU and 14-16 ATS on the road, dropping those games by an average score of 106-103.

-Houston (39-20 SU, 34-24 ATS) improved to 15-0 SU and 13-2 ATS its last 15 games after knocking off Denver Sunday as a five-point home ‘chalk,’ 103-89. The combined 192 points went ‘under’ the 206 ½-point closing total.

-The Rockets are now 21-9 SU and 17-12 ATS at home, with the ‘under’ going 18-12. Houston has been winning its home games by an average score of 98-91.

-The Rockets have won the last two meetings with Indiana SU, but have gone 0-4-1 ATS the previous five encounters. Houston upended the Pacers Feb. 1 as a four-point road favorite, 106-103. The combined 209 points went ‘over’ the 201 ½-point closing total.

-Indiana forward Shawne Williams (personal) is ‘questionable’ against the Rockets.

**Suns at Nuggets**


-Caesars Palace opened Denver as a 5½-point home favorite over Phoenix, with the total set at 230½. ESPN will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 9:05 p.m. ET.

-Phoenix (39-20 SU, 25-32 ATS) had dropped two games in a row SU and ATS heading into Tuesday’s contest with Portland. The Suns are 18-11 SU and 14-13 ATS on the road, winning those games by an average score of 108-105.

-Denver (35-24 SU, 29-30 ATS) has dropped its last two games SU and ATS after falling to Philadelphia Saturday as a 9 ½-point home favorite, 119-114. The combined 233 points eclipsed the 211½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the fourth game in a row.

-The Nuggets are now 23-7 SU and 17-13 ATS at home, with the ‘over’ going 16-13. Denver has been winning its home affairs by an average score of 109-101.

-Phoenix has won the past two meetings with Denver SU and ATS after winning Jan. 7 as a 7 ½-point home favorite, 137-115. The combined 252 points soared past the 227-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to cash the third consecutive contest in this series.

**Timberwolves at Jazz**

-Caesars Palace lists Utah as a 14½-point home ‘chalk’ over Minnesota, with the total set at 203 ½. This contest is slated to start at 9:05 p.m. ET.

-Minnesota (12-47 SU, 27-31 ATS) fell to Charlotte Tuesday night as a six-point home favorite, 109-89. The combined 198 points slithered ‘under’ the 200-point closing total.

-The Timberwolves are just 2-25 SU on the road, but 14-13 ATS with the ‘under’ going 17-8. Minnesota has been losing those games by an average score of 102-91.

-Utah (39-22 SU, 31-28 ATS) improved to 3-1 SU its last four games after outlasting Dallas Monday as a 6 ½-point home favorite, 116-110. The combined 226 points toppled the 200 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-1-1 the last five games.

-The Jazz maintain a 26-3 SU and 18-9 ATS home ledger, winning those games by an average score of 107-95.

-Utah had beaten Minnesota three times in a row SU before falling to the Timberwolves Feb. 26 as a seven-point road favorite, 111-100. The combined 211 points eclipsed the 200-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 6-1 the last seven games in this series.

-Minnesota forward Corey Brewer (thigh) is ‘doubtful’ against the Jazz, while guard Rashad McCants (flu) is ‘questionable.’ Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko (hip) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Wolves.

**Kings at Clippers**

-Caesars Palace opened Sacramento as a 2½-point road ‘chalk’ over Los Angeles, with the total listed at 10:35 p.m. ET.

-Sacramento was 27-32 SU and 31-26 ATS heading into Tuesday night’s home matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings are 9-22 SU and 14-15 ATS on the road, losing those affairs by an average score of 105-98.

-Los Angeles (19-39 SU, 25-33 ATS) dropped to 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS its last six games after falling to Philadelphia Monday as a four-point home underdog, 106-80. The combined 186 points failed to topple the 188-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 4-1 the last five games.

-The Clippers are a dismal 11-21 SU and 13-19 ATS at Staples Center, with the ‘under’ going 21-11. Los Angeles has been losing its home games by an average score of 97-92.

-The Clippers are 4-1 SU and ATS the past five meetings with Sacramento after prevailing Jan. 23 as a 2 ½-point home underdog, 111-85. The combined 196 points went ‘under’ the 200-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 6-1 the last seven games.

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Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards

- The Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Magic listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Wizards, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and hauled down seven rebounds in helping the Magic bounce the Raptors 102-87 last time out. The Magic covered the 10-point spread, but the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 210.

Rashard Lewis chipped in with 22 points, and Dwight Howard added 19 in the win.

The Wizards defeated Charlotte 101-84 as an 8-point underdog last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (194).

Antawn Jamison scored a game-high 28 points for Washington, while DeShawn Stevenson added 16 points in the win.

Current streak:
Orlando has won 2 straight games.
Washington has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 39-23 SU, 39-22-1 ATS
Washington: 29-30 SU, 35-23-1 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 1-9
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
Orlando home to Golden State, Saturday, March 8
Washington at Toronto, Friday, March 7

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Golden State Warriors vs. Charlotte Bobcats

- The Golden State Warriors and the Charlotte Bobcats will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Warriors listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Bobcats, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Baron Davis tossed in a team-high 35 points to help Golden State defeat Atlanta 135-118 on Tuesday, as 2-point underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the night's posted total of 221.

Davis shot 16-for-25 from field goal range and had nine assists for Golden State. Stephen Jackson tossed in 29 points in the win.

The Bobcats dominated the fourth quarter and tore apart the Timberwolves 109-89 last time out, as 5.5-point road underdogs. The 198 points fell UNDER the posted total of 199.

Jason Richardson led the Bobcats with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Emeka Okafor added 19 points in the win.

Current streak:
Golden State has won 4 straight games.
Charlotte has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 37-22 SU, 25-34 ATS
Charlotte: 21-39 SU, 24-34-2 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-7
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 2-4
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games on the road
Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Golden State's last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games at home
Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Golden State at Miami, Friday, March 7
Charlotte home to Atlanta, Friday, March 7

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Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat

- The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Heat listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Raptors, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Raptors were bounced 102-87 by the Magic last time out, as 10-point road underdogs. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 210.

Anthony Parker shot 8-for-14 from the field with 19 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort.

The Heat lost to Sacramento 120-109 as a 6.5-point underdog last time out. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (204.5).

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 26 points and seven assists and Shawn Marion had 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 32-27 SU, 33-26 ATS
Miami: 11-47 SU, 20-37-1 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Orlando are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2

Miami most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Toronto is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games on the road
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
Miami is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Washington, Friday, March 7
Miami home to Golden State, Friday, March 7

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Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics

- The Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at TD Banknorth Garden.

Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Pistons, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Pistons got behind early, but rallied in the end for a hard-fought 100-97 victory over the SuperSonics on Tuesday. The Pistons failed to cover the 15-point spread, while the 197 points made it OVER the posted total of 194.5.

Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 24 points, while Chauncey Billups had 20 and Richard Hamilton added 18 in the win.

The Celtics defeated Atlanta 98-88 as an 11.5-point favorite last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (198.5).

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 30 points for Boston, while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 16 rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 2 straight games.
Boston has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 44-16 SU, 34-25-1 ATS
Boston: 46-12 SU, 33-23-2 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Boston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

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

Next up:
Detroit at New York, Friday, March 7
Boston home to Chicago, Friday, March 7

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks

- The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Madison Square Garden.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Cavaliers defeated Chicago 95-85 as a 4.5-point favorite last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (195).

LeBron James scored a game-high 37 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists for Cleveland, while Wally Szczerbiak added 17 points in the win.

The Knicks fell 100-88 to the Hornets as a 7-point underdog on Monday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 196.

Jamal Crawford had 20 points, four rebounds and six assists in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Cleveland has won 2 straight games.
New York has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 34-26 SU, 28-32 ATS
New York: 18-42 SU, 29-30-1 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

New York most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing New Orleans are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New York's last 11 games
New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Chicago, Thursday, March 6
New York home to Detroit, Friday, March 7

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New Jersey Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

- The New Jersey Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at FedExForum.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nets listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Grizzlies, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Nets lost 81-70 to the Spurs on Tuesday, as 11.5-point road underdogs. The 151 points were well UNDER the posted total of 185.

Vince Carter had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

The Grizzlies were defeated 112-97 by the Bulls last time out, as 10.5-point underdogs at the United Center. The 209 points made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Kyle Lowry shot 8-for-12 from the field with 24 points in a losing effort for the Grizzlies.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 2 straight games.
Memphis has lost 9 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 26-34 SU, 24-35-1 ATS
Memphis: 14-46 SU, 24-36 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 7 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games when playing Memphis
New Jersey is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 8 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey at New Orleans, Friday, March 7
Memphis home to Boston, Saturday, March 8

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Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Hornets

- The Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Hornets will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at New Orleans Arena.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Hawks were defeated 135-118 by the Warriors last time out, as 2-point favorites at home. The combined score sailed OVER the night's posted total of 221.

Joe Johnson netted a game-high 38 points from 13-for-22 shooting from the field, and hauled down seven boards in the loss.

The Hornets handed the Knicks a third straight loss with a 100-88 victory on Monday. The Hornets covered the 7-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 196.

Chris Paul led the Hornets with a game-high 27 points with five rebounds and seven assists. David West chipped in with 19 points in the win.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 25-34 SU, 29-30 ATS
New Orleans: 40-19 SU, 35-23-1 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Charlotte are 2-8
After playing Golden State are 0-10
After a loss are 3-7

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing New York are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
New Orleans is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Charlotte, Friday, March 7
New Orleans home to New Jersey, Friday, March 7

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Seattle SuperSonics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

- The Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Bradley Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bucks listed as 9-point favorites versus the SuperSonics, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The SuperSonics got up early, but fell 100-97 to the Pistons last time out. The SuperSonics were 15-point underdogs in the contest, while the 197 points made it OVER the posted total of 194.5.

Earl Watson shot 8-for-14 from the field with 23 points and seven assists in the loss.

The Bucks lost to Indiana 128-106 as a 6-point underdog last time out. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (216).

Michael Redd led the Bucks with 28 points, while Mo Williams and Desmond Mason each poured in 15 points in the loss.

Current streak:
Milwaukee has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Seattle: 16-44 SU, 30-29-1 ATS
Milwaukee: 22-38 SU, 27-32-1 ATS

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

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 1-9
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

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

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Seattle at Philadelphia, Friday, March 7
Milwaukee home to Portland, Friday, March 7

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Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets

- The Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Toyota Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rockets listed as 10½-point favorites versus the Pacers, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Pacers defeated Milwaukee 128-106 as a 6-point favorite last time out. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (216).

Mike Dunleavy scored 36 points for Indiana and Danny Granger poured in 27 points in the win.

The Rockets defeated Denver 102-89 as a 4-point favorite last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (207.5).

Tracy McGrady scored 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists for Houston, while Shane Battier added 20 points in the win.

Current streak:
Indiana has won 2 straight games.
Houston has won 15 straight games.

Team records:
Indiana: 24-36 SU, 28-31-1 ATS
Houston: 39-20 SU, 33-24-2 ATS

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a win are 10-0

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

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Indiana at San Antonio, Thursday, March 6
Houston at Dallas, Thursday, March 6

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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

- The Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Suns erased a 19 point lead to come back and defeat the Trail Blazers 97-92 last time out. The Suns covered the 2-point spread, but the 189 points were UNDER the posted total of 208.

Amare Stoudemire netted 22 points to lead the Suns, and Steve Nash added 19 points in the win.

The Nuggets lost to Houston 102-89 as a 4-point underdog last time out. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (207.5).

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 19 points and Allen Iverson delivered 17 points in the loss.

Team records:
Phoenix: 40-20 SU, 27-31-2 ATS
Denver: 35-24 SU, 29-30 ATS

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Denver most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver
Phoenix is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Denver
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Denver is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix

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Phoenix home to Utah, Friday, March 7
Denver home to San Antonio, Friday, March 7

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz

- If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz meet at EnergySolutions Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Jazz listed as 14½-point favorites versus the Timberwolves, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Timberwolves were tore apart 109-89 by the Bobcats last time out, as 5.5-point favorites at home. The 198 points fell UNDER the posted total of 199.

Al Jefferson had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.

Deron Williams had 17 points with 20 assists as the Jazz held off the Mavericks for a 116-110 win last time out. The Jazz failed to cover the 6.5-point spread, while the 226 points sailed OVER the posted total of 200.

Carlos Boozer shot 12-for-19 from the field with a game-high 28 points for the Jazz, and Mehmet Okur added 20 in the victory.

Current streak:
Minnesota has lost 4 straight games.
Utah has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 12-47 SU, 28-30-1 ATS
Utah: 39-22 SU, 32-29 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Utah
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Utah is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota

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Minnesota at Sacramento, Friday, March 7
Utah at Phoenix, Friday, March 7

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Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers

- The division rival Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers are set to renew hostilities on Wednesday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Kings were upended 117-105 by the Lakers last time out, as 5.5-point underdogs. The 222 points made it OVER the posted total of 221.

Ron Artest tossed in 23 points with five rebounds, and Kevin Martin also had 23 points in the loss.

The Clippers fell 106-80 by the 76ers last time out, as 4-point underdogs. The 186 points were UNDER the posted total of 188.

Al Thornton had a game-high 20 points, while Corey Maggette added 16 points with nine rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 6 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 27-33 SU, 31-28-1 ATS
Los Angeles: 19-39 SU, 25-33 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
Sacramento is 20-5 SU in their last 25 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Sacramento is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Clippers last 7 games when playing Sacramento
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games
LA Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing Sacramento

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Sacramento home to Minnesota, Friday, March 7
LA Clippers at LA Lakers, Friday, March 7

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What bettors need to know: Pistons at Celtics
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Recent meetings

This is the season’s rubber match between the Celtics and Pistons, who have split the first two games. Detroit beat the Celtics in Boston in December by a bucket as 8-point underdogs and Boston returned the favor a few weeks later with a 92-85 win at the Palace at Auburn Hills as a 2-point underdog.

Detroit’s appetizer

Before the main course, Detroit hosts the lowly Seattle Super Sonics Tuesday night at the Palace as huge 15-point favorites. The Pistons are 9-4-1 against the spread in the second game of back-to-backs this year.

Billups is back

Chauncey Billups is back with the Pistons after missing Saturday’s 30-point pounding of the Clippers to deal with a personal matter. No further details about his absence were released by the team.

Home-court advantage

The Pistons can pull within three games of the Celtics and home-court advantage in the playoffs with a win Tuesday, not that they’d say it makes much difference.

Since 2003, the Pistons have played in five Eastern Conference finals and two NBA Finals. In those seven series, they are 0-3 when they have home-court advantage and 3-1 when they don't.

"We're close," Chauncey Billups told reporters, when asked about catching Boston. "But I don't really think about it. One thing we learned around here from the last couple of postseasons is that the only thing that matters is that we're playing the right ball at the right time."

Sam I am

No official word yet from the Celtics, but Sam Cassell is expected to sign with Boston for the remainder of the season.

“Obviously I’m thrilled to get Sam,” coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Herald. “He’s coming in with the right frame of mind. He understands that he’s just coming in to fit in and be another piece of the puzzle that we’re trying to put together to do something special.”

Don’t expect Cassell to be in the mix against Detroit, or to steal Rajon Rondo’s starting point guard job. Cassell received a buyout from the Clippers last week and cleared waivers yesterday, paving the way for his move to Beantown.

Home sweet home

Detroit plays 14 of its last 23 games in front of its home crowd at the Palace at Auburn Hills, where the Pistons have lost just five times (17-10 ATS) all year.

"We're on the other side of the hill now, we're on our way down," captain Chauncey Billups told Free Press Sports. "So we've just got to take care of business the best way we can. The games that we should win, we've just got to take care of business and win them, and the other games we've just got to try our best to win. I'm happy where we're at, I'm happy with what the future hopefully holds for this team, and it feels good to be sitting where we're at right now."

Big Ticket a big problem for bettors?

The Celtics may be happy Kevin Garnett’s back, but Boston bettors aren’t thrilled. The Celtics have won five straight after dropping the first two games KG played after recovering from an abdominal strain, but are just 2-5 against the spread over that stretch.

However, Garnett played his best game since returning on Sunday in a win over the Hawks, posting 20 points and 16 rebounds in just over 35 minutes.

“He’s all the way back,” Paul Pierce told reporters following the game. “Didn’t you all watch the game tonight? When he’s going to the basket inside-outside and dominating the rebounds, that’s the Kevin Garnett I like to see.”

“His rhythm is coming back on the post,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers added. “He’s starting to drive the ball more, and that’s really nice to see. We need it.”

D-up

Everybody knows all about Detroit is defense, but the Celtics can play a bit of ‘D’ too.

Detroit owns the league’s best scoring defense allowing just 90.2 points per game, while Boston allows 90.6 points a night.

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Cleveland at Chicago (7 p.m. EST). LeBron James scored 37 points in the Cavaliers' 95-86 victory over the Bulls on Sunday.

STARS

-Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, Lakers. Bryant scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth-quarter and Pau Gasol added 31 points in Los Angeles' 117-105 win over Sacramento.

-Baron Davis, Warriors, scored 35 points to lead Golden State to a 135-118 over Atlanta.

-Tim Duncan, Spurs, had 29 points and 12 rebounds in San Antonio's 81-70 victory against New Jersey.

ROAD WARRIORS

Golden State won its fourth straight victory, 135-118 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. The Warriors improved to 16-12 on the road, its most victories away from Oakland since 1993-94.

STREAKING

Detroit overcame a slow start to beat Seattle for the seventh straight time Tuesday night, 100-97. ... Chicago beat Memphis 112-97 to extend the Grizzlies' losing streak to nine games. The Grizzlies are on their longest losing streak since an 0-13 start in 2002-03 and have dropped 15 of 16.

SNAPPED

Charlotte snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 109-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. The Bobcats won for just the fifth time on the road this season and first since a 107-100 victory over the Clippers on Jan. 28.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Joe Johnson had 38 points, 29 of them in the first-half, but Atlanta fell to Golden State 135-118 on Tuesday.

REINSTATED

The NBA reinstated Chris Andersen from a drug suspension on Tuesday, and the New Orleans Hornets will have the first chance to sign their former player. Andersen was kicked out on Jan. 27, 2006, for violating the league's drug policy. Since he was ``dismissed and disqualified'' for a specific violation, he was forced to wait two years to apply for reinstatement.

SPEAKING

``It's better than hearing cowbells. That was a trip. It felt great, though. I don't got to worry about nobody poisoning my burger now. I can eat in peace.'' - Kobe Bryant, who received MVP chants amid boos during the Los Angeles Lakers' 117-105 win at Sacramento on Tuesday night.

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Wednesday's top NCAA bets

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Tennessee vs. Florida (+3, -155)

The Volunteers can clinch the outright SEC East title with a win and can secure the outright regular season league championship with a win and a Mississippi State loss at Vanderbilt tonight.

Tennessee is 5-1 overall and 2-0 on the road against Florida with Chris Lofton in the lineup. The senior has averaged 20.3 points on 53.4 percent shooting against the Gators in his career. He had 26 points on 6-of-11 3-point shooting in the Vols' 104-82 win over Florida in Knoxville on Feb. 5. Tyler Smith and JaJuan Smith each added 23 points in that game.

Florida likely needs to win at least one of its last two games to earn an NCAA tourney berth and after tonight, they end the regular season at Kentucky on Sunday.

Pick: Tennessee -3

Minnesota vs. Indiana (-9, 140)

The 18th-ranked Hoosiers look to bounce back from their worst defeat in four years when they host Minnesota tonight. Indiana (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) lost 103-74 at then-No. 19 Michigan State on Sunday for its most lopsided defeat since losing 79-45 at Wisconsin on Jan. 6, 2004.

The loss snapped the Hoosiers' four-game winning streak and was their first in three games since Kelvin Sampson resigned as coach on Feb. 22 amid NCAA allegations of major rule infractions.

We might expect another lax effort, but this is senior D.J. White’s last college game at home and you can expect him to keep the Hoosiers’ energy level high.

The Gophers are 0-6 versus Top 25 teams this season and have lost their last 11 games versus ranked opponents.

Pick: under 140

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Wednesday's best NBA bets
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Orlando at Washington (+2½, 202)

Sure, the Wizards have pulled up their socks lately and finally figured out how to win without Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. If you’ve been riding this team lately, you’re probably pretty happy with the way Antawn Jamison has put the team on his shoulders, the toughness of Brendan Haywood in the paint, and the maturation of Nick Young. And you’re obviously pleased with their 8-2 ATS record in the last 10 games too. But here’s a caveat: the Magic are even hotter. They’ve covered in five of their last six games and a win over Toronto last night further entrenched their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference. This is a young team that isn’t slowed by playing back-to-backs (10-5 ATS) and they love road games (22-11 ATS), so I wouldn’t worry too much about laying points on the road against a rested team.

Pick: Wizards

Seattle at Milwaukee (-9, 208½)

Excuse me, but could someone please tell me what the Bucks have done lately to justify a pointspread like this? It couldn’t be a 22-point loss to the 11th-place team in the Eastern Conference in their last game. I doubt it’s the 111 points they’ve been giving up over their last five games against such "offensive powerhouses" as San Antonio (20th ranked offense), Cleveland (17th), and New Jersey (27th).

Really though, its probably got more to do with the fact that they’ve covered the spread in their last five home games, but don't forget they were dogged in every one of those. They haven’t been favored by anywhere close to this much all year – actually, they haven’t been favored much at all, but in games they were, they have a 3-9 ATS record. In spite of all this, it’s still not easy to lay your money down on the Sonics, but would it help if I told you Seattle has covered in its last seven road games and four straight against the Bucks?

Pick: Sonics

New Jersey at Memphis (+3, 201)

There’s not much to like about the Nets, especially since Jason Kidd skipped town, but if there’s one thing the Nets like, it’s an easy target. And there isn’t a team in the NBA that more closely resembles a wounded animal than the Memphis Grizzlies. Even though they’re consistently on the receiving end of double-digit pointspreads, they haven’t covered in nine straight games. Since Memphis parted with Pau Gasol, they are 3-11 ATS and the biggest difference has been on defense. In their last five games, they’re averaging 115.4 points allowed opponents to shoot 54.2 percent from the field. Vince Carter & Co. were almost completely snuffed out by the Spurs defense in their recent home-and-home series, so the Memphis “D” should look like a wide-open country road by comparison.

Pick: Nets

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(6) Duke (25-3, 14-11-2 ATS) at Virginia (14-13, 12-10 ATS)

The Blue Devils, who have a Saturday home clash with archrival North Carolina looming, will first hit the road for an ACC matchup against surging Virginia, which has won three of its last four.

Duke (12-2 in the ACC) remained in a first-place tie with North Carolina atop the league standings with Saturday’s come-from-behind 87-86 victory at North Carolina State, winning on two DeMarcus Nelson free throws with 1:01 left to cap a 14-5 game-ending run. It was the 800th career win for coach Mike Krzyzewski, though his club failed to cash as a 10½-point road chalk, falling to 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven contests after going 6-0-1 ATS to start conference play.

Two days after falling just short at Miami in a 95-93 shootout Saturday as a seven-point pup, Virginia edged Georgia Tech 76-74 Monday night as a 4½-point road underdog, The Cavaliers (4-10, 7-7 ATS in the ACC) have cashed in five straight games, all in league play.

Duke is on a 9-1 tear in this rivalry, but is just 3-6-1 ATS in that span, including 1-5-1 ATS in the last six (all as a favorite). The Blue Devils rolled to an 87-65 home win on Jan. 13 laying 15 points, but in last year’s only meeting, Virginia posted a 68-66 overtime home win as a two-point ‘dog. The road team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The Blue Devils have a host of negative ATS trends, including 3-11-1 on Wednesday, 1-4-1 against teams with a winning SU mark and 0-5-1 in ACC play.

The Cavaliers, who were on an 0-5 ATS slide before their current 5-0 ATS uptick, are on positive pointspread runs of 6-1 at home against teams with a winning road record, 5-1-1 versus teams with a winning SU mark and 4-1 following a SU win. On the negative side, they are 1-4 ATS in their last five Wednesday outings.

The under is 5-2 in Duke’s last seven Wednesday games and is 5-2 after a non-cover. For Virginia, the under is on a 6-2 tear in ACC play and is 5-2 in its last seven on Wednesday and 14-6-1 in its last 21 following a SU win. Finally, the total has stayed low in four of the last five meetings in this series, with the January clash falling just short of the 155½-point posted price.

ATS ADVANTAGE: VIRGINIA and UNDER


Mississippi State (20-8, 13-12 ATS) at (16) Vanderbilt (24-5, 15-13 ATS)

The Bulldogs takes a three-game winning streak to Nashville for an SEC battle against Vanderbilt, which just had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Mississippi State upset two-time defending national champion Florida 68-59 Saturday as a 3½-point road ‘dog, posting its sixth victory in the last seven games (4-3 ATS). The Bulldogs (11-3, 8-6 ATS in the SEC) have won and cashed on three of their last four SEC road trips.

Vanderbilt, coming off its biggest win of the season in beating then-No. 1 Tennessee 72-69 last week as a two-point home pup, couldn’t sustain the momentum in a 78-73 loss at Arkansas on Saturday. However, the Commodores (11-3, 8-4-2 ATS in the ACC) did cover as a 6½-point ‘dog, cashing for the third straight time.

These two teams have met just once each of the last three years, with Mississippi State going 2-1 SU and Vanderbilt going 2-1 ATS. Last year, the Bulldogs won 83-70 at home giving 6½ points, avenging an 80-52 blowout loss at Vandy as a 12-point underdog in 2006. The Commodores are 3-1 ATS in the last four meetings.

The Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight roadies, but they’ve failed to cash in four straight Wednesday affairs.

The Commodores are on a 6-1 ATS streak, but they are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games versus teams with a winning road record.

The under is 9-2-1 in Mississippi State’s last 12 road games and 10-4 in Vanderbilt’s last 14 conference contests. However, the Commodores have topped the total in 34 over their last 50 starts at Memorial Gym.

ATS ADVANTAGE: VANDERBILT


(4) Tennessee (26-3, 14-11 ATS) at Florida (21-8, 11-9 ATS)

The Volunteers, whose first-ever stay atop the national rankings was brief, travel to Gainesville for an SEC clash with two-time defending national champion Florida, which is clinging to NCAA Tournament hopes.

Tennessee bounced back from last week’s 72-69 loss at Vanderbilt and barely edged Kentucky 63-60 Sunday, falling way short as a heavy 14½-point home favorite. The Volunteers (12-2, 8-6 ATS in the SEC) have won 10 of their last 11 (7-4 ATS), all in league play. However, they have failed to cash in consecutive league games for the first time all season.

Florida was dealt a 68-59 home loss against Mississippi State on Saturday as a 3½-point favorite, ending a two-game winning streak. The Gators (8-6 SU and ATS in the SEC) cashed in their first six SEC contests this season, but are just 2-6 ATS since.

Tennessee has had plenty of success against Florida, going 7-3 SU and ATS in the last 10 meetings, including a 104-82 home beatdown laying 9½ points on Feb. 5. Last year in Gainesville, though, Florida won 94-78, barely covering the 15-point spread. Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, and the home team is also 4-1 ATS. Finally, the SU winner is 10-0 ATS in the last 10 clashes, and the underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last five starts against teams with a winning SU record and are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 Wednesday contests. Meanwhile, the Gators are on an 0-4 ATS slide in Gainesville and are 1-6 ATS in their last seven against teams with a winning SU record.

The over is 4-1 in Tennessee’s last five Wednesday games and is 7-1 in Florida’s last eight following a SU loss. The over is also 5-2 in the last seven series clashes (3-0 in the last three) and 4-1 in the last five clashes in Gainesville.

ATS ADVANTAGE: TENNESSEE and OVER


Texas A&M (21-8, 11-12 ATS) at Baylor (20-8, 12-8 ATS)

The Aggies, coming off Saturday’s embarrassing offensive display at Oklahoma, travel to Waco for an instate Big 12 battle against Baylor, which has rebounded from a four-game losing streak to win three in a row as both squads look to enhance their NCAA Tournament resume.

One game after routing Texas Tech 98-54 at home, Texas A&M got flattened at Oklahoma 64-37 on Saturday as a one-point ‘dog, making just 13 of its 51 shots (25.5 percent) in finishing with a season-low point total. The Aggies (7-7, 6-8 ATS in the Big 12) are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five starts, scoring less than 60 points in all four defeats.

Baylor outgunned Missouri 100-89 Saturday laying five points at home, cashing for the fourth straight game. The Bears (8-6 SU and ATS in the Big 12) are 5-2 ATS in their last seven contests, all in league play.

These teams hooked up for arguably the most exciting game of the college hoops season to date on Jan. 23, when Baylor claimed a 116-110 victory in five overtimes, cashing as a nine-point road pup. Although Texas A&M is still 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, Baylor is 8-2 ATS in that span, all as an underdog. Also, the Bears are 7-1 ATS in the last eight clashes in Waco.

The Aggies are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 roadies versus teams with a winning home record. Meanwhile, the Bears are on positive ATS runs of 6-1 against winning teams, 18-6 after a SU victory and 19-7 following a spread-cover.

The under is 6-1 in Texas A&M’s last seven on the road. However, the over 13-1 in Baylor’s last 14 overall, all in Big 12 play. The over is also on streaks for Baylor of 19-7 overall, 7-0 at home, 5-1 on Wednesday and 36-17-1 in conference.  Finally, the over is 5-2 in the last seven series meetings between these schools, with the five-overtime January contest obviously flying way over the 142½-point posted price.

ATS ADVANTAGE: BAYLOR and OVER


Detroit (44-16, 34-25-1) at Boston (46-12, 33-23-2 ATS)

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference hook up for the final time in the regular season, with the Celtics looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they host the Pistons.

Boston began the week with Monday’s 98-88 rout of the Hawks for its five consecutive win overall and its seventh straight win at home. However, the Celtics came up short as an 11½-point home chalk, falling to 2-6 ATS in their last eight, including three consecutive non-covers.

Detroit is coming last night’s surprisingly difficult 100-97 victory over the Sonics, never threatening to cover as a 15-point home favorite. The Pistons are 15-3 in their last 18 games, but only 9-9 ATS. Tonight marks the team’s fifth road game in its last six contests, and it is 3-1 SU and ATS in the previous four on the highway.

The Pistons handed Boston just its third loss of the season back on Dec. 19, as Chauncey Billups hit a pair of free throws with a second to play to earn an 87-85 victory as a six-point underdog. However, the Celtics got revenge in Motown two weeks later, scoring a 92-85 upset win as a two-point road underdog.

The ‘dog has cashed in five straight meetings and eight of the last 10 in this rivalry, while the visitor is on a 7-0 ATS tear.

Boston is 26-4 at home, but just 16-13-1 ATS, including 5-8-1 ATS in the last 14. Tonight, the C’s face one of the NBA’s best road teams, as Detroit is 21-11 as a visitor (17-14-1 ATS).

The Pistons are on ATS streaks of 13-4 against the Atlantic Division, 11-4-1 when playing on back-to-back nights and 10-4-1 on Wednesdays.

The Celtics are on a 4-1 ATS roll against Central Division foes, but 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight Wednesday outings.

Boston has followed up a 12-6 “over” streak by staying under the total in three of its last four. The under is also 7-2 in Boston’s last nine against the Central Division and 9-3 in Detroit’s last 12 against the Atlantic Division. Finally, the under is 6-1 in the last seven series meetings, including 2-0 this year, and 4-0 in the last four battles in Boston.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DETROIT and UNDER


Phoenix (40-20, 27-31-2 ATS) at Denver (35-24, 29-30 ATS)

The Nuggets and Suns, two teams in a freefall in the Western Conference playoff standings, look to turn things around when they clash at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Denver is just 3-5 in its last eight games, including Sunday’s ugly 103-89 loss at Houston. The Nuggets failed as a five-point road underdog in that contest, dropping to 2-7 ATS in their last nine games, including back-to-back non-covers at home.

Phoenix comes into this one off of last night’s 97-92 win at Portland as a two-point road favorite. The win snapped a two-game slide for the Suns have, who are still just 4-5 SU in their last nine and 5-8-1 ATS in their last 14 (3-2 ATS on the road).

In the only previous meeting between these teams this year, the Suns rolled to a 137-115 victory, cashing as a 7½-point home favorite. Phoenix is 8-2 in the last 10 clashes (6-4 ATS), but 2-2 in its last four trips to Denver (1-3 ATS). In fact, the home team is 8-2 SU and ATS in the last 10 in this series, including 5-0 ATS in the last five.

The Nuggets have been solid at the Pepsi Center, going 23-7 SU and 17-13 ATS, including 9-4 ATS in the last 13. George Karl’s club is also 8-1 ATS in its last nine when favored by 5 to 10 ½ points (6-0 ATS in the last six), but it has negative ATS streaks of 10-22 on Wednesdays, 2-5 when playing on two days’ rest and 0-4 against the Pacific Division.

Phoenix is stuck in ATS ruts of 2-5 on back-to-back nights, 3-7 against the Northwest Division and 1-6-1 on Wednesdays.

There doesn’t figure to be much defense played in this contest, as the Suns rank second in the NBA at 109.5 points per game, while the Nuggets are fourth at 107.3 ppg. Also, both give up nearly 105 ppg.

Although it stayed well under the total last night in Portland, Phoenix has still topped the total in four of its last five outings and eight of the last 10, while Denver has gone high in 10 of its last 14 overall, including five of six at home. Finally, the over is on additional streaks of 6-1 when the Nuggets are favored, 6-0 for Phoenix on Wednesdays, 6-1 for Phoenix on the road and 3-0 in this series.

ATS ADVANTAGE:DENVER and OVER

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