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Betting News and Notes - Mar. 8

Betting News and Notes - Mar. 8

Saturday's Tip Sheet
By Josh Jacobs

We’re turning that corner in the NBA.

With only 20 or so games left (give or take a few for each team), teams in the West are scrambling to make the top eight seeds, with Denver currently sitting out of the bubble by a skinny one-game.

The story is completely different in the East, where Boston has been certified as the first team in either Conference to clinch a playoff birth. And the separation of teams from the No. 4 to No. 8 seeds is drastically different form their Western counterparts. For example, Orlando (currently a No. 3 seed) is nine games out of first place in the East, while No. 5 seeded Cleveland is a whopping 13½-games in back of the Celtics.

So how does Saturday’s 10-game card stack up from a bettor’s perspective and what might we expect from the Association on the weekend tip?

**Indiana at Cleveland**

Currently in a two-game funk and going 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS in its last seven, Indiana will look to break an 0-6 SU and ATS head-to-head slump against Cleveland on Saturday. After LeBron James scored 50-points in a 119-105 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, the Cavaliers where dropped by Chicago 107-96. With a 2-6 ATS fall in its last eight home games, Cleveland will look to use its collapsing defense (holding teams to 94.8 PPG in its last five) to defeat a Pacers squad scoring 110.6 PPG in their last five. Indiana has hit the ‘over’ in five straight contests.

**Charlotte at Washington**


With the ‘over’ being a cash money maker in recent days, a feud between Charlotte and Washington might have the ingredients for another high scoring affair. In their last 10 head-to-head games, the ‘over’ has been golden at 7-3. On a three-game winning streak, the Bobcats have covered their last four straight contests, are 7-3 on the ‘over’ in their last 10 and are scoring 105.2 PPG in their last five. While the Wizards have bucked the high total trend recently with a 4-1 record on the ‘under’ in their last five, the ‘over’ has cashed in 10 times in the last 12 when playing against Eastern Conference opponents.

**Miami at Atlanta**

Already looking ahead to next season, Miami is waiting to add its third win in the last 10 games when it tips-off against Atlanta. When listed as a road ‘dog by one to three points, the Heat have gone a deplorable 1-4 ATS, and when playing against teams with a record below .500 the Heat are a mere 4-8 ATS. On a dry spell of their own, the Hawks have dropped seven of their last 10 and are giving up 111.8 PPG in the last five meetings. In their last 10 head-to-head games, Miami is 7-3 SU and ATS.

**Golden State at Orlando**

While Golden State is holding onto the eight and final seed in the West (with 20 games to go), Orlando has registered eight victories in its last 10. Scoring triple-digit figures in nine of those 10 games, the Magic have been able to compliment bettors’ bank rolls with an 8-2 ATS record. With Keyon Dooling sitting on the bench (foot), Orlando has gone 3-0 ATS. Involved in a four-game road trip, the Warriors have been another ‘over’ machine, going 8-2 in their last 10. On the road this season, Golden State is scoring 107.9 PPG, but the defensive unit has allowed opponents to score 107.4 PPG (a difference of +0.5).

**Portland at New York**

The ‘over’ may be the play in recent games, but Portland has gone against the grain, hitting the ‘under’ eight times in its last nine road games and has gone 9-4 on the ‘under’ in its last 13 overall. In their last meeting in early February, the Trailblazers walked away with a 94-88 home victory, but failed to cover the 7½-point spread. In opposite argument to total plays, New York has been another club in the Association knocking the ‘over’ dead with an 8-2 run in its last 10. Giving up triple-digit scores in seven of those 10 games is one good reason for the frequency of ‘over’ plays.

**Boston at Memphis**

Looking ahead, Boston will be squaring off in their next five versus teams that have gone 0-5 SU in their last head-to-head meetings. Tickling the twine for an average 98.4 PPG, the Celtics have excelled on defense, smothering the opposition for 85.8 PPG in the last five. The Grizzlies walk into this contest involved in a 1-9 ATS free fall. Showing this core’s lack of defense is the 41-percent of games that have hit a total above 210 points, 34-percent above 215 and 28-percent that have exceeded 220 points. In a January meeting between the two, the Celtics slithered by with a 100-96 win. However, Memphis covered the huge 13 ½-point spread.

**New Orleans at Houston**


Burning through the league and making a contest in the battle out West, Houston enters Saturday on a 17-game victory run. Going 14-1 ATS in the last 15 and 10-1 ATS in their last 11, the Rockets will look to apply their 108.6 PPG scoring tear in the last five to this contest. But, the Hornets are not a pushover and bettors should be aware that this club has built a 25-10-1 ATS tab in their last 36 road games. New Orleans has complied a 10-4 ATS billing versus teams playing with a record above .500 and are 5-1 ATS in its last six head-to-head contests versus Houston.

**New Jersey at Dallas**


Coming off zero days of rest, the Nets are a money pit at 5-10 ATS in a total of 15 games this season. Since Devon Harris made his first appearance on the court for Jersey, the team has gone 1-3 SU and 1-2-1 ATS. In its last six outings, the Nets have been the exception in the totals department, reaching the ‘under’ five times in their last six. In its last game versus Houston, Dallas took a 113-98 beating, and failed to cover the minus-1½-point spread. Staying true to money being earned when betting on totals, the Mavs are 5-0 on the ‘over’. Dallas is 15-17-2 ATS when coming off only one-day worth of rest.

**Denver at Utah**

While both teams have impeccable home records, Utah will look to defend its 27-3 SU and 20-10 ATS record on the season. In their last five home games, the Jazz have been installed as the favorite all five times, with the team going 4-1 ATS. Draining 107 PPG in its last five, Utah’s greatest strength is on ‘D’ (holding teams to 96.6 PPG in the same last five). Versus NBA Northwest teams, the Nuggets are 35-16 in their last 51 on the ‘over’. Coming off zero days of rest, Denver is 5-9 ATS.

**Minnesota at L.A. Clippers**

With both teams guaranteed a spot on the sidelines during this year’s playoffs, the Timberwolves are just looking to take their third win in the last 10, while the Clips will try to put the breaks on a 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS slide in their last seven. Hitting only 43.6-percent of its field goals this season, and whiffing in its last five with a 39.9-percent success rate from the field, L.A. continues to struggle in the fundamental of shooting the ball. In their last meeting on Feb. 1, it was the ‘Wolves who scored a 104-83 whooping over the Clippers.

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Revenge Spots

Let’s jump right into it with a breakdown of a trio of revenge games on Saturday’s card.

**Georgetown at Louisville**

--Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Georgetown (24-4 straight up, 11-14 against the spread) as a four-point favorite with a total of 124. On Thursday’s edition of the Power Hours, I suggested that the number would be 3½ or four. My guest, VI’s leading college hoops handicapper James Manos, had these thoughts on the number. “I make two lines for every game – a number based on my power ratings and a fair number that’s based more on what I think oddsmakers will make the line. My power rating number had Georgetown as a 5 ½-point favorite, but that’s a little long. My fair number is 3 ½.”

--Louisville (24-6 SU, 16-11 ATS) has won nine in a row, posting an 8-1 spread record in the process. The Cardinals are off a 68-54 win Sunday over Villanova as 11-point home favorites. Jerry Smith led the winners with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

--Georgetown has won four in a row since losing at Syracuse. The Hoyas are off a 70-68 overtime win at Marquette, hooking up their backers in the outright win as four-point underdogs. With Georgetown trailing by three in the waning moments of regulation, Jonathan Wallace pulled up for a 3-point attempt with 2.8 seconds left and was inexplicably fouled by Dominic James. Wallace drained all three attempts from the charity stripe to force the extra session.

--Georgetown is undefeated in 15 home games, but the Hoyas are a mediocre 4-8 versus the number at home.

--Rick Pitino’s squad has been an underdog three times this year, winning outright twice and compiling a 2-0-1 ATS record.

--When these teams met at Freedom Hall on Feb. 9. Louisville won a 59-51 decision as a 3 ½-point home favorite. David Padgett led the Cards to the winner’s circle with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists.

--The ‘under’ is 17-8 overall for the Hoyas, 17-11 for the Cards.

--ESPN will provide television coverage at noon Eastern.

**Alabama-Birmingham at Memphis**

--This is a rematch of an outstanding game in Birmingham three weeks ago. On that night, UAB was on the cusp of handing Memphis its first loss of the season, but Chris Douglas-Roberts led a furious last-minute comeback by the Tigers, converting a three-point play “the hard way” with just a few ticks left to lift John Calipari’s squad to a 79-78 victory. Nevertheless, the Blazers easily took the money as 8 ½-point underdogs.

--Since blowing a seven-point advantage in the final two minutes and losing to Memphis, UAB (22-8 SU, 15-9 ATS) has responded with five consecutive wins. The Blazers are 4-1 ATS during that surge with the lone non-cover coming in a 101-99 home win over Houston as three-point favorites.

--Memphis (29-1 SU, 13-15 ATS) has won 16 of its 17 home games, but the Tigers are just 7-9 ATS at FedEx Forum.

--For our purposes, Memphis has been abysmal lately. The Tigers are an atrocious 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games.

--Some might say UAB needs a win to ensure an at-large invite on Selection Sunday. For certain, a victory in Memphis would do so, but Manos thinks UAB is in anyway. “As long as UAB wins one game at the C-USA Tournament, it’s in the [NCAA] Tournament,” Manos said. “I don’t care if they lose by 30 at Memphis. The Committee saw in the first game between these teams that UAB can play with anybody.”

--LVSC opened Memphis as a 15-point favorite with a total of 143.

--The ‘over’ is on a 7-2 run for UAB.

--The ‘under’ has cashed in eight of the last nine head-to-head matchups between these Conference USA rivals.

--Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. ET. on CSTV.

**Arizona at Oregon**

--LVSC opened Oregon (17-12 SU, 13-11 ATS) as a 2½-point favorite with a total of 144. However, as of early Friday evening, most spots had the Ducks listed as one-point ‘chalk.’

--Like I said on Thursday’s edition of the Power Hours, Oregon is a team that I have among a slew of squads – Ohio St., Ole Miss, Houston and Wake Forest being the others – that would be “out” of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today, but still have a chance to play themselves “in” by getting hot now while a few other bubble teams go cold.

--Oregon kept itself alive thanks to Thursday’s 67-61 win over Arizona St. as a six-point ‘chalk.’ The win improved the Ducks to 8-9 in Pac-10 play along with Arizona and Arizona St.

--Arizona (18-12 SU, 15-12 ATS) is off Thursday’s 81-45 win at Oregon St. as an 11-point favorite. Jerryd Bayless led the Wildcats with a game-high 20 points.

--Ernie Kent’s team is 11-3 SU and 5-5 ATS at home.

--When these teams met earlier this season, Oregon won 84-74 at Arizona as a seven-point underdog.

--The ‘under’ is 15-11 overall for the Ducks, 7-5-1 in their home games. As for ‘Zona, it has seen the ‘under’ go 15-13 overall.

--The ‘under’ has cashed in five straight Arizona games. Also, the ‘under’ is 4-1 in the last five head-to-head meetings between these teams.

--Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on FSN.

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Afternoon Action
By Chris David

Saturday’s college basketball slate is loaded with 78 games on tap, including a bunch of conference tournament clashes. The “Matchup of the Day” concludes at 9:00 p.m. EST, when No. 1 North Carolina meets No. 6 Duke in their cross-town rivalry.

Before the big game, gamblers have plenty of wagers to watch throughout the day. Let’s take a closer look at five of the many televised tilts for this afternoon.

**Missouri at Oklahoma (ABC-Regional, 3:30 p.m. EST)**

Oklahoma (20-10 SU, 13-14 ATS) was said to be a bubble team but that was before the school posted back-to-back victories against Texas A&M (64-37) and Oklahoma State (68-56).Head coach Jeff Capel said that the Sooners leading scorer, Blake Griffin (15.2 PPG), could return for this game. Oklahoma has outscored opponents by 13 PPG (74-61) in Norman this year en route to a 14-3 SU and 7-7 ATS. Missouri (16-14 SU, 8-15 ATS) will most likely be headed to the NIT and could be a good look in the secondary tournament. However, gamblers should know that the Tigers are just 8-15 ATS and their defense has been torched for 84 PPG on the road. The two schools haven’t squared off this year, but the Tigers have covered eight straight games against the Sooners. Missouri has watched the ‘over’ go 9-1 in its last 10 games. Oklahoma has seen the ‘under’ go 4-1 in its last five games.
   
**California at UCLA (ABC-Regional, 3:30 p.m. EST)**

UCLA (27-3 SU, 18-9 ATS) could be in a possible letdown spot against California (15-13 SU, 12-12 ATS) after stopping Stanford 77-67 on Thursday in an overtime battle. The Bruins’ victory clinched their third consecutive regular-season Pac-10 title and inched the team closer to a possible No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament. UCLA downed Cal 70-58 on Jan. 5 at Berkley as a four-point road favorite. The Golden Bears have dropped four straight and six of their last seven games, including a 93-89 setback to USC on Thursday. The Bears’ defense is giving up 74.6 PPG, which has helped the ‘over’ 18-6-1 on the season.

**Kansas at Texas A&M (CBS, 4:00 p.m. EST)**

After struggling through a 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS skid, Kansas (27-3 SU, 14-12 ATS) has rebounded with three consecutive (2-1 ATS) double-digit victories. The Jayhawks face their last test of the season before the conference tourney with a road battle in College Station against Texas A&M (22-8 SU, 13-11 ATS). The Aggies have been solid at home, notching a 16-3 SU and 7-6 ATS ledger. KU has gone 8-3 SU on the road, but only 3-7 ATS. The Jayhawks’ offense has been cooler on the road (74 PPG), than at home (88 PPG). Kansas is 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings against Texas A&M.

**Marquette at Syracuse (ESPN, 4:00 p.m. EST)**

Syracuse (18-12 SU, 12-15 ATS) is considered to be on the bubble for the big dance, but a win against No. 21 Marquette (22-7 SU, 13-9 ATS) would help the Orange deeply. It’s going to be tough sledding, considering the Golden Eagles are a respectable 7-5 SU and 8-3 ATS on the road this year, which includes three straight wins and covers. Syracuse has gone 13-5 SU and 6-9 ATS at Carrier Dome this year, and is hoping to bounce back after falling 82-77 to Pittsburgh last Saturday in a game that they blew an 11-point lead late.

**Utah at UNLV (Versus, 4:00 p.m. EST)**

Utah (16-12 SU, 13-11 ATS) snapped a five-game losing streak to UNLV (22-7 SU, 15-10 ATS) on Feb. 6 with an 81-73 victory as a three-point home favorite. The combined 154 points easily jumped ‘over’ the closing total of 127½. The Rebels are expected to earn an at-large bid but another loss to the Utes could put questions in the committee’s mind. UNLV owns an impressive 16-2 SU and 9-5 ATS mark at home, outscoring opponents by 14 PPG (73-59) on the season. Total players should be aware that the ‘under’ is on a 6-1 run for the Rebels.

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North Carolina at Duke
By Brian Edwards

As always, the venom and vitriol will be thick in the air Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke and UNC will collide in a renewal of college basketball’s most bitter rivalry.

The ACC regular-season championship is at stake, along with the top seed in the ACC Tournament. There’s also potential No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament on the line, but those factors – as large as they obviously are – pale in comparison to the real ante.

What would that be? Pride. Braggin’ rights. And most importantly, the avoidance of that sick, sour, gut-wrenching taste of defeat against the hated arch rival.

Make no mistake, this game has zero to do with seeds, tournaments and/or regular-season titles. It’s personal – nothing more, nothing less.

North Carolina (28-2 straight up, 19-8 against the spread) will be looking to avenge a home loss to the Blue Devils back on Feb. 6, when Mike Krzyzewski’s team went into Chapel Hill and captured an 89-78 win as a 4 ½-point road underdog.

Junior guard Greg Paulus scored a team-high 18 points to lead six Duke players in double figures. Kyle Singler added 14 points and 10 rebounds. The game was decided from beyond the arc, as Duke drained 13-of-29 shots (45%) from 3-point land, while UNC bricked 3-balls at a 3-for-17 rate (18%).

On Thursday’s edition of the Power Hours on VI radio, professional handicapper James Manos explained how important treys are for Duke. “I think Duke is a soft team, very reliant on its guards and perimeter shooting,” Manos said. “North Carolina can’t afford to give Duke good looks from 3-point range like in the first game, when [the Blue Devils] came out hot and took the lead. That put UNC in chase mode for the rest of the game.”

Tyler Hansbrough finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Of course, bettors can’t ignore the fact that UNC’s Ty Lawson was absent from the first meeting. Lawson, who averages 13.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, was out with a sprained ankle.

The sophomore point guard missed nearly an entire month – seven games to be exact – and has only been back in the last two outings. Coming off the bench, Lawson scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in Carolina’s 90-77 home win Tuesday over FSU. He also dished out three assists and didn’t commit a turnover in 20 minutes of action.

However, the Seminoles covered the spread as 16-point underdogs at most spots. Nevertheless, Roy Williams’ team won its seventh straight game since losing to Duke. The Tar Heels are 4-3 ATS during that stretch.

Duke (26-3 SU, 15-11 ATS) has won four in a row since losing back-to-back road games at Wake Forest and Miami, but the Blue Devils have limped to a 2-5-1 ATS mark since beating UNC. They are off an 86-70 win at Virginia as 6 ½-point favorites.

Gerald Henderson had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists to pace the winners in Charlottesville. Singler added 18 points and eight boards.

Let’s get back to Manos, who leads all VI handicappers in college basketball money this year. He has a 223-168 overall record, producing $38,150 for “dime clients” who purchased his season package.

When discussing this game with Manos on the Power Hours, I suggested that UNC should be the short ‘chalk,’ but that I felt oddsmakers would go with Duke as the slim favorite.

Manos disagreed. “I make two different lines for every game – a line based on my power ratings and then a “fair line” (taking into account public perception, etc.). My power rating number had UNC as a 4 ½-point road favorite, but my fair line is Carolina by three. I wouldn’t be surprised if the number is 2 ½, which is probably a tighter line, but I definitely think Duke will be a home underdog.”

That might end up being true, but Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened the Blue Devils as two-point favorites late Friday afternoon. LVSC sent the total out at 163.

The ‘over’ is 18-9 overall for the Tar Heels, 15-13 overall for the Blue Devils.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--The ‘over’ has hit in five consecutive head-to-head meetings between these ACC adversaries.

--The underdog has taken the cash in 11 of the last 14 encounters.

--UNC has covered the spread in four of the last five games against Duke.

--Since Williams arrived at UNC, these schools have split eight meetings. Dating back to Williams’ days at Kansas, Krzyzewski holds an 8-6 overall edge in the head-to-head matchups between these coaches. Of course, Duke beat Kansas to win the 1991 national title just two days removed from the Blue Devils’ monumental upset over a previously-undefeated UNLV team led by Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and “The Plastic Man,” Stacey Augmon.

--The most important play from that UNLV-Duke game that everyone forgets? Trailing by five with just over one minute left, Bobby Hurley drained a 22-footer from the left side of the key to cut the deficit to two.

--Whatever happened to UNLV’s starting shooting guard from that team, Anderson Hunt?

--More from Manos: “I don’t like to use the word revenge very much, but I do think it applies in this [Duke-UNC] rivalry. And I don’t think Duke has played very well lately. They’re overrated in my opinion, but have performed well because Coach K has done an incredible coaching job with this team.”

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Pacers give one-game suspension to Harrison
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The Indiana Pacers have suspended center David Harrison for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Pacers gave no reason for the suspension, but the announcement Friday comes a day after Harrison was involved in a confrontation late in a game against San Antonio. Harrison was called for a technical as he yelled at an official after being hit in the face by Spurs forward Matt Bonner.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien pulled Harrison from the game, but he was later escorted to the locker room. The Pacers say Harrison also was fined and would sit out Saturday's game at Cleveland.

Harrison was suspended for five games in January for violating the league's anti-drug program.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet at Quicken Loans Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cavaliers listed as 8-point favorites versus the Pacers, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

The Pacers fell 108-97 to the Spurs as 13-point underdogs the last time out. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 197.

Danny Granger tossed in 22 points and hauled down six rebounds in the loss.

LeBron James had a game-high 39 points Thursday, but the Cavaliers fell 107-96 to the Bulls. The Cavaliers were 4-point underdogs in the contest, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 197.

LeBron James scored a game-high 39 points in a losing effort for the Cavaliers.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Indiana: 24-38 SU, 29-32-1 ATS
Cleveland: 35-27 SU, 29-33 ATS

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Seattle are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 3-7
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

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

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Indiana home to Seattle, Tuesday, March 11
Cleveland home to Portland, Monday, March 10

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Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks meet at Philips Arena.

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

Marcus Banks and Chris Quinn each scored 20 points in Miami's 134-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

The Warriors had no trouble covering the 5-point spread on the road in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (221).

Joe Johnson had a team-high 20 points in Atlanta's 108-93 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

The Hawks had been favored by 1 point on the road in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (203).

Current streak:
Miami has lost 3 straight games.
Atlanta has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Miami: 11-49 SU, 20-39-1 ATS
Atlanta: 25-36 SU, 29-32 ATS

Miami most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 7-3
After a loss are 2-8

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Atlanta
Miami is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Atlanta
Miami is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
Atlanta is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games at home
Atlanta is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 15 games

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Miami home to LA Clippers, Monday, March 10
Atlanta at Orlando, Monday, March 10

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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Washington Wizards

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Charlotte Bobcats and the Washington Wizards meet at Verizon Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wizards listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Bobcats, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Raymond Felton poured in 23 points on Friday night to lead the Bobcats to a 108-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks had been favored by 1 point on the road in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (203).

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points on Friday night as the Wizards got past the Toronto Raptors 110-106 in overtime.

The Raptors had been favored by 6.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (193).

Current streak:
Charlotte has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Charlotte: 23-39 SU, 26-34-2 ATS
Washington: 30-31 SU, 36-24-1 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 1-6
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

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

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Charlotte at Dallas, Wednesday, March 12
Washington home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, March 11

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Golden State Warriors vs. Orlando Magic

- The Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Amway Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Magic listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Warriors, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Stephen Jackson was good for 22 points in the Warriors' 134-99 drubbing of the Miami Heat on Friday night.

The Warriors had no trouble covering the 5-point spread on the road in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (221).

Dwight Howard went for 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic rolled past the Washington Wizards 122-92 on Wednesday night.

Orlando covered as 2-point road favorites as the teams played over the 202-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Orlando has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 38-23 SU, 26-35 ATS
Orlando: 40-23 SU, 40-22-1 ATS

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

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Washington are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

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 9 of Golden State's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Golden State's last 17 games when playing Orlando
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Orlando is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Orlando is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Orlando is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
Golden State home to Toronto, Wednesday, March 12
Orlando home to Atlanta, Monday, March 10

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks

- The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday 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.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points on Friday night as the Blazers beat the Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 103-101.

The Bucks had been listed as 1.5-point favorites at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (198).

Eddy Curry led the Knicks with 23 points in their 101-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

The Pistons, however, failed to cover the 11-point spread on the road in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (191).

Current streak:
New York has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 32-30 SU, 32-30 ATS
New York: 18-44 SU, 30-31-1 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 1-9

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Portland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Portland's last 10 games on the road
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing New York
New York is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 11 of New York's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games at home
New York is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland

Next up:
Portland at Cleveland, Monday, March 10
New York at Dallas, Monday, March 10

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Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies

- The Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at FedExForum.

Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 11-point favorites versus the Grizzlies, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Paul Pierce led the way with 22 points on Friday night as the Celtics got past the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 116-93.

The Celtics managed to cover the 11.5-point spread at home in that game, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (199).

Hakim Warrick had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to a 100-93 win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Memphis upset New Jersey as 3.5-point home underdogs as the teams played under thr 201-point total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Boston has won 7 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 48-12 SU, 35-23-2 ATS
Memphis: 15-46 SU, 25-36 ATS

Boston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 1-9
After playing New Jersey are 3-7
After a win are 0-10

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Memphis
Boston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games at home
Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Memphis's last 11 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston at Philadelphia, Monday, March 10
Memphis at Phoenix, Tuesday, March 11

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New Jersey Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks

- The New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at American Airlines Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Mavericks listed as 12½-point favorites versus the Nets, while the game's total has not yet been posted.

Richard Jefferson had a game-high 27 points in New Jersey's 107-96 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

The Hornets managed to cover the 10-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (193).

The Mavericks lost 113-98 to the Rockets last time out, as 1-point favorites at home. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 182.

Josh Howard tossed in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a losing effort.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 4 straight games.
Dallas has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 26-36 SU, 24-37-1 ATS
Dallas: 39-23 SU, 25-33-4 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing New Orleans are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 6-4
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games
New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Dallas is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Dallas is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey at Houston, Monday, March 10
Dallas home to New York, Monday, March 10

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New Orleans Hornets vs. Houston Rockets

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

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

Chris Paul had 25 points and 16 assists on Friday night to lead the Hornets to a 107-96 win over the New Jersey Nets.

The Hornets managed to cover the 10-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (193).

Houston had an offensive onslaught in the third quarter and picked up a 113-98 win over the Mavericks on Thursday, as slight 1-point underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 182.

Tracy McGrady led the way with 31 points, and nine assists. Rafer Alston chipped in with 24 points for Houston.

Current streak:
New Orleans has won 3 straight games.
Houston has won 17 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 42-19 SU, 37-23-1 ATS
Houston: 41-20 SU, 35-24-2 ATS

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

Houston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 5-5
After a win are 10-0

A few trends to consider:
New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 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

Next up:
New Orleans home to San Antonio, Wednesday, March 12
Houston home to New Jersey, Monday, March 10

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Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz

- The Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at EnergySolutions Arena.

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

Allen Iverson netted 29 points on Friday night to lead the Nuggets to a 109-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

The Nuggets managed to cover the 2.5-point spread at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the posted total (200.5).

Deron Williams had 25 points and 15 assists on Friday night as the Jazz picked up a 126-118 win over the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns had been favored by 5.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (223).

Current streak:
Denver has won 2 straight games.
Utah has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Denver: 37-24 SU, 31-30 ATS
Utah: 41-22 SU, 34-29 ATS

Denver most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Utah most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Utah
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games on the road
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Denver
Utah is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Denver
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Denver at San Antonio, Monday, March 10
Utah at Chicago, Tuesday, March 11

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers

- The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

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

Rashad McCants poured in 22 points on Friday night as the Timberwolves defeated the Sacramento Kings by a score of 111-103.

The Kings had been favored by 6.5 points at home in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (200).

Corey Maggette was good for 22 points in the Clippers' 119-82 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

The Lakers had no trouble covering the 14.5-point spread in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (205.5).

Team records:
Minnesota: 13-48 SU, 29-31-1 ATS
Los Angeles: 20-40 SU, 26-34 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Portland are 3-7
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Minnesota is 14-6 SU in their last 20 games when playing LA Clippers
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Clippers last 8 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games at home
LA Clippers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Portland, Tuesday, March 11
LA Clippers at Miami, Monday, March 10

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(1) North Carolina (28-2, 19-8 ATS) at (6) Duke (26-3, 15-11-2 ATS)

Top-ranked North Carolina takes a seven-game winning streak up the road to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where it seeks to exact some revenge against archrival Duke in a battle to determine the ACC regular-season champion.

The Tar Heels (13-2, 8-7 ATS in the ACC) thumped Florida State 90-77 for its fifth consecutive double-digit ACC victory. However, they were on the wrong end of an 8-0 run over the final 75 seconds and came up short as a 16-point home favorite, dropping to 4-3 ATS during their seven-game winning streak.

Duke (13-2, 8-5-2 ATS in the ACC) prepped for this showdown with Wednesday’s 86-70 rout of Virginia as a 6½-point road chalk. Since losing their first two conference games in mid-February, the Blue Devils have won four in a row, but they’re just 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven conference affairs.

Duke took advantage of the shorthanded Tar Heels a month ago in Chapel Hill, winning 89-78 as a 4½-point road underdog. That snapped the Blue Devils’ three-game SU and four-game ATS losing skid against Carolina, which played last month’s game without injured point guard Ty Lawson. Good news for the Tar Heels: They’ve cashed in seven of their last nine visits to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Including Duke’s win in February, the underdog is on an 11-3 ATS roll in this rivalry. The last two meetings were double-digit blowouts after the previous seven battles were decided by a total of 27 points, with win margins of seven points or less in each contest.

North Carolina has won all seven of its ACC road games – four by double digits (3-1 ATS) and three others by a total of four points (0-3 ATS). Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are perfect at home this year at 15-0 (9-3-2 ATS). However, since cashing in their first three ACC home outings, they’re 0-2-2 ATS in their last four when hosting league foes.

The Tar Heels are on ATS streaks of 40-19 overall, 17-7 following a SU win and 20-8 on Saturdays.

This showdown features two of the top three scoring offenses in the nation. The Tar Heels rank second at 90.1 points per game, and they’re also 11th in field-goal offense (48.6 percent). Meanwhile, Duke puts up 85.1 ppg, which ranks third nationally, on 47.1 percent shooting.

These teams hurdled the 164-point total in their first meeting this year, making the over 5-0 in the last five clashes (2-0 at Duke). The over is also on runs of 4-0 for UNC overall, 8-2 for UNC on the road, 20-8 for UNC in ACC play, 5-1 for UNC on Saturdays, 10-4 for Duke overall, 35-16 for Duke in the ACC and 5-1 for Duke on Saturdays.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NORTH CAROLINA and OVER


(12) Louisville (24-6, 16-11-1 ATS) at (11) Georgetown (24-4, 11-14 ATS)

Louisville (14-3, 12-4-1 ATS in the Big East) is red-hot heading into the regular-season finale, coming off Sunday’s 68-54 beating of Villanova as an 11-point home chalk. The Cardinals have won nine straight games and been nearly as impressive against the spread, going 8-1, all in Big East play. Seven of those nine victories have come by at least eight points, and five were by double digits.

Georgetown (14-3, 7-10 ATS in the Big East) squeaked out a road win at Marquette on Saturday, winning 70-68 in overtime as a four-point underdog for its fourth straight victory (3-1 ATS). The Hoyas’ recent pointspread uptick comes on the heels of an 0-5 ATS nosedive, all in conference action.

Georgetown was Louisville’s third victim during its current nine-game winning streak, with the Cardinals taking a 59-51 home win laying 3½ points on Feb. 9. In last year’s lone meeting, Georgetown won and covered as a one-point road favorite, 73-65.

The Cardinals are a sterling 15-3-1 ATS in their last 19 roadies and have further positive ATS trends of 13-3-1 overall, 7-1 after a SU win, 6-1 after a spread-cover and 23-6-2 in Big East play. The Hoyas, conversely, are on negative ATS streaks of 4-10 on Saturday, 2-5 after a SU win, 2-9 after a pointspread victory and 1-5 at home.

The over is 5-2 in Louisville’s last seven road trips, but the under is 13-5 in its last 18 after a SU win. For Georgetown, the under is on lengthy streaks of 51-23 overall, 45-16 at home, 42-17 coming off a win and 41-17 in conference play. Finally, last month’s meeting fell well short of the 125-point posted price.

ATS ADVANTAGE: LOUISVILLE and UNDER


UAB (22-8, 15-9-1 ATS) at (2) Memphis (29-1, 15-10 ATS)


Alabama-Birmingham (12-3, 10-5 ATS in Conference USA) stretched its winning streak to five games with Wednesday’s 84-70 home rout of Tulsa as a 7½-point chalk, cashing for the fourth straight time. The Blazers, hoping to secure a second NCAA Tournament berth for Conference USA, are 7-1 in their last eight games (6-2 ATS) – with the only blemish being a heartbreaking last-second home loss to Memphis.

Memphis (15-0, 7-8 ATS in CUSA) has rebounded from its only loss all season – a 66-62 setback to Tennessee last month – with a three-game winning streak, including a 72-55 road win over Southern Methodist on Wednesday. But the Tigers came up short as a 22-point road favorite at SMU, their fourth consecutive non-cover. John Calipari’s squad has followed up an 8-1 ATS romp by cashing just three times in its last 12 outings.

Memphis is on an 8-2 tear in this rivalry (7-3 ATS). A riot nearly broke out at the conclusion of the last game between these two teams three weeks ago, as Memphis escaped Birmingham with a 79-78 victory but failed to cash as an 8 ½-point favorite, halting a 3-0 ATS run by the Tigers. The Tigers are still 10-4 ATS in the last 14 series clashes overall and 7-1 ATS in the last eight gatherings at the Pyramid. Also, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Blazers are on a 5-0 ATS run in Saturday games and are 5-1 ATS in their past six against teams with a winning record. On the flip side, the Tigers are on negative pointspread runs of 1-4 after a non-cover, 1-5 against winning teams and 1-6 at home.

The over has cashed in seven of UAB’s last nine starts, and the over is 4-1 in Memphis’ last five league contests. However, the under is 8-1 in UAB’s last nine against winning teams, 35-16 in its last 51 on the highway and 6-1 in Memphis’ last seven against winning teams. Finally, the under is 8-1 in the last nine series meetings (4-0 in the last four in Memphis), but the one over occurred in last month’s battle in Birmingham.

ATS ADVANTAGE: MEMPHIS


Baylor (20-9, 12-9 ATS) at Texas Tech (16-13, 15-9 ATS)

Baylor’s hopes for an NCAA bid took a hit Wednesday with a 71-57 home loss to Texas A&M as a two-point chalk, halting a 3-0 SU and a 4-0 ATS run. The Bears (8-7 SU and ATS in the Big 12), who at one point this season were 16-2, are just 4-7 in their last 11 starts (5-6 ATS), all in the Big 12.

Texas Tech (7-8, 9-6 ATS in the Big 12) was handed its worst loss in school history on Monday at Kansas, getting blasted 109-51 as a 19½-point pup. Just two days earlier, the Red Raiders had upset No. 5 Texas 83-80 as a five-point home ‘dog, a rout that followed a 98-54 embarrassment at Texas A&M.

Baylor topped Texas Tech 80-74 on Feb. 6, but the Red Raiders got the cash as a 7½-point road pup. Despite that result, the Bears are still 8-3 ATS in the last 11 clashes in this series. Finally, the home team is on a 5-1 ATS tear, and the underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 head-to-head contests.

The Bears are 19-7 ATS on their last 26 road trips, but they are 2-5 ATS in they’re last seven following a SU loss.

The Red Raiders are on a 10-1 ATS spree in Lubbock. Also, they’ve shown a strong ability to bounce back from bad efforts, going 7-0 ATS in their last seven after a pointspread setback and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 after a SU loss.

The “over” trends run heavy for both teams. For Baylor, the over is on streaks of 19-7 overall, 17-4 in Big 12 play, 7-1 on the road, 4-0 against winning teams, 6-0 after a SU loss and 19-7 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Texas Tech has topped the total in five straight games, and the over is 4-0 in its last four after a SU loss. Finally, the over is 5-0 in the last five series meetings overall and 4-0 in the last four battles in Lubbock.

ATS ADVANTAGE: TEXAS TECH and OVER


(16) Vanderbilt (25-5, 15-14 ATS) at Alabama (15-15, 9-15 ATS)

Vanderbilt (11-4, 8-5-2 ATS in the SEC) squeaked past Mississippi State 86-85 in overtime Wednesday but couldn’t cash as a 3½-point home chalk, ending a three-game ATS run. The Commodores are 8-1 in their last nine games (6-3 ATS).

Alabama (4-11, 6-9 ATS in the SEC) lost to LSU 80-74 catching two points in Baton Rouge for its second straight defeat, while also ending a two-game ATS uptick. The Crimson Tide are just 2-6 in their last eight games (4-4 ATS), all in conference action, though they could be due for a win: each of their last two wins has been preceded by two losses.

Vandy is on a 6-0-1 ATS streak in this series, including a 94-73 blowout victory as a 1½-point home pup last season. Two years ago in Tuscaloosa, though, ‘Bama posted a 77-74 overtime win, getting the push as a three-point chalk. The underdog is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven in this series.

The Commodores are 6-2 ATS in their last eight SEC outings, including 6-1 ATS following a SU win, and they’re 6-2 ATS this year as a favorite of seven points or less. Conversely, the Crimson Tide are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Saturday starts, 1-6 ATS as a ‘dog of seven or fewer and 4-9 ATS at home this year, though have won three straight in Tuscaloosa, cashing in the last two.

The under is 6-1 in Vandy’s last seven roadies and is 7-3 in its last 10 when coming off a win. However, the over is 11-5 in the Commodores’ last 16 Saturday starts and is 4-1-1 the last six meetings in this series.

ATS ADVANTAGE: VANDERBILT


(7) Stanford (24-5, 14-15 ATS) at USC (19-10, 16-11 ATS)

Southern Cal (10-7 SU and ATS in the Pac-10) boosted its NCAA Tournament resume with Thursday’s come-from-behind 93-89 overtime win over Cal, but the Trojans failed to cover as eight-point favorites. USC has won four of its last five starts and six of its last nine, all in Pac-10 play, but is just 4-5 ATS in that span (0-2 ATS in the last two).

Stanford (13-4, 8-9 ATS in the Pac-10) also went to overtime Thursday, suffering a devastating 77-67 loss at No. 3 UCLA that cost the Cardinal a shot at the regular-season league crown. Not only did the Cardinal blow a 14-point second-half lead, but they couldn’t even cover as an 8½-point road underdog. The loss snapped Stanford’s four-game win streak (2-2 ATS), but Trent Johnson’s team has still won 11 of its last 13 starts (7-6 ATS), all in conference action.

USC has cashed the last two in this series (1-1 SU), losing 52-46 on Jan. 5 as a 7½-point road pup and winning 83-79 in overtime laying 2½ points in last year’s Pac-10 Tournament. Last year at USC, the Trojans won 69-65, but the Cardinal narrowly took the money as five-point pups. Stanford is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, but each team has covered five times, with the road team going 6-3 ATS in the last nine regular-season battles.

The Cardinal are on ATS slides of 2-5 overall, 5-11 following a pointspread defeat and 1-6-1 after a SU loss, but they are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday starts. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Trojans are on positive ATS runs of 27-11 on Saturday, 14-6 after a non-cover and 33-16 against teams with a winning SU record.

Although the January meeting between these two fell miles short of the 131½-point posted total, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings on USC’s home floor. Also, for Stanford, the over is on streaks of 4-0 on the road, 6-1 versus the Pac-10 and 4-1 on Saturday. For USC, the over is on tears of 4-1 overall, 5-1 on Saturday, 21-7 against the Pac-10 and 8-3 coming off a win.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER


(21) Marquette (22-7, 13-10 ATS) at Syracuse (18-12, 13-15 ATS)

Syracuse (8-9 SU and ATS in the Big East) halted an extremely untimely three-game SU and ATS skid by thumping Seton Hall 85-73 Wednesday as a 2½-point favorite. The Orange have seen their NCAA hopes fade, going 2-5 SU and ATS over the last seven games, all in Big East contests.

Marquette (11-6, 9-8 ATS in the Big East) took a respite from league play on Tuesday to pound first-year Division I Florida Gulf Coast 67-37 at home in a non-lined game. The Golden Eagles are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six Big East matchups, but the one loss came last Saturday at home against Georgetown, a 70-68 overtime setback as a four-point chalk.

These two teams met just once last year, with Syracuse winning and cashing 70-58 as a 3½-point road ‘dog.

The Golden Eagles are on several positive pointspread runs, including 5-0 on the highway, 6-1 against the Big East, 4-1 after a SU win and 8-2 this year as a favorite of 12 points or less.

Syracuse is 9-4-1 ATS in its last 14 Saturday starts, but the Orange are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 when coming off a spread-cover.

For Marquette, the over is on runs of 5-2 overall, 5-1 on Saturday and 37-18-2 on the highway. Also, Syracuse has hurdled the total in four of its last five Saturday outings, but the under is 7-1 in the Orange’s last eight after a spread-cover and 5-1 in their last six when coming off a SU win.

ATS ADVANTAGE: MARQUETTE


(6) Kansas (27-3, 16-12 ATS) at Texas A&M (22-8, 12-12 ATS)


Kansas (12-3, 7-8 ATS in the Big 12) capped a perfect 20-0 season at home and remained in a tie for first place in the Big 12 with Monday’s historic 109-51 rout of Texas Tech, handing the Red Raiders their worst loss in history. The Jayhawks easily cashed as a 19½-point favorite, their second straight spread-cover after an 0-5 ATS slump.

Texas A&M (8-7, 7-8 ATS in the Big 12) hammered Baylor 71-57 as a two-point road underdog on Wednesday, but the Aggies are still just 2-4 SU and ATS in their last six. Their last three contests have been decided by margins of 14 points (win over Baylor), 27 points (loss at Oklahoma) and 44 points (win over Texas Tech). The straight-up winner has covered in each of the team’s last 14 games.

The Aggies upset Kansas last year, winning 69-66 as a five-point road underdog. Still, the Jayhawks are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 clashes. Also, the ‘dog is 4-0 ATS in the last four series meetings, with the road team winning three of those contests outright.

The Jayhawks are 2-3 SU in their last five road games and they’ve failed to cash in six consecutive games on the highway (all in the Big 12). They’re also 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday outings.

Texas A&M is 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS in Big 12 home games, losing two of the last three.

Kansas has topped the total in three straight games and 12 of the last 17, but the under is 3-1 in its last four on the road. Also, the over is 5-2 in A&M’s last seven at home and 2-0 in the last two head-to-head meetings.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


Arizona (18-12, 15-12-1 ATS) at Oregon (17-12, 13-11-3 ATS)


Arizona (9-9 SU and ATS in the Pac-10) posted its most convincing win of the season on Thursday at Oregon State, hammering the Beavers 81-45 as an 11-point road favorite. The Wildcats are still just 3-6 (4-5 ATS) in their last nine games.

Oregon held off Arizona State 67-61 on Thursday for its second consecutive win, which comes on the heels of a three-game losing skid. The Ducks pushed as a six-point home favorite and they’re 4-2-1 ATS in their last seven.

Oregon pummeled the Wildcats 84-74 as a seven-point road underdog two months ago. The Ducks have won two in a row in this rivalry and they’re 5-1 ATS in the last six, with the underdog cashing in each of those six battles.

The Wildcats have won consecutive conference road games (2-0 ATS) and they’re 4-2 SU and ATS in their last nine Pac-10 visits, with the winner covering the spread in all six contests. Overall, Arizona is on a 6-2 ATS roll on the highway, and the ‘Cats are 7-2 ATS as an underdog of seven points or less.

The Ducks are on ATS streaks of 13-6-3 at home and 10-3-1 on Saturdays. However, they’re just 1-3-2 ATS in their last six conference contests in Eugene.

Arizona has stayed under the total in five straight games overall and 14 of 20 on the road (including three in a row), and the under is also 6-3 in Oregon’s last nine (4-0 at home). Also, the under is 4-1 in the last five series meetings, but the one “over” hit in the January contest at Arizona.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


MISSOURI VALLEY TOURNAMENT

(20) Drake (25-4, 17-7-1 ATS) vs. Creighton (21-9, 15-11 ATS)


Drake (16-3, 11-7-1 ATS) advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley tournament with yesterday’s 68-46 rout of Indiana State, cashing as a 10-point favorite to halt an 0-3 ATS slide in league play. Despite the victory, the Bulldogs have followed up a 21-game winning streak by going just 4-3 in their last seven, and they’re 3-4-1 ATS in their last eight after starting the season 15-3 ATS.

After the Bulldogs’ victory Friday, Creighton held off Bradley 74-70 as a 1½-point chalk in a quarterfinal game. The Bluejays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, but just 5-5 ATS.

Drake swept the season series from Creighton, winning 68-60 in overtime as a 4½-point road underdog and 75-65 as a five-point home favorite. Both games were played in an eight-day span back in January. Prior to this season, Creighton had been on a 6-0 SU and ATS in this rivalry. Also, the favorite has cashed in seven of the last eight series meetings.

Creighton is 6-1 ATS in its last seven neutral-site contests.

The over is on streaks of 20-8-1 for Creighton overall (11-5-1 last 17) and 9-2 for Drake overall, though the Bulldogs had a 4-0 “over” streak snapped when Friday’s game versus Indiana State stayed well under the posted price. Also, the under is 3-1 in the last four head-to-head meetings.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE

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Illinois State (23-8, 14-15 ATS) vs. Northern Iowa (18-13, 14-13 ATS)

Illinois State (14-5, 9-10 ATS in conference) opened tournament play by edging Missouri State 63-58 on Friday night, covering as a 2½-point favorite. The Redbirds have won five in a row and seven of their last eight, and they’ve followed up a 2-9 ATS slide with three consecutive spread-covers. Also, during their five-game winning streak, the Redbirds, who rank 12th nationally in scoring defense, having given up an average of just 50.8 points per game.

Northern Iowa (10-9, 11-8 ATS in conference) stunned Southern Illinois in its opening-round game Friday, scoring a 54-49 upset win as a six-point underdog. The Panthers have won and covered three in a row after going 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in their previous six contests.

The teams split their regular-season series, with the host winning each time. Illinois State prevailed 51-46, but failed as a 7½-point favorite, while Northern Iowa earned a 69-61 win as a 1½-point chalk three weeks later.

Illinois State has won three straight and four of its last five on the highway (3-2 ATS). Also, the Redbirds improved to 1-2 SU and ATS in neutral-site games this year with last night’s win.

Northern Iowa is now 2-4 ATS in neutral-site games this year after last night’s win, but the Panthers are 10-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral-site contests as an underdog. They’re also 6-1 ATS in their last seven after a spread-cover.

Illinois State has stayed under the total in five consecutive games. Meanwhile, Northern Iowa had a three-game “over” streak snapped on Friday, and the under is now 11-1 in its last 12 neutral-site games.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Illinois-Chicago (18-14, 18-11 ATS) vs. (14) Butler (27-3, 14-13-2 ATS)


Butler won the Horizon League title going away with a 16-2 record, including 11 consecutive conference wins to close the season, but went just 5-11-2 ATS, all as a favorite. The Bulldogs’ only blemish over the regular season’s final six weeks was a 71-64 Bracketbuster home loss to Drake two weeks ago.

Illinois-Chicago (11-9, 12-8 ATS in conference) used a big second half to eliminate Loyola-Chicago 60-49 as a five-point chalk on Friday. The Flames, who defeated Youngstown State 70-59 in an opening-round tournament game on Tuesday, have won three in a row SU, and they’re 10-4 ATS in their last 14, though they’ve alternated spread-covers in their last nine contests.

Butler swept the season series from the Flames and barely got the cash in both contests, rolling 73-57 as a 14-point home favorite and 51-46 as a 4½-point chalk.

The Horizon League tournament is being played on Butler’s home court, Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, where the Bulldogs are 13-1 (7-7 ATS), including 9-0 in conference play, but just 3-6 ATS. Meanwhile, Illinois-Chicago improved to 4-6 (5-5 ATS) in conference road games with yesterday’s win over Loyola-Chicago.

The under is 8-2 in Illinois-Chicago’s last 10 contests, including 6-2 on the highway. Also, both series meetings between these teams this year stayed low.

ATS ADVANTAGE: BUTLER and UNDER

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NBA Today

New Orleans at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). The Rockets' 17-game winning streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.

STARS

-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 25 points and 16 assists to lead New Orleans to a 107-96 win over the New Jersey Nets.

-LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers, scored 29 points, including a 13-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining, to rally Portland to a 103-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

-Antawn Jamison, Wizards, had 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead Washington to a 110-106 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

-Raymond Felton, Bobcats, had 23 points and 11 assists in a 108-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

STREAKING

Boston's Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 and eight rebounds in a 116-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls, their seventh consecutive win. Boston won its 10th consecutive home game.

RESOLVE

Allen Iverson scored 29 points despite spraining his right ring finger in the first half and the Denver Nuggets snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak with a 109-96 win over the Spurs on Friday night. The Nuggets remained one game behind Golden State for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the final six weeks.

THROTTLED

Stephen Jackson scored 22 points, Al Harrington added 17, Baron Davis had 15 points and 10 assists and the Warriors eased past the severely shorthanded Heat 134-99 on Friday night, handing Miami its biggest loss of a dismal season. Miami only had seven available players and was without Dwyane Wade, sidelined by left knee soreness.

SNAPPED

Al Jefferson had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves record a rare road win and snap a five-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Kevin Martin scored a career-high 48 points and tied the Kings' Sacramento record by hitting 22 of 24 free throws in a 111-103 loss to the Timberwolves on Friday night. ... Amare Stoudemire scored 37 points in the Suns' 126-118 loss to the Utah Jazz.

SPEAKING

``It's just because our backs are against the wall. We understand that every night we have to come in here and play hard and play together and not take any possessions off. We know how serious it is in the West, and if we don't get our act together it's going to be a chance we're not going to be in the playoffs.'' - Allen Iverson, who scored 29 points despite spraining his right ring finger in the first half of the Nuggets' 109-96 win over the Spurs on Friday night, snapping San Antonio's 11-game winning streak. The Nuggets remained one game behind Golden State for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the final six weeks.

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Six teams in the NBA playoff hunt take to the court on Saturday when Indiana takes on Cleveland, New Orleans faces red-hot Houston and Golden State travels east to Orlando.

Indiana at Cleveland

The Pacers are quickly falling out of the Eastern Conference picture after dropping their last two games to fall to 11th place. However, Indiana is still only 2.5 games back of eighth-place New Jersey, so they’re not done yet, but they need to turn things around quickly. A game against Cleveland, against whom Indiana is 0-3 already this season, likely won’t help. Indiana last took to the court on Thursday when they lost to San Antonio 108-97 as a 13-point underdog. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 22 points, six rebounds and six steals, while Troy Murphy added 13 points.

The Cavaliers are also coming off a loss after falling to Chicago 107-96 as a 4.5-point underdog on Thursday night. LeBron James scored 39 points for Cleveland, but only two other Cleveland players scored in double-digits. Devin Brown netted 15 points and Wally Szczerbiak chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Cleveland has won all three meetings with Indiana so far this season, including a 106-97 win back on February 20 in which James posted a triple-double with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. The Cavaliers were a 2-point favorite in that game and were also able to cover the spread in their other two victories over Indiana this season.

New Orleans at Houston

The Hornets appear to be back on track after a short tailspin late in February saw them lose three in a row. Heading into their Friday night matchup with New Jersey, the Hornets had won four of their last five games. On Wednesday, New Orleans ripped Atlanta 116-101 as an 8.5-point favorite. Peja Stojakovic scored a team-high 29 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Chris Paul added 23 points and 18 assists. The Hornets played without David West in that game, as he was resting a sprained ankle suffered late in the Hornets' win over the Knicks on Monday. Be sure to check the injury report for the latest news on West heading into Saturday’s games.

The Rockets are still unbeatable after extending their winning streak to 17 games on Thursday night with a 113-98 win over Dallas. Houston was a 1-point underdog in that game and improved to 14-2-1 ATS during their streak. Against the Mavericks, Tracy McGrady took charge with 31 points and nine assists while Rafer Alston continued to deliver with 24 points.

Houston has already beaten the Hornets once during their streak in a 100-80 win as a 4-point underdog back on Feb. 22. McGrady scored 34 points to lead the Rockets, who still had Yao Ming in the lineup. West scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Houston. Back in January, New Orleans got the better of Houston in an 87-82 win as a 1-point favorite.

Golden State at Orlando

The Warriors have a very loose hold on the final playoff spot in the West right now with only one game separating them from ninth-place Denver. Golden State made things even tougher on themselves earlier this week by losing to Charlotte 118-109 as a 5-point favorite which snapped their four-game winning streak. Monta Ellis scored 32 points for the Warriors and Baron Davis added 30 points, but it wasn’t enough to compete with ex-Warrior Jason Richardson’s 42 points for Charlotte.

The Magic have won their last three games and are coming off a 122-92 drubbing of Washington as a 2.5-point favorite. Dwight Howard scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds for Orlando, while Rashard Lewis, Maurice Evans and Keith Bogans each had 17 points.

Golden State and Orlando squared off back in December when the Magic defeated the Warriors 123-117 in overtime as a 4-point road underdog. Jameer Nelson had one of his best games of the season for Orlando in the win, with 22 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists. Stephen Jackson led Golden State with 25 points.

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Indiana at Cleveland, 1:05 EST
Indiana: 5-15 ATS Away vs. division
Cleveland: 2-13 ATS at home off DD road loss

Miami at Atlanta, 7:05 EST
Miami: 1-8 ATS vs. division
Atlanta: 3-7 ATS vs. Miami

Golden State at Orlando, 7:05 EST
Golden State: 23-8 Under on Saturday
Orlando: 24-7 ATS off an Over

Charlotte at Washington, 7:05 EST
Charlotte: 2-12 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 12 points
Washington: 8-0 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points

Portland at New York, 7:35 EST
Portland: 12-5 Under playing only their 2nd game in 5 days
New York: 0-3 ATS in March

Boston at Memphis, 8:05 EST
Boston: 14-3 ATS on Saturdays
Memphis: 3-11 ATS off SU win

New Orleans at Houston, 8:35 EST NBATV
New Orleans: 10-1 Under revenging DD loss
Houston: 9-0 ATS off 8+ SU wins

New Jersey at Dallas, 8:35 EST
New Jersey: 0-8 ATS as DD underdog
Dallas: 7-3 ATS at home vs. New Jersey

Denver at Utah, 9:05 EST
Denver: 8-2 Over vs. Utah
Utah: 20-9 ATS as home favorite

Minnesota at LA Clippers, 10:35 EST
Minnesota: 19-8 Under in road games
LA Clippers: 0-8 ATS revenging road loss of 20+ points

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