NBA News and Notes Friday 11/21

NBA News and Notes Friday 11/21

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Friday, Nov. 21

Boston at Minnesota (8 p.m. EST). Former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett and the NBA champions Celtics play their lone game in Minnesota this season. Minnesota beat Philadelphia on Wednesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.

STARS

Thursday

— Rajon Rondo, Celtics, had 18 points and eight assists, outplaying new Pistons acquisition Allen Iverson, in Boston’s 98-80 victory over Detroit.

— Kobe Bryant and Vladimir Radmanovic, Lakers. Bryant scored 24 points and Radmanovic made all five of his 3-pointers and scored 15 points to help Los Angeles beat Phoenix 105-92.

LOTS OF LAKERS

Six players reached double figures as Los Angeles improved its record to a league-best 9-1 by beating Phoenix, 105-92. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Vladimir Radmanovic 15, Lamar Odom 13, Jordan Farmar 11, and Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza 10 apiece.

BOSTON’S BETTER

With their 98-80 victory Thursday night, the Celtics have beaten the Pistons in four consecutive regular-season games, plus a six-game playoff series en route to its unprecedented 17th NBA title. Detroit has been held under 90 points five straight times against Boston.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

With the Washington Wizards off to a dismal start while Gilbert Arenas recovers from knee surgery, he’s trying to find a silver lining. “I don’t want to see them struggle,” Arenas said at Madame Tussauds, where his wax figure was unveiled, “but if this is one of those years where we don’t make the playoffs or we finish in last place … that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan and look at them now … and that’s for the better.”

SPEAKING

“They’re the best team. They’re 9-1. They’re playing good. Kobe’s playing team ball, keeping everybody involved. He’s got a lot of shooters around him. They’re a very dangerous team.”—Phoenix center Shaquille O’Neal after the Lakers’ 105-92 victory over the Suns on Thursday.

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Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards

The Rockets were dumped 96-86 by the Mavericks last time out, as 3.5-point favorites. The 182 points fell UNDER the posted total of 189.

The 182 points fell UNDER the posted total of 189.

Rafer Alston and Tracy McGrady each had 16 points in the loss.

The Wizards were defeated 91-87 by the Hawks as a 7.5-point underdog last time out. The combined 178 points went UNDER the posted total of 199.5.

Caron Butler tossed in a game-high 32 points with seven rebounds.

Current streak:
Washington has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS
Washington: 1-8 SU, 3-6 ATS

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

Washington most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Washington
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Washington's last 19 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
Houston at Orlando, Saturday, November 22
Washington at New York, Saturday, November 22


New Jersey Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Devin Harris was the high scorer for New Jersey with 23 points in its 106-82 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Cleveland won as 6-point road favorites as the game played under the 197.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

The Raptors put up 54 points in the second half as they defeated the Heat 101-95 on Wednesday, as 3-point road underdogs. The 196 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.

Andrea Bargnani shot 9-for-15 from the field with 25 points and four rebounds.

Team records:
New Jersey: 4-6 SU, 5-5 ATS
Toronto: 6-5 SU, 6-5 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of New Jersey's last 25 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games on the road
New Jersey is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Jersey's last 15 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey home to LA Clippers, Saturday, November 22
Toronto home to Boston, Sunday, November 23


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Clippers dominated the second half and cruised past the Thunder 108-88 last time out. The Clippers won the game as a slight 1-point favorite, and the 196 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.

Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 25 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

The 76ers lost 102-96 to the Timberwolves last time out, as 3.5-point favorites. The 198 points went UNDER the posted total of 196.

Andre Miller led the 76ers with 20 points and Elton Brand added 19 in that loss.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 2-9 SU, 2-9 ATS
Philadelphia: 5-6 SU, 5-6 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a win are 1-9

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Golden State are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 6 games on the road
LA Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 10-1 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Philadelphia is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing LA Clippers

Next up:
LA Clippers at New Jersey, Saturday, November 22
Philadelphia home to Golden State, Sunday, November 23


Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers


Rashard Lewis went for 22 points, eight rebounds, and five steals, as the Magic downed the Raptors 103-90 on Tuesday night.

Orlando covered as 6.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 192-point total set by sportsbooks.

Danny Granger drained 34 points to lead the Pacers over the Hawks 113-96 on Tuesday night.

Indiana cashed as 2-point home favorites as the teams played over the 203.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Orlando has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS
Indiana: 5-5 SU, 6-4 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing at home against Orlando
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando
Indiana is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games

Next up:
Orlando home to Houston, Saturday, November 22
Indiana at Miami, Saturday, November 22


Charlotte Bobcats vs. Atlanta Hawks

Reserve D.J. Augustin paced Charlotte with 21 points in its 100-83 loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.

Dallas cashed as 5.5-point road favorites as the teams played under the 189.5-point total set by oddsmakers.

The Hawks dominated the third quarter in a come-from-behind 91-87 victory over the Wizards on Wednesday. The Hawks failed to cover the 7.5-point spread, and the 178 points went UNDER the posted total of 199.5.

Marvin Williams poured in 21 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double in leading the Hawks. Mike Bibby added a team-high 25 points in the win.

Current streak:
Charlotte has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Charlotte: 3-7 SU, 5-5 ATS
Atlanta: 7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Dallas are 3-5
After a loss are 7-3

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
Charlotte home to Milwaukee, Saturday, November 22
Atlanta at Cleveland, Saturday, November 22


Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Celtics won their third straight as they defeated the Pistons 98-80 on Thursday. The Celtics covered the 6.5-point spread, while the 178 points fell UNDER the posted total of 184.

Rajon Rondo shot 7-for-11 from the field with 18 points, and Kevin Garnett added 15 in the win.

The Timberwolves were outplayed in the fourth quarter, but managed to pull out a 102-96 win over the 76ers on Wednesday, as 3.5-point underdogs. The 198 points went UNDER the posted total of 196.

Al Jefferson notched 25 points with eight rebounds to lead the Timberwolves.

Current streak:
Boston has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 11-2 SU, 6-7 ATS
Minnesota: 2-8 SU, 5-5 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 13 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston at Toronto, Sunday, November 23
Minnesota at Detroit, Sunday, November 23


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Dallas Mavericks

Rudy Gay dropped 22 points and snatched eight rebounds, as the Grizzlies took out the Kings 109-94 on Tuesday night.

Memphis covered as 5.5-point home favorites as the teams played over the 196-point total posted by sportsbooks.

Jason Terry tossed in 31 points in leading the Mavericks to a 96-86 win over the Rockets last time out, as 3.5-point underdogs. The 182 points fell UNDER the posted total of 189.

Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points with 12 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

Current streak:
Dallas has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Memphis: 4-7 SU, 6-5 ATS
Dallas: 5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Memphis is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis

Next up:
Memphis home to Utah, Saturday, November 22
Dallas home to Indiana, Tuesday, November 25


New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Paul Pierce had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Celtics over the Knicks 110-101 on Tuesday night.

Boston couldn't cover as 11-point home favorites as the teams played over the 205-point total set by sportsbooks.

The Bucks were defeated 105-94 by the Jazz last time out, as 10-point underdogs. The 192 points made it OVER the posted total of 190.

Andrew Bogut had 16 points and 20 rebounds for a double-double, while Richard Jefferson scored 25 points in the loss.

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

Team records:
New York: 6-5 SU, 5-6 ATS
Milwaukee: 5-8 SU, 8-4-1 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Charlotte are 4-6
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
New York home to Washington, Saturday, November 22
Milwaukee at Charlotte, Saturday, November 22


Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Jazz dominated the fourth quarter and closed out the Bucks 105-94 on Wednesday. The Jazz failed to cover the 10-point spread, while the 192 points made it OVER the posted total of 190.

C.J. Miles led the way with 25 points, and Carlos Boozer added 20 in the win.

The Spurs lost 91-81 to the Nuggets last time out, as 1-point favorites. The 172 points went UNDER the posted total of 181.

George Hill shot 6-for-11 from the field with 20 points in the loss.

Current streak:
Utah has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS
San Antonio: 5-6 SU, 4-7 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Utah's last 11 games when playing San Antonio
Utah is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games at home
San Antonio is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah

Next up:
Utah at Memphis, Saturday, November 22
San Antonio at Memphis, Monday, November 24


New Orleans Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Hornets were upset 105-96 by the Kings last time out, as 13.5-point favorites. That game's 201 points made it OVER the posted total of 197.

Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists in a losing effort for the Hornets.

The Thunder lost 108-88 to the Clippers last time out, as 1-point underdogs. The 196 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.

Damien Wilkins led the Thunder with 17 points and five rebounds.

Current streak:
New Orleans has lost 2 straight games.
Oklahoma City has lost 9 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 5-5 SU, 2-7-1 ATS
Oklahoma City: 1-11 SU, 5-7 ATS

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing New Orleans are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

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

Next up:
New Orleans home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, November 22
Oklahoma City at New Orleans, Saturday, November 22

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings

The Trail Blazers got out to a 21 point lead after the first quarter and rolled past the Bulls 116-74 on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers easily covered the 6.5-point spread, but the 190 points went UNDER the posted total of 195.

Brandon Roy led the way with 20 points, while Joel Przybilla added 14 in the win.

The Kings took control late in the game and prevailed with a 105-96 victory over the Hornets on Wednesday, as 13-point underdogs. The 201 points made it OVER the posted total of 197.

John Salmons tossed in a game-high 29 points to lead the Kings, and Donte Greene added 15 in the win.

Team records:
Portland: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS
Sacramento: 5-8 SU, 7-6 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
Portland at Phoenix, Saturday, November 22
Sacramento at LA Lakers, Sunday, November 23


Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Nuggets built up a comfortable lead and cruised to a 91-81 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, as a 1-point underdog. The 172 points went UNDER the posted total of 181.

Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets with 22 points and five rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony added 21 in the win.

Kobe Bryant dropped 24 points and hauled down five rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 105-92 victory over the Suns last time out. The Lakers covered the 5-point spread, while the 197 points fell UNDER the posted total of 207.

Vladimir Radmanovic had 15 points with five rebounds, and Lamar Odom added 13 points with nine rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Denver has won 4 straight games.
Los Angeles has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Denver: 8-4 SU, 8-3-1 ATS
Los Angeles: 9-1 SU, 7-3 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Denver is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Denver
LA Lakers are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against Denver
LA Lakers are 20-2 SU in their last 22 games at home
LA Lakers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games

Next up:
Denver home to Chicago, Sunday, November 23
LA Lakers home to Sacramento, Sunday, November 23


Chicago Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors

The Bulls were defeated 116-74 by the Trail Blazers last time out, as 6.5-point underdogs. The 190 points went UNDER the posted total of 195.

Andres Nocioni had 13 points with four rebounds in a losing effort.

Anthony Morrow put up 25 points to lift the Warriors over the Trail Blazers 111-106 on Tuesday night.

Golden State covered as 1-point home favorites as the teams played over the 203.5-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.
Golden State has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 5-7 SU, 7-5 ATS
Golden State: 5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 14 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chicago's last 16 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chicago's last 19 games
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games at home
Golden State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games
Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Denver, Sunday, November 23
Golden State at Philadelphia, Sunday, November 23

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Hot Teams
-- 76ers won three of their last four games.
-- Pacers won three of their last four home games, and led by 25 in game they lost. Magic won their last four games, by 17-5-2-13 points.
-- Rockets covered three of four in game following a loss.
-- Celtics won eight of their last nine games.
-- Dallas won its last three games, by 10ot-17-10 points. Minnesota is 4-1 vs spread in last five games, winning last two, allowing 93 ppg.
-- Spurs won three of their last four games.
-- Trailblazers covered four of their last five games.
-- Lakers won nine of their first ten games. Nuggets won six of their last eight games.
-- Warriors won three of their last four games.

Cold Teams
-- Nets lost six of their last nine games. Raptors covered one of four at home this season (2-2 SU).
-- Clippers lost nine of their first eleven games.
-- Wizards lost three in row, eight of first nine games.
-- Hawks lost three of last four games (0-4 vs spread). Bobcats lost four of their last five games.
-- Grizzlies lost four of last five games.
-- Jazz lost three of their last four games.
-- Bucks lost five of their last seven games, but are 7-1-1 vs spread in their last nine. Knicks are 2-3 in last five games, 2-3 on the road.
-- Hornets lost five of their last seven games. Thunder lost nine games in a row (0-5 vs spread in last five).
-- Kings lost four of last five games, but covered six of last eight.
-- Bulls are 0-5 on road (2-3 vs spread) losing by 16-3-14-7-42 points.

Totals
-- Over is 3-0-1 in Toronto's last four games.
-- Four of last five Clipper games went over the total.
-- Under is 3-0-1 in Indiana's last four games.
-- Four of last five Houston games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 4-1-1 in last six Atlanta games; under is 8-1-1 in Charlotte's games this season.
-- Under is 8-4 in Boston's first twelve games.
-- Three of four Dallas home games went over the total.
-- Spurs' last seven games all stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last eight Milwaukee games went over the total.
-- Six of last seven New Orleans games stayed under the total; last five Oklahoma City games went over.
-- Seven of last ten Portland games went over the total.
-- Five of last seven Laker games went over the total.
-- Three of last four Chicago games stayed under the total; Warriors' last four games all went over the total.

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NEW JERSEY (4 - 6) at TORONTO (6 - 5)
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 37-52 ATS (-20.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 22-35 ATS (-16.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 2-12 ATS (-11.2 Units) as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 11-27 ATS (-18.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 148-113 ATS (+23.7 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 7-6 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons 
TORONTO is 7-7 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons 
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


LA CLIPPERS (2 - 9) at PHILADELPHIA (5 - 6)
Top Trends for this game.
LA CLIPPERS are 35-57 ATS (-27.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 28-47 ATS (-23.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 12-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) in November games over the last 3 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 26-44 ATS (-22.4 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 3-0 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons 
PHILADELPHIA is 2-2 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons 
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


ORLANDO (8 - 3) at INDIANA (5 - 5)
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 134-83 ATS (+42.7 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
ORLANDO is 62-39 ATS (+19.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 42-27 ATS (+12.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 20-6 ATS (+13.4 Units) in November games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 4-2 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons 
ORLANDO is 4-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons 
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


HOUSTON (7 - 5) at WASHINGTON (1 - 8)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
HOUSTON is 3-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons 
HOUSTON is 4-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons 
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


CHARLOTTE (3 - 7) at ATLANTA (7 - 4)
Top Trends for this game.
CHARLOTTE is 40-22 ATS (+15.8 Units) after scoring 85 points or less since 1996.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
CHARLOTTE is 5-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons 
CHARLOTTE is 5-3 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons 
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


BOSTON (11 - 2) at MINNESOTA (2 - 8)
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 73-47 ATS (+21.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 54-39 ATS (+11.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 36-22 ATS (+11.8 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 28-13 ATS (+13.7 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 27-12 ATS (+13.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 36-20 ATS (+14.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 32-15 ATS (+15.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 36-19 ATS (+15.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 34-52 ATS (-23.2 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 2-2 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons 
BOSTON is 3-1 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons 
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


MEMPHIS (4 - 7) at DALLAS (5 - 7)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 4-4 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons 
DALLAS is 8-0 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons 
6 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


UTAH (8 - 4) at SAN ANTONIO (5 - 6)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 8-5 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons 
SAN ANTONIO is 8-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons 
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


NEW YORK (6 - 5) at MILWAUKEE (5 - 8)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 5-2 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons 
NEW YORK is 5-3 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons 
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


NEW ORLEANS (5 - 5) at OKLAHOMA CITY (1 - 11)
Top Trends for this game.
NEW ORLEANS is 59-44 ATS (+10.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 43-30 ATS (+10.0 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 52-31 ATS (+17.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons 
NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons 
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


PORTLAND (7 - 5) at SACRAMENTO (5 - 8)
Top Trends for this game.
SACRAMENTO is 55-28 ATS (+24.2 Units) in home games in November games since 1996.
SACRAMENTO is 103-72 ATS (+23.8 Units) in home games first half of the season since 1996.
PORTLAND is 118-88 ATS (+21.2 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1996.
PORTLAND is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) after scoring 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
SACRAMENTO is 6-2 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons 
SACRAMENTO is 5-3 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons 
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


DENVER (8 - 4) at LA LAKERS (9 - 1)
Top Trends for this game.
LA LAKERS are 64-47 ATS (+12.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 44-26 ATS (+15.4 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
DENVER is 15-3 ATS (+11.7 Units) on Friday nights over the last 2 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
LA LAKERS is 9-3 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons 
LA LAKERS is 9-3 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons 
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


CHICAGO (5 - 7) at GOLDEN STATE (5 - 6)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 2-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons 
GOLDEN STATE is 2-2 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons 
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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HOUSTON vs. WASHINGTON
Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Washington
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

LA CLIPPERS vs. PHILADELPHIA
LA Clippers are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games
LA Clippers are 2-16 SU in their last 18 games
Philadelphia is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing LA Clippers

NEW JERSEY vs. TORONTO
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Toronto's last 15 games when playing at home against New Jersey

ORLANDO vs. INDIANA
Orlando is 2-6-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Indiana
Orlando is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games

CHARLOTTE vs. ATLANTA
Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Charlotte's last 14 games on the road
Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

BOSTON vs. MINNESOTA
Boston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

MEMPHIS vs. DALLAS
Memphis is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Memphis is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis

NEW YORK vs. MILWAUKEE
New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
New York is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing at home against New York

UTAH vs. SAN ANTONIO
Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Utah
San Antonio is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Utah

NEW ORLEANS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
New Orleans is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
New Orleans is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

PORTLAND vs. SACRAMENTO
Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Sacramento is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games at home

CHICAGO vs. GOLDEN STATE
Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Chicago is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games

DENVER vs. LA LAKERS
Denver is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Denver is 1-12 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when playing Denver
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Denver

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Friday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Hornets at Thunder**

-Las Vegas Sports Consultants installed New Orleans as a nine-point road ‘chalk’ over Oklahoma City, with the total set at 193. ESPN will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 9:35 p.m. ET.

-New Orleans (5-5 straight up, 2-7 against the spread) has dropped two games in a row SU and four consecutive ATS after Wednesday’s setback to Sacramento as a decided 13 ½-point home favorite, 105-96. The combined 201 points went ‘over’ the 195½-point closing total, ending a string of four straight ‘under’ outings.

-The Hornets shot a blistering 52 percent (40-of-77), but allowed the Kings to connect at a 55-percent clip (41-of-75). Five players reached double digits in scoring, led by forward David West’s 22 points followed by guard Chris Paul’s 20 and 15 assists.

-New Orleans is 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS on the road, winning those affairs by an average score of 97-95.

-Oklahoma City (1-11 SU, 4-7 ATS) continues to struggle, going winless SU and ATS its last five games after Wednesday’s setback to the Los Angeles Clippers as a one-point home underdog, 108-88. The combined 196 points eclipsed the 188-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the fifth straight game.

-The Thunder shot 40 percent (30-of-75) from the field, and 50 percent (5-of-10) from behind the arc. Guard Kevin Durant netted 18 points in the setback, while Damien Wilkens contributed 17 and five rebounds off the bench.

-Oklahoma City is a dismal 1-6 SU and 1-5 ATS home ledger, dropping those affairs by an average score of 98-87.

-New Orleans is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS the previous five meetings with Oklahoma City/Seattle, but this is the first matchup this season. The ‘over’ has also cashed the previous two outings.

-These two teams conclude a home-and-home series Saturday night in the Big Easy.

-New Orleans guard Morris Peterson (knee) and forward Sean Marks (calf) are ‘out’ against the Thunder.

-Oklahoma City forward Desmond Mason (back) are forward D.J. White (jaw) are ‘out’ versus the Hornets.

**Nuggets at Lakers**

-LVSC opened Los Angeles as a nine-point home favorite over Denver, with the total listed at 205. This contest is slated to start at 10:35 p.m. ET.

-Denver (8-4 SU, 8-3 ATS) has strung together four wins in a row SU (2-1-1 ATS) after beating San Antonio Wednesday as a one-point road underdog, 91-81. The combined 172 points failed to eclipse the 180 ½-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to improve to 3-1 the past four games.

-The Nuggets won the rebounding battle, 41-37, while shooting 46 percent (30-of-65) from the field. Point guard Chauncey Billups paced the offense with 22 points and six assists, while forward Carmelo Anthony added 21 and seven.

-Denver is 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS away from home, winning those matchups by an average score of 97-95. The Nuggets return to Staples Center Wednesday to battle Clippers, but return home for Sunday’s matchup with Chicago.

-Los Angeles (8-1 SU, 6-3 ATS) is playing on back-to-back nights after Thursday’s affair at Phoenix. The Lakers had gone 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS heading into that contest with the Suns.

-Los Angeles maintains a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS home ledger, with the ‘over’ going 4-1. The Lakers have been winning their home endeavors by an average score of 105-92.

-Los Angeles has won the previous eight meetings SU versus Denver, while going 7-1 ATS. The Lakers beat the Nuggets November 1 as an 8½-point road favorite, 104-97, while the combined 201 points went ‘under’ the 210-point closing total. The ‘under’ has gone 6-1 the last seven games in this series.

-Denver forward/center Chris Anderson (ribs) is ‘out’ versus the Lakers.

-Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum (knee), forward Vladimir Radmanovic (thigh), guard Sasha Vujacic (ankle) and guard Derek Fisher (ribs) are ‘probable’ against the Nuggets.

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Utah (8-4, 6-6 ATS) at San Antonio (5-6, 4-7 ATS)

The Spurs will try to make it four wins in their last five games when they host the Jazz tonight in San Antonio.

Utah comes into this one riding a two-game SU and ATS winning streak after losing four of five on an East Coast road trip (1-4 ATS). On Wednesday, the Jazz scored a 105-94 home win over the Bucks, narrowly covering as 10½-point favorites. With point guard Deron Williams out all season with ankle issues, the Jazz have gotten outstanding play from reserve guard Ronnie Price, who had 16 points and six assists against Milwaukee.

The Spurs had a three-game SU and ATS losing streak stopped in Wednesday’s 91-81 loss to the Nuggets as a one-point home favorite. With guards Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker sidelined with injuries, San Antonio has had trouble scoring, failing to reach the 100-point mark in seven straight games and staying below 90 points in five of its last seven.

The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings (SU and ATS) between these two, including the last five in a row, and the SU winner is 10-0 ATS in those 10 clashes. In the final meeting last year, San Antonio prevailed 109-80 as a 4½-point chalk. The favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 matchups, and Utah has failed to win or cover in its last eight consecutive visits to San Antonio.

Utah is just 1-4 ATS in its last five road games, but the Jazz are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 against the Southwest Division and 4-1 ATS in their last five against Western Conference squads. The Spurs are in several ATS ruts, including 4-9 overall, 3-7 against the Western Conference, 2-5 at home, 3-10 against the Northwest Division and 2-5 when playing on a day’s rest.

The under is 13-5-1 in Utah’s last 19 against Southwest Division teams, but otherwise the team is on over streaks of 4-0 overall, 5-2 after a spread-cover and 4-1 on Friday. For San Antonio, the under is on runs of 19-7-1 overall, 7-0 over the last two weeks, 5-0 at home, 16-5-1 against Western Conference teams, 36-16 when playing with a day of rest and 8-2 on Fridays.

Finally, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 series meetings, including 6-0 in the last six in San Antonio.       

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


Denver (8-4, 8-3-1 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (9-1, 7-3 ATS)

The Nuggets make a stop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles looking to extend their four-game winning streak and trying to halt an eight-game losing skid against the Lakers.

Denver has won seven of its last eight games, including Wednesday’s 91-81 victory in San Antonio as a one-point ‘dog. Since the addition of point guard Chauncey Billups, the Nuggets are playing better defense, holding the opposition to 92.5 points a game in its last seven after allowing 104 ppg in four contests without Billups.

The Lakers were in Phoenix on Thursday and dominated the Suns 105-92 as a 4½-point road chalk. Los Angeles has topped the 100-point mark seven times in its last nine games (6-3 ATS), they are outscoring the opposition by 14 ppg (105-91) and the defense is limiting opponents to 41.8 percent shooting from the field.

Denver hasn’t beaten Los Angeles since April 9, 2007, losing eight straight, including a four-game playoff sweep last spring as well as a 104-97 loss in Colorado on Nov. 1. However, the Nuggets cashed as 8½-point home underdogs in that contest, ending an 0-7 ATS slide against L.A.

Denver is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 Friday tip-offs, and the Nuggets are on further ATS streaks of 5-2 on the road and 6-2 against the Western Conference. Los Angeles is on a slew of ATS runs, including 12-5-1 after a spread-cover, 20-6-1 against Western Conference teams, 5-1 after a straight-up win, 9-2 after a double-digit victory and 4-1 on the second night of a back-to-back.

The over is 35-17 in Denver’s last 52 games on Friday, but the under is on runs of 15-6 overall, 13-4 against the Western Conference and 8-3 after a straight-up win. For the Lakers, the over is on stretches of 5-2 overall, 4-0 at home and 12-5 on Fridays, but they’ve stayed below the total in 10 of their last 13 against the Western Conference.

The under is 4-0 in the last four head-to-head meetings and 8-3 the last 11 matchups in Hollywood.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. LAKERS

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New Jersey at Toronto
New Jersey: 2-12 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points
Toronto: 55-38 ATS off road game

LA Clippers at Philadelphia
LA Clippers: 9-25 ATS off ATS win
Philadelphia: 27-10 Under off SU loss as favorite

Orlando at Indiana
Orlando: 31-19 ATS in road games
Indiana: 26-10 Under at home vs. Southeast Division

Houston at Washington
Houston: 16-6 ATS vs. Washington
Washington: 13-4 Under off division loss

Charlotte at Atlanta
Charlotte: 40-22 ATS after scoring 85 points or less
Atlanta: 9-19 ATS playing their 3rd game in 4 days

Boston at Minnesota
Boston: 28-13 ATS playing on back-to-back days
Minnesota: 14-26 ATS off ATS win

Memphis at Dallas
Memphis: 13-33 ATS off SU win
Dallas: 6-1 Under vs. Memphis

Utah at San Antonio
Utah: 0-7 ATS at San Antonio
San Antonio: 8-1 Under in Novermber

New York at Milwaukee
New York: 3-0 ATS at Milwaukee
Milwaukee: 12-27 ATS vs. Atlantic Division

New Orleans at Oklahoma City
New Orleans: 27-15 ATS off ATS loss
Oklahoma City: 1-5 ATS at home

Portland at Sacramento
Portland: 13-3 Under after scoring 110+ points
Sacramento: 5-1 ATS off an Over

Denver at LA Lakers
Denver: 43-65 ATS Away off BB wins
LA Lakers: 47-31 ATS off SU win

Chicago at Golden State
Chicago: 4-1 ATS vs. Western Conference
Golden State: 6-0 Over at home

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NBA RESEARCH REPORT
By Indiancowboy

Quick notes on yesterday: Figures that Boston would win big against Detroit as the public takes the dog and bets burned with a double-digit loss. The game goes under and it is apparent that the Suns are the Laker's Lap Dog consistently as once again they lose to them being held to 92 points at home and once again the game goes under.

Magic vs. Pacers

I leaned on the Pacers originally as they are solid at home, just take a look at the Hawks game, but having said that, the Magic are on a winning streak including wins on the road at Dallas and a big win at Charlotte. Hence, I stayed away.

New York vs. Milwaukee

I do have a play on the total in this game, which can be purchased in the link you see on the thread above. As per the side, look, there was just a big trade and there goes Crawford to the Warriors and in comes All Harrington who was great at Indiana but failry useless at Golden State. Mike D'Antoni thinks a new atmosphere will allow him to thrive in New York and maybe that's true. I actually leaned on Milwaukee as they return home from a tough Western Conference Road Trip and remember, the Bucks are much better this year as can be seen by their solid covers of late. I would have in fact, made a play on the Bucks if it wasn't for the fact they already beat the Knicks earlier this year which makes this a revenge game for the Knicks. no thanks. But, do have a play on the total, in fact, that is my POD today.

New Jersey vs. Toronto

Vince Carter usually looks forward to playing his old team on the road and remember, this is a BIG revenge game for the Nets. They should be fired up and the Raptors aren't necessarily coming off a loss. Devin Harris has added spike to this team as they beat the Hawks on back to back games and I can see the Nets staying competitive and who knows, maybe even winning this game outright. Hence, this will be my comp pick today.

Houston vs. Washington

Houston is the type of team you never know when they will lay down and I can see this game being closer than expected. Now, having said that, no thanks as I am not to one to trust Washington by any means.

Boston vs. Minny

Boston does seem dandy esp. after the big win over the Pistons. But, note, this is the biggest public play of the day as the Celtics are favored by 72% of the public. Just beware, as I wouldn't be surprised to see a Boston SU win but a Minny cover here.

New Orleans vs. Ok. City Thunder

Look, I'm all about the Hornets as they are a hard working team, but this year, they are just not the same and their record is indicative of it. This is a .500 team and frankly, they are a bit overrated at this point and now they are favored by 66% of the public at Oklahoma City. I can easily see the Thunder hanging tough as they return home against the Hornets here. Would I make a play on it? No. But, I would lean on the Thunder here to lose by single-digits at home, and who knows, if more shots fall than they are used to, I can see an outright win here for them.

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