NBA News and Notes Friday 12/5

NBA News and Notes Friday 12/5

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Friday, Dec. 5

Portland at Boston (8 p.m. EST). The Celtics bring a 10-game winning streak and an 18-2 record into their matchup with the Trail Blazers, who have won six straight and are 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams.

STARS

Thursday

— Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, matched his season high with 39 points, leading Dallas to a 112-97 victory over Phoenix.

— Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 22 points and helped limit Denver’s Chauncey Billups to 5-of-13 shooting as San Antonio ended a two-game losing streak with a 108-91 victory over the Nuggets.

INJURED

Philadelphia forward Elton Brand will miss Friday’s game at Detroit with a strained right hamstring. Brand had an MRI on Thursday and did not travel with the Sixers. He is listed as day to day.

POOR PLAY

The Nuggets lost to San Antonio 108-91 Thursday, just their third loss in 15 games since acquiring Chauncey Billups from Detroit in the Allen Iverson trade. Billups, the former University of Colorado star, had enjoyed a wonderful homecoming up to this point, helping the franchise get off to its best start since the 1976-77 team won 13 of its first 19. Billups scored just 3 points on 1-of-7 shooting in the first half and finished with 12 in the loss.

DEEP STAT

Dallas’ Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer Thursday night, the 1,386th of his career, tying Antoine Walker for ninth in NBA history.

SPEAKING

“To me, you had a very angry team, a very mad team and we were a happy team. Arrogance, cockiness, happiness, contentment, they’re all different, there are very thin lines and tonight we probably thought we were a little bit better than we were and we got embarrassed. Not embarrassed, but we got beat.”— Denver coach George Karl after his Nuggets were soundly beaten by the Spurs, 108-91.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards

The Lakers rebounded from just their second loss with a 114-102 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday. The Lakers covered the 9-point spread, while the 216 points sailed OVER the posted total of 201.

Kobe Bryant dropped 32 points with six rebounds and four assists in leading the way. Pau Gasol chipped in with 22 points in the win.

The Wizards fell 98-92 to the Trail Blazers last time out, as 7-point underdogs. The combined 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 22 points and four rebounds in the loss.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 15-2 SU, 11-6 ATS
Washington: 3-13 SU, 6-10 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 9-1
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games
LA Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Washington's last 24 games at home
Washington is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Milwaukee, Sunday, December 7
Washington at Chicago, Saturday, December 6


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic

The Thunder fell 103-97 to the Bobcats last time out, as 8.5-point underdogs. The 200 points made it OVER the posted total of 191.5.

Kevin Durant shot 9-for-12 from the field with 24 points in the loss.

The Magic dominated the entire night as they rolled past the Timberwolves 100-89 on Wednesday. The Magic covered the 9.5-point spread, but the 189 points went UNDER the posted total of 197.

Dwight Howard tossed in 23 points with 14 rebounds in a double-double for the Magic. Rashard Lewis also had 23 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 22 in the win.

Team records:
Oklahoma City: 2-17 SU, 10-9 ATS
Orlando: 14-5 SU, 10-8-1 ATS

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 5-3
After a loss are 1-9

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

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

Next up:
Oklahoma City at Miami, Saturday, December 6
Orlando at LA Clippers, Monday, December 8


New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Knicks were crushed 118-82 by the Cavaliers last time out, as 15.5-point underdogs. The combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 216.

David Lee had 16 points with 16 rebounds in a double-double performance in the loss.

Joe Johnson drained 26 points to lead the Hawks to a 105-95 victory over the Grizzlies last time out. The Hawks managed to cover the 9-point spread, while the 200 points made it OVER the posted total of 199.

Mike Bibby added 20 points with 10 assists for the Hawks, and Marvin Williams add 16 in the win.

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

Team records:
New York: 8-10 SU, 8-10 ATS
Atlanta: 11-6 SU, 9-8 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 2-8
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

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

Next up:
New York home to Detroit, Sunday, December 7
Atlanta at Dallas, Saturday, December 6


Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Pacers were defeated 114-96 by the Celtics last time out, as 14.5-point road underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 200.

Danny Granger had 20 points with five assists, while T.J. Ford added 15 in the loss.

The Cavaliers built up a 26 point halftime lead and cruised past the Knicks 118-82 on Wednesday. The Cavaliers covered the 15.5-point spread, but the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 216.

LeBron James led the way with 21 points, five rebounds and six assists. Zydrunas Ilgauskas recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in that win.

Current streak:
Cleveland has won 6 straight games.

Team records:
Indiana: 7-11 SU, 9-8-1 ATS
Cleveland: 15-3 SU, 14-4 ATS

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 4-6
After playing New York are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana's last 15 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Indiana home to Boston, Sunday, December 7
Cleveland at Charlotte, Saturday, December 6


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Jersey Nets

The Timberwolves lost 100-89 to the Magic on Wednesday, as 9.5-point underdogs. The 189 points went UNDER the posted total of 197.

Kevin Love shot 6-for-10 from the field with 16 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

Devin Harris netted 18 points for New Jersey in its 108-88 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.

Washington covered as 6-point road underdogs as the game played under the 210-point total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Minnesota has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 4-13 SU, 6-11 ATS
New Jersey: 9-8 SU, 10-7 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games
New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Minnesota home to LA Clippers, Saturday, December 6
New Jersey at Philadelphia, Saturday, December 6


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics

The Trail Blazers won their sixth straight game with a 98-92 victory over the Wizards last time out. The Trail Blazers failed to cover the 7-point spread, while the 190 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Brandon Roy netted 22 points with eight rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers. Lyle Aldridge added 16 in the win.

The Celtics improved to 19-2 with a 114-96 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. The Celtics covered the 14.5-point spread, while the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 200.

Kevin Garnett led the way with 26 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double, while Ray Allen added a game-high 31 points in the victory.

Current streak:
Portland has won 6 straight games.
Boston has won 10 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 14-6 SU, 11-9 ATS
Boston: 18-2 SU, 11-9 ATS

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

Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

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

Next up:
Portland at Toronto, Sunday, December 7
Boston at Indiana, Sunday, December 7


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Clippers were defeated 103-96 by the Rockets last time out, as 11-point road underdogs. The 199 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.

Al Thornton had 22 points with eight rebounds for the Clippers in the loss.

The Grizzlies lost 105-95 to the Hawks last time out, as 9-point underdogs. The 200 points made it OVER the posted total of 199.

Hakim Warrick shot 8-for-12 from the field with 20 points for the Grizzlies.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 2 straight games.
Memphis has lost 7 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 3-15 SU, 6-12 ATS
Memphis: 4-14 SU, 6-12 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing New Orleans are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing Memphis
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Memphis
LA Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games at home
Memphis is 16-5 SU in their last 21 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing LA Clippers

Next up:
LA Clippers at Minnesota, Saturday, December 6
Memphis at New Orleans, Saturday, December 6


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons

The 76ers were defeated 114-102 by the Lakers last time out, as 9-point underdogs. The 216 points sailed OVER the posted total of 201.

Andre Miller had 26 points with eight rebounds and five assists for the 76ers.

Allen Iverson scored 19 points and dished out six assists, as the Pistons upset the Spurs 89-77 on Tuesday night.

Detroit won as 4.5-point road underdogs as the teams played under the 186-point total set by oddsmakers.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 8-11 SU, 7-12 ATS
Detroit: 11-6 SU, 9-8 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
Philadelphia home to New Jersey, Saturday, December 6
Detroit at New York, Sunday, December 7


Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

Jamal Crawford led Golden State with 40 points and seven assists in its 130-129 overtime loss to Miami on Monday night.

Miami cashed as 3-point road underdogs as the teams played over the 212-point total listed by sportsbooks.

The Rockets got out to an early lead and held on for a 103-96 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday. The Rockets failed to cover the 11-point spread, and the 199 points made it OVER the posted total of 188.

Yao Ming led the way with a double-double for the Rockets, tossing in 24 points with 10 rebounds. Rafer Alston chipped in with 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Golden State has lost 7 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 5-13 SU, 8-10 ATS
Houston: 12-7 SU, 9-10 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Golden State's last 8 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Golden State's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Golden State's last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston's last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State

Next up:
Golden State at San Antonio, Saturday, December 6
Houston at Memphis, Monday, December 8


Charlotte Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Emeka Okafor tossed in 25 points with 13 rebounds for a double-double on Wednesday, as the Bobcats defeated the Thunder 103-97. The Bobcats failed to cover the 8.5-point spread, while the 200 points made it OVER the posted total of 191.5.

Gerald Wallace had 21 points for the Bobcats, and Sean May added 10 points with 12 rebounds.

Charlie Villanueva dropped 23 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double on Wednesday, as the Bucks defeated the Bulls 97-90. The Bucks covered the 4.5-point sread, while the 187 points fell UNDER the posted total of 201.

Richard Jefferson added 21 points for the Bucks, and Michael Redd added 13 in the win.

Current streak:
Charlotte has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Charlotte: 7-11 SU, 11-7 ATS
Milwaukee: 8-12 SU, 13-6-1 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 3-5
After a win are 1-9

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Charlotte is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Charlotte
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Milwaukee is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing Charlotte

Next up:
Charlotte home to Cleveland, Saturday, December 6
Milwaukee at LA Lakers, Sunday, December 7


Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz

Chris Bosh led Toronto with 24 points and 12 rebounds in its 132-93 loss to Denver on Tuesday night.

Denver cashed as 6.5-point home favorites as the game played over the 206-point total listed by oddsmakers.

The Jazz was defeated 93-89 by the Heat last time out, as 3.5-point favorites. The 182 points went UNDER the posted total of 199.

Paul Millsap had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 8-9 SU, 6-11 ATS
Utah: 12-8 SU, 10-10 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing Denver are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Utah most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 6-4
After playing Miami are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Utah
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
Utah is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Toronto home to Portland, Sunday, December 7
Utah at Phoenix, Saturday, December 6

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LA LAKERS (15 - 2) at WASHINGTON (3 - 13)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 68-50 ATS (+13.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 30-16 ATS (+12.4 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 210 over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 36-20 ATS (+14.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 210 over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 48-29 ATS (+16.1 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 83-54 ATS (+23.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1996.
LA LAKERS are 35-19 ATS (+14.1 Units) in road games after scoring 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 28-14 ATS (+12.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 37-14 ATS (+21.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 30-51 ATS (-26.1 Units) in home games on Friday nights since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 2-2 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 3-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


OKLAHOMA CITY (2 - 17) at ORLANDO (14 - 5)
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 67-42 ATS (+20.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 34-18 ATS (+14.2 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 24-12 ATS (+10.8 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 36-20 ATS (+14.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 4-1 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 5-0 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MINNESOTA (4 - 13) at NEW JERSEY (9 - 8)
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 76-101 ATS (-35.1 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 34-47 ATS (-17.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 19-31 ATS (-15.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 3-1 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 2-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
NEW YORK (8 - 10) at ATLANTA (11 - 6) - 12/5/2008, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 4-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 5-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


INDIANA (7 - 11) at CLEVELAND (15 - 3)
Top Trends for this game.
CLEVELAND is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in all games this season.
CLEVELAND is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
CLEVELAND is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) first half of the season this season.
CLEVELAND is 29-12 ATS (+15.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 134-85 ATS (+40.5 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
INDIANA is 245-195 ATS (+30.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
CLEVELAND is 6-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 8-1 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


PHILADELPHIA (8 - 11) at DETROIT (11 - 6)
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 66-50 ATS (+11.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 52-38 ATS (+10.2 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 17-1 ATS (+15.9 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 31-17 ATS (+12.3 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 42-24 ATS (+15.6 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
DETROIT is 25-10 ATS (+14.0 Units) after allowing 85 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 29-17 ATS (+10.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 5-16 ATS (-12.6 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 8-6 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 9-5 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


PORTLAND (14 - 6) at BOSTON (18 - 2)
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 78-49 ATS (+24.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 59-41 ATS (+13.9 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 40-26 ATS (+11.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 185 and 189.5 points over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 32-17 ATS (+13.3 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 28-13 ATS (+13.7 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 39-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 46-73 ATS (-34.3 Units) in home games after scoring 105 points or more since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 4-0 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 4-0 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


LA CLIPPERS (3 - 15) at MEMPHIS (4 - 14)
Top Trends for this game.
LA CLIPPERS are 40-59 ATS (-24.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 42-58 ATS (-21.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 30-46 ATS (-20.6 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
LA CLIPPERS is 6-1 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 6-1 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


GOLDEN STATE (5 - 13) at HOUSTON (12 - 7)
Top Trends for this game.
GOLDEN STATE is 42-58 ATS (-21.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
GOLDEN STATE is 26-47 ATS (-25.7 Units) after scoring 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 24-10 ATS (+13.0 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 11-23 ATS (-14.3 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 59-92 ATS (-42.2 Units) in home games against Pacific division opponents since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
HOUSTON is 4-3 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
GOLDEN STATE is 4-3 straight up against HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
6 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


CHARLOTTE (7 - 11) at MILWAUKEE (8 - 12)
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 34-54 ATS (-25.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
MILWAUKEE is 4-4 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
MILWAUKEE is 5-3 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


TORONTO (8 - 9) at UTAH (12 - 8)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS vs. WASHINGTON
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games
Washington is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Washington is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games when playing LA Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY vs. ORLANDO
Oklahoma City is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Oklahoma City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

INDIANA vs. CLEVELAND
Indiana is 1-5-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana

MINNESOTA vs. NEW JERSEY
Minnesota is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
New Jersey is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Jersey's last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota

NEW YORK vs. ATLANTA
New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New York
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York

LA CLIPPERS vs. MEMPHIS
LA Clippers are 3-22 SU in their last 25 games
LA Clippers are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games on the road
Memphis is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games when playing LA Clippers
Memphis is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Clippers

PHILADELPHIA vs. DETROIT
Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Philadelphia is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Detroit is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

PORTLAND vs. BOSTON
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

CHARLOTTE vs. MILWAUKEE
Charlotte is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Milwaukee is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games at home

GOLDEN STATE vs. HOUSTON
Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Golden State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Golden State
Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Golden State

TORONTO vs. UTAH
Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto

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Hot Teams
-- Lakers won seven of their last eight games.
-- Orlando won 14 of its last 17 games.
-- Nets won seven of their last ten games.
-- Hawks won five of their last seven games.
-- Cavaliers won, covered their last six games.
-- Pistons won three of their last four games.
-- Celtics covered seven of their last nine games. Blazers won their last six games, covered four of last five as an underdog.
-- Rockets won five of their last seven games.
-- Bobcats won three of last four games, covered five of last six.

Cold Teams
-- Wizards lost 12 of their first fourteen games.
-- Thunder are just 2-17, but they covered five of last six games.
-- Timberwolves lost four of last five games (0-5 vs spread).
-- Knicks lost seven of their last nine games.
-- Pacers lost six of their last eight games.
-- 76ers lost five of last six games, are without Brand (hamstring) here.
-- Clippers are 3-15, but they covered their last four games. Grizzlies lost their last seven games (0-7 vs spread).
-- Warriors lost their last seven games (2-5 vs spread).
-- Bucks lost four of their last five games.
-- Raptors are 2-4 in last six games (0-6 vs spread), fired the coach; this is first game for the interim coach. Utah is 4-7 in its last eleven games.

Totals
-- Ten of last thirteen Laker games went over the total.
-- Over is 11-2 in Oklahoma City's last thirteen games.
-- Four of last five Minnesota games went over the total.
-- Three of last four Knick games stayed under the total.
-- Last three Cleveland games stayed under the total; six of last seven Indiana games went over. .
-- Seven of eight Detroit games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 6-0-1 in last seven Portland games.
-- Nine of last twelve Clipper games went over the total.
-- Over is 11-3 in Golden State's last fourteen games.
-- Four of five Charlotte road games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 7-2-1 in last ten Toronto games.

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76ers' Brand out with hamstring injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Philadelphia forward Elton Brand will miss Friday's game at Detroit with a strained right hamstring.

Brand had an MRI on Thursday and did not travel with the Sixers. He is listed as day-to-day.

Brand didn't play the final 17 minutes of the 76ers' 114-102 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday when he first complained of the injury. He was limited to three points on 1-for-7 shooting in 25 ineffective minutes.

Brand leads the Sixers with 16.7 points and 10 rebounds a game.

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Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics


Blazers: Portland is a perfect 7-0 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, but Boston has won the last six meetings between the teams. “We remember, and we know who they are,” Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. “They are the defending champions. We’re playing well, they’re playing well.” McMillan's team has also won six straight overall, limiting opponents to just 86.3 points and 43.2 percent shooting during that stretch.

Road team is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The UNDER is 7-0 in Portland's last 7 games overall.

Key Injuries - NONE.

PROJECTED SCORE: 87 (UNDER - Total Play of the Day)

Celtics (-7.5, O/U 184.5): Boston is riding a 10-game winning streak and will be trying to win 11 in a row for the first time since 1986. Point guard Rajon Rondo notched his first career triple double in a 114-96 win over Indiana and continues to improve for the Celtics. “He was amazing,” Garnett said. “It was like there was three Rondos. I looked up and it came off the rim and he is grabbing a rebound, then I got back on defense and he beat me back. He was everywhere tonight.”

Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The OVER is 25-10 in Boston's last 35 games vs. Northwest Division.

Key Injuries - G Tony Allen (ankle) is day-to-day.

PROJECTED SCORE: 94


Toronto Raptors at Utah Jazz

Raptors: Toronto will be playing its first game without head coach Sam Mitchell, who was fired following Tuesday's 132-93 loss at Denver. Canadian Jay Triano takes over for the Raptors and wants his team to push the ball more offensively. “I think running becomes a mind-set and a habit,” Triano said. “I think if it’s not enforced it becomes easy to walk the ball up the court. We’re committed to trying to find easier ways to score the basketball.”

Raptors are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Friday games.
The OVER is 7-2 in Toronto's last 9 games overall.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 98 

Jazz (-5.5, O/U 202): The Jazz are dealing with a bunch of injuries in their frontcourt, which could be the reason they have lost their last two home games after winning eight of their first nine there. They have averaged just 88.5 points in those two losses after scoring 106.3 per game in their first nine home games. “We just don’t have a whole lot of rhythm right now,” said Utah guard Kyle Korver. The Jazz have not lost three straight at home since April of 2007.

Jazz are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Jazz are 45-21-2 ATS in their last 68 home games. F Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) is questionable.

Key Injuries - F Matt Harpring (back) is questionable.
F Carlos Boozer (thigh) is OUT.

PROJECTED SCORE: 104

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