NBA News and Notes Saturday 12/13

NBA News and Notes Saturday 12/13

Saturday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Cavaliers at Hawks**

-Las Vegas Sports Consultants installed Cleveland as a six-point road ‘chalk’ over Atlanta, with the total set at 195. This game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. ET.

-Cleveland (19-3 straight up, 18-4 against the spread) has won 10 games in a row heading into its Friday-night affair with Philadelphia.

-The Cavaliers sport a 7-3 SU and 8-2 road record, with the ‘under’ going 6-4. Cleveland has been winning its road endeavors by an average score of 99-90. The Cavs begin a four-game road trip with this contest.

-Atlanta (12-9 SU, 11-9 ATS) has dropped three games in a row SU (2-1 ATS) heading into Friday’s contest at Miami.

-The Hawks are 7-1 SU and 3-5 ATS on their home court, winning those affairs by an average score of 100-94.

-Cleveland is 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS the previous seven meetings with Atlanta, with the ‘over’ cashing the last two games. The Cavs toppled the Hawks November 22 as an 11 ½-point home favorite, 110-96, while the combined 206 points eclipsed the 197-point closing total.

-Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (ankle) and guard Daniel Gibson (toe) are ‘out’ against the Hawks.

**Magic at Jazz**

-LVSC lists Utah as a 4½-point home favorite over Orlando, with the total set at 200. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. ET.

-Orlando (17-5 SU, 12-9 ATS) is riding a four-game SU winning streak (3-1 ATS) heading into Friday’s matchup against Phoenix.

-The Magic are 8-2 SU and 6-3 ATS when playing on the road, with the ‘under’ going 5-4. Orlando has been winning its road endeavors by an average score of 98-95.

-Utah (15-9 SU, 13-11 ATS) has won back-to-back outing after upending Portland Thursday as a 2 ½-point home favorite, 97-88. The combined 185 points failed to topple the 194 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 4-1 the previous five outings.

-The Jazz are 10-3 SU and 8-5 ATS on their home court, with the ‘under’ going 7-6. Utah has been winning its home endeavors by an average score of 103-94.

-The Jazz are 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS the past two meetings with Orlando, but this is the first meeting this season. The ‘under’ has gone 3-1 the previous four games in this series.

-Orlando center Dwight Howard (oblique) is ‘probable’ against the Jazz, while center Marcin Gortat (ankle) is ‘questionable.’

-Utah forward Carlos Boozer (quad) and guard Ronnie Brewer (personal) are expected to miss this matchup, while forward Paul Millsap (thumb) is ‘probable’ and center Kyrylo Fesenko (back) is ‘questionable.’

**Knicks at Kings**

-LVSC opened Sacramento as a two-point home favorite over New York, with the total listed at 218. NBA-TV will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET.

-New York (10-12 SU, 12-10 ATS) has alternated SU wins and losses its last four games after running past New Jersey Wednesday as an eight-point road underdog, 121-109. The combined 230 points soared ‘over’ the 214-point closing total, ending a string of five straight ‘under’ outings. The Knicks have covered their last four games.

-New York is just 3-8 SU and 5-6 ATS on the road, with the ‘under’ going 7-4. The Knicks have been losing their road endeavors by an average score of 107-100.

-Sacramento (6-16 SU, 10-12 ATS) concludes a home-and-home series with the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. The Kings were mired in an eight-game SU losing skid before upsetting the Lakers Tuesday as an 11½-point home underdog, 113-101. The combined 214 points went ‘over’ the 212-point closing total, ending a string of three straight ‘under’ outings.

-Sacramento is 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS at home, with the ‘under’ going 7-5. The Kings have been losing those games by an average score of 103-99.

-Sacramento is 3-1 SU and ATS the last four meetings with New York, while the ‘over’ has also gone 3-1. This marks the first matchup of the year between these teams.

-Sacramento guard Kevin Martin (ankle) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Knicks.

-New York forward David Lee (back) and guard Nate Robinson (groin) are ‘probable’ against the Kings.

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Orlando (17-6, 12-10-1 ATS) at Utah (15-9, 13-11 ATS)

The Magic continue their five-game Western Conference road trip when they visit Salt Lake City for the only time this season for a meeting with the Jazz.

Three days after a buzzer-beating victory at Portland, Orlando was on the wrong end of a last-second loss Friday night in Phoenix, falling 113-112 but covering as a two-point road underdog. That defeat ended the Magic’s four-game winning streak, but they’re still 8-2 SU in their last 10 games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine. Also, Orlando is 4-2 (5-1 ATS) on the road during this run, and for the season, Stan Van Gundy’s squad is 8-3 on the highway (7-3-1 ATS).

Utah is coming off Thursday’s 97-88 rout of Portland as a three-point home favorite, the team’s second straight win and cover. Going back to last month, the Jazz are on a 6-3 SU and ATS run, going 4-2 SU and ATS at home. The SU winner is 17-2 ATS in Utah’s last 19 games (8-0 last eight at home).

The Jazz swept Orlando last year, winning 113-94 as a four-point road underdog and 119-115, falling short as a seven-point home chalk. The ‘dog is 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS the last two years when these teams have met. Also, the Magic are 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six trips to Salt Lake.

In addition to its current ATS runs of 7-2 overall and 5-1 on the road, Orlando is on pointspread upticks of 6-2 against the Western Conference, 27-13-2 against the Northwest Division, 36-17-1 on Saturdays and 4-1 when playing on back-to-back nights (3-1 this year). Meanwhile, the Jazz are on ATS streaks of 47-21-2 at home (8-5 this year), 26-11-1 against teams with a winning record and 4-0 when playing on one day of rest, but Utah is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight against the Eastern Conference and 8-20-2 ATS in its last 30 versus the Southeast Division.

For the Magic, the under is on runs of 16-7 on the road, 9-4-1 against the Northwest Division and 7-2 against winning teams. For Utah, the under is on stretches of 6-1 overall, 4-1 at home and 4-0 against the Eastern Conference. Lastly, the under is 3-1 in the last four series meetings.

ATS ADVANTAGE: ORLANDO and UNDER

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, Dec. 13

Detroit at Charlotte (7 p.m. EST). Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary are expected to make their Charlotte debuts after being acquired earlier in the week in a deal that sent Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix.

STARS

Friday

— Zach Randolph and Baron Davis, Clippers. Randolph scored a season-high 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Davis added 27 points in a 120-112 double-overtime victory at Portland.

— Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Celtics. Pierce scored 28 points and Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Boston beat New Orleans 94-82 for its 14th straight victory.

— LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in an 88-72 win over Philadelphia, Cleveland’s club record-tying 11th consecutive victory.

— Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 32 points in a 112-103 victory over Sacramento that avenged Los Angeles’ loss at Arco Arena earlier in the week.

— Grant Hill, Suns, made a reverse layup with 2.7 seconds left to lift Phoenix to a 113-112 win over Orlando.

— Tracy McGrady, Rockets, had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 119-108 victory at Golden State.

— Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick, Grizzlies. Gay scored 29 points and Warrick added 21 in a 103-96 victory over Chicago.

STREAKS

Boston’s 94-82 victory over New Orleans on Friday night was the Celtics’ 14th straight win. The defending champions improved to a league-best 22-2. … Cleveland matched a franchise record with its 11th consecutive win, 88-72 over Philadelphia. The Cavaliers, now 19-1 since starting the season 1-2, didn’t get their 20th win until Jan. 15 last season and were 10-13 after 23 games. … Phoenix beat Orlando for the sixth straight time, 113-112.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Danny Granger scored a career-high 42 points in Indiana’s 114-110 loss to Detroit on Friday night, the Pacers’ fifth straight defeat. … Brandon Roy scored a career-high 38 points in Portland’s 120-112 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. … Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists and David West had 23 points and 14 rebounds in New Orleans’ 94-82 loss at Boston. … John Salmons scored 26 points in a 112-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. … Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 26 points in a 103-96 loss at Memphis. … Al Jefferson had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 98-86 loss to San Antonio, their eighth in a row and third straight since Kevin McHale took over as coach on Monday.

HOMECOMING

Derrick Rose finished with 12 points and a season-high 11 assists in Chicago’s 103-96 loss to the Grizzlies in his return to Memphis, where he led the Tigers to last season’s NCAA championship game. Rose, the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, got a nice ovation when he was introduced, and there were a number of his old University of Memphis jerseys in the crowd.

STATUS

Dwight Howard scored 19 points in 22 minutes for Orlando on Friday night before leaving with 8:36 left in the third quarter because of a sore left knee. The Magic lost 113-112 at Phoenix as the Suns’ Grant Hill made a reverse layup with 2.7 seconds left. Howard said there was only soreness and no apparent structural damage. … Trail Blazers forward Travis Outlaw missed Portland’s 120-112 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night because of a bruised tailbone. Outlaw took a hard fall the previous night during a loss at Utah. He also bruised his right hip, and is considered day-to-day.

SIGNED

The Charlotte Bobcats signed Juwan Howard on Friday, three days after reaching an agreement with the veteran forward. The move came as new Bobcats Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary reported to the team for physicals. They were acquired Wednesday in a trade that sent top scorer Jason Richardson and forward Jared Dudley to Phoenix. Howard had been without a job since being released by Denver after the Allen Iverson trade last month.

SPEAKING

“We should be proud of this. But there’s a lot of work still to do. It’s a long season. We have to continue get better and continue to work.”—Cavs star LeBron James, after Cleveland beat Philadelphia 88-72 Friday night to tie a franchise record with its 11th straight win. The Cavaliers are 19-1 since losing two of their first three games.

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CLEVELAND vs. ATLANTA
Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

DETROIT vs. CHARLOTTE
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

WASHINGTON vs. PHILADELPHIA
Washington is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

INDIANA vs. MILWAUKEE
Indiana is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Milwaukee is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing at home against Indiana

NEW JERSEY vs. CHICAGO
New Jersey is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

OKLAHOMA CITY vs. DALLAS
Oklahoma City is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Oklahoma City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Oklahoma City
Dallas is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Oklahoma City

GOLDEN STATE vs. DENVER
Golden State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
Golden State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Golden State
Denver is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Golden State

ORLANDO vs. UTAH
Orlando is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Orlando is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Utah is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando
Utah is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Orlando

NEW YORK vs. SACRAMENTO
New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against New York
Sacramento is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New York

HOUSTON vs. LA CLIPPERS
Houston is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
Houston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
LA Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
LA Clippers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

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Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Richard Hamilton tossed in 28 points as the Pistons got past the Pacers 114-110 on Friday. Thge Pistons failed to cover the 6-point spread, while the 224 points sailed OVER the posted total of 200.

Rodney Stuckey collected 21 points with four rebounds and eight assists in the win.

Emeka Okafor had a game-high 27 points with 17 rebounds for a double-double in the Bobcats' 95-90 loss to the Mavericks last time out. The Bobcats were a 13.5-point underdog in that game, while the 185 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.

Current streak:
Charlotte has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 12-9 SU, 9-12 ATS
Charlotte: 7-16 SU, 13-10 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Dallas are 3-6
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
Detroit home to Washington, Wednesday, December 17
Charlotte at Atlanta, Monday, December 15


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks

LeBron James went for a game-high 28 points in leading the Cavaliers to an 88-72 victory over the 76ers on Friday. The Cavaliers covered the 11-point spread, while the 160 points fell well UNDER the posted total of 190.

James also had seven rebounds and seven assists, and Anderson Varejo added 17 in the win.

The Hawks built up a solid lead in the second and third quarter on Friday as they flew past the Heat 87-73. The Hawks cashed as 2.5-point underdogs, while the 160 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.5.

Joe Johnson had 21 points with seven rebounds to lead the way, and Mike Bibby had 15 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Cleveland has won 11 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 20-3 SU, 19-4 ATS
Atlanta: 13-9 SU, 12-10 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 10-0

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Charlotte are 2-8
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Atlanta's last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Atlanta's last 22 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Atlanta is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Minnesota, Wednesday, December 17
Atlanta home to Charlotte, Monday, December 15


Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Wizards were defeated 122-88 by the Celtics last time out, as 10-point underdogs at home. That game's 210 points made it OVER the posted total of 196.

Caron Butler scored 19 points, while Juan Dixon and Antawn Jamison added 17 points apiece in the loss.

The 76ers were steam-rolled by the Cavaliers 88-72 on Friday, as 11-point road underdogs. The game's 160 points fell well UNDER the posted total of 190.

Andre Iguodala had 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 4-16 SU, 9-11 ATS
Philadelphia: 9-14 SU, 8-15 ATS

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Washington
Philadelphia is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Indiana, Monday, December 15
Philadelphia home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, December 17


Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Pacers fell 114-110 to the Pistons last time out, as 6-point underdogs. The game's 224 points sailed OVER the posted total of 200.

Danny Granger tossed in a game-high 42 points for the Pacers.

The Bucks were defeated 119-96 by the Warriors last time out, as 1.5-point underdogs. The 215 points fell UNDER the posted total of 220.

Michael Redd tossed in a game-high 27 points in the loss.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 5 straight games.
Milwaukee has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Indiana: 7-15 SU, 11-10-1 ATS
Milwaukee: 9-15 SU, 15-8-1 ATS

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Golden State are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Indiana is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Indiana is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Milwaukee is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Indiana
Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Milwaukee is 14-6-1 ATS in its last 21 games

Next up:
Indiana at Washington, Monday, December 15
Milwaukee at Miami, Monday, December 15


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Thunder blew a fourth quarter lead and lost 108-102 last time out, as 2-point underdogs. The combined 210 points made it OVER the posted total of 201.

Kevin Durant tossed in a game-high 28 points in the loss.

The Mavericks pulled ahead late in the game and earned a 95-90 victory over the Bobcats on Thursday. The Mavericks failed to cover the 13.5-point spread, while the 185 points fell UNDER the posted total of 192.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 23 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Jason Terry chipped in with a team-high 26 points in the win.

Current streak:
Oklahoma City has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Oklahoma City: 2-21 SU, 12-11 ATS
Dallas: 12-9 SU, 9-12 ATS

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing San Antonio are 2-8
After playing Memphis are 1-9
After a loss are 1-9

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 8-1
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Oklahoma City's last 20 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Dallas is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Oklahoma City
Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Sunday, December 14
Dallas home to Denver, Monday, December 15


New Jersey Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

The Nets were crushed in a 101-79 upset at the hands of the Raptors last time out, as 3-point favorites. The game's 180 points went UNDER the posted total of 206.

Devin Harris had 14 points with five rebounds and five assists in the loss.

The Bulls were defeated 103-96 by the Grizzlies last time out, as 2.5-point favorites. The 199 points fell just UNDER the posted total of 199.5.

Ben Gordon had 26 points for the Bulls, and Luol Deng had 19 in the loss.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 11-10 SU, 12-9 ATS
Chicago: 10-12 SU, 10-12 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
New Jersey is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Chicago
New Jersey is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey at Toronto, Monday, December 15
Chicago at Charlotte, Tuesday, December 16


Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets

The Warriors were defeated 119-108 by the Rockets last time out, as 2-point underdogs. The game's 227 points sailed OVER the posted total of 214.

Andris Biedrins had 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

The Nuggets scored 40 points in the fourth quarter and rolled past the Timberwolves 116-105 on Wednesday. The Nuggets failed to cover the 12.5-point spread, while the game's 221 points made it OVER the posted total of 208.5.

Carmelo Anthony dropped a game-high 45 points in leading the Nuggets. Chauncey Billups netted 24 points in the win.

Current streak:
Denver has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 7-16 SU, 10-13 ATS
Denver: 15-7 SU, 13-8-1 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Denver most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Golden State's last 16 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Golden State's last 22 games on the road
Golden State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver's last 9 games
Denver is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Golden State
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Golden State home to Orlando, Monday, December 15
Denver at Dallas, Monday, December 15


Orlando Magic vs. Utah Jazz

The Magic fell 113-112 to the Suns last time out, as 2-point road underdogs. The combined 225 points sailed OVER the posted total of 210.

Dwight Howard went for 19 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, and Rashard Lewis had 18 in the loss.

The Jazz took some command of the game in the second quarter on Thursday, before sneaking away with a 97-88 victory over the Trail Blazers. The Jazz managed to cover the slight 2.5-point spread, while the 185 points fell UNDER the posted total of 195.

Mehmet Okur shot 9-for-14 with a double-double, dropping 27 points with 10 rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Utah has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Orlando: 17-6 SU, 13-9-1 ATS
Utah: 15-9 SU, 13-11 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 7-3
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Utah most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
Orlando is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
Orlando is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Orlando is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games
Utah is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games at home
Utah is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Orlando

Next up:
Orlando at Golden State, Monday, December 15
Utah at Boston, Monday, December 15


New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings

Al Harrington dropped a game-high 39 points with 13 rebounds in a double-double performance on Wednesday, leading the Knicks past the Nets 121-109. The Knicks won that game as a 7.5-point road underdog, while the 230 points sailed OVER the posted total of 214.

Tim Thomas added 26 points, and Wilson Chandler chipped in with 24 points in the win.

The Kings were toppled 112-103 by the Lakers as a 17-point underdog last time out. The game's 215 points made it OVER the posted total of 214.

John Salmons had 26 points, four rebounds and six assists in the loss.

Team records:
New York: 10-12 SU, 12-10 ATS
Sacramento: 6-17 SU, 11-12 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Minnesota are 2-8
After playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New York's last 10 games when playing Sacramento
New York is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing at home against New York
Sacramento is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Sacramento's last 10 games when playing New York
Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York at Phoenix, Monday, December 15
Sacramento home to Minnesota, Monday, December 15


Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Rockets had six players reach double-figures as they defeated the Warriors 119-108 on Friday. The Rockets easily covered the 2-point spread, while the 227 points sailed OVER the posted total of 214.

Tracy McGrady shot 6-for-15 from the field with 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the double-double performance.

The Clippers forced extra time on Friday and came through with a 120-112 double OT victory over the Trail Blazers, as 9-point underdogs. The 232 points sailed OVER the posted total of 189.

Zach Randolph led the Clippers with 38 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

Current streak:
Houston has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 15-8 SU, 12-11 ATS
Los Angeles: 5-17 SU, 8-14 ATS

Houston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
Houston is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Houston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Houston is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the LA Clippers last 17 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 6 games when playing Houston
LA Clippers are 5-20 SU in their last 25 games
LA Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston home to Denver, Tuesday, December 16
LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, December 16

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CLEVELAND (20 - 3) at ATLANTA (13 - 9)
Top Trends for this game.
CLEVELAND is 19-4 ATS (+14.6 Units) in all games this season.
CLEVELAND is 17-2 ATS (+14.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
CLEVELAND is 35-23 ATS (+9.7 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
CLEVELAND is 19-4 ATS (+14.6 Units) first half of the season this season.
CLEVELAND is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
CLEVELAND is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
ATLANTA is 113-150 ATS (-52.0 Units) when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
CLEVELAND is 5-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 6-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


DETROIT (12 - 9) at CHARLOTTE (7 - 16)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 5-3 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 6-2 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


WASHINGTON (4 - 16) at PHILADELPHIA (9 - 14)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 48-27 ATS (+18.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 195 and 199.5 points since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 28-14 ATS (+12.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 52-77 ATS (-32.7 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1996.
PHILADELPHIA is 21-44 ATS (-27.4 Units) in home games in December games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 5-2 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 5-2 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


NEW JERSEY (11 - 10) at CHICAGO (10 - 12)
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 61-38 ATS (+19.2 Units) in home games when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.
CHICAGO is 5-17 ATS (-13.7 Units) against Atlantic division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 5-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 5-2 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


INDIANA (7 - 15) at MILWAUKEE (9 - 15)
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 76-108 ATS (-42.8 Units) on Saturday games since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 35-55 ATS (-25.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 5-2 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
INDIANA is 7-1 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


OKLAHOMA CITY (2 - 21) at DALLAS (12 - 9)
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 197-138 ATS (+45.2 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 5-2 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 7-1 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


ORLANDO (17 - 6) at UTAH (15 - 9)

Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 38-20 ATS (+16.0 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 34-19 ATS (+13.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 70-43 ATS (+22.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 37-20 ATS (+15.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 37-19 ATS (+16.1 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 27-13 ATS (+12.7 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 17-4 ATS (+12.6 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 22-7 ATS (+14.3 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 26-12 ATS (+12.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 3-1 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 2-2 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


GOLDEN STATE (7 - 16) at DENVER (15 - 7)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 5-4 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 6-3 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


NEW YORK (10 - 12) at SACRAMENTO (6 - 17)
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 39-59 ATS (-25.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SACRAMENTO is 3-1 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
SACRAMENTO is 3-1 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


HOUSTON (15 - 8) at LA CLIPPERS (5 - 17)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
HOUSTON is 6-3 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 8-1 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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