NBA News and Notes Saturday 1/31

NBA News and Notes Saturday 1/31

New Orleans (28-15, 19-22-2 ATS) at San Antonio (31-14, 21-23-1 ATS)

The Spurs make a quick stop at home when they go for their third straight victory as they host the Hornets in a key Southwest Division matchup.

San Antonio opened a three-game road trip with Sunday’s 99-85 loss at the Lakers, but it rebounded to knock off the Jazz (106-100) and Suns (114-104), cashing as a one-point favorite in Utah and a 1½-point underdog in Phoenix. The Spurs, who go back on the road for an eight-game trip after tonight, have won three in a row and 12 of the last 14 at the AT&T Center, but they’re just 2-7 ATS in their last nine as a host.

New Orleans suffered a stunning 91-84 home loss to the Warriors on Friday, losing outright as a 9½-point favorite. The Hornets are still 6-2 in their last eight games (4-4 ATS), scoring at least 100 points in four of the last six. However, they’ve alternated SU and ATS wins and losses in their last eight road games, with the most recent roadie ending in a 116-108 loss at Minnesota as a one-point road underdog.

The season’s first meeting between these division rivals came on Dec. 17 in New Orleans, with the Hornets earning a 90-83 victory as a two-point home chalk. Including last year’s Western Conference playoff series, the home team is on a 9-0 SU and ATS roll in this rivalry, with the Spurs going 4-0 SU and ATS at home. Also, the favorite has cashed in seven of the last eight meetings.

New Orleans is on pointspread streaks of 4-0-1 in divisional play, 48-20-3 on Saturday and 30-12-3 when playing on back-to-back nights, but Byron Scott’s team is just 2-8 ATS as an underdog this season. The Spurs are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 contests played on one day of rest, but 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 on Saturday.

The under is 5-0 in the last five series meetings overall. Also, the under is on streaks of 5-2 for the Spurs overall, 9-4 for the Spurs against Southwest Division rivals, 5-0 for the Spurs against winning teams, 8-2 for the Hornets against divisional rivals and 5-0 for the Hornets versus winning teams. On the other hand, the over is on stretches of 6-2 for San Antonio at home, 6-2-1 for San Antonio on Saturday, 6-2 for New Orleans against the Western Conference, 5-1-1 for New Orleans on the road and 9-4-2 for New Orleans on Saturday.

ATS ADVANTAGE: SAN ANTONIO


Utah (26-21, 23-24 ATS) at Portland (28-17, 23-22 ATS)

The Blazers put a three-game SU and ATS winning streak on the line when they host the Jazz in a battle between Northwest Division rivals at the Rose Garden.

Portland has been idle since Wednesday’s 88-74 victory over Charlotte as an 11½-point home favorite. The Blazers have won their last three games by margins of 13, 25 and 14 points, covering as a significant favorite in all three. Portland is 8-3 in its last 11 games (7-4 ATS), including 5-1 at home (4-2 ATS), and the SU winner is 22-1 ATS in its last 23, including 10-0 ATS in the last 10.

Utah snapped a four-game losing skid with Friday’s 110-90 blowout of Oklahoma City, ending a six-game ATS slide as it covered as a 10-point home favorite. The Jazz are still just 2-8 ATS in their last 10, and they’ve lost eight of their last nine on the highway, going 1-5 ATS in their last six as a visitor. Despite holding the Thunder to 90 points last night, Utah’s defense has been abysmal of late, giving up more than 100 points in six of its last seven games and eight of the last 10, allowing an average of 106.3 ppg during this 10-game stretch.

The Jazz have defeated Portland twice this season – 103-96 as a 6½-point favorite and 97-88 as a three-point chalk – but both contests were in Salt Lake City. The host has won nine of the last 10 in this rivalry (8-2 ATS), going 5-0 SU and ATS in the last five. The Blazers have won and covered in four straight meetings at the Rose Garden.

Utah’s ATS funks include 1-6 overall, 1-5 on the highway, 1-5 against the Western Conference, 1-5 versus the Northwest Division, 0-5 versus winning teams and 1-4 when playing on back-to-back nights. Meanwhile, even though Portland is on ATS runs of both 4-1 overall and 4-1 at home, the Blazers have failed to cover in four straight games against teams with a winning record and they’ve come up short in five of their last seven against divisional foes.

For Portland, the under is on runs of 6-2 at home, 5-0 against the Northwest Division, 49-24 versus the Western Conference, 4-1 against winning teams and 4-1 when going on two days’ rest. The under is also 6-1 in Utah’s last seven against winning teams, but otherwise the Jazz carry “over” stretches of 5-2 overall, 5-2 as a visitor, 9-3 against the Western Conference and 4-1 on Saturday. Finally, the under is 3-0 in the last three series meetings in Portland.

ATS ADVANTAGE: PORTLAND

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Saturday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Mavericks at Heat**

-Las Vegas Sports Consultants installed Miami as a 1 ½-point home ‘chalk’ over Dallas, with the total set at 197. This contest is scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m. ET.

-Dallas (26-19 straight up, 20-25 against the spread) has alternated SU and ATS wins and losses its five games after Wednesday’s rout over Golden State as a seven-point home favorite, 117-93. The combined 210 points never seriously threatened the 225-point closing total, ending a string of three straight ‘over’ outings.

-The Mavericks won the rebounding battle, 53-38, while the team shot 49 percent (44-of-89) from the field. Jason Terry led the offensive charge with 22 points off the bench, while Dirk Nowitzki added 20.

-Dallas is a modest 12-12 SU and 14-10 ATS on the road, with the ‘under’ going 14-10. The Mavericks follow this matchup with a road game against Orlando.

-Miami (25-20 SU, 21-23 ATS) is playing for the second time in as many nights after falling to Indiana Friday as a 4 ½-point road underdog, 114-103. The combined 217 points eclipsed the 208-point closing total, ending a string of back-to-back ‘under’ outings. The Heat were riding a three-game SU and ATS winning streak heading into the Pacers game.

-Miami was on the short end of the rebounding battle, 47-39, while shooting 48 percent (39-of-81) from the field. Dwayne Wade was the only starter to reach double digits in scoring, pouring in 24 points while grabbing seven rebounds in the setback.

-The Heat are 15-7 SU and 10-12 ATS at home, with the ‘under’ going 12-10. Miami has been winning its home endeavors by an average score of 96-91.

-Dallas is 4-0 SU (but 1-2 ATS) the previous four meetings with Miami, but this is the first matchup this season. The ‘under’ is 3-1 the last four games in this series.

-Miami forward Shawn Marion (groin) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Mavericks.

**Lakers at Grizzlies**

-LVSC opened Los Angeles as an 11-point road favorite over Memphis, with the total listed at 201. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

-Los Angeles (35-9 SU, 21-23 ATS) is playing on back-to-back nights after throttling Minnesota Friday night as a seven-point road ‘chalk,’ 132-119. The combined 251 points soared ‘over’ the 209 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 4-1 the past five outings.

-The Lakers won the rebounding battle, 53-43, while shooting a robust 51 percent (48-of-95) from the field. Kobe Bryant accounted for 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Andrew Bynum added 27 and 15.

-Los Angeles is now 13-5 SU and 9-9 ATS away from home, winning those affairs by an average score of 106-99.

-Memphis (11-34 SU, 15-29 ATS) is currently mired in an unsightly 11-game SU and ATS losing streak. The Grizzlies continued their downward spiral with Wednesday’s overtime setback to Oklahoma City as a seven-point road underdog, 114-102. The combined 216 points soared ‘over’ the 196-point closing total, ending a string of three straight ‘under’ outings.

-Memphis was dominated on the boards, 47-38, while connecting at a 44-percent clip (37-of-85). Four starters reached double digits in scoring, led by Rudy Gay’s 25 points and eight rebounds.

-The Grizzlies are 9-16 SU and 10-15 ATS on their home court, with the ‘under’ going 16-9. Memphis has been losing those games by an average score of 97-93.

-Los Angeles is 3-1 SU but 1-3 ATS the last four meetings with Memphis after prevailing in the lone encounter this season December 22 as an 11 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 106-96. The combined 202 points went ‘under’ the 205 ½-point closing total.

**Jazz at Blazers**

-LVSC lists Portland as a 7 ½-point home ‘chalk’ over Utah, with the total set at 198. This game is slated to start at 10:05 p.m. ET.

-Utah (26-21 SU, 23-24 ATS) snapped a four-game SU losing skid by pummeling Oklahoma City Friday night as a 10-point home favorite, 110-90. The combined 200 points went ‘under’ the 212 ½-point closing total, ending a stretch that saw the ‘over’ go 5-0-1 the previous six outings.

-The Jazz prevailed despite getting outrebounded, 43-34, by shooting a solid 51 percent (44-of-86) from the field. Utah also connected at a 41-percent clip (7-of-17) from behind the arc. All five starters reached double digits in scoring, led by Deron Williams’ 24 points and 12 assists.

-The Jazz sport an 8-15 SU and 10-13 ATS road record, with the ‘over’ going 12-9. Utah has been dropping those contests by an average score of 102-99.

-Portland (28-17 SU, 23-22 ATS) has strung together three victories in a row SU and ATS after beating Charlotte Wednesday as an 11 ½-point home favorite, 88-74. The combined 162 points went ‘under’ the 179 ½-point closing total.

-The Blazers dominated the Bobcats on the boards, 45-26, while shooting 45 percent (33-of-73) from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Greg Doen added 14 and 14.

-Portland maintains a 17-5 SU and 14-8 ATS home ledger, with the ‘over’ going 12-9. The Blazers have been winning their home games by an average score of 101-92.

-Utah is 2-0 SU and ATS this season against Portland after winning November 5 as a 6 ½-point home favorite, 103-96, and December 11 as a 2 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 97-88.

-Portland guard Steve Blake (shoulder) is ‘out’ against the Jazz.

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Victims of circumstance: NBA spot plays
By Ted Sevransky

I’ve got to admit, this column is working out rather well. In my first two weekends writing it, I’ve listed four spot plays. Those four plays have gone 4-0 straight up and 4-0 against the spread. Let’s see if we can keep it rolling with two more spots that look good on paper for this weekend.

Saturday, January 31st

Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns


This is one of my favorite situations in NBA betting. A bet-on spot for the home team coupled with a bet-against spot for the road team.

The only thing that makes this game problematic is the pointspread. This pointspread might not be too high, considering the fact that the Suns are currently the worst team against the spread and the betting marketplace is finally starting to catch up with them.

NBA teams are routinely bet-against squads in their first game back home off a road trip. The spot becomes even better to fade these teams when they return home fat and happy after ending the road trip on a positive note.

A loss in that first home game following a long road trip that ended with a positive finish sets up an excellent spot on the home team in their second game back. They are no longer fat and happy. Instead, they tend to be focused and hungry. That's exactly what we’re looking for when betting the NBA.

Whatever distractions they had upon returning home (wives, girlfriends, charity commitments) have already been dealt with. This is very much a bet-on spot for the home team, particularly as a favorite against a team they know they can beat.

The Bulls ended their five game losing streak with a win at the hapless Clippers to open up the West Coast portion of their road trip. Then they played Sacramento  Friday in another game that Chicago is more than capable of winning. They are favored in that game, after all.

The Saturday night game at Phoenix is on the second night of back-to-backs. We can expect Chicago to be fat and happy here. It's not what we want to support, particularly with the Bulls 2-6 ATS mark this season as big underdogs of eight points or more.

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, Jan. 31

New Orleans at San Antonio (8:30 p.m. EST). The top two teams in the Southwest Division meet for the second time this season. The Hornets won the first game, 90-83 on Dec. 17 in New Orleans.

STARS

Friday

— Mike Dunleavy, Pacers, scored a season-high 30 points to lead Indiana to a 114-103 win against Miami.

— Andrew Bynum, Lakers, bulled his way inside to 27 points and 15 rebounds and Los Angeles beat Minnesota, 132-119.

— Deron Williams, Jazz, had 24 points and 12 assists and Utah snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-90 win over Oklahoma City.

— Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 19 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, lifting Denver to a 110-99 win over Charlotte. Anthony missed games with the injury.

— Corey Maggette, Warriors, scored 12 of his 19 points in the last six minutes and the Golden State won 91-87 at New Orleans.

STILL PERFECT

The Cleveland Cavaliers ran their home record to 22-0, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 112-95, tying the franchise record for the most consecutive home wins, set in the 1988-89 season.

STAT

Charlotte coach Larry Brown is 4-10 this season against teams that he has previously coached. He’s worked for eight other current NBA franchises.

SCORING

Detroit’s Allen Iverson scored 19 points in an 86-78 loss to Boston, moving past Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and into 16th place on the NBA’s career scoring list. … Joe Johnson scored 29 points and Mike Bibby had 20 as the Atlanta Hawks won the battle of high-scoring backcourts and beat the New Jersey Nets 105-88. New Jersey’s Devin Harris (20 points) and Vince Carter (18), who form the top-scoring backcourt in the league with a combined average of 43.1 points, combined to make only 11 of 31 shots.

SNAPPED

The Chicago Bulls won at Arco Arena for the first time in 12 years, beating the Sacramento Kings 109-88 Friday night. The Bulls had lost nine straight in Sacramento and hadn’t beaten the Kings at Arco Arena since Nov. 23, 1997, Michael Jordan’s final year with Chicago.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Washington Wizards, but the NBA’s worst team still lost to 104-94 to Philadelphia. … Al Jefferson had 34 points and 13 rebounds, but Minnesota lost to the Lakers 132-119.

SOLID RETURNS

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 20 points with 11 rebounds in Cleveland’s 112-95 victory against the Clipeprs, his first game in exactly one month because of a broken left ankle. … Bucks center Bogut returned to the lineup and had 13 points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes, helping Milwaukee to a 96-85 victory against the Raptors, its first victory since leading-scorer Michael Redd was lost to a season-ending knee injury last week. … David West, returning from back spasms that sidelined him five games, had 12 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans in a 91-87 loss to Golden State.

STREAKS

Boston beat Detroit 86-78 for its 10th straight victory. It’s the second time this season the defending champions have won at least 10 straight. The last time the Celtics accomplished that feat was the 1985-86 season when they went on to win one of their 17 NBA titles. … Indiana won its seventh straight home game, beating Miami 114-103.

STATUS

76ers center Samuel Dalembert landed awkwardly going for an offensive rebound late in the first half of Philadelphia’s 10-94 victory against Washington. He missed the rest of the game. He’ll be evaluated on Saturday and could miss Philadelphia’s game against New Jersey.

SHOOTING

Nene was 10-for-11 from the field, scoring 22 points in Denver’s 110-99 victory against Charlotte.

SPEAKING

“They’re bigger than they look. Long and big.”—Minnesota forward Al Jefferson after the Timberwolves lost 132-119 to Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and the Lakers.

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers

The Knicks handed the Hawks a third straight loss in a 112-104 victory last time out. The Knicks won that game as a pick'em, while the 216 points made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 24 points, and David Lee had 17 points with 16 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

Mike Dunleavy had a solid performance on Friday with a game-high 30 points to lead the Pacers in a 114-103 victory over the Heat. The Pacers covered the 4-point spread at home, and the game's combined score made it OVER the posted total of 207.

Danny Granger had 19 points for the Pacers and Troy Murphy had 19 with 12 rebounds for a double-double in that win.

Current streak:
New York has won 2 straight games.
Indiana has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 20-25 SU, 26-19 ATS
Indiana: 19-28 SU, 25-21-1 ATS

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing LA Lakers are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 9-1
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
New York home to LA Lakers, Monday, February 2
Indiana home to Minnesota, Tuesday, February 3


New Jersey Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Nets were clipped 105-88 by the Hawks last time out, as 7.5-point road underdogs. The 193 points went UNDER the night's posted total of 198.

Devin Harris poured in 20 points and Vince Carter added 18 in a losing effort.

The 76ers handed the Wizards a fifth straight defeat with a 104-94 victory on Friday. The 76ers failed to cover the 10.5-point spread, but the game's combined score made it OVER the posted total of 194.

Willie Green and Andre Iguodala each had 20 points in that win.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 3 straight games.
Philadelphia has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 20-27 SU, 24-23 ATS
Philadelphia: 23-22 SU, 22-23 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
New Jersey is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Philadelphia is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, February 3
Philadelphia home to Boston, Tuesday, February 3


Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

The Mavericks had a strong first half as they went on to crush the Warriors 117-93 on Wednesday. The Mavericks covered the 6.5-point spread, while the 210 points fell UNDER the posted total of 225.

Brandon Bass had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Terry netted a team-high 22 points in that win.

The Heat were cooled off 114-103 by the Pacers last time out, as 4-point road underdogs. The game's combined score made it OVER the posted total of 207.

Dwyane Wade shot 10-for-17 from the field with 24 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort.

Team records:
Dallas: 26-19 SU, 20-25 ATS
Miami: 25-20 SU, 22-22-1 ATS

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

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

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

Next up:
Dallas at Orlando, Monday, February 2
Miami home to LA Clippers, Monday, February 2


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The 36-9 Lakers keep rolling along as they defeated the Timberwolves by a final score of 132-119 on Friday. The Lakers covered the 7-point spread, and the game's combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 209.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Bynum added 27 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

The Grizzlies were defeated 114-102 in overtime by the Thunder last time out, as 7-point underdogs. The game's 216 points sailed OVER the night's posted total of 196.

Rudy Gay netted 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who've lost 11 straight.

Current streak:
Memphis has lost 11 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 36-9 SU, 22-23 ATS
Memphis: 11-34 SU, 15-29-1 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 1-9
After a loss are 0-10

A few trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
LA Lakers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Memphis's last 9 games at home
Memphis is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
Memphis is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games

Next up:
LA Lakers at New York, Monday, February 2
Memphis at Washington, Monday, February 2


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Washington Wizards

The Clippers lost 112-95 to the Cavaliers last time out, as 15-point underdogs. The game's 207 points sailed OVER the posted total of 189.

Eric Gordon had a game-high 27 points along with seven rebounds.

The Wizards lost 104-94 to the 76ers for a fifth straight defeat last time out, as 10.5-point underdogs. The game's combined score made it OVER the posted total of 194.

Antawn Jamison netted 25 points to go with 15 rebounds in a double-double performance.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 4 straight games.
Washington has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 10-36 SU, 19-27 ATS
Washington: 9-37 SU, 18-28 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
LA Clippers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games when playing on the road against Washington
LA Clippers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Washington
Washington is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Washington is 15-7 SU in their last 22 games when playing LA Clippers

Next up:
LA Clippers at Miami, Monday, February 2
Washington home to Memphis, Monday, February 2


Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

The Warriors came back in the fourth quarter and put away the Hornets 91-87 on Friday, as 9.5-point underdogs. The team's played UNDER the posted total of 215.5.

Stephen Jackson had 15 points, six rebounds, and seven assists to lead the Warriors. Jamal Crawford chipped in with a team-high 17 points in the win.

The Rockets blew a fourth quarter lead and lost 95-93 to the 76ers last time out. The Rockets had been favored by 5-points in the game, while the combined 188 points went UNDER the posted total of 194.

Tracy McGrady collected 24 points, five rebounds and six assists in the loss.

Current streak:
Houston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 15-32 SU, 22-25 ATS
Houston: 28-19 SU, 21-26 ATS

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Golden State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Golden State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Golden State
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Golden State

Next up:
Golden State home to San Antonio, Monday, February 2
Houston home to Chicago, Tuesday, February 3


New Orleans Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Hornets were upset 91-87 by the Warriors last time out, as 9.5-point favorites at home. The team's played UNDER the posted total of 215.5.

Chris Paul went for a game-high 28 points, four rebounds and eight assists.

The Spurs kept the Suns at bay late in the fourth quarter and snuck out a 114-104 victory on Thursday. The Spurs won the game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 218 points sailed OVER the posted total of 198.5.

Manu Ginobili had 30 points with nine rebounds, and Tony Parker had 26 points in the win.

Current streak:
San Antonio has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 28-15 SU, 19-22-2 ATS
San Antonio: 31-14 SU, 21-23-1 ATS

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Portland are 7-3
After playing Golden State are 5-5
After a loss are 9-1

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Golden State are 10-0
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing New Orleans
San Antonio is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New Orleans
San Antonio is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
New Orleans home to Portland, Monday, February 2
San Antonio at Golden State, Monday, February 2


Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 29 points in Friday's 105-88 victory over the Nets. The Hawks covered the 7.5-point spread, but the 193 points went UNDER the night's posted total of 198.

Flip Murray added 23 points, while Marvin Williams had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bucks ended the Raptors three-game win streak with a 96-85 victory on Friday, as 7.5-point underdogs. The game's 181 points went UNDER the night's posted total of 199.5.

Charlie Villanueva paced the win with a double-double, tossing in 26 points with 13 rebounds.

Team records:
Atlanta: 27-19 SU, 24-22 ATS
Milwaukee: 23-27 SU, 28-20-2 ATS

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

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a win are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Atlanta is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Milwaukee is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games at home
Milwaukee is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Minnesota, Wednesday, February 4
Milwaukee at New Jersey, Tuesday, February 3


Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns

The Bulls had six players reach double figures as they tore apart the Kings 109-88 on Friday. The Bulls won the game as a pick'em, and the 197 points went UNDER the posted total of 213.

Luol Deng and Ben Gordon each went for 20 points, while Tyrus Thomas had 14 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

The Suns were defeated 114-104 by the Spurs last time out, as 1.5-point favorites. The game's 218 points sailed OVER the posted total of 198.5.

Amar'e Stoudemire had 28 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Chicago has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 20-27 SU, 21-26 ATS
Phoenix: 25-19 SU, 15-28-1 ATS

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

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 8-2
After playing San Antonio are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Chicago's last 17 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix
Chicago is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Phoenix is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Phoenix is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Phoenix's last 17 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Houston, Tuesday, February 3
Phoenix home to Sacramento, Monday, February 2


Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Deron Williams went for 24 points in helping the Jazz defeat the Thunder 110-90 on Friday. The Jazz covered the 10-point spread, but the 200 points fell UNDER the posted total of 212.

Williams also dished out 12 assists, Mehmet Okur added 20 points and Paul Millsap chipped in with 16 points and nine rebounds in that win.

The Trail Blazers rushed out to an early lead on Wednesday, as they got past the Bobcats 88-74. The Trail Blazers covered the 11.5-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 179.5.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Roy added 17 in the win.

Current streak:
Portland has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 26-21 SU, 23-24 ATS
Portland: 28-17 SU, 23-22 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 5-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Portland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 3-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Utah's last 23 games when playing on the road against Portland
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Utah home to Charlotte, Monday, February 2
Portland at New Orleans, Monday, February 2

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NEW YORK (20 - 25) at INDIANA (18 - 28)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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


NEW JERSEY (20 - 26) at PHILADELPHIA (22 - 22)
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 35-22 ATS (+10.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) in road games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 152-117 ATS (+23.3 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 5-3 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 5-4 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


DALLAS (26 - 19) at MIAMI (25 - 19)
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 209-163 ATS (+29.7 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
MIAMI is 54-70 ATS (-23.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 12-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 23-39 ATS (-19.9 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 2-1 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 4-0 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


LA CLIPPERS (10 - 35) at WASHINGTON (9 - 36)
Top Trends for this game.
LA CLIPPERS are 53-73 ATS (-27.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 44-62 ATS (-24.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 223-271 ATS (-75.1 Units) in home games since 1996.

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


LA LAKERS (35 - 9) at MEMPHIS (11 - 34)
Top Trends for this game.
LA LAKERS are 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
LA LAKERS are 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
LA LAKERS are 22-5 ATS (+16.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) in all games this season.
MEMPHIS is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) as an underdog this season.
MEMPHIS is 26-39 ATS (-16.9 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 1-12 ATS (-12.2 Units) in January games this season.
MEMPHIS is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
MEMPHIS is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses this season.
MEMPHIS is 19-40 ATS (-25.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 2-12 ATS (-11.2 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

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


NEW ORLEANS (28 - 14) at SAN ANTONIO (31 - 14)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 8-8 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 10-6 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


GOLDEN STATE (14 - 32) at HOUSTON (28 - 19)
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 GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 5-4 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
8 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


ATLANTA (26 - 19) at MILWAUKEE (22 - 27)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 5-4 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 5-4 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


CHICAGO (19 - 27) at PHOENIX (25 - 19)
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 56-72 ATS (-23.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 24-38 ATS (-17.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 15-28 ATS (-15.8 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in home games this season.
PHOENIX is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
PHOENIX is 34-57 ATS (-28.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
PHOENIX is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.

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


UTAH (25 - 21) at PORTLAND (28 - 17)
Top Trends for this game.
PORTLAND is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) in home games revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 32-18 ATS (+12.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
UTAH is 41-26 ATS (+12.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 6-4 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 5-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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NEW JERSEY vs. PHILADELPHIA
New Jersey is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
New Jersey is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New Jersey

NEW YORK vs. INDIANA

New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
New York is 4-17 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

DALLAS vs. MIAMI
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Miami is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas
Miami is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Dallas

LA CLIPPERS vs. WASHINGTON
LA Clippers are 2-18 SU in their last 20 games
LA Clippers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Washington is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Washington is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against LA Clippers

LA LAKERS vs. MEMPHIS
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Memphis is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers

ATLANTA vs. MILWAUKEE
Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Milwaukee is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Atlanta

GOLDEN STATE vs. HOUSTON
Golden State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Golden State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 5-10-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Golden State
Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Golden State

NEW ORLEANS vs. SAN ANTONIO
New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games on the road
San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans
San Antonio is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New Orleans

CHICAGO vs. PHOENIX
Chicago is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Phoenix is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago

UTAH vs. PORTLAND
Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

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