NBA News and Notes Friday 2/27

NBA News and Notes Friday 2/27

Friday's NBA Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

Both of Friday’s ESPN games are ‘off the board’ due to injuries, but there is still plenty of value concerning a couple of contests. In fact, seven of Friday’s 13 games will not see an overnight line because of injuries. Now let’s break down three key matchups heading into the weekend.

**Sixers at Knicks**
   
-Las Vegas Sports Consultants installed New York as a two-point home ‘chalk’ over Philadelphia, with the total set at 213. This Atlantic Division contest is slated to start at 7:35 p.m. ET.

-Philadelphia (28-28 straight up, 26-29 against the spread) had dropped four games in a row SU and five consecutive contests ATS before upending Washington Wednesday as a 4 ½-point road favorite, 106-98. The combined 204 points eclipsed the 195 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the second consecutive contest.

-The Sixers had a slight advantage in rebounding, 40-38, while shooting a solid 50 percent (39-of-78) from the field and 46 percent (6-of-13) from behind the arc. Four starters reached double digits in scoring, led by Andre Iguodala’s 22 points and 11 assists.

-Philadelphia is 11-16 SU and 13-14 ATS away from home, with the ‘over’ going 14-12. The Sixers have been dropping those affairs by an average score of 99-95. Philadelphia concludes a four-game road trip with this matchup.

-New York (24-33 SU, 32-25 ATS) has alternated SU wins and losses the previous four outings after falling to Orlando Wednesday as a 2 ½-point home underdog, 114-109. That marked the third consecutive contest that the Knicks failed to cover. The combined 223 points toppled the 218 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 4-1 the past five games.

-New York was outrebounded by the Magic, 46-42, while shooting 41 percent (41-of-99) from the field. Guard Nate Robinson stepped up with 32 points off the bench, while Wilson Chandler added 27 in the setback.

-The Knicks sport a 17-13 SU and ATS home ledger, with the ‘over’ going 18-12. The Knicks follow this matchup with Saturday’s road game at Miami.

-Philadelphia is 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS the previous 11 meetings with New York after winning the latest encounter January 24 as a 7 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 116-110. The combined 226 points soared ‘over’ the 206 ½-point closing total.

**Blazers at Timberwolves**

-LVSC opened Portland as a six-point road favorite over Minnesota, with the total listed at 205. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

-Portland (35-22 SU, 29-28 ATS) is currently mired in a two-game losing skid after Wednesday’s setback to San Antonio as a 1 ½-point road underdog, 99-84. The combined 183 points eclipsed the 179 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-0-1 the past four outings. The Blazers had covered three games in a row before falling to the Spurs.

-Portland won the rebounding battle, 43-41, but lost after allowing San Antonio to shoot 54 percent (42-of-78) from the field. The Blazers shot 38 percent (32-of-85) from the field, and 29 percent (5-of-17) from 3-point land. Channing Frye paced the offense with 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Joel Przybilla added eight and 10.

-Portland has struggled to a 12-17 SU and 11-18 ATS road record, dropping those games by an average score of 97-95.

-Minnesota (18-39 SU, 26-30 ATS) has dropped four games in a row SU and back-to-back outings ATS heading into this matchup. The Timberwolves were roughed up by Utah Wednesday as a 7 ½-point home underdog, 120-103. The combined 223 points toppled the 212-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to improve to 4-0-1 the past five games.

-Minnesota won the battle on the boards, 40-36, while shooting 46 percent (38-of-82) from the field and 17 percent (3-of-18) from behind the arc. All five starters reached double digits in scoring, led by Kevin Love’s 24 points and 15 rebounds along with Ryan Gomes 24 and eight.

-The Timberwolves are a dismal 8-20 SU and ATS on their home court, with the ‘over’ going 16-11. Minnesota has been dropping its home outings by an average score of 105-100.

-Portland is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS the last six meetings with Minnesota after winning the last encounter November 15 as a 1 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 88-83. The combined 171 points never seriously threatened the 193-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the second consecutive contest in this series.

-Portland center Greg Oden (knee) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Timberwolves.

**Lakers at Nuggets**

-LVSC currently lists Los Angeles as a 3 ½-point road ‘chalk’ over Denver, with the total set at 218. This contest is scheduled to start at 9:05 p.m. ET.

-Los Angeles (47-10 SU, 30-27 ATS) has won five games in a row heading into Thursday’s home matchup with Phoenix.

-The Lakers are a solid 21-6 SU and 16-11 ATS on the road, with the ‘over’ going 15-11. Los Angeles has been winning those games by an average score of 109-102.

-Denver (38-20 SU, 32-25 ATS) was mired in a three-game SU losing skid before slipping past Atlanta Wednesday as a 10-point home favorite, 110-109. The Nuggets have failed to cover their previous four matchups. The combined 219 points eclipsed the 203-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-1 the past four games.

-Denver dominated the Hawks on the boards, 43-34, while shooting 51 percent (39-of-77) from the field and 56 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point land. Point guard Chauncey Billups paved the way with 33 points and seven assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 23 and 10 rebounds.

-The Nuggets maintain a 21-7 SU and 16-11 ATS home ledger, with the ‘over’ going 15-12. Denver has been winning its home games by an average score of 106-101.

-Los Angeles has dominated this series with Denver recently by going 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS the past nine meetings, while the ‘under’ has gone 7-1 the previous eight outings. The Lakers continued their dominance by winning the last matchup Nov. 21 as an 8 ½-point home favorite, 104-90, while the combined 194 points went ‘under’ the 205 ½-point closing total.

-Denver center Nene Hilario (knee) is ‘questionable’ against the Lakers.

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SCOREBOARD

Friday, Feb. 27

Cleveland at San Antonio (9:30 p.m. EST). The first meeting of the season between these elite teams might not include Spurs star Tim Duncan, who has missed the last two games, both wins, with a sore right quad.

STARS

Wednesday

— Yao Ming, Rockets, had 28 points and eight rebounds in Houston’s 93-74 rout of Cleveland.

— Lamar Odom, Lakers, had a team-high 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to lead Los Angeles to a 132-106 rout of Phoenix, playing without Steve Nash.

SMOTHERED

Ron Artest scored 15 points and, more importantly, held LeBron James to 7-for-21 shooting in Houston’s 93-74 victory over Cleveland.

STREAKS

Houston snapped Cleveland’s five-game winning streak with a 93-74 win. The Rockets had 25 assists, their sixth straight game with 20 or more. … The Lakers won their sixth in a row, a 132-106 rout of Phoenix.

STATS

LeBron James, Cavaliers, had no assists in a 93-74 loss At Houston, the first time in 493 NBA games (counting playoffs) he failed to record an assist. … The Lakers lead the Pacific Division by 15 games over the Suns after a 132-106 romp.

SCORING

Cleveland’s 74 points in a 93-74 loss at Houston was its lowest total of the season. The Cavaliers had season-low point totals in the first (11) and third (10) quarters, and their 34 percent shooting (27-for-80) was also a season worst. … The Lakers scored 70 points in the first half and rolled past the Steve Nash-less Suns 132-106 for their sixth consecutive victory. Los Angeles’ points tied a season high and the team made a season-best 54 of 94 field goals, bettering the 48 the Lakers hit against Minnesota on Jan. 30.

SIDELINED

Cavaliers forward Ben Wallace broke his right leg against the Rockets during a 93-74 loss at Houston. … Steve Nash missed Phoenix’s 132-106 loss to the Lakers with an injured right ankle. The All-Star guard hurt himself during the third quarter of Tuesday’s victory over Charlotte.

SPEAKING

“I haven’t had a broken arm, broken leg, anything major like that since I’ve been playing basketball. For it to happen now, it’s just tough. I’m 34 years old. I don’t need no broken bones.”—Cavaliers forward Ben Wallace after he broke his right leg in a 93-74 loss at Houston.

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Warriors playing for next season; Nelson to play kids more
By VIC TAFUR

The Warriors have been hard to figure for some time now. They let Baron Davis walk, threw a desperation contract to Corey Maggette, extended Stephen Jackson's contract and traded Al Harrington for another shooting guard, Jamal Crawford. There's also been behind-the-scenes front office drama and the mysterious Monta Ellis scooter injury.

Coach Don Nelson will clear things up for you starting Friday. Golden State (20-37 overall, 25-28-3 against the spread) is playing for next year. He is going to sit Crawford Friday and clear the bench.

“I'm going to give Jamal a day off against Charlotte so I can play some of the younger guys," Nelson said. “I'll do that periodically because I have a logjam at the '2,' and it's probably better not to try to play everybody.”

That's great news for second-year guards Marco Belinelli and C.J. Watson and not so great for Crawford, the third-leading scorer on the team at 19 points a game. Rookie Anthony Morrow should also see more minutes come his way, especially with Ellis out for another week with lingering stiffness in his ankle.

Crawford scored 50 points the last time he faced the Bobcats on Dec. 20 but is not openly complaining.

“Coach Nelson's been around 30 years. He's won 1,300 games. I'm not going to question what he's doing. He wants to play young guys and I understand,” Crawford said. “They worked really hard this year and they should be rewarded for that. They play 3-on-3 every day. Everybody's in the weight room busting their butts. So I'm happy for them.”

Up front, the Warriors are a little gimpy, with Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf on tender ankles, Corey Maggette's shooting hand flaring up again and Brandan Wright pretty much done for the last seven weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

Golden State didn't do anything at the trade deadline and it has itself to blame. By signing Jackson to that three-year contract extension at the beginning of the season, the Warriors erased his trade value. Dallas or San Antonio sorely needs a shooter and defender with championship experience whose contract would have expired at the end of next season.

The Warriors could have gotten younger instead of heading steadfast into the future with a high-priced nucleus of Jackson, Ellis, Maggette, Crawford and Biedrins. That fivesome doesn't have the Lakers, Spurs and Jazz exactly quaking in their boots.

Rocket fuel: Losing Tracy McGrady for the season was just what the doctor ordered for Houston, which tries to wrap up a 6-0 homestand against Cleveland tonight. The Rockets are 16-6 without the star guard, who this week had season-ending microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Ron Artest has averaged 20.2 points since replacing McGrady in the starting lineup. He also spearheads a fine defensive effort with Shane Battier and Chuck Hayes, and in a win over Portland this week he completely took Brandon Roy out of his game.

Trade deadline dead: So much for all the talk of big deals. Phoenix did approach Miami about the idea of dealing Shaquille O'Neal back to the Heat. But Miami had no interest in reacquiring Shaq and his $20 million salary in 2009-10 salary. … The Heat spoke with Portland about Jerryd Bayless and Channing Frye, but the Blazers wanted more than Shawn Marion. At which point Miami finally shrugged and did the Marion-Jermaine O'Neal trade that had been rumored for months. Suffice it to say, the Heat aren't doing cartwheels about getting O'Neal – but he is a lot better than the other O'Neal, in their minds.

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Friday Research
By Indiancowboy

Detroit vs. Orlando

There is no line on this game but Detroit actually beat this Orlando team earlier this year by 6 and they were dogs by 3.5 points. Of course, Orlando comes off a nice win and cover over NY winning by 5. Detroit is dismal. They have now lost 8 straight games and it seems everyone is taking their turn at them like a $20 hooker. This team has lost to New Orleans, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, all on the road, San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta and Phoenix at home. Lean on Orlando given the revenge but I assume the line will be fairly hefty.

Chicago vs. Washington

The majority is on Chicago and why not, they come off a loss at Jersey and will likely bounce-back here. I just hate laying the -5.5 line. Note, it opened up at -4.5 and it has slightly gone up and will likely go up to 6 by game time. Washington is dismal right now and they did beat the Pacers at home recently, but got drilled by the Spurs only to lose to the Sixers as well. Chicago has already beat this team by 12 and 7 earlier this year. Lean on the Bulls, but so will 70% of the public. I wouldn't be surprised given the consensus to see this game go over.

Indiana vs. Boston

Boston comes off a loss and sure they will look to bounce-back but they beat this team in OT earlier this year on the road. So, Indiana clearly has revenge and Indiana is one of those teams that is great at home ATS of late. Heck, they beat the Lakers, Cavs, Magic all at home, injured or not and beat Chicago and Philly at home as well.

Miami vs. Atlanta

Atlanta has revenge from a DD loss to Miami earlier this year. This seems like a nice spot here for Atlanta as they come off a tough road trip and once again have revenge. Miami comes off a big win at home over Detroit and although no Bibby and maybe no Smith, I still lean on Atlanta.

Philadelphia vs. New York

The only problem with this taking NY here on the bounce-back from Orlando, is that NY has lost to Philly trice this year. Maybe NY just has a matchup problem with the big bodies of Philly it seems. Philly comes off a nice win at Washington and the total has been steadily doing down which actually indicates a defensive game which clearly favors Philly.

Portland vs. Minnesota

The last two times these two teams have met, the final difference was by 5 and 4. So, the fact the line is 6 is not all that unsurprising. Minny was competitive against the Lakers at home although they lost their wheels against the Jazz. The total is going up which indicates that Minny might be an active dog here.

Milwaukee vs. New Orleans

This seems to be a spot that Milwaukee can step up here it seems. They come off an ugly loss to the Mavs by 20 on the road (revenge game for the Mavs for a 30 point loss that Milwaukee gave Dallas earlier this season). This will likely be a low scoring game and getting the 9 points is nice and it might even go up to 10 by game time. NO beat this team by 14 at home and 4 on the road earlier this year. The key to this team since the injury to Redd is Ramon Sessions. If he has a good game, Milwaukee likely stays inside the number with the help of Villanueva and Jefferson.

OKC vs. Dallas

OKC has a goot shot here to bounce-back after a tough loss at GS in a game they were actually competitive early on and come off a tough loss to the Lakers at home where they were not all that competitive. Dallas comes off a big game over Milwaukee with revenge. I hate the -10 line here but OKC did hang by 4 against Dallas at home and with Dallas coming off such a big win, I wouldn't be surprised to see OKC do well here today.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic

The Pistons were defeated 90-87 by the Hornets last time out, as 8.5-point road underdogs. That game's combined score went UNDER the posted total of 180.5.

Richard Hamilton tossed in 24 points and dished out six assists in the loss.

Dwight Howard tossed in 24 points and hauled down 21 rebounds for a double-double on Wednesday, leading the Magic to a 114-109 victory over the Knicks. The Magic covered the 3-point spread, and the 223 points made it OVER the posted total of 219.

Hedo Turkoglu dropped a game-high 33 points, and Rashard Lewis chipped in with 17 points in that win.

Current streak:
Detroit has lost 8 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 27-29 SU, 21-35 ATS
Orlando: 42-15 SU, 36-20-1 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 7-3
After a loss are 2-8

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing New York are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Orlando is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 7 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Boston, Sunday, March 1
Orlando at Philadelphia, Saturday, February 28


Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards

Ben Gordon collected a team-high 17 points in the Bulls 111-99 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, as 1.5-point underdogs. That game's 210 points made it OVER the posted total of 204.

Dominic McGuire netted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Wizards 106-98 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday, as 4.5-point underdogs. That game's 204 points made it OVER the posted total of 195.

Current streak:
Washington has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 26-32 SU, 28-29-1 ATS
Washington: 13-44 SU, 21-35-1 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Chicago
Washington is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Houston, Saturday, February 28
Washington at Milwaukee, Saturday, February 28


Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks

Dwyane Wade went for 31 points, 16 assists, and seven rebounds to lead the Heat over the Pistons 103-91 on Tuesday night.

Miami covered as 4-point home favorites as the teams played over the 183-point total posted by oddsmakers.

The Hawks were defeated 110-109 by the Nuggets last time out, as 10-point road underdogs. That game's 219 points sailed OVER the posted total of 203.

Marvin Williams had 31 points and seven rebounds in that loss.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Miami: 30-26 SU, 27-28-1 ATS
Atlanta: 32-25 SU, 29-28 ATS

Miami most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 4-6
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

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

A few trends to consider:
Miami is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Miami is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games when playing Atlanta
Miami is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 12 games on the road
Atlanta is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games

Next up:
Miami home to New York, Saturday, February 28
Atlanta home to Cleveland, Sunday, March 1


Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

Jarrett Jack collected 20 points and dished out six assists to lead the Pacers over the Grizzlies 104-99 on Wednesday. The Pacers covered the 7.5-point spread, and the 203 points fell UNDER the posted total of 208.

The Celtics were upset 93-91 by the Clippers last time out, as 10.5-point favorites. That game's 184 points went UNDER the posted total of 200.

Paul Pierce netted 20 points, while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo added 17 points apiece in the loss.

Team records:
Indiana: 25-35 SU, 31-27-2 ATS
Boston: 46-13 SU, 33-26 ATS

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Denver are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 11 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana

Next up:
Indiana home to Denver, Sunday, March 1
Boston home to Detroit, Sunday, March 1


Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists in the 76ers 106-98 victory over the Wizards last time out. The 76ers covered the 4.5-point spread, and the 204 points made it OVER the posted total of 195.

The Knicks were defeated 114-109 by the Magic last time out, as 3-point underdogs at home. That game's 223 points made it OVER the posted total of 219.

Nate Robinson poured in 32 points for the Knicks, and Al Harrington collected 26 points in a losing effort.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 28-28 SU, 26-28-2 ATS
New York: 24-33 SU, 32-25 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

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

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

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Orlando, Saturday, February 28
New York at Miami, Saturday, February 28


Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Hornets

The Bucks were pounded 116-96 by the Mavericks last time out, as 7.5-point road underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Charlie Villanueva collected 25 points with seven rebounds and three assists.

David West poured in 30 points and hauled down 10 boards for a double-double as the Hornets defeated the Pistons 90-87 last time out. The Hornets failed to cover the 8.5-point spread, and the combined score went UNDER the posted total of 180.5.

Current streak:
New Orleans has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Milwaukee: 28-32 SU, 33-25-2 ATS
New Orleans: 34-22 SU, 23-31-2 ATS

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Dallas are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

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

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

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Washington, Saturday, February 28
New Orleans at New Jersey, Sunday, March 1


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Trail Blazers fell 99-84 to the Spurs last time out, as 1.5-point road underdogs. The 183 points made it OVER the posted total of 179.

Channing Frye netted a team-high 15 points in the loss.

The Timberwolves were defeated 120-103 by the Jazz last time out, as 8-point underdogs at home. That game's 223 points sailed OVER the posted total of 212.

Kevin Love had a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Current streak:
Portland has lost 2 straight games.
Minnesota has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 35-22 SU, 29-28 ATS
Minnesota: 18-39 SU, 26-30-1 ATS

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

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Utah are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Portland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Portland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Minnesota's last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Minnesota's last 21 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland home to San Antonio, Sunday, March 1
Minnesota home to Houston, Sunday, March 1


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks

Kevin Durant went for 32 points, 10 boards, and six assists for the Thunder in their 107-93 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles covered as 9-point road favorites as the game played under the 221.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

The Mavericks built up a 22 point lead at the half and cruised to a 116-96 victory over the Bucks on Wednesday. The Mavericks covered the 7.5-point spread, and the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 208.

Josh Howard netted 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds in that win.

Current streak:
Oklahoma City has lost 6 straight games.

Team records:
Oklahoma City: 13-44 SU, 33-24 ATS
Dallas: 34-23 SU, 27-30 ATS

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Memphis are 3-7
After playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Oklahoma City's last 21 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 12 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 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 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing Oklahoma City
Dallas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City at Memphis, Saturday, February 28
Dallas home to Toronto, Sunday, March 1


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

The Lakers got out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised past the Suns 132-106 on Thursday. The Lakers covered the 11-point spread, and the 238 points made it OVER the posted total of 232.

Lamar Odom led the Lakers with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Kobe Bryant added 22 in the victory.

The Nuggets were outscored 31-18 in the final quarter, but held on for a hard-fought 110-109 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday. The Nuggets failed to cover the 10-point spread, and the 219 points sailed OVER the posted total of 203.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 23 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Chauncey Billups netted a game-high 33 points in that win.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has won 6 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 48-10 SU, 30-27-1 ATS
Denver: 38-20 SU, 32-25-1 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

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

A few trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Denver
LA Lakers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Denver is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
LA Lakers at Phoenix, Sunday, March 1
Denver at Indiana, Sunday, March 1


Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns

Chris Bosh had 26 points and six rebounds to lead the Raptors past the Timberwolves 118-110 on Tuesday night.

Toronto covered as 7-point home favorites as the teams played over the 208-point total listed by oddsmakers.

The Suns fell 132-106 to the Lakers last time out, as 11-point road underdogs. The 238 points made it OVER the posted total of 232.

Leandro Barbosa and Alando Tucker collected 18 points apiece in the loss.

Current streak:
Toronto has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 23-36 SU, 23-33-3 ATS
Phoenix: 32-25 SU, 22-34-1 ATS

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

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Toronto's last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Dallas, Sunday, March 1
Phoenix home to LA Lakers, Sunday, March 1

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Cavaliers fell 93-74 to the Rockets last time out, as 4-point underdogs on the road. That game's 167 points fell UNDER the posted total of 185.5.

Mo Williams and LeBron James each had 21 points in a losing effort.

Tony Parker dropped a game-high 39 points in leading the Spurs to a convincing 99-84 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Spurs covered the slight 1.5-point spread, and the 183 points made it OVER the posted total of 179.

Matt Bonner tossed in 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Spurs, and Kurt Thomas had 10 rebounds in that win.

Current streak:
San Antonio has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 44-12 SU, 36-20 ATS
San Antonio: 39-17 SU, 29-25-2 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a loss are 9-1

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 7-3
After playing Portland are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing San Antonio
Cleveland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Antonio is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Cleveland
San Antonio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Cleveland at Atlanta, Sunday, March 1
San Antonio at Portland, Sunday, March 1


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings

The Clippers pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat the highly-regarded Celtics 93-91 on Wednesday, as 10.5-point underdogs. The 184 points went UNDER the posted total of 200.

Zach Randolph led the way with a game-high 30 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete a double-double in that win.

The Kings fell 98-91 to the Bobcats last time out, as 3-point underdogs at home. That game's combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 200.

Kevin Martin led the Kings with 27 points, while Drew Gooden netted a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has won 2 straight games.
Sacramento has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 15-43 SU, 23-35 ATS
Sacramento: 12-47 SU, 27-32 ATS

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Charlotte are 5-4
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 2-8
After playing Charlotte are 2-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
The total has gone OVER in 11 of the LA Clippers last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Clippers last 11 games when playing Sacramento
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the LA Clippers last 13 games
Sacramento is 19-2 SU in their last 21 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Sacramento is 18-5 SU in their last 23 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Sacramento's last 11 games when playing LA Clippers

Next up:
LA Clippers home to Charlotte, Saturday, February 28
Sacramento at Utah, Saturday, February 28


Charlotte Bobcats vs. Golden State Warriors

Gerald Wallace dropped a game-high 27 points and the Bobcats defeated the Kings 98-91 on Wednesday. The Bobcats covered the 3-point spread, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total of 200.

Boris Diaw chipped in with 23 points, while Emeka Okafor collected a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

Stephen Jackson led the way for the Warriors with 28 points in their 118-105 loss to the Clippers on Monday night.

Los Angeles cashed as 4-point home underdogs as the game played under the 228-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Team records:
Charlotte: 23-35 SU, 34-24 ATS
Golden State: 20-37 SU, 27-29-1 ATS

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing LA Clippers are 3-6
After playing Sacramento are 1-7
After a win are 4-6

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 3-7
After playing LA Clippers are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Golden State
Charlotte is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Charlotte is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games when playing Charlotte
Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Charlotte at LA Clippers, Saturday, February 28
Golden State home to Utah, Sunday, March 1

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CHICAGO vs. WASHINGTON
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing Washington
Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
Washington is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Chicago

DETROIT vs. ORLANDO
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Orlando
Orlando is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Detroit
Orlando is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit

INDIANA vs. BOSTON
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Indiana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
Boston is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games at home

MIAMI vs. ATLANTA
Miami is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Miami is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Atlanta is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home

PHILADELPHIA vs. NEW YORK
Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing New York
Philadelphia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing New York
New York is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
New York is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

MILWAUKEE vs. NEW ORLEANS
Milwaukee is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing New Orleans
Milwaukee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

PORTLAND vs. MINNESOTA
Portland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

OKLAHOMA CITY vs. DALLAS
Oklahoma City is 3-7-2 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Dallas
Oklahoma City is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Dallas is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing Oklahoma City

LA LAKERS vs. DENVER

LA Lakers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games when playing Denver
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Denver
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

TORONTO vs. PHOENIX
Toronto is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

CLEVELAND vs. SAN ANTONIO
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio
Cleveland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio
San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
San Antonio is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Cleveland

LA CLIPPERS vs. SACRAMENTO
LA Clippers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games on the road
LA Clippers are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games on the road
Sacramento is 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Sacramento is 19-2 SU in their last 21 games when playing at home against LA Clippers

CHARLOTTE vs. GOLDEN STATE
Charlotte is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Golden State
Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Golden State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

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Hot Teams
-- Hornets won four of their last five home games.
-- Orlando won five of its last six games.
-- Bulls are 6-0 vs spread in game after their last six losses.
-- Dallas won seven of last eight at home (covered last three).
-- Lakers are 6-0 since the All-Star break (4-2 vs spread).
-- Raptors won four of their last six games.
-- Cavaliers won five of their last six games. Spurs won, covered their last four games.
-- Clippers won last two games, upsetting the Celtics Wednesday.
-- Warriors are 9-1-1 vs spread in game after their last eleven losses.

Cold Teams
-- Bucks lost three of their last four games.
-- Pistons lost their last eight games (1-7 vs spread).
-- Wizards lost four of their last six games.
-- Hawks lost four of their last five games. Miami is 1-4 vs spread in the game after its last five wins.
-- 76ers lost four of their last five games. Knicks lost eight of last eleven games (0-3 vs spread in last three).
-- Portland lost its last five road games (1-4 vs spread). Minnesota lost nine of its last ten games.
-- Indiana is 2-5-1 vs spread in game after its last eight wins.
-- Celtics lost last two home games (0-3 vs spread in last three).
-- Nuggets lost three of their last four games.
-- Kings lost 17 of their last 19 games.
-- Bobcats lost three of their last four games.

Totals
-- Seven of last eight Milwaukee games went over the total.
-- Four of last five Detroit games stayed under the total; five of last six Orlando games went over.
-- Nine of last eleven Chicago games went over the total.
-- Six of last nine Atlanta games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Boston games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 12-1 in New York's last thirteen games.
-- Seven of last eight Minnesota games went over the total.
-- Three of last four Dallas games stayed under the total; three of the last four Thunder games went over.
-- Three of last four Denver games went over the total.
-- Six of last seven Phoenix games went over the total.
-- Under is 8-3 in Cleveland's last eleven games.
-- Last three Clipper games stayed under the total.
-- Last five Charlotte games stayed under the total.

Back-to Back
-- Milwaukee covered six of last eight if it plays again the next night.
-- Orlando is 4-3-1 vs spread if it plays again the next night.
-- Bulls are 1-6 vs spread on road the night before they play at home.
-- Miami is 1-4 vs spread on road the night before a home games.
-- Knicks are 3-5 vs spread if they play again the next night.
-- Thunder is 6-3-1 vs spread if it plays again the next night.
-- Lakers are 9-1 vs spread if they won the night before.
-- Suns are 0-3 vs spread at home if they played the night before.
-- Cavaliers are 8-3 vs spread if they played the night before.
-- Kings are 5-4 vs spread on road if they play again the next night.
-- Bobcats covered three of last four if they play again the next night.

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MILWAUKEE (28 - 32) at NEW ORLEANS (34 - 22)
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 205-262 ATS (-83.2 Units) second half of the season since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 145-184 ATS (-57.4 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
NEW ORLEANS is 128-100 ATS (+18.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 61-43 ATS (+13.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 45-32 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 48-32 ATS (+12.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 3-1 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 4-0 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


DETROIT (27 - 29) at ORLANDO (42 - 15)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 11-5 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 15-3 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
10 of 18 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


CHICAGO (26 - 32) at WASHINGTON (13 - 44)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 21-35 ATS (-17.5 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 17-26 ATS (-11.6 Units) as an underdog this season.
WASHINGTON is 226-276 ATS (-77.6 Units) in home games since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 15-32 ATS (-20.2 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 32-53 ATS (-26.3 Units) in home games on Friday nights since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 15-25 ATS (-12.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 5-4 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 6-3 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
7 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


INDIANA (25 - 35) at BOSTON (46 - 13)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 7-3 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 6-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MIAMI (30 - 26) at ATLANTA (32 - 25)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 7-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
MIAMI is 6-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


PHILADELPHIA (28 - 28) at NEW YORK (24 - 33)
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 11-25 ATS (-16.5 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 210 since 1996.
PHILADELPHIA is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 8-3 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
PHILADELPHIA is 9-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


PORTLAND (35 - 22) at MINNESOTA (18 - 39)

Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 96-120 ATS (-36.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) in home games this season.
MINNESOTA is 30-52 ATS (-27.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 19-33 ATS (-17.3 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in home games revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
MINNESOTA is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive losses over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
MINNESOTA is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 8-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 8-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


OKLAHOMA CITY (13 - 44) at DALLAS (34 - 23)
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 205-145 ATS (+45.5 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 29-18 ATS (+9.2 Units) as an underdog this season.
DALLAS is 19-31 ATS (-15.1 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 5-3 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 8-1 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


LA LAKERS (48 - 10) at DENVER (38 - 20)
Top Trends for this game.
DENVER is 112-82 ATS (+21.8 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
LA LAKERS are 87-71 ATS (+8.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 210 over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in February games over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 33-20 ATS (+11.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) in road games after scoring 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LA LAKERS are 45-27 ATS (+15.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 28-8 ATS (+19.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA LAKERS is 10-3 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 10-3 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons
9 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


TORONTO (23 - 36) at PHOENIX (32 - 25)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 5-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic


Pistons: Detroit will try to avoid losing nine straight games for the first time in nearly 15 years when they visit the Magic. About the only thing positive for the Pistons right now is that forward Rasheed Wallace will apparently not be suspended after picking up his 15th and 16th technicals of the season on Wednesday in a 90-87 loss at New Orleans. “I tried to get him out before he got it,” Detroit head coach Michael Curry said. “He’s an emotional guy. We got unraveled a little bit.” However, two of Wallace's earlier technicals were rescinded by the NBA, so he will get to play against Orlando.

Pistons are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
The UNDER is 15-6 in Detroit's last 21 road games.

Key Injuries - G Allen Iverson (back) is questionable.

PROJECTED SCORE: 87

Magic (-9.5, O/U 187): While the Pistons have fallen on hard times lately, Orlando has emerged and taken their place as one of the league's elite teams. Still, the Magic have dropped seven of the last nine regular-season meetings and eight of the last nine playoff games between the teams. Detroit won the only meeting this season back on December 29th, as Allen Iverson and Rodney Stuckey combined for 34 points. It's possible that both Iverson (back) and Stuckey (5.4 points per game in the last five) could be out of the starting lineup for this game.

Magic are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.
The OVER is 5-1 in Orlando's last 6 games overall.

Key Injuries - G Mickael Pietrus (wrist) is questionable.
PG Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is OUT.

PROJECTED SCORE: 100 (Side Play of the Day)


Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs

Cavs (-3, O/U 176): Cleveland is coming off its worst offensive performance of the season in a 93-74 loss at Houston on Thursday. Cavs star LeBron James was held without an assist for the first time in his career and finished with 21 points on 7-of-21 shooting. “I’m not happy with that at all,” James said. “I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have an assist, but as a team, we didn’t move the ball at all. We’ll just move on to the next game.” The good news is that Cleveland is 9-2 in the second half of back-to-back games and 9-1 in games following a loss this year.

Cavs are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
The UNDER is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Key Injuries - G Delonte West (wrist) is probable.
F Sasha Pavlovic (ankle) is OUT.

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

Spurs: San Antonio point guard Tony Parker has picked up the scoring load left behind by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who have both missed time lately due to injuries. In the last two games Duncan has missed, Parker has averaged 38 points in wins over Dallas and Portland. The Spurs have won seven straight at home and five in a row overall, proving they will again be dangerous come playoff time when everybody is back healthy. “Tony Parker was a super stud again, and generated the offense again,” San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said after he totaled 39 points and nine assists against the Blazers. “His leadership on the floor was exceptional.”

Spurs are 4-0 SU & ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The UNDER is 8-1 in San Antonio's last 9 games vs. Central Division.

Key Injuries - F Fabricio Oberto (thumb) is probable.
F Tim Duncan (quad) is questionable.
G Manu Ginobili (ankle) is OUT.

PROJECTED SCORE: 84

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MILWAUKEE at NEW ORLEANS
MILWAUKEE: 21-10 Over when the total is 200 to 209.5
NEW ORLEANS: 13-3 ATS off 3+ ATS losses

DETROIT at ORLANDO
DETROIT: 3-10 ATS off a road loss
ORLANDO: 13-4 ATS playing with revenge

CHICAGO at WASHINGTON
CHICAGO: 19-5 Over Away 2nd half of season
WASHINGTON: 15-25 ATS playing with revenge

INDIANA at BOSTON
INDIANA: 2-9 ATS after a win by 6 points or less
BOSTON: 30-14 ATS after a loss by 6 points or less

MIAMI at ATLANTA
MIAMI: 7-3 ATS vs. Atlanta
ATLANTA: 2-8 ATS off a road loss of 3 points or less

PHILADELPHIA at NEW YORK
PHILADELPHIA: 4-12 ATS after playing BB games as favorite
NEW YORK: 10-1 Over in February

PORTLAND at MINNESOTA

PORTLAND: 24-11 Under when the total is 200 to 209.5
MINNESOTA: 4-14 ATS as home underdog

OKLAHOMA CITY at DALLAS
OKLAHOMA CITY: 29-18 ATS as an underdog
DALLAS: 19-31 ATS off DD win

LA LAKERS at DENVER

LA LAKERS: 5-1 Under at Denver
DENVER: 3-10 ATS vs. Lakers

TORONTO at PHOENIX
TORONTO: 0-7 ATS off BB ATS wins
PHOENIX: n/a

CLEVELAND at SAN ANTONIO
CLEVELAND: 9-2 ATS in Friday nights
SAN ANTONIO: 12-3 Under playing their 3rd game in 4 days

LA CLIPPERS at SACRAMENTO
LA CLIPPERS: 27-49 ATS revenging road loss
SACRAMENTO: 36-18 Over off home loss

CHARLOTTE at GOLDEN STATE
CHARLOTTE: 14-4 Under revenging a loss where opponent scored 100+ points
GOLDEN STATE: 10-4 ATS off DD road loss

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