NBA News and Notes Wednesday 3/18

NBA News and Notes Wednesday 3/18

Wednesday's NBA Preview
By Josh Jacobs

Before collegiate basketball takes hold of gamblers’ wallets across the globe the NBA will make its weekly appearance on ESPN. Beginning with a 7:00 p.m. EST tip-off between Miami and Boston, the evening telecast will end as Detroit and Houston descend upon the hardwood.

And so the coverage continues…

Miami at Boston – 7:00 p.m. EST

The Heat began their current four-game road trip with a defeat in Philadelphia on Sunday (85-77). This was Miami’s third ATS loss in the last five games while a much more welcomed, 7-2 record on the ‘over’ has cashed tickets in the last nine outings. Averaging 111.8 PPG on offense and falling flat on their face on defense by allowing 110.2 PPG in the same nine contests, there’s no wonder why the ‘over’ has been red hot. Some more numbers to take to heart involving the total include a 21-13-1 record on the ‘over’ in home games this season, an 18-9-1 stint on the ‘over’ as the favorite and a 20-14-1 performance on the ‘over’ coming off an ATS loss. If you’re interested in backing Miami be warned that the team has failed to cover seven of the last 10 games against the Celtics with a 1-4 ATS fall occurring in the last five head-to-head meetings. Combine that with a 5-7 ATS (41.7%) record when coming off two days of rest and there are some indications that your money could be effective in another spot.

Boston enters Wednesday’s dance on a downturn after dropping three of its last four games, getting outscored 92.8 to 89.3 PPG. A 1-8 ATS freefall has almost mirrored what the Celtics have done statistically. The offense has struggled during this problematic time, finding the hoop for 97 PPG (versus its 101 PPG this season). The end result is a point margin of zero due to the defense giving up 97 PPG during the same nine games. Despite contributing to the 194 PPG total (again, during the nine-game stretch), the ‘over’ has been a bread winner by going 5-2 in the last seven. Books have been stubborn to raise the total bar, averaging 190.8 PPG at the closing bell. This is a back-to-back spot for Boston for which the team is 7-7 ATS. But in away-to-home, back-to-back scenarios, the Celtics are just 1-3 ATS this season (even after outscoring opponents by 5.3 points per game).

Detroit at Houston – 9:30 p.m. EST

The Pistons come to the court garnering a 4-1 ATS record in their last five road games. However, be cautioned that a 2-3 SU and ATS slide in the last five can be attributed to being outscored by a point margin of 1.2 PPG. Secondly, Detroit is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games as the underdog, but has gone 4-1 ATS as the ‘dog in the last five. The Pistons are another team playing on short notice, making their trek around the Lone Star State. This is a spot where Detroit has suffered economically, going 4-7 ATS on zero days of rest. But on away-to-away games without the rest, the Pistons are 2-1 ATS. Another angle to look at is Detroit’s 12-19 ATS (4-12 ATS at home and 8-7 ATS on the road) record versus teams playing above the .500 mark. Shooting 46 percent in the last eight games has trickled down to recent success as a 5-3 SU and ATS record can attest.

Even with the two tough losses against San Antonio (88-85) on Saturday and against the Lakers on Mar. 11 (102-96), Houston has been able to play at a high level. The Rockets are 13-4 SU and 10-7 ATS in their last 17, scoring 98.4 PPG versus giving up a stingy, 91.1 PPG. The result of this barbaric defensive effort has resulted in the ‘under’ going 6-0 in the last six games and 16-8 in the last 24. In home games, the ‘under’ is 21-14, as the home favorite the ‘under’ has rolled at 20-13 and after an ATS loss the ‘under’ has been clocked at 21-14. The tough stuff is that Houston is 12-20 ATS with just one-day off on its schedule. The Rockets are coming off a 95-84 win over New Orleans on Monday, covering the spread as six-point visiting ‘dogs.

These two teams last met on Jan. 25 as Houston fought its way into the win column by the final score of 108-105. That game marked only the third time that the Rockets covered the spread in the last 10 meetings against the Pistons.

Bonus Coverage

-- The door is closing on the Suns but two wins a row (scoring 154 points in a win against Golden State) and with Philadelphia entering in a back-to-back scenario, could there still be hope?

-- Phoenix struggled mightily in its six-game losing streak. This is a group who submitted to opponents during the massive slide, allowing 117.7 PPG. Shooting 52 percent form the floor is just an introduction to the continued emphasis on scoring and offense but on the flipside, opponents have drained 50 percent of their shots. And in the last 10 games, the Suns have been burnt on the boards, getting outrebounded in all but four of those contests.

-- What this off-balanced play on both offense and defense has allowed is an ‘over’ record putting money in the bank for a 5-2 record in the last seven. And these are games that books have set as high as 239 points to a not so low, 217 ½.

-- Going through a turbulent season, the 76ers have decided to turn on the burners. A 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS record has been good for the standings but draining on the wallet. Eight of the last 10 games have seen books install Philly as favorites. During the season, the ‘Sixers are a disappointing, 15-18-3 ATS when installed as the favorite.

-- Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last five games versus teams playing with a winning record. And although the ‘Sixers have gone 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four head-to-head meetings against the Suns, Phoenix owns the edge at 9-4 ATS in the last 14 clashes.

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Hot and Cold Bets - Week 20
By Matt Fargo

The NBA regular season is winding down fast and the games are becoming that much more important. Matt Fargo has been looking into Hot and Cold NBA bets throughout the season and he takes a look at four games that you will want to pay attention to coming up over the next few days.

NBA Hot Bets

Wednesday – Sacramento Kings at Charlotte Bobcats 9:00 PM ET


Charlotte may be considered “cold” right now but this is the time to ride. The Bobcats have lost three straight games heading into Monday’s game against Toronto. A win there will get the Bobcats going again and the schedule sets up for a possible run as the next five games are all against teams that will not be making the playoffs this season. Charlotte had won a season and franchise high six games and it is still in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, trailing Chicago and Milwaukee by only a game and a half for the final spot. Sacramento brings in a 4-29 road record (19-14 ATS) and it has yet to win a game against the Eastern Conference, going 0-26 on the season (8-18 ATS). This will be the third game in four nights as well as the second of a back-to-back set where the Kings are just 3-15 on the year (9-9 ATS). Charlotte won the first meeting this year by seven points in Sacramento and this one should end up a double-digit win.

NBA Cold Bets

Wednesday – Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets 8:30 PM ET


The Pistons seemed to have picked up some steam as they won four straight games including big victories over Boston and Orlando. However, they have gone just 2-3 since then with one of those wins coming in overtime and two losses coming against the lowly Knicks and Grizzlies. Detroit has been better on the road this season with a 16-15 record (17-14 ATS) but it has struggled against the Western Conference, going 12-14 (11-15 ATS) and this includes a loss to Houston at home in the first meeting. The Pistons will be playing their second game in two nights and they are just 3-8 this season with no rest (4-7 ATS) including a 1-5 record (2-3 ATS) when the first of the two games was on the road. Houston has been up and down and even though it has dropped two straight at home, those losses came against the Spurs and Lakers. The Rockets are 27-8 at home this year (15-19-1 ATS) and while that spread record is not good, they make up for it with a 16-12 record against the Eastern Conference (15-12-1 ATS).

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SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, March 18

New Jersey at New York (7:30 p.m. EDT). Two teams trying to hang on in the Eastern Conference playoff race who have gone in opposite directions lately, with the Knicks surging and the Nets struggling.

STARS

Tuesday

— LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 43 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Cleveland moved to 30-1 at home with a 97-93 win over Orlando.

— Al Horford and Josh Smith, Hawks. Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Smith finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta’s sixth straight victory, 119-97 over Sacramento.

— John Salmons, Bulls, tied a career high with 38 points in Chicago’s 127-121 victory over Boston.

— Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 24 points and carried San Antonio to a 93-86 win over Minnesota while Tim Duncan sat out to rest his knees.

— Andre Iguodala, 76ers, scored 25 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, to help Philadelphia overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and stun the Los Angeles Lakers 94-93.

— Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette, Warriors. Ellis matched his season high with 29 points, and Maggette had 21 to lead Golden State past the Los Angeles Clippers 127-120.

STATS

The Hawks are 40-28 overall, their highest win total since 1997-98. … Coming off an 86-77 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday in which they set a season low for points scored, the Celtics set one for points allowed in a 127-121 loss at Chicago. … Minnesota continued its misery against the Spurs, losing for the 14th time in the last 15 meetings, 93-86.

SCORING

Kobe Bryant managed only 11 points in the Lakers’ 94-93 loss to Philadelphia. He also did not go to the free throw line. … Joe Johnson finished with 20 points for the Hawks in a 119-97 win over the Kings, ending his four-game stretch of 30 or more. … Detroit’s Will Bynum set a career high with 19 points in a 103-101 loss at Dallas. … Seven Utah players scored in double figures in a 103-88 win over Washington: Kyle Korver (15); Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer and Mehmut Okur (13 each); Deron Williams (12); and Andrei Kirilenko and Paul Millsap (10 apiece).

STREAKS

Sacramento has lost all 27 games against the Eastern Conference after a 119-97 loss at Atlanta, which has won six straight overall, all at home. … Dallas also has been invincible at home lately, winning its eighth in a row by beating Detroit 103-101. … Chicago won its seventh straight at the United Center, 127-121 over Boston. … Utah keeps winning at home, making Washington its 12th successive victim, 103-88. … Andre Miller, who turns 33 Thursday, played in his 513th consecutive game, the NBA’s longest active streak, in a 94-93 victory at the Lakers. … The Clippers have lost six straight on the road and seven in a row at Golden State.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Dwight Howard had 13 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for the Magic in a 97-93 loss at Cleveland. … Kevin Martin scored 31 points for Sacramento, which fell 119-97 at Atlanta. … Tayshaun Prince scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 103-101 loss to Dallas. … Paul Pierce hit for 37 points and had seven rebounds in Boston’s 127-121 loss at Chicago. … Pau Gasol had 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots in the Lakers’ 94-93 loss to the 76ers. … Baron Davis scored 29 points in his first game in Oakland since opting out of his contract with the Warriors. … Al Thornton had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Clippers lost their sixth straight on the road, 127-120.

FASHIONABLE

Cleveland’s LeBron James wore green and white Nikes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then celebrated a 97-93 win over Orlando that pushed the Cavaliers to 30-1 at home. … The Mavs wore their alternate green jerseys in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. So did the Bulls.

SIDELINED

Pistons leading scorer Richard Hamilton missed the loss against the Mavericks because of a nagging groin problem. … Spurs forward Tim Duncan sat out the win against Minnesota to rest his knees that have sporadically troubled the All-Star this season. … Celtics forward Leon Powe left the loss to the Bulls with a bruised right knee. … Cavaliers forward Wally Szczerbiak sprained his left knee in the third period against Orlando and did not return. … The Celtics dropped to 6-6 since Kevin Garnett hurt his knee.

SPEAKING

“I can’t imagine 100.”—Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale about joining Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the record books for coaching longevity. A night after Popovich coached his landmark 1,000th career game, McHale was coaching his 79th.

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Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Kevin Martin netted 31 points for Sacramento in its 119-97 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Atlanta cashed as 12-point home favorites as the game played over the 202.5-point total set by sportsbooks.

Gerald Wallace had 25 points and nine rebounds, as the Bobcats drilled the Raptors 112-86 on Monday night.

Charlotte cashed as 6-point home favorites as the teams played over the 194-point total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Sacramento has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 14-53 SU, 32-35 ATS
Charlotte: 29-38 SU, 40-27 ATS

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

Charlotte most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 7 games when playing Charlotte
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Charlotte
Sacramento is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Sacramento is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games
Charlotte is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games at home
Charlotte is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Sacramento

Next up:
Sacramento at New York, Friday, March 20
Charlotte at Toronto, Friday, March 20


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers past the Grizzlies 103-92 on Monday night.

Portland covered as 6.5-point road favorites as the game played over the 189-point total listed by sportsbooks.

The Pacers lost to Toronto 110-87 as a 3-point underdog on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (214.5).

Troy Murphy led Indiana with 16 points and 10 rebounds and T.J. Ford netted 15 points in the loss.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 42-25 SU, 34-33 ATS
Indiana: 28-40 SU, 35-31-2 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Portland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Portland is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
Portland is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games at home
Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Portland
Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland

Next up:
Portland at Cleveland, Thursday, March 19
Indiana home to Dallas, Friday, March 20


Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

The Heat lost to Philadelphia 85-77 as a 7.5-point underdog on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (196).

Jermaine O'Neal led Miami with 20 points, while Dwyane Wade was held to 18 points on 8-of-21 shooting.

Paul Pierce had 37 points and seven boards for Boston in its 127-121 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.

Chicago cashed as 2-point home underdogs as the game played over the 195.5-point total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Boston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Miami: 36-30 SU, 31-34-1 ATS
Boston: 50-18 SU, 34-34 ATS

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

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

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

Next up:
Miami at New Jersey, Friday, March 20
Boston at San Antonio, Friday, March 20


New Jersey Nets vs. New York Knicks

Vince Carter dropped 32 points to lead New Jersey in its 121-96 loss to Denver on Monday night.

Denver cashed as 9-point home favorites as the teams played over the 208-point total set by oddsmakers.

The Knicks lost to Cleveland 98-93 as a 10-point underdog on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (210.5).

Al Harrington led the Knicks with 26 points and nine rebounds, while Nate Robinson had 20 points and seven assists.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 28-39 SU, 34-32-1 ATS
New York: 28-38 SU, 38-27-1 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Denver are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

New York most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Sacramento are 1-9
After playing Cleveland are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games on the road
New Jersey is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone OVER in 13 of New Jersey's last 15 games
New Jersey is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New York's last 11 games at home
New York is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of New York's last 22 games
New York is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey home to Miami, Friday, March 20
New York home to Sacramento, Friday, March 20


Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Rafer Alston led Orlando with 23 points and five steals in its 97-93 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Cleveland couldn't cover as 6-point home favorites as the game played under the 190-point total posted by sportsbooks.

The Bucks defeated Boston 86-77 as a 6-point underdog on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (198).

Charlie Villanueva scored a team-high 19 points for Milwaukee and Richard Jefferson added 17 points in the loss.

Team records:
Orlando: 49-18 SU, 43-23-1 ATS
Milwaukee: 31-38 SU, 36-31-2 ATS

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a loss are 9-1

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Portland are 2-8
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Orlando is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Orlando is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Orlando
Milwaukee is 15-4-2 ATS in its last 21 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee's last 20 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 9 games

Next up:
Orlando home to New York, Saturday, March 21
Milwaukee home to Portland, Saturday, March 21


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Hornets

Kevin Love paced Minnesota with 17 points and 19 boards in its 93-86 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night.

San Antonio failed to cover as 11-point home favorites as the game played under the 191.5-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Chris Paul went for 29 points, 11 assists, six boards, and six steals for New Orleans in its 95-84 loss to Houston on Monday night.

Houston cashed as 3.5-point road underdogs as the game played under the 182.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
New Orleans has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 20-47 SU, 30-36-1 ATS
New Orleans: 41-25 SU, 28-36-2 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 9-1
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

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

Next up:
Minnesota at Houston, Friday, March 20
New Orleans home to Memphis, Friday, March 20


Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

John Salmons poured in 38 points to lead the Bulls past the Celtics 127-121 on Tuesday night.

Chicago cashed as 2-point home underdogs as the game played over the 195.5-point total set by oddsmakers.

Kevin Durant dropped 25 points to lift the Thunder past the Spurs 78-76 on Monday night.

Oklahoma City cashed as 5-point home underdogs as the game played under the 190-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Chicago has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 31-37 SU, 35-32-1 ATS
Oklahoma City: 19-48 SU, 40-26-1 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Boston are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Utah are 3-7
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

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

Next up:
Chicago home to LA Lakers, Saturday, March 21
Oklahoma City home to Utah, Friday, March 20


Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Nene went for 19 points and eight rebounds, as the Nuggets dumped the Nets 121-96 on Monday night.

Denver cashed as 9-point home favorites as the teams played over the 208-point total set by oddsmakers.

O.J. Mayo finished with 21 points and six assists for Memphis in its 103-92 loss to Portland on Monday night.

Portland covered as 6.5-point road favorites as the game played over the 189-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Denver has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Denver: 43-25 SU, 37-30-1 ATS
Memphis: 17-49 SU, 29-36-1 ATS

Denver most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Memphis most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing Portland are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Memphis
Denver is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Memphis
Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Memphis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Denver home to Washington, Friday, March 20
Memphis at New Orleans, Friday, March 20


Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets

Tayshaun Prince led the way for Detroit with 28 points and seven boards in its 103-101 loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.

Dallas couldn't cover as 6-point home favorites as the teams played over the 188.5-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Ron Artest scored 18 points to lead the Rockets past the Hornets 95-84 on Monday night.

Houston cashed as 3.5-point road underdogs as the game played under the 182.5-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Detroit has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 33-33 SU, 28-38 ATS
Houston: 44-25 SU, 33-35-1 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing New Orleans are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games when playing Houston
Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
Detroit is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
Houston is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
Houston is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to LA Clippers, Friday, March 20
Houston home to Minnesota, Friday, March 20


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns

Andre Iguodala's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the 76ers past the Lakers 94-93 on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia won as 10.5-point road underdogs as the game played under the 203.5-point total set by sportsbooks.

The Suns defeated Golden State 154-130 as a 1.5-point underdog on Sunday. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (244.5).

Jason Richardson scored 31 points for Phoenix and Shaquille O'Neal added 26 points.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has won 4 straight games.
Phoenix has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 34-31 SU, 30-33-2 ATS
Phoenix: 36-31 SU, 27-39-1 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 8-2
After playing Golden State are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 10 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Phoenix is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Golden State, Friday, March 20
Phoenix home to Washington, Saturday, March 21


Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Nick Young and Juan Dixon both came off the pine to score 14 points for Washington in its 103-88 loss to Utah on Tuesday night.

The game resulted in a push with Utah as 15-point home favorites, as the teams played under the 203.5-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Baron Davis led Los Angeles with 29 points and seven assists in its 127-100 loss to Golden State on Tueaday night.

Golden State won as 1.5-point home favorites as the game played over the 225-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Team records:
Washington: 16-52 SU, 24-42-2 ATS
Los Angeles: 16-51 SU, 26-41 ATS

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 3-7
After playing Utah are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

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

Next up:
Washington at Denver, Friday, March 20
LA Clippers at Detroit, Friday, March 20

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PORTLAND (42 - 25) at INDIANA (28 - 40)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 5-0 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
INDIANA is 4-1 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MIAMI (36 - 30) at BOSTON (50 - 17)
Top Trends for this game.
MIAMI is 63-83 ATS (-28.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 18-32 ATS (-17.2 Units) against Atlantic division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 101-73 ATS (+20.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 80-62 ATS (+11.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 51-36 ATS (+11.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 6-3 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 6-3 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


SACRAMENTO (14 - 52) at CHARLOTTE (29 - 38)
Top Trends for this game.
SACRAMENTO is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in non-conference games this season.
CHARLOTTE is 40-27 ATS (+10.3 Units) in all games this season.
CHARLOTTE is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
CHARLOTTE is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season this season.
CHARLOTTE is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.

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


NEW JERSEY (28 - 39) at NEW YORK (28 - 38)
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 8-21 ATS (-15.1 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) in road games in March games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 22-34 ATS (-15.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 24-37 ATS (-16.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW YORK is 38-27 ATS (+8.3 Units) in all games this season.
NEW YORK is 27-17 ATS (+8.3 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
NEW JERSEY is 155-117 ATS (+26.3 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
NEW YORK is 50-69 ATS (-25.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
NEW YORK is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

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


DENVER (43 - 25) at MEMPHIS (17 - 49)
Top Trends for this game.
DENVER is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in road games after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
DENVER is 58-44 ATS (+9.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 65-82 ATS (-25.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 50-64 ATS (-20.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 30-44 ATS (-18.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) against Northwest division opponents this season.
MEMPHIS is 47-63 ATS (-22.3 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 28-43 ATS (-19.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 5-17 ATS (-13.7 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 2-14 ATS (-13.4 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
DENVER is 7-3 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 8-2 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MINNESOTA (20 - 46) at NEW ORLEANS (41 - 25)
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 99-126 ATS (-39.6 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 52-66 ATS (-20.6 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 33-58 ATS (-30.8 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 31-51 ATS (-25.1 Units) against Southwest division opponents since 1996.
MINNESOTA is 31-46 ATS (-19.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 133-105 ATS (+17.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 65-48 ATS (+12.2 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 47-34 ATS (+9.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 22-8 ATS (+13.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in home games in March games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 34-19 ATS (+13.1 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 45-28 ATS (+14.2 Units) in road games revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 57-82 ATS (-33.2 Units) after a division game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 7-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 7-3 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


CHICAGO (30 - 37) at OKLAHOMA CITY (19 - 48)
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 39-26 ATS (+10.4 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in non-conference games this season.

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


ORLANDO (49 - 17) at MILWAUKEE (31 - 38)
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 43-23 ATS (+17.7 Units) in all games this season.
ORLANDO is 32-21 ATS (+8.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
ORLANDO is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) in road games this season.
ORLANDO is 36-24 ATS (+9.6 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
ORLANDO is 23-9 ATS (+13.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
ORLANDO is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game this season.
MILWAUKEE is 35-53 ATS (-23.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 10-24 ATS (-16.4 Units) in March games over the last 3 seasons.

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


DETROIT (33 - 32) at HOUSTON (44 - 25)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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


PHILADELPHIA (33 - 31) at PHOENIX (36 - 31)
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game this season.
PHOENIX is 27-39 ATS (-15.9 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 9-24 ATS (-17.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

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


WASHINGTON (16 - 51) at LA CLIPPERS (16 - 50)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 23-42 ATS (-23.2 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 19-32 ATS (-16.2 Units) as an underdog this season.
WASHINGTON is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
LA CLIPPERS are 27-39 ATS (-15.9 Units) in all games this season.
LA CLIPPERS are 29-47 ATS (-22.7 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 21-37 ATS (-19.7 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 21-33 ATS (-15.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 20-30 ATS (-13.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.

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

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MIAMI vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

PORTLAND vs. INDIANA
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Portland is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Indiana is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

SACRAMENTO vs. CHARLOTTE
Sacramento is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Charlotte
Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Sacramento
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Sacramento

NEW JERSEY vs. NEW YORK
New Jersey is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
New York is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against New Jersey
New York is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against New Jersey

CHICAGO vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
Chicago is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago

DENVER vs. MEMPHIS
Denver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Memphis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Memphis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

MINNESOTA vs. NEW ORLEANS
Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
New Orleans is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games

ORLANDO vs. MILWAUKEE
Orlando is 4-15-2 ATS in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Orlando is 3-18 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee's last 20 games at home

DETROIT vs. HOUSTON
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
Houston is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Detroit

PHILADELPHIA vs. PHOENIX
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

WASHINGTON vs. LA CLIPPERS
Washington is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Washington is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
LA Clippers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games at home
LA Clippers are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games

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Hot Teams
-- Miami won five of its last seven games.
-- Trailblazers won seven of their last ten games.
-- Knicks won three of last four games (4-0 vs spread).
-- Orlando won seven of its last nine games.
-- Nuggets won last three games, by 13-13-25 points.
-- Chicago is 5-1-1 vs spread in its last seven games. Thunder won six of their last nine games.
-- Rockets won five of their last seven games.
-- 76ers won last four games, by 9-3-1-8 points. Suns won last couple games, by 11-24 points, after losing previous six contests.

Cold Teams
-- Celtics lost four of their last five games.
-- Pacers lost last three games, by 12-14-23 points.
-- Bobcats lost three of their last four games. Sacramento lost last four games, by 1-3-2-22 points.
-- Nets lost four in row, six of last seven games.
-- Timberwolves lost 12 of their last 14 games. Hornets lost three of their last five games, losing last two by 18-11 points.
-- Bucks lost seven of their last ten games.
-- Memphis lost five of last six games, but covered six of last eight.
-- Pistons lost three of their last four games.
-- Clippers lost eight of their last nine games. Wizards lost eight of their last ten games.

Totals
-- Six of last eight Boston games went over the total.
-- Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Indiana games.
-- Seven of last nine Charlotte games went over the total.
-- Over is 13-2 in Nets' last fifteen games.
-- Eight of last ten Minnesota games stayed under the total.
-- Six of last nine Milwaukee games stayed under the total.
-- Six of last nine Memphis home games went over the total.
-- Seven of last nine Thunder games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Detroit games went over the total; Rockets' last six games all stayed under.
-- Five of last seven Phoenix games went over the total.
-- Under is 7-4 in Washington's last eleven games.

Back-to Back
-- Celtics are 2-2 (1-3 vs spread) if they lost the night before.
-- Kings are 7-2 vs spread on road if they played the night before.
-- Minnesota is 6-4 vs spread on road if they played the nite before.
-- Orlando is 6-2 vs spread if it played the night before.
-- Bulls are 2-4 on road if they played the night before.
-- Pistons are 2-8 vs spread if they played the night before.
-- 76ers are 3-6 vs spread if they won the night before.
-- Clippers are 4-8 vs spread if they played the night before.

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PORTLAND at INDIANA
PORTLAND: 5-10 ATS playing their 3rd game in 4 days
INDIANA: 6-1 ATS off BB road losses

MIAMI at BOSTON
MIAMI: 19-40 ATS if road dog last game
BOSTON: 13-4 ATS after scoring 110+ points

SACRAMENTO at CHARLOTTE

SACRAMENTO: 8-19 ATS vs. Eastern Conference
CHARLOTTE: 26-13 ATS off ATS win

NEW JERSEY at NEW YORK
NEW JERSEY: 8-1 Over off 20+ point loss
NEW YORK: 13-2 ATS off BB road games

DENVER at MEMPHIS
DENVER: 11-2 ATS off cover as DD favorite
MEMPHIS: 2-13 ATS vs. Northwest Division

MINNESOTA at NEW ORLEANS

MINNESOTA: 21-49 ATS off road ATS win/SU loss
NEW ORLEANS: 4-14 ATS off BB Unders

CHICAGO at OKLAHOMA CITY
CHICAGO: 6-19 ATS off SU dog win
OKLAHOMA CITY: 17-3 ATS after having lost 2 of their last 3

ORLANDO at MILWAUKEE

ORLANDO: 9-1 ATS off road loss
MILWAUKEE: 9-0 Over if home dog L2 games

DETROIT at HOUSTON
DETROIT: 12-1 Under off BB non-conf games
HOUSTON: 6-1 ATS off BB division games

PHILADELPHIA at PHOENIX
PHILADELPHIA: 26-12 ATS Away in the 2nd of BB games
PHOENIX: 4-13 ATS off BB SU losses

WASHINGTON at LA CLIPPERS
WASHINGTON: 12-21 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points
LA CLIPPERS: 12-4 Over playing on back-to-back days

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Miami Heat at Boston Celtics


Heat: Miami recently completed an exhausting week of games with a 3-1 record, going to double overtime against Chicago last Monday and triple overtime on Sunday. The Heat won both of those games before running out of gas in an 85-77 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. Miami star Dwyane Wade averaged 47 minutes during that stretch to go along with 43.3 points and 9.3 assists. “We were probably fatigued,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There are games where you can’t close them out.”

Heat are 1-4 SU & ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The OVER is 7-2 in Miami's last 9 games overall.

Key Injuries - C Mark Blount (personal) is probable.

PROJECTED SCORE: 96 (OVER - Total Play of the Day)

Celtics (-4.5, O/U 191.5): Boston has dropped four of its last five games and is just 9-9 since a 12-game winning streak that ended in early February. The Celtics return home following back-to-back losses at Milwaukee and Chicago. They suffered a 127-121 setback against the Bulls on Tuesday, which is the most points they have surrendered since acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who hyperextended his elbow and may not play Wednesday. “It’s all predicated on how I feel (Wednesday),” Allen said.

Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
The OVER is 8-2 in Boston's last 10 home games.

Key Injuries - G Ray Allen (elbow) is questionable.
F Kevin Garnett (knee) is day-to-day.
F Glen Davis (leg) is day-to-day.

PROJECTED SCORE: 100


Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets

Pistons: Detroit has dropped four of six games despite a late rally that came up short in a 103-101 loss at Dallas on Tuesday. The Pistons outscored the Mavs 35-23 in the fourth quarter without Richard Hamilton, who sat out with a nagging groin injury. “I was very pleased with our effort,” Detroit head coach Michael Curry said following the game. “We stuck with it, continued to fight and did a lot of good things. If we put in the same effort with (Hamilton) tomorrow, we’ll be good. If he can go, he will.”

Pistons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
The UNDER is 19-7-1 in Detroit's last 27 games vs. Southwest Division.

Key Injuries - G Richard Hamilton (groin) is questionable.
G Allen Iverson (back) is day-to-day.
F Rasheed Wallace (calf) is OUT.

PROJECTED SCORE: 83

Rockets (-9, O/U 177.5): Houston forward Carl Landry was shot near his home on Tuesday after the team returned from a win at New Orleans. Landry sustained an injury to his calf and is expected to miss one to three weeks of action. "Obviously, it hurts us,” Rockets head coach Rick Adelman said. “But on the other hand, it’s going to give other guys the chance to step up and play. We’ve got to have that from everybody else. It’s going to hurt us, but he’ll be back and the rest of our group has to try to step up and win games.”

Favorite is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
The UNDER is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

Key Injuries - C Yao Ming (flu) is questionable.
F Carl Landry (calf) is OUT.

PROJECTED SCORE:  95 (Side Play of the Day)

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