NBA News and Notes Wednesday 12/9

NBA News and Notes Wednesday 12/9

Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Wachovia Center.

The Pistons defeated Washington 97-94 as a 2.5-point favorite on Sunday. The combined score caused this game to be a PUSH on the posted over/under total (191).

Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 24 points for Detroit, while Charlie Villanueva added 18 points in the win.

Andre Iguodala poured in 31 points for Philadelphia in its 93-83 loss to Denver on Monday night.

Denver covered as 6.5-point road favorites, while the game played UNDER the 217-point total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 2 straight games.
Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 8-12 SU, 11-8-1 ATS
Philadelphia: 5-16 SU, 9-12 ATS

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 6-4
After playing Washington are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Denver are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 13 games
Philadelphia is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit
Philadelphia is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Denver, Thursday, December 10
Philadelphia home to Houston, Friday, December 11


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Indiana Pacers will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Brandon Roy scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Portland in its 93-84 loss to New York on Monday night.

New York won as 3-point home underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the 201-point total listed by sportsbooks.

The Pacers were defeated 88-72 by the Clippers last time out, as 2.5-point road underdogs. That game's 160 points went UNDER the posted total of 201.

Troy Murphy had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Portland: 13-9 SU, 10-12 ATS
Indiana: 6-12 SU, 6-12 ATS

Portland most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing New York are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Portland's last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Portland's last 25 games
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Portland
Indiana is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Portland
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Portland
Indiana is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland at Cleveland, Friday, December 11
Indiana home to New Jersey, Friday, December 11


Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Philips Arena.

Derrick Rose had 27 points, 10 assists, and seven boards for Chicago in its 103-101 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday night.

New Jersey cashed as 6.5-point road underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the 192-point total posted by sportsbooks.

Joe Johnson tossed in 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Hawks defeated the Mavericks 80-75 on Saturday. The Hawks won that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the combined score went UNDER the posted total of 203.5.

Josh Smith added 12 points for the Hawks, and Marvin Williams grabbed 15 rebounds in the win.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 7-12 SU, 5-13-1 ATS
Atlanta: 14-6 SU, 14-6 ATS

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Golden State are 3-7
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 1-9
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Chicago is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games at home
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Golden State, Friday, December 11
Atlanta at Toronto, Friday, December 11


Golden State Warriors vs. New Jersey Nets


The Golden State Warriors and the New Jersey Nets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Izod Center.

Monta Ellis poured in 31 points to lead Golden State in its 104-88 loss to Oklahoma State on Monday night.

Oklahoma City covered as 7.5-point home favorites, while the game played UNDER the 222-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Brook Lopez went for 25 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Nets past the Bulls 103-101 on Tuesday night.

New Jersey cashed as 6.5-point road underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the 192-point total posted by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Golden State has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Golden State: 6-14 SU, 11-9 ATS
New Jersey: 2-19 SU, 7-13-1 ATS

Golden State most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Golden State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games
Golden State is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
New Jersey is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Golden State
New Jersey is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games when playing at home against Golden State
New Jersey is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Golden State

Next up:
Golden State at Chicago, Friday, December 11
New Jersey at Indiana, Friday, December 11


New Orleans Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The New Orleans Hornets and the Minnesota Timberwolves will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Target Center.

David West dropped 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift the Hornets past the Kings 96-94 on Tuesday night.

New Orleans couldn't cash as 8.5-point home favorites, while the game played UNDER the 209-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Kevin Love had 18 points and seven boards off the bench for Minnesota in its 94-88 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.

Toronto failed to cover as 7.5-point home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 208-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
New Orleans has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Orleans: 9-11 SU, 9-11 ATS
Minnesota: 3-18 SU, 9-11-1 ATS

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

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing LA Lakers are 0-10
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Minnesota's last 15 games at home
Minnesota is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games when playing New Orleans
Minnesota is 3-11-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans home to New York, Friday, December 11
Minnesota at LA Lakers, Friday, December 11


Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Bradley Center.

Chris Bosh scored 21 points and hauled down 16 rebounds to lead the Raptors past the Timberwolves 94-88 on Tuesday night.

Toronto failed to cover as 7.5-point home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 208-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Andrew Bogut went for 25 points and 14 boards for Milwaukee in its 98-89 loss to Boston on Tuesday night.

Boston couldn't cover as 12-point home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 193-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Toronto has won 3 straight games.
Milwaukee has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 10-13 SU, 10-13 ATS
Milwaukee: 9-11 SU, 11-9 ATS

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Portland are 2-8
After playing Boston are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing Milwaukee
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Toronto is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games at home
Milwaukee is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games when playing Toronto
Milwaukee is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Toronto home to Atlanta, Friday, December 11
Milwaukee home to Portland, Saturday, December 12


Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at AT&T Center.

Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 25 points and nine assists in its 96-94 loss to New Orleans on Tuesday night.

New Orleans couldn't cash as 8.5-point home favorites, while the game played UNDER the 209-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Matt Bonner led San Antonio with 28 points and eight rebounds off the bench in its 104-101 loss to Utah on Monday night.

Utah covered as 2-point home favorites, while the teams played OVER the 194-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Sacramento has lost 3 straight games.
San Antonio has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Sacramento: 9-11 SU, 14-6 ATS
San Antonio: 9-9 SU, 8-10 ATS

Sacramento most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 1-9
After playing New Orleans are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

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

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

Next up:
Sacramento home to Minnesota, Saturday, December 12
San Antonio home to Charlotte, Friday, December 11


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Houston Rockets

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Toyota Center.

LeBron James went for 43 points, 13 boards, and six assists for Cleveland in its 111-109 overtime loss to Memphis on Tuesday night.

Memphis cashed as 7.5-point home underdogs, while the teams played OVER the 194-point total set by oddsmakers.

The Rockets were defeated 90-89 by the Trail Blazers last time out as a 5-point underdog. That game's 179 points went UNDER the posted total of 193.5.

Carl Landry had 23 points with nine rebounds in a losing effort for the Rockets.

Team records:
Cleveland: 15-6 SU, 11-10 ATS
Houston: 11-9 SU, 12-8 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a loss are 9-1

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

Next up:
Cleveland home to Portland, Friday, December 11
Houston at Philadelphia, Friday, December 11


Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Carlos Boozer dropped 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift the Jazz over the Spurs 104-101 on Monday night.

Utah covered as 2-point home favorites, while the teams played OVER the 194-point total listed by oddsmakers.

The Lakers defeated Phoenix 108-88 as a 9.5-point favorite on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (221).

Kobe Bryant netted a game-high 26 points for the Lakers and Ron Artest added 15 points in the win.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has won 9 straight games.

Team records:
Utah: 12-8 SU, 11-9 ATS
Los Angeles: 16-3 SU, 9-10 ATS

Utah most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Orlando are 3-7
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing at home against Utah

Next up:
Utah home to Orlando, Thursday, December 10
LA Lakers home to Minnesota, Friday, December 11

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Cleveland (15-6, 11-10 ATS) at Houston (11-9, 12-8 ATS)

The Cavaliers look to get back on track after Tuesday’s stunning loss at Memphis when they conclude a quick three-game, four-day road trip with a battle with the Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Cleveland took a four-game SU and ATS winning streak to Memphis last night and lost 111-109 in overtime, falling as a seven-point road favorite. Prior to Tuesday, the Cavs had won four straight games by double digits while scoring more than 100 points in every contest (105 ppg) and limiting all five opponents to 95 points or less (89.5 ppg).

Since starting the season with consecutive losses to Boston at home and Toronto on the road, the Cavaliers are 15-4 SU, including 7-3 SU and ATS on the highway. The winner has covered the spread in all 11 of Cleveland’s road games.

Houston is coming off a four-game road trip that began with three straight victories over Oklahoma City, the Clippers and Golden State, but it came up just short of completing the perfect trip Saturday, falling 90-89 at Portland. The Rockets did cash as a 5 ½-point ‘dog against the Blazers, improving to 3-1 ATS in their last four following an 0-3 ATS hiccup. On the downside, Rick Adelman’s squad has lost two in a row and three of four at home, failing to cash in all four games, with the defense surrendering 109.8 ppg.

These teams split their season series last year, with the host prevailing in each contest, including the Rockets’ 93-74 rout as a 3½-point home underdog. The Rockets are 3-1 SU and ATS in the last four head-to-head matchups and 7-3 SU (8-2 ATS) in the last 10, going 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS the last five years at the Toyota Center. Finally in this rivalry, the home team has cashed in six of the last seven meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six.

In addition to cashing in four of their last five games overall, the Cavaliers are on positive pointspread streaks of 7-3 on the highway, 4-0 against the Southwest Division, 6-3 against the Western Conference, 15-5-1 versus opponents with a winning record and 13-6 on Wednesday.

The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six on Wednesday and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference, but their 0-4 ATS slump at home is bolstered by a 2-7-1 ATS mark in their last 10 against teams from the Central Division. Also, the underdog is 10-2 ATS in Houston’s last 12 games, including 4-0 at the Toyota Center.

The under is on runs of 4-2 for Cleveland overall, 7-1 for Cleveland against winning teams, 5-0 for Houston overall, 5-1 for Houston against winning teams and 19-9 for Houston when playing on Wednesday. Also, these teams have stayed under the total in five of their last six meetings overall and six of the last seven battles in Houston.

ATS ADVANTAGE: HOUSTON and UNDER


Utah (12-8, 11-9 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (16-3, 9-10 ATS)

The Lakers gun for their 10th consecutive victory when they entertain the Jazz at the Staples Center for the first time since these squads met in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.

Utah escaped with a 104-101 home win over the Spurs on Monday, sinking two free throws with less than two seconds remaining to cash as a two-point favorite. The Jazz have won five of their last seven and eight of their last 10, and they’re also on a 9-3 ATS run (3-1 ATS last four on the road). Jerry Sloan’s squad had limited four straight opponents to an average of 89.5 ppg – going 4-0 SU and ATS, all at home – but has since given up 108 and 101 in its last two outings, splitting the contests both SU and ATS.

Two days after keeping its streak alive with a last-second 108-107 home victory over Miami as a 12 ½-point favorite, Los Angeles got back to its dominating ways Sunday, blowing out the Suns 108-88 as a 9½-point home chalk for its ninth straight win. The Lakers are 6-3 ATS during their winning streak, scoring in triple digits in every game while the defense has allowed only Miami to reach the century mark. Also, eight of the nine wins have been double-digit routs (again, only exception being against the Heat), and L.A.’s average margin of victory has been 14.3 ppg (108.6-94.3). Phil Jackson’s squad has scored in triple figures in each of its last 15 wins while managing just 91, 79 and 80 points in its three defeats.

The Jazz have alternated wins and losses in their last seven road games, most recently losing at Minnesota 108-101 as a 7 ½-point favorite on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Lakers have played 15 of their first 19 games at the Staples Center, including eight of nine during their current winning streak.

The Lakers have eliminated Utah from the postseason each of the last two years, needing five games to do the job last year, going just 2-3 ATS. Los Angeles is 5-1 in the last six meetings (3-3 ATS), and 9-3 ATS in the last 12 matchups in Hollywood. Also, the home team has won 15 of the last 18 SU in this rivalry and is 15-7-1 ATS in the last 23 clashes.

The winner is 17-3 ATS in Utah’s 20 games this season (7-0 ATS last seven) and 11-3 in the Lakers’ last 14 contests (9-2 ATS last 11 at home).

Utah is on pointspread upticks of 5-1 overall, 4-1 against winning teams and 4-0 when playing after one day of rest, but it has failed to cash in 15 of 22 road games, 12 of 17 after a SU win and six of seven on Wednesday. The Lakers are 6-3 ATS in their last nine overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after a spread-cover.

For the Jazz, the over on runs of 4-1 overall, 4-1 on the road, 5-0 against the Western Conference, 6-1 when playing on one day of rest and 8-3 against winning teams. The over is also 3-1-1 in L.A.’s last five overall, 8-3 in its last 11 against winning teams and 7-3 in its last 10 on Wednesday. Finally, these teams have topped the total in eight of their last 11 meetings overall and six of their last seven contests at the Staples Center.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. LAKERS and OVER

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Home-Cookin
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The Los Angeles Lakers defeating up-tempo Suns 108-88 on Sunday put a nine-game win streak on the line when they host the Utah Jazz. Playing fifteen of their first nineteen games at Staples Center the Lakers enjoying home-cooking benefits enter the contest a league-best 13-2 (8-7 ATS) on home hardwood behind 104.9 points/game while allowing visitors a measly 95.1 PPG. Lakers have perfect conditions on their side to extend the current streak, they've won twelve consecutive vs Jazz on Staples Center hardwood and eighteen of the past twenty encounters in front of the home crowd. Little doubt Jazz have known nothing but misery playing the Lakers on the Hollywood stage but keep in mind they've done a bang up job at the betting window cashing eight during the twelve game losing streak (8-3-1 ATS) and eleven over the past twenty (11-7-2 ATS) at the Staples Center. Interesting note, Carlos Boozer and company have already broken one long road losing skid this season, a decade-long, 20-game streak against the Spurs in San Antonio.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets


Cavaliers (-3, O/U 194.5): Cleveland stands at 15-6 SU this year, as the only team in the Central division over .500. The Cavaliers come off a shocking road loss to the Grizzlies last night as a -7.5 favorite. Cleveland is much better at covering spreads on the road than they are at home. The Cavs are 7-4 ATS away from home this year, including last night's debacle in Memphis. Tonight's point spread represents the smallest the Cavaliers have been favored all season. The previous 2 times they were 1 point underdogs, and they won both games SU and ATS. Cleveland had won 13 consecutive games against the Western Conference SU before losing last night to Memphis. F LeBron James is 4th in scoring (28 PPG) and 6th in assists (8.4) in the entire NBA. Cleveland is 4th in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing only 94 PPG. Cleveland has held 8 of their last 9 opponents under 100 PTS.

Cavs are 9-2 ATS last 11 vs. NBA Southwest.
Over is 21-3-2 last 26 games as a road favorite up to 4.5 points.

Key Injuries - F Jamario Moon (groin) is questionable.
F Leon Powe (knee) is out.

PROJECTED SCORE: 102 (Side of the Day)


Rockets: Houston is 12-8 SU on the season, which many find as a surprise. Houston has only lost consecutive games once this season. They face that exact scenario tonight, as they are coming off a SU loss to Portland in their last game. It's been nearly a month sine the Rockets won a game ATS at home. Their last home win ATS was 11/11 against Memphis. Coming into tonight, they've lost 4 consecutive games at home ATS . Twice this season the Rockets have been a home underdog, and twice they've won ATS. The Rockets have 4 players averaging more than 14 PPG. F Trevor Ariza leads the way with 17.6 PPG, including 44 three pointers made on the season. F Carl Landry averages 16.3 PPG while shooting better than 56% from the field. The Rockets need to improve their defense, as they allow opponents to shoot greater than 47% from the field, 5th worst in the NBA.   

Rockets are 4-0 ATS last 4 games as a home underdog.
Under is 5-0 last 5 games overall.

Key Injuries - G Tracy McGrady (knee) is out.

PROJECTED SCORE: 93


Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

Jazz: Utah is 11-9 SU this season, but their record doesn't indicate how well they are playing currently. The Jazz have won 8 of their past 10 games SU. Utah is 9-3 ATS over their past 12 games, including winning their past 3 games ATS as underdogs. Utah has been poor on the road ATS, as they are only 3-5. F Carlos Boozer leads a group of 5 other players that average double figures in PTS. Boozer leads the team with 21.3 PPG, and has scored 21 PTS or more in his past 8 games. Boozer has just been named Western Conference Player of the Week for his efforts last week. PG Deron Williams averages nearly 19 PPG, along with 10 APG. Williams is one of only 2 players in the entire NBA that average double digits in assists this season. Utah has lost 12 straight games to the Lakers at the Staples Center.

Jazz are 6-17 ATS last 23 games as a road underdog.
Over is 5-0 last 5 vs. Western Conference.

Key Injuries - G Ronnie Price (toe) is questionable.
F Andrei Kirilenko (back) is questionable.

PROJECTED SCORE: 105


Lakers (-10, O/U 206): The Lakers have won 9 consecutive games, and have an NBA best 16-3 record SU. Los Angeles is 6-3 ATS during this current 9 game winning streak. The Lakers are 8-7 ATS at home this year, where they've played a league high 15 games at home to start the season. As double digit favorites at home, the Lakers are 3-3 ATS. G Kobe Bryant is 2nd in the NBA in scoring, at 28.9 PPG. Both C Andrew Bynum and F Pau Gasol average more than 15 PPG, and the Lakers have yet to lose since Gasol came back from his injury to start the season. These 3 players lead the 6th best offense in the NBA at 104.6 PPG. Defensively, the Lakers have held 8 of their past 9 opponents under 100 PTS. The Lakers lead the NBA in opposing field goal percentage, at 42.7%. Only 6 of their opponents have shot better than .45% from the field against them.   

Lakers are 8-3 ATS last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Under is 9-3 last 12 vs. NBA Northwest.

Key Injuries - F Luke Walton (finger) is out.

PROJECTED SCORE: 114 (OVER - Total of the Day)

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Trend Report - Wednesday
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Raptors at Bucks - The Raptors are 0-8 ATS (-6.7 ppg) since January 15, 2000 as a road dog with no rest after a game at home in which they committed fewer than ten turnovers. The Raptors are 8-0 ATS (8.0 ppg) since January 17, 1997 as a road dog with at most one day of rest after a game in which they shot at least twenty three-pointers and made less than a 25% of them. The Bucks are 0-9 ATS (-10.1 ppg) since April 06, 2007 after playing the Celtics. The Bucks are 0-7 ATS (-8.2 ppg) since February 15, 1997 at home with no rest after a game on the road in which they had at least five more turnovers than their season-to-date average.

Bulls at Hawks - The Bulls are 0-9 ATS (-5.8 ppg) since November 06, 1999 as a dog with no rest after a game at home in which their opponent stole the ball at least twelve times. The Hawks are 0-7 ATS (-8.6 ppg) since February 19, 1999 with two or more days of rest after a road win in which they scored less than 10% of their points from the three-point line. The Hawks are 7-0 ATS (7.9 ppg) since November 16, 2002 at home with at least one day of rest after a game on the road in which they allowed less than 40% from the field.

Jazz at Lakers - The Jazz are 8-0 ATS (11.3 ppg) since April 02, 2008 with at least one day of rest after a game at home in which they scored less than 15% of their points from the free throw line. The Lakers are 0-6 ATS (-9.2 ppg) since March 14, 2006 before playing the Timberwolves at home. Warriors at Nets - The Warriors are 0-8 ATS (-8.6 ppg) since January 31, 2007 as a road dog after a game in which their field goal attempt per turnover ratio was less than four. The Nets are 11-0 ATS (7.7 ppg) since December 23, 2002 as a home favorite with at most one day of rest after a win in which they had at least 12 steals. The Nets are 8-0-1 ATS (6.4 ppg) since March 02, 2000 after a road win in which they had at least 10 shots blocked. The Nets are 6-0 ATS (9.8 ppg) since February 01, 1998 with no rest after a game on the road in which they shot at least twenty three-pointers and made less than a 25% of them.
   
Trailblazers at Pacers - The Trailblazers are 7-0 ATS (9.9 ppg) since January 27, 2007 after a road loss in which their DPS was minus 15 points or less. The Trailblazers are 7-0 ATS (9.2 ppg) since February 04, 2000 on the road after a loss against the Knicks. The Pacers are 0-8-1 ATS (-6.3 ppg) since November 09, 1996 at home with two or more days of rest after a double digit loss in which they had more turnovers than assists. The Pacers are 8-0 ATS (7.6 ppg) since March 16, 2005 at home with at least one day of rest after a road loss in which the percentage of their baskets that were assisted was at least ten percentage points higher than their season-to-date average.

Cavaliers at Rockets - The Cavaliers are 11-0 ATS (7.4 ppg) since April 27, 2008 after a game in which they had more turnovers than assists. The Cavaliers are 10-0 ATS (6.2 ppg) since March 08, 2008 as a favorite off a road loss that broke at least a three-game winning streak. The Cavaliers are 7-0 ATS (7.4 ppg) since May 10, 2008 off a road loss in which they led by 10+ points. The League is 0-10 ATS (-9.2 ppg) since January 16, 2009 as a home dog with two or more days of rest after a game in which the percentage of their baskets that were assisted was at least ten percentage points lower than their season-to-date average. The Rockets are 7-0 ATS (10.6 ppg) since January 20, 2006 after a loss when their opponent is off an overtime game. The Rockets are 7-0 ATS (8.1 ppg) since January 17, 2009 off a loss that broke at least a three-game winning streak.

Pistons at 76ers - The Seventysixers are 0-8 ATS (-7.0 ppg) since May 01, 2008 with at most one day of rest after a loss in which less than 45% of their baskets were assisted. The Seventysixers are 6-0 ATS (8.6 ppg) since February 17, 1998 at home with at least one day of rest after a home loss in which they allowed less than 40% from the field.

Kings at Spurs - The Kings are 9-0 ATS (9.0 ppg) since March 12, 1998 as a road dog after a road loss in which they committed fewer than ten turnovers. The Spurs are 7-0 ATS (7.7 ppg) since April 11, 2008 as a favorite with at least one day of rest after a loss in which they allowed at least 50% from the field.

Hornets at Timberwolves - The Hornets are 0-7-1 ATS (-13.1 ppg) since December 29, 2005 with at most one day of rest off a win of four points or fewer at home in which they held a double digit lead. The Timberwolves are 0-9 ATS (-9.0 ppg) since January 17, 2005 before playing the Lakers on the road.

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