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NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday 10/31
NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday 10/31
By Kevin Rogers
Following Tuesday's small three-game card, the NBA showcases nine matchups on Halloween night to wrap up October. We'll take a look at all nine games, which includes the Lakers and Mavericks playing on a back-to-back. The action starts north of the border with Indiana trying to overcome the loss of its top scorer heading into the season.
Pacers at Raptors
Indiana finished two wins away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but the Pacers fell short to the eventual champion Heat in six games. Now, the Pacers are the favorites to win the Central Division, but will begin the season without Danny Granger, who is suffering from a knee ailment. The Raptors start this campaign with a dynamic guard making his Toronto debut with Kyle Lowry coming over from the Rockets in the offseason. Toronto lost all three games to Indiana last season by five points apiece, while covering in two of those defeats. In spite of Granger's injury, the Pacers open with the easiest first week in the league, taking on the Bobcats and Kings following Wednesday's contest.
Nuggets at 76ers
Andre Iguodala makes his return to Philadelphia after getting dealt in the offseason to Denver in the four-team megadeal that centered around Dwight Howard. The big piece moved to the 76ers in that trade likely won't suit up as Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Nuggets may be without swingman Danilo Gallinari, who is dealing with an ankle injury, as Denver tries to win at Philadelphia for the second straight season following an overtime triumph in January. Philadelphia began last season with a 10-2 ATS mark at Wells Fargo Center, but each cover came as a favorite of at least seven points.
Rockets at Pistons
Houston made headlines in the offseason with the signing of guard Jeremy Lin from New York, but the Rockets definitely stole the spotlight over the weekend with their acquisition of James Harden from Oklahoma City. Harden refused to sign an extension to stay with the defending Western Conference champions, as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will likely start in Houston, as the Rockets are putting together a totally re-tooled lineup. The Pistons haven't changed much with their starting backcourt staying consistent with Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, while Greg Monroe will have the scoring advantage at center over former Bulls' big man Omer Asik. The Rockets had their issues as a road underdog last season, posting a 7-20 SU and 10-17 ATS record.
Spurs at Hornets
San Antonio was set to run away with the Western Conference title, but a 20-game winning streak got derailed in the path of Oklahoma City, who took the final four games of the conference finals to stun the Spurs. Now, Manu Ginobili will miss the opener with a bad back, as the Spurs head to the Big Easy. It will be anything but San Antonio, facing a Hornets' club that cashed in their final eight opportunities as a home underdog last season. Also, New Orleans is expected to have leading Eric Gordon healthy as well putting top pick Anthony Davis on display to shut down the paint. The Hornets hung tough in two home meetings with the Spurs last season, losing by a combined five points in two defeats.
Kings at Bulls
The injury bug continues to haunt the game's superstars as life without Derrick Rose (knee) continues for the Bulls. The former MVP ripped up his ACL in the final minute of the opening playoff game against the Sixers in the spring, as Rose is expected to return late this season. Chicago swept the season series from Sacramento in 2012, but the Kings managed a cover as double-digit underdogs at the United Center. Sacramento began last season covering just two of their first 11 games when receiving points on the highway, but followed that skid with a 9-2 ATS run as road 'dogs. In the 32 games Rose missed last season, the Bulls put together a pedestrian 15-16-1 ATS mark, including nine ATS losses at the United Center.
Mavericks at Jazz
Utah showcases a new point guard in Mo Williams, in place of the departed Devin Harris, who was dealt to Atlanta for swingman Marvin Williams in the summer. The Jazz catch the Mavs with no rest following Dallas' opener at Los Angeles on Tuesday. Dirk Nowitzki is out for the Mavs following knee surgery earlier this month, as Dallas tries to capitalize on a 13-7 SU and 11-9 ATS record last season on the second of a back-to-back. Utah captured 20 of 24 games in the home favorite role in 2012, but failed to cover against Dallas twice in Salt Lake City, including a triple-overtime thriller in April.
Warriors at Suns
This game used to have run-and-gun written all over it, but many pieces are different this time around. Steve Nash is off to Los Angeles, as former teammate Goran Dragic now takes over the reins at point guard after a successful run in Houston last season. Dragic is joined by another former Rocket, as Luis Scola will bolster the frontcourt, along with score-first forward Michael Beasley. Golden State owned a 21-10 ATS record as a road underdog last season, but lost two of three meetings overall against Phoenix. The Warriors did compile a 9-1 ATS record in their final 10 games against division opponents, but the Suns weren't too far off inside the Pacific Division with a 6-1 ATS mark down the stretch.
Grizzlies at Clippers
Los Angeles knocked off Memphis in the opening round of the playoffs as the two teams meet again at Staples Center for the opener. The Clippers retooled their bench with the signing of veterans Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, and Lamar Odom, but Los Angeles will attempt to improve on a 7-13 ATS record as a home favorite in the final 20 games of last season. Memphis cashed the 'under' in 16 of 23 contests as a road 'dog in 2012, including three of four times at Staples Center against the Clips. In fact, seven of the 10 meetings last season finished 'under' the total between these new rivals.
Lakers at Blazers
Los Angeles will be playing with no rest as the Lakers travel to the Pacific Northwest for a matchup with the Blazers. The Lakers take their act on the road for the first time since picking up Nash and Howard in the offseason, facing a Portland squad coming off a disappointing 28-38 campaign last season. The Blazers did win 20 of 33 games at the Rose Garden, but dropped five of six contests when receiving points at home. The Lakers compiled a 6-8 SU/ATS mark last season on the road with no rest, while the home team has won each of the previous five meetings.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday 10/31
Lakers at Trail Blazers: What Bettors Need to Know
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers (+4, 191.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers seek to bounce back from a highly disappointing season debut when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Lakers brought in center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash in the offseason after back-to-back second-round playoff exits but the star-studded Lakers lost 99-91 while being outplayed by all the role players on the Dallas Mavericks. Portland has a new coach in Terry Stotts and an impressive rookie in point guard Damian Lillard.
The Trail Blazers finished 10 games below .500 last season and have a new general manager in Neil Olshey in addition to a new coach in Stotts, who was an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. Forward LaMarcus Aldridge remains Portland’s top cog. Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant played in the opener despite a painful foot injury and it remains to be seen how spry he will be for an early-season back-to-back. Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds but was a woeful 3-for-14 from the free-throw line.
LINE: Los Angeles opened as a 4-point road favorite. The total is set at 191.5.
ABOUT THE LAKERS (0-1, 0-1 ATS): Nash had a poor outing in his Los Angeles debut with just seven points and four assists. He never seemed to fully get in the flow while being outplayed by Dallas counterpart Darren Collison. “Obviously, it was a disappointing night for us,” Nash said. “We have high expectations and we didn’t play well. It wasn’t good enough.” The 38-year-old Nash and Bryant are still searching for a comfort level due to the injury Bryant suffered in the preseason.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (2011-12: 28-38): Lillard was the sixth overall pick in June’s draft and he stood out in the preseason by leading all rookies with a 16.2 average. There has been chatter about him being a top candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. “I don’t feel like I have anything else to prove to people as far as me belonging in the league,” Lillard said. “I just want to keep getting better. My only goal is to keep improving myself so I can help my team win games.”
* Over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Portland.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Underdog is 23-10 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
* Lakers are 11-28 ATS in the last 39 meetings.
* Lakers are 4-17 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Portland.
1. Portland has won 16 of its last 20 home games against the Lakers.
2. The Lakers shot just 38.7 percent (12-of-31) from the free-throw line in the loss to Dallas.
3. Aldridge averaged 25 points and nine rebounds in three games against Los Angeles last season.
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NBA: Streaks, Trends, Notes
Los Angeles at Portland
Not much has gone according to plan for the revamped Lakers, they went 0-8 in preseason then Dallas Mavericks spoiled the debuts of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash upending Lakers 99-91 as 8.5 point underdogs in the season opener at the Staples Center. Lakers going through growing pains will eventually get the pieces in sync but for now more frustration lies ahead as Lakers travel to Portland to take on Blazers. Kobe and company not great bets on the road at the best of times having lost seven of it's last eight away (2-6 ATS) now hit Rose Garden hardwood a house of horror as they're just 2-11 (2-10-1 ATS) last thirteen in Portland. With Lakers on a 3-6 ATS skid playing without rest off a home game, 9-18 ATS on the road after scoring =< 99 points might want to give Blazers a second look.