NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday 11/13

NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday 11/13

Game of the day: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
By Covers.com

San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (+1, 197)

The Lakers have found their new head coach in Mike D'Antoni but he won't be on the sideline Tuesday when Los Angeles hosts the San Antonio Spurs. D'Antoni, a former head coach with the Suns and Knicks, was hired in the wee hours of Monday morning and won't join his new team until later this week. Instead, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will lead the Lakers, who've lost three of the past four times San Antonio visited Staples Center.

The Spurs are off to a 6-1 start for the second time in the past three seasons. This game wraps a four-game road swing on the West Coast for San Antonio, which is coming off back-to-back wins at Sacramento and Portland. Typically known for their sound fundamentals, the Spurs currently rank next-to-last in the league in turnovers (16.6 per game) after committing 61 total miscues in the three prior games on this trip.

ABOUT THE SPURS (6-1, 4-2-1 ATS): The reserves stepped up in Saturday's 112-109 win at Portland, with Gary Neal pouring in a career-best 27 points to lead San Antonio to a 63-4 advantage in bench points. Point guard Tony Parker is expected back in the lineup after missing the Portland game with the flu. Tim Duncan currently leads the Spurs in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He's also got four double-doubles, most recently going for 23 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's 97-86 win at Sacramento.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (3-4, 3-4 ATS): Bickerstaff has led Los Angeles to back-to-back wins after the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday morning after the team got off to a 1-4 start. Former coach Phil Jackson was the popular choice to replace Mike Brown, and was in negotiations to return but when talks broke down, the Lakers turned elsewhere. The actual date of D'Antoni's debut has yet to be determined as D'Antoni is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery.

TRENDS:

* Under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Los Angeles.
* Under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
* Spurs are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Pacific.
* Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine vs. NBA Southwest.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Lakers PG Steve Blake underwent an ultrasound for an abdominal strain after Monday's shootaround and will miss the contest. At least he traveled to the hospital in style; Kobe Bryant took Blake for the procedure in Bryant's helicopter.

2. D'Antoni is reuniting with PG Steve Nash, who ran the coach's quick-paced offense to perfection while Phoenix posted five straight 50-win seasons. However, Nash is out for at least another week with a stress fracture in his left leg.

3. Spurs G Danny Green has made a 3-pointer in 25 straight regular-season games dating back to last season. That's the longest active streak in the league.

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Lakers Looking For Third Straight Home Win Against Spurs
By: Michael Robinson   
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San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs (6-1 straight-up, 4-2-1 against the spread) conclude their four-game road trip on Tuesday. It started with a bad 106-84 loss at the Clippers last Wednesday, but they have rebounded with wins and covers at Sacramento (97-86) and Portland (112-109). Tony Parker missed that Portland game on Saturday with the flu, but he is listed as probable on the NBA injury report. San Antonio relies on a couple of older veterans in Tim Duncan (36 years old) and Manu Ginoboli (35) and is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games on two days of rest, which will be the case against the Lakers. Ginobili can also use the time off, as he’s just rounding into shape after dealing with a back injury. The Spurs are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games at the Lakers. The "under" is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between the teams in Southern California.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers (3-4 SU and ATS) just pulled off a stunning move with the hiring of Mike D’Antoni over 11-time championship coach Phil Jackson (five titles with the Lakers). Both were aiming to replace Mike Brown, who was unceremoniously fired after five games. Bernie Bickerstaff has been the interim coach the last two games, both home wins and covers over Golden State (101-77 as 7 ½-point favorites) and Sacramento (103-90 as 10 ½-point favorites). Bickerstaff should remain the coach against San Antonio as D’Antoni is still recovering from knee surgery. Point guard Steve Nash (leg) has missed the last five games and is listed as out indefinitely. Steve Blake has been starting in Nash's place and is averaging just 5.1 points and 3.4 assists this season. This is a contrast of styles, as the Lakers rely heavily on their starters for scoring while the Spurs have arguably the deepest bench in the league.

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NBA Odds, Picks and Trends: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
By: The Linemakers
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We’ve got a big Western Conference clash tonight, as the San Antonio Spurs visit the Staples Center to play the new-and-improved Los Angeles Lakers. Since getting rid of Mike Brown, the Lakers have gone 2-0 and have looked very impressive doing so, albeit against the Warriors and Kings. New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni won’t be on the sidelines for the game.

The Spurs have started 6-1 for the second time in the past three seasons and have beaten the Lakers in three of their past four games in L.A. They have been the model of consistency this season, playing their typical brand of basketball. While their turnovers have been higher than in recent years, they’ve had an unexpected boost to their game plan with the resurgence in Tim Duncan, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.

Another facet of the Spurs that has been as good as ever this season is their bench play. Saturday night, the San Antonio reserves outscored the Blazers bench, 63-4. In that game, the Spurs survived without guard Tony Parker, who had the flu, one of three Spurs who have battled the illness over the past week. The Spurs bench has averaged 41 points per game, while the Lakers bench ranks next-to-last with only 14 points a game.

The problem the Lakers will have tonight is handling the ball. Point guard Steve Nash is still out for about another week, and his back-up, Steve Blake, is expected to miss tonight’s game with an abdominal strain. That means Darius Morris will see the bulk of the minutes at the point, with Chris Duhon also making a rare appearance.

The most intriguing part of tonight’s game will be watching Dwight Howard and Duncan go head-to-head. Even though the NBA took centers off the All-Star ballot, there are still quite a few of us who love to see a classic big-man battle, and this is one of the few remaining in the league.

The Lakers’ rating has been elevated, and they’re only a 1-point underdog to the Spurs tonight. The total is sitting at 194.5. The Lakers have gone UNDER the total in three of their past four games, same as the Spurs. Four of their past seven meetings have gone UNDER the number.

It’s hard to deny there’s been an immediate culture change with Lakers since Brown’s departure, but they are still short-handed and are playing one of the best teams in the league. It would be a nice feather in the cap of the Lakers if they pulled this one out, but the Spurs bench should be the difference in leading them to another win.

NBA trends:

The Wizards have won and covered six of their past eight games against the Bobcats. Charlotte is a 1.5-point favorite at home tonight.

Six of the past seven meetings between the Knicks and Magic have gone OVER the total. The total for tonight’s game in Orlando is 188.

The Pacers have won six of their past seven meeting with the Raptors, covering four of them. Indiana is a 9-point favorite at home vs. Toronto.

The Nets have won five of the past eight meetings against the Cavaliers, but the Cavs have covered five of them. Brooklyn is laying 6 at home this evening.

Six of the past seven meetings between the Blazers and Kings have gone OVER the total. The total is 196 for tonight’s game in Sacramento.

Professor Ed Meyer Stat of the Night:

The Blazers are 5-0 ATS on the road after a game in which LaMarcus Aldridge had at least five turnovers.

NBA injuries:

Magic guard Jameer Nelson (groin) is doubtful against the Knicks tonight.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) missed his last game and is doubtful tonight at Indiana.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) is out for tonight’s game against the Kings.

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