NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday 11/14
NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday 11/14
By Kevin Rogers
The NBA season is in full force heading into its third week with several teams making their mark. The Grizzlies have won and covered five straight games, while the Bulls failed to cash in all four games on their recent homestand. We'll take a look at four of the key Wednesday contests, including the late-night showdown between the Heat and Clippers.
Jazz at Celtics
Utah is fresh off its first road victory of the season at Toronto, a triple-overtime thriller to even its mark at 4-4. The Jazz will try to extend their winning streak to three as they head to Boston for the second of a four-game East Coast swing. The Celtics return to TD Garden after covering their first two games of the season in road victories at Milwaukee and Chicago.
Boston put together an impressive showing in Monday's triumph at the United Center, picking up its fourth win in five tries by beating the Bulls, 101-95 as 2 ½-point underdogs. All five starters scored in double-figures, while the Celtics broke the 100-point mark for the third time in four contests. Doc Rivers' squad has failed to cover a home game this season in three tries, as Boston has lost outright to Milwaukee and Philadelphia at TD Garden.
The Jazz rallied to force overtime in Monday's wild win over the Raptors, just their first victory away from Salt Lake City in five attempts this season. In Utah's three defeats as a road underdog, Tyrone Corbin's club has lost by at least nine points, while allowing at least 100 points each time. Utah looks to snap a four-game losing skid in Beantown, as the Celtics pulled away from the Jazz in a 12-point win in late March.
Grizzlies at Thunder
These two teams were thought of as the up-and-coming squads in the Western Conference two years ago when Oklahoma City eliminated Memphis in the second round of the playoffs. Both clubs are contenders once again in the West, but the Grizzlies are the hottest team in the league at the moment. After losing its opener to the Clippers, Memphis has run off five straight wins, while covering each game, including a blowout of defending champ Miami on Sunday night.
The Grizzlies have won each of their last five games by eight points each, as Memphis grabbed a 15-point halftime advantage over Miami in a 104-86 rout. Memphis dominated in its previous two road contests at Golden State and Milwaukee, but Lionel Hollins' team is playing with some revenge after losing three of four meetings to Oklahoma City last season.
The Thunder has quietly grabbed five straight victories, topped off by a non-cover in a two-point road triumph at Detroit on Monday. Granted, OKC has beaten four teams in this stretch that own records of .500 or below, but all four home wins this season have come by at least 11 points. The defense is stepping up recently as the Thunder has allowed 94 points or less in seven of eight contests, resulting in a 6-2 mark to the 'under.'
Bulls at Suns
The "Circus" road trip is coming at a good time for Chicago, who failed to cover all five games on its recent homestand at the United Center. The Bulls lost three times straight-up, with the lone victory coming over the one-loss Timberwolves, but Minnesota managed to cash as eight-point 'dogs. Now, Chicago heads out the Valley to take on a Suns' squad that has quietly compiled a 4-4 record through eight games.
Phoenix pulled out a 110-100 home victory over Denver on Monday as 4 ½-point 'dogs, improving to 3-1 at U.S. Airways Center. However, the Suns have allowed at least 100 points in five of the last six games after giving up less than 89 points in the first two contests against the Warriors and Pistons. The 187 total is by far the lowest this season for Phoenix, while hitting the 'over' in five of the previous six contests.
The Bulls are amazingly playing only their second road game of the season, while beating down the Cavaliers in their away opener on November 2 by a 115-86 count. Chicago hasn't lost consecutive games all season, coming off Monday's home defeat to Boston. The Bulls have won each of the last three meetings in Phoenix, all while topping the 115-point mark each time.
Heat at Clippers
Miami plays the fourth of a six-game road swing, looking to cover for the first time since winning at Atlanta last Friday. The Heat failed to cash in Monday's three-point win at Houston, but Miami rallied from a late seven-point deficit to improve to 6-2. The task will not be easy on Wednesday, taking on a Clippers' club that is going for their fourth consecutive victory.
Los Angeles rebounded from ugly home losses to Golden State and Cleveland by knocking off San Antonio, Portland, and Atlanta -- all by double-digits. In all five victories, the Clips have limited opponents to 95 points or less. Vinny Del Negro's club faces a Miami offense that has topped the 110-point mark in four games this season. L.A. is receiving balanced scoring, as six different Clippers tallied at least 10 points in Sunday's win over the Hawks.
LeBron James led Miami's late comeback in a 113-110 victory at Houston as 5 ½-point favorites, but the Heat owns a 1-3 ATS record away from South Florida. The Heat have scored a bunch of points this season, while cashing the 'under' in four of five games coming off a win.
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Miami Heat at L.A. Clippers: What Bettors Need to Know
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers (-1.5, 197)
The Miami Heat continue their six-game road trip Wednesday, when they face the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Miami escaped Houston with a 113-110 victory on Monday as superstar LeBron James scored 32 of his game-high 38 points in the second half. The Heat, who have won five of their last six contests, continue their trek Thursday in Denver before wrapping it up at Phoenix on Saturday.
Los Angeles is coming off its third consecutive win, an 89-76 triumph over Atlanta. The victory kicked off a three-game homestand for the Clippers, who had eclipsed the 100-point plateau in each of their previous six contests this season. The six-game streak of 100 or more points matched the franchise record set in 1985-86.
ABOUT THE HEAT (6-2, 4-4 ATS): James has scored at least 20 points in 29 consecutive games, including the playoffs. His 32 second-half points in Houston were the most by a Miami player in any half on the road in franchise history. James is averaging 23.1 points in 17 career games against the Clippers, his lowest average versus any NBA club.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (5-2, 5-2 ATS): Los Angeles is the only team in the league with six players averaging over 10 points per game. The Clippers are looking to extend their 55-game sellout streak at the Staples Center. Guard Jamal Crawford has scored a league-high 142 points off the bench. It is the highest points total by a reserve over the first seven games of a season since 2007-08, when Dallas' Jason Terry had 156.
* Home team is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
* Over is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
* Heat are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
1. Miami is 13-11 on the road against the Clippers despite losing the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
2. The Clippers have not lost a season series to Miami since 2003-04.
3. The Heat are 5-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
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NBA Odds, Picks and Trends: Wednesday, Nov. 12
By: The Linemakers
The Miami Heat were finally able to execute their new offense away from home, Monday night in Houston, as they scored more than 95 points for the first time in four road games. There had been a big drop-off in the Heat’s home and road production – Miami has averaged 116 points through four home games, and only 88 points in four games on the road.
The big thing missing for the Heat in Houston was defense. The Heat won, 113-110, but failed to cover the 5-point spread and fell to 1-3 ATS on the road this season. Miami is currently halfway through a six-game road trip.
Tonight, the Heat are a pick ‘em at the Staples Center against the Clippers, a team that looks to have put the pieces in place during a nice three-game winning streak. After losing two straight games at home to the Warriors and Cavaliers, the Clippers have won and covered their past three — they gave the Spurs their only loss of the season, won at Portland and then dropped the Hawks at home.
In all three of those wins, the Clippers have played great defense, keeping the games UNDER the total.
The Clippers go deep and are the only team in the league with six players averaging double figures. Jamal Crawford leads the NBA with 142 points off the bench, the highest total by a reserve over a seven- game stretch since Jason Terry scored 156 for Dallas during the 2007-08 season.
The Clippers have won two of their past three meetings with the Heat and should make it three of four tonight. They are playing very well and should be able to take advantage of whatever road woes the Heat are going through.
The 76ers have covered 23 of their past 33 games against teams with losing records. Philly is an 8-point favorite at home tonight vs. the winless Detroit Pistons.
The Celtics have won and covered their past three meetings with the Jazz. Boston is laying 5.5 at home vs. Utah tonight.
The Hornets have covered five of their past seven against the Rockets. New Orleans is a 6.5-point dog in Houston.
The Grizzlies are 22-8 ATS coming off a win as an underdog over their past 30 instances. Memphis is a dog again tonight, getting 5.5 points in Oklahoma City.
The Mavericks have won their past three games against the Wizards, covering twice. Dallas is laying 8 at home vs. Washington.
The Bulls have won their past three games against the Suns, covering twice. Chicago is a 2.5-point favorite in Phoenix.
The Hawks and Warriors have gone UNDER the total in their past three meetings. The total on tonight’s game in Golden State is 191.
Professor Ed Meyer Trend of the Night:
The Bulls have covered their past 11 games on the road after a loss in which Joakim Noah had a double-double.
76ers center Andrew Bynum (knee) is expected to be out for at least five more weeks.
Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (personal) missed Tuesday’s game against the Wizards and is questionable tonight at Minnesota.
T’Wolves guard Jose JJ Barea (foot) missed three straight games and is questionable tonight.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (hip) missed Monday’s game vs. Minnesota and is questionable tonight.