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NBA Betting News and Notes Friday 11/16
NBA Betting News and Notes Friday 11/16
Friday NBA Tips
By Kevin Rogers
The NBA is back in the spotlight on Friday night with nine games on the card. The Thunder and Lakers are listed as favorites against up-and-coming squads, while the Knicks head to Memphis with no rest. We'll start in Minnesota with a beat-up Wolves' club looking to bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss on Wednesday.
Warriors at Wolves
This normally isn't a headline game, but Golden State and Minnesota have each jumped out to nice starts. The Warriors picked up another home victory by beating the short-handed Hawks, 92-88 as one-point favorites on Wednesday. Mark Jackson's squad goes for their third road victory, while facing a Minnesota team that is the definition of the "walking wounded."
Minnesota's late rally on Wednesday fell short against Charlotte as Kemba Walker's buzzer-beater helped the Bobcats down the Wolves, 89-87 as seven-point road underdogs. The Wolves played without Brandon Roy, Nikola Pekovic, and J.J. Barea, while Chase Budinger continues to be sidelined with a knee injury. Roy, Pekovic, and Barea are all game-time decisions on Fridays, as the Wolves try to break the 100-point mark for just the second time all season.
Golden State isn't running and gunning anymore, but the Warriors have been consistently inconsistent in the scoring department. Four times (including Wednesday) this season, the Warriors have put up 99 points or less, but they put up triple-digits in the next game the first three instances. The Warriors split their first four road games against division foes, while winning both meetings at the Target Center last season as sizable 'dogs.
Thunder at Hornets
Oklahoma City looks to rebound after getting tripped up at home by surging Memphis on Wednesday, 107-97 as 5½-point favorites. The Thunder heads to the Big Easy where it will be anything but against a Hornets' squad that has cashed in five of six games this season. New Orleans cut a 21-point deficit to just two in the final minutes at Houston on Wednesday, but the Rockets held on for a 100-96 win.
The Hornets cashed again as 6½-point 'dogs at Houston, the third cover as a six-point 'dog or more this season. Dating back to last season, Monty Williams' team owns a 10-1 ATS mark the last 11 games when receiving points at home, as the lone loss came as a short underdog against the 76ers on November 7. New Orleans is playing slow tempo basketball, allowing triple-digits just once in six games this season.
The Thunder's defense finally folded after giving up 94 points or less in five straight contests, when the Grizzlies burned OKC for a season-high 107 points. All three road games for the Thunder have finished 'under' the total, while two of those contests were decided by two points. Oklahoma City swept the three-game series last season, but New Orleans managed covers in the final two matchups as heavy 'dogs.
Knicks at Grizzlies
New York travels from San Antonio to Memphis for another contest against a top-tier Southwest Division opponent. The Knicks will attempt to stay on fire as they battle a Grizzlies' team that is riding a six-game SU and ATS winning streak. Memphis has beaten its last six opponents by eight points each, including consecutive double-digit victories over Miami and Oklahoma City.
Mike Woodson's squad has won in its only opportunity with no rest, dominating the 76ers, 110-88 as 2 ½-point road 'dogs. New York has topped the 100-point mark in four of its first five victories, with the lowest-scoring output being 99 at Orlando on Monday.
The Grizzlies are trying to prove last season's first-round exit to the Clippers was just an aberration as Memphis has put together three fantastic outings at home. The lone loss for Lionel Hollins' team came in the opener to the Clippers, but Memphis is helping out backers with six consecutive covers, including four straight as a favorite.
Suns at Lakers
Mike D'Antoni is the new head coach in Los Angeles, but the former Knicks' head man will likely wait one more game to patrol the sidelines due to knee surgery. The Lakers will face the team that D'Antoni led to 54 wins or more in four consecutive seasons when the Suns invade Staples Center.
Phoenix fell short in Wednesday's home overtime loss to Chicago, 112-106, while easily cashing the 'over' of 190 ½ in regulation. The Suns have won three of four games off a defeat this season, but just one of those victories came as an underdog against the Nuggets on Monday. After hitting the 'under' in the first two games, Phoenix drilled the 'over' in six of the last seven contests.
The Lakers are going the other direction in the totals department by hitting the 'under' in four of the previous five games, while allowing less than 100 points each time. The home team has won each of the last five meetings between these division rivals, as each of the four matchups in the lockout-shortened season were decided by double-digits.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Friday 11/16
Game of the day: Knicks at Grizzlies
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (-5.5, 192.5)
One night after taking down the top team in the Western Conference, the New York Knicks attempt to do the same against another top club from the Southwest Division when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. These two teams combine for a record of 12-1 SU and ATS to start the season.
New York remained the only unbeaten team in the NBA on Thursday as it overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to post its sixth straight win, a 104-100 victory in San Antonio. The Knicks, who had lost nine consecutive road meetings with the Spurs, ended the contest with a 27-11 run.
The setback by San Antonio made Memphis the only team in the West with just one loss. After dropping their season opener to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies have reeled off six consecutive victories, including a 107-97 triumph in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Memphis took a 44-41 lead on a 3-pointer by Quincy Pondexter with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter and did not trail thereafter.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (6-0, 6-0 ATS): Thursday marked the first time this season New York has allowed 100 points. Its previous low was the 94 scored by Dallas in last Friday's victory. The Knicks, who entered the game first in the league with a 3-point percentage of 42.6, was 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. Friday's contest concludes New York's three-game road trip. It returns home to face Indiana on Sunday before another three-game trek to New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (6-1, 6-1 ATS): Memphis is two victories away from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. The Grizzlies won eight in a row from Jan. 11-25, 2004. The club has won a record 14 straight home games, last losing in its own building on March 16 to Toronto in overtime. It has not lost at home in regulation since Feb. 12 against Utah. The Grizzlies are 5-0 when scoring at least 100 points.
* Over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Memphis.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
1. Grizzlies F Zach Randolph has recorded a double-double in every game this season.
2. Memphis is just 13-18 in the all-time series.
3. The clubs also meet at Madison Square Garden on March 27.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Friday 11/16
Knicks Continue Road Trip At Memphis On Friday
By: Willie Bee
NBA Betting Preview
Date: 11/16/2012 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Memphis -6, O/U 191
New York Knicks: Off to their fastest start in nearly 20 seasons, the Knickerbockers (6-0 straight-up and against the spread) are coming off a 104-100 win at San Antonio on Thursday night behind a game-high 25 points from Raymond Felton while J.R. Smith added 17 off the bench. Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer going into that game with an average of 26.8 points, was held to just nine on 3-of-12 shooting from the field. The final score went "over" the 196-point total after failing to top the number in four of New York's previous five games. The Knicks entered Thursday's battle with the Spurs averaging 103.4 ppg (2nd in NBA) while allowing the fewest points (87.8 ppg). Ronnie Brewer, who had left knee surgery in September, tweaked the knee in the win at Orlando but was listed as probable for Thursday's contest (click to check updated NBA injury report).
Memphis Grizzlies: Oklahoma City was the sixth straight victim for the Grizzlies (6-1 SU and ATS), who used a decisive second quarter to post a 107-97 road victory on Wednesday. Rudy Gay netted a team-high 28 points while Zach Randolph added a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) in the upset as 5½-point underdogs. The contest skipped past the total, leaving Memphis 5-2 "over" on the season. All three of the team's home games at FedExForum this year have ended in outright victory along with Memphis backers cashing against the spread, two of those three contests failing to reach the total. Friday's matchup will be the first of a back-to-back for the Grizz, who will be in Charlotte on Saturday before beginning a five-game homestand next Monday vs. the Nuggets. Memphis won and covered at home in last season's only meeting vs. New York, a 94-83 decision as 4½-point favorites with the total falling short of the 192½ mark.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Friday 11/16
NBA Point Spreads, Picks and Trends: Knicks visit Grizzlies
By: The Linemakers
It may be very early in the season, but the Knicks' 104-100 win last night at San Antonio showed they are for real and possibly a team to contend with in the East. They remain the NBA’s only undefeated team at 6-0, their best start since the 1993-94 season. Last night’s win was their first in San Antonio since 2003, snapping a nine-game losing streak there.
If you’re thinking championship already, the LVH SuperBook has the Knicks listed at 20-to-1.
Despite the big win, the Knicks don’t have any time for celebrating, as they immediately had to take an airplane out of San Antonio for tonight‘s game at Memphis. The Grizzlies are 6-point favorites, a number higher than yesterday (Spurs -5) because of the Knicks' back-to-back situation.
The Grizzlies (6-1) lost their season opener at the Clippers but have reeled off six straight wins coming into tonight’s game. Not only have they won the six games straight up, they have covered all six. Something’s got to give tonight, because the Knicks have covered all six of their games, too.
With the Spurs losing last night, the Grizzlies are the only team in the Western Conference with only one loss. They are two wins away from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history; they won eight in a row in 2004. The driving force for Memphis has been Zach Randolph, who has posted double-doubles in all seven games.
Memphis has won a club record 14-straight home games, and if they get to 100 points, chances are they’ll win again. They are 5-0 this season when hitting triple-digits.
The Knicks lead the all-time series with an 18-13 mark. Last night, they continued a nice little trend where they have now covered 16 of their past 21 games as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points.
The 76ers have covered 23 of their past 34 games against a team with a losing record. Philly is a 1.5-point favorite at home tonight vs. the Jazz.
The Magic have covered nine of their past 10 road games coming off a loss of 10 points or more. Orlando is a 5-point dog in Detroit.
The Pacers have covered their past three meetings against the Mavericks. Indiana is a 2.5-point favorite at home vs. Dallas.
The Thunder have won six of the past seven meetings against the Hornets, covering five of them. OKC is 6.5-point road chalk tonight.
The Warriors and T'Wolves have gone UNDER the total in six of their past seven meetings. The total on tonight's game in Minnesota is 184.5.
The Hawks have won the past three meetings with the Kings, covering twice. Atlanta is laying 2 in Sacramento.
The Rockets have covered 21 of their past 30 games following a division game. Houston is a 2-point dog in Portland.
The Lakers covered only five of their past 20 Friday night home games. L.A. is a 9-point favorite vs. the Suns tonight.
Six of the past eight Lakers-Suns games have gone OVER the total. Tonight's total is 201.
Bad news for the Raptors as guard Kyle Lowry will be out 1-2 weeks with a foot injury and forward Landry Fields will also be out 2-3 weeks with an elbow issue. Lowery is the Raptors' leading scorer at 18.3 points per game.
Magic guard Jameer Nelson (groin) is probable tonight after missing his last few games.
Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (flu) is probable tonight after missing his last game.
The T'Wolves will likely be without JJ Barea (foot) and Brandon Roy (knee) again tonight.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will be back in action tonight after serving a two-game suspension.
Hawks center Al Horford (illness) has been upgraded to probable.
Blazers superstar LaMarcus Aldridge (wrist) is probable for tonight’s game.
Lakers guard Steve Blake (abdominal) is questionable tonight after missing his last game.