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NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday December, 25
NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday December, 25
Christmas Day Action
By Kevin Rogers
The tradition of basketball games on Christmas has picked up over the last few years, going from two or three contests to now games from early in the day through late night. The Heat and Thunder renew acquaintances in the 5:30 PM EST battle from South Florida, while the Clippers go for their 14th straight win when the Nuggets invade Staples Center. We'll start with the two matinee affairs, including a division rivalry in Brooklyn which has heated up this season.
Celtics at Nets
The two clubs trailing the Knicks in the Atlantic Division meet for the third time this season, as Boston has failed to beat Brooklyn in two tries. Both these squads have been poor against the number recently with both the Nets and Celtics compiling 1-5 ATS record the last six games.
Each of the two previous meetings have centered around Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo. The feisty All-Star missed the first matchup at Barclays Center on November 15 with a sprained ankle, as the Nets held off the Celtics, 102-97 as five-point favorites. The 'over' of 190 was never in doubt, as the two teams combined for 109 points in the first half. The Nets shot just 42% from the floor, but Brook Lopez clogged the middle with a 24-point effort on 11-of-14 shooting.
The next matchup at TD Garden on November 28 provided plenty of fireworks as Rondo was ejected in the second quarter following an altercation with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries. The Nets' forward fouled Kevin Garnett, as Rondo took exception to the roughness of the foul with a shove of Humphries. The Celtics never recovered as they fell to the Nets, 95-83 as 3½-point 'chalk,' in spite of holding Brooklyn to 40% shooting. Only one Nets' starter finished with double-figures, but Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench to drill five three-pointers, while Andray Blatche and C.J. Watson combined to score 30 points.
As far as the ATS struggles of late go for these two teams, something needs to change. The Celtics rallied to force overtime against the Bucks on Wednesday, but lost for the fourth time in five games, 99-94. Boston needs to get on track away from TD Garden, as the C's have dropped seven of their last eight on the road (1-6-1 ATS).
The Nets aren't much better in this department, as Brooklyn failed to cover as six-point favorites in Sunday's 95-92 victory over Philadelphia. Avery Johnson's team has cashed just two of the last 11 games overall, while putting together an 0-6 ATS record as a favorite in this span. From a totals perspective, the Nets' slow pace has turned them into a solid 'under' bet by cashing in four straight contests.
Knicks at Lakers
Los Angeles is used to playing in the Christmas spotlight, but not accustomed to sitting below .500 at this point of the season. Kobe Bryant will be playing in his record 15th game on December 25 in his career, as he looks to get the Lakers a nice Christmas gift by reaching the .500 point with their fifth consecutive win. The Knicks have seen some ups and downs following a strong start, as New York has split its last four games since a 9-1 run from Thanksgiving until December 15.
The Lakers picked up their fourth straight victory after rallying past the Warriors on Saturday night in overtime, 118-115 as 1½-point road favorites. Steve Nash made his first appearance in the Los Angeles lineup since the second game of the season at Portland with 12 points and nine assists, but the L.A. bench stepped up. Metta World Peace scored 20 points, while Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill combined to put up 26 points for L.A.'s second win over Golden State this season.
The Knicks slugged their way to a 94-91 home triumph over the Timberwolves on Sunday, but failed to cash as eight-point favorites. The defense has fallen off a bit as of late for Mike Woodson's team, allowing at least 100 points in four of the last six games, including 110 points to Chicago on Friday night. Now, the Knicks head west for a three-game road trip that also goes to Phoenix and Sacramento.
New York put together one of its most impressive wins of the season on December 13 at Madison Square Garden, topping Los Angeles, 116-107 as 5½-point favorites. The Lakers made the game interesting in the end, but the Knicks put on a scoring barrage in the first quarter with a 41-point outburst, including 22 points from Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks led by 19 at the half before the Lakers cut the deficit to six points with less than two minutes remaining. New York iced the game at the line to prevent a backdoor cover by Los Angeles, but the Knicks head into Tuesday's contest with five consecutive losses at Staples Center.
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Christmas Night Action
By Kevin Rogers
The Christmas Day action transitions to night-time with three more showdowns in the NBA. The Clippers go for their 14th consecutive win as the Nuggets head to Southern California, while the Rockets go for the season sweep of the Bulls in Chicago. The prime matchup takes place in South Florida, as the Thunder look for redemption after losing in five games of the NBA Finals to the Heat.
Thunder at Heat
The last time these teams met up on June 21, Miami hoisted its second championship trophy by dispatching Oklahoma City in four straight games following a Game 1 loss. In that rout, the Heat shot lights out by drilling 14 three-pointers in a 121-106 silencing of the Thunder. That was the last game James Harden played in a Thunder uniform, but OKC hasn't skipped a beat since shipping their third-leading scorer to Houston in late October.
Scott Brooks' squad owns the best record in the Western Conference at 21-5, in spite of last Thursday's defeat at Minnesota as two-point favorites, 99-93. The loss snapped a 12-games winning streak for the Thunder, who had covered nine times during this hot stretch. Prior to the defeat at the Target Center, OKC eclipsed the 100-points mark in 15 of the previous 16 contests, but nine of those games took place at home.
The Heat is riding a four-game winning streak since a last-second loss to the Warriors on December 12. The latest victory came without Chris Bosh as Miami took care of Utah, 105-89 as 7½-point favorites on Saturday. Bosh sat out with a cold, as the All-Star forward is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Since allowing 112 points in a 20-point setback to the Knicks, Erik Spoelstra's club has held seven straight opponents to 100 points or less.
Rockets at Bulls
Chicago returns to the United Center after splitting a pair of road games at New York and Atlanta. The Bulls outlasted the Knicks on Friday, 110-106 as 6½-point 'dogs, but put together a flat effort the next night in a 17-point defeat to the Hawks. The Rockets head to the Windy City owning a three-game winning streak, including a pair of 20+ point home routs of the Sixers and Grizzlies.
Houston is hitting its stride offensively by topping the 100-point mark in six of the last eight contests, but five of those high-scoring outputs came at the Toyota Center. The Rockets are struggling on the highway with a 3-7 SU and 3-6-1 ATS record, including losses in seven of the past eight road games. However, all three victories came against Eastern Conference opponents (Detroit, Atlanta, and New York).
The Bulls have been a disappointment for bettors at home by compiling a dreadful 3-11 ATS mark, while picking up just one cover as a favorite of more than four points. Chicago has cashed the 'under' in 11 of 14 games at the United Center, as two of those 'overs' came against Boston. The last time the Bulls faced the Rockets, Houston grabbed a 93-89 home triumph on November 21 as one-point favorites, as Chicago shot just 40% from the field.
Nuggets at Clippers
The hottest team in the NBA resides in Los Angeles and isn't named Lakers. The Clippers continue to fight for L.A. supremacy by racking up 13 consecutive victories, including nine of those wins by double-digits. Los Angeles cruised past Phoenix on Sunday, 103-77 to cash easily as 6½-point 'chalk,' while holding its third opponent in the last four games to less than 80 points.
The Clips face a high-octane Nuggets' offense on Tuesday, as Denver is playing its league-leading 20th away contest. George Karl's team has won four of five, including a dispatching of the lowly Bobcats on Saturday, 110-88 to cover as 15½-point favorites. The Nuggets shot 6-of-20 from three-point range against Charlotte, which is a drastic improvement from the pathetic 0-for-22 from downtown at Portland on Thursday.
Los Angeles owns a 12-3 SU and 10-5 ATS record at home this season, while posting an 8-3 ATS ledger as a favorite of seven points or less. The 'under' is hitting at a nice pace for the Clips by cashing in seven of the previous eight games, including three straight 'unders' of totals listed at 200 or higher. The Clips took three of four matchups from the Nuggets last season, while four straight meetings between these teams at Staples Center have finished 'under' the total.
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Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
In one of five scheduled for Christmas Day Oklahoma (21-5, 16-9-1 ATS) and Miami (17-6, 12-11 ATS) square off for the first time since Thunder were eliminated by Heat in the NBA Championship. Thunder lead by dynamic duo of Kevin Durant (27.9) and Russell Westbrook (21.4) netting a league-best 105.1 points/game had their seemingly unstoppable offense held to 93 points in a loss at Minnesota Thursday moving the teams mark to 7-3 (6-3-1 ATS) as a visitor this season. On the other side of the floor, Heat lead by James (25.4) and Wade (19.7) with their own scoring tricks average 103.5 per/contest. Heat taking care of business defeating Jazz 105-89 on Saturday are now 13-2 (9-6 ATS) in South Beach outscoring visitors by an average margin of 10.5 PPG. Thunder have their work cut out in this hostile environment where Heat surrender just 96.1 PPG. But, Thunder should be in line for a strong showing as they're 4-0 SU/ATS off a loss this season, 14-4 SU/ATS on the road after a loss as a favorite, 3-1 SU/ATS on the road after scoring =< 100 points.
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Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (-3.5, 187.5)
The last time the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics met on Nov. 28, there were three ejections in Brooklyn's 95-83 victory in Boston. While there might not be any ejections or shoving incidents in Tuesday's Christmas Day rematch at the Barclays Center, neither team is feeling cheerful about its quality of play since the night Rajon Rondo shoved Kris Humphires in retaliation for a hard foul on Kevin Garnett in the second quarter.
The Nets beat Boston twice in November during an 11-4 start that saw Avery Johnson win Eastern Conference coach of the month. Since then they have had to deal with a foot injury to Brook Lopez and comments from Deron Williams and Joe Johnson about the offense. As a result of those things, Brooklyn has won just eight of 11, though it halted a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 95-92 home win over Philadelphia by getting 22 points from Johnson. Boston has not been much better and since going a season-high three games over .500 on Dec. 12, it has dropped four of five and wasted a 35-point night from Paul Pierce in Friday's 99-94 overtime loss to Milwaukee.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (13-13): A key aspect of Boston's mediocre start has been the differences in their performances at home and on the road. While Friday snapped a five-game home winning streak, Boston is opening a four-game trip on a five-game road losing streak that has seen them average 89.6 points per game. The Celtics are also opening the trip following two of Pierce's best showings of the season. He has scored 75 points on 26-of-39 shooting. Boston will be trying to snap its skid with a slightly shorthanded bench as backup center Chris Wilcox will be out three to four weeks with a sprained ligament in his right thumb and reserve guard Leandro Barbosa will not join the team until Wednesday due to personal reasons.
ABOUT THE NETS (14-12): The Nets spent Monday's practice downplaying any lingering feelings about the incident in Boston, citing the fact that it took place nearly a month ago. “I think for our guys, I just think the game is so far back,” Avery Johnson said. “They’re gonna be aware of it. I don’t think they’ll back down from anybody, but I think they just wanna play basketball. As we’ve seen in the past, our guys, they’re pretty physically and mentally tough.” Humphries, whom Boston's Jason Terry called 'soft" after the incident, might not even play. He has started just five games this month but Sunday was not included in the rotation for the first time and is questionable for Tuesday with an abdominal injury.
New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers (-3.5, 214.5)
Star power will be on full display as the Los Angeles Lakers entertain the New York Knicks in a Christmas Day duel. The Lakers are finally healthy and able to put their four superstars - Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant - on the court together. They'll face a surging Knicks club led by early-season MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony, who has his team near the top of the Eastern Conference standings despite having to do without injured All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire.
The Lakers' sensational foursome struggled at times in its grand reunion Saturday, but managed to pull out a 118-115 overtime win over Golden State thanks to a 34-point, 10-rebound showing from Bryant. A Christmas Day victory will move Los Angeles back to the .500 mark - an important milestone for a team many believed was a shoe-in for a conference finals berth. New York was considered far from a sure thing in the East, but became the first team in the conference to reach 20 wins with a 94-91 triumph over Minnesota on Sunday.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (20-7): New York may be rolling, but the players know there is room for improvement - particularly on defense, where the Knicks have had trouble matching their opponents' level of physicality. A loss to Chicago on Friday exposed New York in that regard, but the Knicks rebounded with a win over a physical Timberwolves team. "Both those teams do have guys that are very physical, and I think we haven't been at our best," said Knicks super-sub Steve Novak. "I feel like we haven't really played as well as we had defensively earlier in the season. But it's good to know that it's there; it's not like we lost it."
ABOUT THE LAKERS (13-14): Point guard Steve Nash made his return to the Los Angeles lineup Saturday after missing nearly two months with a broken bone in his leg. Head coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't shy about using his two-time NBA MVP, letting him rack up 41 minutes in the overtime victory. Nash said afterward he was surprised but satisfied with the steady diet of playing time. "To play 40 minutes after seven weeks was more than I could ask for," said Nash, who finished with 12 points and nine assists "I felt in a decent rhythm. I feel positive about it. I know it will be sore and painful but I'm used to that."
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (-3, 204.5)
Fans will be treated to an NBA Finals rematch Tuesday - and it helps that both teams are playing great basketball. The Miami Heat host the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time since clinching the NBA championship with a 121-106 victory just over six months earlier. Both teams have seen personnel changes but are playing as well as they did last season, with Miami holding a slim lead atop the Eastern Conference and the Thunder doing the same in the West.
Miami brings a four-game winning streak into the Christmas Day tilt, a run in which the Heat have been dominant on both sides of the ball. The club has averaged 105 points during the streak while allowing just 87 per contest. The Thunder are coming off a 99-93 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves that snapped their 12-game winning streak. Tuesday's game pits two of the league's early-season MVP candidates against one another, with LeBron James guiding the Heat against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
ABOUT THE THUNDER (21-5): The biggest difference between this year's team and the one that fell to the Heat in five games last spring is the absence of sixth-man-turned-superstar James Harden. Those who forecast tougher times following his departure have been proven wrong so far, with the defending Western Conference champions ranked second in the NBA at 105.1 points per game - just three-tenths behind Harden's new team, the Houston Rockets. Thunder reserve Kevin Martin - acquired in the blockbuster deal - has made up for the absence of Harden's bench scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game in just 29 minutes.
ABOUT THE HEAT (18-6): Miami had few weaknesses last season, but that didn't prevent the team from adding pieces over the summer. The arrivals of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis on cap-friendly deals were the two most notable moves, and they've paid immediate dividends. The duo combines to average nearly three 3-pointers per game, vaulting the Heat into top spot in long-range efficiency at 41.1 percent after finishing 10th a season ago. Their ability to spread the floor has made scoring even easier for the high-powered Heat, who are shooting a league-best 49.8 percent from the field.
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls (-4, 198)
The NBA's most prolific offense clashes with one of the league's more impressive defenses Tuesday as the Houston Rockets visit Chicago for an encounter with the Bulls. Led by star acquisition James Harden, Houston is filling the net at a rate of 105.4 points per game. That high-octane attack will be put to the test against a Bulls team allowing just 91 points per contest. Both teams come in on impressive runs, with the Bulls victorious in nine of 13 and the Rockets winners of three straight.
Houston looked to be in flux prior to the arrival of Harden, who joins forces with fellow acquisition Jeremy Lin to form one of the most impressive backcourts in the league. The Rockets' recent run has the club back above the .500 mark for the season. Chicago posted back-to-back victories over Eastern Conference powers Boston and New York before stumbling against the Atlanta Hawks over the weekend. Houston has won two straight in the head-to-head series after dropping the previous five.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (14-12): As impressive as Harden's scoring has been since coming over in a preseason trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, his ability to facilitate has been just as remarkable. The shooting guard has looked like one of the league's best playmakers in each of the Rockets' last two games, dishing out seven assists in a 125-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and following it up with an eight-assist performance in a 121-96 victory over Memphis three nights later. Harden (5.4) and Lin (6.2) are one of only four sets of teammates averaging five or more assists.
ABOUT THE BULLS (15-11): Chicago's trademark defense has the team contending for top spot in the Central Division despite the absence of former league MVP Derrick Rose. Where they miss their superstar point guard is on the offensive end, where they haven't been able to make up for his scoring or playmaking. Chicago is averaging 3 1/2 fewer points than it did a season ago, and has managed an average of just 77.8 points in its last four defeats. That includes a 92-75 defeat in Atlanta on Saturday, a game that saw the Bulls score just 33 points in the second and third quarters combined.
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers (-7, 201)
The torrid Los Angeles Clippers attempt to run their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games when they host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Los Angeles stretched its streak to 13 with a convincing road victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday to move within a half-game of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA’s top record. Denver has won four of its last five games and is playing its league-high 20th road contest.
Nuggets guard Ty Lawson left Saturday’s victory over the Charlotte Bobcats with a left Achilles’ tendon injury but expects to play against the Clippers. Denver needs Lawson’s speed and veteran Andre Miller’s savvy instincts to contest Clippers star Chris Paul. “It will be a tough game,” Miller said. “They’ve got a good win streak going. We have four games in five nights. Hopefully, we can start off on a good note.” Los Angeles has held eight straight opponents to less than 43 percent from the field to set a franchise mark. The Clippers haven’t lost since falling to the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (15-13): Denver’s interior game has been superb and the Nuggets have recorded NBA season-highs for points in the paint in back-to-back games. Denver had 74 points in the paint during Thursday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and surpassed that with 78 two nights later against Charlotte. A surprise standout against the Bobcats was Kosta Koufos, who scored a season-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. It marked the first time Koufos has led the Nuggets in scoring in his 86 games with the franchise. “I just played within the system, continued to play hard every possession,” Koufos said. “When the ball comes to me, I just try to finish.”
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (21-6): Veteran guard Jamal Crawford has been a force off the bench and scored 22 points against the Suns to break out of a mini-slump that saw him score 10 or fewer points in four of the previous six games. He tallied a season-low five points on 2-of-12 shooting in Friday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings before bouncing back with an 8-of-12 shooting performance against Phoenix. “I didn’t do anything different,” said Crawford, one of the leading contenders for Sixth Man of the Year. “That’s the thing that’s humbling and weird about the NBA. You can do the exact same thing and shots go and sometimes they don’t.” Crawford is averaging 16.3 points.
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NBA Christmas Day Betting Preview
By: The Linemakers
LAS VEGAS -- You have to love the Christmas gift the NBA gives us each year, with virtually nothing competing against it for our betting dollars. All five of this year's Christmas Day matchups are intriguing, and several of the teams are playing their best basketball of the season.
The Lakers are the only team with a losing record playing on Christmas, but they have a four-game win streak going and are healthy for the first time all season. Steve Nash is still rusty, but in his first game back against the Warriors Saturday night, he made an impact by getting others involved, most notably, Pau Gasol.
They’ll play a Knicks squad that has cooled off from their torrid early season pace but has still won seven of their last 10 games and has the most wins (20) in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat have won four in a row, as LeBron James is playing at his best, and they’ll face the Thunder in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals. The Thunder come off a rare loss, at Minnesota Thursday night, which ended a 12-game win streak.
The team streaking right now is the Clippers, who have won 13 straight games as they welcome the Nuggets. The Clips aren’t just winning, they are covering as well, going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games. Their rating has been rapidly increased as they’ve pounded opponents, and their game against the Nuggets might turn out to be the best of the day.
The lines below are from the LVH SuperBook as of about 12:30 p.m. PT on Christmas Eve.
From all of us at The Linemakers on Sporting News, happy holidays.
* The Celtics have covered five of their past seven games following a loss. The Nets are 8-2-2 ATS in their past 12 games playing with one-day’s rest. The Celtics have gone OVER the total in eight of their past 10 road games against teams with a winning record. Brooklyn is a 3.5-point home favorite, and the total is 186.5, for the early Christmas Day game.
* The Knicks have covered 16 of their past 21 games against teams with a losing record. The Lakers have covered only three of their last 11 games against team with a winning percentage above .600, as well as just once in their last six home games. The favorite has covered five of the last six meetings between the Lakers and Knicks. The Lakers are 3.5-point favorites on Christmas, the total is 215.5
* The Thunder have covered their past four games following a loss. The Heat have covered their last four games in a row. The Heat have also gone UNDER the total in their last five home games. The favorite has covered in six of the past seven meetings between the Heat and Thunder. Miami is -3, and the total is 205.
* The Rockets have covered their last four games against teams with a winning record. The Bulls have covered only three of their past 14 home games. The Rockets have covered seven of their last nine meetings with the Bulls in Chicago. Houston is a 4.5-point dog, with a total of 197.
* The Nuggets have covered the number in six of their past seven games. The Clippers have covered eight of their past 10 games. The Nuggets have stayed UNDER the total in nine of their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, and the Clippers have stayed UNDER in their past four games. L.A. is laying 7, and the total is 201.5 in the nightcap.
* Celtics forward Chris Wilcox (thumb) is OUT for 3-4 weeks.
* Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (personal) is OUT.
* Knicks forward Marcus Camby (foot) is probable.
* Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace (foot) is doubtful.
* Thunder guard Kevin Martin (quad) is probable.
* Heat forward Chris Bosh (flu) is probable.
* Bulls forward Luol Deng (shoulder) is probable.
* Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (Achilles) is probable.
* Clippers forward Lamar Odom (ankle) is questionable.
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An NBA Christmas
From David Stern's book of Christmas…
'Twas the day of Christmas when all through the sport, NBA fans are stirring with no less than five games to sort.
They speak not a word, and go straight to work. Looking to stuff their stockings while not coming off like a jerk.
With presents delivered under the Christmas tree.
Here's my gift to you, for all to see.
The Knicks and the Celtics taking off in flight. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Here is a breakdown of the ten teams playing on Christmas this season and how they’ve performed on Santa’s day since 1990:
• Boston: 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS
• Trending: underdogs all six games
• Brooklyn: 1-0 SU and 1-0 ATS
• Trending: 1-0 OVER
• Chicago: 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS
• Trending: 0-4 UNDER last four
• Denver: 1-2 SU and 1-2 ATS
• Trending: 0-2 ATS off ATS win
• Houston: 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS
• Trending: 3-0 ATS last three games
• LA Clippers: 1-3 SU and 1-3 ATS
• Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. .500 or greater opponent
• LA Lakers: 6-9 SU and 8-6-1 ATS
• Trending: 1-6 UNDER last seven games
• Miami: 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS
• Trending: 1-5 UNDER last six games
• New York: 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS
• Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. sub .550 opponent
• Oklahoma City: 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS
• Trending: 1-3 UNDER
Defending Champion Doldrums
Christmas day has not been a gifting experience for defending champions.
That’s confirmed by their lousy 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS mark when facing .700 or greater opponents, including 0-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS the last six games.
Oklahoma City will look to add to that number as they head to South Beach with revenge on their minds from last year’s loss in the championship finals to Miami.
Non-conference games certainly bring the best defensive effort out in teams on St. Nick’s day.
Eleven of the 13 games played on this day involving Eastern and Western Conference foes have played UNDER the total.
The five games involving a team off loss have all stayed UNDER the total.
Stat Of The Day
NBA teams on Christmas day off a pair of losses are 5-0 ATS versus an opponent off a pair of wins since 1990.