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NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday December, 26

NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday December, 26

NBA: Streaks, Trends, Notes

Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors showing signs of life winning five straight while cashing four of five tickets are in a tough spot when they travel to San Antonio. Raptors have not had success in Alamo City losing 9-of-10 (4-5-1 ATS) encounters with Spurs. If that were not enough, Raptors are a lowly 2-14 (6-10 ATS) on the road this season and just 4-11 (6-9 ATS) the past fifteen away during the month of December. On the other side, San Antonio shooting a whopping 56.0% from the field, hitting a franchise best 20 3-pointers in dismantling Mavericks 129-91 last time out are 10-2 (7-4-1 ATS) on AT&T Center hardwood outscoring teams by 12.2 points per game. Expect Spurs to take care of business vs injury plagued Raptors missing Bargani, Lowry, Valanciunas while improving they're 6-2-2 ATS stretch vs Atlantic foes, 6-0 ATS streak following a game in which they shot =>55.0%, 20-3-1 ATS mark as home favorite of 8 or more.

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NBA game of the day: Lakers at Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (7, 204.5)

The Los Angeles Lakers have achieved the first of their many goals for the remainder of the season. Next up is a victory over the host Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Los Angeles made a triumphant return to the .500 mark on Christmas Day, getting 34 points from Kobe Bryant and 11 assists from Steve Nash in a come-from-behind win over the New York Knicks. The Lakers have won five straight but will be in tough to extend that run against a Nuggets team sporting an 8-1 home record.

Denver is in the midst of four games in five days, and it kicked off the grueling stretch with a 112-100 loss to the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets were done in by a 42-point second quarter as they fell for just the second time in the last six games. Considered one of the early-season contenders for a top-four seed in the Western Conference, Denver has lacked the consistency of front-runners Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Memphis and are struggling on the defensive end.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (14-14): Much has been made about the struggles of the Lakers' offense despite the addition of two star free agents in Nash and Dwight Howard and a new head coach in Mike D'Antoni. Yet, while it remains to be seen how the Lakers' loaded lineup will jell on the offensive end, it has shown flashes of stardom on defense. Los Angeles limited the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks to just 14 fourth-quarter points, allowing Bryant and Nash to pull out the victory. With three defensive stalwarts on the roster in Bryant, Howard and Metta World Peace, Los Angeles is a tough team for most opposing scorers to face.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (15-14): Teams have figured out that one of the best ways to handle the Denver defense is to fire away from beyond the arc. The Nuggets are fifth-worst in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage against, and the Clippers exploited that weakness by connecting on 11 of 25 attempts in their Christmas Day victory. Denver continues to roll along offensively despite Danilo Gallinari's recent struggles. The Italian forward is mired in a horrible slump, having made just six of his last 31 shot attempts - highlighted by a 1-for-10 clunker against the Clippers, his second such effort in three games.


* Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win.
* Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
* Over is 7-1 in Lakers’ last eight vs. NBA Northwest foes.
* Over is 4-0 in Nuggets’ last four vs. NBA Pacific opposition.


1. The Lakers have dominated the head-to-head series of late, eliminating Denver from the 2012 playoffs and cruising to a 122-103 victory in their first meeting this season.

2. Denver is 3-12 when allowing 100 or more points.

3. Bryant averages 24.8 points in 55 career regular-season games against the Nuggets.

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Inside the Paint - Wednesday
By Chris David

Holiday Hangover Wednesday’s pro basketball card is stacked with 13 games on the hardwood. Ten teams played on Christmas Day and seven of them will be forced to play two games in two nights. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the clubs playing with no rest.

Chicago at Indiana

The Bulls will be looking to forget not one but two blowout losses on Wednesday. Last night, Chicago was run out of its own gym by Houston, 120-97. After losing their first two games of the season on zero days rest, the Bulls have won four straight when facing back-to-back spots and two of those victories have come on the road. The total has gone 3-3.

The Pacers nipped the Bulls 80-76 as four-point road underdogs on Dec. 4. It was an ugly game to watch and total players should be aware that the ‘under’ has gone 7-1 in the last eight meetings. The oddsmakers have taken notice by offering up a 176-point total for this matchup. Considering the Bulls had their worst defensive performance on Christmas, you’d expect a better effort here. Offensively, Chicago could be in trouble with Luol Deng (foot) listed as ‘questionable.’

Miami at Charlotte

As expected, Miami is laying serious wood in this spot and it’s hard to go against a team that has won and covered five straight, which included yesterday’s 103-97 home victory against Oklahoma City. You could play the letdown factor and fatigue should be considered as well. The Heat has only faced three back-to-back situations this season and they’ve won all three. However, the team is just 1-2 ATS and the wins came by a combined 11 points. Miami has won eight straight against Charlotte but has only covered four of those games. When installed as a double-digit favorite, which they are tonight, the Heat has gone 2-3 ATS.

In case you forgot over the holiday break, the Bobcats have lost 15 consecutive games and they’re only 4-11 ATS during this losing skid. If you expect Charlotte to snap out of it, you might want to look ahead, especially when you see its schedule (Nets, Cavs, Pistons, etc…). The Heat could be without Chris Bosh (eye) for tonight and the ‘Cats will miss center B.J. Mullens (ankle) and possibly Gerald Henderson (shin) and Ben Gordon (knee). If you don’t follow Charlotte, that’s a lot of firepower for them offensively.

Brooklyn at Milwaukee

Brooklyn will be looking to bounce back after it was humbled 93-76 by Boston as a 2 ½-point home favorite on Christmas. The Nets scored 24 points in the first quarter but were stifled to just 53 points in the final 36 minutes. After starting the season with an 11-4 record in November, the Nets have gone 3-9 in December and for our purposes, they’re a pathetic 2-10 versus the number. The Nets have struggled on zero days rest this season, posting a 2-4 record both SU and ATS. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, it has played five of these games on the road. The ‘under’ has gone 5-1 and it should be 6-0 if it wasn’t for some late hoops in a mid-November loss to Golden State (93-102), which barely went ‘over’ the closing number of 194½.
Normally, Milwaukee has been a good team to back at home but the club is only 7-6 SU and 5-8 ATS this season. The total is hovering around 187 and both Brooklyn (17-9) and Milwaukee (15-10) have been ‘under’ teams. We do have a lot of new faces for both clubs but it’s really hard to ignore the fact that the Bucks have won and covered 12 straight against the Nets. Most books opened Milwaukee as a 2 ½-point home favorite and it’s already climbed up to 3 at most shops.

Houston at Minnesota

The Rockets proved once again that they’re a “Make or Miss” team on Christmas and fortunately for them, they made plenty of buckets. Houston dismantled Chicago 120-97 and the final score wasn’t that close. In their 15 wins this season, the team has scored 100 points or more in 12 of them. If you bet the Rockets, you better hope they shoot the ball well. Similar to Brooklyn, the Rockets have struggled in back-to-back contests. The Rockets are 2-4 both SU and ATS, but they did notch an impressive 109-96 win at New York when facing the situation the last time out. Even though Houston likes to push the pace, the ‘under’ has connected at a 67% (4-2) mark on zero days rest.

In last year’s lockout-shortened season and Minnesota won and covered three of the four encounters. The ‘over’ went 3-1 during this span. The Timberwolves aren’t an easy out at home. After starting 3-3 at Target Center, the club has won five straight (4-1) on their court.

New York at Phoenix

The Knicks had a chance to knock off the Lakers yesterday but their offense went missing in the fourth quarter (16 points) which led to their 100-94 road loss. New York heads to the desert and this particular team has been tough to figure out on zero days rest. They’re 3-3 both SU and ATS, which is pretty good considering five of those games were on the road. Despite the fatigue factor, New York has played up-tempo and is averaging 104.8 PPG. Those numbers have helped the ‘over’ go 5-1 in the six games.

New York held off Phoenix 106-99 on Dec. 2 in an early afternoon affair but failed to cover as an 11 ½-point favorite. The ‘over’ barely cashed over the closing number of 200. The Suns are catching points here and they’ve produced a 3-4 record both SU and ATS as home ‘dogs.

L.A. Lakers at Denver

Los Angeles earned the solid home win (100-94) over the Knicks on Christmas while the Nuggets were beat by the Clippers (100-112) on the same court a few hours later. This will be the fifth back-to-back spot of the season for the Lakers and none of the games have been played at Staples Center. Los Angeles has been hit or miss in these situations, going 2-2 both SU and ATS, with all four of the outcomes being decided by double digits. The total has gone 2-2.

Just like the Lakers, Denver hasn’t played at home on zero days rest, this being its first of the season. The Nuggets have gone 2-4 in back-to-back spots but that record is misleading. Denver is 5-1 ATS over this span and three of the losses have been by three points or less. Coincidentally, the worst loss came to the Lakers (103-122) when they met on Nov. 30 from Staples Center. Total players have watched the ‘over’ go 5-1 for Denver on zero days rest. The Lakers beat the Nuggets 4-3 in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Los Angeles was 1-2 both SU and ATS in the two games played in Colorado, the losses both coming by double digits.

Denver is favored for this matchup and it should be. The Nuggets are 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS from the Pepsi Center and the lone loss came to the Miami Heat, arguably the best team in the league. Even though the Lakers have won five straight, the road record (5-8) isn’t something to forget so quickly.

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NBA Point Spreads and Trends
By: The Linemakers

There are 13 games on Wednesday night’s NBA schedule, the Knicks at Suns and Lakers at Nuggets among the highlights. The lines below are from the LVH SuperBook as of about 9:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday morning.

NBA trends

* The Hornets have covered four of their past five road games. The Magic have covered six of their last eight games against Western Conference teams. The Magic are -3 at home tonight, with a total of 182.

* The Bulls have covered nine of their last 11 Wednesday games. The Pacers have covered six of their past seven games overall. The Pacers and Bulls have gone UNDER the total in their past four meetings. The Pacers are -5 in Indiana with a total of 177.5.

* The Cavs have covered their past four games against Southeast Division teams. They are also 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games against teams with a home winning percentage below .400. The Wizards have covered in 11 of their past 12 Wednesday games. The Wizards are -1 at home, and the total is 188.5.

* The Heat have covered their past five games. They’ve stayed UNDER the total in six of their past seven games, and the Heat and Bobcats have stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 meetings. The Heat are -10 with a total of 201.5 in Charlotte.

* The Pistons have covered only two of their last nine games following a win. The Pistons and Hawks have played OVER the total in four of their past five meetings. The Hawks are -8 with a total of 187 at home tonight.

* The Bucks have covered four of their last five games coming off a loss. The Nets have stayed UNDER the total in their past five games. The Bucks are -3.5 with a total of 187.5 in Milwaukee.

* The 76ers have covered only two of their last seven games. The Grizzlies have covered eight of their last 10 against Eastern Conference teams. The Grizzlies are -9 at home, with a total of 183.

* The Rockets have covered their past five games against teams with winning records, as well as eight of their past nine meetings in Minnesota. The T’Wolves have covered four of their last five home games. The T’Wolves are -5.5 with a total of 208.

* The Raptors have covered five of their last six games overall. When the Spurs have two-days’ rest, they have covered nine of their last 10 games. The Spurs are -13 with a total of 200.5 in San Antonio.

* The Lakers have covered four of their last five games coming off a win. The Nuggets have covered their last four games coming off a loss. The Nuggets have gone OVER the total when playing in the second of back-to-back games. The Nuggets are -4 with a total of 214.5.

* The Warriors have gone OVER the total in their last five games, but the last six meetings between the Warriors and Jazz in Utah have stayed UNDER the total. The Warriors have covered five of those games. The Jazz are -4 with a total of 203.5.

* The Knicks have covered 11 of their last 14 when playing in the second of back-to-back games. The Suns have covered five of their last six games, and have stayed UNDER the total in six of their last seven games. The Knicks are -2.5 with a total of 199.

* The Kings and Blazers have stayed UNDER in 19 of their last 26 meetings and 11 of their last 12 in Portland. The Blazers are -7 with a total of 197.

NBA injuries:

* Magic forward Glen Davis (shoulder) is OUT indefinitely.

* Bulls forward Luol Deng (leg) is questionable.

* Bulls forward Anderson Varejao (knee) is OUT.

* Heat forward Chris Bosh (eye) is probable.

* Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (knee) is questionable.

* Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (ankle) is questionable.

* Nets forward Kris Humphries (abdominal) is OUT.

* Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (knee) is questionable.

* T’Wolves forward Kevin Love (eye) is probable.

* Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani (elbow) is OUT indefinitely.

* Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (tricep) is OUT indefinitely.

* Knicks guard Raymond Felton (finger) is questionable.

* Jazz guard Mo Williams (thumb) is OUT indefinitely.

* Kings guard Tyreke Evans (knee) is OUT.

* Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (hip) is questionable.

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