NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday December, 27

NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday December, 27

NBA TNT Doubleheader: Mavs at Thunder, Celtics at Clippers
By Covers.com

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder (-11, 208)

The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and seek to get back on the winning track when they host the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The Thunder fell to the Miami Heat on Christmas Day and no longer have the NBA’s best record after the Los Angeles Clippers won later Tuesday night. Dallas has lost three straight and six of seven after a season-worst 129-91 loss to San Antonio on Sunday.

Star forward Dirk Nowitzki played for the first time this season in the loss to the Spurs. Nowitzki missed the first 27 games of the campaign after October knee surgery and scored eight points off the bench. Oklahoma City won 12 consecutive contests before the two straight defeats. “I’m proud of how they compete and they never let up,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Never. I’ve never been disappointed in this team with how they compete.” The Thunder have won 10 straight home games since losing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 14.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (12-16, 13-15 ATS): Nowitzki played 20 minutes in his first game and the plan is to slowly increase his minutes. Dallas has adjusted to playing without him and Nowitzki is aware that an adjustment period is necessary. “It’s probably going to take me a week or two getting my legs and wind,” Nowitzki said. “And hopefully I can help a little more, but we need some work.” Guard O.J. Mayo is averaging a team-best 19.3 points but has slumped recently and also is dealing with the flu.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (21-6, 16-10-1 ATS): Forward Kevin Durant scored 33 points against Miami and Russell Westbrook tallied 21 to mark the 14th time the two standouts have scored 20 or more points in the same contest. Oklahoma City is 11-3 in those games. Reserve guard Kevin Martin returned from a one-game absence due to a quadriceps injury to score 15 points. He has a 17.9 career average in 18 games against Dallas. Durant is averaging 21.4 points in 17 regular-season contests against the Mavericks, well below his career mark of 26.4.

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Mavericks are 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Road team is 36-15-2 ATS in the last 53 meetings.
* Underdog is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Oklahoma City has won four of the last five regular-season meetings in addition to last season’s playoff sweep of the Mavericks.

2. Thunder F Serge Ibaka had just one blocked shot against Miami. Oklahoma City is 12-3 when he rejects three or more shots.

3. Mayo is just 9-of-33 from the field over the last three games while averaging only 8.3 points.

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers (-8.5, 190)

The Los Angeles Clippers attempt to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games on Thursday when they host the Boston Celtics. Los Angeles surged a half-game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the league's best record with its 14th straight victory, a 112-100 home triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. The Clippers have not lost since dropping a 105-98 decision to the New Orleans Hornets at home on Nov. 26.

Boston kicked off its four-game road trip Tuesday with a 93-76 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory halted the Celtics' five-game losing streak away from home. It also was the team's second in its last six contests overall. Boston concludes its trek with games at Golden State and Sacramento on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (14-13, 10-15-2 ATS): Forward Paul Pierce is poised to move past Elgin Baylor for 24th place on the all-time scoring list. With 23,144 career points, Pierce needs just five to surpass Baylor and is 34 away from overtaking Adrian Dantley for 23rd place. Forward Kevin Garnett is expected to play in his 1,283rd career game Thursday, which would give him sole possession of 15th place on the all-time list. He currently is tied with Charles Oakley. Garnett also will climb within three games of Sam Perkins for 14th place.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (22-6, 18-10 ATS): Guard Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Tuesday's victory. It marked the 12th time this season he has contributed 20 or more points off the bench. Forward Matt Barnes scored in double figures for the eighth straight game, pouring in 20 off the bench. Los Angeles is 16-0 when Barnes comes off the bench and reaches double digits. The Clippers scored a season-high 42 points in the second quarter against Denver. Their previous high for points in a quarter was 35.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.
* Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
* Celtics are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Underdog is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Boston has won three of the last four meetings between the teams.

2. Clippers G Chris Paul leads the league with 76 steals and an average of 2.7 per game.

3. Los Angeles has won 10 games during its streak by 12 points or more.

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Thursday Tips
By Kevin Rogers
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Things slow down a bit on the Thursday NBA card with a TNT doubleheader as four playoff clubs from last season hit the court. The late game showcases the hottest team in basketball as the Clippers go for 15 consecutive victories as the Celtics head out to the West Coast. We'll start in Oklahoma City with two of the league's most dynamic scorers meeting for the first time this season.

Mavericks at Thunder

Oklahoma City is going through its first losing streak of the season after falling at Minnesota and Miami over the last week. The Thunder returns home to battle the Mavs for the first time since sweeping Dallas in the opening round of last season's playoffs. Despite Dallas' below .500 start at 12-16, the Mavs will have Dirk Nowitzki at their disposal.
   
The former league MVP missed the first 27 games of the season following knee surgery, as he made his season debut in Sunday's blowout loss at San Antonio. Nowitzki came off the bench to score eight points in 20 minutes of action as the Mavs were trounced by the Spurs, 129-91 as 11-point road underdogs. Dallas has dropped six of its past seven games, including each of the last three by double-digits. Rick Carlisle's club is riding a five-game skid away from the American Airlines Center, as Dallas lost two of those games in overtime at Boston and Minnesota.

The Thunder ran off 12 straight victories before this recent two-game losing streak, as OKC couldn't avenge an NBA Finals loss to Miami on Christmas. Scott Brooks' team dropped a 103-97 decision to the Heat in a physical, back-and-forth affair as 2½-point underdogs. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points, but the Thunder shot just 42% from the floor in their fifth straight loss to Miami dating back to June.

In the first round sweep last season, the Thunder edged the Mavs by a combined four points in the opening two contests, as Dallas covered as a road 'dog each time. When the series shifted to the Lone Star State, OKC cashed in two away victories, including as road 'chalk' in the series clincher, 103-97. The Thunder claimed seven of eight meetings last season, but Dallas put together a perfect 4-0 ATS record at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Celtics at Clippers

The Lakers had their five-game winning streak snapped at Denver on Wednesday, as the Clippers hope to not suffer the same fate on Thursday. The Clips have won a franchise-best 14 straight contests, while owning the top record in the Western Conference at 22-6. Boston travels west for the second of a four-game road trip, as the C's play three of the next four contests in California.

Vinny Del Negro's squad dropped a 42-point spot in the second quarter of Tuesday's 112-100 home triumph over the Nuggets, as six Clippers scored in double-figures. L.A. improved to 13-3 SU and 11-5 ATS at Staples Center, while posting a 5-2 SU/ATS record as a single-digit home favorite. The Christmas night 'over' snapped a four-game 'under' streak, as Denver ended L.A.'s streak of 10 straight contests of holding opponents to less than 100 points.

The Celtics picked up a solid Christmas Day victory at Brooklyn, 93-76 as 2½-point 'dogs, while beating the Nets for the first time in three tries this season. The win ended a five-game skid away from TD Garden, while the C's are just 1-4 ATS the last five attempts in the underdog situation. Doc Rivers' team owns a 1-6 ATS record the previous seven games off a cover, as three of those losses came on the highway.

In their lone meeting last season at Staples Center, the Celtics grabbed a 94-85 victory as 5½-point underdogs over the Clippers. Boston overcame a nine-point halftime deficit by outscoring Los Angeles, 55-37 in the second half. The 'dog has cashed in each of the last four matchups in L.A., but the Clips were listed in that role three times in this stretch.

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Thursday’s NBA Points Spreads and Trends
By: The Linemakers
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LAS VEGAS – Only two games are scheduled tonight in the NBA, the feature game being the Los Angeles Clippers attempting to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games, as they welcome the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have won three of the past four meetings with the Clippers, but this isn’t the Clippers team of the past. The Clips now have the best record in the NBA at 22-6 after blowing out the Nuggets, 112-110, on Tuesday night.

The Clippers are not only winning games, they’ve also been covering the spread at a torrid pace despite their rating being rapidly increased to catch up with their nightly blowouts. They have covered nine of their past 12 games.

There hasn’t necessarily been an individual standout for the Clippers, but their bench could be singled out as their most improved asset from to last season’s squad. In Tuesday’s win over the Nuggets, Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points, the 12th time this season he’s scored 20 points or more.

Matt Barnes, another new addition, has found a home where his contributions have been appreciated more so than anywhere else in his 10-year career. He scored 20 points Tuesday night and has been averaging a career-high 10.6 points off the bench. The Clippers are 16-0 this season when Barnes has scored in double-figures.

The Clippers have seven players averaging over nine points a game this season, and that doesn’t even include Lamar Odom, who has been very active in his 17 minutes per game. Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill, who are both still injured, are veterans who will fit in nicely with their leadership and attitude when they return.

It’s still early to be talking about championship, but the Clippers have the look of a team that can contend with the Thunder in the Western Conference, and they may currently present the best value on the Las Vegas boards. The LVH SuperBook has the Clippers at 12-to-1 to win the NBA title (see complete list below).

Here’s a look at Thursday night’s action.

NBA trends:

* The Mavericks have covered seven of their past eight games, but they have only three of their last 11 against teams with a winning percentage over .600. The Thunder have covered seven of their past 10 home games and four of their past five games coming off a loss. The Thunder have stayed UNDER the total in their last four games overall, but have gone OVER in five of their last six meetings against the Mavericks in Oklahoma City. OKC is -10, and the total is 207.5 tonight.

* The Celtics have covered only two of their past seven games and only once in their last six road games. The Clippers have covered the number in six of their last seven home games and 13 of their last 16 games following a game when they scored 100 points or more. The Celtics and Clippers have played UNDER the total in five of their last six meetings in Los Angeles. L.A. is -8.5, with a total of 190.5, tonight

NBA injuries:

* Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo (illness) has been upgraded to probable.

* Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (personal) missed Boston’s last game and is questionable tonight.

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