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NBA Betting News and Notes Friday January, 4
NBA Betting News and Notes Friday January, 4
Friday's NBA Tips
By Kevin Rogers
Following a short two-game slate on Thursday, the Friday NBA card is loaded with 11 contests on the board. The Clippers and Lakers meet for the second time this season at Staples Center, while the Rockets look to stay hot against Eastern Conference opponents with a trip to Milwaukee. We'll begin in South Florida as the Bulls conclude the Sunshine State trip against the Heat.
Bulls at Heat
Miami eliminated Chicago in five games of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, as these two teams have gone in different directions since that time. The Heat advanced to the NBA Finals twice, including last season's championship over the Thunder. Chicago was bounced in the opening round against Philadelphia last April, while the team is still trying to recover from Derrick Rose's torn ACL suffered in that series.
The Bulls (17-13 SU, 10-20 ATS) bounced back from a horrendous home loss to the Bobcats on Monday to hold off the Magic on Wednesday night. Charlotte snapped an 18-game losing streak on New Year's Eve at the United Center, but Chicago rang in the New Year with a 96-94 triumph at Orlando. Tom Thibodeau's club has failed to cover five straight games, while scoring less than 100 points in each contest during this span.
Miami nearly pulled off the most improbable pointspread cover of the season on Wednesday in a 119-109 victory over Dallas. The Heat (22-8 SU, 15-15 ATS) trailed the Mavs late in regulation, but forced overtime an nearly covered as 10½-point favorites, but Dwyane Wade missed a late free throw to avert a disaster for Dallas backers. Miami is riding a four-game ATS skid, but Erik Spoelstra's team has cashed six of the last eight home contests.
Blazers at Grizzlies
Memphis seeks some consistency heading into Friday's action after dropping three of the last five games. The Grizzlies (20-9 SU, 17-11- ATS) held off the Celtics on Wednesday as 2½-point road favorites, 93-83, the 13th straight game Memphis has been limited to fewer than 100 points. The Blazers play the third game of four on this road trip, as Portland put together a poor performance at Toronto.
Following a solid victory at New York on Tuesday, the Blazers fell behind early and never competed in a 102-79 drubbing to the Raptors. Portland shot just 4-of-22 from three-point range on Wednesday, while converting just 4-of-42 attempts from downtown in two meetings with Toronto this season. Those numbers won't fly against the league's best defense in Memphis, who allows 89.8 points per game.
The Blazers (16-15 SU, 13-17-1 ATS) covered all three meetings with the Grizzlies last season, including as 12-point underdogs at FedEx Forum in a 93-89 defeat in late April. Memphis has cashed the 'under' in nine of the last 12 home games, as one of the 'overs' came in an overtime victory over Phoenix. Since that win over the Suns in early December, the Grizzlies own a disappointing 5-8 ATS record, including outright home losses to Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Rockets at Bucks
Two third-place teams sitting above .500 meet up in Milwaukee on Friday for the first time this season. Houston (18-14 SU, 18-13-1 ATS) enters this contest owning an impressive 12-2 SU/ATS against Eastern Conference competition, while Milwaukee is just 2-7 SU and 1-8 ATS versus the Western Conference. The Bucks (16-14 SU/ATS) suffered another setback to a team from the Lone Star State on Wednesday night in a 117-110 home defeat to the Spurs as 5 ½-point 'dogs.
Milwaukee outscored San Antonio by ten points in the second half, but the Bucks couldn't overcome 51% shooting from the floor by the Spurs. The loss snapped a minor three-game ATS win streak by Scott Skiles' club, while the Bucks have split their last six games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The poor defensive effort by Milwaukee on Wednesday ended a seven-game stretch in which the Bucks allowed less than 100 points.
The Rockets have turned into one of the best bets recently, covering eight of the last nine games. Kevin McHale's team is rolling in the role of an away underdog, cashing four straight, including double-digit victories at New York and Chicago. Houston's offense continues to score at a wicked pace by hitting the 'over' in six of the last eight games, while busting the 110-point mark five times.
Lakers at Clippers
The battle of Los Angeles pits two clubs that have stumbled recently, even though the Clips did own a 17-game winning streak going into Tuesday's action. The Lakers (15-16 SU, 13-17-1 ATS) fell behind from the opening tip in Tuesday's home defeat to the 76ers to drop back below .500. Mike D'Antoni's squad has won six of their past eight contests, but the Lakers are playing with revenge after getting embarrassed by their cross-town rivals earlier this season.
The Clippers (25-8 SU, 20-13 ATS) landed the first swing on November 2 in a 105-95 triumph over the Lakers as Steve Nash missed the loss with a displaced fracture in his leg. In spite of shooting 45% from the floor, the Clips attempted 16 more shots than the Lakers, while the two teams hit the 'over' for the sixth consecutive meeting.
Vinny Del Negro's team has the most wins in the league, but is coming off back-to-back defeats to the Nuggets and Warriors on the road. The Clippers have covered eight of their last nine home contests, while allowing 100 points or less in 10 consecutive games at Staples Center.
The Lakers have not performed well in the road underdog role by posting a 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS record. The Purple and Gold is scoring points on the highway recently (even though this game is on their home floor) with 100+ point efforts in nine of the last 10 away contests.
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Lakers at Clippers: What Bettors Need to Know
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (-4.5, 205.5)
The battle of Los Angeles has a different feel with the Clippers possessing the second-best record in the Western Conference and the Lakers floundering below .500. The teams meet Friday at the Staples Center – the Clippers are the “home” team – with the Lakers aiming to cut into their nine-game deficit to the Pacific Division-leading Clippers. The Lakers lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday while the Clippers have dropped two straight following a franchise-record 17-game winning streak.
The Lakers have their worst record after 31 games since a 12-19 start during the 2002-03 season. If the season ended today, they would miss the playoffs. “It’s frustrating,” point guard Steve Nash said. “We’re in a tough position and we really have a lot of ground to make up. We’re not finding the answers right now. So many situations just seem new, and I think we’re struggling to find that little bit of connectivity that makes a team a team.” The Clippers have lost their last two games by a combined 35 points and set season lows for shooting percentage in both contests – 38.5 percent against Denver on Tuesday and 36.4 percent against Golden State on Wednesday.
ABOUT THE LAKERS (15-16): A recent move to small forward hasn’t curtailed the effectiveness of Kobe Bryant, who scored 36 points in the loss to the 76ers. Bryant has scored 30 or more points in 13 of the past 15 games but is becoming increasingly frustrated over Los Angeles’ inability to put together a long winning stretch. “We were just stuck in the mud,” Bryant said after the loss to Philadelphia. “As individuals, we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high-level game. That’s a big thing when you’re starting to age. It’s tough and it takes a lot of commitment.” Bryant scored 40 points when the Lakers lost to the Clippers on Nov. 2.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (25-8): Backup guard Jamal Crawford had 24 points in the loss to Golden State for his 13th 20-point outing of the season. The performance was impressive considering Crawford injured his left foot one night earlier against Denver. “It’s a sprained foot, close to the ankle, too,” Crawford said. “It limits you a lot, that’s for sure.” Forward Blake Griffin is struggling and has averaged just 9.7 points over the last three games. Griffin has just one double-double in his last six outings.
* Clippers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games.
* Over is 6-0 in the last six meetings.
* Lakers are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.
* Over is 4-1 in Lakers’ last five road games.
1. The Clippers won the first meeting this season but the Lakers have won four of the past six overall.
2. Nash is averaging 12.2 points and 9.6 assists in five games since returning from a leg injury.
3. Clippers F Caron Butler is expected to play after missing the loss to Golden State due to personal reasons.
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NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes
Philadelphia 76ers at San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs having it's seven-game winning streak snapped Thursday night falling 100-83 to the Knicks will be out to make amends when they host Philadelphia Sixers Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Not a spot to fade San Antonio. The Spurs don't take losing lightly. Spurs are on an 11-3 SU, 12-2 ATS stretch following a loss as a favorite including a profitable 8-1 ATS (9-0 SU) on home court. Spurs are 8-2-1 ATS (10-1 SU) last eleven following a loss by => 15 points. If that were not enough, Spurs despite Thursday's defeat remain a powerful 12-2 SU/ATS this season vs non-conference opponents. As for Philadelphia, they're heading to San Antonio without rest a situation that has seen the team post a 2-7 ATS skid and to top it off they're playing in what has been a house-of-horrors as they're just 1-17 (8-9-1 ATS) last eighteen in Spurs back yard.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Friday January, 4
NBA Point Spreads and Betting Guide
By: The Linemakers
There are 11 games in the NBA tonight, and ESPN is covering two of them, including the Lakers and Clippers at Staples Center. While three other games match up teams with winning records, the Battle of Los Angeles does not, but it will still capture the most attention across the NBA nation.
The Lakers have owned L.A. for their entire existence and haven’t had to share any of the spotlight with their little stepbrother, but things have changed drastically in the City of Angels, where Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have made it cool for kids to wear Clippers jerseys. L.A. used to be purely a Lakers town, but basketball fans throughout southern California have been captivated by the Clips' exciting brand of hoops, which is actually more "Showtime" than the Lakers.
Beyond being hip to root for the Clippers, the two teams' records tell the more of the story of the 2012-13 season — the Clippers have an NBA-best 25 wins, while the Lakers are 15-16, their worst start since the 2003-04 season. If the playoffs started today, the Lakers would miss out.
The addition of Steve Nash has made an obvious improvement to the Lakers' play, but they still have dropped two of their last three games, including an embarrassing home loss to the 76ers as 9-point favorites Tuesday night.
The Clippers had won 17 games in a row, but then hit a brick wall on the road at Denver and Golden State, losing by a combined 35 points. They shot season lows in both games — 38.5 percent against Denver and 36.4 percent against the Warriors. The Clippers should be excited about being back home, but can they just flip the switch and get back to their winning ways after being so dismal in their last two?
The Clippers beat the Lakers, 105-95, on Nov. 2, but the Lakers have won four of the last six meetings.
The Clippers are 4.5-point favorites, and we think this a perfect spot for the Lakers. The Clippers have lost two in a row and get a fully-rested Lakers squad. This is a much bigger game for the Lakers — kind of a statement game — and we expect them to play well. We also think this will be a very high-scoring game, much higher than the posted total of 205.5.
* The Kings have covered their past five games against teams with a winning percentage below .400. They have also covered their last four Friday games. The Raptors have covered eight of their last nine home games. The Raptors are -6.5 with a total of 197.5.
* The Cavs have covered seven of thier last eight road games against teams with a home winning percentage below .400. The Cavs have also covered their past five meetings with the Bobcats. The Bobcats are -1 with a total of 196.5.
* The Hawks have covered 15 of their past 22 road games. The Hawks and Pistons have gone OVER the total in five of their last six meetings. The Hawks are 1.5-point road favorites with a total of 191.
* The Nets have covered only two of their last seven home games. The Nets and Wizards have gone UNDER the total in five of their past six meetings. The Nets are 5.5-point road favorites with a total of 184.5.
* The Pacers have covered seven of their last nine games coming off an ATS loss. The Celtics have covered only two of their last seven games coming off a loss. The Celtics and Pacers have each gone UNDER the total in four of their past five individual games coming into tonight. The Celtics are -1.5 with a total of 180.
* The Blazers have covered four of their last five games following a loss and have covered their past four meetings with the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have gone UNDER the total in five of their last six home games. The Grizzlies are -9 with a total of 183.5.
* The 76ers have covered only three of their past 10 road games. The Thunder have gone OVER the total in their last four games and in five of their last six meetings with the 76ers. The Thunder is -10 with a total of 198.5.
* The Bulls have covered 12 of their last 15 Friday games. The Heat have covered four of their last five home games. The home team has covered five of the last seven meetings between the Bulls and Heat. The Heat is -7 with a total of 189.5.
* The Rockets have covered their last six games following a win. The Bucks have gone OVER the total in their last six games following a loss. The Bucks are -1 with a total of 212.
* The Suns have covered eight of their last 11 games. The Jazz have covered only six of their last 21 road games. The team has covered four of the last five meetings between the Jazz and Suns. The Suns are -1.5 with a total of 197.5.
* The Lakers have covered seven of their past 10 games when playing with two-days' rest. The Clippers have covered eight of their last nine home games. The Lakers have gone OVER the total in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record, and the Clippers have gone OVER in their last four coming off a loss. The Lakers and Clippers have gone OVER in their last six meetings. The Clippers are -4.5 with a total of 205.5.
* Kings guard Tyreke Evans (knee) is OUT.
* Kings guard Marcus Thornton (ankle) is questionable.
* Cavs forward Anderson Varejao (knee) is OUT indefinitely.
* Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani (elbow) is OUT indefinitely.
* Bulls forward Joakim Noah (illness) is probable.
* Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (hip) is probable.