NBA Betting News and Notes Friday, February 22

NBA Betting News and Notes Friday, February 22

Friday NBA Tips
By Kevin Rogers

Twelve games take place on the Friday NBA card, as teams are getting back into the swing of things following the All-Star break. The Celtics continue their West Coast trip at Phoenix, while the Lakers try to march back to .500 against the struggling Blazers at Staples Center. We'll start in the Nation's Capital as the Nuggets play with revenge against the Wizards.

Nuggets at Wizards

Washington has covered six straight games as a home underdog, as the Wizards go for the season sweep of the Nuggets. The last time these teams met at the Pepsi Center last month, the Wizards shocked the Nuggets with a 112-108 triumph to cash outright as 10½-point underdogs. The game easily finished 'over' the total of 203½ thanks to a 72-point quarter between the clubs. Denver has dropped three straight away contests, while allowing at least 109 points in losses at Boston, Toronto, and Brooklyn (all 'overs'). Eight of Washington's last 10 games have finished 'under' the total, as the Wizards have given up 96 points or less each time during this stretch.

Pistons at Pacers

These two Central Division rivals start a home-and-home set at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, as Indiana is coming off its most convincing win of the season. The Pacers dominated the Knicks on Wednesday, 125-91 as four-point home favorites, while dropping 74 points in the first half. Indiana has won 17 of its past 19 games in the Hoosier State, as Frank Vogel's club has eclipsed the 100-point mark in five of the previous seven home contests. The Pistons rebounded from Tuesday's blowout loss to the Grizzlies to knock off the lowly Bobcats the next night, 105-99. Detroit's loaded backcourt may be without point guard Brandon Knight, who suffered a knee injury in the victory over Charlotte. The Pacers hope to get Danny Granger back in the lineup for the first time this season, while Indiana has beaten Detroit twice by double-digits already.

Knicks at Raptors

Toronto saw its five-game winning streak disappear on Wednesday in a home loss to Rudy Gay's former team as the Grizzlies topped the Raptors, 88-82. One of those victories in that hot streak came against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden prior to the All-Star break, as Toronto got past New York, 92-88 as eight-point road 'dogs. New York will be motivated on its home court after getting pummeled at Indiana by 34 points on Wednesday, while the Knicks have dropped three of their last four games away from the Garden. The Raptors own a dreadful 4-7 SU/ATS record the past 11 contests at the Air Canada Center, as Toronto's defense looks for another impressive performance after allowing 89 points or less in four of the last five games.

Bulls at Bobcats

Chicago heads to Charlotte with no rest following Thursday's home loss to Miami, as the Bulls have split a pair of meetings with the Bobcats this season. Charlotte shocked Chicago at the United Center on New Year's Eve, 91-81 to cash outright as 11½-point road 'dogs, while covering as 13-point 'pups in a 93-85 setback last month in the Windy City. The Bobcats have struggled all season, while posting a 1-7 SU and 3-5 ATS record the last eight games on the highway, as Charlotte has drilled the 'under' seven times in this stretch. Chicago has played relatively low-scoring games with no rest, cashing the 'under' in nine of 12 times on the second of a back-to-back.

Rockets at Nets

Brooklyn pulled off a pair of comeback victories to stun Milwaukee in a home-and-home set on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Nets return home to battle the Rockets in a revenge spot, as Houston drilled Brooklyn at the Toyota Center, 119-106 as four-point favorites on January 26. The Rockets have covered seven of their last eight games, capped off by Wednesday's incredible rally over the Thunder in a 122-119 triumph. Brooklyn won its first eight games at the Barclays Center following the firing of Avery Johnson, but the Nets have split their last six home contests (1-5 ATS).

Kings at Hawks

Sacramento has lost eight of its last nine games away from Sleep Train Arena, as the Kings begin a five-game road trip. The Hawks look to put Wednesday's meltdown to the Heat in the rear-view mirror, while the team held onto forward Josh Smith for at least the rest of this season by not trading him at Thursday's deadline. Atlanta routed Sacramento back in November, 112-96 as two-point favorites, the ninth straight win in the series by the Hawks. Larry Drew's team has dropped five of its past six games on the front-end of a back-to-back, but all five of those defeats came away from Philips Arena.

Mavericks at Hornets

Dallas is coming back to life following a slow start with wins in five of its last seven games, as the Mavs seek revenge for a home overtime loss to the Hornets last month. New Orleans began the second half with a dud following consecutive setbacks to Chicago and Cleveland after finishing the first half with a 4-1 SU/ATS run. However, the Hornets have dominated against their division rivals in the ATS department by cashing in nine of 11 games. The Mavs are on fire away from home by compiling a 9-2 ATS record in the last 11 road contests, including three covers as double-digit underdogs.

Wolves at Thunder

Oklahoma City hasn't won a game since February 10 at Phoenix, as the Thunder attempts to snap a three-game skid against Minnesota. The Wolves took care of the reeling 76ers on Wednesday, 94-87 as 3½-point favorites to pull off the season sweep of Philadelphia. Minnesota upset OKC earlier this season at the Target Center, 99-93 in wire-to-wire fashion to cash as two-point 'dogs. The Thunder avenged that defeat one month later with a 106-84 thumping of the Wolves as 12 ½-point 'chalk.' OKC has covered in seven of its last eight home games as a favorite of at least nine points, while cashing the 'over' in five of the past six contests at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Magic at Grizzlies

Orlando's struggles continued in Wednesday's 111-96 defeat at Dallas, failing to cash as 11-point underdogs in spite of trailing by one point heading into the fourth quarter. The Magic has now lost nine consecutive road games, while losing sharpshooter J.J. Reddick to the Bucks in a multi-player trade on Thursday. The Grizzlies are riding a five-game winning streak, while hitting the 'over' in eight of the last 10 contests. Memphis owns a mediocre a 2-3-1 ATS record as a double-digit home favorite this season, but the Grizzlies defense has allowed at least 100 points in just one game at FedEx Forum this season.

Celtics at Suns

Boston is winless through the first two stops of a five-game road trip with setbacks to the Nuggets and Lakers. The Celtics look to end their short skid against a Suns' squad that has lost five of their last six games. Phoenix started the second half with a bang by knocking off Portland as six-point road 'dogs, 102-98, but the Suns were drilled the next night at Golden State, the third loss this season to the Warriors. Boston has struggled in the role of a road favorite by compiling a 2-7 ATS record, including a loss at Charlotte prior to the break. The Celtics downed the Suns at TD Garden, 87-79 in early January, but Phoenix cashed as nine-point 'dogs.

Spurs at Warriors

San Antonio hits the court in Northern California following Thursday's blowout of the Clippers. The Spurs have owned the Warriors over the years, winning 16 consecutive meetings, including seven straight victories at Oracle Arena. Golden State finally grabbed a win after six losses in a row with Wednesday's rout of Phoenix, but the Warriors cashed the 'over' for the seventh time in eight games. The Warriors may have problems with the Spurs, but Golden State covered in the last meeting at San Antonio as 11-point 'dogs in a 95-88 defeat on January 18.

Blazers at Lakers

Kobe Bryant proclaimed on Thursday that the Lakers were going to make the playoffs, but Los Angeles begins Friday's action at 26-29. The Lakers started their surge with a convincing home triumph over the Celtics in a revenge spot on Wednesday, but L.A. has alternated wins and losses in each of the last seven games. The Blazers have absolutely fallen apart at the seams by losing six consecutive contests, including setbacks to New Orleans, Phoenix, and Orlando in this stretch. Portland has lost five straight visits to Staples Center, including a 104-87 defeat to the Lakers in late December as nine-point 'dogs.

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Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Friday, February 22

NBA Point Spreads and Picks
By: The Linemakers

You probably read the header to this video and thought to yourself, “Why are these guys talking about the Wizards and Nuggets?” Well, these two teams are at the top of the standings that are most important in our book: against the spread.

The Wizards lead the NBA with a 31-19-2 ATS record, while the Nuggets are getting the money at a 32-23 rate. Washington is 15-10-1 ATS at home; Denver is 15-14 ATS on road.

Bettors apparently have finally started to catch on to the Wizards – 10 straight covers will do that. But since that money-making run, Washington is a middling 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS.

With John Wall healthy, however, we’re not sure the Wizards have hit their ceiling – they’re 10-9 with him in the lineup; they had just five wins on the season before he returned.

On the other side, if you’ve watched the Nuggets play at home this season exclusively, you may think they were on their way to an NBA championship. They’ve dropped just three games in Denver. On the road? Not so much. They’re 11-18 on the season and have lost three straight away from home.

But the Nuggets seek revenge Friday night, as one their few home losses came at the hands of the Wizards, 112-108, on Jan. 18.

The Nuggets are 3.5-point favorites, and the total is 201.

We like Denver to bounce back in this spot. But be sure to check the status of of Ty Lawson before making your play. He's listed as probable.

In terms of the total, 18 of the Nuggets’ 29 road games have gone OVER this season, and the Wizards have gone OVER in 14 of their 26 home games. We'll take a shot on that that trend continuing and make a play on the OVER tonight.

ESPN’s doubleheader, meanwhile, features the Thunder (-13) hosting the T’Wolves, and the Spurs (-2) continuing their long road trip with a visit to the Warriors.

NBA Trends:

* The Nuggets have covered their past four games against losing teams and nine of their last 13 games overall. The Wizards have covered nine of their last 11 home games. The Wizards have stayed UNDER the total in their last four games while the Nuggets have gone OVER the total in 16 of their last 21 games, including their Jan. 18 meeting where the Wizards won 112-108 in Denver.

* The Pistons have covered seven of their last 10 road games. The Pacers have covered eight of their last 10 games overall. The home team has covered five of the last seven meetings between the Pistons and Pacers. The Pacers are favored by 9.5 and the total is 189.5.

* The Knicks have failed to cover their last five games and have stayed UNDER the total in their last five games against losing teams. The Raptors have covered only once in their last five home games. The Knicks and Raptors have stayed UNDER the total in their past five meetings. The Knicks are a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 194.

* The Bulls have covered six of their last eight road games. The road team has covered the past six meetings between the Bulls and Bobcats. The Bulls are favored by 6.5 with a total of 185.

* The Rockets have covered seven of their last eight games. The Nets have failed to cover their past four Friday night games. The favorite has covered eight of the last 11 meetings between the Rockets and Nets. The Nets are the small one-point favorite with a total of 207.

* The Kings have covered their past five games against teams with a winning record. The road teams has covered the last four meetings between the Kings and Hawks. The Hawks are an 8-point favorite at home with a total of 204.5.

* The Mavericks have covered six of their last seven road games and 17 of their last 22 overall. However, the Mavericks have covered only three times in their last 13 meetings with the Hornets. Dallas is a one-point favorite with a total of 199.5.

* The T’Wolves have covered only once in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, but have covered six of their last seven meetings with the Thunder. The Thunder have covered seven of their last eight home games. The Thunder are favored by 13.5 and the total is 205.

* The Magic have covered just once in their last nine road games. The Grizzlies have covered in five straight Friday night games. The Grizzlies have gone OVER the total in their last four home games. The Grizzlies are favored by 14 with a total of 185.5.

* The Celtics have covered eight of their last 11 games. The Suns have covered only twice in their last eight home games. The Celtics are two-point favorites. The total is 188.5.

* The Spurs have covered in four straight against teams with a winning record. The Warriors have failed to cover in their last seven games against winning teams. The Spurs have covered nine of the last 12 meetings with the Warriors. The Spurs are a three-point favorite with a total of 209.5.

* The Blazers have failed to cover their past six games and have gone OVER the total in seven of their last eight games. The Lakers have gone OVER the total in their last six games against teams with a losing record. The Lakers are nine-point favorites at home and the total is 203.

NBA Injuries:

* Pistons guard Brandon Knight (knee) is OUT.

* Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (elbow) is questionable.

* Nets guard Joe Johnson (foot) is OUT.

* Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (knee) is questionable.

* Magic guard Jameer Nelson (knee) is OUT.

* Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) is questionable.

* Blazers guard Wes Matthews (ankle) is doubtful.

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