NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 3
NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 3
By Kevin Rogers
The Wednesday NBA card showcases 12 contests, including four games that take place on the West Coast. From a pointspread standpoint, the Jazz, Knicks, and Timberwolves are three of the hottest teams covering numbers, as all three clubs are in action on Wednesday. We'll begin with New York playing with no rest at Philips Arena.
Knicks at Hawks
New York has opened up its lead inside the Atlantic Division over Brooklyn thanks to an eight-game winning streak. The Knicks are on the tail-end of a back-to-back following Tuesday's contest at shorthanded Miami, as Mike Woodson's team faces Atlanta for just the second time this season.
In late January, the Knicks edged the Hawks, 106-104 at Madison Square Garden, but failed to cash as 5½-point underdogs. The two squads were tied at the half, as New York outscored Atlanta, 30-22 in the third quarter to open things up. Atlanta rallied late to grab the cover, while the Hawks shot a blistering 60% from the field. Carmelo Anthony knocked down nine treys in the victory, as New York drilled 16 three-pointers in the win.
The Hawks continue their four-game homestand, coming off victories over also-rans Orlando and Cleveland. Atlanta failed to cover in those wins as double-digit favorites, while posting a 2-4 ATS record the last six opportunities in the 'chalk' role. The Knicks are rolling from an ATS standpoint by covering eight of their past nine contests, including four straight ATS victories away from Madison Square Garden.
Pistons at Celtics
Boston is actually playing with double-revenge heading into this matchup, as the Pistons destroyed the Celtics twice at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit cashed outright as short home underdogs with triumphs coming by 20 and 15 points, as one of those defeats by the Celtics came with no rest. Boston is rested, but the Celtics aren't playing their best basketball at the moment with losses in seven of the past nine contests.
Paul Pierce missed Monday's 110-100 defeat at Minnesota attending to personal matters, but the Celtics' All-Star forward is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday. The Celtics have allowed 107 points or more in three straight games, but lost to the Wolves in spite of shooting 52% from the floor. Since the All-Star break, Boston has cashed six of seven games at TD Garden, while putting together a 12-2 record the last 14 home contests.
The Pistons are coming off consecutive covers against the Bulls and Raptors, including a 108-98 triumph at Toronto on Monday as seven-point underdogs. Detroit shot 55% from the field, while receiving 51 points off the bench. Lawrence Frank's team has covered four straight games away from the Palace, as the Pistons have stepped up their defense by allowing 98 points or less in each of the last three road contests.
Wolves at Bucks
Minnesota doesn't have much to play for at this point, but the Wolves are giving solid efforts every night. Rick Adelman's club has cashed eight of their last 11 games, while picking up home victories over the Celtics and Thunder since last Wednesday. The Wolves make the short trip to Milwaukee, as the Bucks try to make a late push to improve their playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee cruised past Charlotte, 131-102 to easily cash as 12½-point home favorites, while hitting the 'over' in three straight games. The defense hasn't been great recently, allowing at least 100 points in six consecutive contests, including each of the last four times out at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Since the end of January, the Bucks own a dreadful 3-11 ATS record as a home favorite, while trying to avenge a 95-85 defeat at Minnesota in late November.
Since winning four straight games in December, the Wolves have failed to capture victories in consecutive contests. Minnesota beat Boston on Monday, but the Wolves are a ridiculous 0-15 SU and 2-12-1 ATS in the last 15 games off a win, including four consecutive road losses by double-digits. Five of the last seven away games have finished 'under' the total, including three straight with a total of at least 200.
Nuggets at Jazz
Denver rebounded from a mini two-game skid by routing Brooklyn on Friday, 109-87 as 6½-point favorites. Ty Lawson will miss his fifth game in the last six with a foot injury, as the Nuggets have finished 'under' the total in five consecutive contests. The Nuggets travel over one state to Utah to battle the hottest ATS team in the league.
The Jazz have covered eight straight games, while barely holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Utah is riding a five-game winning streak following a victory over banged-up Portland, as Tyrone Corbin's offense has eclipsed the 103-point mark in each of the last six trips to the court. The 'over' is profiting in this span, cashing in six of the previous seven games.
The Nuggets are a strong home squad at 33-3, but the road hasn't been as friendly. George Karl's club owns a 17-21 record away from the Pepsi Center, as Denver has cashed in four of the last six opportunities as a road underdog. The home team has won each of the first three meetings, as Utah held off Denver in Salt Lake City back in late November, 105-103, but failed to cover as three-point favorites.
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New York Knicks (47-26 SU, 39-32-2 ATS, 35-36-2 O/U) at Atlanta Hawks (42-33 SU, 35-38-2 ATS, 36-36-1 O/U)
New York has scored 100 points or more in six straight games
New York has won five of the last six games in this series
New York has won nine straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA
Last game: (1/27/13) New York (+5.5) over Atlanta, 106-104.
Keys to Success:
New York is coming off a 102-90 win over Miami on the road on Tuesday. The Heat were playing without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. Carmelo Anthony took advantage with a career-high 50 points. They take on a Hawks team that is fifth in the Eastern Conference after Chicago's loss to Washington on Tuesday. Atlanta has won three of four games and would like to get in the top four to have homecourt advantage in the first round. Al Horford and Josh Smith could dominate the inside if Tyson Chandler's minutes are limited to a bulging disc. He played 24 minutes on Tuesday but could be limited or rest on second game in two nights.
New York defeated Miami on Tuesday, 102-90, getting 3 on the road. Atlanta is coming off a 102-94 win over Cleveland, giving 10.5 on Monday. New York is 8-2 ATS last 10 on the road in series. Basketball Lines: Atlanta is a 3.5-point betting odds favorite. Total: 200.0.
Denver Nuggets (50-24 SU, 45-28-1 ATS, 40-33-1 O/U) at Utah Jazz (39-36 SU, 39-35-1 ATS, 37-37-1 O/U)
Utah is 28-9 straight up at home.
The Jazz have won five straight games
Denver guard Ty Lawson is out with a heel injury
Last game: (1/5/13) Denver (-10) over Utah, 110-91.
Keys to Success:
Utah has finally found the winning formula. It has come against Portland (twice), Phoenix, Philadelphia and Brooklyn at home, but the Jazz are now tied with the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, so this is a bigger game for them. Denver isn't the same without speedy point guard Ty Lawson, who is out with a heel injury. They are in third place, 1.5 games up on a struggling LA Clippers team in the West. Denver did lose two on the road before beating Brooklyn at home and their road record (17-21 SU) is their one major weakness.
Denver is coming off a 109-87 victory over Brooklyn on March 29, giving 6.5 at home. Utah defeated Portland by 10, 112-102 on Monday, giving 10.5. The Utah Jazz are 5-0 ATS last 5 following an ATS loss. Pro Basketball Odds: The Utah Jazz are a 2.5-point betting odds favorite. Total: 205.5.