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NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, April 9
NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, April 9
Thunder at Jazz: What Bettors Need to Know
Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz (+3, 200.5)
One of Utah’s most impressive victories of the season was a 15-point thumping of Oklahoma City on Feb. 12. The Thunder return to Salt Lake City again for Tuesday’s game against the Jazz with Utah hoping to repeat the impressive feat and move closer to wrapping up the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Utah has a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers and owns the tiebreaker so the Lakers must finish ahead of the Jazz to claim the spot.
Oklahoma City is one game behind the San Antonio Spurs in the tussle for the No. 1 seed in the West. The Thunder lost to the New York Knicks on Sunday to fall behind the Spurs. Oklahoma City badly routed Utah in the most recent meeting on March 13, leading by as many as 32 points in a 110-87 home win. The Jazz have won six of their last seven games after winning at Golden State on Sunday and also boast a fabulous 29-10 home mark.
ABOUT THE THUNDER (56-21): Forward Kevin Durant is suddenly locked in a battle for the NBA scoring crown after Carmelo Anthony poured in 167 points in a four-game span. Both players have a 28.4 average – Anthony is officially at 28.44 to Durant’s 28.35 – as Durant seeks to win his fourth straight scoring title. Only legends Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan – who both won seven straight – have won four or more consecutive titles. Still, Durant claims landing another scoring crown is of a secondary nature. “I’m just going to play my game,” Durant said. “I’m not going to force it too much and think about it too much and try to get it. But if it’s meant to be, then it will happen.”
ABOUT THE JAZZ (41-37): Utah looked like a team that might fold when it lost 12 of 15 games in a woeful stretch from late February to late March. Now the Jazz are clicking and playing stellar basketball and have placed themselves in solid position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. “I can’t say enough about this group of guys,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said after the win over Golden State. “This was all about them and them wanting it, and the way they came out. Although we made some mistakes in the game, everybody laid everything they had in them out here on the floor.”
* Jazz are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* Under is 6-0-2 in Thunder’s last eight vs. Western Conference foes.
* Home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
1. Oklahoma City has won 10 of the past 14 meetings, including two of three this season.
2. Utah’s starting lineup combined for just 26 points in the March loss to the Thunder.
3. Durant is shooting 61.9 percent from the field while averaging 27 points in the meetings against Utah.
Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, April 9
NBA Betting Odds and Preview Capsules: April 9
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Washington (29-48 SU, 44-31-2 ATS, 30-44-3 O/U) at New York (50-26 SU, 42-32-2 ATS, 36-38- O/U)
New York has covered four of the last five in this series.
New York has won 12 straight games.
Washington is 7-31 on the road.
Last game: (3/1/13): New York (-3) over Washington, 96-88.
Keys to Success: New York is the hottest team in basketball and they are winning without Amare Stoudemire and with several players hampered with injuries. But the core remains with Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging nearly 33 points per game in his last 11. F Kenyon Martin (knee) is one of those players who could return tonight after missing the last two games. Washington is a dangerous team at home but on the road, they have been horrible. They are also without rookie G Brad Beal (leg) for the rest of the season. G John Wall will have to score 35 to make this a close one.
Washington is coming off a 107-96 road loss at Boston on Sunday, getting 5.5. New York beat Oklahoma City on the road on Sunday, 125-20, getting 7.5. Washington is 0-5 ATS last 5 road games. Basketball Odds: New York is a 10-point betting odds favorite. Total: 194.5.
Oklahoma City (56-21 SU, 46-29-2 ATS, 36-39-2 O/U) at Utah (41-37 SU, 41-36-1 ATS, 38-39-1 O/U)
Utah is 29-10 straight up at home this year.
Oklahoma City has won six of the last eight games.
Utah has won seven of eight.
Last game: (3/13/13) Oklahoma City (-13.5) over Utah, 110-87.
Keys to Success: The Utah Jazz are fighting with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz have a 1/2 game lead over the Lakers and a 2.5 games lead over Dallas. The Thunder are one game behind San Antonio for first place in the West. Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony both average 28.4 points per game so they are battling for the scoring title with about a week left in the regular season. Utah has lost 10 of the last 14 meetings in this series, including two of three this season.
The Thunder are coming off a 125-120 home loss to the Knicks, giving 7.5 on Sunday. The Jazz beat Golden State on the road, 97-90, getting 5.5 on Sunday. The Jazz are 7-1 ATS last 8 following an ATS win. NBA Odds: The Los Angeles Thunder are a 3.5-point betting odds favorite. Total: 199.5.