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NBA Betting News and Notes Monday, November 18
NBA Betting News and Notes Monday, November 18
Bobcats at Bulls: What Bettors Need to Know
Charlotte Bobcats at Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls’ slow start is far in the rearview mirror now that the defense is matching up with the offensive potential. The Bulls will look to push their winning streak to five straight when they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Chicago is allowing an average of 82 points in the last four contests and are coming off a 110-94 victory over previously-unbeaten Indiana on Saturday.
Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence due to a hamstring injury and put together one of his best games of the season against the Pacers, knocking down six 3-pointers and handing out four assists without a turnover. The Bobcats just got finished with one Eastern Conference contender in a 97-81 home loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday and will get Indiana later this month. Charlotte is not quite as stout defensively as the Bulls but is in the top five in the NBA in scoring defense.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (5-5): Charlotte has held all but two of its opponents under the century mark and limited the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers to an average of 81.5 points in its last two road games - both wins. Kemba Walker is the most consistent scorer for the Bobcats but is having a rough go of it lately, shooting 27.7 percent from the floor over the last five games. The former Connecticut star shot under 50 percent in each of his last eight contests.
ABOUT THE BULLS (5-3): Chicago looks like a title contender of late while scoring at least 96 points in each of its last four wins to go along with the solid defense. “The ball movement has been there all season,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “The ball is going in now, and when the ball goes in, it looks better.” The ball went in against Indiana, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range as the Bulls went over 100 points for the first time this season.
* Under is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings.
* Road team is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four vs. NBA Central.
* Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. NBA Southeast.
1. The Bulls have taken seven of the last eight in the series and posted a 105-75 triumph in the last meeting, Feb. 22, 2013.
2. Charlotte C Al Jefferson (ankle) missed the last two games and is questionable for Monday.
3. Chicago F Luol Deng is averaging 21 points on 16-of-29 shooting over the last two contests.
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Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz complete a home-home series in Salt Lake City Monday night. Warriors behind six double-digit scorers lead by Klay Thompson with 25 points took Utah behind the woodshed in the opener spanking Jazz 102-88. Warriors however failed at the cash window as 15.5 point favorite. Warriors netting 104.9 points/game, the 1-10 Jazz scoring 88.7 per/contest consecutive woopin's look in order. Tough getting behind a losing team but as the previous game showed, the point spread is the great equalizer allowing two teams to be balanced for wagering purposes. Road favorites 22-24-1 ATS this early NBA season, chalks 7-12 ATS off a 14 or more point win, Golden State 7-6 ATS last thirteen as road favorite, underdogs 11-8 ATS of a loss by 14 or more points, Utah 9-6 ATS as a home underdog revenging a loss this could be a good spot for Jazz.
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By Kevin Rogers
Blazers at Nets
Portland: 8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS
Brooklyn: 3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS
These two teams had different expectations headed into the season, but each are going in the opposite direction through three weeks. The Blazers lead the Northwest Division, while winning each of the first two games on their four-game road trip at Boston and Toronto. Since getting drilled in the season opener at Phoenix, Portland has won four consecutive road contests, with all four wins coming by at least eight points.
The Nets managed a cover as 13 ½-point underdogs in Saturday's 110-103 loss to the Clippers, but Brooklyn fell to 1-5 away from the Barclays Center this season. In that defeat, the Nets played without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, and Andrei Kirilenko, all who were out due to various injuries. Brooklyn returns home for just one game off its three-game West Coast swing, as the Nets go back on the highway starting Wednesday at Charlotte. The Nets have seen more success at home, winning two of three games at Barclays Center.
Bobcats at Bulls
Charlotte: 5-5 SU, 5-4-1 ATS
Chicago: 5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS
Although they sit at .500, the Bobcats have turned into one of the surprises early in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has thrived on the road, winning three straight games on the highway, including low-scoring triumphs at Boston and Cleveland. The Bobcats were tripped up by the Heat on Saturday night, as Charlotte has scored 89 points or fewer in three straight games, resulting in three consecutive 'unders.'
The Bulls were the first team to figure out how to beat the previously unbeaten Pacers, handing Indiana a 110-94 beatdown as Chicago led Indiana by 25 points at the half on Saturday. Chicago owns a perfect 4-0 record at the United Center this season, while covering four straight games after starting the season 0-4 ATS. The Bobcats have cashed in three consecutive visits to the Windy City, including twice last season as a double-digit 'dog.
Nuggets at Thunder
Denver: 4-5 SU, 4-5 ATS
Oklahoma City: 6-3, 4-5 ATS
These two Northwest Division rivals meet for the first time this season, as the Nuggets are playing better after an 0-3 start. Denver held off Minnesota on Friday night as short home underdogs, 117-113, but saw its three-game winning streak halted on Saturday at Houston in a 122-111 defeat as eight-point 'dogs. The offense has woken up after a slow beginning, as the Nuggets have eclipsed the 100-point mark in six consecutive games, while cashing the 'over' five times in this stretch.
Oklahoma City bounced back after losses to the Clippers and Warriors by taking care of a beat-up Milwaukee squad on Saturday, 92-79 as 10½-point road favorites. The Thunder returns for a six-game homestand, as OKC has won all three contests at Chesapeake Energy Center this season. However, the Thunder failed to cover in wins over the Suns and Wizards as heavy favorites. OKC had problems with Denver last season, losing three of four matchups with the Nuggets, while Denver has covered in four of the last five visits to Oklahoma City.
76ers at Mavericks
Philadelphia: 5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS
Dallas: 6-4 SU, 7-3 ATS
The Sixers shocked the world with three straight wins to start the season, including home upsets of the Heat and Bulls. Philadelphia is reverting back to what was expected of them this season, dropping six of its last eight games, including a 37-point rout at the hands of New Orleans on Saturday. The Sixers are allowing points at will, giving up at least 109 points in all six defeats, while posting an 8-3 mark to the 'over' this season.
The Mavericks split a pair of games in the Sunshine State, while taking care of Orlando on Saturday night, 108-100 as short favorites. Dallas returns to the American Airlines Center tonight with a perfect 4-0 SU/ATS at home this season, including a 6-0 SU/ATS record as a favorite overall. The Mavs should have a field day with the Philadelphia defense, as Dallas has eclipsed the 105-point mark in all four home victories.
Warriors at Jazz
Golden State: 7-3 SU, 5-4-1 ATS
Utah: 1-10 SU, 4-6-1 ATS
The Warriors and Jazz wrap up the second end of a home-and-home set tonight in Salt Lake City. Golden State took care of Utah on Saturday night in Oakland, but the Jazz managed a cover as 15 ½-point underdogs in a 102-88 defeat. The Warriors shot 51% from the field, while all five Golden State starters finished in double-figures, led by Klay Thompson's 25 points. Golden State finished its homestand at a perfect 3-0, but Mark Jackson's squad is just 2-3 away from Oracle Arena this season.
Utah is counting its lottery balls already after losing 10 of its first 11 games, which includes three home defeats by double-digits to Houston, San Antonio, and Denver. The Jazz have covered three straight games, as their only win came as 2 ½-point home 'dogs to the Pelicans. In the losses to the Rockets and Spurs, Utah led at halftime before falling apart in the second half, so a first half look could be the way to go with the Jazz tonight.
Grizzlies at Clippers
Memphis: 5-5 SU, 2-7-1 ATS
Los Angeles: 7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS
The Grizzlies haven't been great this season, but somehow they have clawed their way back to the .500 mark after knocking off the Kings on Sunday, 97-86. Memphis has won each of the first two games on this four-game California swing, as the Grizzlies head back south to Staples Center tonight. The Grizzlies have hit the 'under' in three straight road games, while limiting their last three opponents on the highway to 95 points or fewer.
The Clippers have this game circled on the schedule after blowing a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series loss to the Grizzlies this past May. Los Angeles looks to finish off a perfect 4-0 homestand after beating Minnesota, Oklahoma City, and Brooklyn, while cashing the 'over' in each of those victories. In fact, the Clippers are 5-0 to the 'over' at home this season, while scoring and allowing at least 100 points each time. These teams split 10 meetings last season, as the Grizzlies covered the final five games in the playoffs.