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NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, November 20

NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, November 20

Wednesday Tips
By Kevin Rogers

Heat at Magic

Miami: 8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS
Orlando: 4-6 SU, 5-5 ATS

The Heat finishes off a back-to-back set with a short trip to central Florida. Miami swept the four-game season series from Orlando last season, but the Magic lost two of those games by a combined three points. Following consecutive defeats to the 76ers and Nets, the Heat has won each of their past two road contests in convincing fashion at Toronto and Charlotte. Miami had scored at least 100 points in its first nine games before being limited to 97 points in Saturday's away triumph at Charlotte.

Orlando completes a three-game homestand after dropping a 108-100 decision to Dallas on Saturday night as a short underdog. The Magic has failed to cover in five consecutive games, as Orlando started the season at 5-0 ATS. During this 1-4 SU stretch, Orlando has been limited to 94 points or less three times, while going 5-2 to the 'under' in the last seven trips to the court.

Blazers at Bucks

Portland: 9-2 SU, 8-3 ATS
Milwaukee: 2-7 SU, 4-5 ATS
The Blazers look to close out their four-game road trip unbeaten after taking care of Boston, Toronto, and Brooklyn by at least eight point margins. Portland is riding a seven-game winning streak, while covering in eight of nine victories this season. Since losing the opener at Phoenix, the Blazers have won five straight road contests, but are listed as an away favorite for just the second time, with the first occurrence coming at Boston, a 109-96 victory.

Milwaukee is down many key players with Larry Sanders, Caron Butler, and Brandon Knight already missing multiple games this season. The Bucks are in the midst of a five-game skid, as Milwaukee has scored 95 points or less in seven of nine games, all losses. In spite of all the woes, the Bucks own a 4-2 ATS record this season as a single-digit underdog, while winning four straight meetings against the Blazers.

Clippers at Wolves

Los Angeles: 7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS
Minnesota: 7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS

The Clippers head on the highway for a pair of games against teams they have beaten at home already. Los Angeles travels to Oklahoma City on Thursday, but takes on another Northwest Division squad on Wednesday with a visit to the Target Center. The Clips couldn't finish their most recent homestand unbeaten, as Memphis continued its ownership of Los Angeles with a 106-102 road triumph. Los Angeles led off that homestand with a 109-107 victory over Minnesota, but the Wolves cashed as 6½-point underdogs.

The Wolves come off of Tuesday's road defeat at Washington, as Minnesota has won five of six games at the Target Center this season. In their last three home victories, the Wolves have eclipsed the 106-point mark each time, but they have beaten only two above .500 teams at home (Thunder and Mavericks). Minnesota has had its issues against Los Angeles recently, losing six straight meetings, including each of the last three at home.

Rockets at Mavericks

Houston: 8-4 SU, 6-5-1 ATS
Dallas: 7-4 SU, 7-4 ATS

The Rockets are rounding into form after putting together their second winning streak of three games following last night's home rout of the Celtics. Houston goes for its second win over Dallas this season after outlasting the Mavericks, 113-105 on November 1 to cash as 6½-point favorites. The Rockets attempted 51 free throws in that contest, compared to just 25 for the Mavs, while James Harden led Houston with a game-high 34 points. Kevin McHale's team has won three of five games away from the Toyota Center, while hitting four straight 'overs' on the highway.

The Mavs own a perfect 5-0 record at the American Airlines Center, but failed to cover as 11½-point favorites in a 97-94 victory over Philadelphia on Monday. That non-cover snapped a four-game ATS hot streak for Dallas, while falling to 6-1 ATS this season in the favorite role.  Dallas has taken care of business against Houston at home recently, winning each of the last four meetings.

Grizzlies at Warriors

Memphis: 6-5 SU, 3-7-1 ATS
Golden State: 8-3, 6-4-1 ATS

The Grizzlies have quietly won three straight games as Memphis goes for a California sweep on Wednesday at Golden State. Memphis grabbed a pair of victories at Staples Center over the Lakers and Clippers, while taking care of the Kings by 11 points as a short favorite. Now, the Grizzlies go for their second win over the Warriors this season after routing Golden State at FedEx Forum on November 9 by a 108-90 count, the 10th consecutive victory in the series.

Golden State is rolling in the midst of a four-game winning streak, coming off a home-and-home sweep of lowly Utah. Mark Jackson's club is undefeated at Oracle Arena this season with a 5-0 record, but failed to cover in their last two home contests against the Thunder and Jazz. The Warriors will be without sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who is out with a concussion, which was suffered in Monday's victory at Utah.

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NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Toronto at Philadelphia

Atlantic Division rivals square off at Wells Fargo Center when the Sixers host Raptors. The Sixers a surprising 5-7 (7-5 ATS) on the season net 103.7 per contest but give up a league worst 109.9 per/game. The Raptors rather inconsistent enter the contest 4-7 on the campaign with a 5-6 mark at the betting window behind an average 96.9 PPG while giving up 97.1 to the opposition. Looking at a range of betting scenarios Sixers have positive betting numbers in their favor while Raptors may not be in a great spot. Sixers off a 3 point loss vs Mavericks hit the hardwood with a 7-4 ATS stretch following a loss by 1 to 3 points, 12-5 ATS following a SU loss. On the other side, Raptors off an 8 point home loss to the Blazers as 2.0 point favorite are just 3-8-1 ATS last twelve off a SU/ATS loss as chalk. The trusty betting database also spews out these negative betting numbers that Toronto must overcome. Raptors have a cash draining 1-4 ATS mark against Sixers, are on a 6-10-1 ATS slide vs the division including a 1-6-1 ATS skid on the road.

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Pacers at Knicks: What Bettors Need to Know

Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks (+6.5, 186.5)

The New York Knicks look to snap a five-game home losing streak and a three-game slide overall when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.  New York's difficult start to the season continued Tuesday in Detroit, where they fell behind right after halftime and never led again in a 92-86 setback. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points but was 8-for-20 from the floor and had seven turnovers.

The Pacers have had plenty of time to digest their first loss of the season, a 110-94 setback at Chicago on Saturday. All five Indiana starters reached double figures but leading scorer Paul George was held to a season-low 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting. The home team won all four meetings between the Pacers and Knicks last season, and New York has won five of the last six encounters at Madison Square Garden.

Line: The line opened at New York +5.5 and has been bet to +6.5. The total opened at 188 and is now down to 186.5.

The loss to the Bulls was a severe departure from the norm for Indiana. It was coming off a 27-point win against Milwaukee the night before which represented Indiana's best offensive showing and largest margin of victory this season. In addition, no Pacers opponent had scored more than 91 points in the first nine games before Chicago broke out on the strength of an 11-for-19 showing from long range.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (3-7, 3-7 ATS): Amid a three-game losing streak, New York has to try to find positives where it can. Perhaps one came Tuesday night in Detroit with the play of J.R. Smith, who finally showed some scoring punch after being thrust back into a sixth man role. Smith, who had 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting off the bench versus the Pistons, was a dismal 12-for-53 from the floor in four games as a starter.


* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in New York.
* Pacers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New York.


1. New York did not lose its seventh game last season until its 26th game.

2. Indiana C Roy Hibbert has 38 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in his last two games.

3. Knicks F Metta World Peace (knee) and PG Raymond Felton (back) are both considered day-to-day.

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