NBA Betting News and Notes Friday, January 10

NBA Betting News and Notes Friday, January 10

Friday's NBA Tips
By Kevin Rogers
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Rockets at Hawks

Houston: 23-13 SU, 18-16-2 ATS
Atlanta: 19-17 SU, 20-16 ATS

The Rockets and Hawks are each coming off home victories on Wednesday, as the two teams meet up at Philips Arena. The Lakers led at Houston by five points at the half, but the Rockets outscored Los Angeles, 61-42 in the second half to grab a 113-99 triumph and barely cover as 13½-point favorites.

Kevin McHale's team has won five of their last seven games, as the Rockets begin a four-game road swing that continues in Washington on Saturday. Houston has struggled on the front-end of a back-to-back on the highway, losing four of five times this season with the lone win coming at San Antonio on Christmas.

Atlanta jumped on Indiana early in Wednesday's win over the Pacers, taking an 18-5 edge in a 97-86 victory as four-point underdogs. The Hawks improved to 9-2 the last 11 games at Philips Arena dating back to Thanksgiving, while cashing the 'under' in five consecutive contests overall. The last time the Hawks and Rockets met up in late November, Houston blasted Atlanta, 113-84 to easily cash as eight-point home favorites, the sixth straight win in the series for Houston.

Heat at Nets

Miami: 27-8 SU, 16-19 ATS
Brooklyn: 14-21 SU, 16-19 ATS

The Heat doesn't travel far on Friday night following last night's contest at New York, as Miami heads to Brooklyn. In the previous meeting between the Heat and Nets in early November, Brooklyn outlasted Miami, 101-100 to cash outright as four-point home underdogs. Jason Kidd's club looks to finish off a perfect 4-0 homestand at the Barclays Center after knocking off the Cavaliers, Hawks, and Warriors, while also upsetting the Thunder as double-digit underdogs on the road to start this winning streak.

Miami has grabbed road victories in four of its last five opportunities, while limiting four of their past five opponents overall to 97 points or less. Since losing at Philadelphia back in October, the Heat owns a 4-1 SU/ATS record with no rest, including away triumphs at Portland, Charlotte, and Detroit.

Mavericks at Pelicans

Dallas: 20-16 SU, 19-17 ATS
New Orleans: 15-19 SU, 13-19-2 ATS

The Pelicans have been going backwards of late, failing to cover five straight games, while dropping three in a row overall. New Orleans finishes up a quick two-game homestand after falling to Washington on Wednesday night, 102-96 as 3½-point favorites. The loss to the Wizards snapped a four-game hot streak at New Orleans Arena, while the Pelicans scored less than 100 points at home for the first time since 109-95 defeat to the Thunder on December 6. Monty Williams' team is playing with revenge after dropping a 100-97 decision to Dallas in early December, the fourth straight loss in the series.

Dallas fell behind early and could not bounce back in Wednesday's 112-90 setback at San Antonio. The Mavericks have lost three of four since a three-game winning streak, while connecting to the 'under' in six of the last seven contests overall (including three straight 'unders' on road). In spite of the loss to the Spurs, Rick Carlisle's club has covered as a road underdog in eight of their previous 10 opportunities.

Celtics at Warriors


Boston: 13-23 SU, 17-18-1 ATS
Golden State: 24-14 SU, 18-18-2 ATS

The Warriors saw their 10-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday's defeat at Brooklyn, but Golden State still finished off its road swing at 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS. Mark Jackson's club returns to the Bay Area as a double-digit favorite on Friday night as the Warriors have won four of their last five at Oracle Arena. However, Golden State has struggled as a home favorite by posting a 4-8 ATS mark the past 12 games in this role.

The Celtics managed a cover as 10½-point underdogs in Wednesday's 111-105 setback against the Clippers, but Boston is in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Brad Stevens' team continues a five-game West Coast road trip, as the Celtics have lost six consecutive away contests since blowing out the Knicks by 41 points in New York on December 8. Boston has failed to win a road game against a Western Conference, going 0-7 this season, but has covered three times as a double-digit underdog.

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Celtics at Warriors: What Bettors Need to Know
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Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors (-10.5, 203.5)

The Golden State Warriors were four minutes away from the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history before finally running out of gas. The Warriors get to head home on Friday when they host the Boston Celtics, who are losers of six straight. Golden State matched the second-longest winning streak in franchise history with 10 straight before suffering a 102-98 loss at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

“Our visions were set on finishing out the road trip with a win and what it meant,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s frustrating that we couldn’t get that done, but it’s just one loss. We just have to regroup, get some rest and get ready for Friday.” The Warriors have played the most road games in the NBA but will get a chance for some rest with nine of the next 12 on their homecourt. The Celtics are on the back end of a five-game trip and have dropped the first three.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (13-23): Boston was crushed by an average of 27 points at Oklahoma City and Denver to start the road trip but put up a better effort at the Los Angeles Clippers in a 111-105 setback on Wednesday. “I thought we were ready emotionally to compete,” coach Brad Stevens said. “So that’s a positive. We’ve got to build on it. We’ve got to do it again and again and again.” The Celtics were burned on high pick-and-rolls by the Thunder and the Nuggets but made a change to the starting lineup in Los Angeles by inserting Kris Humphries at the power forward spot and did a better job of containing the play against the Clippers.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (24-14): Golden State can run a high pick-and-roll as well as any team in the league with Stephen Curry and David Lee but got in trouble against Brooklyn when tired legs led to turnovers and jumpers falling short. “I don’t think we executed offensively as well as we wanted to,” Lee said. “…so it was a frustrating way to end the streak, but overall a 6-1 road trip is very positive.” The streak allowed the Warriors to gain some ground in the Western Conference and they sit a game behind the Clippers in the Pacific Division after jumping over the Phoenix Suns. Golden State won its last three home games and is 11-4 in its own building.

TRENDS:

* Celtics are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
* Warriors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
* Under is 15-6 in Celtics last 21 road games.
* Under is 6-2 in Warriors last 8 Friday games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Celtics have taken four of the last five in the series but lost their trip to Golden State last season 101-83.

2. Boston G Avery Bradley is averaging 19.3 points over the last four games.

3. Curry has committed at least seven turnovers in three of the last four games.

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NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Dallas Mavericks atNew Orleans Pelicans

Dallas Mavericks taken behind the woodshed spanked 112-90 by in-state rival San Antonio will be in one ugly mood when they hit the hardwood in New Orleans to take on Pelicans. Wouldn't be betting against Dallas in this spot. Dirk and company have not only won and covered four straight vs. Pelicans the Mavericks have a strong tendency to grab the loot after a 20 or more point whoopin' posting a 12-4 ATS mark. NBA handicappers digging deeper will also be aware Mavericks are on a perfect 9-0 ATS streak after running the hardwood with San Antonio. Stick with Mavericks as they move to 7-3 ATS as a road underdog vs a team with a losing record while Pelicans extend the current 2-5-1 ATS skid and fall to 7-12-2 vs a team with a winning record.

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