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NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday, January 16

NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday, January 16

Nets at Hawks: What Bettors Need to Know

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks (+2, 192.5)

Game will be played at O2 Arena, London, England

The sightseeing in London will conclude and the game takes center stage on Thursday when the Brooklyn Nets face the Atlanta Hawks at The O2. The 19,000-seat venue has long been sold out and the Nets are finally playing solid basketball and rolled off five straight wins before falling to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. The Hawks have hit a rough patch with four losses in six games and will serve as the home team.

The NBA continues to cultivate its presence in London with its fourth regular-season game held in the city but Brooklyn forward Andrei Kirilenko told reporters he doesn’t foresee a time when the league expands to London. “I don’t think it’s realistic only because of the traveling,” said Kirilenko, who is from Russia. “Maybe if it’s going to be a whole division, like the Euroleague is a division for the NBA like the West or Eastern Conference – so once a year you go to another continent and play three games there and then come back and adjust, maybe it’s going to work. But it’s definitely not going to work coming to London and then coming back. It’s physically impossible.”

LINE: The line opened with the Nets as 1.5-point faves and now sit a -2. The total opened at 192.5.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Brooklyn (-6) - Atlanta (-6.5) + neutral site (0) = Atlanta -0.5

ABOUT THE NETS (15-22, 17-20 ATS): Guard Joe Johnson had 23 points when Brooklyn beat the Hawks on Jan. 6 and would like to have another solid outing against his former club. Johnson averaged 27.3 points over a three-game span before dropping to 11 in the loss to Toronto. Johnson is two 3-pointers away from becoming the 20th player in NBA history to reach 1,500 for his career and feels Brooklyn is finally in rhythm as a team. “We’ve kind of figured out some minor things and to roll with what we’ve got,” Johnson told reporters. “And we’ve been doing a pretty good job of guys helping one another on both ends of the floor.”

ABOUT THE HAWKS (20-18, 21-17 ATS): Atlanta’s offensive prowess has diminished since losing center Al Horford to a season-ending injury and the squad has failed to reach 100 points in five of the last seven games. The recent loss to the Nets was a prime example as the Hawks scored just 34 second-half points on 11-of-31 shooting. Power forward Paul Millsap appears to be on his game with his first back-to-back 20-point outings of the season. Millsap suffered through a 1-of-10 shooting performance (for four points) in a loss to the Indiana Pacers before rebounding with the two strong efforts.


* Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on three or more days rest.
* Under is 6-1 in the Hawks last seven games overall.
* Over is 7-2-1 in Nets last 10 games vs the Southeast.


1. Brooklyn has won three of the past four meetings, including a 91-86 home victory earlier this month.

2. Hawks SF Kyle Korver has extended his record streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 107.

3. Nets PG Deron Williams (ankle) didn’t make the trip to London and will miss his 16th game of the season.

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NBA Doubleheader: Knicks at Pacers, Thunder at Rockets

New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers (-10, 184)

The Indiana Pacers are seemingly invincible at home, where they'll try for their ninth straight victory when the New York Knicks visit Thursday. The Pacers' 19-1 home mark is a big reason why they own the NBA's best record, and they're coming off a 116-92 pasting of visiting Sacramento on Tuesday. The Knicks had a season-best five-game winning streak snapped with a 108-98 loss at Charlotte on Tuesday and dropped a half-game out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana is the top defensive team in the league, and the Pacers are especially stingy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they allow just 83 points per game and hold opponents to 38.9 percent shooting. "It's a different story when you come to play here," Pacers star Paul George told reporters. "Whatever you've done previously, when a team comes in hot, we make that commitment that it's going to be tough to play here." The Knicks have not lost a season series to the Pacers since Indiana swept four games in 2007-08, but the Pacers won the first game of this season's three-game series 103-96 in overtime Nov. 20 in New York.

LINE: The line is currently at Pacers -10. The total is opened at 184.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: New York (-6.1) - Indiana (-14.3) - home court (-3) = Indiana -11.1

ABOUT THE KNICKS (15-23, 16-22 ATS): New York's hot streak has come amid turmoil between coach Mike Woodson and enigmatic swingman J.R. Smith, who was benched for the second time in four games against the Bobcats. Smith (11.4 points) is one of only four players who average double-digit scoring for the Knicks. The Knicks got big man Tyson Chandler back against Charlotte after he missed the previous four games with bronchitis, but he didn't make much of an impact with five points and four rebounds in 16 minutes, and they're still without guard Pablo Prigioni (toe) and forward Metta World Peace (knee).

ABOUT THE PACERS (30-7, 25-12 ATS): Indiana's league-best defense starts with defending the rim, as the Pacers allow an NBA-low 34.2 points per game in the paint and ranks sixth in the league with 5.8 blocked shots per contest. The Pacers don't need to light up the scoreboard, but they're efficient and balanced on offense with all five starters averaging double-digit scoring and reserve Danny Granger (9.1 points) continuing to improve as he works his way back from injury. Indiana turned in one of its best offensive showings of the season against the Kings, shooting a season-high 54.9 percent and getting 31 points from leading scorer Paul George (22.8 points, 6.2 rebounds).


* Favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Knicks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Knicks are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Indiana.


1. Indiana has not allowed 100 or more points in its past 13 games and has done so only six times all season.

2. Knicks leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (26 points, 8.8 rebounds) tallied 30 points and 18 boards in the first meeting this season and averages 25.3 points in 26 career regular-season games against Indiana.

3. The Pacers are 20-0 when holding opponents under 90 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (-2.5, 206)

The Houston Rockets finished up a four-game road trip with three straight wins but will get little time pat themselves on the back when they return home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on the second night of a back-to-back Thursday. James Harden played the hero with eight points in the final three minutes of a 103-100 victory at New Orleans but is not always at his best against his former team. The Thunder are losers of three of four.

Oklahoma City is having a hard time without Russell Westbrook and is averaging 94.3 points in the last four games - more than 10 below its season mark. Kevin Durant is putting up an average of 37 points in that span but is getting little help. Harden is finding help up and down the Rockets roster of late with Terrence Jones and Chandler Parsons stepping up to join Harden, Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin as a formidable offensive and defensive unit.

LINE: The Rockets opened as 2.5-point faves. The total is currently at 206.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Oklahoma City (-12.5) - Houston (-10.5) + home court (-3) = Houston -1

ABOUT THE THUNDER (28-10, 20-18 ATS): Oklahoma City won its first two after Westbrook went down with another knee surgery but has since dropped five of eight, including its last three on the road. Durant went 15-of-28 from the floor in Tuesday’s 90-87 loss at Memphis but passed up the last shot and instead fired a pass to Serge Ibaka, who missed a 3-pointer. “That’s the thing I love about (Durant),” coach Scott Brooks told reporters. “He makes the right play. He can force a shot, but that wasn’t the right play.”

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (26-14, 20-17-2 ATS): Harden’s late-game offense was the key to overcoming a 17-point deficit at New Orleans on Wednesday, but defensive plays by Howard and Jones underneath were what set that offense up. Jones scored a career-high 25 points on Wednesday but also blocked six shots and has recorded 12 blocks in the last three games. The second-year forward has seen his minutes stay steady over the past two games even with Parsons back from a hamstring injury as Houston experimented with some bigger lineups.


* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
* Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last four road games.
* Rocket are 5-1 ATS in their last six games on no days rest.
* Under 6-1 in Thunder last seven versus a team with a winning SU record.


1. Harden was held to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting in a 117-86 loss at Oklahoma City on Dec. 29 and is averaging 24 points on 41 percent shooting in four career regular-season games against his original franchise.

2. Durant is just 6-for-30 from 3-point range in the last five games.

3. Houston G Aaron Brooks (knee) sat out Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday.

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NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes

New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers (30-7, 25-12 ATS) off another dominant performance spanking Sacramento Kings 116-92 as 10.5 point favorites host the New York Knicks (15-23, 16-22 ATS) on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Barring anything unusual, Pacers should walk off with a 'W' in a venue that has become a house of horrors for visitors. The Pacers are the best home team in the NBA with a record of 19-1 (14-6 ATS) allowing visitors a stingy 83.1 points/game with 15-of-20 games playing 'Under' posted totals. Knickerbockers seeing it's fortunes take a dip last time out losing 108-98 at Charlotte remain a smart 5-1 (4-2 ATS) last six on the hardwood posting 5 'Under', 1 'Over' during the span. Plenty of reason to lean Pacers way. The team is ridding an 8-0 (7-1 ATS) stretch at home, 6-0 (5-1 ATS) streak on home court vs Knicks and have a solid 19-2 (15-6 ATS) record on the season vs a team with a losing record. The number crunching machine also tells us Knicks are 5-11 ATS when running the hardwood vs a good defensive team (=<99 pts), 1-4 ATS after allowing =>105 points the previous game.

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Thursday's NBA Tips
By Kevin Rogers

Knicks at Pacers

New York: 15-23 SU, 16-22 ATS
Indiana: 30-7 SU, 25-12 ATS

These two teams hooked up in the second round of the playoffs last season, as Indiana eliminated New York in six games. The Pacers won and covered all three games played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in that series, while limiting the Knicks to less than 100 points in five of six contests in the playoffs. Now, Indiana looks to beat New York for the second time this season after needing overtime to stave off the Knicks back in November.

Frank Vogel's club began the season at 9-0, but lost its first game in embarrassing fashion at Chicago, 110-94. The Pacers were on the verge of dropping two straight, but Indiana forced overtime at Madison Square Garden and knocked off the Knicks, 103-96 to cash as 6½-point road favorites. The Knicks attempted 100 shots from the field, compared to 87 field goal attempts by the Pacers. However, Indiana converted 14 more free throws than New York, while Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 37 points.

Fast-forwarding to now, the Knicks saw their five-game winning streak get snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday night, 108-98, as New York allowed at least 100 points for the first time in six contests. Mike Woodson's team played with no rest following Monday's overtime triumph over the Suns, while losing to the Bobcats for the second time in three attempts this season. From a totals standpoint, New York's six-game 'under' run came to a close with Tuesday's 'over,' while the Knicks head to Indiana on a 4-2 ATS stretch on the highway.

The Pacers won their league-best 30th game of the season in Tuesday's 116-92 dominating effort over the Kings. Indiana easily cashed as 10½-point favorites, the eighth consecutive win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the fifth straight cover as double-digit home 'chalk.' In spite of the 'over' against Sacramento, the Pacers are riding a 10-2 stretch to the 'under' the last 12 games, including a 6-2 'under' run at home.

Thunder at Rockets

Oklahoma City: 28-10 SU, 20-18 ATS
Houston: 25-14 SU, 20-17-2 ATS

In the second playoff rematch of the night, the Thunder tries to get on track after losing three of their last four games. Oklahoma City advanced past Houston in six games of the first round of last season's playoffs, in spite of losing point guard Russell Westbrook to a knee injury. Westbrook is out again for the Thunder after arthroscopic surgery on the same knee, as OKC has split 10 games since he has been sidelined.

In the second game without Westbrook, the Thunder chased out the Rockets, 117-86 to cash as 4½-point home favorites with relative ease back on December 29. Former Thunder guard James Harden was limited to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, while his old teammate Kevin Durant lit up the Rockets for a game-high 33 points and 13 rebounds. Oklahoma City is 3-2 SU/ATS in five games against Houston with Westbrook out, while the 'under' has cashed four times in this span.

The Rockets return home after rallying past the Pelicans last night, 103-100 in New Orleans. Houston couldn't cash tickets as a 5 ½-point favorite, but Kevin McHale's club put together a 3-1 road trip that included victories at Washington and Boston. The Rockets own a 7-2 record in the last nine games at the Toyota Center dating back to early December, while going 3-1-1 ATS as a single-digit favorite.

Oklahoma City has cashed the 'under' in seven of 10 games without Westbrook, while dropping three straight road contests at Memphis, Denver, and Utah. The Thunder has put together just a 3-4 ATS record in the role of an underdog this season, which includes outright victories at San Antonio and Minnesota.

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