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NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 4

NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 4

NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns

NBA leading money earner, Phoenix Suns cashing 68.1% of their tickets have conditions on their side when they host Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Suns ranked sixth in scoring netting 104.9 points/game behind six players in double digits are on a 6-1 SU/ATS hot streak dropping an average 111.5 points/game including a pair of victories against league leading Pacers and their stingy 'D' (90.6). No reason to think Suns can't handle offensively challenged Chicago off a season-low 70 points last night and netting 92.5 PPG overall on the season. Suns a sharp 12-5 ATS vs the Eastern Conference, 9-2 ATS in home games vs a team with a losing record, 19-10-1 ATS vs teams scoring =<100 PPG deliver the goods vs a Chicago team 3-7 ATS following a game in which they scored =< 90 points, 6-11 ATS vs a Western team.

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Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 4

Inside the Paint - Tuesday
By Chris David

February has arrived which means football is officially over and basketball becomes the biggest attraction at the betting counter for the next five months. The Association only had one game played on Sunday but Monday’s card featured 11 games and some of the results from last night could be summed up as strange.

For starters, the first three games on the board were all on pace to be shootouts and easy ‘over’ winners.

1st Half - Indiana 59 Orlando 50
Final – Indiana 98 Orlando 79 (UNDER 189)

1st Half - Washington 55 Portland 54
Final – Washington 100 Portland 90 (UNDER 208)

1st Half – Miami 63 Detroit 57
Final – Miami 102 Detroit 96 (UNDER 206)

Including those results, the ‘under’ produced a 6-5 mark.

As far as sides, favorites went 8-3 straight up and 6-5 against the spread. The biggest underdog to cash was Milwaukee, who knocked off New York 101-98. The Bucks were catching eight points and listed as high as 3/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $300 on the money-line). Other home underdogs to win on Monday were Washington (+1) against Portland and Denver (+1) versus the L.A. Clippers.

New Orleans could’ve joined that group but the team collapsed in its 102-95 loss to San Antonio at home. The Pelicans were leading the Spurs 76-64 after three quarters and they were catching 3½-points only to be outscored 38-19 in the final 12 minutes.

Including the Spurs’ victory, visitors only went 2-9 last night.

Bettors have four games to focus on Tuesday and the oddsmakers have posted some healthy numbers in three of the matchups.

Indiana at Atlanta

Indiana will be looking to avenge a 97-87 loss at Atlanta on Jan. 8 as a four-point road favorite. For the rematch, oddsmakers opened the Pacers as 3½-point road favorites and the number has dipped to 2½ at most shops.

Indiana has been a solid investment on the road this season, going 14-8 SU and 13-9 ATS. However, fatigue could be a factor tonight with the Pacers beating Orlando 98-79 at home last night. On zero days rest this season, Indiana has gone 5-6 SU and 3-8 ATS. Plus, Atlanta has played since Saturday when it defeated Minnesota 120-113. Including that win, the Hawks have gone 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in their last four games.

Total players could be scratching their head on this matchup considering the Pacers have been a solid ‘under’ (28-19) look this season and the Hawks have been a great ‘over’ team (29-17). Atlanta has also watched the ‘over’ go 8-1 in its last nine games. Tonight’s number is hovering between 198 and 199 points.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota

The Timberwolves opened as 12-point home favorites over the Lakers and the number has dropped to 10 ½ points. Los Angeles won’t have Pau Gasol (groin) in the lineup but it is expected to have guards Steve Blake and Steve Nash on the floor.

Even with the boost in the backcourt, it’s hard to make a case for the Lakers, who have dropped six straight and 12 of 15 in 2014. Defensively, the Lakers have given up 100-plus in 14 of their last 15 games, which has helped the ‘over’ go 12-2-1 during this span. Minnesota has had an up and down season but the club has gone 7-3 both SU and ATS in its last 10 spots as a favorite and that includes a run of four straight covers.

Chicago at Phoenix

The Suns have been the best team at the betting counter this season (32-14 ATS) and while tonight’s number is high (-8), it’s certainly deserving. Phoenix has won and covered five straight and all of the margins have been by eight points or more and all against teams from the Eastern Conference.

Do you lay the points tonight versus Chicago?

The Bulls have gone 1-3 both SU and ATS in their last four, which included last night’s embarrassing 99-70 loss at Sacramento.  Chicago did defeated Phoenix 92-87 on Jan. 7 as a two-point home underdog but it was rested for that matchup and that won’t be the case tonight. The Bulls have gone 4-6 SU and 6-4 ATS on zero days rest this season but they’ve played better on no rest lately. Chicago has gone 3-0 both SU and ATS in its last three back-to-back situations.

The Bulls have gone 5-12 SU and 6-11 ATS versus the Western Conference this season while the Suns have produced an 11-6 SU and 12-5 ATS record against the East.

Charlotte at Golden State

The Warriors and Bobcats conclude Tuesday’s action from the Bay Area and the oddsmakers believe Golden State will cruise to another win at home. The Warriors opened as 9½-point favorites and they should be ready to go since they haven’t played last Friday when they defeated the Jazz 95-90 on the road. Some of you might be hesitant to lay points with Golden State, considering its just 6-8 ATS in its last 14 games as a favorite.

Charlotte has been a tough team to gauge this season but it should be noted that it has already eclipsed last year’s win total and if the playoffs started today, the Bobcats would be the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats have been much better on the road this season, going 10-15 SU and 15-9 ATS. However, Charlotte hasn’t been able to answer the bell as a heavy underdog. When catching double digits this season, the ‘Cats are 0-6 SU and 3-3 ATS.

Kemba Walker (ankle) is listed as ‘questionable’ for Charlotte and so is Golden State forward David Lee (hip).

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