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02/23/2014 11:57 AM
Preview: Magic (17-40) at Raptors (30-25)

Date: February 23, 2014 6:00 PM EDT


Another strong defensive effort helped the Toronto Raptors bounce back from a rare defeat on their home floor.

It wouldn't seem they should have trouble getting another home win Sunday night against the Orlando Magic, who could be without leading scorer Arron Afflalo and haven't won a road game in more than two months.

While Atlantic Division-leading Toronto (30-25) has won 11 of 14 at home, the Southeast-worst Magic have lost 14 straight on the road since winning in Chicago on Dec. 16.

A 94-92 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday snapped the Raptors' three-game winning streak, but they responded by halting Cleveland's six-game run with a 98-91 home win Friday.

Terrence Ross led the way with 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 18, including 10 in the third quarter when Toronto outscored the Cavaliers 37-21 after totaling 39 first-half points.

The Raptors limited Cleveland to 39.0 percent shooting, and they've held their last four opponents to 90.3 points per game. All but three of the 13 teams to visit Toronto in 2014 have been held below 95 points.

"Just to pick up our defensive intensity, we can't let out offensive woes dictate our game," guard Kyle Lowry told the league's official website. "We have got to make sure we still play defense and get our defense into the game."

Toronto's defense was outstanding in the only meeting with the Magic this season, holding them to 33.3 percent from the field in a 98-83 home win Jan. 29. Lowry had a season-high 33 points and 11 assists, Amir Johnson added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors never trailed despite DeMar DeRozan sitting out with a foot injury.

DeRozan, averaging a team-high 22.3 points, will try to regroup following a 14-point effort on 5-of-14 shooting Friday. He had scored more than 30 points in three of his previous five games.

The Magic (17-40) have been limited to an average of 88.4 points during a five-game losing streak in this series and 88.1 during their 14-game slide on the road. Another loss would bring them within one of the longest road skid in franchise history - 16 games Jan. 27-March 21, 2006.

Making matters worse, Afflalo could miss the opener of this four-game trip after suffering a sprained right ankle in Friday's 129-121 double-overtime victory over New York. Afflalo, averaging 19.7 points, scored 32 and hit all four of his 3-point attempts before stepping on Raymond Felton's foot in the second overtime.

Victor Oladipo may be able to pick up the slack after finishing with 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds to help the Magic rally from a 14-point deficit and end a three-game losing streak. The rookie totaled just 17 points during that skid, but he rejoined the starting lineup Friday after the club bought out the contract of Glen Davis earlier in the day.

"There's so much room for improvement. I can get so much better," Oladipo said. "I really feel like I haven't scratched the surface of how good I'm going to be. I honestly believe that."

Oladipo was held to 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting last month at Toronto, though Nikola Vucevic posted 16 points and 10 rebounds. The center has totaled 35 points and 24 boards in his last two meetings with the Raptors.


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Jan 29, 2014 Score ATS Results
ORL 83 Under: 181
TOR « 98 Cover: 5.5
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Jan 24, 2013 Score ATS Results
TOR « 97 Cover: 6
ORL 95 Under: 192
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Dec 29, 2012 Score ATS Results
TOR « 123 Cover: 38.5
ORL 88 Over: 211
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Dec 21, 2012 Score ATS Results
ORL 90 Cover: 0.5
TOR « 93 Under: 183
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Nov 18, 2012 Score ATS Results
ORL 86 Under: 183
TOR « 97 Cover: 7
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02/23/2014 11:59 AM
Preview: Kings (19-36) at Nuggets (25-29)

Date: February 23, 2014 8:00 PM EDT


With lopsided losses piling up and no timetable for the return of their best player, the Denver Nuggets' streak of postseason appearances looks all but over.

At least facing the woeful Sacramento Kings might provide a brief break from their struggles.

Denver seeks its 11th win in 12 meetings on Sunday night when it hosts Sacramento.

The Nuggets (25-29) have reached the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons - the second-longest active streak behind San Antonio's 16 straight appearances - but are 7 1/2 games back of Dallas for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

They've also lost six of seven and it's unclear when scoring leader Ty Lawson (18.0 ppg) will return after missing the last five games with a broken left rib. Denver is 1-4 during that stretch and averaging 94.0 points on 41.0 percent shooting. The Nuggets had been averaging 101.8 points while shooting 45.0 percent.

"I don't know if he's getting close or if he's not," coach Brian Shaw said. "He says he's feeling better."

Five of Denver's last six losses have come by 17-plus points after it had suffered only three such defeats in the previous 47 contests. The latest was a 117-89 setback at Chicago on Friday. Aaron Brooks provided a spark with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in first game since being acquired from Houston a day earlier, but the Nuggets fell into a 32-12 hole early.

Randy Foye scored 23 points, while Kenneth Faried tallied just eight in 27 minutes after totaling 47 points over his previous two contests.

"It felt like tonight we had some guys who just decided they weren't going to play, they weren't going to put forth any effort to get the job done," Shaw said. "It's unfortunate."

Denver split two games in Sacramento earlier this season, most recently taking a 125-117 victory Jan. 26.

The Kings (19-36) are still tied for the worst record in the Western Conference despite winning two of their last three following a 105-98 home victory over Boston on Saturday. Rudy Gay tallied eight of his 22 points in the final six minutes while Isaiah Thomas finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points after missing Wednesday's loss to Golden State with a hip injury. Sacramento claimed a 40-26 advantage in points in the paint after being outscored 52-32 without Cousins against the Warriors.

"We'll take the win, but we have to get a lot better," coach Michael Malone said after his team won despite committing 18 turnovers. The Kings turned the ball over 21 times versus Golden State.

Cousins has 54 points and 29 rebounds over his last two matchups with Denver, though he sat out the last meeting with an ankle injury.

He said the hip continues to bother him.

'I had to do a couple of exercises on the sideline just to loosen it back up,' he said. 'It tightened up on me during the game a few times. It's bothering me a lot right now. Just running up the floor was tough.'

The Kings announced Saturday that Jason Terry - acquired along with Reggie Evans from Brooklyn in exchange for Marcus Thornton on Thursday - would spend the remainder of the season rehabilitating his left knee. Terry has posted career lows in minutes (16.3) points (4.5) and field-goal percentage (36.2) for the Nets.

Darrell Arthur is listed as day-to-day for Denver with a strained hip suffered in the second quarter of Friday's loss.

The Nuggets have won eight in a row at home versus Sacramento.


NBA HEAD TO HEAD

Jan 26, 2014 Score ATS Results
DEN « 125 Cover: 4
SAC 117 Over: 242
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Oct 30, 2013 Score ATS Results
DEN 88 Cover: 0.5
SAC « 90 Under: 178
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Mar 23, 2013 Score ATS Results
SAC 95 Cover: 5.5
DEN « 101 Under: 196
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Mar 5, 2013 Score ATS Results
DEN « 120 Cover: 2
SAC 113 Over: 233
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Jan 26, 2013 Score ATS Results
SAC 93 Over: 214
DEN « 121 Cover: 15.5
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Dec 16, 2012 Score ATS Results
DEN « 122 Cover: 20.5
SAC 97 Over: 219
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02/23/2014 12:00 PM
Preview: Nets (25-28) at Lakers (19-36)

Date: February 23, 2014 9:00 PM EDT


Nearly every contest of the Brooklyn Nets' 11-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers came with Kobe Bryant on the floor.

While the Nets won't have to contend with Bryant this time, a face from the past will be trying to haunt them instead.

MarShon Brooks, coming off a solid Los Angeles debut, faces the team he began his career with for the first time Sunday night when he suits up for the Lakers, who expect top perimeter scorer Nick Young to return.

Bryant averaged 22.0 points while playing 10 games in Los Angeles' run against Brooklyn (25-28), but he remains sidelined by a knee injury.

The Nets instead will have to worry about Brooks, who played 112 regular-season games for them over the previous two seasons before he was part of the offseason deal that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn.

Brooks started this season with Boston and then went to Golden State, which dealt him and Kent Bazemore to Los Angeles (19-36) on Thursday. Those two players combined for 29 points in their first game with the Lakers, a 101-92 win over the Celtics on Friday.

"Me and Kent just wanted to come out here and play with some energy," Brooks said. "I was tired - real tired. But (coach Mike) D'Antoni gives you that confidence and he lets you go out there and play your game. So I felt free doing that."

Brooks and Bazemore received plenty of minutes in the absence of Young, who will return after missing five games due to a knee injury. Young, who has the colorful nickname 'Swagy P,' averages 16.9 points.

"I think we all know what's at stake here, we've all got a lot of one-year deals but my main thing is to just go out there and play as hard as I can and you know, swag out, have fun out there," Young said.

Young scored a game-high 26 points off the bench to help Los Angeles post a 99-94 victory at Brooklyn on Nov. 27, and said D'Antoni mentioned that effort recently.

"Just the other day, he was telling me to bring that energy I had from the beginning when I first played Brooklyn," Young said.

Brooklyn guard Deron Williams missed the first matchup with a sprained left ankle. He is back now, but is 0-18 as a starter against the Lakers at Staples Center, including eight playoff games.

Another advantage for Los Angeles is that the Nets are 2-10 in the second half of back-to-back sets after falling 93-86 at Golden State on Saturday.

It's not hard to see why since Brooklyn features aging veterans like Pierce, Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko. Still, Los Angeles remains wary of what to expect.

"If I am not mistaken, they moved Pierce to the four a lot, they're playing smaller, they spread the floor," D'Antoni said. "Obviously they're smart. Joe Johnson is playing well for them. They have a lot of weapons."

Brooklyn made just 2 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers against the Warriors.

"I thought we had a lot of good shots, they just didn't fall," Pierce said.

Nets guard Marcus Thornton sat out Saturday with a stomach illness. He has yet to play since being acquired from Sacramento on Wednesday.


NBA HEAD TO HEAD

Nov 27, 2013 Score ATS Results
LAL « 99 Cover: 7.5
NJN 94 Under: 193
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Feb 5, 2013 Score ATS Results
LAL « 92 Cover: 13
NJN 83 Under: 175
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Nov 20, 2012 Score ATS Results
NJN 90 Cover: 1.5
LAL « 95 Under: 185
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02/23/2014 12:02 PM
Preview: Rockets (37-18) at Suns (33-21)

Date: February 23, 2014 9:00 PM EDT


Houston Rockets guard James Harden is coming off his highest-scoring game of the season, but it's possible he won't be available for an encore Sunday night.

With Harden having suffered a hyperextended right elbow, Houston could be without its backcourt star when it visits the red-hot Phoenix Suns.

Harden scored 34 of his 39 points after halftime in a 102-99 overtime loss to Golden State on Thursday. He was injured when he collided with teammate Jeremy Lin in the final minutes of regulation.

Though he stayed in the game, Harden underwent postgame X-rays and initially feared he had broken his arm.

"I couldn't really even grab the ball," said Harden, who's averaged 34.3 points in his last three contests. "I couldn't dribble with my right or do anything, so it was tough."

Despite the injury, Harden could play against the Suns, as he practiced Saturday.

The Rockets (37-18) will be trying to get back on track after having their eight-game winning streak snapped, with poor shooting a major culprit. Houston made 50.5 percent from the field during the eight straight wins before hitting 36.6 percent against the Warriors.

"It's OK, we're in a good place right now," Harden told the team's official website. "We didn't play well but we still had so many opportunities to win that game. They hit a couple tough shots ... We've got another game on Sunday and just have to get back on a roll."

Center Dwight Howard, who averaged 24.1 points and shot 60.6 percent during the win streak, scored 11 points and went 4 of 13 on Thursday. He did, however, have 21 rebounds and four blocks.

The Rockets will likely need Howard to bounce back if they're going to keep up with Phoenix, winner of four of five and 11 of 15. The Suns (33-21) have averaged 110.0 points in their last four victories and 108.6 in the past 15 games.

The latest win came in impressive fashion, with Phoenix routing visiting San Antonio 106-85 on Friday. The Suns shot a staggering 64.9 percent (37 for 57) on 2-point field goals, lifting them to the lopsided victory as they overcame a 5-for-25 effort from beyond the arc.

The Suns got 60 points from their reserves, led by Markieff Morris (21) and Ish Smith (career-high 15).

'The biggest thing with us is we want to play that pace," Smith said. "We want to constantly push the ball, push the ball. That's what makes us really good.'

Smith has helped the club overcome injuries to point guards Eric Bledsoe and Leandro Barbosa. Smith, who played for Houston in 2010-11 and has been with six teams in his four-year career, added seven rebounds and four assists as he continued to emerge as a key role player.

He has recorded 18 assists and nine turnovers in his last eight games.

"Ish is special. It's harder because he's so small and when he goes low, it's even harder to stay in front of him," starting point guard Goran Dragic said.

The Suns have won seven of the last eight matchups with the Rockets in Phoenix.

Harden struggled with his shooting in the first two games against the Suns this season, making 25.9 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from 3-point range while totaling 37 points. The teams split those contests, both in Houston.


NBA HEAD TO HEAD

Feb 5, 2014 Score ATS Results
PHO 108 Over: 230
HOU « 122 Cover: 6.5
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Dec 4, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO « 97 Cover: 19
HOU 88 Under: 185
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Apr 15, 2013 Score ATS Results
HOU 112 Over: 231
PHO « 119 Cover: 15
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Apr 9, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 98 Cover: 11.5
HOU « 101 Under: 199
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Mar 13, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 81 Under: 192
HOU « 111 Cover: 18
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Mar 9, 2013 Score ATS Results
HOU 105 Over: 212
PHO « 107 Cover: 9
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02/23/2014 12:04 PM
Preview: Timberwolves (27-28) at Trail Blazers (37-18)

Date: February 23, 2014 9:00 PM EDT


At Minnesota two weeks ago, LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland past a Timberwolves team missing its top three scorers.

In Sunday night's rematch in Portland, the Trail Blazers will not only be without Aldridge but will also have to figure out a way to slow down Kevin Love.

Portland looks to continue its dominance over the Timberwolves, who are riding a three-game win streak behind Love's sensational play.

Aldridge leads Portland with averages of 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, but he's expected to miss a third straight game with a nagging groin injury.

Damian Lillard has been picking up the scoring slack for the Trail Blazers (37-18), losers of seven of 11. The All-Star guard had 31 points in a 111-109 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday, but his 28 spurred a 102-94 victory over Utah two days later.

"I definitely feel like there's times I have to assert myself," said Lillard, second on the team with 21.0 points per game. "When you're going through a tough stretch, it's hard to get back on track sometimes. This win will get us back on track."

Facing Minnesota (27-28) may also help.

The Blazers have won 23 of the past 26 meetings with the Timberwolves, taking 15 of 16 at home following a 115-104 victory Jan. 25. They beat them on the road 117-110 on Feb. 8 behind Aldridge's 26 points and nine rebounds.

This time, however, Portland will have to contend with Love, who has missed four of the past six meetings due to injuries, including the one earlier this month.

The All-Star forward is averaging 34.6 points with 14.9 rebounds in seven games this month. He is averaging 37.0 points on 58.1 percent shooting in the last three contests for Minnesota, which is seeking its first four-game win streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.

Love recorded his first career triple-double Saturday with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 121-104 win over the Jazz in the opener of a five-game road trip.

"I thought at some point it would happen. I've been very close. Happy it was tonight and more happy we got the win," Love said. "This is one I'll definitely remember."

The Timberwolves were also without Kevin Martin (19.0 ppg) and Nikola Pekovic (18.0 ppg) against Portland two weeks ago, but Pekovic may be back for this one. The center, who has missed the last 11 games with a bruised ankle, has totaled 53 points and 20 rebounds in two meetings with the Trail Blazers this season.

Portland's Wesley Matthews had 21 points in the last meeting, giving him an average of 20.3 over his last seven matchups. The forward is coming off a 24-point performance against Utah.

Robin Lopez had a career-high 18 rebounds while adding 12 points against the Jazz. The center is averaging 12.7 points and 12.8 rebounds in six games, but he missed 5 of 6 field goals to finish with seven points and 11 boards against Minnesota earlier this month.

Lillard scored 14 points in each of the last two meetings with Minnesota, making 8 of 27 from the floor overall. He had been averaging 25.8 points on 54.4 percent shooting over his first five matchups.


NBA HEAD TO HEAD

Feb 8, 2014 Score ATS Results
POR « 117 Cover: 3
MIN 110 Over: 227
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Jan 25, 2014 Score ATS Results
MIN 104 Push: 219
POR « 115 Cover: 4
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Dec 18, 2013 Score ATS Results
POR 109 Over: 229
MIN « 120 Cover: 8
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Mar 2, 2013 Score ATS Results
MIN 94 Over: 203
POR « 109 Cover: 7
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Feb 4, 2013 Score ATS Results
POR « 100 Cover: 6
MIN 98 Over: 198
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Jan 5, 2013 Score ATS Results
POR « 102 Cover: 11.5
MIN 97 Over: 199
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Nov 23, 2012 Score ATS Results
MIN 95 Over: 198
POR « 103 Cover: 6
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02/23/2014 12:32 PM
FEBRUARY'S RECORD:

30- 22 *****

14- 13 DOUBLE PLAY

11- 10 TRIPLE PLAY



Sunday, February 23

Game Score Status Pick Amount

L.A. Clippers - 1:00 PM ET Oklahoma City -5 500 NBA GOY
Oklahoma City - Under 211.5 500

Chicago - 3:30 PM ET Chicago +7.5 500 *****
Miami - Under 186 500

Washington - 6:00 PM ET Washington -1.5 500 *****
Cleveland - Under 196.5 500

Orlando - 6:00 PM ET Orlando +11 500
Toronto - Over 194 500

Sacramento - 8:00 PM ET Denver -4.5 500 *****
Denver - Over 210 500

Houston - 9:00 PM ET Houston -1 500 DOUBLE PLAY
Phoenix - Over 213.5 500

Brooklyn - 9:00 PM ET Brooklyn -2.5 500
L.A. Lakers - Under 205 500

Minnesota - 9:00 PM ET Portland -4 500 DOUBLE PLAY
Portland - Over 213.5 500
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02/24/2014 08:47 PM
FEBRUARY'S RECORD:

31- 24 *****

16- 13 DOUBLE PLAY

11- 10 TRIPLE PLAY

0 - 1 NBA GOY

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02/25/2014 04:31 PM
Fact or Fiction

February 21, 2014


Up until this point in the season, there was no certainty as to who was going to be on any roster on any given night. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, we know what those rosters are going to look like for the rest of the campaign. Today, we'll look at the truths and the untruths for NBA betting fans about the deadline which just passed.

FACT

Andre Miller Makes the Washington Wizards the Third Best Team in the East: Miller fell out of favor with the Denver Nuggets, and he really had to be traded at the deadline. Miller went to Washington in exchange for very little, and if he brings his “A” game, he very well could be the difference maker this year for Washington. The road is clear to get to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and don't think for one second that the familiarity the Wizards have with the Miami Heat make it totally impossible to make that a series if that's what it comes down to. Washington could be a force to be reckoned with.

The Los Angeles Lakers Were the Deadline's Biggest Losers: Sometimes it's about what you do. Sometimes it's about what you don't do. The Lakers had to move F Pau Gasol at the deadline, even if they only got a second round pick back for his services. Instead, what's left is a man that isn't going to be tendered in the offseason anyway in all likelihood, and even if he is, that's probably going to be as devastating of a deal as the Kobe Bryant deal was for the franchise. These Lakers just don't get it right now, and they are going to ultimately pay the price by being one of the lousier teams in the league for the next few seasons as a result.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Have No Clue What They're Doing: That's about right. If the Lakers were the worst losers of the West, the Cavs take that title in the East. They traded away a couple second round picks to get C Spencer Hawes. Now, though they are probably going to end up taking one of the last couple playoff spots in the East this year, this clearly isn't going to be the key to getting this franchise back to the top of the East. Instead, at the end of the year, Hawes and Luol Deng will both be gone, and Kyrie Irving probably isn't going to be all that far behind either. Trading assets for expendable players who are going to be gone at the end of the year isn't the key to success in this league for teams who aren't close to challenging.

FICTION

The Indiana Pacers Made Themselves Better By Picking Up Evan Turner: We just don't get it. Trading Danny Granger was something which could have easily been done, but what came back was supposed to really help out immediately. We fail to see where Turner really fits in here. Lance Stephenson has clearly locked down the starting shooting guard spot, and Turner's productivity has mostly come because of the amount of minutes which he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. We just don't see him doing that in Indiana with a much slower-paced team.

The 76ers Were Big Losers at the Deadline: Actually, the Sixers were the biggest winners as we see it. They probably aren't going to catch the Milwaukee Bucks for the most Ping-Pong balls in the NBA Draft lottery, but they're going to make sure they have the second most balls in the quest to get the #1 pick in the best looking NBA Draft in years. There is a great chance now to have four picks in the Top 40, including perhaps two picks in the Top 10. Evan Turner probably wasn't coming back to the team next year anyway, and neither was Spencer Hawes. The fact of the matter is that Danny Granger is probably going to be bought out, and that's fine as well. The Sixers are basically at the salary floor, they aren't going to be competitive this year anyway, and they have the big time assets there to reanimate the entire team in 2014-15.

The Kings Made the Right Moves By Holding Their Best Assets: Sacramento is in a tough spot right now. It isn't going to even remotely get into the playoffs this year, and it is trying to build a team that was warranted by staying in town instead of moving to Seattle. Here's the issue: We don't think that the Kings are really all that close. They do have some good players, but Rudy Gay is a liability because of his contract, and it probably prevents the team from resigning Isaiah Thomas in the offseason. Gay could have possibly been moved at the deadline, as could have Thomas. Instead, the Kings elected to trade for Jason Terry, which just doesn't seem to make all that much sense. It's not that particular move that bothers us. Instead, it's that Sacramento decided to just hold pat with everything else it had. It might make the team a little better now, but in the end, we wish the Kings would have either taken a big stance as buyers or sellers and not be stuck in limbo.
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02/25/2014 04:33 PM
Hoop Trends - Tuesday

February 25, 2014


ATS TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Hawks are 0-12 ATS (-13.00 ppg) since May 06, 2010 when seeking revenge for a loss in which they were out-rebounded by at least fifteen rebounds as a dog.

OU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Kings are 13-0 OU (14.23 ppg) since Nov 21, 2008 at home with at most one day of rest off a win in which they trailed by 10+ points.

PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Lakers are 11-0 OU (8.45 ppg) since Mar 25, 2013 after Pau Gasol played fewer than 30 minutes at home.

CHOICE TREND:

-- The Lakers are 11-0 OU (11.45 ppg) since Apr 09, 2007 as a dog after a loss in which they made more baskets than their opponent.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

-- The Raptors are 7-0 OU (12.43 ppg) since Jan 20, 2013 after Kyle Lowry had at least 5 turnovers.

-- The Timberwolves are 0-9 ATS (-5.50 ppg) since Mar 24, 2006 as a dog off a loss in which they led by 15+ points on the road.
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02/25/2014 04:34 PM
Tuesday's Tip Sheet

February 25, 2014


L.A. Lakers (19-37 SU, 29-26 ATS) at Indiana Pacers (42-13 SU, 32-22 ATS)

Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Indiana -13.5, Total: 206.5

The Lakers hit the road on Tuesday night to take on a Pacers team that is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 7.

Los Angeles is coming off of a 108-102 loss to the Nets Sunday in Brooklyn, making the team 3-12 SU (7-8 ATS) in its past five games. The Lakers' defense has been miserable this season, allowing 105.9 PPG (2nd-worst in NBA). Over the past five games it has been even worse, allowing 107.4 PPG.

Indiana opened the month with four straight wins, but has alternated wins and losses in each of the past six contests (1-4-1 ATS). But the Pacers have won two of their past three games, averaging 103.0 PPG during that span. They remain the NBA's best defensive team, allowing just 90.9 PPG on 41.3% FG (33.2% threes), so the style of play will not benefit the Lakers.

These teams last met on Jan. 28 when the Pacers defeated the Lakers 104-92 as 10.5-point road favorites, making them 3-1 (SU and ATS) in the past four meetings between these teams. Los Angeles is 7-0 ATS after trailing in its previous game by 15+ points at the half this season. They are, however, 5-15 ATS in road games off a home loss over the past three seasons. The Pacers are 8-1 ATS after two or more consecutive Overs this season.

Lakers SG Nick Young (knee) is doubtful for this game, but SG Evan Turner is likely to make his Pacers debut on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost a close game in Brooklyn Sunday night (108-102) after a nice 101-92 home victory over the Celtics on Friday.

The team has undergone some changes in the past few weeks and one player who was acquired and is really coming on strong is SG Kent Bazemore (2.9 PPG). Bazemore saw very little time with the Warriors, but is averaging 16.0 PPG in 31.0 MPG in his two games with the Lakers. Bazemore has a real chance to show he can be a legitimate starter in this league, as a similar performance against the Pacers would be very impressive.

PF Pau Gasol (17.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG) did everything he could to keep the Lakers in the game against Brooklyn, finishing with 22 points (8-of-12 FG), 11 rebounds and one block. Gasol will need to find a way to score despite being checked by the taller and thicker Roy Hibbert, who will be very physical with Gasol in this one.

PG Kendall Marshall (10.1 PPG, 9.6 APG) is averaging 7.5 APG over the past two contests, but is playing just 24.0 MPG in those games compared to the 32.2 MPG he’s getting on the season. His playmaking skills will need to be on point Tuesday if the Lakers are going to find any holes in the Pacers defense.

Indiana is coming off of a 110-100 victory in Milwaukee on Saturday, but the team has hit a bit of a rough patch for its own lofty standards. Indiana has alternated wins and losses over the past six games and will look to break that trend and stay hot in order to finish the season with the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

SF Paul George (22.7 PPG) has been on fire for the Pacers recently, averaging 33.5 PPG over his past two contests. The Lakers will have trouble with the All-Star, as they don’t have a small forward who can stick with George all game.

One player who must get back on track for Indiana is C Roy Hibbert (11.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.5 BPG). Hibbert is averaging just 4.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG over the past two contests and that must change if the Pacers are going to get back to their dominant ways.

PF David West (13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG) has really stepped it up for Indiana, pouring in 30 points in the win over Milwaukee. He will be a matchup problem for the Lakers and could be an X-factor in determining who wins this contest. SG Evan Turner (17.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG) will make his Pacers debut on Tuesday and he could provide instant offense for the second unit.

Portland Trail Blazers (38-18 SU, 30-26 ATS) at Denver Nuggets (25-30 SU, 23-31 ATS)

Sportsbook.ag Line & Total:Portland -2.5, Total: 214.5

The struggling Nuggets host one of the top teams in the Western Conference on Tuesday when the Blazers travel to the Mile High City.

Portland has been one of the biggest surprises in the 2013-14 season, but has seemingly come back down to earth lately. The club is 5-7 (SU and ATS) over its past dozen contests, but has won its past two games by a combined 19 points. The Blazers defeated the Timberwolves by a score of 108-97 as 3.5-point favorites on Sunday night while holding the Wolves to just 39.4% FG in the victory.

The Nuggets were a streaky team at the beginning of the season, but have been on the losing side more often than not lately. Over the past 12 games, they have gone 3-9 SU (2-10 ATS) with two of their three wins coming against the Bucks, the worst team in the NBA. Denver hosted the 5.5-point underdog Kings on Sunday night and took a 109-95 loss while shooting just 37.5% from the floor and committing 19 turnovers.

The Blazers have put together a solid 17-11 record (SU and ATS) when facing teams on the road, while the Nuggets are 14-13 SU at home, but only 10-17 ATS.

When these teams met on Jan. 23 in Portland, the Blazers were able to pull out a 110-105 victory but were unable to cover the seven-point spread. The Nuggets shot much more efficiently than Portland in that game (49.4% FG to 43.2% FG), but turned the ball over 19 times compared to just nine miscues by the Blazers in the defeat. They also dominated the Nuggets very early on in the season on Nov. 1 with a 113-98 victory as 4.5-point underdogs. Denver is an impressive 26-7 SU (22-10-1 ATS) in this series since 1996, but Portland has dominated the spread over the past three seasons (7-2 ATS) while going 5-4 SU.

On the injury front for Portland, PF LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) has missed the past three games and remains out indefinitely for the team. The Nuggets roster is riddled with injuries as PG Ty Lawson (ribs) is questionable for this contest after missing the past six games, while PG Nate Robinson (knee) and SF Danilo Gallinari (knee) are out for the season.

The Blazers have had the NBA's top offense all season long and are currently averaging 107.8 PPG on 452% FG. They have actually done better (108.5 PPG on 45.1% FG) over their 13 divisional games. Portland needs to score all these points as its defense has given up the fourth- most points in the league (103.6 PPG) this season.

PG Damian Lillard (21.2 PPG, 5.8 APG) has become the leader of the team with LaMarcus Aldridge out, averaging 30.3 PPG in the three games that Aldridge has been absent. In Lillard's six career games against the Nuggets, he has averaged 18.5 PPG (45% FG) and 5.8 APG, but scored only 11 points in the last meeting.

SG Wesley Matthews (16.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG) is having a career season and has also increased his scoring output with Aldridge on the mend (19.7 PPG in three games) while shooting just 35% from the field over the past five games. His 22.5 PPG (54% FG) and 6.5 RPG in two games against Denver this season is a nice upgrade over his averages (14.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG) over 16 career games (11 starts).

SF Nicolas Batum (12.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.3 APG) is coming off a big performance against the Timberwolves (22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks) after averaging just 5.5 PPG on 3-of-12 shooting combined in the previous two contests. He has scored 11.2 PPG in 18 career games (16 starts) of this matchup, while shooting an impressive 41% from behind the arc.

The Nuggets are not the explosive offensive team from last season, and are averaging only 102.7 PPG this season (11th in the NBA). With the recent injury to star PG Ty Lawson, the team has been able to score just 96.4 PPG on 41.0% FG over the past five contests. They have also really struggled defensively in those games, allowing 109.0 PPG while giving up the third-most points (104.7 PPG) to their opponents on the season.

SF Wilson Chandler (14.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG) has played poorly over the past two games; scoring just 5.0 PPG while grabbing two combined rebounds. He scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting when he faced the Blazers earlier in the year while scoring just 13.2 PPG (42% FG) over 11 career games (8 starts) against them.

PG Aaron Brooks (7.2 PPG, 2.0 APG) was acquired at the trade deadline and has averaged 13.0 PPG and 4.5 APG in his two games with Denver. He has plenty of experience against the Blazers (18 career games, 10 starts) and has netted 11.1 PPG (46% FG) over that time.

PF Kenneth Faried (10.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG) has had two performances of 20+ points over his past five games and averaged 9.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG in two meetings with Portland this season.
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