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01/27/2012 06:29 PM
Dallas continues homestand Friday vs. Jazz

UTAH JAZZ (10-6)

at DALLAS MAVERICKS (11-8)


Tip-off: Friday, 8:35 p.m. ET
Line: Dallas -4.5, Total: 183.5

The Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks are both looking to rebound from losses when they take the floor on Friday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Dallas has owned the series with the Jazz in recent memory. The Mavericks are 7-2 (SU and ATS) in the past nine meetings, including five straight wins (SU and ATS). Dallas has been a strong bet this year overall (12-7 ATS) and especially at home (7-3 ATS). The Mavs’ success is based on their relentless defense that allows just 89.2 PPG, fourth best in the NBA. They smother opposing team’s guards with 9.7 SPG, the third best mark in the league. This could create problems for the Jazz, who do not have an elite ball handler and could be without their leading scorer and rebounder, C Al Jefferson (18.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG) who is a game-time decision with an ankle injury. Although the Mavericks will likewise be without their top player, Dirk Nowitzki (17.5 PPG), they have managed to go 2-1 without him. Play on DALLAS at home to win and cover.

This highly-rated FoxSheets trend also favors the Mavericks on Friday:

Play On - Favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (DALLAS) - after being beaten by the spread by 18 or more points total in their last three games against opponent after going over the total by 30 or more points total in their last three games. (51-22 over the last 5 seasons.) (69.9%, +26.8 units. Rating = 2*).

Make sure to watch the injury reports leading up to this game. Jefferson is a game-time decision, as is SG Raja Bell (knee).

Utah beats teams with an intimidating frontcourt, led by Jefferson (9.4 RPG) and Paul Millsap (17.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG). Neither are shutdown threats defensively, but the Jazz offense flows through them as the only two players on the team to average more than 27 MPG. Their skills on the boards have pushed Utah to being the fifth-best rebounding team in the NBA with a +2.3 RPG margin. Overall, the Jazz’s weakness is in the backcourt where they lack true scoring threats and ball handlers. Gordon Hayward (8.0 PPG) has potential as a shooting guard, but he is shooting a dismal 38% FG (23% threes). However, the real issue is with point guards Devin Harris (9.1 PPG, 4.6 APG) and Earl Watson (4.1 PPG, 4.8 APG). Both are serviceable at distributing the basketball, but neither player has shown a three-point acumen, shooting 32% and 19%, respectively from behind the arc. Look for them to have difficulties with Dallas’s defense and play against here.

Dallas relies on Nowitzki for its main source of offensive production, but other players have shown they can step up without him. SG Jason Terry (13.9 PPG) notched a team-high 17 points in the Mavericks’ loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday, and is one of five players on the team who averages more than one steal per game. Leading that category is PG Jason Kidd (1.7 SPG) who is no longer a threat to score (4.3 PPG) but still runs the Dallas offense reasonably well as the team’s primary distributor (5.5 APG). These games without Nowitzki should also be a test for if Lamar Odom (7.7 PPG), who is having easily the worst season of his career shooting 32.9% from the field. After three straight double-digit scoring efforts, Odom was a miserable 2-of-14 shooting against Minnesota. Play on Dallas as home favorites for this win.

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01/27/2012 06:31 PM
Friday’s betting tips: Suns still a hot under bet

Who’s hot

NBA: The under is 6-1 in the Suns’ last seven road games and 13-5 in their last 18 overall.

NBA: Philadelphia is 9-2 against the spread in its last 11 home games.

NBA: The under is 7-3-1 in Indiana’s last 11.

NCAAB: Manhattan is 22-7-1 against the spread in its last 30.

NCAAB: Yale is 10-2 against the number in its last 12 meetings with Harvard.

Who’s not

NBA: Detroit is 4-14 against the spread in its last 18 overall.

NBA: San Antonio is 1-4 against the number in its last five meetings with Minnesota.

NBA: New York is 5-16 against the spread in its last 21 overall.

NCAAB: Marist has dropped five straight games against the spread.

NCAAB: Fairfield is 1-5-1 against the spread in its last seven.

Key stat

12.7 – Siena Saints forward O.D. Anosike leads the nation averaging 12.7 rebounds per game and also leads his team in scoring (14.9), field goal percentage (51.3), and steals (1.2). Siena hosts Marist Friday night.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz – Jefferson is considered a game-time decision for Friday’s meeting with the Chicago Bulls after hurting his ankle during Wednesday’s practice. He’s scheduled for an MRI Thursday. Jefferson leads the team averaging 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Game of the day

New York Knicks at Miami Heat (N/A)


Notable quotable

“My opinion? I really hope the Giants – I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots. I really do. To lose to a team like that the way we played ... we played a good game.The dinking and the dunking man? It’s just not going to happen. They are going to have to take shots down the field. I think the Giants watch our film and watch the film of the season. They gotta take away their big time players. (Tight end Rob) Gronkowski, I think he is coming off that ankle, so I don’t know if he will be 100 percent." – Baltimore Ravens tight end Bernard Pollard about the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

Notes and tips

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was among seven players who did not practice for the New York Giants on Thursday. Nicks suffered a shoulder injury in New York's overtime win over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he expected all of his players to be ready go for the Super Bowl matchup with the New England Patriots. Nicks has been spectacular in the postseason. He was limited to five receptions for 55 yards against the 49ers, but has 18 catches and four touchdowns in New York's three playoff victories.

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured left ankle. Bogut was injured in Wednesday's game against Houston when he landed on the foot of Rockets guard Kyle Lowry. Bogut has battled injuries the past two seasons, most notably from a fall toward the end of the 2009-10 season in which he hurt his right hand and elbow in a hard fall to the floor. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2005, Bogut is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots. The Bucks visit Chicago Friday.

Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley each shot a 10-under-par 62 to share the lead Thursday after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Both are set at +1400 to win the tournament. Levin birdied eight of his final 10 holes in his bogey-free round and Stanley offset his lone bogey with an eagle at the 18th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines. Bill Haas was alone in second place at 9-under 63 despite a double bogey at the par-3 sixth. He had 11 birdies in his round and is currently pegged as the tournament favorite at +800.
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01/27/2012 06:32 PM
Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

-- North Carolina pounded NC State 74-55, as Mark Gottfried found out why no one wanted the Wolfpack job; ceiling is to finish third in ACC, behind Carolina/Duke until Coach K/Roy Williams retire.

-- Celtics were down 27 in first half, came back to beat Orlando for the second time in four nights. Magic led by 21 at the half.

-- Why is Boston College in the ACC? They're bad in football/hoops, and would be better off back in the Big East, no?

-- Long Beach State stayed unbeaten in Big West with an OT win at Cal-Riverside, which led for most of the game.

-- Colorado won its first Pac-12 road game, 74-50 at USC team that will be looking for a new head coach in a few weeks.

-- Stat of the Day, and its a good one: NBA favorites who didn't play the previous two nights are 21-6 against spread. Underdogs? 9-13-1.


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Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but.........

13) OK, so my DirecTV wasn't getting a signal early Thursday night, bad news for a college basketball night in January, so I call DirecTV and get a woman in Mississippi. We have this exchange......

Me: "It snowed a little and I have no signal on my DirecTV."
Her: "There must be snow on the dish. Is your satellite dish on the roof?"
Me: "Yes, yes it is,"
Her: "You need to wait until the snow is off the dish."
Me: "I'm in New York, its January; it could take two months."
Her: "Then if you can, you should get the snow off the dish. Just don't hit the dish like you're swinging a baseball bat."

Alrighty then. I go outside, get on a stepladder, use a long brush to get a little slush off the dish, and presto, I'm a TV repairman. Problem solved, I watch TV for the next six hours (and counting) and all is well.

12) Odd situation in Minnesota, where Kevin Love wanted to sign up for five years, but the Timberwolves would only give him four. Not really sure why. He did sign the 4-year deal, though. He's worth every penny.

11) Tampa Bay hired Greg Schiano? Really? Wow. Maybe he’ll do a great job; he upgraded Rutgers’ program, with the help of large infusions of New Jersey taxpayers’ cash, but did you ever watch the Scarlet Knights play and think to yourself, “Boy, this guy would make a really good NFL coach.”? Didn’t think so.

10) Schiano leaving Rutgers six days before Signing Day totally screws the Scarlet Knights, who won’t have enough time to conduct a proper coaching search; they’re almost forced to hire from within, to keep this year’s recruiting class as intact as possible. Then there’s the possibility that Schiano takes some of his staff with him to Tampa Bay; that would further mess things up.

9) Odd fact of the day: Dick Vitale went to high school with Schiano’s parents in New Jersey.

8) If I owned a racehorse, I’d name it Cold Pizza. Imagine horses coming down the stretch and the race caller yelling into the microphone, “Cold Pizza heats up to win by three lengths!!!!” It has a certain ring to it.

7) I’ll watch almost any game on TV, but not the Pro Bowl. Never, ever. I might watch the WNBA before I watched the Pro Bowl. Maybe.

6) Much like baseball home run hitting contest, NHL’s skills competition is more fun than the actual All-Star Game. You forget these guys are actually on ice skates.

5) Ichiro Suzuki might not bat leadoff for the Mariners this year; looks like they want to bat him second in lineup. Doesn’t get on base enough to bat leadoff anymore. Interesting story to follow. Egos are involved.

4) Tom Izzo won his 400th game Wednesday night; Michigan State has had only two basketball coaches over the last 36 years, Izzo and Jud Heathcoat.

3) NBA TV ratings are up 31% over this time LY, even with a contracted schedule and the Knicks/Lakers playing like they’d rather not make the playoffs. By the way, they’re still charging $170 for DirecTV's package, even though the contracted season is already a month old, and the season was 16 games shorter than LY to begin with. Greed knows no bounds.

2) Speaking of which, the human scum that own Exxon-Mobil raised gasoline prices 8 cents a gallon just this week; these greedy bastards are now charging $3.73 a gallon. Any incumbent politician should be made to answer why this price gouging is allowed.

1) Happy birthday to the great Bob Uecker, who turned 77 Thursday.
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01/27/2012 06:34 PM
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Long Sheet

Friday, January 27

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CHARLOTTE (3 - 16) at PHILADELPHIA (12 - 6) - 1/27/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHARLOTTE is 4-3 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
CHARLOTTE is 4-3 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW JERSEY (6 - 13) at CLEVELAND (7 - 10) - 1/27/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 79-103 ATS (-34.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 71-91 ATS (-29.1 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
CLEVELAND is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 5-4 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 6-3 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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INDIANA (12 - 5) at BOSTON (8 - 9) - 1/27/2012, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 5-4 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 5-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ATLANTA (13 - 6) at DETROIT (4 - 15) - 1/27/2012, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 5-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 5-3 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MILWAUKEE (7 - 10) at CHICAGO (16 - 4) - 1/27/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 6-2 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 5-3 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ORLANDO (12 - 6) at NEW ORLEANS (3 - 15) - 1/27/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW ORLEANS is 16-3 ATS (+12.7 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in home games on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 4-0 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 3-1 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WASHINGTON (3 - 15) at HOUSTON (10 - 8) - 1/27/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 38-62 ATS (-30.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 29-54 ATS (-30.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 14-34 ATS (-23.4 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 55-74 ATS (-26.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 236-183 ATS (+34.7 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
HOUSTON is 154-119 ATS (+23.1 Units) after allowing 105 points or more since 1996.
HOUSTON is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 44-67 ATS (-29.7 Units) in home games in January games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 3-2 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 4-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW YORK (7 - 11) at MIAMI (13 - 5) - 1/27/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 4-3 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
MIAMI is 5-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (12 - 7) at MINNESOTA (8 - 10) - 1/27/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN ANTONIO is 243-188 ATS (+36.2 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
MINNESOTA is 24-42 ATS (-22.2 Units) in home games against Southwest division opponents since 1996.
MINNESOTA is 20-35 ATS (-18.5 Units) after scoring 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 17-31 ATS (-17.1 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 4-4 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 7-1 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UTAH (10 - 6) at DALLAS (11 - 8) - 1/27/2012, 8:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 6-2 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 6-2 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TORONTO (6 - 13) at DENVER (13 - 5) - 1/27/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 30-50 ATS (-25.0 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
DENVER is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all games this season.
DENVER is 25-12 ATS (+11.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PHOENIX (6 - 11) at PORTLAND (11 - 8) - 1/27/2012, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 7-6 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 7-7 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (15 - 3) at GOLDEN STATE (6 - 11) - 1/27/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 112-90 ATS (+13.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 5-2 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 5-2 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, January 27

Hot Teams
-- 76ers covered eight of ten as a home favorite.
-- Nets are 3-2 in last five games after a 3-11 start (6-6 as road dog).
-- Boston won/covered four of its last five games (3-5 as home favorite). Pacers won six of last eight games (3-2 as road dog).
-- Bulls won four of last five games (4-4-1 as home favorite). Milwaukee won its last three road games.
-- Rockets won seven of last eight games (2-2-1 as home favorite).
-- Miami won five of last six games (5-4 as home favorite).
-- Minnesota covered four of five as a home underdog.
-- Jazz won nine of their last twelve games. Dallas covered six of their last seven games as a home favorite.
-- Nuggets won/covered four of their last five games. Toronto won its last two games; they're 7-5 as a road dog.
-- Portland covered seven of last eight as a home favorite.
-- Thunder won five of last six road games, covering four of last five.

Cold Teams
-- Bobcats lost their last five games (4-6 as road dog).
-- Cavaliers lost four of last five games (2-2 as home favorite).
-- Hawks lost three of their last four road games (3-2 as road favorite). Detroit lost six of its last seven games overall (4-4 as home dog).
-- New Orleans lost its last nine games, covered last four. Magic is 2-3 in last five games, but won five of last six on road.
-- Wizards are 1-5-1 vs spread as a road underdog.
-- Knicks are 0-5 against the spread as an underdog.
-- Spurs lost six of their eight road games.
-- Suns covered twice in last seven games as a road underdog.

Wear and Tear
-- Bobcats: 5th game/7 nites. 76ers: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Nets: 5th game/7 nites. Cavaliers: 3rd game/4 nites.
-- Pacers: 4th game/6 nites. Celtics: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Hawks: 3rd game/5 nites. Pistons: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Bucks: 4th game/6 nites. Bulls: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Magic: 4th game/5 nites. Hornets: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Wizards: 4th game/6 nites. Rockets: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Knicks: Had last two nights off. Heat: 5th game/7 nites.
-- Spurs: 3rd game/5 nites. Wolves: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Jazz: 2nd game/6 nites. Mavericks: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Raptors: 4th game/6 nites. Nuggets: 2nd game/6 nites.
-- Suns: Had last two nights off. Trailblazers: 6th game/8 nites.
-- Thunder: 3rd game/5 nites. Warriors: 3rd game/5 nites.

Totals
-- Six of last seven Charlotte road games stayed under total.
-- Five of last seven New Jersey road games went over the total.
-- Last eight Boston home games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Detroit home games went over.
-- Four of Milwaukee's last five road games stayed under.
-- Five of last six Orlando road games went over the total.
-- Seven of last eight Washington games went over the total.
-- Eight of nine New York road games stayed under total.
-- Five of San Antonio's last six road games went over total.
-- Six of last seven Dallas home games stayed under total.
-- Five of last seven Denver home games stayed under total.
-- Six of last seven Phoenix road games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of Thunder's nine road games stayed under the total.
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7:00 PM
CHARLOTTE vs. PHILADELPHIA
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Philadelphia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 11 games at home

7:30 PM
INDIANA vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Indiana is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana

7:30 PM
ATLANTA vs. DETROIT
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Atlanta is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:30 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. CLEVELAND
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
Cleveland is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing New Jersey

8:00 PM
MILWAUKEE vs. CHICAGO
Milwaukee is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 11 games at home
Chicago is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games

8:00 PM
ORLANDO vs. NEW ORLEANS
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Orlando's last 15 games when playing New Orleans
Orlando is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Orleans's last 15 games when playing Orlando
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando

8:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. MINNESOTA
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Antonio's last 12 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games at home

8:00 PM
NEW YORK vs. MIAMI
New York is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Miami's last 12 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

8:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
Washington is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

8:30 PM
UTAH vs. DALLAS
Utah is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games at home
Dallas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

9:00 PM
TORONTO vs. DENVER
Toronto is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games at home
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto

10:00 PM
PHOENIX vs. PORTLAND
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Phoenix is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Portland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix

10:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY vs. GOLDEN STATE
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oklahoma City's last 13 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Golden State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City


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Friday, January 27

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NBA Top 4: It pays to back balanced offenses
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Carmelo Anthony is one of the 10 best basketball players on the planet but his team is the worst bet in the NBA.

Even weirder, Melo’s old mates in Colorado are thriving in his absence. The Denver Nuggets are 31-12 straight up and 33-9-1 against the spread since they shipped Anthony to the New York Knicks last February.

They say you need star player(s) to win championships in the NBA but there are a number of clubs proving that sharing the rock is the best way to win in the regular season, especially with the condensed schedule.

Here are four teams who boast balanced offensive attacks:

Denver Nuggets (13-5 ATS)

George Karl’s squad leads the league in scoring (106.4 ppg) and yet top point producer Danilo Gallinari (17.7 ppg) accounts for just 20 percent of Denver’s offensive output.

Ty Lawson runs the point but plays effectively next to veteran guard Andre Miller. Six Denver players average double figures in points, including super sixth-man Al Harrington who shoots better than 50 percent from the field.

“This is more of a “George team’' than what they had before,'' Sixers coach Doug Collins told the New York Daily News last week. “George [Karl] always wants to run and move the ball and play fast. Carmelo did a lot of great things for that organization and then he decided he wanted to go play somewhere else. When you make a trade like that, you don’t know how it will work out for you.''

Philadelphia 76ers (12-5-1 ATS)

Speaking of Doug Collins, the Sixers are another star-less team climbing the ladder in the Eastern Conference.

Philly’s leading scorer (Lou Williams) doesn’t start and its best player (Andre Iguodala) is a defensive stopper, not a knock-down shooter.

Eight Philadelphia players average 9 points or more per game and six of those guys shoot better than .450 from the field.

The Sixers are 2-3 SU and ATS over their last five games but they should get back to their winning ways once big man Spencer Hawes returns to the lineup.

Don’t forget Philly went 46-35-1 against the number last season.

Indianapolis Pacers (10-7 ATS)

The Pacers possess a nice inside/outside combo with Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger. The duo leads Indy in scoring but there is a solid supporting cast if Granger is having an off night or Hibbert is in foul trouble.

Power forward David West is fitting in perfectly for the Pacers and Paul George is silky smooth going to the rack or dialing it up from downtown.

The ball doesn’t come back out once Tyler HanXXXough gets hands on it but the UNC alum leads the team in free throw attempts per game and cans 80 percent of them.

San Antonio Spurs (9-10 ATS)

That ATS mark doesn’t really fit with the other three teams in the group, but a lot of that has to do with oddsmakers underrating the loss of Manu Ginobili.

Ginobili is, without question, the Spurs’ best player and the engine that makes the offense go. Sure he only played five games before he broke a bone his shooting hand, but he’s still leading John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating board.

Tony Parker is enjoying a fantastic season and a number of role players are upping their games to make up for Ginobili’s absence.

Nine different players have led the team in scoring in a game and six different players have top the score sheet in San Antonio’s last six games.


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Friday, January 27

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Pick 'n' roll: Friday's best NBA bets
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Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets (-9.5, 197.5)

The Washington Wizards gave newly-appointed coach Randy Wittman a warm welcome in his first game behind the bench, hammering Charlotte 92-75 as 7.5-point favorites.

It was their best defensive showing of the season and it snapped a skid that saw them win just once in their previous eight games. While former coach Flip Saunders was more of a player’s coach (read: pushover), Wittman isn’t going to put up poor efforts.

"If they want to play, they are going to have to be accountable," Wittman told reporters of his team. "I think every player wants to play. If they don't, we've got to find a way to get them out of here. That's pretty easy, to be honest with you. Doing your job and doing it the way it needs to be done, you'll play. If not, I'll find somebody else to play."

That’s the direct approach this team needs. The Wizards have a lot of issues, but you can at least expect them to put in an honest effort for the next while.

Pick: Wizards


New Jersey Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers (-3, 191)

A couple of days after the Nets were torched by the Bulls when they welcomed Derrick Rose back to the lineup, Deron Williams wasn’t about to let another victory slip past his team.

Williams scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help New Jersey to a 97-90 win at Philadelphia with the Nets set as 11.5-point underdogs.

“At the end of the game, we basically put the ball in Deron’s hands and said, ‘Take us home’ and that’s what he did,” coach Avery Johnson told reporters.

Williams has been on a major hot streak lately, averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 assists per game over his last five outings.

Cleveland is coming off an upset against the Knicks and did cover against the Heat earlier this week, but is still allowing almost 103 points per game over the last five.

Pick: Nets

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Milwaukee at Chicago
The Bulls look to bounce back from their 95-90 loss to Indiana and build on their 30-10-1 ATS record in their last 41 games following a SU defeat. Chicago is the pick (-10 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Bulls favored by 17. Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-10 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

Game 801-802: Charlotte at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 105.312; Philadelphia 129.268
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 24; 198
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 803-804: New Jersey at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 116.234; Cleveland 116.504
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 186
Vegas Line & Total: Cleveland by 3 1/2; 190
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (+3 1/2); Under

Game 805-806: Indiana at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 118.508; Boston 118.139
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 173
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 807-808: Atlanta at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 122.097; Detroit 108.088
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 14; 171
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 809-810: Milwaukee at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee 112.870; Chicago 129.665
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 17; 188
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 10 1/2; 185 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-10 1/2); Over

Game 811-812: Orlando at New Orleans (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 121.553; New Orleans 113.781
Dunkel Line & Total: Orlando by 8; 174
Vegas Line & Total: Orlando by 3 1/2; 178
Dunkel Pick: Orlando (-3 1/2); Under

Game 813-814: Washington at Houston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 110.069; Houston 123.816
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 13 1/2; 202
Vegas Line & Total: Houston by 9 1/2; 198 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-9 1/2); Over

Game 815-816: New York at Miami (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 111.886; Miami 131.428
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 19 1/2; 192
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 817-818: San Antonio at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 120.751; Minnesota 115.270
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 5 1/2; 192
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 1; 196 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-1); Under

Game 819-820: Utah at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah 120.782; Dallas 127.474
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 6 1/2; 189
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 821-822: Toronto at Denver (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 112.855; Denver 120.008
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 7; 205
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 12; 199
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+12); Over

Game 823-824: Phoenix at Portland (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 112.790; Portland 123.839
Dunkel Line & Total: Portland by 11; 186
Vegas Line & Total: Portland by 9 1/2; 190 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Portland (-9 1/2); Under

Game 825-826: Oklahoma City at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 120.269; Golden State 119.390
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 1; 203
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 4 1/2; 198
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (+4 1/2); Over
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Friday, January 27

CHARLOTTE at PHILADELPHIA, 7:05 PM ET
CHARLOTTE: 1-5 ATS off division game
PHILADELPHIA: 8-2 ATS in home games

NEW JERSEY at CLEVELAND, 7:35 PM ET
NEW JERSEY: 6-18 ATS as road dog of 6 pts or less
CLEVELAND: 17-6 ATS off home win by 10+

INDIANA at BOSTON, 7:35 PM ET
INDIANA: 1-5 ATS off SU dog win over division opp
BOSTON: 9-1 Under in home games

ATLANTA at DETROIT, 7:35 PM ET
ATLANTA: 6-0 Under as road underdog
DETROIT: 1-5 ATS off home loss

MILWAUKEE at CHICAGO, 8:05 PM ET
MILWAUKEE: 21-9 ATS after scoring 105+ pts
CHICAGO: 3-0 ATS off SU loss as favorite

ORLANDO at NEW ORLEANS, 8:05 PM ET
ORLANDO: 7-0 Under if home favorite last game
NEW ORLEANS: 16-3 ATS vs. Southeast Division

WASHINGTON at HOUSTON, 8:05 PM ET
WASHINGTON: 4-18 ATS off home win
HOUSTON: 7-0 Under off SU loss

NEW YORK at MIAMI, 8:05 PM ET ESPN
NEW YORK: 27-13 ATS at Miami
MIAMI: 18-6 Over off 3+ ATS losses

SAN ANTONIO at MINNESOTA, 8:05 PM ET
SAN ANTONIO: 18-6 Over as road underdog
MINNESOTA: 20-35 ATS after scoring 105+

UTAH at DALLAS, 8:35 PM ET
UTAH: 1-6 ATS revenging loss of 3 pts or less
DALLAS: 5-1 ATS off ATS loss

TORONTO at DENVER, 9:05 PM ET
TORONTO: 13-24 ATS after scoring 205+
DENVER: 25-12 ATS vs. Eastern Conference

PHOENIX at PORTLAND, 10:05 PM ET
PHOENIX: 3-12 ATS off SU loss as favorite
PORTLAND: 8-0 Under as double digit favorite

OKLAHOMA CITY at GOLDEN STATE, 10:35 PM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY: 24-11 ATS on Friday nights
GOLDEN STATE: 19-9 Under off home win

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