Friday’s betting tips: Cavaliers keep covering
NBA: Cleveland has covered in four of its last five overall and in five of its last six road games.
NBA: Dallas is 8-3 against the number in its last 11 home games.
NHL: The under is 7-1-1 in Ottawa’s last nine.
NHL: St. Louis is 21-6 in its last 27 home games.
NCAAB: Rider is 9-1-1 against the spread in its last 11 overall.
NBA: Miami is 1-6 against the spread in its last seven overall.
NBA: New Jersey is 3-13 against the spread in its last 16 vs. Minnesota.
NHL: Columbus has lost six straight.
NHL: Calgary is 8-20 in its last 28 meetings with Chicago.
NCAAB: The over is 1-5 in Harvard’s last six.
23 – The No. 23 Harvard Crimson have won 23 straight games at home heading into Friday’s date with Cornell. The last time the Crimson lost at home was back on Feb. 19, 2010. However, they are just 1-3 against the spread at home this season. Oddsmakers have Harvard set as a 15.5-point favorite Friday.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics – Rondo is again listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the New York Knicks. Rondo hasn’t played since hurting his wrist on Jan. 18, but coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that he hopes the shifty point guard will play Friday. “Without him,” Rivers said, “you’re pretty basic offensively, and I think you’re very easy to guard down the stretch of games. I think that’s hurt us.”
Game of the day
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (2, 193)
“He did react to pressure that didn’t exist, and he was just throwing the ball places where there wasn’t even a receiver there. Imagine us getting there even faster and actually doing our jobs and getting hits on him.” – New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul on how Tom Brady reacted to pressure in the Week 9 meeting between the two teams.
Notes and tips
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated Jeff Carter from injured reserve and he’s expected to play Friday against Anaheim. Carter, who has heard his name in some trade rumors recently as the trade deadline nears, suffered a separated shoulder on Jan. 8. Despite missing 20 games due to injury this year, he leads the team in power play goals (five) and sits second in total goals (10). The Blue Jackets are set as big +190 underdogs.
According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Indiana Pacers could be one of the leading candidates to land center Chris Kaman. The Pacers are said to be looking someone to back up Roy Hibbert. Kaman is in the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Hornets and has garnered some interest from a few different teams. The 7-foot center is averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Ryan Palmer shot a 7-under-par 64 to move atop the leaderboard before play was suspended in the first round of the Phoenix Open at Scottsdale, Ariz. More than 40 players were still on the course when play was halted due to darkness Thursday. The opening round started an hour late due to a frost delay. Palmer was 8-under through his first 15 holes before his lone bogey left him one shot ahead of Webb Simpson, who had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in his round of 65. Simpson is the tourney favorite at +500 while Palmer sits at +1600.