02/10/2012 05:10 PM
Thunder At Jazz Caps Big NBA Friday Night
The NBA regular season is about 40 percent over and a number of teams have developed a big disparity in against the spread records for home and away.
As you can see below, Portland, Utah and the Lakers have all done much better in NBA betting at home, while Denver. Minnesota and Orlando have made their mark away. We will feature several of these teams as we look at a busy Friday night with 12 games.
TEAM ATS HOME ATS ROAD
LA Lakers 8-5
Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks
8:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
The Lakers (14-11 straight up, 11-14 ATS) have played well at the Staples Center at 11-2 SU (8-5 ATS). The road is a different story at 3-9 SU and ATS, including 1-2 SU and ATS in this current 6-game trip. Coach Mike Brown’s guys also have an emotional game with Boston on Thursday night (result pending) and are 3-6 ATS playing the second half of a back-to-back.
The Knicks (11-15 SU and ATS) have won three straight games and covered six in a row. Two of the recent wins were against lowly Washington (107-93 away) and New Jersey (99-92 home), but they still count. Stars Carmelo Anthony (groin) and Amare Stoudemire (personal) both missed last game versus Washington and will be out Friday.
Point guard Jeremy Lin from Harvard has come out of nowhere to score 25.3 PPG over the last three games, but the Lakers will be keying on him.
Los Angeles is 4-0 SU and ATS the last four against New York, including winning 99-82 as 4 ½-point home favorites on December 29. Center Andrew Bynum was still serving his league-mandated, 4-game suspension. New York hasn’t beaten the west-coasters since February 2007 (0-9 SU).
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Hornets
8:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Networks
The Trail Blazers (14-12 SU, 13-12-1 ATS) lost and failed to cover their last two home games to Oklahoma City (111-107 OT) and Houston (103-96) after starting 11-1 SU (10-1-1 ATS) there. Big men LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby have been dealing with illnesses and point guard Raymond Felton a foot injury. All will play Friday, but Portland has struggled away (3-9 SU and ATS) all season.
The Hornets (4-22 SU, 10-16 ATS) have the NBA’s second-worst record behind Charlotte (3-22). They’re tied for 28th in scoring (87.2 PPG), with a lower 85.3 PPG during their current 7-game losing streak (0-7 ATS). Their best player, guard Eric Gordon, has played just two games and forward Carl Landry (11.5 PPG) is also out indefinitely. The home ATS mark is just 4-11 ATS.
The teams already met in the Bayou last month, with Portland winning 84-77 as 5½-point road favorites.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz
10:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
The Jazz (13-11 SU and ATS) are 2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS away after losing a mini, 2-game trip at New York (99-88 as 3-point underdogs) and Indiana (104-99 as 9-point ‘dogs). They return home to EnergySolutions Arena where they’re 11-4 SU (10-5 ATS). Having two days rest will also help, a scenario they’re 3-0 ATS in this season (all coming at home).
The Thunder (20-5 SU, 14-11 ATS) are in the midst of a 5-game road trip, going 2-1 SU and ATS with the ‘over’ 3-0. They’re in Sacramento on Thursday (result pending), and Utah will be the second back-to-back game on this trip. Scott Brooks’ bunch already won (119-116) and covered at Golden State on Tuesday with no rest, but asking them to do it twice is a big task.
This is the first meeting this season. Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS (3-1 SU) in the last four visits to Salt Lake City, with the ‘over’ 4-0.
Love is back and other Friday injury news
Minnesota (13-13 SU, 15-11 ATS) hosts Dallas (15-11 SU and ATS) and Kevin Love will return from a 2-game suspension. The Timberwolves went 1-1 SU and ATS without him, but could only score 83 PPG with the ‘under’ 2-0. The Mavs just ended a 3-game losing streak (SU and ATS) with a 105-95 Wednesday win at banged-up Denver.
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving (concussion) could miss his second straight game at home against Milwaukee. The Cavaliers (10-14 SU, 14-10 ATS) did beat the Clippers at home on Wednesday 99-92 as 7-point ‘dogs without their Rookie of the Year candidate. Milwaukee (11-14 SU, 12-13 ATS) has seen the ‘over’ go 9-1 in its last 10, reaching the 100-point mark seven times.
The Clippers (15-8 SU, 13-10 ATS) lost point guard Chauncey Billups for the year (Achilles) the game before Wednesday’s loss to Cleveland. Randy Foye is now starting, but this is a big blow. L.A. will be at Philadelphia (18-8 SU, 17-8-1 ATS) on Friday night. The 76ers have had a tough schedule lately, losing two of their last three home games to San Antonio (100-90) and Miami (99-79).
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