03/07/2012 12:30 AM
On ATS Roll, Toronto Raptors Host Houston Rockets
The second half of the season is just over a week old, but there are already plenty of teams making waves against the NBA betting odds.
Yesterday we looked at winless teams against the spread since the All-Star break. Today we focus on the other end of the spectrum with Toronto (5-0) and Phoenix (3-0) perfect ATS. Both teams are in action on Wednesday as part of a mammoth 13-game slate.
Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors
7:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
Houston (21-17 straight up, 20-18 ATS) is 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS since the All-Star break. That’s pending Tuesday’s final at Boston. The Rockets have been great in back-to-back situations this year at 9-4 ATS, but only 2-4 ATS when the game is on the road.
Toronto (12-26 SU, 23-14-1 ATS) is 2-3 SU since the break, but has covered all five games and 6-straight overall. This team gets very limited scoring up front with Andrea Bargnani out since January. Starting power forward Amir Johnson (7.2 PPG) missed last game and is questionable Wednesday. Ed Davis is starting in his place.
Houston won the first game against Toronto last Tuesday (88-85), but failed to cover as 9½-point home favorites. The Raptors are 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four meetings North of the Border (the ‘under’ 4-0).
Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
Phoenix (17-20 SU and ATS) has come out of the All-Star break rested, going 3-0 SU and ATS. All three games were at home, with the ‘under’ 3-0 (allowing 87 PPG). The Suns now play on the road for the first time since mid-February, going 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three away and 7-11 SU and 8-10 ATS for the season.
Oklahoma City (30-8 SU, 21-17 ATS) is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS since the break, failing to cover the last two. This is the NBA’s third-ranked offense at 101.9 PPG, but averaging just 95.5 PPG in the second half and the ‘under’ 3-1. Kevin Durant hasn’t shot well the last four at 34-of-80 (42.5 percent) from the field, although scoring 29.5 PPG.
Oklahoma City won the first meeting on New Year’s Eve, 107-97 as 11½-point home favorites. Phoenix has covered the last three in Oklahoma and the ‘over’ is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall.
New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
The Knicks (18-19 SU, 17-20 ATS) had a tough game at Dallas on Tuesday (result pending) before continuing their Lone Star State trip here. New York is 0-2 SU and ATS in its last two games playing in a back-to-back situation. Those losses were home against New Jersey (100-92) and at Miami (102-88), with each going ‘under’ the total with the lackluster offense.
San Antonio (25-12 SU, 21-15-1 ATS) hasn’t looked sharped in the second half at 1-2 SU and ATS, despite all three at home. The ‘under’ was 3-0 in those games and is 10-1 in San Antonio’s last 11 home games overall. Manu Ginobili (oblique) returned against Denver last Sunday (99-94 loss), but center DeJuan Blair got injured and is questionable Wednesday.
These squads haven’t played this season. New York has lost the last eight in San Antonio (2-5-1 ATS) and the ‘under’ is 4-1 in the last five there.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets
9:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
Cleveland (13-23 SU, 18-18 ATS) has lost six games in a row (2-4 ATS). The two covers were even fortunate in coming by 1-point and a half-point. Big man Anderson Varejao (wrist) has been out since early February and is really missed for his rebounding and defense. Points allowed over the last four games are a big 110.5 per game, with the ‘over’ 3-1.
Denver (22-17 SU, 23-16 ATS) is 4-0 SU since the break, the only failure to cover coming last night, 119-116 OT win over Sacramento as 9-point home favorites. Center Nene Hilario and forward Danilo Gallinari returned from injury for that contest and came off the bench. There’s a good chance they’re both in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
This is the first meeting this season, with Denver winning and covering the last four. The ‘over’ is 3-0 in the last three with an average total of 219.3 points scored in regulation.
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
10:30 p.m. (ET) on NBA-TV
The Grizzlies (22-15 SU, 18-19 ATS) are 3-0 SU (2-1 ATS) since the break and 8-1 SU in their last nine overall. Road games have been rare lately, but have been a problem all season at 7-10 SU and ATS. The ‘over’ is 5-0 in their last five away (allowing 99 PPG) after the ‘under’ started 11-1 (allowing 90.4 PPG).
The Warriors (15-20 SU, 17-18 ATS) return home after starting the second half on a 5-game East Coast trip (2-3 SU and ATS). The offense really struggled the first four games (80.3 PPG), with the ‘under’ 4-0. The team did explode for 120 points in a Monday win at Washington as Stephen Curry (foot) returned and scored 12 points in nine minutes off the bench. He should get increasing time starting this game.
The Grizzlies have won both meetings this year by one point each (1-1 ATS). They took the one at Golden State, 91-90 as 2½-point ‘dogs in January.
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