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March 8, 2012
Championship week continues around college basketball, but there is plenty of action to wager on inside the NBA on Friday night. Ten games take place, including several key Western Conference matchups between the Lakers and Wolves, while the Spurs host the Clippers. We'll start in Philadelphia as the 76ers try to prove that Wednesday's blowout of the Celtics wasn't a fluke as the Jazz comes to town.
Jazz at 76ers - 7:05 PM EST
Utah has picked up consecutive away victories for the first time all season after winning at Cleveland and Charlotte. The Jazz continues a five-game road swing at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, battling a Philadelphia squad that is 3-8 SU/ATS the previous 11 contests. The Sixers blew away the Celtics, 103-71 as six-point favorites, as Philadelphia led by 22 points at the half. Philadelphia is playing with revenge after losing at Utah in late December, 102-99, as the Jazz cashed in the home underdog role. The Jazz is 4-1 ATS the last five games, while Utah failed to cover as seven-point favorites in Wednesday's six-point road triumph at Charlotte.
Nets at Bobcats - 7:05 PM EST
Less than a week ago, Deron Williams lit up Charlotte with an NBA season-high 57 points in a 104-101 road victory. The Nets go for their third win of the season over the Bobcats, while seeking back-to-back victories for the second time this season. The Clippers fell at New Jersey on Wednesday as seven-point favorites, 101-100, as the Nets have alternated wins and losses in each of their last 10 games. The Bobcats have quietly covered three straight games, while knocking off the Magic as nine-point 'dogs on Monday. The Nets own a 1-11 SU and 2-10 ATS record off a victory this season, as New Jersey has failed to cash in its last four opportunities as a favorite.
Hawks at Pistons - 7:35 PM EST
The Pistons pulled off one of their bigger upsets of the season by knocking off the Lakers in overtime on Tuesday as 5 ½-point home underdogs. Detroit welcomes in an Atlanta club that is fresh off consecutive road 'dog covers at Indiana and Miami. The Hawks couldn't come through against the Heat, but cashed as 12 ½-point 'dogs in an 89-86 defeat on Wednesday, the fourth straight cover for Atlanta. The last time the Hawks invaded the Palace, Atlanta rallied past Detroit, 107-101 in overtime, while Marvin Williams drilled five treys in the win. The Pistons are on fire against the number at home by cashing in 10 of their past 13 games at the Palace.
Blazers at Celtics - 7:35 PM EST
Boston returns home after getting thrashed at Philadelphia, as the Celtics host the Blazers. Portland owns a dreadful 6-12 ATS record away from the Rose Garden, capped off by Wednesday's defeat at Minnesota as short favorites. The Celtics head to the West Coast for an eight-game road trip starting Sunday against the Lakers, as Boston has won five of six games since the All-Star break. Portland has failed to cover as an underdog of 3 ½ points or less this season by compiling an 0-8 ATS ledger. Boston is 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS the previous 10 meetings with Portland, including five straight wins at TD Garden.
Lakers at Wolves - 8:05 PM EST
Los Angeles melted down twice against sub-.500 teams on its three-game road swing with losses at Detroit and Washington. The Lakers look to close things out with a victory over a Minnesota squad that is riding a five-game home winning streak. The Wolves are 0-2 SU/ATS this season against the Lakers, including a loss at Staples Center without Kevin Love last week, 104-85 as seven-point 'dogs. Minnesota owns a 9-4 ATS record the last 13 games in the underdog role, while putting together a 6-2 ATS mark as a home 'dog this season.
Cavaliers at Thunder - 8:05 PM EST
Oklahoma City continues a five-game homestand as the Thunder goes for their 10th win in 11 tries against the Cavs. Cleveland pulled off a solid upset as 10-point 'dogs on Wednesday at Denver, 100-99 to halt a six-game losing streak. The Cavs improved to 3-4 ATS as a double-digit underdog with the victory over the Nuggets, but Cleveland is 2-7 ATS the previous nine games off a cover. The Thunder has put together a 17-1 SU record at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but OKC is barely profiting at home with a 10-8 ATS ledger.
Knicks at Bucks - 8:35 PM EST
New York is reverting back to its old ways with four straight losses on the road, while going 2-5 the last seven games. The Knicks attempt to wrap up this four-game away swing with a victory over a Bucks' team that has covered both games as a home 'dog against the Sixers and Bulls. Milwaukee lost to Chicago for the fourth time this season on Wednesday, falling short at the buzzer in a 106-104 defeat as 7 ½-point underdogs. The Bucks have won six of the last seven meetings in the series, while covering all seven times.
Clippers at Spurs - 8:35 PM EST
San Antonio is just 3-3 since pulling out 11 straight victories as the Spurs look to beat the Clippers for the third time this season. Los Angeles is trying to snap a two-game skid after losing in the final seconds at Minnesota and New Jersey. The Clippers are a strong 11-4 SU and 10-3 ATS off a loss this season, including a 4-1 ATS mark as an underdog. The Spurs rallied past the Clips in overtime at Staples Center, 103-100 on February 18, as San Antonio drilled a late three-pointer to force OT. Playing at the AT&T Center has been a house of horrors for the Clippers over the years, as L.A. is 0-17 since 2002 on the road in this series.
Hornets at Nuggets - 9:05 PM EST
Denver has failed to cover as 'chalk' of nine points or more in the last two games against Sacramento and Cleveland, as the Nuggets host the Hornets. New Orleans is a covering machine as a large 'dog, going 5-1 ATS the last six times when receiving at least nine points. The Hornets fell short in Wednesday's one-point defeat at Sacramento, the fifth loss in six games since the All-Star break. New Orleans upset Denver at the Pepsi Center, 94-81 as 13-point underdogs in early January, one of three outright wins as a 'dog of nine or more. The Nuggets haven't been a great look at home off a loss, posting a 2-7 ATS record.
Mavericks at Kings - 10:05 PM EST
Dallas plays the second game in a three-night stretch as the Mavs head to Northern California to battle the Kings. Sacramento has won five of its past seven contests at Power Balance Pavilion, while squeaking by New Orleans on Wednesday. The Kings are playing with revenge here after getting drubbed at Dallas by 36 points on January 14, while Sacramento has lost 10 straight meetings in the series. The Mavs are just 2-5 ATS their last seven games as a road favorite, including losses at Cleveland and New Orleans.
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