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03/16/2012 11:31 AM

Preview: Bucks (19-24) at Warriors (18-22)

Date: March 16, 2012 10:30 PM EDT

On the verge of their longest winning streak in two years, the Milwaukee Bucks appear to have hit their stride.

They could become even more formidable with their new acquisitions in uniform.

With Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh hoping to suit up versus their former team, the Bucks kick off a two-game road swing against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night seeking a fifth consecutive victory.

In an attempt to bolster its postseason push, Milwaukee (19-24) sent Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to Golden State (18-22) on Tuesday in exchange for Ellis, Udoh and Kwame Brown. While Bogut (fractured ankle) and Brown (chest) are both uncertain to return this season, the Warriors traded Jackson to San Antonio on Thursday for Richard Jefferson.

Ellis and Udoh, meanwhile, can't play for the Bucks until Bogut completes his physical with the Warriors, and were held out of Wednesday's 115-105 win over Cleveland. Despite being short-handed, Milwaukee was able to pull away behind Drew Gooden's 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists and a combined 43 points from Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy.

The Bucks' lone loss in their past six games was a 106-104 defeat to NBA-best Chicago on March 7, and they've since won four in a row to move into a tie with New York for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They haven't won five straight since a six-game run March 3-14, 2010.

Adding the speedy Ellis and his 21.9 points per game to the mix could further boost the Bucks' playoff hopes.

"Hopefully, we might even get a little bit quicker," coach Scott Skiles said. "Certainly Monta's quick - very quick. And hopefully we'll continue to kind of play in that style and move the ball around and cause people problems."

Udoh can cause problems at the defensive end, ranking among the league leaders with 1.7 blocks per game.

The Warriors did well in their first game without Ellis, winning 115-89 at Sacramento on Tuesday, but the next night they lost 105-103 to Boston. After Kevin Garnett hit the go-ahead jumper with 5.1 seconds remaining, Nate Robinson missed a 3-point attempt with a second left.

Robinson made his second consecutive start in place of Stephen Curry (sprained ankle), finishing with 20 points and a season-high 11 assists. Rookie Klay Thompson scored a season-best 26 and is expected to remain in the starting five with Ellis no longer around.

"We can't give up easy buckets because we don't have Monta to bail us out and score 40 a game," said Thompson, averaging 16.3 points over the last six games. "We just have to band together. We have done a great job at that the past two games and we have to do that Friday as well."

While Golden State's three-game win streak came to an end Wednesday, coach Mark Jackson was pleased with his team's effort. The Warriors shot 52.6 percent from the field and outscored the Celtics 60-42 in the paint.

"I could not be more satisfied with the energy, the effort, the commitment from my guys," Jackson said. "Now, we're not jumping up and down, but we certainly are not discouraged by what took place tonight. This is the type of performance to build on."

His team has played well on both ends of the court in the past four games, shooting a combined 52.1 percent from the field and holding opponents to an average of 93.5 points.

The Warriors had dropped four straight in this series before posting a 100-94 win Feb. 3, 2011, in the most recent meeting.

Curry is expected to be held out for the sixth time in 11 games.

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03/16/2012 11:33 AM

Preview: Timberwolves (22-22) at Lakers (27-16)

Date: March 16, 2012 10:30 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, yet general manager Mitch Kupchak couldn't ignore the lack of production from the point guard position any longer.

Whether team chemistry will suffer remains to be seen.

Pau Gasol is still a Laker after Thursday's trade deadline, but Los Angeles must overcome the emotional trade of veteran Derek Fisher when it seeks its 18th consecutive victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and fifth straight win overall Friday night at Staples Center.

The Pacific Division-leading Lakers (27-16) beat New Orleans 107-101 in overtime Wednesday behind 33 points from Kobe Bryant and 25 points and 18 rebounds from Andrew Bynum.

Los Angeles overcame a 14-point deficit to earn the victory and complete a 2-0 road trip, and with a win Friday they would match their season-high five-game overall winning streak from Jan. 6-13.

"We don't get down whenever we trail by 14, 15, whatever points. We don't get discouraged,' Bryant said. "We've been through it before. We've been down big in Game 7 of an NBA finals, so this is really nothing to us to maintain our composure.'

Gasol was the player most mentioned in trade speculation approaching the deadline, but it was Fisher whom the Lakers sent to Houston for center Jordan Hill.

The deal came shortly after Los Angeles traded Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round pick to Cleveland for Ramon Sessions and little-used guard Christian Eyenga.

Fisher was part of five NBA championship teams with the Lakers, but Kupchak said the deal - though difficult to make - was necessary.

"It's hard to put into words what (Fisher's) meant to this organization, on the court and off the court,' Kupchak said. "It's one of the hardest parts of the job that a general manager has, separating the emotions of a relationship you've had.

"We think Ramon will make an immediate impact. Despite Derek's presence, we felt that we needed more speed and more quickness in the backcourt.'

It's unclear if Sessions will be join the Lakers in time for Friday's contest, though it may not matter given the team's recent history against Minnesota (22-22).

Bryant scored 34 points in a 105-102 road win last Friday, giving Los Angeles its 17th straight victory over the Timberwolves - the longest active streak in the league by one team over another.

Minnesota lost rookie point guard Ricky Rubio to a torn ACL toward the end of that contest, which began the club's current stretch of three losses in four games including a 111-105 overtime defeat at Utah on Thursday.

Kevin Love, who sat out last week's loss to the Lakers because of back spasms, had 25 points and 16 rebounds in the loss to the Jazz to continue his recent torrid play. He's averaged 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds in the last six games he's played.

The Wolves, who have split the first two contests on their season-high seven-game road trip, remained two games back of the Western Conference's final playoff spot Thursday night after eighth-place Denver fell to Oklahoma City.





Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:35 AM

Thunder go for rare win over Spurs Friday


SAN ANTONIO SPURS (28-13)

at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (33-10)


Tip-off: Friday, 9:35 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -4½, Total: 206½

The Thunder will once again try to figure out the Spurs when they host San Antonio on Friday night.

For all of OKC’s recent success, the Spurs simply have their number. They have won seven of eight SU and six of eight ATS against the Thunder, and four of five SU and ATS at Oklahoma City. Can the Thunder score a rare win over the Spurs? For the answer, connect to the NBA Weekday Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass was a perfect 3-0 ATS on Wednesday.

The Spurs have gone 16-2 SU and 14-3-1 ATS with PG Tony Parker in the lineup since Jan. 30. Parker (20.1 PPG, 8.0 APG) has simply been on a tear of late. He sat out a loss to the Clippers last Friday, but in five March games, he’s averaging 26.8 PPG on 63.5% FG and 7.2 APG. He’s also gotten the better of Thunder PG Russell Westbrook (23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG) in most of their head-to-head matchups. Westbrook has averaged 17.3 PPG, but hit just 37.5% of his field goals against the Spurs the past three years.

Along with Parker’s strong play, PF Tim Duncan (14.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG) has looked more like his old self of late. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaging 16.4 PPG and 8.7 RPG. And SG Manu Ginobili (12.7 PPG) continues to round into form since returning from an oblique injury. He tweaked a hamstring injury and came off the bench in Wednesday’s win over Orlando, scoring 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting (4-for-7 from three) while posting a plus/minus of +11 in 23 minutes.

The Spurs dealt SF Richard Jefferson in exchange for SF Stephen Jackson, who may not be in uniform in time for Friday. That would mean more minutes for SF Kawhi Leonard (7.5 PPG), who has been solid in March, averaging 10.3 PPG on 61.3% FG. The FoxSheets show a two-star trend siding with the Spurs:

SAN ANTONIO is 42-21 ATS (66.7%, +18.9 Units) versus teams who make 6 or more 3 point shots/game on the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 103.6, OPPONENT 99.1 - (Rating = 2*).

The Thunder scored a big win in Denver on Thursday night, pulling away from the Nuggets in the third quarter in a 103-90 victory. Not surprisingly, SF Kevin Durant (27.8 PPG) and Westbrook continue to carry them on the offensive end. But the Thunder also got a key role player back on Thursday, as defensive specialist SG Thabo Sefolosha (5.1 PPG) returned from a foot injury and played for the first time since January. He logged just 12 minutes and scored three points, but also had a plus/minus of +15 in his minutes. The Thunder are 17-1 SU this year when Sefolosha plays 10 minutes or more. This strong FoxSheets trend supports picking the Thunder:

Play On - Favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (OKLAHOMA CITY) - 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. (54-25 over the last 5 seasons.) (68.4%, +26.5 units. Rating = 2*).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:37 AM

Slumping Heat travel to Philly Friday

MIAMI HEAT (31-11)

at PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (25-18)


Tip-off: Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Line: Miami -3½, Total: 190½

The suddenly slumping Heat look to turn things around when they travel to Philadelphia on Friday night.

After looking invincible for a while, Miami has dropped two in a row SU and four straight ATS, including a road loss to the Derrick Rose-less Bulls on Wednesday night. The good news is that it may have served as a wake-up call for a team that looked unbeatable going into the All-Star break. The Heat have simply crushed the 76ers twice this year, including a 20-point win in Philadelphia in early February. Can the Sixers take advantage of slumping Heat team? For the answer, connect to the NBA Weekday Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass was a perfect 3-0 ATS on Wednesday.

After a tough overtime loss in Orlando on Tuesday, the Heat had to fly to Chicago for a Wednesday night game. Nonetheless, their 106-102 loss to the Bulls, who were without Rose, was stunning. James (27.7 PPG on 54.7% FG, 8.4 RPG, 6.6 APG) and SG Dwyane Wade (23.1 PPG on 51.1% FG) once again carried a big offensive load, with James scoring 35 on 14-for-25 shooting and Wade 36 and hitting 16-of-26 FG. But PF Chris Bosh (18.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG) had a miserable game, going 3-for-15 from the field and scoring only 12 points. And Miami’s point guards continue to struggle. Mario Chalmers (10.4 PPG) was serviceable on the defensive end, but scored just four points on 1-for-5 shooting. He’s now shooting 33.3% FG (32.4% from three) since the All-Star break. Rookie Norris Cole (7.9 PPG) really had a bad night, scoring three points on 1-for-4 shooting and getting absolutely torched by journeyman PG John Lucas, who erupted for 24 points on 9-for-12 FG to key the upset. The FoxSheets have a strong trend working for the Heat:

Play On - Favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (MIAMI) - 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. (54-25 over the last 5 seasons, 68.4%, +26.5 units. Rating = 2*).

The 76ers have been excellent at home this season, where they’re 16-8 SU and 15-9 ATS. But they looked awfully rusty in getting pushed around in Indiana on Wednesday night, a 111-94 loss. C Spencer Hawes (10.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG) played for the first time since Feb. 6 and wasn’t sharp, going for six points and two rebounds in 20 minutes. The surprising part of the loss was Philly’s defensive effort, as it gave up 111 points on 56.6% FG to the Pacers, and were outrebounded 37-26. For the season, Philly allows just 87.9 PPG on 41.8% FG.

The Sixers did get another strong offensive effort from SG Evan Turner (9.0 PPG). Turner moved into the starting lineup on March 5 and, after a disastrous two points on 1-for-12 shooting night in Milwaukee, has bounced back to average 21.8 PPG on 64.3% FG and 10.3 RPG in his past four games. PG Jrue Holiday (13.5 PPG, 4.4 APG) bounced back from a miserable 2-for-14 day in New York on Sunday to score 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting. He could have a big night against Chalmers, who’s struggling on both ends of the floor right now. This three-star FoxSheets trend sides with Philly:

MIAMI is 4-18 ATS (18.2%, -15.8 Units) after a loss by 6 points or less over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MIAMI 99.3, OPPONENT 101.7 - (Rating = 3*).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:38 AM

Rose questionable as Bulls host Blazers Friday

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (20-23)

at CHICAGO BULLS (36-9)


Tip-off: Friday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Chicago -9, Total: 191½

Derrick Rose or not, the Bulls have an excellent chance to keep the wins coming when they host Portland on Friday night.

Chicago is coming off a stunning home win over the Heat without Rose on Wednesday, pushing its second-half record to 9-1 SU (6-4 ATS). But more importantly, on Friday the Bulls will be hosting a Blazers team that time and time again has been embarrassed away from home and are in the middle of a house cleaning. Portland has lost six of seven SU and ATS on the road. Can the Bulls cover such a hefty spread? For the answer, connect to the NBA Weekday Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass was a perfect 3-0 ATS on Wednesday.

The Blazers have been just awful so far on a seven-game road trip. PF LaMarcus Aldridge (21.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG) has looked like the only NBA-caliber player they have through the first five games of the trip, averaging 21.2 PPG on 54.1% shooting and 6.6 RPG. PG Raymond Felton (10.1 PPG, 6.0 APG), has assumed the starting point guard role by default despite his many shortcomings, as Jamal Crawford has reportedly played his last game in a Blazers uniform. Felton has averaged 13.2 PPG on 41.8% FG and 4.6 APG, but has gone a nice job getting to, and converting, at the free throw line (17-for-19).

The bigger problem right now has been the shooting slumps of SF Nicolas Batum (13.8 PPG, 39.9% from three) and SG Wesley Matthews (11.9 PPG). The two of them are set to assume bigger roles now that Wallace has been traded to New Jersey (for a first-round pick and two injured players, C Mehmet Okur and SF Shawne Williams). But Batum is shooting 37.5% from the field and 23.5% from three so far on the road trip, and Matthews is at 33.3% FG and 14.3% from three. As a team on the year, the Blazers average 103.6 PPG on 47.1% FG and 36.7% 3-pt FG at home, and 90.9 PPG on 42.0% FG and 28.9% 3-pt FG on the road. That’s why they’re 6-16 SU and 7-15 ATS on the road this season.

Portland also sent C Marcus Camby to Houston for project C Hasheem Thabeet and PG Jonny Flynn, neither of whom will help immediately. With McMillan out, assistant Kaleb Canales will fill in as interim head coach. The FoxSheets show this trend expecting the Blazers to keep the final score within single-digits:

Play On - Road teams (PORTLAND) - after being beaten by the spread by 30 or more points total in their last three games against opponent after going over the total by 24 or more points total in their last three games. (46-21 over the last 5 seasons.) (68.7%, +22.9 units. Rating = 2*).

Rose (22.8 PPG, 8.0 APG) is questionable because of a groin injury. Without him, the Bulls got a career night from third string PG John Lucas (6.0 PPG) in Wednesday’s upset of Miami. Lucas came off the bench to score a team-high 24 on 9-for-12 shooting (3-for-5 from three). It was a balanced attack with Rose out, as six players scored in double-figures in the 106-102 win. Chicago also got a boost from the return of SF Luol Deng (15.2 PPG) and his always outstanding defense. PF Carlos Boozer (15.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG) had another shaky game, scoring just two points in 27 minutes. He’s averaging just 13.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG since the All-Star break and has been held in single-digits three times in 10 games, not good for a player who is a liability on the defensive end of the court.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:38 AM

Rose questionable as Bulls host Blazers Friday

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (20-23)

at CHICAGO BULLS (36-9)


Tip-off: Friday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Chicago -9, Total: 191½

Derrick Rose or not, the Bulls have an excellent chance to keep the wins coming when they host Portland on Friday night.

Chicago is coming off a stunning home win over the Heat without Rose on Wednesday, pushing its second-half record to 9-1 SU (6-4 ATS). But more importantly, on Friday the Bulls will be hosting a Blazers team that time and time again has been embarrassed away from home and are in the middle of a house cleaning. Portland has lost six of seven SU and ATS on the road. Can the Bulls cover such a hefty spread? For the answer, connect to the NBA Weekday Pass for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each day. NBA Pass was a perfect 3-0 ATS on Wednesday.

The Blazers have been just awful so far on a seven-game road trip. PF LaMarcus Aldridge (21.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG) has looked like the only NBA-caliber player they have through the first five games of the trip, averaging 21.2 PPG on 54.1% shooting and 6.6 RPG. PG Raymond Felton (10.1 PPG, 6.0 APG), has assumed the starting point guard role by default despite his many shortcomings, as Jamal Crawford has reportedly played his last game in a Blazers uniform. Felton has averaged 13.2 PPG on 41.8% FG and 4.6 APG, but has gone a nice job getting to, and converting, at the free throw line (17-for-19).

The bigger problem right now has been the shooting slumps of SF Nicolas Batum (13.8 PPG, 39.9% from three) and SG Wesley Matthews (11.9 PPG). The two of them are set to assume bigger roles now that Wallace has been traded to New Jersey (for a first-round pick and two injured players, C Mehmet Okur and SF Shawne Williams). But Batum is shooting 37.5% from the field and 23.5% from three so far on the road trip, and Matthews is at 33.3% FG and 14.3% from three. As a team on the year, the Blazers average 103.6 PPG on 47.1% FG and 36.7% 3-pt FG at home, and 90.9 PPG on 42.0% FG and 28.9% 3-pt FG on the road. That’s why they’re 6-16 SU and 7-15 ATS on the road this season.

Portland also sent C Marcus Camby to Houston for project C Hasheem Thabeet and PG Jonny Flynn, neither of whom will help immediately. With McMillan out, assistant Kaleb Canales will fill in as interim head coach. The FoxSheets show this trend expecting the Blazers to keep the final score within single-digits:

Play On - Road teams (PORTLAND) - after being beaten by the spread by 30 or more points total in their last three games against opponent after going over the total by 24 or more points total in their last three games. (46-21 over the last 5 seasons.) (68.7%, +22.9 units. Rating = 2*).

Rose (22.8 PPG, 8.0 APG) is questionable because of a groin injury. Without him, the Bulls got a career night from third string PG John Lucas (6.0 PPG) in Wednesday’s upset of Miami. Lucas came off the bench to score a team-high 24 on 9-for-12 shooting (3-for-5 from three). It was a balanced attack with Rose out, as six players scored in double-figures in the 106-102 win. Chicago also got a boost from the return of SF Luol Deng (15.2 PPG) and his always outstanding defense. PF Carlos Boozer (15.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG) had another shaky game, scoring just two points in 27 minutes. He’s averaging just 13.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG since the All-Star break and has been held in single-digits three times in 10 games, not good for a player who is a liability on the defensive end of the court.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:42 AM

NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, March 16

Hot Teams
-- Orlando won/covered six of its last seven home games. Nets covered six of their last eight road games.
-- 76ers won three of their last four games.
-- Wizards are 7-5 vs spread in last dozen road games.
-- Grizzlies won six of their last eight games.
-- Chicago won seven of last eight home games (4-3-1 vs spread).
-- Spurs won/covered three of last four games; this is their first away games in last 24 days. Thunder is 15-2 in last 17 home games (10-7 vs spread).
-- Celtics won eight of last ten games, covering seven of last eight.
-- Detroit won/covered four of its last five games. Suns won/covered seven of their last nine games.
-- Milwaukee won its last four games, covered eight of last nine. Golden State won/covered its last four games.
-- Lakers won last four games, covered four of last five.

Cold Teams
-- Miami lost its last four road games, by 1-10-6-4 points.
-- New York lost six of its last seven games. Pacers lost last three road games by 20-2-13 points.
-- Hawks lost three of their last four games.
-- Toronto lost three of its last four games.
-- Blazers won/covered twice in last nine road games.
-- Sacramento lost its last three games, all home, 7-26-12 points.
-- Timberwolves lost three of their last four games.

Wear-and-Tear
-- Nets: 3rd game/5 nites. Magic: 3rd game/4 nites.
-- Heat: 3rd game/4 nites. 76ers: 2nd game/5 nites.
-- Pacers: 5th game/7 nites. Knicks: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Wizards: 5th game/7 nites. Hawks: 7th game/11 nites.
-- Raptors: 5th game/7 nites. Grizzlies: Had last two nites off.
-- Blazers: 3rd game/4 nites. Bulls: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Spurs: 3rd game/5 nites. Thunder: 3rd game/4 nites.
-- Celtics: 4th game/6 nites. Kings: 3rd game/4 nites.
-- Pistons: 3rd game/5 nites. Suns: 3rd in row, 4th/5 nites.
-- Bucks: 4th game/6 nites. Warriors: 5th game/7 nites.
-- T'wolves: 5th game/8 days. Lakers: 3rd game/4 nites.

Totals
-- Six of last eight New Jersey road games stayed under.
-- Over is 3-1-1 in last five Miami road games.
-- Four of last five New York games went over total.
-- Over is 8-1-1 in last ten Washington games.
-- Under is 7-3 in Toronto's last ten road games.
-- Last five Chicago games went over the total.
-- Last four San Antonio games went over the total.
-- Under is 8-2 in Boston's last ten road games. Five of Kings' last six games went over the total.
-- Nine of last ten Detroit road games went over total.
-- Last 11 Milwaukee games went over total, but these teams just made big trade, so teams must know each other's plays.
-- Five of last seven Minnesota games went over the total.

Back-to-Back
-- Washington is 4-5 vs spread if it played the night before.
-- Thunder is 3-7 vs spread if it won the night before.
-- Phoenix is 8-4-1 vs spread if it played night before.
-- Minnesota is 2-4 vs spread if it lost the night before.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:43 AM

NBA

Friday, March 16

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
MIAMI vs. PHILADELPHIA
Miami is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Philadelphia
Miami is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 11 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 13 games

7:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. ORLANDO
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of New Jersey's last 18 games when playing Orlando
New Jersey is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games at home
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey

7:30 PM
WASHINGTON vs. ATLANTA
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

7:30 PM
INDIANA vs. NEW YORK
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing on the road against New York
Indiana is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games at home

8:00 PM
PORTLAND vs. CHICAGO
Portland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games

8:00 PM
TORONTO vs. MEMPHIS
Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Toronto is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 20 of Memphis's last 24 games when playing Toronto

9:30 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
San Antonio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Antonio
Oklahoma City is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games

10:00 PM
BOSTON vs. SACRAMENTO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games when playing Sacramento
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 8 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games

10:00 PM
DETROIT vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

10:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. LA LAKERS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games at home

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

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/16/2012 11:44 AM

NBA

Friday, March 16

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Pick 'n' roll: Friday's best NBA bets
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Oddsmakers have yet to set a line for the Magic-Nets matchup. Pick should be considered an early lean.

New Jersey Nets at Orlando Magic (N/A)

Now that the Orlando Magic can finally put this Dwight Howard mess behind them, maybe they can finally start focusing on basketball.

After flip-flopping on whether he wanted to stay with the team numerous times, Howard waived his early termination option on Thursday, meaning he will be with Orlando through the 2012-13 season.

“It’s been very tough for me the past couple of months to make a decision," Howard told reporters. "I’ve gone back and forth. It’s not as easy as people think. It’s very hard. I just love this city too much. I love the people here. I love this organization."

Orlando took a 122-111 loss at San Antonio on Thursday, which snapped a three-game winning streak. Howard was his usual dominant self, putting up 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

You can expect a real love-in when the club gets back on its home floor now that the Howard drama is over and the Magic have covered in six of their last seven at the Amway Center.

Pick: Magic


Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (3.5, 190.5)

The Philadelphia 76ers will get a second chance to make a statement game at home against the Miami Heat on Friday night.

They hope it goes better than the last opportunity, when Miami snapped Philadelphia's four-game winning streak with a 20-point blowout victory on Feb. 3 that triggered a stretch of 11 losses in 17 games for the Sixers. The Heat have won the last nine regular-season meetings and have covered in four of the last six.

In the midst of a six-game stretch against Eastern Conference contenders, Miami is coming off back-to-back road losses at Orlando and Chicago, which was without reigning league MVP Derrick Rose. Dwyane Wade (36) and LeBron James combined for 71 of the 102 points vs. the Bulls as the Heat absorbed their fourth consecutive defeat away from home.

The Heat will get back on track and continue their dominance against Philly.

Pick: Heat


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03/16/2012 11:45 AM

NBA
Long Sheet

Friday, March 16

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NEW JERSEY (15 - 29) at ORLANDO (28 - 16) - 3/16/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 5-4 against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 9-0 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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MIAMI (31 - 11) at PHILADELPHIA (25 - 18) - 3/16/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 73-56 ATS (+11.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 69-104 ATS (-45.4 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 8-6 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
MIAMI is 13-1 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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INDIANA (25 - 16) at NEW YORK (19 - 24) - 3/16/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 166-114 ATS (+40.6 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
NEW YORK is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in home games on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 4-4 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
NEW YORK is 4-4 straight up against INDIANA 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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WASHINGTON (10 - 32) at ATLANTA (24 - 19) - 3/16/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 15-27 ATS (-14.7 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 12-21 ATS (-11.1 Units) as an underdog this season.
WASHINGTON is 21-40 ATS (-23.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 107-140 ATS (-47.0 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 137-176 ATS (-56.6 Units) when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 129-175 ATS (-63.5 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 62-85 ATS (-31.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in road games off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 5-17 ATS (-13.7 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 21-34 ATS (-16.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 6-3 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 8-1 straight up against WASHINGTON 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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TORONTO (14 - 29) at MEMPHIS (24 - 17) - 3/16/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
MEMPHIS is 5-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PORTLAND (20 - 23) at CHICAGO (36 - 9) - 3/16/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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SAN ANTONIO (28 - 13) at OKLAHOMA CITY (33 - 10) - 3/16/2012, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 126-101 ATS (+14.9 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 27-13 ATS (+12.7 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 56-33 ATS (+19.7 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 70-56 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 138-104 ATS (+23.6 Units) in March games since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 247-192 ATS (+35.8 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 6-3 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 7-2 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BOSTON (23 - 19) at SACRAMENTO (14 - 29) - 3/16/2012, 10:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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DETROIT (16 - 27) at PHOENIX (21 - 22) - 3/16/2012, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 58-37 ATS (+17.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
DETROIT is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
DETROIT is 28-15 ATS (+11.5 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 101-72 ATS (+21.8 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more since 1996.

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

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MILWAUKEE (19 - 24) at GOLDEN STATE (18 - 22) - 3/16/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 14-29 ATS (-17.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 42-70 ATS (-35.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins since 1996.
GOLDEN STATE is 37-22 ATS (+12.8 Units) in home games after allowing 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 27-11 ATS (+14.9 Units) after scoring 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 51-33 ATS (+14.7 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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MINNESOTA (22 - 22) at LA LAKERS (27 - 16) - 3/16/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 36-53 ATS (-22.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) after scoring 105 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 146-186 ATS (-58.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
LA LAKERS are 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) as an underdog this season.
LA LAKERS are 107-130 ATS (-36.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 6-19 ATS (-14.9 Units) in home games on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA LAKERS is 5-4 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 10-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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