03/27/2012 06:29 PM
Thunder, Lakers And Spurs In Tuesday Spotlight
The Tuesday night NBA schedule has a modest 7-games, but three involve the ‘best of the West’ trying to survive on the road.
Oklahoma City (Even odds), the Lakers (+250) and San Antonio (+600) are the three favorites to win the Western Conference. Dallas is next at +800, followed by upstart Memphis (+900) and the fading Clippers (+1000).
The Thunder did some fading of their own in mid-March, losing three home games after previously dropping one all season. However, they seem to be back on track, including a huge 103-87 home win over Miami on Sunday, and deserve their favorite status.
Our Tuesday preview will focus on the Western elite, plus a key game for Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. (ET) on NBA-TV
The Cavaliers (17-29 SU, 23-23 ATS) are falling apart with a 3-game losing streak and six of seven overall (2-5 ATS). The trade of guard Ramon Sessions to the Lakers took one their few scorers away and they’re averaging 89.2 PPG in regulation since the swap (five games). Reserve guard Daniel Gibson is questionable and his return would at least help some.
The 76ers (27-22 SU, 25-23-1 ATS) have just a half-game lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division, pending the Celtics’ Monday result at Charlotte. Philly is just 2-5 SU and ATS in its last seven, but is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record like Cleveland (8-14 SU). Forward Andre Iguodala (knee) is questionable after missing last game.
The 76ers won the only meeting this season, 99-84 as 7½-point road favorites in February. Cleveland rookie sensation Kyrie Irving was injured. The ‘over’ is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Philly.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
10:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
The Thunder (37-12 SU, 27-22 ATS) have played just two of their last 12 games on the road. Backcourt depth issues could start to show with Eric Maynor and Daequan Cook both injured. The aging Derek Fisher was signed, but he has almost nothing left in the tank. Oklahoma City is 15-8 SU and 13-10 ATS on the road this season, with the ‘under’ 6-1 in the last seven away.
The Trail Blazers (23-26 SU, 23-25-1 ATS) have stopped their second-half bleeding at least somewhat by going 2-1 SU and ATS the last three. The two SU wins were at home over Memphis (97-93) and Golden State (90-87), but point guard Raymond Felton (personal) is now doubtful Tuesday and that will sting.
Oklahoma City is 2-1 SU and ATS in the three games against Portland this year. The one in Oregon was a 111-107 Thunder win in overtime in early February.
San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns
10:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts
San Antonio (33-14 SU, 28-18-1 ATS) is hot once again, winning four straight and seven of eight overall (6-2 ATS). Defense has been the key the last three, allowing a paltry 83 PPG. All of those went ‘under’ after the ‘over’ was 7-0 in the previous seven. The Spurs have played just three road games since the break (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) and are 13-10 SU and 11-11-1 ATS away this season.
The Suns (25-24 SU, 26-23 ATS) are on the outside looking in at the playoffs right now, but this has quietly been a very good team since mid-February (13-5 SU, 14-4 ATS). That includes going 10-2 SU and ATS at home. Grant Hill has a knee aliment, but is listed as probable.
San Antonio won and covered the only meeting this year, 102-91 as 8½-point home chalk in January. The Spurs are just 1-5 ATS in the last six in the desert and the ‘over’ 6-1 in the last seven there.
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors
10:30 p.m. (ET) on NBA-TV
The Lakers (30-19 SU, 22-27 ATS) are just 2-3 SU in their last five games (1-4 ATS). The ‘over’ is 5-0 in those contests and 10-1 in the last 11 overall. The better news is that the newly acquired point guard Sessions is playing well and L.A. has been much better on the road of late (4-1 SU and ATS) after starting the season 6-14 SU and 5-15 ATS.
The Warriors (20-27 SU, 25-22 ATS) are 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four despite being extremely banged up. Stephen Curry is still out indefinitely, but Nate Robinson and Andris Biedrins are questionable. The unheralded Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler started at point guard and center last game, although Jenkins did have 27 points in a 90-87 loss at Portland as 10-point ‘dogs.
Los Angeles won the only meeting against Golden State this year, 97-90 as a 10½-point home favorite in January. The Warriors are 3-0 ATS in the last three in the series and also 3-0 ATS in the last three at home.
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