cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/05/2012 12:33 PM

Grizzlies seek rare road win over Clippers Saturday


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 4 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

at No. 5 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 3 – Series tied 1-1
Tip-off: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -3, Total: 187½

The Grizzlies rebounded from Game 1’s stunning collapse with a victory, sending the series to Los Angeles for a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday afternoon.

Not only is Memphis 15-18 SU (13-19-1 ATS) on the road, but it is just 2-9 SU (4-7 ATS) in the past six seasons when visiting the Clippers. However, the Grizzlies controlled the paint in Wednesday’s Game 2 victory. They outrebounded the Clips 37-28 and shot 39 free throws compared to just 18 for Los Angeles. Which team will prevail on Saturday? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. StatFox Brian has a 13-6 ATS mark (68.4%) in the playoffs, including a 9-2 ATS record since Monday. StatFox Dave had a perfect 2-0 Thursday to improve his playoff record to 11-8 ATS (58%).

SF Rudy Gay leads the team with 20.0 PPG (52% FG) in the series, and has also done a nice job defensively with 6.0 RPG and three steals. SG O.J. Mayo (18.5 PPG in series) is looking to stay hot after a huge performance in Game 2, coming off the bench to knock down 20 points in 24 minutes. SG Tony Allen (8.0 PPG in series) has been bothered by a knee injury, but still played his typical relentless defense, racking up three steals and two blocks. The Grizzlies are still looking for more out of their big men, C Marc Gasol and PF Zach Randolph. Gasol averaged 14.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG in the regular season, but those numbers have plummeted to 11.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG in this series. Randolph has just 10.5 PPG in the series (17.3 PPG in career) and is shooting only 9-for-24 FG (37.5%). But he had some big moments in Game 2, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds and two of his team’s 13 steals. PG Mike Conley (2.2 SPG in regular season) has not yet recorded a steal, but his offense has been great with 18.0 PPG, 7.0 APG and just 2.0 TOPG in the series so far.

The Clippers hung around in Game 2 by completely outshooting Memphis from downtown (56% threes to 17% threes), but were done in by 20 turnovers. L.A.’s dynamic duo of PG Chris Paul and PF Blake Griffin have turned the ball over a combined 15 times in the series, but are both shooting well over 50 percent from the floor. Paul has a team-high 21.5 PPG (52% FG) and 8.5 APG in the series while Griffin has 19.5 PPG (53% FG) and 8.0 RPG in the two games. Although Paul has been a bit careless with the basketball, he had no such trouble controlling games at home this year, with an amazing 5.2 assist-to-turnover ratio (10.0 APG, 1.9 TOPG). SG Nick Young has shot lights-out in the series, scoring 15.0 PPG on 63% FG and 6-of-7 threes. Backup PG Mo Williams has also provided instant offense with 20 points (7-of-14 FG) in just 37 minutes of action over the two games.

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05/05/2012 12:34 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Memphis at LA Clippers
The Grizzlies look to build on their 5-1-2 ATS record in their last 8 conference quarterfinal games. Memphis is the pick (+3) according to Dunkel, which has the game Even. Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+3). Here are all of today's picks

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Game 545-546: Indiana at Orlando (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 121.862; Orlando 115.393
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 6 1/2; 177
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4 1/2; 181 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-4 1/2); Under

Game 547-548: Memphis at LA Clippers (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 120.591; LA Clippers 120.236
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 183
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 3; 187 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+3); Under

Game 549-550: Oklahoma City at Dallas (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 121.106; Dallas 121.173
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 190
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 1 1/2; 193 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+1 1/2); Under

Game 551-552: San Antonio at Utah (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 131.855; Utah 122.645
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 9; 205
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 5 1/2; 202
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-5 1/2); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Saturday, May 5

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INDIANA (44 - 25) at ORLANDO (38 - 31) - 5/5/2012, 2:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 103-74 ATS (+21.6 Units) on Saturday games since 1996.
ORLANDO is 71-85 ATS (-22.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 21-35 ATS (-17.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 29-43 ATS (-18.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 12-24 ATS (-14.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 7-7 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 10-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MEMPHIS (42 - 26) at LA CLIPPERS (41 - 27) - 5/5/2012, 4:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 89-71 ATS (+10.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 42-27 ATS (+12.3 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 17-33 ATS (-19.3 Units) against Southwest division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 174-237 ATS (-86.7 Units) after allowing 105 points or more since 1996.
LA CLIPPERS are 134-185 ATS (-69.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA CLIPPERS is 6-6 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 7-6 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (50 - 19) at DALLAS (36 - 33) - 5/5/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 94-75 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 36-21 ATS (+12.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all playoff games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 60-37 ATS (+19.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 47-28 ATS (+16.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 29-17 ATS (+10.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 138-115 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 73-53 ATS (+14.7 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 11-8 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 10-9 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 19 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (52 - 16) at UTAH (36 - 32) - 5/5/2012, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 47-30 ATS (+14.0 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 45-20 ATS (+23.0 Units) in all games this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 35-15 ATS (+18.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 40-22 ATS (+15.8 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) after scoring 105 points or more this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 21-6 ATS (+14.4 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 26-10 ATS (+15.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 6-6 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 8-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Saturday, May 5

EC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Indiana Leads, 2-1)
Indiana at Orlando, 2:05 ET ESPN
Indiana: 8-1 Over away with a total of 180 to 184.5 points
Orlando: 4-15 ATS off BB losses by 15+ points

WC Quarterfinals, Game Three (Series Tied, 1-1)
Memphis at LA Clippers, 4:35 ET ESPN
Memphis: 23-10 Under in road games
LA Clippers: 16-7 ATS revenging a road loss

WC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Oklahoma City Leads, 3-0)
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:35 ET TNT
Oklahoma City: 12-3 Under after allowing 85 points or less
Dallas: 19-5 ATS in playoff games

WC Quarterfinals, Game Three (San Antonio Leads, 2-0)
San Antonio at Utah, 10:05 ET TNT
San Antonio: 19-3 ATS with a total of 200+ points
Utah: 13-4 Under with a total of 200+ points




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, May 5

Spurs (2-0) @ Jazz-- San Antonio has won its last 12 games (11-0-1 vs spread) with both games in this series staying under total. Spurs won eight of last nine games vs Utah, winning three of last four played here by 8-4-10 points, but they did lose last visit here. SA was dominant in first couple games, leading last game 53-28 at half- they shot 57% from floor, made 10-22 behind arc. Spurs have only won one playoff series in last three years, curious to see if they can make short work of Jazz.

Pacers (2-1) @ Magic-- Indiana was lucky, drawing Magic in this round without Dwight Howard; Orlando scored 81-78-74 points in first three games, starters other than Glen Davis were just 9-28 in hideous Game 3 loss. Orlando is 9-3 in last dozen games vs Indiana, winning six of last eight played here, with only one of the six wins by less than 13 points, but most of that was with Howard. Indiana FG% has gone up in every game, from 34.5% to 42.9% to 46.8%, bad sign for Orlando.

Grizzlies @ Clippers (1-1)-- LA shot 56.7% from floor in Game 2 but lost at Memphis; very rare a team shoots that well and loses. Grizzlies made 31 of 39 on foul line in Game 2, after being 11-18 in opener. Clips won five of last seven series games, with home team winning six of last eight, four of five this season. Keep in mind Clippers lost Butler (broken hand) in wild Game 1 win, when they were down 27 but won. Memphis lost last three visits here, by 7-7-16 points.

Thunder (2-1) @ Mavericks-- Oklahoma City held defending champs to 34.7% from floor in surprisingly easy Game 3 win, after taking couple terrific games in Games 1-2, winning by 1-3 points. Durant was 11-15 from floor last game, after being 15-44 in first two; Thunder was 12-28 from arc, after being 11-32 in two home games. As long as Ibaka/Harden give OC double digits in support of Durant/Westbrook, Thunder is very good. Pride game for Dallas, whose guards just don't shoot it well.




NBA

Saturday, May 5

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Trend Report
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2:00 PM
INDIANA vs. ORLANDO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games at home

4:30 PM
MEMPHIS vs. LA CLIPPERS
Memphis is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games at home
LA Clippers are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games at home

7:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY vs. DALLAS
Oklahoma City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City

10:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. UTAH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Antonio's last 10 games
Utah is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing at home against San Antonio


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NBA

Saturday, May 5

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What bettors need to know: Saturday's NBA playoff action
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Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic (+5, 181.5)

Indiana leads series 2-1.

THE STORY: Fresh off two decisive second-half performances, the Indiana Pacers attempt to take a 3-1 series lead when they visit the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday. Indiana has outscored Orlando 81-43 in the third quarter in the first three games of the series and the uprisings have been critical elements in the Pacers’ back-to-back double-digit victories. Orlando has badly missed center Dwight Howard, sidelined after season-ending back surgery.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN, Fox Sports Indiana (Indiana), Fox Sports Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE PACERS (34-35 ATS): Leading scorer Danny Granger rediscovered his shooting stroke in Game 3 by scoring 26 points and going 5 for 9 from 3-point range. Granger hit just three of 14 3-pointers in the first two games. He is averaging 20.3 points and eight rebounds in the series while leading the well-balanced Indiana attack. Four other Pacers are averaging in double figures – guard George Hill (14.7), forward David West (13.7), guard Paul George (12.3) and center Roy Hibbert (10). Hibbert has taken advantage of Howard’s absence by also averaging 12 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. West is averaging 9.3 boards and playing tenacious defense.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (35-34 ATS): Forward Ryan Anderson is in the midst of an ill-timed disappearing act. Anderson has been tormented by West and is averaging just 7.7 points and shooting 31.8 percent from the field. Anderson made an NBA-high 161 3-pointers during the regular season but is just 5 of 15 from behind the arc in the series. “He’s going to have to put a lot more into the game,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It’s not going to be easy now for him. It’s the playoffs – people are going to make adjustments and they’ve made a conscious effort to take him out and he’s not going to get some easy things he got all year.”

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Indiana has averaged 95 points in its two victories and was limited to 77 in its loss.

2. Orlando G/F Jason Richardson has scored a total of seven points in the last two games after tallying 17 points in the opener.

3. The Pacers have held Orlando to 13 points in the third quarter twice in the series and 17 in the other contest.



Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers (-3, 187.5)

THE STORY: Despite staging one of the more remarkable comebacks in postseason history to steal Game 1 and home-court advantage, the Los Angeles Clippers were lamenting a missed opportunity as they prepare to host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their first-round series Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles shot nearly 57 percent from the floor in Game 2 but came out on the short end of a 105-98 loss. "I felt like we could have got two (wins)," Clippers PG Chris Paul said.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Fox Sports West

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (29-38-1 ATS): Memphis found the perfect strategy to counter the Lob City tactics of the Clippers: Attack the offensive glass. The Grizzlies managed to negate Los Angeles' sizzling shooting in Game 2 by establishing a punishing inside presence, owning a 16-4 edge in offensive rebounds and outscoring the Clippers 18-6 on second-chance points. Memphis also showed why it led the league in steals and forced turnovers in the regular season, harassing Los Angeles into 21 turnovers and recording 13 thefts. Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead a balanced attack featuring six players in double figures.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (34-33-1 ATS): Paul was noticeably more aggressive on the offensive end from the outset in Game 2 and finished with 29 points, six assists and five steals. However, he was also responsible for five of the turnovers, matching his high from the regular season. One concern for the Clippers entering Game 3 is the health of their perimeter players. Reserve guards Mo Williams (bruised right forearm) and Eric Bledsoe (bruised left elbow) each left the floor with injuries in the fourth quarter, and Game 1 hero Nick Young (sprained right thumb) also was hurt. All three are expected to play Saturday.

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles.
* Favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Grizzlies are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Memphis is the first team in 15 years (Seattle, 1995-97) to lead the league in steals and forced turnovers in back-to-back seasons.

2. The Clippers committed the second-fewest turnovers this season, setting a franchise mark with 12.33 per game.

3. Grizzles reserve guard O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday. Memphis is 7-1 when he scores in double figures in the fourth.



Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks (1.5, 193.5)

THE STORY: To be the champ, you have to beat the champ – and the Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be embracing that mantra. The visiting Thunder can end the reign of the defending NBA champions and complete a series sweep in Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. After two narrow home victories, the Thunder overwhelmed Dallas in Game 3 behind 31 points from league scoring champ Kevin Durant. No team in NBA history has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT, KTXA

ABOUT THE THUNDER: Durant rebounded from a pair of sub-par shooting performances by scoring 15 first-quarter points to set the tone for Oklahoma City’s romp in Game 3. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook helped break the game open with 11 points in the third quarter, but it was unexpected contributions that left the Mavericks dazed and on the brink of elimination. Backup guards Derek Fisher and Daequan Cook had all the points in 15-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarter as the Thunder moved within one victory of avenging last season's five-game series loss to Dallas.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS: Falling behind by 15 points early put Dallas' aging core at a serious disadvantage. While the Mavericks were the comeback kings en route to the NBA title last season, star forward Dirk Nowitzki realizes the immediate goal is much more modest. "We have to win a game," he said. "We need to show some pride on Saturday.” Nowitzki torched Oklahoma City for a pair of 40-point performances in last season's playoffs, but with the Mavericks trailing by five points moments into the second half and the game hanging in the balance, he mustered only one point in the third quarter.

TRENDS:

* Thunder is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games laying 0.5-4.5 points.
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Dallas.
* Underdog is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
* Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as home underdogs.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Mavericks, who have never been swept in the playoffs, are trying to avoid becoming the first reigning champ to be ousted in the first round since the Miami Heat in 2007.

2. Oklahoma City committed a season-low eight turnovers Thursday – half its NBA-worst 16.0 average.

3. Nowitzki was held without an assist for only the second time in his last 26 postseason games.



San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz (5.5, 202)

THE STORY: The Utah Jazz found a way to slow down the San Antonio Spurs in their last trip to Salt Lake City. Of course, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich provided a considerable assist by resting his three top players to enable Utah to snap the Spurs' 11-game win streak. The Jazz won't have the luxury of facing San Antonio's juggernaut shorthanded this time around as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit in Game 3 of their first-round series Saturday night.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, TNT, FSSW+

ABOUT THE SPURS: Point guard Tony Parker was an under-the-radar MVP candidate during the regular season, and he's continued his brilliant play in the postseason to help San Antonio extend its win streak to 12 games. Parker scored 28 points to go with eight assists in the opener and followed it up with 18 and nine in Game 2 despite playing only 27 1/2 minutes. Parker has not made a 3-pointer since March 28, attempting only nine in the span, but guides a ruthlessly efficient offense that is averaging over 114 points during the 12-game streak.

ABOUT THE JAZZ: Utah rolled into the postseason riding a five-game win streak, but has been unable to keep pace with the top-seeded Spurs. Wednesday's 114-83 thrashing was the second-worst playoff loss in team history. The Jazz scored only 28 first-half points in Game 2 and were vaporized by a 20-0 Spurs' run. Utah acquitted itself better in the series opener, getting a combined 53 points from its frontline of Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson, but the starting backcourt has produced a combined 20 points in the first two games.

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-0 in Utah's last four games.
* Spurs are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
* Jazz is 1-5 ATS in its last six games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 points.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Spurs have won eight of the last nine meetings, with the only loss coming last month with Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili sitting out.

2. Utah is 9-1 all-time at home against the Spurs in the postseason.

3. San Antonio has its first 2-0 playoff series lead since 2008.

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cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/05/2012 12:34 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Memphis at LA Clippers
The Grizzlies look to build on their 5-1-2 ATS record in their last 8 conference quarterfinal games. Memphis is the pick (+3) according to Dunkel, which has the game Even. Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+3). Here are all of today's picks

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Game 545-546: Indiana at Orlando (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 121.862; Orlando 115.393
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 6 1/2; 177
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4 1/2; 181 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-4 1/2); Under

Game 547-548: Memphis at LA Clippers (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 120.591; LA Clippers 120.236
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 183
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 3; 187 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+3); Under

Game 549-550: Oklahoma City at Dallas (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 121.106; Dallas 121.173
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 190
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 1 1/2; 193 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+1 1/2); Under

Game 551-552: San Antonio at Utah (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 131.855; Utah 122.645
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 9; 205
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 5 1/2; 202
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-5 1/2); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Saturday, May 5

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INDIANA (44 - 25) at ORLANDO (38 - 31) - 5/5/2012, 2:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 103-74 ATS (+21.6 Units) on Saturday games since 1996.
ORLANDO is 71-85 ATS (-22.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 21-35 ATS (-17.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 29-43 ATS (-18.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 12-24 ATS (-14.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 7-7 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 10-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MEMPHIS (42 - 26) at LA CLIPPERS (41 - 27) - 5/5/2012, 4:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 89-71 ATS (+10.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 42-27 ATS (+12.3 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 17-33 ATS (-19.3 Units) against Southwest division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
LA CLIPPERS are 174-237 ATS (-86.7 Units) after allowing 105 points or more since 1996.
LA CLIPPERS are 134-185 ATS (-69.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LA CLIPPERS is 6-6 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 7-6 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (50 - 19) at DALLAS (36 - 33) - 5/5/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 94-75 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 36-21 ATS (+12.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all playoff games over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 60-37 ATS (+19.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 47-28 ATS (+16.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
DALLAS is 29-17 ATS (+10.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 138-115 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 73-53 ATS (+14.7 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 11-8 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 10-9 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 19 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (52 - 16) at UTAH (36 - 32) - 5/5/2012, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 47-30 ATS (+14.0 Units) after allowing 105 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 45-20 ATS (+23.0 Units) in all games this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 35-15 ATS (+18.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 40-22 ATS (+15.8 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) after scoring 105 points or more this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 21-6 ATS (+14.4 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 26-10 ATS (+15.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 6-6 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 8-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Saturday, May 5

EC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Indiana Leads, 2-1)
Indiana at Orlando, 2:05 ET ESPN
Indiana: 8-1 Over away with a total of 180 to 184.5 points
Orlando: 4-15 ATS off BB losses by 15+ points

WC Quarterfinals, Game Three (Series Tied, 1-1)
Memphis at LA Clippers, 4:35 ET ESPN
Memphis: 23-10 Under in road games
LA Clippers: 16-7 ATS revenging a road loss

WC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Oklahoma City Leads, 3-0)
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:35 ET TNT
Oklahoma City: 12-3 Under after allowing 85 points or less
Dallas: 19-5 ATS in playoff games

WC Quarterfinals, Game Three (San Antonio Leads, 2-0)
San Antonio at Utah, 10:05 ET TNT
San Antonio: 19-3 ATS with a total of 200+ points
Utah: 13-4 Under with a total of 200+ points




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, May 5

Spurs (2-0) @ Jazz-- San Antonio has won its last 12 games (11-0-1 vs spread) with both games in this series staying under total. Spurs won eight of last nine games vs Utah, winning three of last four played here by 8-4-10 points, but they did lose last visit here. SA was dominant in first couple games, leading last game 53-28 at half- they shot 57% from floor, made 10-22 behind arc. Spurs have only won one playoff series in last three years, curious to see if they can make short work of Jazz.

Pacers (2-1) @ Magic-- Indiana was lucky, drawing Magic in this round without Dwight Howard; Orlando scored 81-78-74 points in first three games, starters other than Glen Davis were just 9-28 in hideous Game 3 loss. Orlando is 9-3 in last dozen games vs Indiana, winning six of last eight played here, with only one of the six wins by less than 13 points, but most of that was with Howard. Indiana FG% has gone up in every game, from 34.5% to 42.9% to 46.8%, bad sign for Orlando.

Grizzlies @ Clippers (1-1)-- LA shot 56.7% from floor in Game 2 but lost at Memphis; very rare a team shoots that well and loses. Grizzlies made 31 of 39 on foul line in Game 2, after being 11-18 in opener. Clips won five of last seven series games, with home team winning six of last eight, four of five this season. Keep in mind Clippers lost Butler (broken hand) in wild Game 1 win, when they were down 27 but won. Memphis lost last three visits here, by 7-7-16 points.

Thunder (2-1) @ Mavericks-- Oklahoma City held defending champs to 34.7% from floor in surprisingly easy Game 3 win, after taking couple terrific games in Games 1-2, winning by 1-3 points. Durant was 11-15 from floor last game, after being 15-44 in first two; Thunder was 12-28 from arc, after being 11-32 in two home games. As long as Ibaka/Harden give OC double digits in support of Durant/Westbrook, Thunder is very good. Pride game for Dallas, whose guards just don't shoot it well.




NBA

Saturday, May 5

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Trend Report
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2:00 PM
INDIANA vs. ORLANDO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games at home

4:30 PM
MEMPHIS vs. LA CLIPPERS
Memphis is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games at home
LA Clippers are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games at home

7:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY vs. DALLAS
Oklahoma City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City

10:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. UTAH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Antonio's last 10 games
Utah is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing at home against San Antonio


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NBA

Saturday, May 5

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What bettors need to know: Saturday's NBA playoff action
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Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic (+5, 181.5)

Indiana leads series 2-1.

THE STORY: Fresh off two decisive second-half performances, the Indiana Pacers attempt to take a 3-1 series lead when they visit the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday. Indiana has outscored Orlando 81-43 in the third quarter in the first three games of the series and the uprisings have been critical elements in the Pacers’ back-to-back double-digit victories. Orlando has badly missed center Dwight Howard, sidelined after season-ending back surgery.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN, Fox Sports Indiana (Indiana), Fox Sports Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE PACERS (34-35 ATS): Leading scorer Danny Granger rediscovered his shooting stroke in Game 3 by scoring 26 points and going 5 for 9 from 3-point range. Granger hit just three of 14 3-pointers in the first two games. He is averaging 20.3 points and eight rebounds in the series while leading the well-balanced Indiana attack. Four other Pacers are averaging in double figures – guard George Hill (14.7), forward David West (13.7), guard Paul George (12.3) and center Roy Hibbert (10). Hibbert has taken advantage of Howard’s absence by also averaging 12 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. West is averaging 9.3 boards and playing tenacious defense.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (35-34 ATS): Forward Ryan Anderson is in the midst of an ill-timed disappearing act. Anderson has been tormented by West and is averaging just 7.7 points and shooting 31.8 percent from the field. Anderson made an NBA-high 161 3-pointers during the regular season but is just 5 of 15 from behind the arc in the series. “He’s going to have to put a lot more into the game,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It’s not going to be easy now for him. It’s the playoffs – people are going to make adjustments and they’ve made a conscious effort to take him out and he’s not going to get some easy things he got all year.”

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Indiana has averaged 95 points in its two victories and was limited to 77 in its loss.

2. Orlando G/F Jason Richardson has scored a total of seven points in the last two games after tallying 17 points in the opener.

3. The Pacers have held Orlando to 13 points in the third quarter twice in the series and 17 in the other contest.



Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers (-3, 187.5)

THE STORY: Despite staging one of the more remarkable comebacks in postseason history to steal Game 1 and home-court advantage, the Los Angeles Clippers were lamenting a missed opportunity as they prepare to host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their first-round series Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles shot nearly 57 percent from the floor in Game 2 but came out on the short end of a 105-98 loss. "I felt like we could have got two (wins)," Clippers PG Chris Paul said.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Fox Sports West

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (29-38-1 ATS): Memphis found the perfect strategy to counter the Lob City tactics of the Clippers: Attack the offensive glass. The Grizzlies managed to negate Los Angeles' sizzling shooting in Game 2 by establishing a punishing inside presence, owning a 16-4 edge in offensive rebounds and outscoring the Clippers 18-6 on second-chance points. Memphis also showed why it led the league in steals and forced turnovers in the regular season, harassing Los Angeles into 21 turnovers and recording 13 thefts. Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead a balanced attack featuring six players in double figures.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (34-33-1 ATS): Paul was noticeably more aggressive on the offensive end from the outset in Game 2 and finished with 29 points, six assists and five steals. However, he was also responsible for five of the turnovers, matching his high from the regular season. One concern for the Clippers entering Game 3 is the health of their perimeter players. Reserve guards Mo Williams (bruised right forearm) and Eric Bledsoe (bruised left elbow) each left the floor with injuries in the fourth quarter, and Game 1 hero Nick Young (sprained right thumb) also was hurt. All three are expected to play Saturday.

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles.
* Favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Grizzlies are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Memphis is the first team in 15 years (Seattle, 1995-97) to lead the league in steals and forced turnovers in back-to-back seasons.

2. The Clippers committed the second-fewest turnovers this season, setting a franchise mark with 12.33 per game.

3. Grizzles reserve guard O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday. Memphis is 7-1 when he scores in double figures in the fourth.



Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks (1.5, 193.5)

THE STORY: To be the champ, you have to beat the champ – and the Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be embracing that mantra. The visiting Thunder can end the reign of the defending NBA champions and complete a series sweep in Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. After two narrow home victories, the Thunder overwhelmed Dallas in Game 3 behind 31 points from league scoring champ Kevin Durant. No team in NBA history has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT, KTXA

ABOUT THE THUNDER: Durant rebounded from a pair of sub-par shooting performances by scoring 15 first-quarter points to set the tone for Oklahoma City’s romp in Game 3. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook helped break the game open with 11 points in the third quarter, but it was unexpected contributions that left the Mavericks dazed and on the brink of elimination. Backup guards Derek Fisher and Daequan Cook had all the points in 15-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarter as the Thunder moved within one victory of avenging last season's five-game series loss to Dallas.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS: Falling behind by 15 points early put Dallas' aging core at a serious disadvantage. While the Mavericks were the comeback kings en route to the NBA title last season, star forward Dirk Nowitzki realizes the immediate goal is much more modest. "We have to win a game," he said. "We need to show some pride on Saturday.” Nowitzki torched Oklahoma City for a pair of 40-point performances in last season's playoffs, but with the Mavericks trailing by five points moments into the second half and the game hanging in the balance, he mustered only one point in the third quarter.

TRENDS:

* Thunder is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games laying 0.5-4.5 points.
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Dallas.
* Underdog is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
* Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as home underdogs.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Mavericks, who have never been swept in the playoffs, are trying to avoid becoming the first reigning champ to be ousted in the first round since the Miami Heat in 2007.

2. Oklahoma City committed a season-low eight turnovers Thursday – half its NBA-worst 16.0 average.

3. Nowitzki was held without an assist for only the second time in his last 26 postseason games.



San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz (5.5, 202)

THE STORY: The Utah Jazz found a way to slow down the San Antonio Spurs in their last trip to Salt Lake City. Of course, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich provided a considerable assist by resting his three top players to enable Utah to snap the Spurs' 11-game win streak. The Jazz won't have the luxury of facing San Antonio's juggernaut shorthanded this time around as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit in Game 3 of their first-round series Saturday night.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, TNT, FSSW+

ABOUT THE SPURS: Point guard Tony Parker was an under-the-radar MVP candidate during the regular season, and he's continued his brilliant play in the postseason to help San Antonio extend its win streak to 12 games. Parker scored 28 points to go with eight assists in the opener and followed it up with 18 and nine in Game 2 despite playing only 27 1/2 minutes. Parker has not made a 3-pointer since March 28, attempting only nine in the span, but guides a ruthlessly efficient offense that is averaging over 114 points during the 12-game streak.

ABOUT THE JAZZ: Utah rolled into the postseason riding a five-game win streak, but has been unable to keep pace with the top-seeded Spurs. Wednesday's 114-83 thrashing was the second-worst playoff loss in team history. The Jazz scored only 28 first-half points in Game 2 and were vaporized by a 20-0 Spurs' run. Utah acquitted itself better in the series opener, getting a combined 53 points from its frontline of Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson, but the starting backcourt has produced a combined 20 points in the first two games.

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-0 in Utah's last four games.
* Spurs are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
* Jazz is 1-5 ATS in its last six games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 points.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Spurs have won eight of the last nine meetings, with the only loss coming last month with Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili sitting out.

2. Utah is 9-1 all-time at home against the Spurs in the postseason.

3. San Antonio has its first 2-0 playoff series lead since 2008.

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cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/05/2012 12:40 PM

Saturday's NBA action

May 5, 2012

San Antonio Spurs look to continue dominance over Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz hope their passionate home crowd can bring good luck and drastic changes in a series that is quickly getting away from them. The San Antonio Spurs have dominated the series so far, winning the first two games by an average of 23 points. When the Jazz go home to the Energy Solutions Arena, the series will be on the line, as falling down three games to none will be a death knell. That kind of desperation from Utah will make a bet on the NBA Playoffs that much more exciting. Point guard Tony Parker of the Spurs has been particularly effective, averaging 23 points per game and 8.5 assists to just 1.5 turnovers. If game 3 weren't such a blowout, Parker's numbers would be even more impressive.

Game 3 saw the Spurs jump out to a 25-point lead at halftime. The Jazz never had a shot, though at least the eventual 114-83 loss made the 15-point game 1 loss look a little better.

On the series, the Spurs are shooting 52 percent from the field, compared to just 38 percent by the Jazz. So far, Utah has looked completely outmatched by the veteran and driven Spurs.

The upcoming game on Saturday night is the most important game of the year for Utah. A loss would mean certain defeat, as no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA to win a series. A win would help soothe the massive losses of the first two games, and show that Utah actually belongs on the same court with Tim Duncan and company.

Use the upcoming Jazz and Spurs match up for your bet on the NBA Playoffs. The way things are going it could be one of the final times you get the chance to bet on the Utah Jazz.

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Dallas Mavericks face elimination in game four against Oklahoma City Thunder

Many had the Dallas Mavericks contending in their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to their veteran experience and knowledge gained from their win over the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals a year ago. However, with three games down, the Mavericks find themselves on the brink of elimination. While the games have largely been close enough to keep your fingernails low, the Thunder enter game four with a 3-0 lead. It's the perfect time to bet on the NBA Playoffs if you want to use your wager on the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavs were a couple of bounces off the rim from being up 2-0 on their way back to Dallas for game three. However, Durant got the roll in the game winner in game one, and the Mavs simply could not knock down the big shot in game two to preserve the victory.

Game three, however, looked to truly take the wind out of the Dallas sail. The Thunder, after winning the first two games by a mere 4 points combined, took home their third win of the series by the score of 95-79.

Kevin Durant had an elite night, scoring 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. He carried the rest of the squad who, combined, shot just 35 percent from the field.

The entire Dallas team actually managed to shoot at a lesser clip than that, at 34.2 percent. The Mavs simply could not buy a bucket. Even on a night when the defense showed up, Dallas could not put it all together.

Considering the current series standing and the direction each game has gone, I would not be surprised to see the Thunder put their foot down and supply the mortal blow to the Dallas Mavericks. Use OKC for your NBA Playoff bet, and watch as the cash flows into your pocket.

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cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/05/2012 12:47 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/04/12 5-­1-­0 83.33% +­1950 Detail
05/03/12 2-­2-­0 50.00% -­100 Detail
05/02/12 2-­4-­0 33.33% -­1200 Detail
05/01/12 3-­3-­0 50.00% -­150 Detail

Totals 12-­10-­0 54.55% +500

Saturday, May 5

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Indiana - 2:00 PM ET Orlando +5 500
Orlando - Over 181.5 500

Memphis - 4:30 PM ET L.A. Clippers -3 500
L.A. Clippers - Over 187 500

Oklahoma City - 7:30 PM ET Dallas +1.5 500
Dallas - Over 193 500

San Antonio - 10:00 PM ET San Antonio -5.5 500
Utah - Under 202 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/05/2012 12:47 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/04/12 5-­1-­0 83.33% +­1950 Detail
05/03/12 2-­2-­0 50.00% -­100 Detail
05/02/12 2-­4-­0 33.33% -­1200 Detail
05/01/12 3-­3-­0 50.00% -­150 Detail

Totals 12-­10-­0 54.55% +500

Saturday, May 5

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Indiana - 2:00 PM ET Orlando +5 500
Orlando - Over 181.5 500

Memphis - 4:30 PM ET L.A. Clippers -3 500
L.A. Clippers - Over 187 500

Oklahoma City - 7:30 PM ET Dallas +1.5 500
Dallas - Over 193 500

San Antonio - 10:00 PM ET San Antonio -5.5 500
Utah - Under 202 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26706 Followers:33
05/06/2012 11:11 AM

NBA
Dunkel

Sunday, May 6

LA Lakers at Denver
The Lakers look to rebound from their 99-84 loss in Game 3 and build on their 6-1 ATS record in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. LA is the pick (+2) according to Dunkel, which has the game Even. Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+2). Here are all of today's picks

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Game 701-702: Chicago at Philadelphia (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 119.614; Philadelphia 124.655
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 5; 170
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 2 1/2; 173 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-2 1/2); Under

Game 703-704: Miami at New York (3:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 125.027; New York 114.808
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 10; 188
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 8; 183
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-8); Over

Game 705-706: Atlanta at Boston (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 124.077; Boston 127.618
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 3 1/2; 168
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 5 1/2; 171 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+5 1/2); Under

Game 707-708: LA Lakers at Denver (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 120.996; Denver 120.841
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 204
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 2; 201
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+2); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Sunday, May 6

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CHICAGO (51 - 18) at PHILADELPHIA (37 - 32) - 5/6/2012, 1:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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MIAMI (49 - 20) at NEW YORK (36 - 33) - 5/6/2012, 3:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 83-69 ATS (+7.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW YORK is 43-28 ATS (+12.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 9-4 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
MIAMI is 11-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
9 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ATLANTA (41 - 28) at BOSTON (41 - 28) - 5/6/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 8-5 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 7-6 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS (43 - 26) at DENVER (39 - 30) - 5/6/2012, 9:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 9-5 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 7-7 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
11 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Sunday, May 6

EC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Philly Leads, 2-1)
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1:05 ET ABC
Chicago: 9-0 ATS off BB ATS losses
Philadelphia: 14-31 ATS as home favorite of 6 pts or less

EC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Miami Leads, 3-0)
Miami at New York, 3:35 ET ABC
Miami: 21-11 Under off BB wins
New York: 26-12 ATS off a home loss scoring less than 80 points

EC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Boston Leads, 2-1)
Atlanta at Boston, 7:05 ET TNT
Atlanta: 13-4 ATS Away w/ same season revenge
Boston: 17-5 Over at home off win by 6 pts or less

WC Quarterfinals, Game Four (Los Angeles Leads, 2-1)
LA Lakers at Denver, 9:35 ET TNT
LA Lakers: 11-22 ATS in road games
Denver: 8-1 ATS playing only 2nd game in 5 nights




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Sunday, May 6

Bulls @ 76ers (2-1)-- Can't lose player like Rose and not feel it; now Noah is likely to miss this game, huge blow for Chicago team that led Game 2 by 8 at half, but got blitzed 36-14 in 3rd quarter, then led last game 60-51 in 4th quarter, and lost that game too. Bulls have now lost four of last five games in this gym. Holiday seems to enjoy playing a lot more with Rose out of action-- he had 17 points in Game 3 brickfest, where both teams shot less than 38%, with 76ers outscoring Bulls 26-14 on foul line.

Heat (3-0) @ Knicks-- Knicks are 0-6 vs Miami this season, losing by 10-8-14-33-10-17 points- they're 2-13 overall in last 15 series games, losing five of last six played here, with six points closest of four losses. New York led Game 3 by 4 at half, but got crushed 51-30 in second half, as reality set in-- when Novak plays 43 minutes in last two games and only takes five shots, what else does he do? Seven of last eight series games stayed under total. Miami gets some time off with a win here.

Celtics @ Hawks-- Boston PG Rondo had triple/double Friday after he had been suspended for Game 2; Celtics had 22-12 edge from foul line. Hawks are 4-5 in last nine visits here, losing in OT in both visits to this gym this season. Celtics are 7-38 outside arc in three games. Johnson is just 21-60 from the floor in series; hard for Hawks to advance when its older subs, McGrady (41 minutes), Dampier (22) played lot more than they're used to Friday. Atlanta shot under 38% last couple games.

Nuggets @ Lakers-- Denver raced out to 35-14 lead in Game 3, held off Lakers, now try to even series- they're 2-5 against the Lakers this year, but 7-4 in last 11 series games played here; LA is just 14-57 from arc in series. Nuggets' bench outscored LA's 39-9 in Game 3; McGee had 16 points, 15 boards and was +30 in 28:00 on floor (they were -15 when he was off floor). Weird thing about this series is road team took more foul shots in all three games. Denver had only six turnovers Friday.




NBA

Sunday, May 6

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Trend Report
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1:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHILADELPHIA
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
MIAMI vs. NEW YORK
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 9 games
New York is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Miami
New York is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami

7:00 PM
ATLANTA vs. BOSTON
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

9:30 PM
LA LAKERS vs. DENVER
LA Lakers are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Denver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games


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NBA

Sunday, May 6

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What bettors need to know: Sunday's NBA playoff action
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Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers (-2.5, 174)

Philadelphia leads series 2-1

THE STORY: It is quickly becoming clear that the Chicago Bulls may not have enough offense to advance in the playoffs without Derrick Rose. The Bulls fell apart in the fourth quarter on Friday, getting outscored 28-14 in the period en route to a 79-74 loss. The Philadelphia 76ers are taking advantage of Rose’s absence by turning to their backcourt for offense. Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner have keyed the offense as the 76ers have taken back-to-back games.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE BULLS: No. 1 seed Chicago dominated Game 1 behind Rose but has been an entirely different team the past two games as their star sits with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Fellow All-Star Luol Deng has failed to step up in Rose’s place, totaling 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting over the last two games. The Bulls went 2 for 18 from the floor and missed all four of their free throw attempts in the final 9:33 on Friday, squandering a 14-point lead. Making matters worse, Joakim Noah went down with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter. He returned to the fourth but was noticeably hobbled. Noah left the arena on crutches, with his ankle in an air cast, and his status for Sunday‘s Game 4 is uncertain.

ABOUT THE 76ERS: Philadelphia is firmly in control of the series at this point, ready to grab a commanding 3-1 lead at home on Sunday. Holiday and Turner have been the key the last two games, averaging a combined 39 points. Spencer Hawes stepped up with 21 points and nine rebounds in Game 3 and Lou Williams has picked up his pace off the bench in the two wins. Coach Doug Collins made a switch to his lineup after Game 1, inserting Hawes and Turner into the starting five. Those moves, combined with an injury-weakened opponent, have sparked the 76ers on offense.

TRENDS:

* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia.
* Over is 14-5-1 in the last 20 meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The 74 points on Friday were the fewest ever allowed by Philadelphia in the postseason.

2. The Bulls went 6 for 24 from the field in the fourth quarter of Game 3.

3. 76ers F Andre Iguodala has played through an Achilles injury in the series and slumped to five points on 2-of-9 shooting Friday.



Miami Heat at New York Knicks (+8, 183)

Miami leads the series 3-0

THE STORY: The Miami Heat are within a game of advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Heat have dominated the first three games against the New York Knicks, setting the tone on the defensive end and getting out in transition with ease. The Knicks are dealing with a pair of major injuries to their starting five and Carmelo Anthony has struggled to find a rhythm offensively under relentless pressure. The Heat will go for the sweep Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE HEAT: Miami took a while to get going Thursday but LeBron James put the team on his back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knicks by himself in the period en route to an 87-70 triumph. James, who got a rude reception from the Madison Square Garden crowd, finished with 32 points and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.3 points in the series and Miami has had supporting players step up in each of the three contests. Mike Miller and Shane Battier were strong in the first two games and Mario Chalmers took over in Game 3, burying five 3-pointers to stretch the floor for James and Wade.

ABOUT THE KNICKS: Amar'e Stoudemire (hand) is doubtful for Friday and Jeremy Lin (knee) is still not ready to return, leaving Anthony and J.R. Smith as the main scoring threats for New York. The Knicks used the home crowd to gather some momentum in Game 3, carrying a lead into the half, but could not withstand the defensive pressure in the second half and crumbled down the stretch. Anthony scored 22 points but shot just 7 for 23 from the field in Game 3. He is shooting 34.3 percent (22 for 64) in the series. Only three players reached double figures in the Game 3 loss and New York has been beaten by an average of 20 points in the series.

TRENDS:

* Heat are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in New York.
* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings.
* Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in New York.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Knicks have lost 13 straight postseason games, breaking the NBA record for playoff futility.

2. New York C Tyson Chandler was given the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award prior to Game 3. James finished fourth in the balloting.

3. The Heat were a combined plus-32 on Thursday when James, Wade and Bosh were on the court together.



Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics (-5.5, 172)

Boston leads series 2-1

THE STORY: Rajon Rondo made his presence felt in his return from suspension and seeks another memorable performance when the Boston Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference series on Sunday. Rondo etched his seventh career playoff triple-double to fuel a 90-84 overtime victory on Friday as the Celtics took a 2-1 lead. Atlanta forward Josh Smith remains questionable with a knee injury after missing Game 3. Boston has won the last two games.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT, Sport South (Atlanta), Comcast SportsNet New England (Boston)

ABOUT THE HAWKS: Atlanta was so shorthanded in the frontcourt in Game 3 that Tracy McGrady spent most of his season-high 41 minutes playing power forward and center Erick Dampier racked up more than 22 minutes after playing less than 10 minutes total over the final five-plus weeks of the season. Joe Johnson (29 points) and Jeff Teague (23) did their best to rally the Hawks in the fourth quarter, but Boston was stronger in the overtime. “There were a few possessions it seemed no one could score,” Johnson said. “We definitely felt like we let one get away. We felt like this was our chance to get one.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Rondo had 17 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals in a terrific performance. Rondo has 20 career triple-doubles and Boston has a 19-1 record in those contests. Jason Kidd (11) is the only active player with more career playoff triple-doubles. Rondo also scored Boston’s first four points of overtime in his return from a one-game suspension for bumping official Marc Davis. “I felt good about all the shots I took,” Rondo said. “My teammates told me to stay aggressive.” Paul Pierce hit all 14 of his free-throw attempts and scored 21 points and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

TRENDS:

* Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Boston.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Pierce will play in his 109th playoff game Sunday, tying Bob Cousy and Dennis Johnson for 10th on Boston’s all-time list.

2. McGrady scored 10 of his 12 points in Game 3 in the second quarter before tweaking an ankle and later returning.

3. Boston guard Ray Allen (ankle) had 13 points in his first outing since April 10.



Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-2, 201)

Los Angeles leads series 2-1

THE STORY: The Denver Nuggets have guaranteed themselves a return trip to Los Angeles, but making the flight may not be futile unless they can take down the visiting Lakers for a second straight time when the teams meet in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series on Sunday. After losing twice in Los Angeles, the Nuggets cut the series deficit to 2-1 with an impressive 99-84 victory Friday night, blitzing the Lakers early and standing tall late to fend off a comeback.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ALT

ABOUT THE LAKERS: A pair of unsettling themes plagued Los Angeles in Game 3. Superstar guard Kobe Bryant continued to shoot like he's playing in a wind tunnel at the Pepsi Center. Bryant was a mere 7 of 23 from the floor, following up two regular-season games in Denver in which he shot a combined 13 of 51. That equals a wretched 27 percent in three games in the Mile High City. Meanwhile, center Andrew Bynum pulled a perplexing disappearing act in the first half, failing to score as the undersized Nuggets built an early 24-point lead. Bynum did finish with a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds), but the first-half no-show was a pivotal factor.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS: While point guard Ty Lawson scored 25 points and was the catalyst for Denver's spectacular start that including a 28-2 blitz spanning the first and second quarters, Denver received massive contributions from rookie forward Kenneth Faried and backup center JaVale McGee in Game 3. The 6-foot-8 Faried, known as the "Manimal," went toe-to-toe with Los Angeles’ twin towers Bynum and Pau Gasol and emerged with 12 points and 15 rebounds. McGee, who was acquired from the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline for veteran center Nene, also had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to go with four blocked shots to help Denver to a 54-44 edge on the backboards.

TRENDS:

* Nuggets are 10-4-1 ATS in their 15 playoff games as favorites.
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Denver.
* Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last four playoff games as underdogs.
* Under is 10-3 in Denver's last 13 games as a favorite.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. McGee has three double-doubles since he was acquired by Denver and two have come against the Lakers.

2. Los Angeles received only nine points from its bench compared to 39 for the Nuggets.

3. Nuggets F Al Harrington suffered a fractured nose when he was elbowed by Bynum. He said he plans to play in Game 4 but may be forced to wear a mask.


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NBA

Sunday, May 6

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NBA Playoff Sunday: Who will and won't play
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It's a star-studded Sunday of NBA playoffs, but how many stars will actually suit up?

The injury bug is really taking its toll, and we're not even through the first round. Here's the latest injury info on key players:

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls: The Bulls' center has a severely sprained left ankle. He is not expected to play Sunday in Game 4, or even make it back during the series. Noah left Saturday's film session on crutches and did not speak to reporters.

Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks: Atlanta's versatile big man, who missed Game 3 with a knee injury, said he plans to play Sunday "[unless] I fall down the escalator and re-injure something." Smith did not practice Saturday but is fully expected to start over Marvin Williams.

Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks: The frustrated forward practiced Saturday and is listed as both doubtful and a game-time decision, barring any further bouts with fire extinguisher cases. "He looked pretty good out here on the floor," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "But again, it's not my decision. It's going to be the doctor's and his decision." Stoudemire would have to play with a large bandage on his hand, if he did try it.

Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets: Andrew Bynum's elbow broke Harrington's nose in Game 3 on Friday, but the Nuggets forward, who averaged 14.2 points in the regular season, expects to play Sunday. "I think I’m going to have to wear a mask," he said. "If it’s real uncomfortable, I’ll probably just play without it. We’ll see."

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05/06/2012 11:18 AM

Knicks Face Elimination Against Heat On Sunday

Only one team can be eliminated from contention in the NBA Playoffs on Sunday while the other three series are guaranteed at least a fifth game. Game 4 of four different series will go off this weekend where injuries have been a factor.

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (ET) on ABC

The Bulls are the top seeded team in the entire league and they could be in trouble. Not only did superstar Derrick Rose go down and out, but Joakim Noah (ankle) was injured in Game 3 and is currently listed as doubtful. Chicago played very well in the regular season without Rose, but these injuries may be too much to overcome in the postseason.

Philly leads the series 2-1 and they are also 2-1 against the spread, winning and covering the last two. Center Spencer Hawes was somewhat of an unlikely hero, leading the team in scoring in Game 3 with 21 points.

Low totals have been set throughout this series and the last game was the first to fall ‘under.’ In three games these teams have combined to score 194, 201, and 154. The Sixers are favored by 2½ at home in Game 4 with the total set at 174.

Miami Heat at New York Knicks – Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC

Affected by the injury bug all year, the New York Knicks find themselves in an 0-3 hole against the odds on favorite to win the championship. Carmelo Anthony had a stellar month of April, but he has had a disappointing series.

Game 3 looked to be going the Knicks’ way. That is, until the fourth quarter when they were outscored 29-14.

The Heat have covered all three games of this series as a favorite and it’s all virtually thanks to LeBron James. James was having a frustrating Game 3 until the final period and ended up with 32 points, eight boards, and five assists.

Only once has the final score gone ‘over’ the total in this series and that was Game 2 when New York could somewhat keep up with Miami. The Heat are an 8-point road favorite in Game 4 with the total at 183½. One way to approach this total might just depend on the Knicks. NY has scored 67, 94, and 70 points this series. If bettors feel New York can keep up, go ‘over.’

Amar’e Stoudemire (hand) is listed as probable on the Don Best screen, but his status for Sunday still appears to be cloudy.

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics – Sunday, 7:00 p.m. (ET) on TNT

NBA fans were treated to the first overtime game of the postseason on Friday when the Celtics beat the Hawks, 90-84 in Game 3. Boston leads the series 2-1 but Atlanta has the 2-1 ATS edge.

Rajon Rondo was stunning in his return from suspension, racking up a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 dimes.

For the Hawks, Josh Smith (knee) could not play and that may have been the difference in a tight contest. Smith is probable for Game 4.

Game 3 barely went ‘over’ the total of 173½ and it took OT to get there. At the end of regulation, the combined score was 160. The first two games of the series did fall ‘under.’

Game 4 has Boston -5 with a total of 172.

L.A. Lakers at Denver Nuggets – Sunday, 9:30 p.m. (ET) on TNT

Unlike the Knicks, the Nuggets reached deep down and fought to get a playoff victory after being down in their series, 0-2. The obvious parallel here is the ‘Melo trade which reshaped both teams.

It was a former Wizard, however, who shined in Game 3. The unpredictable JaVale McGee grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 16 points. The point guard position was great for Denver as well between Ty Lawson and veteran Andre Miller.

Though Andrew Bynum had a double-double for the Lakers, he was clearly frustrated in the Mile High City.

L.A. leads the series 2-1, but Denver is 2-1 ATS. High totals are the norm for these two, but Game 2 was the first time in eight meetings (playoffs and regular season) that the total went ‘over.’

The Nuggets are a 2-point favorite in Game 4 with the total set at 201.

Monday, two series will continue and one might be over. All teams are in action on Saturday.

San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz – Monday, TBD
Spurs lead 2-0.

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder (if necessary) – Monday, TBD
Thunder lead 3-0.

Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers – Monday, 10:30 p.m. (ET) on TNT
Series tied 1-1.

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05/06/2012 11:22 AM

Sunday Playoff Tips

May 5, 2012

The Sunday NBA playoff card showcases four games, including one team that can advance to the second round with a victory. The Heat has trounced the Knicks in each of the first three matchups, as Miami goes for the sweep of New York. We'll start in the City of Brotherly Love as the 76ers look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the top-seeded Bulls.

Bulls at 76ers - 1:05 PM EST (ABC)

This series turned on a dime when Derrick Rose ripped his left ACL in the series opening win over Philadelphia. The Sixers took advantage of last season's MVP being out with consecutive victories over the Bulls, including a stunning comeback in Friday's 79-74 triumph. Philadelphia can put this series out of reach with a win on Sunday, but duplicating Friday's rally may be tough.

The Sixers overcame a 14-point second half deficit, while outscoring the Bulls, 28-14 in the final quarter. With Rose out indefinitely, Chicago hopes not to lose another starter in Game 4 as Joakim Noah left the game with a sprained ankle. After dropping 109 points in the Game 2 blowout, the Sixers were limited to 34% shooting from the floor and just 1-for-14 from three-point range. However, Richard Hamilton, C.J. Watson, and John Lucas combined to shoot 8-for-31 from the field for 29 points, as Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, and Lou Williams put together 47 points as a unit.

Philadelphia owns a 2-5 SU/ATS record the last seven games at home off a win, which includes Friday's victory. The Bulls fell to 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS after squandering Game 3 in the role of a road team coming off a loss, as Chicago will try to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4.

Heat at Knicks - 3:35 PM EST (ABC)

This series has been a complete mismatch from the start, as Miami is one victory away from returning to the conference semifinals. Each of the Heat's first three victories has come by double-digits, including an 87-70 rout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in Thursday's Game 3 as 5 ½-point favorites.

Amar'e Stoudemire sat out Game 3 after using a glass casing holding a fire extinguisher as a punching bag, lacerating his left hand in the process. Miami's defense suffocated New York's inconsistent offense by holding the Knicks to just 30 second half points, while the Heat drilled 11 treys in the blowout. LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points, as Carmelo Anthony's 22 points on 7-for-23 shooting wasn't enough, keeping the Knicks winless in the postseason since 2001.

The Knicks own a 1-3 SU/ATS record as a home underdog off a loss this season, but New York has won and covered three straight at home following a home defeat. Miami is 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS the last four opportunities on the highway off a road win, while putting together a 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS ledger last postseason when looking to advance.

Hawks at Celtics - 7:05 PM EST (TNT)

Atlanta forced overtime in Game 3 by rallying from an 11-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in regulation. The Hawks came up short in the extra session, but covered as eight-point road underdogs in a 90-84 defeat. Boston has an opportunity to grab a 3-1 series lead on Sunday, as the Celtics were helped out in Game 3 by receiving two starters back in the lineup.

Rajon Rondo missed the Game 2 win in Atlanta after being suspended for bumping an official in the series opener, but the All-Star point guard put up another triple-double for the Celtics (17 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists). Ray Allen came off the bench to chip in 13 points after sitting out the first two contests in this series due to a lingering ankle injury. Joe Johnson knocked down the game-tying three-pointer to send the game into OT, but the Hawks' leading scorer shot just 11-for-28 from the field for a game-high 29 points.

Atlanta has cashed in four of the last five chances on the road off a loss, including in Friday's Game 3. The series finally saw its first 'over,' after the 'under' hit in the first two contests, as the 'over' barely came through at 173 ½ thanks to the extra five minutes on Friday.

Lakers at Nuggets - 9:35 PM EST (TNT)

Denver returning home to the Pepsi Center down 2-0 seemed like a good play as 3 ½-point favorites, as the Nuggets ran away from the Lakers late in a 99-84 victory. George Karl's team is creeping back into the series now trailing 2-1 heading into Game 4, as the Nuggets received balanced scoring on Friday.

Six Nuggets finished in double-figures, including a game-high 25-point effort from Ty Lawson. The bench contributed solid numbers, as Javale McGee put together his most complete effort since getting acquired from Washington by scoring 16 points and pulling down 15 rebounds in Game 3. Kobe Bryant put in 22 points on 7-for-23 from the floor, while the Lakers' bench tallied a grand total of nine points.

The Lakers are 1-4 ATS the last five road games as an underdog, as all four defeats have come by double-digits. Denver owns a dreadful 3-7 SU and 1-9 ATS mark the previous 10 home contests coming off a victory.

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05/06/2012 11:24 AM

Josh Smith hopes to play Sunday in Boston


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 5 ATLANTA HAWKS

at No. 4 BOSTON CELTICS


Eastern Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 - Boston leads series 2-1
Tip-off: Friday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Atlanta -8, Total: 173½

The Hawks hope to have their best player back on the court when they attempt to even their series in Boston on Sunday night.

PF Josh Smith (19.0 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 4.5 APG in series) missed Friday’s Game 3 with a sprained knee, but expects to play on Sunday. How effective he’ll be is anybody’s guess, since this appears to be a pretty significant injury. The Celtics are finally at full strength though, as SG Ray Allen (ankle) played Friday for the first time since April 10, scoring 13 points in 37 minutes of action off the bench in his team’s thrilling 90-84 overtime win. Boston also saw the return of PG Rajon Rondo (suspension for Game 2) on Friday, and Rondo was clearly the best player on the floor with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals. Can the Celtics cover the big number on Friday? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. StatFox Brian has a 13-9 ATS mark (59.1%) in the playoffs, including a 9-5 ATS record (64.3%) since Monday.

Atlanta has scored just 82.3 PPG on 37.8% FG in this series, but is a solid 17-17 SU (19-13-2 ATS) on the road, and also plays strong defense, holding the Celtics to 83.7 PPG on 40.6% FG in this series. SG Joe Johnson has scored 20.7 PPG and 4.0 APG in the series, but he’s shooting just 35% FG and 25% threes (6-for-24). PG Jeff Teague (18.7 PPG in series) is coming off a huge Game 3 where he scored 23 points (9-of-16 FG) with six assists and four rebounds in his 47 minutes of action. With Smith injured, SF Marvin Williams and SF Tracy McGrady were his two replacements. Williams finished with just three points (but 11 boards) in 20 minutes and McGrady shot a subpar 5-of-14 FG with nine rebounds in 41 minutes of action off the bench.

The Celtics are now 25-9 SU (18-16 ATS) at home this season with a stellar team defense allowing visitors to score just 84.4 PPG on 40.3% FG. SF Paul Pierce scored 36 points (12-of-26 FG, 11-of-13 FT) with 14 rebounds and four assists in Game 2, but he struggled on Friday with his shot (3-of-12 FG) and had nearly as many turnovers (four) as rebounds (five) in his 47 minutes on the court. He now has 12 turnovers in the past two contests. PF Kevin Garnett posted his third straight double-double (20 points, 13 boards) in Game 3 while tallying five blocks on the defensive end.

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