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05/06/2012 11:28 AM

Bulls try to even series on Sunday


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 1 CHICAGO BULLS

at No. 8 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS


Eastern Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 - Philadelphia leads series 2-1
Tip-off: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
Line: Philadelphia -2½, Total: 173½

After dropping two straight games, the Bulls will try to regroup again and tie up their first-round series in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

The 76ers closed out Friday’s Game 3 on a 26-7 run to grab the 2-1 series lead. They held the Bulls to 74 points on 37% FG and won Friday’s game despite making just 34% FG and 1-of-14 threes. Chicago, who is already missing its best player in PG Derrick Rose, will likely be without C Joakim Noah who twisted his ankle badly in Game 3 and is listed as doubtful. Can the Bulls end their two-game skid without two starters on Sunday? 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.

Bulls SF Luol Deng is just 5-for-19 FG in the past two games as he was a complete non-factor on the offensive end on Friday with five points in 37 minutes. PF Carlos Boozer was the team’s best offensive player in Game 3 with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he posted a -13 rating and committed a game-high five turnovers. The backcourt trio of SG Richard Hamilton, PG C.J. Watson and PG John Lucas combined to make just 8-of-31 FG on Friday, but they did contribute in other ways with 14 assists and just five turnovers.

Philly is now 20-14 (18-16 ATS) at home, allowing just 85.4 PPG on 41.4% FG. C Spencer Hawes was the star in Game 3 with 21 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and nine rebounds. The 7-footer could have another big game against the smaller Chicago front court. Three other 76ers scored at least 14 points on Friday, all three main guards. PG Jrue Holiday had 17 points, six assists and six rebounds to continue his marvelous series. In the three games, he’s averaging 19.7 PPG (54% FG, 4-of-9 threes), 5.0 RPG and 4.7 APG. Backup PG Lou Williams, who was the team’s leading scorer during the regular season, tallied 14 points, giving him 17.0 PPG in his past two games. SG Evan Turner, who took a lot of heat for saying Philly matched up with Chicago better than Miami in the playoffs, has backed up his words with 15.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.0 APG in the series. These are significant increases from his regular-season averages of 9.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 2.8 APG. The starting forwards both had poor showings on Friday though, as PF Elton Brand was scoreless (0-for-5 FG) in 26 minutes and SF Andre Iguodala scored a mere five points on 2-of-9 FG (0-for-5 threes).

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05/06/2012 11:29 AM

Knicks hope to avoid sweep Sunday vs. Heat


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 2 MIAMI HEAT

at No. 7 NEW YORK KNICKS


Eastern Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 - Miami leads series 3-0
Tip-off: Sunday, 3:35 p.m. ET
Line: Miami -8, Total: 183

After setting the NBA playoff record for futility with their 13th straight postseason loss on Wednesday, the Knicks try to avoid being swept out the playoffs when host they sizzling Heat on Sunday afternoon.

Miami has destroyed New York in this series, winning the three games by an average of 20.0 PPG (97 to 77). While the Heat have shot 48% FG (39% threes), the Knicks have connected on just 39% FG and 29% threes. They could get a boost with PF Amar’e Stoudemire (hand) possibly returning, but he’ll be a game-time decision. Can the Knicks end their 11-year drought of not wining a playoff game? 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.

Miami has not been a stellar road favorite this season at 18-11 SU and 14-15 ATS, outscoring these lesser teams by just 4.0 PPG. But the Heat are 8-2 (7-3 ATS) with at least two days of rest this season, scoring 102.1 PPG in these 10 games. PF Chris Bosh was questionable to play Thursday after his wife gave birth to their child earlier that morning, but he made the flight north and finished with nine points (3-of-5 FG) and 10 rebounds in the victory. Bosh has just 13.0 PPG in the series, which is much less than his 18.0 PPG during the regular season. PG Mario Chalmers failed to record an assist on Thursday, but has still played great this series with 14.3 PPG (54% FG, 8-of-16 threes) and 5.0 APG.

Even with Thursday’s loss, the Knicks are an outstanding 11-2 (SU and ATS) in their 13 home games under interim coach Mike Woodson. Also, the Heat are just 2-5 ATS in their past seven on the road and a subpar 15-19 ATS on the road this season.

SF Carmelo Anthony is putting up big numbers with 21.0 PPG and 9.0 RPG in the series, but he’s shooting just 34.4% FG with six assists and 12 turnovers. SG J.R. Smith has scored 14.0 PPG, but shot a dreadful 5-for-18 (0-for-5 threes) in the Game 3 loss. PG Baron Davis has had a decent series with 9.7 PPG on 58% FG, but his ball distribution has been mediocre with 11 assists and nine turnovers. Like most of the Knicks, C Tyson Chandler has had a quiet series thus far with 7.7 PPG, but he did grab 15 rebounds in 38 minutes in Game 3.

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05/06/2012 11:32 AM

Lakers look to bounce back Sunday in Denver

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 3 LOS ANGELES LAKERS

at No. 6 DENVER NUGGETS


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 – Los Angeles leads series 2-1
Tip-off: Sunday, 9:35 p.m. ET
Line: Denver -2, Total: 201

The Nuggets pasted the Lakers by 15 points on Friday night, and will look for a repeat performance in Sunday’s Game 4.

Denver climbed back into the series with an impressive showing from C JaVale McGee, who outplayed Lakers star C Andrew Bynum. McGee had two fewer points than Bynum, but had more rebounds (15 to 12), blocks (4 to 2) and a far superior net points rating (+30 to -18). The Nuggets also held Kobe Bryant (30.3 PPG, 4.0 APG in series) to just 7-of-23 shooting. Can the Nuggets even up this series on Sunday night? 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.

Los Angeles is an atrocious 13-25-1 ATS (34%) with one day’s rest this season. The Lakers are also 11-13-1 ATS after an SU defeat. L.A. has scored 97.0 PPG on 44.2% FG in the series despite a woeful 24.6% threes (14-of-57). The team chucked up 25 three-point attempts on Friday, but made just six. Although Bryant and Bynum had off-nights, PF Pau Gasol (14.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.7 BPG in series) posted another well-rounded stat line of 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 40 minutes of action. Backup C Jordan Hill had 8.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 1.5 BPG in just 22.5 MPG over the first three games, but did not attempt a shot in his 14 minutes on Friday. PG Ramon Sessions is coming off two straight poor shooting nights (11-of-29 FG), but still has 14.3 PPG, 15 assists and just four turnovers for the series.

The Nuggets are just 14-17 ATS as a home favorite this season, but are a solid 22-20 (SU and ATS) with just one day off in between games. Denver has outscored L.A. 112-84 in the paint over the past two games, which has helped make up for the lack of three-point efficiency (28.6% in series) shown by the Nuggets. PG Ty Lawson bounced back from a poor Game 1 showing (7 points, 3-of-11 FG, 2 assists) with two straight 25-point, 7-assist performances. SF Danilo Gallinari has 15.0 PPG in the series, but has made just 8-for-29 FG in the past two losses. SG Arron Afflalo has also been misfiring all series, with a 31% FG clip and 2-of-11 threes. Three Nuggets having a better-than expected series are PF Kenneth Faried (12.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG), SF Corey Brewer (9.0 PPG on 43% threes) and PG Andre Miller (8.3 PPG, 7.0 APG, 1.3 SPG.

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05/06/2012 11:35 AM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/05/12 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­850 Detail
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 17-­13-­0 56.67% +1350

Sunday, May 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Chicago - 1:00 PM ET Chicago +3 500
Philadelphia - Under 173 500

Miami - 3:30 PM ET New York +8 500
New York - Over 183 500

Atlanta - 7:00 PM ET Atlanta +5.5 500
Boston - Under 171 500

L.A. Lakers - 9:30 PM ET Denver -2 500
Denver - Under 201.5 500

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05/07/2012 07:39 PM

Monday, May 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

San Antonio - 8:05 PM ET San Antonio -8 500
Utah - Over 198.5 500

Memphis - 10:30 PM ET L.A. Clippers -1.5 500
L.A. Clippers - Under 182.5 500

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05/09/2012 03:18 PM

Memphis Grizzlies Look To Hold Off LA Clippers

The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are the marquee matchup on Wednesday with the Grizz trying to stay alive at home.

These teams met Monday and continued to put on a show with close endings. The Clips won in overtime, 101-97 as two-point home favorites, now leading the series 3-1. Blake Griffin was +18 in plus/minus and is outplaying his counterpart Zach Randolph.

Tuesday has four series that could all end tonight. Orlando (+10½) is at Indiana with a total of 179½. The Pacers have won the last three (2-1 ATS) after surprisingly dropping the opener.

Boston (+1½) is back in Atlanta with a total of 173. There has been betting movement towards the Celtics and Don Best NBA analyst Monte Scates like them in the closeout situation despite Al Horford (pectoral) starting after coming off the bench last game.

Philadelphia (+5) is at Chicago with a total of 171½. Both Scates and Don Best Sports analyst Pat Williams like the underdog 76ers to win this game outright, especially with Bulls forward Joakim Noah (ankle) listed as doubtful. That would mean a series win for Philly, who has benefited from the previous injury to Derrick Rose.

The final Tuesday game is Denver (+ ½) at the Lakers with a total of 198½. The tempo has gone in the Lakers’ favor in the three games they’ve won. They’ll try to slow it down again and Scates like them to win and cover.

Wednesday has Miami (-11) looking to knock out the Knicks. The total is 183 in South Beach. The Knicks were able to avoid a sweep last game and win their first playoff contest in 11 years. Carmelo Anthony had 41 points and Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 boards in returning from his hand injury after hitting a fire extinguisher case.

Scates likes Miami to win and cover in front of the home fans, getting ready for the next round (most likely Indiana).

Going back to the Clippers and Grizzlies, Memphis is a 6-point home favorite with a total of 183½. The ‘over’ is 3-1 this series despite Memphis being held under 100 points three times. The ‘over’ is also 6-2 in Memphis’ last eight at home and 6-1 in Los Angeles’ last seven overall.

The point guard battle of Chris Paul (23.5 PPG. 8.8 APG this series) and Mike Conley has been one to watch. Paul is obviously the better player, but Conley (17.5 PPG, 7.5 APG) hasn’t embarrassed himself.

As mentioned above, the Randolph versus Griffin matchup has to become more even for the Grizzlies to extend this series and Scates believes they will live to fight another day.

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05/09/2012 03:25 PM

Memphis tries to stay alive in series Wednesday

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 5 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

at No. 4 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 5 – Los Angeles leads series 3-1
Tip-off: Wednesday, 9:35 p.m. ET
Line: Memphis -6, Total: 182

The Clippers needed overtime to outlast the Grizzlies on Monday night, and now look to close out Memphis on its home floor in Wednesday’s Game 5.

The Los Angeles superstar duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for 57 points in Game 4, as the Clips nearly saw their double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter disappear. L.A. is 7-2 SU in its past nine meetings with Grizzlies and leads this series 3-1. However, Memphis has more points in this series with a 7-point win and losses by 1, 1 and 4 points. Can Memphis avoid being eliminated on its home floor? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason.

For the series, L.A. has outshot Memphis 50% FG to 44% FG, but has made just 64% of its free throws. Paul has been magnificent in this series with team highs in points (23.5 PPG), assists (8.8 APG) and steals (2.5 SPG). He’s made 47% from the floor, 43% from three-point range and 92% from the foul line. PF Blake Griffin is scoring 21.5 PPG on 57% FG, but has just 6.3 RPG, well below his 10.9 RPG during the regular season. PF Reggie Evans has picked up the rebounding slack with 8.3 RPG in just 21.3 MPG in the series. SG Nick Young has stepped up too, with 10.5 PPG on 56% FG in the series, including 15.0 PPG on 10-of-16 FG (6-of-7 threes) in the first two games in Memphis. Starting SF Caron Butler has 10.0 PPG, but is making just 41% FG, and SG Randy Foye has had a lackluster series as well, with 7.0 PPG on 42% FG.

Memphis is just 3-10 ATS in its past 13 games this season and 16-18-1 ATS at FedEx Forum. PG Mike Conley had a huge effort in Game 4 with 25 points (10-of-15 FG), seven rebounds and eight assists. In his two home games in the series, Conley had 18.0 PPG, 7.0 APG and just 2.0 TOPG. SF Rudy Gay leads Memphis with 21.8 PPG in the series, scoring at least 19 points in each game. He’s excited to return home, having shot much better in Memphis (52% FG) than he did in the past two games in Los Angeles (34%). The rest of the Grizzlies have not had huge series. PF Zach Randolph has just 12.5 PPG on 42% FG, SG O.J. Mayo has 12.0 PPG on a woeful 31% FG and C Marc Gasol has posted a lackluster 10.3 PPG and 6.5 RPG in the series, a far cry from his 14.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG during the regular season.

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05/09/2012 03:25 PM

Memphis tries to stay alive in series Wednesday

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 5 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

at No. 4 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 5 – Los Angeles leads series 3-1
Tip-off: Wednesday, 9:35 p.m. ET
Line: Memphis -6, Total: 182

The Clippers needed overtime to outlast the Grizzlies on Monday night, and now look to close out Memphis on its home floor in Wednesday’s Game 5.

The Los Angeles superstar duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for 57 points in Game 4, as the Clips nearly saw their double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter disappear. L.A. is 7-2 SU in its past nine meetings with Grizzlies and leads this series 3-1. However, Memphis has more points in this series with a 7-point win and losses by 1, 1 and 4 points. Can Memphis avoid being eliminated on its home floor? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason.

For the series, L.A. has outshot Memphis 50% FG to 44% FG, but has made just 64% of its free throws. Paul has been magnificent in this series with team highs in points (23.5 PPG), assists (8.8 APG) and steals (2.5 SPG). He’s made 47% from the floor, 43% from three-point range and 92% from the foul line. PF Blake Griffin is scoring 21.5 PPG on 57% FG, but has just 6.3 RPG, well below his 10.9 RPG during the regular season. PF Reggie Evans has picked up the rebounding slack with 8.3 RPG in just 21.3 MPG in the series. SG Nick Young has stepped up too, with 10.5 PPG on 56% FG in the series, including 15.0 PPG on 10-of-16 FG (6-of-7 threes) in the first two games in Memphis. Starting SF Caron Butler has 10.0 PPG, but is making just 41% FG, and SG Randy Foye has had a lackluster series as well, with 7.0 PPG on 42% FG.

Memphis is just 3-10 ATS in its past 13 games this season and 16-18-1 ATS at FedEx Forum. PG Mike Conley had a huge effort in Game 4 with 25 points (10-of-15 FG), seven rebounds and eight assists. In his two home games in the series, Conley had 18.0 PPG, 7.0 APG and just 2.0 TOPG. SF Rudy Gay leads Memphis with 21.8 PPG in the series, scoring at least 19 points in each game. He’s excited to return home, having shot much better in Memphis (52% FG) than he did in the past two games in Los Angeles (34%). The rest of the Grizzlies have not had huge series. PF Zach Randolph has just 12.5 PPG on 42% FG, SG O.J. Mayo has 12.0 PPG on a woeful 31% FG and C Marc Gasol has posted a lackluster 10.3 PPG and 6.5 RPG in the series, a far cry from his 14.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG during the regular season.

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05/09/2012 03:27 PM

Heat try to finish off Knicks on Wednesday

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 7 NEW YORK KNICKS

at No. 2 MIAMI HEAT


Eastern Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 5 - Miami leads series 3-1
Tip-off: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Line: Miami -11, Total: 183

With their 11-year NBA playoff game win drought finally over, the Knicks try to send their first-round series back home with a win on Wednesday night in Miami.

Carmelo Anthony led his team back from a pair of double-digit deficits in Game 4, scoring 41 points. But the injury bug bit the Knicks again with PG Baron Davis suffering a horrific knee injury that will keep him out at least 12 months. New York also will not have starting PG Jeremy Lin, who had been a possibility to return from his knee injury, which leaves floor-general duties to Mike Bibby, who hit a huge three-pointer to break a tie with 1:23 remaining on Monday. But now the series shifts to Miami, where the Heat are 22-3 in their past 25 games, and have beaten the Knicks in eight of the past nine home meetings. Can Miami finish off New York with a blowout victory? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason.

SF Carmelo Anthony is putting up big numbers with 26.0 PPG and 8.3 RPG in the series, coming off his best game by far on Sunday: 41 points (15-of-29 FG), six rebounds, four assists and one turnover. But he’s still shooting just 39.8% FG on 2-of-13 threes for the series. PF Amar’e Stoudemire has been the butt of many jokes after his glass-punching injury cost him Game 3, but he’s had two straight strong performances with 19.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG since a meager nine points and five rebounds in Game 1. SG J.R. Smith shot much better in Miami (15.0 PPG, 46% FG, 4-of-11 threes) than he did at home (9.5 PPG, 24% FG, 1-of-13 threes) this series, so he might not mind the shift in venues. Bibby is scoring just 4.3 PPG with 1.8 APG in his 20.5 MPG in the playoffs, but has made 5-of-10 threes over the past three games. C Tyson Chandler continues to underwhelm on the offensive end with just 6.0 PPG in the series, but he has pulled down 10.3 RPG in the past three contests.

SF LeBron James is having a huge series with 27.5 PPG (49% FG), 5.8 RPG and 5.3 APG. But after committing just four turnovers in two home games, he has made 13 miscues in the past two contests. SG Dwyane Wade has 21.5 PPG on 55% FG for the series, but he made just 4-of-11 free throws in Sunday’s loss. His defense was sparkling though, with four steals and three blocks. PF Chris Bosh has seen his points fluctuate from 9 to 21 to 9 to 17, but he’s made a better effort on the glass with 9.5 RPG over the past two contests. PG Mario Chalmers shot a dreadful 2-for-10 FG on Sunday, but has still played well in this series with 12.3 PPG (40% threes) and 4.8 APG in his 36.0 MPG. He posted 15 assists and just four turnovers in the two home games this series

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05/09/2012 03:30 PM

NBA
Long Sheet

Wednesday, May 9

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NEW YORK (37 - 33) at MIAMI (49 - 21) - 5/9/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 84-69 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW YORK is 44-28 ATS (+13.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
NEW YORK is 44-31 ATS (+9.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 9-5 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
MIAMI is 11-3 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
10 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA CLIPPERS (43 - 27) at MEMPHIS (42 - 28) - 5/9/2012, 9:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 7-7 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 9-6 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Wednesday, May 9

EC Quarterfinals, Game Five (Miami Leads, 3-1)
New York at Miami, 7:05 ET TNT
New York: 6-0 Under off a home win by 3 points or less
Miami: 11-2 Under off a loss as a 7-point road favorite or higher

WC Quarterfinals, Game Five (LA Clippers Lead, 3-1)
LA Clippers at Memphis, 9:35 ET TNT
LA Clippers: 18-40 ATS away off an Over
Memphis: 17-6 ATS after losing 3 of their last 4 games




NBA

Wednesday, May 9

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
NEW YORK vs. MIAMI
New York is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing at home against New York

9:30 PM
LA CLIPPERS vs. MEMPHIS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games on the road
LA Clippers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
Memphis is 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Memphis is 2-4-1 ATS in their last 7 games when playing LA Clippers


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NBA

Wednesday, May 9

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What bettors need to know: Wednesday's NBA playoff action
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New York Knicks at Miami Heat (-11, 183)

THE STORY: Carmelo Anthony put the New York Knicks on his back on Sunday and made sure that they would not be swept out of the playoffs. But the win came at a cost, with point guard Baron Davis the latest to be lost with an injury. The Miami Heat are healthy, heading home and enjoying a 3-1 lead in the series. LeBron James and company will try to finish out the series in Game 5 on Wednesday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), SUN (Miami), TNT

ABOUT THE KNICKS: Anthony scored 12 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 and New York still had to sweat out a last-second miss by Dwyane Wade before celebrating. That 89-87 win snapped a 13-game postseason losing streak for the franchise. Amar'e Stoudemire, who sat out Game 3 after cutting his hand, recorded 20 points and 10 boards despite playing with a heavy wrap on the hand. But the Knicks suffered another blow in the third quarter when Baron Davis tore two knee ligaments and his patella tendon driving to the basket. Already without starting guard Iman Shumpert, New York will break in a new backcourt in Game 5. Jeremy Lin, who underwent knee surgery five weeks ago, has been practicing with the team but has yet to play.

ABOUT THE HEAT: Miami cruised through the first three games because their stars played like stars and the role players stepped up. In Game 4, Wade went 4 for 11 from the free throw line and lost his handle driving the lane on the final play. James committed five turnovers but ended up with a team-high 27 points. Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Shane Battier, who had taken turns stepping up in the first three games, combined for 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting in Game 4. Heat coach Eric Spoelstra made the decision to put Battier on Anthony in the fourth quarter and the veteran forward could not contain the Knicks’ star. Previously, James had gotten the bulk of the time on Anthony.

TRENDS:
- The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings.
- The Heat are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 playoff games as a favorite.
- The under is 22-6 in the Heat's last 28 home games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Knicks are bidding to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

2. Davis, 33, had an MRI reveal the massive damage. He will be out about a year.

3. Wade has been playing with a dislocated left index finger.



Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-6, 183.5)

THE STORY: Losing the series opener after blowing a 27-point lead at home was an ominous sign for the Memphis Grizzlies, who will look to stave off elimination when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series. The Grizzlies have not found a way to solve the Clippers down the stretch, with their three losses coming by a total of six points. Memphis had won 11 consecutive home games before collapsing in Game 1.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT, FSTN

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Blake Griffin had been held pretty much in check until busting out with a 30-point performance in Game 4. Despite the brilliant performance, All-Star point guard Chris Paul continues to be the difference-maker in the series. Paul is averaging 26.7 points in the last three games, but it’s his play with the game on the line that has separated the clubs. Case in point: Los Angeles blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and Paul bungled the final possession in Game 4. No matter. He responded by scoring eight points in overtime to snuff out the Grizzlies’ last-gasp comeback.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Memphis has been unable to find a consistent No. 2 scoring option to go with Rudy Gay, who is averaging a shade under 22 points in the series. Center Marc Gasol, a 14.6-point scorer in the regular season, has attempted only nine shots in the past two games. Sixth-man O.J. Mayo also has careened off the radar, scoring a total of 11 points on 1-of-14 shooting in the two losses in Los Angeles. Nonetheless, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is more concerned with one area: defending Paul. “He’s the problem, and we’ve got to solve the problem.”

TRENDS:
-The Grizzlies are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite.
- The Clippers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
- The over is 6-1 in Clippers' last seven overall.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. There are only eight teams in NBA history that have rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game series.

2. Los Angeles is looking to win its first postseason series since beating the Denver Nuggets in the first round in 2006.

3. Memphis had an 18-0 edge in second-chance points in regulation Monday, but the Clippers scored all of their five second-chance points in overtime.

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