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    [B][I]Westbrook’s triple-double helps Thunder rally past Jazz
    December 5, 2017[/I][/B]

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 34 points in his seventh triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 17 points down in the second half to defeat the Utah Jazz 100-94 on Tuesday night.

    Westbrook finished with 14 assists and 13 rebounds. Paul George scored 21 points, Steven Adams had 20 points and nine rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

    Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Joe Ingles added 16 for the Jazz, who had won six straight and scored at least 106 points in each game.

    The Jazz led 47-39 at halftime, and they opened things up even more early in the third quarter. A driving layup by Alec Burks put the Jazz up 72-55 as the Thunder continued to misfire on open shots.

    Westbrook closed out the third quarter strong and helped the Thunder cut Utah’s lead to 80-68 by the end of the period. He scored 11 points in the quarter.

    The Thunder finally took the lead on a layup by Westbrook with about four minutes remaining.

    [B]RAPTORS 126, SUNS 113[/B]

    TORONTO (AP) – Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Toronto beat Phoenix, improving its NBA-best home record to 9-1.

    Suns guard Devin Booker had to be carried off the floor by two teammates after suffering an apparent leg injury with 2:40 remaining and Phoenix trailing by 11. Booker froze in pain while playing defense and did not move as trainers came out to examine him.

    Booker, who shook off a 2-for-11 start to score a season-high 46 points Monday in a win at Philadelphia, shot 0 for 7 in the first half Tuesday. He finished 4-for-15 with 19 points, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.

    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and OG Anunoby matched his career high with 16 as Toronto won its fourth straight.

    The Raptors, who have scored 100 or more points in 10 consecutive games, almost reached triple digits in three quarters Tuesday. Toronto led 97-79 heading to the fourth.

    [B]Washington 106 Portland 92[/B]

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    [B][I]NBA notebook: Warriors’ Curry out at least two weeks
    December 5, 2017[/I][/B]

    Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

    An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday’s game against the Hornets.

    Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday’s 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

    [B]–New York Knicks guard [/B]Tim Hardaway Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a “stress injury” in his lower left leg, the team announced.

    A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

    Hardaway, who is averaging 17.8 points, has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.

    [B]–San Antonio Spurs All-Star[/B] small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn’t know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

    The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team’s first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

    “I’m feeling pretty healthy right now,” Leonard said. “I think they told you guys (reporters) that I’ve been playing five-on-five. So that’s where I’m at right now. It’s been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon.”

    Speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday’s home game against the Boston Celtics. But Leonard said there isn’t a return date picked out.

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    [B][I]Wednesday’s Tip Sheet
    December 6, 2017[/I][/B]

    [B]Game of the Night: Wolves at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST[/B]

    These two Western Conference foes are hooking up for the second time in four days as Minnesota edged Los Angeles on Sunday night, 112-106. The Wolves failed to cover as hefty 12-point home favorites, while shooting 43% from the floor. Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 33 points, while the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Lou Williams and Austin Rivers combined to score 53 points in the loss. Since dropping of six of seven to the Clippers since 2015, Minnesota has won three consecutive meetings against Los Angeles.

    The Wolves (14-11 SU, 10-13-2 ATS) have been pointspread poison in the favorite role recently by posting an 0-6-1 ATS record in the past seven opportunities when laying points. The latest pointspread defeat came in Monday’s 95-92 setback at Memphis as three-point favorites, helping the Grizzlies snap an 11-game losing streak. Minnesota has done a solid job of rebounding off a road loss this season by going 5-1 SU, but 2-4 ATS in this situation.

    The Clippers (8-14 SU, 9-13 ATS) return to Staples Center following the six-point setback at Minnesota, wrapping up an 0-2 road swing that included a 26-point defeat at Dallas last Saturday. Since beginning the season at 2-0 on their home court, Doc Rivers’ squad has slipped to 2-6 in the past eight home contests, while compiling only four ATS wins in the past 18 games since a 4-0 ATS start to the season.

    [B]Sitting Steph[/B]

    The Warriors (19-6 SU, 12-13 ATS) picked up their fourth straight victory on their six-game road trip by erasing a 22-point deficit in Monday’s 125-115 triumph at New Orleans to barely cash as nine-point favorites. However, Golden State will be without MVP guard Stephen Curry for the next two weeks after he suffered a sprained ankle in the win. Curry will be unable to face the team he grew up watching, the Hornets, as Golden State seeks its seventh consecutive victory against Charlotte since 2014.

    The Hornets (9-13 SU, 10-11-1 ATS) continue to be a terrific home team after grabbing their eighth victory in 11 tries at Spectrum Center this season in Monday’s 104-94 victory over Orlando. Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak, while improving to 7-1 SU/ATS as a home favorite. However, the Hornets have slumped to a 3-8-1 ATS record overall in the underdog role, while putting together a 1-2 SU/ATS mark as a home ‘dog.

    [B]King vs. Kings
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    Cleveland (17-7 SU, 9-14-1 ATS) is hitting its stride as the Cavaliers have run off 12 consecutive victories. LeBron James helped lead the Cavs to a 113-91 blowout over the rebuilding Bulls on Monday with 23 points, while Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade each put up 24 points to help Cleveland easily cash as nine-point favorites. Cleveland returns to Quicken Loans Arena to host Sacramento, as the Cavs try to improve on a dreadful 1-10-1 ATS home mark, which includes an 0-7 ATS ledger as a double-digit favorite.

    Sacramento (7-16 SU, 9-11-3 ATS) has performed well of late against the number by posting a 4-1-1 ATS record the last six games. The Kings rallied late against the Bucks on Saturday but fell short in a 109-104 defeat, as Sacramento covered 13-point underdogs, while eclipsing the OVER for the fourth straight game. Sacramento went into Cleveland last season as 10 ½-point ‘dogs and upset the Cavaliers in overtime, 116-112 to snap a four-game skid to the Eastern Conference champs dating back to 2015.
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    Central Command[/B]

    The Bucks and Pistons are each coming off road losses on Monday as the two Central division rivals meet up in Milwaukee. Detroit captured the first matchup this season at home, 105-96 as 1 ½-point favorites, but Milwaukee rebounded with a 99-95 home triumph less than two weeks later as each game finished UNDER the total.

    Milwaukee (12-10 SU, 9-11-2 ATS) returns home after dropping a 111-100 decision at Boston on Monday, as the Bucks have won four of their past five games at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Pistons (14-9 SU, 15-7-1 ATS) look to close out their four-game road swing with a victory after losing the first three games at Washington, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. In spite of the defeat to the Spurs on Monday, Detroit improved to 8-2 ATS this season in the role of a road underdog.

    [B]Mav Plenty[/B]

    Following a 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS start to the season, Dallas (7-17 SU, 10-14 ATS) has stepped up its play of late by covering in seven of the last 10 contests. The Mavericks are coming off a wire-to-wire 122-105 blowout of the Nuggets on Monday, as Rick Carlisle’s team picked up back-to-back wins for only the second time this season. The task doesn’t get easier on Wednesday with a trip to Boston as the Mavericks attempt to avenge a 110-102 overtime loss to the Celtics on November 20 as 6 ½-point underdogs.

    The Celtics (21-4 SU, 19-5-1 ATS) finish off a five-game homestand after coming off three straight wins over the 76ers, Suns, and Bucks. Boston has won all seven games against Western Conference foes this season, while the C’s are currently on an 8-1 OVER run overall.
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    Head-to-Head Matchups[/B]

    — The Pacers destroyed the Bulls in their first matchup at the United Center, 105-87 on November 10. The two Central division rivals hook up in Indianapolis as the Pacers have captured three of the past four home meetings with the Bulls. Chicago is riding a nine-game losing streak, while Indiana owns a perfect 5-0 SU/ATS record as a home favorite this season.

    — The Magic and Hawks meet for the first time this season as the two Southeast division squads split four games last season. Atlanta has dropped seven of its last 10 games, while Orlando has lost 11 of its past 13 contests since an impressive 8-4 start.

    — Since December 2013, the Grizzlies have captured seven of the past eight meetings with the Knicks, as New York’s only win in this stretch came last season at Madison Square Garden. Memphis ended an 11-game losing streak in Monday’s home victory over Minnesota, while New York has lost five of its past six contests.

    — Denver ripped up New Orleans in its last matchup at Pepsi Center last month, 146-114, marking the Nuggets’ third straight win over the Pelicans since last April. New Orleans is riding a 1-4 run following Monday’s home setback to Golden State, while Denver has dropped six of its previous seven road contests.

    — The Spurs have owned the Heat since Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals by winning 10 straight matchups. San Antonio cruised past Miami in its first meeting this season, 117-100, as the Spurs are 9-1 ATS in this stretch. The Spurs are rolling of late by winning five of their past six contests, while the Heat have lost three of their last four games.

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    Dunkel

    Wednesday, December 6[/B]

    [B]Atlanta @ Orlando[/B]

    Game 501-502
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    115.412
    Orlando
    119.633
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Orlando
    by 4
    223
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Orlando
    by 6 1/2
    215 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (+6 1/2); Over

    Chicago @ Indiana[/B]

    Game 503-504
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    113.723
    Indiana
    120.612
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Indiana
    by 7
    215
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Indiana
    by 10
    209
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+10); Over

    Sacramento @ Cleveland[/B]

    Game 505-506
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Sacramento
    110.922
    Cleveland
    125.833
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Cleveland
    by 15
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Cleveland
    by 12 1/2
    211
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Cleveland
    (-12 1/2); Under

    Memphis @ New York[/B]

    Game 507-508
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Memphis
    115.602
    New York
    120.912
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 5 1/2
    192
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 2 1/2
    197
    [B] Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (-2 1/2); Under

    Dallas @ Boston[/B]

    Game 509-510
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    117.902
    Boston
    123.418
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 5 1/2
    197
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 9
    204 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (+9); Under

    Denver @ New Orleans[/B]

    Game 511-512
    December 6, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Denver
    117.665
    New Orleans
    119.822
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 2
    215
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 4 1/2
    220
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Denver
    (+4 1/2); Under

    Golden State @ Charlotte[/B]

    Game 513-514
    December 6, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Golden State
    128.774
    Charlotte
    119.686
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Golden State
    by 9
    224
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Golden State
    by 5 1/2
    219 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Golden State
    (-5 1/2); Over

    Detroit @ Milwaukee[/B]

    Game 515-516
    December 6, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Detroit
    117.422
    Milwaukee
    124.612
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 7
    213
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 2 1/2
    203 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Milwaukee
    (-2 1/2); Over

    Miami @ San Antonio[/B]

    Game 517-518
    December 6, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami
    117.604
    San Antonio
    122.722
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 5
    194
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 8
    197 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    (+8); Under

    Minnesota @ LA Clippers[/B]

    Game 519-520
    December 6, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    121.604
    LA Clippers
    118.552
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 3
    209
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 6
    215
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    LA Clippers
    (+6); Under[/B]

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    Armadillo’s Write-Up

    Wednesday, December 6[/B]

    Orlando won four of last six games with the Hawks; under is 7-3 in last ten series games. Atlanta is 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to the Magic Kingdom. Hawks lost six of their last eight games; they’re 5-6-1 vs spread as road underdogs. Three of their last four games stayed under the total. Orlando lost 11 of last 13 games; they’re 1-4 as home favorites. Six of their last eight games went over.

    Pacers won three of last four games with the Bulls; home side won eight of last ten series games. Bulls are 1-3 vs spread in last four games in this building. Chicago lost its last nine games; they’re 1-5-1 vs spread in last seven games as a road underdog. Under is 5-3 in their last eight games. Indiana won seven of its last ten games; they’re 5-1 as home favorites. Over is 3-1-1 in their last five games.

    Cavaliers won four of last five games with Sacramento, last four of which all went over the total. Kings are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Ohio. Sacramento lost 8 of its last 12 games; they’re 4-6-1 as road underdog, covering last three tries. Six of their last seven games went over total. Cleveland won its last 12 games; they’re 2-10 vs spread as a hone favorite. Under is 5-2-1 in their last eight games.

    Memphis won seven of its last eight games with New York; they covered three of last four visits here. Over is 3-2 in their last five visits to New York. Memphis snapped an 11-game losing skid Monday; they’re 5-3 as a road underdog. Seven of their last nine games stayed under the total. Knicks lost five of their last six games; they’re 5-0 as home favorites. Under is 3-0-1 in their last four games.

    Celtics won their last three games with Dallas; over is 5-1-1 in last seven series games. Dallas covered three of their last four visits to Beantown. Mavericks won four of their last six games; they’re 4-5 vs spread as road underdogs. Three of their last four games went over. Celtics won 21 of their last 23 games; they’re 7-3-1 as home favorites. Eight of their last nine games went over the total.

    Nuggets won four of last five games with New Orleans; they’re 4-1 vs spread in last five visits to Bourbon Street. Six of last nine series games went over the total. Denver lost six of its last seven road games; they’re 0-5 as road underdogs. Four of their last six games stayed under the total. Pelicans lost four of their last five games; they’re 2-5 as a home favorite. Last four New Orleans games went over the total.

    Steph Curry (ankle) is out for Golden State, which won six of its last seven games; they’re 7-7 as a road favorite. Four of their last five games went over total. Charlotte lost four of its last five games; they’re 1-2 as home underdogs. Under is 3-1-1 in their last five games. Golden State won its last six games with Charlotte; three of their last four visits here went over. Warriors are 3-2 vs spread in their last five visits to Curry’s hometown.

    Bucks won four of last five games with Detroit; six of last eight series games stayed under total. Pistons are 3-1 vs spread in their last four visits here. Detroit lost its last three games, last two by total of 8 points; they’re 9-1 as road underdogs. Eight of their last ten games stayed under. Milwaukee won three of last four games; they’re 3-5-1 as home favorites. Five of their last six games went over.

    Spurs won their last 10 games with Miami (9-1 vs spread); four of last five series games went over total. Heat is 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to the Alamo. Miami lost three of its last four games; they’re 5-3 as road underdogs. Under is 5-0-1 in their last six games. San Antonio won five of its last six games; they’re 6-5 as home favorites (0-3 in last three). Eight of their 11 games stayed under the total.

    Minnesota won its last three games with the Clippers; over is 5-3 in last eight series games. Wolves are 3-1 vs spread in last four series games played here. Minnesota is 4-6 in its last ten games; they’re 2-2-1 as road favorites. Six of their last nine games went over the total. Clippers lost 12 of their last 15 games; they’re 0-2 as home underdogs. Three of their last four games went over.

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    Wednesday, December 6[/B]

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    [SIZE=”3″][B][I][B] Trend Report [/B][/I][/B][/SIZE]
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    [B]CHICAGO @ INDIANA[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Indiana is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana’s last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago

    [B]SACRAMENTO @ CLEVELAND[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Sacramento’s last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento’s last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    [B]ATLANTA @ ORLANDO[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando’s last 8 games

    [B]DALLAS @ BOSTON[/B]
    Dallas is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Boston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
    Boston is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games

    [B]MEMPHIS @ NEW YORK[/B]
    Memphis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis’s last 9 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York’s last 5 games at home
    New York is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home

    [B]GOLDEN STATE @ CHARLOTTE[/B]
    Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
    Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games
    Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

    [B]DETROIT @ MILWAUKEE[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit’s last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit’s last 10 games
    Milwaukee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games

    [B]DENVER @ NEW ORLEANS[/B]
    Denver is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 5 games

    [B]MIAMI @ SAN ANTONIO[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games on the road
    San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
    San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    [B]MINNESOTA @ LA CLIPPERS[/B]
    Minnesota is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Minnesota’s last 18 games
    LA Clippers is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing Minnesota
    LA Clippers is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Minnesota

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    Long Sheet

    Wednesday, December 6[/B]

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    [B]ATLANTA (5 – 18) at ORLANDO (10 – 15) – 12/6/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    ORLANDO is 44-61 ATS (-23.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 18-32 ATS (-17.2 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams – allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ORLANDO is 4-4 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    ORLANDO is 4-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]CHICAGO (3 – 19) at INDIANA (13 – 11) – 12/6/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 265-324 ATS (-91.4 Units) in the first half of the season since 1996.
    INDIANA is 27-12 ATS (+13.8 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    INDIANA is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in home games after scoring 115 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 156-121 ATS (+22.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 6-3 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 5-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]SACRAMENTO (7 – 16) at CLEVELAND (17 – 7) – 12/6/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    SACRAMENTO is 159-203 ATS (-64.3 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1996.
    CLEVELAND is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) as a favorite this season.
    CLEVELAND is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games this season.
    CLEVELAND is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games in the first half of the season this season.
    CLEVELAND is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

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

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    [B]MEMPHIS (8 – 15) at NEW YORK (11 – 12) – 12/6/2017, 7:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 22-9 ATS (+12.1 Units) in home games in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    MEMPHIS is 52-30 ATS (+19.0 Units) in road games against Atlantic division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 3-1 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    MEMPHIS is 3-1 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]DALLAS (7 – 17) at BOSTON (21 – 4) – 12/6/2017, 7:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all games this season.
    BOSTON is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
    BOSTON is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) in the first half of the season this season.
    BOSTON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
    DALLAS is 387-321 ATS (+33.9 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    DALLAS is 486-410 ATS (+35.0 Units) in road games since 1996.
    DALLAS is 77-48 ATS (+24.2 Units) in road games in December games since 1996.
    DALLAS is 268-219 ATS (+27.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
    BOSTON is 23-42 ATS (-23.2 Units) in home games against Southwest division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 3-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 3-2 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]DENVER (13 – 10) at NEW ORLEANS (12 – 12) – 12/6/2017, 8:05 PM [/B]
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DENVER is 5-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    DENVER is 5-3 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]GOLDEN STATE (19 – 6) at CHARLOTTE (9 – 13) – 12/6/2017, 8:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    GOLDEN STATE is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 43-27 ATS (+13.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 2-1 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 4-0 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]DETROIT (14 – 9) at MILWAUKEE (12 – 10) – 12/6/2017, 8:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 15-28 ATS (-15.8 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    DETROIT is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) in all games this season.
    DETROIT is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) in the first half of the season this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 391-457 ATS (-111.7 Units) in home games since 1996.

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

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    [B]MIAMI (11 – 12) at SAN ANTONIO (16 – 8) – 12/6/2017, 8:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 1016-889 ATS (+38.1 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 813-692 ATS (+51.8 Units) as a favorite since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 518-434 ATS (+40.6 Units) in home games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 24-9 ATS (+14.1 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 55-33 ATS (+18.7 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 90-52 ATS (+32.8 Units) against Southeast division opponents since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 341-269 ATS (+45.1 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 338-279 ATS (+31.1 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 412-329 ATS (+50.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
    MIAMI is 27-11 ATS (+14.9 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    MIAMI is 32-20 ATS (+10.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN ANTONIO is 4-1 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    SAN ANTONIO is 5-0 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]MINNESOTA (14 – 11) at LA CLIPPERS (8 – 14) – 12/6/2017, 10:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 18-33 ATS (-18.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 17-30 ATS (-16.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 4-3 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 4-4 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B][SIZE=”5″]NBA[/SIZE]

    Wednesday, December 6[/B]

    [B]NBA’s Best ATS Teams:

    1. Celtics 19-5-1 ATS
    2. Pistons 15-7-1
    t3. Sixers 15-8
    t3. Nets 15-8
    5. Pacers 15-9
    6. Jazz 15-10
    7. Rockets 13-9
    8. Knicks 13-10[/B]

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    [B][I]NBA notebook: Warriors’ Curry out at least two weeks
    December 5, 2017[/I][/B]

    Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

    An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday’s game against the Hornets.

    Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday’s 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

    [B]–New York Knicks[/B] guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a “stress injury” in his lower left leg, the team announced.

    A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

    Hardaway, who is averaging 17.8 points, has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.
    [B]
    –San Antonio Spurs[/B] All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn’t know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

    The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team’s first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

    “I’m feeling pretty healthy right now,” Leonard said. “I think they told you guys (reporters) that I’ve been playing five-on-five. So that’s where I’m at right now. It’s been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon.”

    Speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday’s home game against the Boston Celtics. But Leonard said there isn’t a return date picked out.

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    [B][I]Hoop Trends – Wednesday
    December 6, 2017[/I][/B]
    [B]
    ATS TREND OF THE DAY:[/B]

    — The Nuggets are 11-0 ATS (15.68 ppg) with less than two days rest off a loss in which they scored at least 30% of their points from threes.

    [B]OU TREND OF THE DAY:[/B]

    — The Magic are 0-15 OU (-13.13 ppg) at home off a double-digit loss as a dog in which they had at least five turnovers more than their season-to-date average.
    [B]
    PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:[/B]

    — The Cavaliers are 0-11 ATS (-14.64 ppg) at home after Kevin Love had a double double last game.
    [B]
    CHOICE TREND:[/B]

    — The Celtics are 0-11 ATS (-12.95 ppg) with rest off a doubledigit win in which they shot over 55% from the field.

    [B]ACTIVE TRENDS:[/B]

    — The Hornets are 0-10 ATS (-7.80 ppg) at home with rest when they are off two consecutive games in which they had six-plus double digit scorers.

    — The Warriors are 9-0 OU (14.06 ppg) off a win in which Kevin Durant took more than 20 shots.

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    [B][I]Wednesday’s Tip Sheet
    December 6, 2017[/I][/B]
    [B]
    Game of the Night: Wolves at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST[/B]

    These two Western Conference foes are hooking up for the second time in four days as Minnesota edged Los Angeles on Sunday night, 112-106. The Wolves failed to cover as hefty 12-point home favorites, while shooting 43% from the floor. Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 33 points, while the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Lou Williams and Austin Rivers combined to score 53 points in the loss. Since dropping of six of seven to the Clippers since 2015, Minnesota has won three consecutive meetings against Los Angeles.

    The Wolves (14-11 SU, 10-13-2 ATS) have been pointspread poison in the favorite role recently by posting an 0-6-1 ATS record in the past seven opportunities when laying points. The latest pointspread defeat came in Monday’s 95-92 setback at Memphis as three-point favorites, helping the Grizzlies snap an 11-game losing streak. Minnesota has done a solid job of rebounding off a road loss this season by going 5-1 SU, but 2-4 ATS in this situation.

    The Clippers (8-14 SU, 9-13 ATS) return to Staples Center following the six-point setback at Minnesota, wrapping up an 0-2 road swing that included a 26-point defeat at Dallas last Saturday. Since beginning the season at 2-0 on their home court, Doc Rivers’ squad has slipped to 2-6 in the past eight home contests, while compiling only four ATS wins in the past 18 games since a 4-0 ATS start to the season.

    [B]Sitting Steph[/B]

    The Warriors (19-6 SU, 12-13 ATS) picked up their fourth straight victory on their six-game road trip by erasing a 22-point deficit in Monday’s 125-115 triumph at New Orleans to barely cash as nine-point favorites. However, Golden State will be without MVP guard Stephen Curry for the next two weeks after he suffered a sprained ankle in the win. Curry will be unable to face the team he grew up watching, the Hornets, as Golden State seeks its seventh consecutive victory against Charlotte since 2014.

    The Hornets (9-13 SU, 10-11-1 ATS) continue to be a terrific home team after grabbing their eighth victory in 11 tries at Spectrum Center this season in Monday’s 104-94 victory over Orlando. Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak, while improving to 7-1 SU/ATS as a home favorite. However, the Hornets have slumped to a 3-8-1 ATS record overall in the underdog role, while putting together a 1-2 SU/ATS mark as a home ‘dog.

    [B]King vs. Kings[/B]

    Cleveland (17-7 SU, 9-14-1 ATS) is hitting its stride as the Cavaliers have run off 12 consecutive victories. LeBron James helped lead the Cavs to a 113-91 blowout over the rebuilding Bulls on Monday with 23 points, while Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade each put up 24 points to help Cleveland easily cash as nine-point favorites. Cleveland returns to Quicken Loans Arena to host Sacramento, as the Cavs try to improve on a dreadful 1-10-1 ATS home mark, which includes an 0-7 ATS ledger as a double-digit favorite.

    Sacramento (7-16 SU, 9-11-3 ATS) has performed well of late against the number by posting a 4-1-1 ATS record the last six games. The Kings rallied late against the Bucks on Saturday but fell short in a 109-104 defeat, as Sacramento covered 13-point underdogs, while eclipsing the OVER for the fourth straight game. Sacramento went into Cleveland last season as 10 ½-point ‘dogs and upset the Cavaliers in overtime, 116-112 to snap a four-game skid to the Eastern Conference champs dating back to 2015.
    [B]
    Central Command[/B]

    The Bucks and Pistons are each coming off road losses on Monday as the two Central division rivals meet up in Milwaukee. Detroit captured the first matchup this season at home, 105-96 as 1 ½-point favorites, but Milwaukee rebounded with a 99-95 home triumph less than two weeks later as each game finished UNDER the total.

    Milwaukee (12-10 SU, 9-11-2 ATS) returns home after dropping a 111-100 decision at Boston on Monday, as the Bucks have won four of their past five games at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Pistons (14-9 SU, 15-7-1 ATS) look to close out their four-game road swing with a victory after losing the first three games at Washington, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. In spite of the defeat to the Spurs on Monday, Detroit improved to 8-2 ATS this season in the role of a road underdog.

    [B]Mav Plenty[/B]

    Following a 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS start to the season, Dallas (7-17 SU, 10-14 ATS) has stepped up its play of late by covering in seven of the last 10 contests. The Mavericks are coming off a wire-to-wire 122-105 blowout of the Nuggets on Monday, as Rick Carlisle’s team picked up back-to-back wins for only the second time this season. The task doesn’t get easier on Wednesday with a trip to Boston as the Mavericks attempt to avenge a 110-102 overtime loss to the Celtics on November 20 as 6 ½-point underdogs.

    The Celtics (21-4 SU, 19-5-1 ATS) finish off a five-game homestand after coming off three straight wins over the 76ers, Suns, and Bucks. Boston has won all seven games against Western Conference foes this season, while the C’s are currently on an 8-1 OVER run overall.

    [B]Head-to-Head Matchups[/B]

    — The Pacers destroyed the Bulls in their first matchup at the United Center, 105-87 on November 10. The two Central division rivals hook up in Indianapolis as the Pacers have captured three of the past four home meetings with the Bulls. Chicago is riding a nine-game losing streak, while Indiana owns a perfect 5-0 SU/ATS record as a home favorite this season.

    — The Magic and Hawks meet for the first time this season as the two Southeast division squads split four games last season. Atlanta has dropped seven of its last 10 games, while Orlando has lost 11 of its past 13 contests since an impressive 8-4 start.

    — Since December 2013, the Grizzlies have captured seven of the past eight meetings with the Knicks, as New York’s only win in this stretch came last season at Madison Square Garden. Memphis ended an 11-game losing streak in Monday’s home victory over Minnesota, while New York has lost five of its past six contests.

    — Denver ripped up New Orleans in its last matchup at Pepsi Center last month, 146-114, marking the Nuggets’ third straight win over the Pelicans since last April. New Orleans is riding a 1-4 run following Monday’s home setback to Golden State, while Denver has dropped six of its previous seven road contests.

    — The Spurs have owned the Heat since Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals by winning 10 straight matchups. San Antonio cruised past Miami in its first meeting this season, 117-100, as the Spurs are 9-1 ATS in this stretch. The Spurs are rolling of late by winning five of their past six contests, while the Heat have lost three of their last four games.

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    [B]WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS
    [/B]
    CHI at IND 07:00 PM
    [B]IND -9.5[/B]
    [B]U 207.5[/B]

    SAC at CLE 07:00 PM
    [B]CLE -12.0[/B]
    [B]O 209.5[/B]

    ATL at ORL 07:00 PM
    ATL +6.5
    U 217.0

    DAL at BOS 07:30 PM
    BOS -8.0
    O 201.5

    MEM at NY 07:30 PM
    [B]NY -2.0[/B]
    O 196.0

    DEN at NO 08:00 PM
    NO -5.0
    [B]O 222.0[/B]

    GS at CHA 08:00 PM
    [B]GS -5.0[/B]
    O 214.5

    DET at MIL 08:00 PM
    [B]DET +4.0[/B]
    [B]U 204.0[/B]

    MIA at SA 08:30 PM
    MIA +8.0
    [B]O 197.5[/B]

    MIN at LAC 10:30 PM
    MIN -5.0
    [B]O 211.0[/B]

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    [B][I]NBA roundup: Cavs tie team record with 13th straight win
    December 7, 2017[/I][/B]

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 32 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Wednesday to tie a team record for consecutive wins.

    The Cavs won their 13th straight, and they can set a franchise record Friday against the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland previously won 13 in a row in March 2009 and in January-February 2010.

    Kevin Love scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cavs, while Jeff Green scored 17 off the bench. Kyle Korver added 15 points as Cleveland rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter.

    Zach Randolph paced the Kings with 18 points, and JaKarr Sampson set a career high with 16 rebounds.

    [B]Warriors 101, Hornets 87[/B]

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant totaled 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Golden State beat Charlotte without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

    Durant finished 13 of 28 from the field and recorded his ninth career triple-double as the Warriors won while Curry sat with a sprained ankle and Green was out with a shoulder injury. Klay Thompson added 22 for the Warriors, who won their fifth straight and seventh in eight games.

    Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points. Nicolas Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard finished with 14.
    [B]
    Celtics 97, Mavericks 90[/B]

    BOSTON — Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Boston beat Dallas.

    Irving scored seven points in a span of 3:05 and then added another basket down the stretch to help Boston win its fourth straight. Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals. Rookie Jayson Tatum also scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

    Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and seven rebounds while Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points.

    [B]Spurs 117, Heat 105
    [/B]
    SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points to lead a parade of teammates in double figures as San Antonio Spurs beat Miami.

    Eight of the 11 players who saw the court for San Antonio scored in double figures as Bryn Forbes hit for 17 points, Rudy Gay scored 16 and Patty Mills had 13 points.

    Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points off the bench, while Dion Waiters scored 22 and Josh Richardson added 19.

    [B]Pelicans 123, Nuggets 114[/B]

    NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points and 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday was right behind with 27 points and seven assists to lift New Orleans over Denver.

    Playing without forward Anthony Davis, who missed his third consecutive game with a strained adductor, the Pelicans erased an early 10-point deficit by pounding the ball inside to Cousins.

    The Nuggets were led by Gary Harris with 24 points, but they dropped to 3-9 on the road.

    [B]Knicks 99, Grizzlies 88[/B]

    NEW YORK — Courtney Lee scored half of his 24 points in the second quarter as New York beat Memphis.

    Kristaps Porzingis returned from missing two games with an ankle injury to added 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Enes Kanter added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who won for the second time in seven games.

    Marc Gasol scored 17 points, and Tyreke Evans added 15 to lead the Grizzlies, who lost for the 11th time in 12 games.

    [B]Bucks 104, Pistons 100[/B]

    MILWAUKEE — Andre Drummond scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Detroit in a loss to Milwaukee.

    Drummond hit 12 of 15 shots but Detroit shot just 41.9 percent as a team and went 10-for-30 from beyond the 3-point arc in its season-high fourth straight loss. Tobias Harris added 21 and Avery Bradley finished with 20 for the Pistons.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which also got 22 points from Eric Bledsoe and 21 from Khris Middleton.

    [B]Magic 110, Hawks 106 (OT)[/B]

    ORLANDO, Fla — Evan Fournier led all scorers with 27 points but left Orlando’s win over Atlanta early in the extra period with a badly sprained right ankle.

    Fournier hit 12 of 21 shots and scored the first basket in overtime before limping off the court after landing on Nikola Vucevic’s foot during the follow-through of his running floater.

    Aaron Gordon had 24 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Orlando (11-15) while Vucevic added 22 and a season-best 16 rebounds.

    Dennis Schroder led the Hawks (5-19) with 26 points and seven assists.

    [B]Pacers 98, Bulls 96[/B]

    INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left as Indiana rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 9 1/2 minutes to beat Chicago.

    Oladipo made his shot after stealing the ball from Chicago’s Denzel Valentine and was among five in double figures for Indiana. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and Darren Collison contributed 14.

    Kris Dunn scored 19 points for Chicago, which dropped its 10th straight by getting outscored 29-13 and shooting 5 of 18 in the fourth quarter.

    [B]Timberwolves 113, Clippers 107[/B]

    LOS ANGELES — Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 21 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles.

    Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague added 19 points apiece for Minnesota, which shot 55 percent. Andrew Wiggins contributed 16 points as did Taj Gibson, who also grabbed 14 rebounds.

    Reserve Lou Williams and Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 23 points. DeAndre Jordan collected 18 points and 21 rebounds as Los Angeles fell to 0-4 since losing Blake Griffin for two months to a left knee injury.

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    [B][I]Hornets coach Clifford out indefinitely with ‘health issue’
    December 6, 2017[/I][/B]

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a ”health issue.”

    The team made the announcement Wednesday in a release.

    The 56-year-old Clifford missed Monday night’s game against Orlando because he was not feeling well. Associate head coach Stephen Silas filled in for Clifford against the Magic.

    Clifford has battled heart problems in the past, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the issue was not a heart-related. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not released details of Clifford’s health issue.

    The team said there is no timetable for Clifford’s return and that officials would have no further comment.

    Silas will continue to coach the team with Clifford out. The Hornets host Golden State Wednesday night.

    ”I just want to send him my best wishes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”Obviously I have been through some issues, and I don’t know what his health issues are, but it’s no fun. I’m wishing him well and I hope he gets back on the sideline soon. But more importantly I hope that he’s healthy.”

    If the players know what is wrong with Clifford, they aren’t saying.

    ”I feel like Cliff is one of those guys, no matter what is going on his life, he’s always going to be here,” Hornets forward Marvin Williams said. ”So for him to not be here now is a little bit concerning. I have texted back and forth with him a couple of times and he’s texted back every time. He seems in good spirits. Whatever is going on with him I’m sure he’s fine. If he has to step away to make sure he’s OK, that’s what is most important.”

    Williams said the team has confidence in Silas.

    ”We will continue to follow his lead,” Williams said.

    Clifford underwent a procedure in 2013 – his first year as Charlotte’s head coach – to have two stents placed in his heart, but returned to coaching just three days later. The procedure came after Clifford began experiencing chest pain while eating at a Charlotte restaurant and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.

    Clifford has since changed his diet and has been eating healthier.

    The Hornets were playing well at home under Clifford, but are just 9-13 overall heading into Wednesday night’s game. They have struggled on the road, where they are 1-10 this season despite the play of All-Star Kemba Walker. The point guard is turning in another impressive season, averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 assists per game.

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    [B][I]SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 7, 2017[/I][/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center
    9:00 PM Washington Wizards Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Brooklyn Nets Mexico City Arena
    10:30 PM Houston Rockets Utah Jazz Vivint Smart Home Arena

    ***********************

    [B][I]DECEMBER NBA BEST BETS & OPINIONS (BASED ON 5 UNITS )

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/06/2017 10-8-2 55.55% +6.00
    12/05/2017 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    12/04/2017 6-10-0 37.50% -25.00
    12/03/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/02/2017 7-8-1 46.66% -9.00
    12/01/2017 4-12-0 30.00% -46.00

    Totals………27 – 36 – 1……42.85%…….63.00

    BEST BETS:…………………..ATS………………. ……UNITS………………………O/U……………………….UNITS

    12/06/2017………………2 – 2 – 1…………………….-1.00……………………..4 – 1 – 1………………….+14.50
    12/05/2017………………..2 – 1………………………+4.50…………….. ……….3 – 0…………………….+15.00
    12/04/2017………………..4 – 4………………………-2.00………………………..1 – 3……………………..-11.50
    12/03/2017………………..2 – 2………………………-1.00………………………. 2 – 1……………………..+4.50
    12/02/2017………………..1 – 3 – 1………………….-11.50………………………4 – 3……………………..+3.50
    12/01/2017………………..2 – 5 – 1………………….-17.50………………………1 – 3……………………..-11.50

    Totals…………………..13 – 17 – 3……………………-28.50………………….15 – 11 – 1…………………..+14.50[/I][/B]

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