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    [B][SIZE=”5″]NBA[/SIZE]

    Saturday, December 30[/B]

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    [SIZE=”3″][B][I][B] Trend Report [/B][/I][/B][/SIZE]
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    [B]SAN ANTONIO @ DETROIT[/B]
    San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
    San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 6 games when playing San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit’s last 8 games when playing at home against San Antonio

    [B]MIAMI @ ORLANDO[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Miami’s last 18 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami’s last 11 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando’s last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games

    [B]NEW YORK @ NEW ORLEANS[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York’s last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games when playing New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of New Orleans’s last 15 games

    [B]PORTLAND @ ATLANTA[/B]
    Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland’s last 7 games on the road
    Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Atlanta’s last 14 games when playing Portland

    [B]CLEVELAND @ UTAH[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games on the road
    Cleveland is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
    Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    Utah is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Cleveland

    [B]MEMPHIS @ GOLDEN STATE[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis’s last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Golden State
    Golden State is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
    Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis

    [B]PHILADELPHIA @ DENVER[/B]
    Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
    Philadelphia is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Denver
    Denver is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
    Denver is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games

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    [B]NBA roundup: Curry cooks up 3s in return
    December 30, 2017[/B]

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry returned from an 11-game absence due to an ankle injury and set an NBA season-high by hitting 10 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 141-128 on Saturday.

    In his first game since Dec. 4, Curry scored 38 points on 13 of 17 shooting. He made 10 of 13 as Golden State (29-8) shot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from behind the arc and 58.8 percent overall.

    Klay Thompson added 21 and hit five 3-pointers while Kevin Durant contributed 20 for the defending champions.

    Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies (11-25) with 27 points while Tyreke Evans added 22 as Memphis shot 52.1 percent and 71.4 percent (15 of 21) from 3-point range.

    [B]Jazz 104, Cavaliers 101[/B]

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Utah held off Cleveland.

    Derrick Favors added 19 while Ricky Rubio totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Utah (16-21) beat Cleveland for the fourth straight time.

    LeBron James turned 33 and played for the seventh time on his birthday. James finished 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists but Cleveland (24-12) lost for the fourth time in five games.

    Jeff Green added 22 while Kevin Love finished with 20 and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

    [B]Knicks 105, Pelicans 103[/B]

    NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Jack made two free throws with 9.1 seconds left and Kristaps Porzingis scored seven of his team-high 30 points in a critical late-game stretch to lift New York to a victory over New Orleans.

    The Knicks, who won for just the third time on the road this season, erased an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes.

    The Pelicans led 99-91, but Porzingis scored seven consecutive points to get the Knicks (18-18) back in the game. Anthony Davis’ 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good for New Orleans (18-18).

    New Orleans was led by Davis, who scored 31 points, and by DeMarcus Cousins, who had 29 points and 19 rebounds.

    [B]Pistons 93, Spurs 79[/B]

    DETROIT — Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 22 points and Detroit beat San Antonio.

    Bullock, who is averaging 13.6 points in his last eight games, shot 9 of 14 from the field and scored more than 20 points for the first time in his career. Rookie Luke Kennard added a career high 20 points while Andre Drummond posted a double-double of 14 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit (20-15)

    Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs (25-12) with 18 points but 4 of 11 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 and 11 rebounds as San Antonio set a season low in points.

    [B]Heat 117, Magic 111[/B]

    ORLANDO — Tyler Johnson scored 22 of his season-high 31 points as Miami rallied to beat Orlando.

    Johnson shot 10 of 11 in the third quarter as Miami (19-17) overcame an 18-point deficit. Goran Dragic added nine of his 25 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

    Aaron Gordon led all scorers with 39 points but Orlando (12-25) dropped to 4-21 in its last 25 games.
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    Hawks 104, Trail Blazers 89[/B]

    ATLANTA — Dennis Schroder scored 22 points as Atlanta beat Portland.

    Reserve Marco Belinelli scored 14 points as Atlanta (10-26) won for the third time in fourth wins. The Hawks also posted their third straight home win.

    Portland star Damian Lillard sat out with a right hamstring injury. Shabazz Napier (18-17) led Portland with 21 points.

    [B]76ers 107, Nuggets 102[/B]

    DENVER — Dario Saric scored 20 points as Philadelphia edged Denver.

    J.J. Redick added 18 points while Robert Covington contributed 15 and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia (16-19). The 76ers improved to 2-7 without Joel Embiid, who was held out and worked out in Phoenix where the team plays on Sunday.

    Jamal Murray led the Nuggets (19-17) with 31 points. Nikola Jokic added 19 and 13 rebounds for Denver.

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    [B]SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 31, 2017[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards Capital One Arena
    5:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    5:30 PM Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics TD Garden
    7:00 PM Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center
    7:00 PM Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets Toyota Center
    7:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center
    8:00 PM Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena

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    [B][I]DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/30/2017 9-5-0 64.29% +17.50
    12/29/2017 10-8-0 55.56% +6.00
    12/28/2017 5-4-1 55.56% +3.00
    12/27/2017 N O P L A Y S
    12/26/2017 N O P L A Y S
    12/25/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/23/2017 10-15-0 40.00% -32.50
    12/22/2017 7-9-1 43.75% -14.50
    12/21/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/20/2017 14-6-0 70.00% +37.00
    12/19/2017 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    12/18/2017 7-13-0 35.00% -36.50
    12/17/2017 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    12/16/2017……….NO PLAYS
    12/15/2017 13-6-0 68.42% +32.00
    12/14/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/13/2017 3-6-0 33.33% -18.00
    12/12/2017 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    12/11/2017……… NO PLAYS
    12/10/2017 6-6-0 50.00% -3.00
    12/09/2017 6-13-0 31.58% -41.50
    12/08/2017 7-9-0 43.75% -14.50
    12/07/2017 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    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………153- 173……46.93%…….-186.50

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

    12/30/2017……………..2 – 3……………………..-6.50……………………………..4 – 1………………….+14.50
    12/29/2017……………..4 -3………………………+3.50…………….. …………….2 – 2……………………-1.00
    12/28/2017……………..2 – 1……………………..+4.50……………… …………..2 – 3…………………….-6.50
    12/27/2017………………………………………N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………0.00
    12/26/2017…………………………………….. N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………0.00
    12/25/2017………………1 – 3……………………-11.50…………………………….3 – 1…………………..+9.50
    12/23/2017………………4 – 6……………………-13.00……………………………4 – 6……………………-13.00
    12/22/2017………………2 – 3…………………….-6.50…………………………….3 – 3……………………-1.50
    12/21/2017………………2 – 3…………………….-6.50…………………………….3 – 2……………………+4.50
    12/20/2017………………7 – 2……………………+24.00………………. …………4 – 2……………………+9.00
    12/19/2017………………1 – 2…………………….-6.00…………………………….2 – 1…………………..+4.50
    12/18/2017………………2 – 5…………………….-17.50…………………………..2 – 7…………………..-28.50
    12/17/2-17……………….2 – 2 ……………………-1.00……………………………1 – 2 ……………………-6.00
    12/16/2017………………………………..N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ……………
    12/15/2017………………4 – 1……………………..+14.50…………….. …………4 – 3……………………+3.50
    12/14/2017………………..2 – 0……………………..+10.00…………….. ………..2 – 2……………………-1.00
    12/13/2017………………..1 – 3……………………..-11.50………………………..1- 2…………………….-6.00
    12/12/2017………………1 – 4………………………-17.00……………………….3 – 2…………………….+4.00
    12/11/2017……………………………….. N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………….
    12/10/2017……………..1 – 3………………………-11.50……………………….3 – 0…………………….+15.00
    12/09/2017……………….1 – 6………………………-28.00……………………….3 -1……………………..+4.50
    12/08/2017………………..3 – 2………………………+4.00…………….. ……….3 – 3……………………..-1.50
    12/07/2017………………..0 – 2………………………-11.00………………………2 – 1…………………….+4.50
    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………………..55 – 71 – 3……………………-116.00………………….66 – 68- 1…………………..+23.00[/I][/B]

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    [B][SIZE=5]NBA[/SIZE]
    Dunkel

    Sunday, December 31[/B]

    [B]Chicago @ Washington[/B]

    Game 801-802
    December 31, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    118.202
    Washington
    122.198
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 4
    208
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 7 1/2
    214
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+7 1/2); Under

    Minnesota @ Indiana[/B]

    Game 803-804
    December 31, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    117.812
    Indiana
    120.335
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Indiana
    by 2 1/2
    216
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 3 1/2
    212
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+3 1/2); Over

    Brooklyn @ Boston[/B]

    Game 805-806
    December 31, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Brooklyn
    111.877
    Boston
    125.862
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 14
    214
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 10
    210
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Boston
    (-10); Over

    Dallas @ Oklahoma City[/B]

    Game 807-808
    December 31, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    112.019
    Oklahoma City
    125.632
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 13 1/2
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Oklahoma City
    No Line
    N/A
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    N/A

    Memphis @ Sacramento[/B]

    Game 809-810
    December 31, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Memphis
    110.322
    Sacramento
    115.872
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Sacramento
    by 5 1/2
    188
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Sacramento
    by 2 1/2
    194
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Sacramento
    (-2 1/2); Under

    LA Lakers @ Houston[/B]

    Game 811-812
    December 31, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Lakers
    111.409
    Houston
    130.557
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Houston
    by 19
    231
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Houston
    by 14 1/2
    227
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Houston
    (-14 1/2); Over

    Charlotte @ LA Clippers[/B]

    Game 813-814
    December 31, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Charlotte
    118.783
    LA Clippers
    117.612
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Charlotte
    by 1
    208
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 2 1/2
    214
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Charlotte
    (+2 1/2); Under

    Philadelphia @ Phoenix[/B]

    Game 815-816
    December 31, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Philadelphia
    115.616
    Phoenix
    117.102
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 1 1/2
    226
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 3
    220
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+3); Over[/B]

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    [B][SIZE=”5″]NBA[/SIZE]
    Long Sheet

    Sunday, December 31[/B]

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    [B]CHICAGO (13 – 22) at WASHINGTON (20 – 16) – 12/31/2017, 3:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in December games this season.
    CHICAGO is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) against Southeast division opponents this season.
    CHICAGO is 34-22 ATS (+9.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 7-15 ATS (-9.5 Units) as a favorite this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 4-3 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 5-2 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]MINNESOTA (22 – 14) at INDIANA (19 – 17) – 12/31/2017, 5:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 23-38 ATS (-18.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    INDIANA is 58-40 ATS (+14.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 28-15 ATS (+11.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 3-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    INDIANA is 4-1 straight up against MINNESOTA 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]BROOKLYN (13 – 22) at BOSTON (29 – 10) – 12/31/2017, 5:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 24-13 ATS (+9.7 Units) in all games this season.
    BOSTON is 24-13 ATS (+9.7 Units) in the first half of the season this season.
    BOSTON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) versus good offensive teams – scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    BROOKLYN is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in road games revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 55-83 ATS (-36.3 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BROOKLYN is 5-4 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 7-2 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]DALLAS (12 – 25) at OKLAHOMA CITY (20 – 16) – 12/31/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 7-7 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 11-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]MEMPHIS (11 – 25) at SACRAMENTO (12 – 23) – 12/31/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    MEMPHIS is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) in all games this season.
    MEMPHIS is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) in the first half of the season this season.
    MEMPHIS is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 4-2 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    MEMPHIS is 5-2 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]LA LAKERS (11 – 23) at HOUSTON (25 – 9) – 12/31/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA LAKERS are 52-77 ATS (-32.7 Units) in road games on Sunday games since 1996.
    LA LAKERS are 202-249 ATS (-71.9 Units) after a division game since 1996.
    LA LAKERS are 7-19 ATS (-13.9 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 46-28 ATS (+15.2 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    LA LAKERS are 132-95 ATS (+27.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1996.
    HOUSTON is 17-35 ATS (-21.5 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 18 points since 1996.
    HOUSTON is 18-36 ATS (-21.6 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 7-2 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 7-2 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]CHARLOTTE (13 – 22) at LA CLIPPERS (15 – 19) – 12/31/2017, 7:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 48-62 ATS (-20.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LA CLIPPERS are 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA CLIPPERS is 3-2 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 4-1 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]PHILADELPHIA (16 – 19) at PHOENIX (14 – 23) – 12/31/2017, 8:05 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 67-49 ATS (+13.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 31-16 ATS (+13.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 31-18 ATS (+11.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 48-34 ATS (+10.6 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 3-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 3-2 straight up against PHOENIX 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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    Armadillo’s Write-Up

    Sunday, December 31[/B]

    Bulls lost their last three games with Washington; they’re 2-2 vs spread in last four visits here. Six of last nine series games went over total. Chicago won 10 of its last 12 games; they covered four of last five road games. Seven of their last nine games went over total. Washington won three of last four games; they covered last three home games. Under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games.

    Pacers won four of last five games with Minnesota; road team won six of last seven series games. Wolves covered their last three games in this building. Minnesota won five of its last six games; they’re 5-5 as road underdogs. Seven of their last nine games went over total. Indiana lost its last three games; they’re 1-5 in last six tries as home favorites. Under is 8-4 in their last dozen games.

    Celtics won their last six games with Brooklyn; under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Nets covered their last three visits to Beantown. Brooklyn lost seven of last nine game; they’re 11-6 vs spread as road underdogs. Under is 11-3 in their last 14 games. Celtics won three of their last four games; they’re 1-4-1 in last six games as a home favorite. Four of their last six games stayed under total.

    Rockets won/covered eight of last ten games with the Lakers, who are 1-4 vs spread in last five visits here. Six of last seven series games went over. Lakers lost last five games and eight of last nine; they covered five of last six games as road underdogs. Eight of their last nine games went over total. Houston lost its last five games; they are 3-6 in last nine games as home favorites. Over is 8-3-1 in their last dozen games.

    Thunder won six of last eight games with Dallas; three of last four series games stayed under the total. Mavericks are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits here. Dallas won its last three games; they’re 7-2 in last nine games as road underdogs. Four of their last six games went over total. Oklahoma City won six of its last seven games; they’re 6-10-1 as home favorites. Five of their last seven games stayed under total.

    Clippers won eight of last ten games with Charlotte; three of last four series games went under the total. Charlotte is 2-3 vs spread in last five series games played here. Hornets lost six of last nine games; they’re 3-0-1 in last four games as road underdogs. Six of their last nine games stayed under total. Clippers won four of last five games, are 8-4 as home favorites- five of their last six games went over total.

    Grizzlies won six of last seven games with Sacramento; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five visits here. Eight of last ten series games stayed under the total. Memphis lost 21 of last 25 games; they’re 8-5 vs spread as road underdogs. Under is 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Sacramento lost three of last four games; they’re 8-7 vs spread at home, 1-2 when favored. Three of their last four games went over total.

    Suns won seven of last ten games with Philly; six of last eight series games went over. Sixers are 1-4 vs spread in their last five visits to the desert. 76ers lost 10 of their last 13 games; they’re 2-5 in last seven tries as road underdogs, 0-4 vs spread if they played night before. Six of their last nine games went over total. Phoenix won five of its last seven games; they’re 5-9 as home underdogs. Under is 8-3 in their last 11 games.

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    [B][SIZE=”5″]NBA[/SIZE]

    Sunday, December 31[/B]

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    [B]CHICAGO @ WASHINGTON[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 5 games on the road
    Chicago is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games
    Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

    [B]MINNESOTA @ INDIANA[/B]
    Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
    Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

    [B]BROOKLYN @ BOSTON[/B]
    Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Brooklyn’s last 14 games
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    Boston is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home

    [B]MEMPHIS @ SACRAMENTO[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
    Memphis is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Sacramento
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Sacramento’s last 8 games when playing at home against Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento’s last 5 games when playing Memphis

    [B]DALLAS @ OKLAHOMA CITY[/B]
    Dallas is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
    Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas

    [B]LA LAKERS @ HOUSTON[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Lakers’s last 9 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games at home

    [B]CHARLOTTE @ LA CLIPPERS[/B]
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte’s last 9 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
    LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    LA Clippers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte

    [B]PHILADELPHIA @ PHOENIX[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

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    [B][I]SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS[/I][/B]

    CHI at WAS 03:30 PM
    [B]CHI +7.5[/B]
    O 212.0

    MIN at IND 05:00 PM
    [B]MIN -2.5
    O 209.0[/B]

    BK at BOS 05:30 PM
    [B]BK +10.0[/B]
    U 209.0

    MEM at SAC 07:00 PM
    [B]SAC -2.5[/B]
    U 195.0

    LAL at HOU 07:00 PM
    [B]HOU -15.0[/B]
    O 227.5

    DAL at OKC 07:00 PM
    [B]DAL +6.0
    U 203.0[/B]

    CHA at LAC 07:00 PM
    LAC -2.5
    U 213.5

    PHI at PHO 08:00 PM
    [B]PHO +3.0
    O 221.0[/B]

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    [B]SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY JANUARY 1, 2018[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre
    7:30 PM Orlando Magic Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center
    8:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center
    8:00 PM Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls United Center

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    [B][I]DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    12/31/2017 9-7-0 56.25% +6.50
    12/30/2017 9-5-0 64.29% +17.50
    12/29/2017 10-8-0 55.56% +6.00
    12/28/2017 5-4-1 55.56% +3.00
    12/27/2017 N O P L A Y S
    12/26/2017 N O P L A Y S
    12/25/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/23/2017 10-15-0 40.00% -32.50
    12/22/2017 7-9-1 43.75% -14.50
    12/21/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/20/2017 14-6-0 70.00% +37.00
    12/19/2017 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    12/18/2017 7-13-0 35.00% -36.50
    12/17/2017 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    12/16/2017……….NO PLAYS
    12/15/2017 13-6-0 68.42% +32.00
    12/14/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50
    12/13/2017 3-6-0 33.33% -18.00
    12/12/2017 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    12/11/2017……… NO PLAYS
    12/10/2017 6-6-0 50.00% -3.00
    12/09/2017 6-13-0 31.58% -41.50
    12/08/2017 7-9-0 43.75% -14.50
    12/07/2017 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    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………162- 180……47.36%…….-180.00

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

    12/31/2017……………..3 – 4……………………..-7.00…………………………….2 – 1…………………..+4.50
    12/30/2017……………..2 – 3……………………..-6.50……………………………..4 – 1………………….+14.50
    12/29/2017……………..4 -3………………………+3.50…………….. …………….2 – 2……………………-1.00
    12/28/2017……………..2 – 1……………………..+4.50……………… …………..2 – 3…………………….-6.50
    12/27/2017………………………………………N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………0.00
    12/26/2017…………………………………….. N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………0.00
    12/25/2017………………1 – 3……………………-11.50…………………………….3 – 1…………………..+9.50
    12/23/2017………………4 – 6……………………-13.00……………………………4 – 6……………………-13.00
    12/22/2017………………2 – 3…………………….-6.50…………………………….3 – 3……………………-1.50
    12/21/2017………………2 – 3…………………….-6.50…………………………….3 – 2……………………+4.50
    12/20/2017………………7 – 2……………………+24.00………………. …………4 – 2……………………+9.00
    12/19/2017………………1 – 2…………………….-6.00…………………………….2 – 1…………………..+4.50
    12/18/2017………………2 – 5…………………….-17.50…………………………..2 – 7…………………..-28.50
    12/17/2-17……………….2 – 2 ……………………-1.00……………………………1 – 2 ……………………-6.00
    12/16/2017………………………………..N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ……………
    12/15/2017………………4 – 1……………………..+14.50…………….. …………4 – 3……………………+3.50
    12/14/2017………………..2 – 0……………………..+10.00…………….. ………..2 – 2……………………-1.00
    12/13/2017………………..1 – 3……………………..-11.50………………………..1- 2…………………….-6.00
    12/12/2017………………1 – 4………………………-17.00……………………….3 – 2…………………….+4.00
    12/11/2017……………………………….. N O P L A Y S…………………………………………. ………….
    12/10/2017……………..1 – 3………………………-11.50……………………….3 – 0…………………….+15.00
    12/09/2017……………….1 – 6………………………-28.00……………………….3 -1……………………..+4.50
    12/08/2017………………..3 – 2………………………+4.00…………….. ……….3 – 3……………………..-1.50
    12/07/2017………………..0 – 2………………………-11.00………………………2 – 1…………………….+4.50
    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………………..58 – 75 – 3……………………-123.00………………….68 – 69……………………..+27.50[/I][

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    Dunkel

    Monday, January 1[/B]

    [B]Orlando @ Brooklyn[/B]

    Game 701-702
    January 1, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Orlando
    110.303
    Brooklyn
    115.895
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Brooklyn
    by 5 1/2
    223
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Brooklyn
    by 2
    217
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (-2); Over

    Milwaukee @ Toronto[/B]

    Game 703-704
    January 1, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Milwaukee
    116.785
    Toronto
    124.611
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 8
    210
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 6
    215
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (-6); Under

    LA Lakers @ Minnesota[/B]

    Game 705-706
    January 1, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Lakers
    116.892
    Minnesota
    121.430
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 4 1/2
    209
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    No Line
    N/A
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    N/A

    Portland @ Chicago[/B]

    Game 707-708
    January 1, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Portland
    115.201
    Chicago
    120.879
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 5 1/2
    205
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    No Line
    N/A
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    N/A[/B]

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    Long Sheet

    Monday, January 1[/B]

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    [B]ORLANDO (12 – 25) at BROOKLYN (13 – 23) – 1/1/2018, 7:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    ORLANDO is 13-23 ATS (-12.3 Units) in all games this season.
    ORLANDO is 35-53 ATS (-23.3 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 127-166 ATS (-55.6 Units) in January games since 1996.
    ORLANDO is 5-18 ATS (-14.8 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    ORLANDO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams – allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    BROOKLYN is 8-24 ATS (-18.4 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ORLANDO is 5-4 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    ORLANDO is 7-2 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]MILWAUKEE (19 – 15) at TORONTO (24 – 10) – 1/1/2018, 7:35 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 26-15 ATS (+9.5 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 130-96 ATS (+24.4 Units) in road games against Atlantic division opponents since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 37-17 ATS (+18.3 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams – scoring 106+ points/game since 1996.

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

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    [B]LA LAKERS (11 – 24) at MINNESOTA (23 – 14) – 1/1/2018, 8:05 PM [/B]
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 4-4 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 5-3 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]PORTLAND (18 – 17) at CHICAGO (13 – 23) – 1/1/2018, 8:05 PM [/B]
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    Armadillo’s Write-Up

    Monday, January 1[/B]

    Home side won last six Magic-Net games; Orlando is 2-3 vs spread in last five games in Barclays Center. Over is 5-0-1 in last six series games. Orlando lost 10 of its last 11 games; they’re 1-7 vs spread in last eight games as road underdogs. Six of their last nine games stayed under total. Brooklyn lost eight of its last ten games; they’re 2-4 as home favorites. Seven of their last nine games stayed under total.

    Raptors won four of last five games with Milwaukee; six of last eight series games stayed under. Bucks are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Canada. Milwaukee won four of its last six games; they’re 6-7 as road underdogs. Nine of their last 11 games went over total. Toronto won seven of its last nine games; they’re 7-2 in last nine games as home favorites. Three of their last four games stayed under the total.

    Lakers are 3-5 in last eight games with Minnesota, 2-2 vs spread in last four visits here. Lakers lost in double OT in Houston yesterday, their sixth loss in row; they covered seven of last eight games as road underdogs. Nine of their last ten games went over total. Minnesota won six of its last seven games; they’re 1-10 vs spread in last 11 games as home favorites. Seven of their last ten games went over total.

    Portland won seven of last ten games with Chicago; they’re 4-1 vs spread in last five visits to the Windy City. Five of last seven series games stayed under the total. Portland lost four of its last six games; they’re 20-6-1 vs spread on road. Eight of their last ten games stayed under total. Chicago is 10-3 in its last 13 games; they’re 4-0 vs spread as home favorites. Eight of their last ten games went over total.

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    Monday, January 1[/B]

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    [B]ORLANDO @ BROOKLYN[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando’s last 6 games when playing Brooklyn
    Orlando is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Brooklyn’s last 8 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn’s last 6 games when playing Orlando

    [B]MILWAUKEE @ TORONTO[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Milwaukee’s last 14 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games on the road
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

    [B]PORTLAND @ CHICAGO[/B]
    Portland is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland’s last 8 games on the road
    Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    [B]LA LAKERS @ MINNESOTA[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers’s last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Lakers’s last 10 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
    Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

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    [B][I]Preview: Magic (12-25) at Nets (13-23)
    Date: January 01, 2018 7:30 PM EDT[/I][/B]

    The last time the Brooklyn Nets played a home game, they produced their best showing of the season.

    The Nets will get several chances in the upcoming weeks to produce more home victories starting on Monday night when they host the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    Brooklyn (13-23) is 7-10 at home (6-9 in Brooklyn) so far but its last appearance on its homecourt was a resounding 119-84 win over the Washington Wizards on Dec. 22.

    Starting Monday, the Nets play eight of their next 10 games at home, and the second meeting with the Magic is the opener of a five-game homestand.

    The Nets beat the Magic in their home opener on Oct. 20 and won their first three home games. Since then they are 4-10 at home, though two of those games were “home games” against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat played in Mexico City.

    Including the games in Mexico, the Nets are averaging 108.7 points per game at home, but they are shooting 43.9 percent and hitting on 34.7 percent of their 3-pointers.

    The win over Washington in the Nets’ most recent home game is part of a 2-8 stretch that has seen the Nets allow 107.2 points. Brooklyn is returning home after concluding a five-game trip at 1-4 with Sunday’s 108-105 loss to the Boston Celtics.

    After leading by 38 in a 111-87 win at Miami Friday, the Nets fell behind by 11 in the opening quarter Sunday.

    “We’re obviously on a better pace in terms of getting wins than last year, right? So, there’s improvement,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “The next step is to be a little more consistent. I tell our guys I’d grade us as a below-average team, we’re not in that average window yet. And that’s where we’ve got to get to, and consistency, that’s what we’re looking for.”

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds against Boston and is averaging 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds in his last 10 games.

    Orlando (12-25) enters its second visit to Brooklyn missing Nikola Vucevic, who scored 41 points on six 3-pointers during its first trip, a 126-121 Nets win. Vucevic underwent left hand surgery last Wednesday after getting injured in Orlando’s loss to Washington on Dec. 23.

    Injuries are among the causes for Orlando’s rapid descent from a surprising 8-4 start. Since a 16-point win at Phoenix on Nov. 10, the Magic are 4-21 in their last 25 games.

    Five of those losses have occurred when Orlando held a double-digit lead at some point. The Magic held an 18-point lead early in the third quarter and wound up with a 117-111 home loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

    Orlando was outscored 67-43 after taking the 18-point lead on its first possession of the third quarter. The Magic also allowed the Heat to shoot 62.8 percent (27 of 43) after halftime and couldn’t stop Miami guards Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic, who combined for 43 points on 18-of-26 shooting in the second half.

    In this 25-game slide, the Magic are allowing opponents to score 111.9 points per game and shoot 47.5 percent. Saturday marked the 18th time this season an opponent scored at least 110 on the Magic and the 18th instance an opponent shot at least 47 percent.

    “Very disappointing. Very disappointed,” Orlando point guard Elfrid Payton said. “Another game where we played well, but we just didn’t play a complete game.”

    If there was good news to emerge from Orlando’s latest loss, it was Aaron Gordon’s performance. In his second game back from a five-game absence due to a calf injury, Gordon scored 39 points on 14-of-22 shooting.

    In the five games before the injury, Gordon averaged 15 points on 39.6 percent shooting.

    Gordon’s performance highlighted some of the unevenness to Orlando’s latest loss. It occurred on a night when the Magic shot 54.3 percent, and it was their third loss in nine games when shooting at least 50 percent.

    “It’s disappointing, man, because I thought we fought and played with the right energy, but we just had a really bad defensive second half,” said Magic forward Evan Fournier, who finished with 23 points, “When you have to pick the ball up out of the net, you can’t run. So, this was a tough one.”

    The teams split the first two meetings with each winning a high-scoring game on its home court. Gordon missed the first meeting in Brooklyn with a calf injury but scored a career-high 41 in Orlando’s 125-121 win on Oct. 24 when the Nets blew a 12-point lead.

    Orlando has won seven of the last nine meetings with Brooklyn.

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    [B][I]Preview: Bucks (19-15) at Raptors (24-10)
    Date: January 01, 2018 7:30 PM EDT[/I][/B]

    TORONTO — The Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors have not played each other since April 27.

    That was when the Raptors defeated the Bucks 92-89 to take their first-round playoff series in six games and the teams will meet for the first time this season Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

    The first thing Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan mentioned about the playoff series after practice Sunday was that the Bucks won Game 1, which was played at the ACC.

    “It was one of those series that was a challenge for us,” DeRozan said. “Once we figured it out, we got control of it and eventually we won it, but I always think back to that Game 1.”

    Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo also mentioned Game 1 when he talked about the series.

    “It definitely helps us,” Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was talking with (Bucks guard Sterling) Brown about it and he was like, ‘You guys lost the series,’ but I told him we won the first game (in Toronto), we lost the second one, but at the end of the day, we learned from it. I think we’re more mature as a team, we’re playing better and hopefully (Monday) we can get a win against these guys because we really want it.”

    The Bucks face a difficult task Monday. The Raptors are 13-1 at the ACC, including 11 wins in a row, and can equal a club record for consecutive team wins at 12 against Milwaukee.

    “They ended our season early,” Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova said after Milwaukee defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. “Obviously, it was very disappointing so we’re going to be very focused, locked in and ready to go.”

    The Raptors (24-10) had lost two in a row for only the third time this season when they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 111-98 Friday on their return home.

    The Bucks (19-15) defeated the Thunder 97-95 Friday and have won two in a row.

    “I think the two wins definitely helps,” Dellavedova said. “But, it’s more the way we did it, the whole team being engaged and really having to fight for both those wins.”

    The Raptors won the regular season series 3-1 over the Bucks last season. Antetokounmpo averaged 24.8 points, 8.8, rebounds and 5.2 assists on 55.6 percent shooting in the 10 games between the teams last season, including the regular season and playoffs.

    DeRozan, who has average 24.1 points per game to lead the Raptors this season, said he enjoys watching Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 29.1 points and 10.4 rebounds.

    “He’s a freak of nature,” DeRozan said. “I remember his first couple of years, he was skinny. Now, you watch and he’s out there looking like a grown man, and he’s playing like one. He’s played like a franchise player. It’s fun to watch a guy like that, who is 6-11 with a seven-whatever wing span handling the ball, creating for himself and his teammates. It’s fun to watch as a basketball fan.”

    The Bucks have made some changes since last season, including the addition of guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns.

    “They’re a lot better,” DeRozan said. “Not just with Bledsoe. You see how much Giannis improved. All those guys. They’ve got a great coach in Jason Kidd. They’re well coached. … Having a guy like Bledsoe definitely helps.”

    “They’re a little bit different now offensively,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Bledsoe gives another piece to the equation that we’ve got to guard.”

    Despite the Raptors’ record, Casey feels they can be better. “I think we have a lot of growth, a lot of room for improvement in a lot of areas,” he said. “It’s little things, there’s nothing glaring.”

    The key to the playoff series against the Bucks last season was Game 5, which the Raptors won 118-93. Casey liked the Raptors moved the ball.

    “The ball was moving, zipping around,” he said.

    It is the style the Raptors have introduced this season so that they can get more players involved besides DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry, their key players.

    “We’ve played them a lot here, so just understanding they’re a little bit different — you add someone like C.J. Miles and it definitely helps them with the 3s,” Kidd said. “But DeRozan and Lowry are the engines and you’ve got to pay attention to those guys.”

    Raptors forward Serge Ibaka is expected to return to the lineup Monday after the team suspended him for the game Friday for being involved in what was termed an “altercation” with a staff member after the loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

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    [B][I]Preview: Trail Blazers (18-17) at Bulls (13-23)
    Date: January 01, 2018 8:00 PM EDT[/I][/B]

    The Chicago Bulls began December with three straight losses.

    The Bulls will begin the new year hoping to bounce back from just their third loss in their past 13 games when they host the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the United Center in Chicago.

    Chicago heads into Monday coming off a disappointing 114-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Before not being able to finish off the Wizards in the final minute, the Bulls had matched the Golden State Warriors for the league’s best record over the past month.

    Despite seeing their three-game winning streak snapped against the Wizards, the Bulls (13-23) take plenty of optimism into 2018. In addition to their recent turnaround, Chicago can look forward to January when Zach LaVine is expected to return from a torn ACL.

    Yet, even as the Bulls looked forward to LaVine making his season debut, they overcame a tough stretch. They followed up a 10-game losing streak with a string of seven consecutive victories sparked by Nikola Mirotic and Kris Dunn.

    Of late, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has seen his team play through in-game adversity more effectively than earlier this season when Chicago started 3-20.

    Through the ups and downs, Hoiberg has managed to remain steady and kept his team focused solely on what it can control.

    “That’s to compete and play hard and have the focus every day to put yourself in position to win games,” Hoiberg told reporters on Sunday. “I’ve said this all along: I give our guys all the credit in the world for continuing to battle through the tough stretch when we lost 10 games in a row.

    “They continued to come in with the mindset that they’re going to get better and learn and hopefully find a way to close out some of the games that we had been losing.”

    That will continue to be the goal in the new year, starting when the Bulls play for the third time in four days.

    Portland (18-17) may be without star point Damian Lillard for a fifth straight game due to a strained right hamstring. Lillard is listed as questionable in the team’s injury report after working out Friday in practice and before Saturday’s 104-89 loss at Atlanta.

    Without Lillard again, the Blazers saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, when second-half cold shooting did them in. Portland shot 1-for-12 from 3-point range in the second half and committed 20 turnovers.

    “It’s a disappointing loss,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “In the end, we didn’t make enough plays to win the game. It’s certainly frustrating to lose that game the way that we lost it.”

    Shabazz Napier started for Lillard for the third straight game and scored 21 points and likely would start again if Lillard does not play.

    Portland has experienced a bit of a roller coaster ride this season, but Stotts said his young players need to learn from experiences like Saturday when the Trail Blazers didn’t make enough happen to finish off what began as a solid performance.

    “We’ve got to be able to seize the moment when it’s there,” Stotts said. “We’ve got to make the plays (in the fourth quarter) that puts us not only in a position to win the game, but actually win the game.”

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    [B][I]Preview: Lakers (11-24) at Timberwolves (23-14)
    Date: January 01, 2018 8:00 PM EDT[/I][/B]

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves were bound to be weary for their New Year’s Day meeting at the Target Center with both teams traveling for the second game of a back-to-back set on Monday.

    Los Angeles then played a marathon, double-overtime game in Houston on Sunday that lasted nearly three hours and saw starters Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Tyler Ennis play over 40 minutes apiece.

    Already short-handed due to the absences of Brook Lopez (sprained right ankle) and rookie Lonzo Ball (sprained left shoulder), the Lakers may experience a tough time against the streaking Wolves.

    “It’s obviously frustrating, but we’re very proud of the way we’re (playing despite being) short-handed right now,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said after his team’s 148-142 loss to the Rockets on Sunday. “It would’ve been a lot easier to kind of just pack it in and individually go out and try to put up big numbers until we get healthy or until we get to an easier part of the schedule.

    “Our guys really came together tonight and really played well for most of the game.”

    Minnesota earned its sixth win in seven games and ninth in a span of 12 games with a commanding 107-90 victory at Indiana on Sunday.

    “We just moved the ball well and our defense was phenomenal,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said. “Everybody was just really in sync.”

    It will be the second holiday meeting in a week between the two teams. Minnesota beat the Lakers 121-104 at Los Angeles on Christmas Day. The loss was one of six straight for the Lakers heading into play Monday.

    Ball missed his fourth consecutive game on Sunday, and he won’t play against the Timberwolves.

    Rookie Josh Hart scored a career-high 26 points against the Rockets, and Tyler Ennis filled in for Ball with a career-high 20 points and season-high 11 assists.

    Julius Randle had 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists on Sunday. Kuzma continued his strong season with 21 points.

    “We were playing really aggressive in the first quarter and we picked up our defense,” Randle said. “We were able to get stops and get out and run.”

    The Wolves are also short-handed with point guard Jeff Teague out indefinitely due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

    Jimmy Butler has dealt with an ankle injury but is leading Minnesota in its recent run. Butler had 26 points Sunday, his seventh consecutive game of at least 20 points.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the Sunday win.

    Of note for the Wolves against the Pacers was an improved defense. Minnesota scored the first 17 points and held a team under 100 points for the first time in eight games. Slowly, the Wolves’ defense is showing positive signs.

    “We made shots, they missed some they normally make, (it was) probably a combination of those two things,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They made a run at us. I think they got it down to five, but we built (the lead) back up.”

    Building leads in the fourth quarter had been troublesome for the Wolves this season. Minnesota’s net rating in the fourth is minus-8.6, the second-worst mark in the NBA. However, the Wolves’ net rating in the fourth over the past 15 games has been plus-1.9, the league’s 14th-best mark over that stretch.

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    [B][I]MONDAY, JANUARY 1
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS[/I][/B]

    ORL at BK 07:30 PM
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    O 219.5[/B]

    MIL at TOR 07:30 PM
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    POR at CHI 08:00 PM
    [B]CHI +1.0
    U 206.5[/B]

    LAL at MIN 08:00 PM
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