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    WAS at CHA 07:00 PM


    CHA -3.5


    U 215.5


    CLE at LAC 08:30 PM


    CLE +3.5


    O 218.0


    SA at MEM 09:00 PM


    MEM +3.5


    O 197.5


    UTA at CHI 09:00 PM


    CHI +6.5 **********


    U 193.0 **********



    HOU at DEN 09:30 PM


    DEN +2.5 **********


    O 239.5


    MIL at GS 10:30 PM


    MIL +10.5


    O 212.5
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    Sunday, March 19





    Cleveland @ LA Lakers


    Game 715-716
    March 19, 2017 @ 9:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Cleveland
    118.509
    LA Lakers
    112.600
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Cleveland
    by 6
    198
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Cleveland
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
    Cleveland
    N/A


    Sacramento @ San Antonio



    Game 713-714
    March 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Sacramento
    114.024
    San Antonio
    123.625
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 9 1/2
    195
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 13 1/2
    202 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Sacramento
    (+13 1/2); Under


    Sacramento @ San Antonio



    Game 713-714
    March 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Sacramento
    114.024
    San Antonio
    123.625
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 9 1/2
    195
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 13 1/2
    202 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Sacramento
    (+13); Under


    Minnesota @ New Orleans



    Game 711-712
    March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    120.200
    New Orleans
    126.374
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 6
    215
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 3
    208
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Orleans
    (-3); Over


    Indiana @ Toronto



    Game 709-710
    March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    114.607
    Toronto
    121.432
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 7
    195
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 3 1/2
    201 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (-3 1/2); Under


    Portland @ Miami



    Game 707-708
    March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Portland
    118.809
    Miami
    129.342
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Miami
    by 11
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Miami
    by 7
    214
    Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    (-7); Under


    Phoenix @ Detroit



    Game 705-706
    March 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    108.467
    Detroit
    126.359
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Detroit
    by 13
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Detroit
    by 9 1/2
    213 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Detroit
    (-9 1/2); Under


    Boston @ Philadelphia



    Game 703-704
    March 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Boston
    120.534
    Philadelphia
    117.955
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 2 1/2
    201
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 5 1/2
    208
    Dunkel Pick:
    Philadelphia
    (+5 1/2); Under


    Dallas @ Brooklyn



    Game 701-702
    March 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    113.932
    Brooklyn
    119.172
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Brooklyn
    by 5
    202
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 5
    208 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+5); Under
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    Sunday, March 19



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    DALLAS (29 - 39) at BROOKLYN (13 - 55) - 3/19/2017, 12:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 478-402 ATS (+35.8 Units) in road games since 1996.
    DALLAS is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    DALLAS is 317-265 ATS (+25.5 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
    DALLAS is 26-13 ATS (+11.7 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    BOSTON (44 - 25) at PHILADELPHIA (25 - 43) - 3/19/2017, 1:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
    BOSTON is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
    PHILADELPHIA is 43-24 ATS (+16.6 Units) in all games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 43-22 ATS (+18.8 Units) as an underdog this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 24-10 ATS (+13.0 Units) in home games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in the second half of the season this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 35-16 ATS (+17.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) off an upset win as an underdog this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 20-7 ATS (+12.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 12-0 ATS (+12.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 7-4 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 11-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (22 - 47) at DETROIT (33 - 36) - 3/19/2017, 4:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 46-31 ATS (+11.9 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 26-13 ATS (+11.7 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    DETROIT is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season this season.
    PHOENIX is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in non-conference games this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DETROIT is 4-1 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    DETROIT is 3-2 straight up against PHOENIX 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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    PORTLAND (31 - 37) at MIAMI (34 - 35) - 3/19/2017, 6:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PORTLAND is 29-39 ATS (-13.9 Units) in all games this season.
    MIAMI is 43-26 ATS (+14.4 Units) in all games this season.
    MIAMI is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) as a favorite this season.
    MIAMI is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games this season.
    MIAMI is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) in the second half of the season this season.
    MIAMI is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in March games this season.
    MIAMI is 23-13 ATS (+8.7 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
    MIAMI is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    MIAMI is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    MIAMI is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season this season.
    MIAMI is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
    MIAMI is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 3-2 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 3-2 straight up against MIAMI 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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    INDIANA (35 - 33) at TORONTO (40 - 29) - 3/19/2017, 6:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 42-28 ATS (+11.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    TORONTO is 183-227 ATS (-66.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 8-6 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 10-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MINNESOTA (28 - 40) at NEW ORLEANS (28 - 41) - 3/19/2017, 6:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 24-42 ATS (-22.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in road games revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in road games revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games after allowing 115 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW ORLEANS is 18-32 ATS (-17.2 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW ORLEANS is 7-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    NEW ORLEANS is 8-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SACRAMENTO (27 - 42) at SAN ANTONIO (52 - 16) - 3/19/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 990-864 ATS (+39.6 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 80-66 ATS (+7.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 503-420 ATS (+41.0 Units) in home games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 203-143 ATS (+45.7 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 403-323 ATS (+47.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 24-36 ATS (-15.6 Units) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN ANTONIO is 5-4 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 straight up against SACRAMENTO 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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    CLEVELAND (45 - 23) at LA LAKERS (20 - 49) - 3/19/2017, 9:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CLEVELAND is 3-2 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    CLEVELAND is 5-0 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Sunday, March 19



    Mavericks lost three of last four games; they’re 2-5 vs spread in last seven road games. Four of their last five games stayed under total. Nets are 4-8 since All-Star break; they’re 4-3 vs spread in last seven home tilts. Seven of their last nine games went over total. Dallas won four of last five games with Brooklyn; they won three of last four games in Barclays’ Center. Four of last five series games stayed under total.


    Celtics won their last three games; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five road games. Under is 9-1-2 in their last 12 games. Philly lost five of last seven game but covered last five; 14-2 vs spread in last 16 home games. Three of their last four games stayed under. Boston won its last ten games with the 76ers but Philly covered last three; Celtics won last four games in this building (3-1 vs spread). Over is 7-2 in last nine series games.


    Suns lost five of last six games; they’re 2-4 vs spread in last six road games- their last four games stayed under the total. Detroit lost its last three games; they’re 11-4 vs spread in last 1 home games (0-2 in last two). Pistons won three of last four games with Phoenix; Suns lost three of last four visits here (0-4 vs spread). Three of last four series games went over total. Four of their last five games stayed under.


    Portland won seven of its last nine games; they’re 4-1 vs spread in last five road games. Three of their last four games stayed under total. Heat won six of last seven games; they’re 7-0 vs spread in last seven home games. Three of their last four home games went over. Home side won last six Portland-Miami games; Trailblazers lost their last four visits to South Beach (1-3 vs spread). Four of last six series games stayed under total.


    Indiana is 1-6 vs spread in game following their last seven wins; Pacers are 0-3 vs spread in last three road games. Under is 12-1 in their last 13 games. Raptors won four of last five home games; they’re 7-5 vs spread since All-Star break. Under is 11-4 in their last 15 games. Toronto won six of last nine games with Indiana; Pacers lost last three visits to Canada, but covered three of last four. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games.


    Timberwolves lost three of last four games; they’re 4-6 vs spread in last ten road games. Last three Minnesota games went over. New Orleans won three of last four games; they’re 4-1 vs spread in last five home games. Three of their last four games went over. Pelicans won eight of last ten games with Minnesota; last six series games went over the total. Wolves lost four of last five games on Bourbon Street (1-4 vs spread).


    Sacramento lost four of last five road games; they’re 3-6-1 vs spread in last ten games overall. Three pf their last four games stayed under. San Antonio lost three of last five games; they’re 2-5 vs spread in last seven home games. Over is 5-2 in their last seven games. Spurs won their last nine games with Sacramento; Kings are 3-0-1 vs spread in last four; Kings lost last four visits to Alamo, but Kings covered three of four games. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games.


    Cavaliers are 3-5 in last eight games, 4-5 vs spread in last nine road games. Under is 11-3 in their last 14 games. Lakers lost 12 of last 13 games; they’re 1-6 vs spread in last seven home games. Four of their last six games went over. Lakers lost their last five games with Cleveland (2-3 vs spread); Cavaliers won last three series games in Staples, by 2-7-12 points. Last seven series games went over total.
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    12:00 PM
    DALLAS vs. BROOKLYN
    Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games
    Brooklyn is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games at home

    1:00 PM
    BOSTON vs. PHILADELPHIA
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 10 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 13 games when playing at home against Boston
    Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston

    4:30 PM
    PHOENIX vs. DETROIT
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Detroit is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games at home

    6:00 PM
    MINNESOTA vs. NEW ORLEANS
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games at home

    6:00 PM
    PORTLAND vs. MIAMI
    Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games when playing Miami
    Miami is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games when playing at home against Portland
    Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland

    6:00 PM
    INDIANA vs. TORONTO
    Indiana is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing Toronto
    Toronto is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana

    7:00 PM
    SACRAMENTO vs. SAN ANTONIO
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 7 games on the road
    Sacramento is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    San Antonio is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
    San Antonio is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games

    9:30 PM
    CLEVELAND vs. LA LAKERS
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
    LA Lakers are 1-12 SU in their last 13 games
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    March 19, 2017


    ATS TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Heat are 13-0 ATS (9.31 ppg) as a home favorite off a win in which they had less than 15% of their points from free throws since Dec 05, 2015.


    OU TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Mavericks are 0-13 OU (-15.77 ppg) with rest off a 10+ point loss in which they shot worse than 25% from beyond the arc with at least 20 attempts since Apr 04, 2012.


    PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Pelicans are 15-0 OU (10.83 ppg) at home off a win in which Jrue Holiday played fewer than 30 minutes since Dec 23, 2015.


    CHOICE TREND:


    -- The Pelicans are 0-12 ATS (-8.29 ppg) at home after a game as a home dog in where they scored 15+ points more than Vegas projected since Apr 09, 1999.


    ACTIVE TRENDS:


    -- The Raptors are 8-0 ATS (10.31 ppg) as a favorite off a game as a dog in which Demar Derozan took fewer than 10 shots since Mar 20, 2010.
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    DAL at BK

    DAL -4.5


    U 209.0 **********


    BOS at PHI 01:00 PM


    BOS -5.0


    U 202.5



    PHO at DET 04:30 PM


    DET -10.0


    U 212.0


    POR at MIA 06:00 PM


    POR +5.5 **********


    O 211.5



    MIN at NO 06:00 PM


    NO -3.5


    U 208.0



    IND at TOR 06:00 PM


    TOR -3.0


    O 196.5
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    AC at SA 07:00 PM


    SAC +14.0


    U 202.5


    CLE at LAL 09:30 PM


    LAL +11.5


    O 222.0
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    March 20, 2017



    MIAMI (AP) Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points, 28 after halftime, and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 115-104 on Sunday night.


    Lillard tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, giving him 1,002 for his career. He shot 14 for 21 from the field, 9 for 12 from 3-point range and made all 12 of his free throws.


    Jusef Nurkic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (32-37), which moved within a game of idle Denver for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. C.J. McCollum scored 18 points and Noah Vonleh added 11 for the Trail Blazers.


    James Johnson scored 24 points for Miami, which lost for just the second time in its last 17 home games. The Heat (34-36) missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season and fell to 7-17 when Dion Waiters isn't in the lineup.


    Waiters is out with a sprained ankle. The Heat are 27-19 when he plays.


    CAVALIERS 125, LAKERS 120


    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and Cleveland had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Los Angeles.


    Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who needed every bit of their full lineup to withstand a surprising challenge from the Western Conference's last-place team and clinch a playoff spot.


    James, Love and Irving all sat out the defending champions' blowout loss to the Clippers on Saturday, angering fans and the national television audience. That night off left them with the energy to lead a 43-point fourth quarter.


    D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 40 points in a spectacular return to the starting lineup for the Lakers, who have lost five straight and 13 of 14. Russell hit seven 3-pointers and had six assists while committing just one turnover in 41 minutes.

    SPURS 118, KINGS 102



    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Pau Gasol scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 and San Antonio rolled past Sacramento to snap a two-game skid.


    Kawhi Leonard had 12 points in 27 minutes, sitting out the fourth quarter after the Spurs led by as many as 28.


    San Antonio (53-16) moved within two games of idle Golden State (55-14) for the NBA's best record.


    Buddy Hield had 18 points, matching his high with the Kings since being acquired Feb. 20 in the trade that sent All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.


    The Spurs had to overcome an abysmal start to win their 10th straight over the Kings. San Antonio missed its first eight shots and 12 of 13 in falling behind 14-2.


    76ERS 105, CELTICS 99


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Robert Covington made the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to lift Philadelphia over Boston.


    Dario Saric scored key baskets to extend the lead and bolster his bid for NBA Rookie of the Year. Saric had 23 points and helped rally the 76ers from a 13-point hole in the third.


    Covington buried a 3 with 3:37 left that put the Sixers up 94-91, and Nik Stauskas hit his own with 38 seconds left for a 103-97 lead that sent fans inside a packed Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy.


    The Sixers, who thumped Dallas 116-74 on Friday night, improved to a respectable 17-19 at home. They won 10 games total last season.


    Al Horford led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points. Boston guard Isaiah Thomas sat out a second straight game with a bone bruise on his right knee and is questionable for Monday at Washington.

    RAPTORS 116, PACERS 91



    TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in three quarters, and all five Toronto starters were in double figures against Indiana.


    DeRozan added four assists and three rebounds and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter as the Raptors cruised to their second straight victory. Serge Ibaka had 16 points, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 41-29.


    Paul George had 18 points for the Pacers, who lost to Toronto for the eighth time in the last nine regular-season meetings.


    It was the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year's first-round playoff series, which was won by Toronto. They face each other twice more over the next two weeks.

    MAVERICKS 111, NETS 104



    NEW YORK (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds as Dallas beat Brooklyn.


    J.J. Barea scored 20 points and Harrison Barnes added 19 for the Mavericks.


    Brook Lopez had 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets.


    The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Barnes followed with two layups that made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

    PISTONS 112, SUNS 95



    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points and Detroit overcame a sluggish performance for the much of the game, finally pulling away from short-handed Phoenix.


    The Suns were without several top players, but they still led the playoff-chasing Pistons 65-53 in the third quarter. Detroit finished strong in that period and then built a double-digit lead of its own in the fourth.


    Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Aron Baynes had 13 points and 17 rebounds.


    Tyler Ulis had 17 points and 11 assists for the Suns.


    Phoenix was without guard Devin Booker (right ankle), guard Ronnie Price (left leg), guard Leandro Barbosa (illness) and forward Dragan Bender (right ankle). The Suns have also been playing without Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler, choosing to give young players more time.

    PELICANS 123, TIMBERWOLVES 109



    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead New Orleans past struggling Minnesota.


    DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a one-game absence because of left knee and rib soreness. Reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored a season-high 22 points in 21 minutes for the Pelicans, who have won four of five. Jrue Holiday had 21 points and shot 4 of 5 from 3-point range.


    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight. Andrew Wiggins added 25 points and reserve Shabazz Muhammad had 20 for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio chipped in with 10 points and 14 assists for the Wolves, who built a 13-point lead in the second quarter only to fade late as New Orleans closed the game on a 21-10 run.
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    — Former NBA star Penny Hardaway is a high school coach in Tennessee; his Memphis East team won the state championship this weekend.


    — Only once in last 21 years have all four 2-seeds made it to the Sweet 16.


    — Steve Alford has a $7.8M buyout at UCLA; if he wants to go back home to Indiana to coach the Hoosiers, adidas is expected to pay the $7.8M.


    — Indians 2B Jason Kipnis is out 4-5 more weeks with shoulder inflammation.


    — Big change in MLB this year; there is a 10-day disabled list now, not 15 days.


    — Arkansas State hired Louisville assistant Mike Balado as its new hoop coach; little weird that they announced it while Louisville was playing Michigan Sunday.


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    Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a basketball weekend…….


    13) Michigan 73, Louisville 69— Wolverines shot just 6-17 on arc; they shouldn’t win this game with those numbers, especially with Walton going 3-13 from floor. Snider was 0-9 for Louisville, 0-7 on arc, bad time for a game like that. Michigan was +5 (11-6) in turnovers; they’re on the roll of a lifetime here, finding ways to win.


    12) Kentucky 65, Wichita State 62— Just like 2014, these teams play a tense second round game and Wildcats prevail. Whats next for a Wichita team that returns all its players next year? Will they be in a different league? Will Gregg Marshall still be there? UCLA whacked the Wildcats back in December in Lexington; the rematch should be fun.


    11) Kansas 90, Michigan State 70— Spartans were #323 experience team in country; they played #49 non-conference schedule, had some injury issues, but got to the round of 32. Izzo is a great coach, but tough coaching such a young group, albeit a very talented team. Since 2010, Kansas is just 5-3 in this round; this is a solid win- they move on to play Purdue in regional semis.


    Jayhawks scored 1.31 pts/possession in first two tournament games, which is really good.


    10) North Carolina 72, Arkansas 65— Razorbacks were down 30-13 early, rallied to take the lead, led as late as when score was 65-60, but Tar Heels scored the last 12 points of the game, holding Arkansas scoreless over 3:30 of game. Razorbacks needed to keep game chaotic; when it slowed down, they fell apart.


    9) Oregon 75, Rhode Island 72— Conference of Champions wins again; this was a hard-fought game, with Rams up 46-38 at half, but they only scored 26 in 2nd half. Oregon plays Michigan next in Kansas City- they outscored URI 18-6 on foul line, made 7-16 on arc. Rams shot 65% inside arc, but were just 6-8 on foul line, 6-22 on arc. This was a fun game to watch.


    Bobby Hurley was with his brother Danny this weekend in Sacramento; had to be weird for him, since he played for the NBA’s Kings and got into a car accident outside the old arena there that ruined his playing career. Bobby was a much better player than his brother, but Danny Hurley seems like he is the better coach.


    8) Baylor 82, USC 78— Trojans’ Metu killed the Bears inside (28 points), but Baylor’s bench outscored USC’s 25-4- they were +11 on boards and Lecomte took over a segment of the game that put Baylor ahead for good. USC was 9-22 on arc; they had a great week, but fell little bit short here.


    7) South Carolina 88, Duke 81— This regional was supposed to be played in North Carolina, but was yanked because of the Bathroom Law, so Duke, a team that refuses to play true road games in pre-conference play, winds up playing the Gamecocks in Greenville, SC, basically a road game in the Round of 32.


    Gamecocks were down 30-23 at halftime, but stormed back in 2nd half, scoring 65 points, most points a Duke team has allowed in one half under Krzyzewski. South Carolina is in Sweet 16 for first time ever; last time they had even won one tournament game was in 1973.


    6) UCLA 79, Cincinnati 67— Bearcats led 33-30 at half, then UCLA scored 30 points in first 9:50 of second half, and pulled away in last ten minutes. Underdogs were 6-2 vs spread on Sunday.


    There are rumors on the Interweb that Indiana will offer Steve Alford $31.7M for seven years to be its new coach, but now all that has to wait. UCLA is headed to Memphis to play Kentucky in the gym that John Calipari used to call home. Bruins beat Kentucky 97-92 in Rupp Arena in December.


    5) Washington hired Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as its new hoop coach. Hopkins was supposed to be Jim Boeheim’s successor (and he may still be), but he is 47, which is a little late to be getting your first head coaching job- guess he got tired of waiting.


    4) A Las Vegas gambler risked $20,000 to win only $500, playing Louisville on the money line against Jacksonville State Friday.


    3) Another investor risked $50,000 on a Villanova/Gonzaga money line parlay, which went down the drain when Wisconsin upset the Wildcats. Thats a bad day.


    2) Here’s a good day: When Kansas State won their play-in game with Wake Forest, K-State coach Bruce Weber banked a $164,000 bonus for winning an NCAA tournament game. Hope he sends his agent a nice gift.


    1— World Baseball Classic has to be a financial bonanza; they put 65,000+ fans in Petco Park for two separate admissions Saturday. Not sure what tickets cost, but they should have good crowds in Dodger Stadium for the finals this coming week.
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    PHILADELPHIA (26 - 43) at ORLANDO (25 - 45) - 3/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 44-24 ATS (+17.6 Units) in all games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 44-22 ATS (+19.8 Units) as an underdog this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in the second half of the season this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) off an upset win as an underdog this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 22-13 ATS (+7.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    ORLANDO is 29-40 ATS (-15.0 Units) in all games this season.
    ORLANDO is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) as a favorite this season.
    ORLANDO is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) in home games this season.
    ORLANDO is 60-89 ATS (-37.9 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
    ORLANDO is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    ORLANDO is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 6-4 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
    ORLANDO is 7-3 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ATLANTA (37 - 32) at CHARLOTTE (30 - 39) - 3/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    CHARLOTTE is 63-39 ATS (+20.1 Units) in home games in March games since 1996.
    ATLANTA is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in road games off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    UTAH (43 - 27) at INDIANA (35 - 34) - 3/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 158-122 ATS (+23.8 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1996.
    INDIANA is 42-29 ATS (+10.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) in home games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=98 points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) when playing on back-to-back days this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UTAH is 3-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    UTAH is 3-2 straight up against INDIANA 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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    WASHINGTON (42 - 27) at BOSTON (44 - 26) - 3/20/2017, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 7-3 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 6-4 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DENVER (33 - 36) at HOUSTON (48 - 22) - 3/20/2017, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 6-3 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 6-3 straight up against DENVER 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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    GOLDEN STATE (55 - 14) at OKLAHOMA CITY (40 - 29) - 3/20/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    GOLDEN STATE is 81-110 ATS (-40.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
    GOLDEN STATE is 58-85 ATS (-35.5 Units) in road games after scoring 115 points or more since 1996.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 39-29 ATS (+7.1 Units) in all games this season.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 24-10 ATS (+13.0 Units) in home games this season.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 174-125 ATS (+36.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent since 1996.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
    GOLDEN STATE is 136-113 ATS (+11.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 39-23 ATS (+13.7 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 82-60 ATS (+16.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 81-58 ATS (+17.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 46-26 ATS (+17.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 14-29 ATS (-17.9 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 11-5 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 13-4 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    11 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW YORK (27 - 42) at LA CLIPPERS (41 - 29) - 3/20/2017, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 210-168 ATS (+25.2 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA CLIPPERS is 4-1 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 5-0 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    76ers won three of last four games, covered 15 of last 18 games. Four of their last five games stayed under. Magic lost four of last five games; they’re 4-9 vs spread in last 13 home games. Four of their last six games stayed under the total. Road team won six of last seven Philly-Orlando games; 76ers won three of last five visits to Magic Kingdom. Six of last eight series games went over.


    Atlanta lost its last three games; they’re 5-7 vs spread in last 12 road games. Three of their last four road games stayed under. Charlotte lost three of last four games; 3-10 vs spread in last 13 home games. Under is 5-3 in their last eight games. Hornets won three of last four games with Atlanta; Hawks lost four of last five visits here (0-4-1 vs spread). Last seven series games stayed under the total.


    Utah lost three of last five games; they’re 2-5 vs spread in last seven road games- their last three games stayed under the total. Pacers won their last four home games; 5-0-1 vs spread in game following their last six losses. Under is 12-2 in their last 14 games. Jazz won their last three games with Indiana, but they lost four of last five visits here. Three of last four series games went over.


    Washington lost three of last four games; they’re 9-4-2 vs spread in last 15 road games. Over is 9-1 in their last ten games. Boston won three of last four games; they won/covered last three home games. Under is 11-1-2 in their last 14 games. Celtics won five of last seven games with Washington; last two series games went over. Wizards lost last four visits to Boston (0-4 vs spread).


    Nuggets won/covered four of last five games, including last three on road. Seven of their last nine road games stayed under. Houston won four of last five games; they’re 7-10 vs spread in last 17 home games. Eight of their last ten home games went over. Rockets won six of last nine games with Denver; Nuggets lost two of last three games played here. Under is 3-2 in last five series games.


    Golden State won its last three games; they’re 1-7 vs spread in last eight road games. Under is 11-1 in their last 12 games. Thunder won/covered last five games; they’re 10-2 vs spread in last 12 home games. Three of their last four games went over. Warriors won their last six games with Oklahoma City, beating them by 26-21-16 this season. Teams split last four series games played here- four of last five series games stayed under the total.


    New York lost four of last five games; they’re 2-6 vs spread in last eight road games. Under is 7-3 in their last ten games. Clippers lost three of last four games; they’re 3-7 vs spread in last ten home games. Under is 6-3-2 in their last 11 games. Knicks lost their last nine games with the Clippers (2-7 vs spread); they lost last four series games played here (2-2 vs spread). Seven of last nine series games stayed under.
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    7:00 PM
    PHILADELPHIA vs. ORLANDO
    Philadelphia is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Orlando
    Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Orlando is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games at home
    Orlando is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

    7:00 PM
    UTAH vs. INDIANA
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Utah's last 12 games on the road
    Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

    7:00 PM
    ATLANTA vs. CHARLOTTE
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
    Atlanta is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
    Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    Charlotte is 8-15-2 ATS in its last 25 games

    7:30 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. BOSTON
    Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Washington is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
    Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

    8:00 PM
    DENVER vs. HOUSTON
    Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
    Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Denver

    8:00 PM
    GOLDEN STATE vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
    Golden State is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Golden State is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
    Oklahoma City is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Golden State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Golden State

    10:30 PM
    NEW YORK vs. LA CLIPPERS
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games on the road
    New York is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games when playing LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games at home
    LA Clippers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing at home against New York
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    New York @ LA Clippers


    Game 613-614
    March 20, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New York
    115.161
    LA Clippers
    133.265
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 18
    210
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 10 1/2
    215 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    LA Clippers
    (-10 1/2); Under


    Golden State @ Oklahoma City



    Game 611-612
    March 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Golden State
    127.839
    Oklahoma City
    122.924
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Golden State
    by 5
    228
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Golden State
    by 1
    222 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Golden State
    (-1); Over


    Denver @ Houston



    Game 609-610
    March 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Denver
    117.655
    Houston
    133.325
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Houston
    by 15 1/2
    244
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Houston
    by 9
    236 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Houston
    (-9); Over


    Washington @ Boston



    Game 607-608
    March 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    121.607
    Boston
    120.485
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 1
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 2 1/2
    214 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+2 1/2); Under


    Utah @ Indiana



    Game 605-606
    March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Utah
    123.167
    Indiana
    115.642
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Utah
    by 7 1/2
    188
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 2 1/2
    193 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Utah
    (-2 1/2); Under


    Atlanta @ Charlotte



    Game 603-604
    March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    115.725
    Charlotte
    118.851
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Charlotte
    by 3
    208
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Charlotte
    by 5 1/2
    203 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (+5 1/2); Over


    Philadelphia @ Orlando



    Game 601-602
    March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Philadelphia
    109.628
    Orlando
    118.453
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Orlando
    by 9
    217
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Orlando
    by 5
    211 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Orlando
    (-5); Over
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    March 20, 2017



    Now that the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournaments have concluded, the NBA will step in slowly and take over the national attention on the hardwood once again.


    Bettors finishing or starting their weeks on Sunday watched the favorites go 6-2 straight up and 5-3 against the spread while the ‘over’ produced a 7-1 record.


    Monday’s slate has seven games on tap, which includes a nationally televised double-header and that’s where we begin.


    Game of the Night – Golden State at Oklahoma City (TNT, 8:05 p.m. ET)


    The Warriors (55-14 SU, 31-36-2 ATS) and Thunder (40-29 SU, 39-29-1 ATS) will meet for fourth and final time this season on Monday from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The last meeting at this venue didn’t turn out so well for the Oklahoma City, who were blasted 130-114 by Golden State on Feb. 11.


    Including that win, the Warriors have and covered all three games this season versus the Thunder by an average of 21 points per game.


    The big difference for this matchup is the status of Golden State forward Kevin Durant, who is still ‘out’ with a knee injury. In the three games against his former team this season, the All-Star posted 37.7 PPG and 9.3 rebounds while connecting on 63 percent of his shots from 3-point land.


    You can make a case that Golden State is still solid with the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green but it's obvious that it's nowhere close to the level with KD in the lineup.


    Oddsmakers opened Golden State as a two-point road favorite for Monday and the Warriors have gone 26-10 as visitors this season but are just 14-21-1 versus the number.


    The Thunder have been a great bet at home (26-9 SU, 24-10-1 ATS) this season and they’ve won and covered six of the last seven in front of its fans. OKC has won its last two games as a home underdog and is 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS overall on the season.


    Billy Donovan’s team has been a very streaky this season and they enter this matchup with momentum, winners in their last five games. The defense has been outstanding during this span, holding opponents to 99 PPG. Keeping Golden State and the league’s best offense (116.2 PPG) in check will be a much stiffer test but the Warriors haven’t been as prolific on the road (112.9 PPG).


    The Warriors come into this game with some defensive swagger as well, holding its last two opponents to 92 points apiece. Albeit the wins and covers came versus the Magic and Bucks, Golden State needed a couple shots of confidence after roasting bettors with a 1-10 ATS drought (6-5 SU).


    Monday’s total opened 221 and a couple shops moved to 222 ˝ and that seems a little strange based on the form from the Warriors. Golden State has watched the ‘under’ cash in six straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
    Plus, they’ve been the best ‘under’ bet in the NBA on the road this season (25-11, 69%).


    Golden State holds a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoff race over San Antonio but it’s future odds to win the NBA Finals have been dropped to even money (Bet $100 to win $100).


    We Meet Again


    Denver (33-36 SU, 37-31 ATS) and Houston (48-22 SU, 40-30 ATS) will complete their home-and-home matchup on Monday night from the Toyota Center.


    The pair met Saturday and the Rockets stopped the Nuggets 109-105 as 2 ˝-point road favorites at the Pepsi Center. Denver did play with a short-handed squad as forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari both sat out. Chandler is possible to return for the rematch but Gallinari remains 'doubtful' with a knee injury.


    Houston didn’t shoot well from the field, going 5-of-24 (21%) from 3-point land and Saturday’s win was the first this season when making less than 10 triples. The Rockets made up for the poor shooting with a solid 28-of-35 performance from the free throw line.


    Including this win, Houston is now 2-0 versus Denver this season and both wins came on the road. Prior to those outcomes, the Nuggets had won and covered three straight in this series.


    Despite the loss, Denver has gone 8-4 both SU and ATS since the All-Star break. Also, the Nuggets haven’t dropped two straight games during this span and they’ve gone 3-1 on the road.


    Houston doesn’t lose often at home (25-9 SU) but it’s certainly not a great team to back at the betting counter (16-18 ATS) either.


    The Nuggets are currently holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and will likely see an early exit in the postseason because they haven’t proven themselves versus quality opponents. Against wining clubs, Denver has gone 9-22 this season while Houston has produced an eye opening 34-6 mark against clubs below .500.


    For what it’s worth, Houston has gone 9-4 versus the Northwest Division this season while Denver has struggled with a 3-9 mark against the Southwest.


    Saturday’s total closed as high as 241 and the game never had a shot to get there. Denver is tied for the best ‘over’ mark in the league with a 43-25 record to the high side. Houston leans to the ‘over’ (36-33-1) and that includes a 19-15 mark at home.


    Houston opned as a nine-point favorite on Monday and the total is hovering between 236 and 237 at most shops.


    H2H Trends to Watch


    The Hornets and Hawks have seen the ‘under’ cash in their last seven encounters. Tonight’s total opened 203 and jumped up to 204 as of Monday morning.


    Utah has won and covered three in a row against Indiana, including a 109-100 win on Jan. 21 as a seven-point home favorite. The Jazz are listed as a three-point road favorite over the Pacers.


    In the last seven meetings, the winner of the Boston-Washington matchup has scored 111 points or more. The Wizards have won two of three this season while posting 123 and 118 in its victories.


    The Clippers have won nine straight against the Knicks, which includes a 119-115 comeback win on Feb. 8 as one-point road favorites. Los Angeles has gone 7-1-1 ATS during this winning streak and the ‘under’ is 7-2.


    Back-to-Back Notes


    There are three teams that will be playing with no rest on Monday.


    Listed below are their SU and ATS records, plus any notable trends that are in play.


    Philadelphia (5-11 SU, 9-7 ATS) – The 76ers have been a great look on no rest recently, especially versus the number. The club is 6-1 ATS in its last seven and they’ve won four of those games. Philadelphia has seen the ‘over’ go 11-5 and that includes a 6-2 run to the high side in its last eight B2B matchups.


    Monday’s Opponent – at Orlando (+5)


    Indiana (4-11 SU, 4-11 ATS) – The Pacers have struggled all season on zero days rest but they did win their last back-to-back spot, a 98-77 victory on Mar. 15 over Charlotte as three-point favorites. Indiana has had trouble scoring of late, averaging just 97.3 PPG in its last six. Not surprising, the ‘under’ has gone 5-1 in those games.


    Monday’s Opponent – vs. Utah (+2.5)


    Boston (9-6 SU, 8-7 ATS) – After winning six straight and nine of 10 on no rest, Boston has surrendered three consecutive losses when facing back-to-back situations. The defense gave up 116, 114 and 104 points in those losses.


    Monday’s Opponent – vs. Washington (-3)
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    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    PHI at ORL 07:00 PM

    PHI +6.0 ***********


    UTA at IND 07:00 PM


    UTA -2.0


    U 192.0 **********


    ATL at CHA 07:00 PM


    CHA -6.0 **********


    WAS at BOS 07:30 PM


    WAS +3.5 **********


    DEN at HOU 08:00 PM


    DEN +8.5


    O 236.0


    GS at OKC 08:00 PM

    GS -1.5


    U 222.0


    NY at LAC 10:30 PM


    LAC -11.0


    U 215.5
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    Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack


    Odds on who will get the most saves this season (William Hill Sports):


    4-1— Kenley Jansen


    9-2— Zach Britton


    7-1— Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman


    8-1— Edwin Diaz


    10-1— Jeurys Familia


    12-1— Craig Kimbrel, Wade Davis


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    Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……..


    13) You don’t read enough uplifting stories these days; saw one on Twitter Sunday night on how former Indiana coach Tom Crean is a terrific guy, doing random acts of kindness around the Bloomington area throughout his seven years coaching the Hoosiers.


    Crean was being mentioned for the LSU job (he didn’t get it); he got Marquette to the Final Four when he had Dwyane Wade. The man can coach; am guessing he’ll have a new job soon, but being selfish, would actually be curious to hear him on TV for a season.


    12) In 1980, Duke’s basketball coach quit to go to South Carolina, in part because the Duke AD didn’t have the coaches’ parking lot paved, even though the coach requested it after he made the Final Four in ’78. When the coach left, Duke hired a young coach named Krzyzewski to replace him, so Duke fans shouldn’t be too annoyed the Blue Devils lost to Carolina Sunday.


    If the Gamecocks hadn’t hired Bill Foster away from Duke 37 years ago, maybe the Coach K era never would’ve happened.


    11) Counting all four postseason tournaments, ACC teams are 5-15 against the spread. All this “Which conference is best/worst?” arguments are cyclical, it changes from year to year.


    10) Last three times Arkansas made the NCAA tournament, they were eliminated by North Carolina, in 2008, 2015, 2017.


    9) Ominous stats for UCLA (South), Oregon (Midwest), who are playing in regional semifinals this week: since ’06, Pac-12 teams are 10-6 in West Region semis/finals, but 1-11 in other region’s semis/finals. Arizona is still playing in the West region.


    8) Hey, they found Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey; now I can sleep better.


    7) Since 2010, Wisconsin/Kentucky (six each) have most Sweet 16 appearances.


    6) Greg Maddux faced 20,421 hitters in his career; of those, only 310 times did he have a 3-0 count. Of the 310 3-0 counts, 177 of them were intentional walks.


    5) NFL is considering shortening overtime to 10:00 instead of 15:00. They should eliminate it altogether in preseason games.


    4) QB Josh McCown gets $6M for one year from the Jets, where he’ll have a chance to start.


    3) LIU went 20-12 this season, 13-5 in the NEC, but they fired their coach Monday. Must be an interesting backstory there. Guy went 46-42 in five years in the NEC, making the NCAA’s in his first year. Doesn’t seem like a record that merited a dismissal.


    2) Philadelphia 76ers’ studio show is unique; former St Joe’s coach Jim Lynam is an analyst, and so is his daughter Dei Lynam. I’m old enough to remember when St Joe’s won a tournament game way back when and his daughter ran on the court and hugged him- she was a kid back then.


    1— Our thoughts/prayers go out to former NFL WR Dwight Clark, who announced he has ALS and is fighting that crippling disease. One thing, though…….


    My mother passed away in 2004; she had Alzheimer’s, dementia and arthritis in her knees, but she never played one down of football. Football isn’t responsible for everything.
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    7:00 PM
    CHICAGO vs. TORONTO
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing Toronto
    Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing Chicago
    Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

    7:30 PM
    DETROIT vs. BROOKLYN
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 1-19 SU in its last 20 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Brooklyn's last 20 games when playing Detroit

    7:30 PM
    PHOENIX vs. MIAMI
    Phoenix is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games when playing Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games

    8:00 PM
    MEMPHIS vs. NEW ORLEANS
    Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Orleans's last 16 games

    8:30 PM
    GOLDEN STATE vs. DALLAS
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games
    Golden State is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
    Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Golden State

    9:30 PM
    SAN ANTONIO vs. MINNESOTA
    San Antonio is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
    San Antonio is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Antonio
    Minnesota is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing San Antonio

    10:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE vs. PORTLAND
    Milwaukee is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
    Milwaukee is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
    Portland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
    Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

    10:30 PM
    LA CLIPPERS vs. LA LAKERS
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
    LA Clippers are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games when playing LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games
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    CHICAGO (33 - 37) at TORONTO (41 - 29) - 3/21/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 14-27 ATS (-15.7 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
    TORONTO is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 10-0 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 10-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DETROIT (34 - 36) at BROOKLYN (13 - 56) - 3/21/2017, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 12-21 ATS (-11.1 Units) in road games this season.
    DETROIT is 11-25 ATS (-16.5 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more this season.
    DETROIT is 13-29 ATS (-18.9 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BROOKLYN is 6-2 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    BROOKLYN is 4-4 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (22 - 48) at MIAMI (34 - 36) - 3/21/2017, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MIAMI is 4-1 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    MIAMI is 4-1 straight up against PHOENIX 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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    MEMPHIS (40 - 30) at NEW ORLEANS (29 - 41) - 3/21/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MEMPHIS is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
    MEMPHIS is 129-95 ATS (+24.5 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.
    MEMPHIS is 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 7-4 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    MEMPHIS is 8-3 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    GOLDEN STATE (56 - 14) at DALLAS (30 - 39) - 3/21/2017, 8:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    GOLDEN STATE is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    GOLDEN STATE is 15-32 ATS (-20.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    DALLAS is 374-307 ATS (+36.3 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    DALLAS is 22-13 ATS (+7.7 Units) in home games this season.
    DALLAS is 318-265 ATS (+26.5 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
    DALLAS is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) in home games revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
    GOLDEN STATE is 147-123 ATS (+11.7 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 137-113 ATS (+12.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 83-60 ATS (+17.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 7-3 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 9-1 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SAN ANTONIO (53 - 16) at MINNESOTA (28 - 41) - 3/21/2017, 9:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 22-9 ATS (+12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 27-13 ATS (+12.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 991-864 ATS (+40.6 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 81-66 ATS (+8.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 183-140 ATS (+29.0 Units) in March games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 150-104 ATS (+35.6 Units) on Tuesday nights since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 404-323 ATS (+48.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
    MINNESOTA is 48-67 ATS (-25.7 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN ANTONIO is 7-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    SAN ANTONIO is 10-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MILWAUKEE (34 - 35) at PORTLAND (32 - 37) - 3/21/2017, 10:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    LA CLIPPERS (42 - 29) at LA LAKERS (20 - 50) - 3/21/2017, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA CLIPPERS are 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    LA LAKERS are 66-83 ATS (-25.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LA LAKERS are 170-214 ATS (-65.4 Units) in home games in the second half of the season since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA LAKERS is 6-4 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 9-1 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    NBA betting road map: Grizzlies mauling recent opponents


    The Grizzlies had an impressive week. David Fizdale's crew won and covered four games, and capped it with a 104-96 upset win of the Spurs.


    The NBA was probably happy that basketball fans turned their attention this weekend to the college version of the sport, as controversy surrounded the league for the second straight weekend when its nationally televised game lost its luster due to the resting of star players.


    Of course, with the Playoffs on the horizon this issue will be soon forgotten. Al McMordie takes a look at what's ahead this week in the NBA.


    Spread Watch


    The Memphis Grizzlies had a most impressive week. David Fizdale's crew won and covered four games, and capped it with a 104-96 upset win of the San Antonio Spurs. And this stretch of strong play came out of nowhere, as Memphis had plunged to its lowest emotional point of the season right before, with five straight losses (including three at home).


    This week, the Grizz will face three teams that they have beaten twice each this season: New Orleans (2-1), San Antonio (2-0) and Golden State (2-1). Remarkably, Memphis is the only team in the league to own multiple wins this season against both the Warriors and Spurs. And they have held the Spurs, who average over 106 points, to just 85 points per game.


    Manu Ginobili touched upon exactly why that is after Saturday's loss, "They're a tough team. They are physical. They got us out of our comfort zone."


    But as we saw in Memphis' third meeting this season vs. Golden State, it's tough to beat a great team three times in a row. After losing the season's first two tilts with Memphis, Golden State blew them out, 122-107, on February 10.


    Look for San Antonio to react similarly Wednesday, as the Spurs are 18-5 SU and 15-8 ATS as a favorite when playing with double-revenge from losses in the first two meetings of a season.




    Totals Watch


    The Milwaukee Bucks' defense has finally started to click. It's held seven of its last 13 opponents to under 100 points, and has gone Under the total in three straight, and 11 of its last 13 games.


    Coach Jason Kidd subscribes to the theory that defense wins games, and Milwaukee's 9-4 record in its last 13 games certainly supports that. And they currently own the NBA's second longest win streak (14 games) when holding its opponent to under 100 points (only the Rockets' streak, at 20 games, is longer).


    Milwaukee currently sits in seventh place in the congested Eastern Conference - three games out of fifth place, but also two games out of tenth. Thus, you should expect the Bucks' intensity on the defensive end to remain constant as they makes a push toward the playoffs.


    This week, the Bucks will travel out west to Portland and Sacramento, before returning home to host Atlanta and Chicago. The Kings (11-5 Under), Hawks (11-4 Under) and Bulls (9-2 Under) are all on extended streaks of their own playing low-scoring games, so consider taking the Under when the Bucks meet up with each of them this week.




    Injury Watch


    The Miami Heat have been sizzling hot since January 17, as they've won 23 of 29 games (24-5 ATS) to move into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. But the Heat's good fortune took a hit in Friday night's win over Minnesota when starting shooting guard Dion Waiters suffered a sprained ankle. Waiters - Miami's 3rd leading scorer - has been a big part of Miami's resurgence, but he's likely to miss several weeks. Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington will pick up extra minutes, and are both capable players, but Waiters' absence will surely have a negative impact.


    Indeed, in Miami's very first game following this injury, they were upset at home by Portland and saw their seven-game ATS win streak snapped in the process.
    This week, the Heat will host the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors, before heading north Sunday to play Boston. That game against the Celtics will be a tall task for Erik Spoelstra's men, as Boston's won all three meetings this season, and six straight, overall.




    Schedule Watch


    The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a dogfight with the Clippers and Grizzlies for the all-important fifth seed, which would enable them to avoid the Warriors, Spurs and Rockets in the first round. This week, the Thunder have to play two of the NBA's top three teams (Warriors, Rockets) sandwiched around a game on Wednesday vs. the league's hottest ATS team (76ers).


    Oklahoma City has defeated Philly 15 straight times (10-5 ATS), which is the second longest active win streak against an opponent (only Cleveland's 16-game win streak vs. Orlando is longer).


    The Thunder are also the second hottest ATS team, with five straight point spread wins, so they don't have to be too worried about the fact that Philly has covered six straight games, and 15 of 18.


    But the games vs. the Warriors and Rockets are another matter, entirely, as OKC is on an 0-6 SU/ATS run vs. the Warriors (including all three meetings this season), and are 3-8 SU and 2-9 ATS vs. the Rockets.


    The good news, though, for OKC in Monday's game vs. the Warriors is that it's a super 41-19 ATS in the regular season when playing with revenge vs. an opponent off a SU/ATS win. So, don't be surprised if Russell Westbrook & Co. snap their losing streak to the Warriors.
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    Tuesday, March 21




    LA Clippers @ LA Lakers


    Game 665-666
    March 21, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Clippers
    119.392
    LA Lakers
    108.265
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 11
    226
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 8
    221
    Dunkel Pick:
    LA Clippers
    (-8); Over


    Milwaukee @ Portland



    Game 663-664
    March 21, 2017 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Milwaukee
    118.758
    Portland
    122.809
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Portland
    by 4
    218
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
    Portland
    N/A


    San Antonio @ Minnesota



    Game 661-662
    March 21, 2017 @ 9:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Antonio
    121.465
    Minnesota
    123.017
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 1 1/2
    199
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 5
    205 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (+5); Under


    Golden State @ Dallas



    Game 659-660
    March 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Golden State
    124.576
    Dallas
    127.173
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 2 1/2
    203
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Golden State
    by 4 1/2
    209 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (+4 1/2); Under


    Memphis @ New Orleans



    Game 657-658
    March 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Memphis
    119.908
    New Orleans
    127.586
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 7 1/2
    212
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 2 1/2
    205
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Orleans
    (-2 1/2); Over


    Phoenix @ Miami



    Game 655-656
    March 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    109.668
    Miami
    126.420
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Miami
    by 17
    215
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Miami
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    N/A


    Detroit @ Brooklyn



    Game 653-654
    March 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Detroit
    115.174
    Brooklyn
    117.699
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Brooklyn
    by 2 1/2
    209
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Detroit
    by 5 1/2
    214
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+5 1/2); Under


    Chicago @ Toronto



    Game 651-652
    March 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    114.803
    Toronto
    118.399
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 3 1/2
    196
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 7
    201 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+7); Under
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    Inside the Paint - Tuesday
    March 21, 2017



    Four teams are laying points as visitors on Tuesday and all of them own winning straight up records in this role, but their numbers against the spread haven’t been as good.


    Detroit (6-4 SU, 6-4 ATS) – The Pistons have been surprisingly good in this role and two of the four losses came to very hot teams in Miami and Washington. The club has won and covered three of their last four as road favorites but one of the other losses did come against Brooklyn, who is tonight’s opponent. The ‘over’ has gone 8-2 when Detroit is a road favorite and the Nets have had no issues pushing the pace at home.


    Opening Line: Pistons -4 ˝


    Golden State (27-9 SU, 15-20-1 ATS) – It’s truly amazing that the Warriors have been road favorites in all but one of their away games and the one instance occurred when they rested players. Dallas will get the shot to knock off Golden State tonight and it has gone 10-13 SU and 13-10 ATS in this role at home. Make a note that most of those losses came earlier in the season when the Mavericks were dealing with injuries and they enter this matchup with a 7-1 ATS run in their last eight as home pups.


    Opening Line: Warriors -3 ˝


    San Antonio (23-7 SU, 15-14-1 ATS) – Similar to the Warriors, it’s very common to see the Spurs laying points on the road and they’ve been a better investment for gamblers. However, Pop’s club is 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS in their last three away games and they’ll be facing a Minnesota team that has gone 9-1 ATS (6-4 SU) in its last 10 as a home underdog on Tuesday. Before you run to the counter and back the Timberwolves, make a note that San Antonio has won 10 straight (7-3 ATS) in this series and that includes five consecutive wins at the Target Center by double digits.

    Opening Line: Spurs -5



    L.A. Clippers (12-9 SU, 8-13 ATS) – Tuesday’s matchup versus the Lakers isn’t your typical road game and the Clippers are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 when laying points away. In the last 20 encounters, the Clippers have gone 16-4 versus the Lakers and they’ve covered 11 of those games. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 111-102 on Christmas but Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both out.


    Opening Line: Clippers -8


    Non-Conference Action


    Phoenix (22-48 SU, 34-34-2 ATS) at Miami (34-36 SU, 43-27 ATS)



    The Heat (-12) are laying a heavy price for this game but the number is deserving. Despite losing a 115-104 decision to Portland on Sunday at home, Miami is 15-2 both SU and ATS in its last 17 from American Airlines Arena.


    Phoenix has decided to go with a youth movement down the stretch and they enter this game on a four-game losing streak, both SU and ATS. The offense has lacked any pop (100 PPG) during this span and it will be facing a Heat team that has been shooting lights out at home recently.


    Laying double digits is new territory for the Heat but they’ve owned the Suns at home in recent seasons, winning six straight (5-1 ATS) and five of the victories have come by double digits.


    Phoenix has gone 4-6 SU and 6-4 ATS on the road this season versus Eastern Conference opponents.


    Milwaukee (34-35 SU, 30-39 ATS) at Portland (32-37 SU, 30-39 ATS)


    Tough game to handicap when you look at the overall ATS records for both clubs, but if your handicapping leans to current form then Portland (-5) would certainly be a look over Milwaukee.


    The Trail Blazers just wrapped a five-game road trip and produced a solid 4-1 record both SU and ATS. With Denver losing last night, Portland is only a half game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers have gone 2-1 versus the Nuggets this season and face them one more time on Mar. 28 from the Moda Center.


    The first game back from a long road trip is never easy and the Blazers will be facing a rested team that's been on the West Coast for the last week.


    Milwaukee is also in the middle of the playoff hunt and currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks got drilled on Saturday at Golden State 117-92 but that was just their second loss in their last 10 games.


    Jason Kidd’s team has been respectable versus the West this season with a 13-13 ledger but the road numbers (5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS) haven’t helped that cause. Portland’s inability to rack up wins versus the East (12-16) has hurt their postseason chances and going 6-7 both SU and ATS at home doesn’t provide much confidence for bettors.


    Zero Days Rest


    Only two teams playing back-to-back spots on Tuesday and below is their records and notable trends to watch.


    Golden State (10-4 SU, 5-9 ATS) – You don’t want to make excuses for the Warriors but their record has been solid in back-to-back spots. They got caught early in the season to the Lakers (117-97), which could be the biggest surprise outcome of the season. Then, they lost on a buzzer beater to Miami and their rally versus the Wizards came up short in the game Kevin Durant got injured. The last setback was at San Antonio when Steve Kerr decided to not play his top four guys.


    L.A. Clippers (7-8 SU, 7-8 ATS) – After dropping seven straight on no rest, Doc’s team has won and covered two of their last three on no rest.


    Total Notes

    -- Chicago has seen the ‘under’ go 44-26 this season, the best in the NBA, and the low side has posted identical 22-13 marks both at home and on the road.


    -- Golden State has watched the ‘under’ cash in seven straight games and the low side has connected in 12 of the last 13.


    -- The Warriors remain the best ‘under’ team in the NBA with a 26-11 (70%) record.


    -- Phoenix has watched the ‘under’ go 5-0 in its last five.


    -- The ‘over’ has gone 4-0 in the last four for San Antonio.


    -- The Lakers have seen the ‘over’ go 6-1 in their last seven.


    -- The ‘under’ has cashed in nine straight meetings between the Lakers and Clippers.


    -- Milwaukee has watched the ‘under’ go 11-3 since the All-Star break.
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    Silver tells owners to take note of rest
    March 20, 2017



    MIAMI (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games ''an extremely significant issue for our league'' and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.


    Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players.


    ''Decisions of this kind ... can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,'' Silver wrote in the memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press. ''With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.''


    ESPN.com first reported the contents of the memo.


    The rest issue has been an even hotter-than-usual talking point in the NBA of late with teams like Golden State and Cleveland - the last two NBA champions - electing to rest superstars in recent nationally televised games. Fans have complained on some occasions that they have paid a premium price to see stars play, then arrived at arenas only to find that those players are getting the game off.


    It also can't sit well with the networks that paid $24 billion to the NBA in the latest television contract negotiations.


    ''Please also be reminded that under current league rules teams are required to provide notice to the league office, their opponent and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest,'' Silver wrote. ''Failure to abide by these rules will result in significant penalties.''


    The Warriors chose to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for a nationally televised game against San Antonio on March 11. Coach Steve Kerr said he did it in response to a grueling stretch of the schedule that included eight games in eight different cities in 13 days.


    ''It's my call, and it's the right thing to do in terms of the way the season is playing out and the way the minutes have gone and (Kevin Durant's) injury,'' Kerr said when he announced the decision after a game against Minnesota the previous night. ''It's the right thing to do, so we're doing it.''


    LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love rested for Cleveland against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night, though Irving and Love were both dealing with recent injuries.


    It is not a new issue, though Silver noted that its frequency has escalated this season.


    San Antonio was fined $250,000 by then-NBA commissioner David Stern in the 2012-13 season when coach Gregg Popovich sent Danny Green, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili home for rest on Nov. 29, 2012, rather than having them play Miami in the final game of a six-game road trip.


    Stern said the fine was due to a litany of transgressions, but primarily because San Antonio did not alert the league or media of the players' unavailability prior to the game. Since then, the Spurs have announced in advance which players will rest.


    Silver has said the league is very sensitive to players needing as much rest as possible to perform at their best and avoid injury. The league will start the regular season earlier next year so it can reduce the number of back-to-backs and stretches of four games in five nights that teams face.
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    Continuity in question for Pelicans
    March 20, 2017



    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Pelicans forward Solomon Hill hopes New Orleans can sell its fan base on the benefits of patience and continuity - tough as that may be for a team on the brink of missing the playoffs for a second straight season.


    Recently, though, the Pelicans have begun seeing more of the results they expected when they traded for 6-foot-11 All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and put him in their front court alongside fellow All-Star Anthony Davis.


    The Pelicans have won four of five - with three of those victories coming by double digits.


    With 12 games left, the Pelicans might not be able to make up the 4+ games in the standings separating them from the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But they might be able to show the type of promise ownership needs to see to justify allowing the current regime of general manager Dell Demps and affable head coach Alvin Gentry more time to get it right.


    ''Hopefully we can just try to save this framework, whether we make the playoffs or not,'' said Hill, who has averaged around 20 points in the Pelicans' past two games while getting increased ball-handling opportunities in Gentry's up-tempo offense.


    Hill added that he ''most definitely would like to'' see Gentry and his staff back next season, along with the current core of the roster, which includes free-agent-to-be Jrue Holiday.


    ''Everybody says coach's offense is a players' dream, and now he has the certain pieces to implement it,'' Hill asserted after Monday's practice. ''We really have a good framework to sustain this.''


    The Pelicans traded three guards and this summer's first- and second-round draft picks to Sacramento for Cousins. Gentry warned that it normally takes time for a team to play efficiently after making such a significant lineup change during the season. That was the case for New Orleans, which lost six of its first seven games with Cousins in the lineup.


    For Gentry, New Orleans' recent success has stemmed not just from improved chemistry, but also a concerted effort to involve more players on offense. The Pelicans had six players score in double digits in a victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Cousins scored 15 points, well below his season average of 26.5 points, but New Orleans scored 123 and won by 14.


    In each of their past five games, the Pelicans have scored at least 100 points, eclipsing 120 three times, albeit once in overtime.


    Gentry said the Pelicans must understand that Cousins and Davis might not get as many shots as they did before the Feb. 19 trade, and that ''when we get other guys involved in the game, that's when we're really better as a team.''


    Another challenge has been figuring out how to fit Cousins, 270-pound, post-up player, into the run-and-gun style Gentry prefers. What the Pelicans have done recently is have Davis defend more near the perimeter so he can get out quickly in transition. If an early scoring opportunity doesn't develop, New Orleans can pull up while Cousins, who often trails the play after defending down low, works his way into a half-court set.


    ''We've been playing with a lot of good pace. We've been getting the ball out quick and pushing it down the floor, getting some easy looks,'' Davis said. ''When we don't have that, we try to play inside-out.''


    What Cousins, who is under contract for more season, makes of the team's recent form is unclear. The mercurial big man has avoided meeting with media since the middle of last week.


    Gentry agreed with Davis that the Pelicans are ''back to playing at a pretty good pace ... and we're figuring out ways that we can keep that pace.''


    Gentry also has been pleased by his team's resolve to make a late-season run, no matter how improbable its playoff chances are. One thing the Pelicans have going for them is they have three games left against Denver, which currently holds the West's final playoff seed. They also have one game each against Dallas and Portland, who are between them and Denver in the standings.


    ''With this group, they've all continued to have confidence and feel like ... we can be a playoff team,'' Gentry said. ''Until we're mathematically eliminated, we're going to still have that goal.''
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    Win Total Update
    March 20, 2017



    The marathon of the 82-game NBA regular season concludes on Wednesday Apr. 12 and we’re starting to see Win Total wagers start to cash.


    Before the season began, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released NBA Win Totals for all 30 teams.


    As of Monday Mar. 20, we’ve seen seven teams go either ‘over’ or ‘under’ their numbers posted by the oddsmakers.


    Winners


    Over Philadelphia 76ers (25.5)
    Over Houston Rockets (44)


    Under New York Knicks (40.5)
    Under Portland Trail Blazers (45.5)
    Under Los Angeles Clippers (54)
    Under Boston Celtics (52.5)
    Under Minnesota Timberwolves (41)


    Along with the above winners, we also have nine more teams that will likely see their outcome decided in the next couple weeks.

    On the Cusp



    Under Detroit Pistons (45)
    Under Indiana Pacers (45)


    Over Miami Heat (34.5)
    Over Milwaukee Bucks (35.5)
    Over Washington Wizards (43)
    Over Denver Nuggets (36.5)
    Over Memphis Grizzlies (43.5)
    Over San Antonio Spurs (57.5)
    Over Utah Jazz (47.5)


    Listed below are all of the teams, their win totals, overall records through Mar. 19, 2017 and their projected result.


    NBA WIN TOTAL UPDATE (3/20/17)


    Eastern Conference Win Total Overall Record Projection



    Atlanta Hawks 44 37-32
    Boston Celtics 52.5 44-26
    Brooklyn Nets 21.5 13-56
    Charlotte Hornets 40.5 30-39
    Chicago Bulls 39.5 33-37
    Cleveland Cavaliers 56.5 46-23
    Detroit Pistons 45 34-36
    Indiana Pacers 45 35-34
    Miami Heat 34.5 34-36
    Milwaukee Bucks 35.5 34-35
    New York Knicks 40.5 27-42
    Orlando Magic 36.5 25-45
    Philadelphia 76ers 25.5 26-43
    Toronto Raptors 50.5 41-29
    Washington Wizards 43 42-27

    Western Conference Win Total Overall Record Projection

    Dallas Mavericks 39.5 30-39
    Denver Nuggets 36.5 33-36
    Houston Rockets 44 48-22
    Golden State Warriors 66.5 55-14
    Los Angeles Clippers 54 41-29
    Los Angeles Lakers 25.5 20-50
    Memphis Grizzlies 43.5 40-30
    Minnesota Timberwolves 41 28-41
    New Orleans Pelicans 36.5 29-41
    Oklahoma City Thunder 45.5 40-29
    Phoenix Suns 29 22-48
    Portland Trail Blazers 45.5 32-37
    Sacramento Kings 33 27-43
    San Antonio Spurs 57.5 53-16
    Utah Jazz 47.5 43-27
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