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    Blazers open without CJ McCollum
    October 17, 2017



    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The season opener for the Portland Trail Blazers has come with an unexpected twist: The absence of starter CJ McCollum, who is suspended for Wednesday's game at Phoenix.


    The suspension was handed down Saturday. McCollum was disciplined for leaving the bench when Portland's Caleb Swanigan and the Suns' Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of a preseason game last Wednesday night - coincidentally in Phoenix.


    McCollum didn't engage anyone after taking a few steps onto the floor, but leaving the bench area merited the penalty under NBA rules. So he will be a spectator when the Blazers open the season against the Suns. He'll also lose some $164,000 in salary.


    Some - including McCollum - questioned the suspension, given that he isn't a brawler at all, it was a preseason game, and the action wasn't menacing.


    Nonetheless, he took full responsibility for his actions.


    ''You never want to miss games, especially like that to start the season. You work so hard to prepare for the season, you go through a lot of preseason games that don't mean anything and then you miss a regular-season game because of an incident that you weren't even involved in,'' he told reporters following practice Monday. ''There's nothing I can do about it now but more forward and learn from it.''


    McCollum averaged a career-best 23 points per game on 48 percent shooting last season as half of a formidable backcourt duo with Damian Lillard, who had a career-best average of 27 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists


    The Blazers beat the Suns 113-104 in last Wednesday's game, finishing the preseason 5-1.


    Phoenix is in rebuilding mode, with coach Earl Watson guiding the development of 20-year-old burgeoning star Devin Booker and promising rookie Josh Jackson, alongside steady point guard Eric Bledsoe. The Suns went 24-58 last season, second-worst in the league.


    Celebrating the franchise's 50th season this year, the Suns haven't made the playoffs in six years, the longest drought in franchise history.


    The Blazers went 41-41 last season and made the playoffs, where they had the unfortunate luck of facing the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the first round.


    Portland got off to a poor start last season but saw improvement with the arrival of center Jusuf Nurkic, who was able to quickly develop chemistry with the rest of the team. He averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers, who were 14-5 with him in the starting lineup.


    Nurkic was injured at the end of last season, and appeared in just one of the playoff games against the Warriors.


    The 7-footer, known as the Bosnian Beast, shed about 35 pounds in the offseason to become more agile. He suggested that in the talented Western Conference, the Blazers could become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of years past.


    McCollum said it will be tough for the Blazers in a loaded Western Conference topped by the Warriors. But Portland could draw inspiration from two seasons ago, when the young squad of underdogs surprised the league after the departure of four starters.


    ''We need to be competitive, we need to have a chip on our shoulder, we need to be accountable for our actions, our words and our preparation each day,'' he said. ''Everybody has gotten better in the Western Conference, especially in our division. There aren't going to be any easy nights.''
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    76ers' Fultz gets to make NBA debut at Wizards close to home
    October 18, 2017



    WASHINGTON (AP) Markelle Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar setting.


    The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. Fultz grew up in nearby Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County and played at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville and will have many friends, family members and former coaches in attendance.


    ''Being able to have his first game in his backyard, I'm so happy for him,'' said Keith Williams, Fultz's AAU coach, trainer and mentor. ''It's perfect. It couldn't have worked out better.''


    Not wanting to throw Fultz ''into the fire,'' Sixers coach Brett Brown is easing the 19-year-old in by bringing him off the bench after missing portions of the preseason with shoulder and knee injuries. Fultz will be just the third top pick since 2003 to be active and not start his season opener, joining Anthony Bennett and Andrea Bargnani.


    Fultz said he's OK with the decision to come off the bench and considers opening in Washington ''almost the best thing that could happen'' to him. Expectations are high on the University of Washington product, so starting in his backyard is a substantial positive for Fultz, who was cut from his high school team as a sophomore and came back to become a blue chip prospect.


    ''The world's going to spin pretty quickly here,'' DeMatha coach Mike Jones said. ''Sometimes things are going to seem like they're a blur to him. Him being able to get started on that journey here in front of a lot of people that supported him and looked up to him I think is a great thing.''


    Fultz will face 2010 top pick John Wall, and Williams hopes Fultz doesn't feel too many jitters in his first pro game. Because Brown said Fultz ''didn't play'' enough in the preseason, perhaps getting to come off the bench eases some of the pressure.


    ''At the end of the day, I want to do whatever I got to do to help my team win, so if that's coming off the bench, I'm fine with that,'' Fultz said. ''Just contribute in any ways I can.''


    Fultz is joining a young Philadelphia team featuring Joel Embiid and 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, who will also be making his NBA debut after missing all of last season with a foot injury. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Fultz is expected to share the ball-handling duties with Simmons, and there's plenty of intrigue about how he'll handle the jump.


    ''I know he's a strong, athletic point guard that brings a lot of toughness to the game,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''I like what I've seen so far, regardless of limited playing time. But he has great size. He has great size, and you can't teach that. He's a strong point guard that's going to have a bright future.''


    Williams thinks Fultz, if given opportunities, could average 18 to 20 points a game as a rookie. After seeing Fultz think the game beyond his age, Jones has high expectations for him.


    ''He's capable of being one of the best guards in the NBA,'' Jones said. ''Every year he's going to get better and better and better. I know that's his goal, and I've learned through the years to never bet against him. I know that he wants to be the best player he possibly can be, and with each passing month of this season, his rookie year, he's going to push himself to that.''
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    Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo
    October 18, 2017



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big - even though he hasn't played in nearly 15 years.


    The Hornets owner's latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA's new uniform contract with Nike.


    Since the Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary and the namesake of the six-time NBA champion, the Hornets will be the only NBA team to wear the Jordan Brand ''Jumpman'' logo on their uniforms this season. That would appear to be a merchandising windfall.


    After the switch from Adidas, the other 29 NBA teams will wear the Nike ''swoosh'' on their uniforms.


    Charlotte's All-Star point guard Kemba Walker loves the idea of the Hornets being a slightly unique - and knows it's because of Jordan.


    ''I mean, he's the GOAT (Greatest of All Time),'' Walker said. ''Everybody loves MJ. Everybody loves the way he competed and the way he carries himself.''


    Especially off the court.


    There isn't a player in the league who doesn't want to emulate the NBA's greatest pitchman.


    Though Jordan was not made available to be interviewed for this story, others praised his savvy and longevity.


    Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbook is a representative for the Jordan Brand, which sponsors 21 active NBA players. Westbrook is soaking up as much knowledge as he can working with Jordan.


    The reigning league MVP said he's tried to use what Jordan has done with marketing skills as a model for his own success.


    ''He set himself up, not just on the basketball court, but in business,'' Westbrook said. ''.... He set himself up tremendously - his kids, his family - by doing the right things on and off the court.''


    Jordan last soared through the air in the NBA in 2003. But even now, at 54, his marketability doesn't seem to be tapering off.


    Forbes Magazine estimated last December that Jordan has made $1.7 billion since leaving the University of North Carolina in 1984 - more than any athlete ever.


    The vast majority of his wealth has come from marketing, since Jordan earned just $93 million during his playing career.


    It's led all led to Jordan being able to call his own shots - like exclusive use of the Jumpman logo.


    ''Well, he does own the team,'' Westbook quipped. ''He gets to pick that for sure.''


    Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who like Jordan played college basketball at North Carolina, said he knows the uniforms will be extremely popular with NBA fans simply because of the ''international symbol'' Jumpman has become. The logo features a silhouette of Jordan leaping through the air, his legs scissored with a basketball outstretched in one hand.


    ''That symbol - I have seen people have it on their clothes, their cars, tattoos,'' Williams said.


    Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said the logo represents greatness ''so it's a natural fit to have it on the uniforms of MJ's team.''


    ''Aligning his team and his brand brings everyone in the Jordan family closer together,'' Miller said in an email to The Associated Press, ''and it's a win for both organizations.''


    The Hornets recently opened an expanded team store at their downtown arena and are still receiving new Jumpman merchandise, but it's not staying on the shelves very long.


    Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer Pete Guelli said the team is expecting a ''substantial increase'' in merchandise sales.


    ''Being the only Jordan Brand team has a number of inherent advantages,'' Guelli said. ''It is also our first formal connection to our owner and allows us to explore additional extensions around that unique alignment.''


    History indicates it should be a profitable connection.


    Williams said Jordan is more relevant now than ever.


    ''Obviously people knew who he was when he played, but when you see a 5- or 6-year-old kid walking around with Jordans on, and know who Michael Jordan is, but have never seen him play,'' Williams said. ''I have teammates that have never seen him play but know about everything he has done. It speaks volumes not only to what he has done as a player in his career, but it speaks a ton to what he has done post-basketball as well.''
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    October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50




    Best Bets:


    Date.................................ATS...............Units.............Over/Under............Units



    10/17/2017.......................1 - 0..............+5.00...............1 - 0..................+5.00
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    Wednesday’s six-pack


    More NBA over/under win totals for the coming season:


    Minnesota Timberwolves 48.5


    Miami Heat 43.5


    Philadelphia 76ers 42.5


    New York Knicks 30.5


    Brooklyn Nets 28.5


    Atlanta Hawks 25.5


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    Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings……..



    13) 5:15 into the Boston Celtics’ season, Gordon Hayward severely injured his leg/ankle when he came down on an attempted alley-oop. It was a gruesome injury, reminiscent of Jason Kendall or Joe Theismann’s grotesque leg injuries.


    12) Damn, this is Lebron James’ 15th year in the NBA? Time flies. I remember sitting in a bar having dinner, watching his high school game that ESPN showed. Think Bill Walton was the TV analyst that night; people were excited that Lebron scored 31 points.


    Hell, I thought, if he’s going to be in the NBA next year, he SHOULD score 31 points in a high school game, shouldn’t he?


    Obviously, Lebron has outperformed those huge expectations; good for him.


    11) By the way, sounds like pretty soon, kids will able to go straight from high school to the NBA once again, which helps everyone, except veterans trying to hang on in the G-League.


    10) Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter this season: they’ve been outscored 85-22, allowing 1,034 yards on 139 plays, an average of 7.4 yards per play.


    Colts are 2-4, but they haven’t trailed at halftime since Week 1 against the Rams.


    9) Tennessee Titans have 7 takeaways in six games, but they’re the only team in NFL that hasn’t scored a touchdown after one of their takeaways.


    Titans-Colts game Monday night had no punts in the first half, the first game in NFL this season without a first half punt.


    8) Injured Vikings’ QB Teddy Bridgewater is practicing this week, as he comes back from his severe knee injury; Minnesota has three weeks to decide whether to activate Bridgewater or IR him for the rest of the season. Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are both in the last year of their contracts; Vikings have some interesting decisions ahead of them.


    7) Chicago Bulls Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic got into a fight today at practice and Mirotic wound up with broken bones in his face; he’s going to be out for a few weeks, at least.


    Curious how the analytics geniuses take this into account when they measure Portis, Mirotic as players. There is a human element to sports that can never be quantified— these guys live and travel together for months at a time. Part of being a good teammate is staying out of fights that send yourself or teammates to the hospital.


    6) Best red zone offenses in NFL:
    Packers 5.68 pts/possession, Eagles 5.56, Cowboys 5.33, Texans 5.25— Aaron Rodgers is gone for the year, so going forward, Green Bay’s numbers figure to drop dramatically.


    5) Best offenses on drives starting 75+ yards from end zone:
    Saints 2.47, Chiefs 2.46, Titans 2.37, Patriots 2.16


    Worst offenses on drives starting 75+ yards from end zone (includes points lost on TD”s scored by the opposing defense):
    Colts 0.42, Bengals 0.51, Buccaneers 0.91, Lions 0.97


    4) Most plays of 20+ yards this season:
    Rams 31, Vikings 30, Patriots/Cardinals 29, Chiefs 27


    3) Most TD’s on plays of 20+ yards:
    Raiders 8 (out of 13 total TD’s), Chiefs 7 (18 total TD’s), Titans 7 (13 total TD’s), Jets 6 (11 total TD’s), Lions 6 (14 total TD’s)


    2) Baseball update:
    AL: New York 6, Houston 4— Astros’ bullpen imploded; series is tied 2-2.
    NL: Dodgers 6, Cubs 1– Chicago is going down meekly.


    1) One of the best days of the year for me is when the Blue Ribbon Yearbook arrives at my door every October; the bible of college basketball, Blue Ribbon has a ton of useful information in it, and it got here Monday. If you like college basketball, it is well worth your time.
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    Wednesday, October 18




    Brooklyn @ Indiana


    Game 701-702
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Brooklyn
    117.751
    Indiana
    117.897
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Brooklyn
    Even
    217
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Indiana
    by 3 1/2
    214
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+3 1/2); Over


    Philadelphia @ Washington



    Game 703-704
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Philadelphia
    114.515
    Washington
    120.162
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 5 1/2
    224
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 7
    215 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Philadelphia
    (+7); Over


    Miami @ Orlando



    Game 705-706
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami
    120.491
    Orlando
    115.010
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Miami
    by 5 1/2
    201
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Miami
    by 3
    205 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    (-3); Under


    Charlotte @ Detroit



    Game 707-708
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Charlotte
    111.429
    Detroit
    119.160
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Detroit
    by 7 1/2
    197
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Detroit
    by 3
    204
    Dunkel Pick:
    Detroit
    (-3); Under


    Milwaukee @ Boston



    Game 709-710
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Milwaukee
    120.343
    Boston
    118.369
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 2
    202
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 5 1/2
    206 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Milwaukee
    (+5 1/2); Under


    New Orleans @ Memphis



    Game 711-712
    October 18, 2017 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New Orleans
    117.723
    Memphis
    118.041
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    Even
    201
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Memphis
    by 3
    205 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Orleans
    (+3); Under


    Atlanta @ Dallas



    Game 713-714
    October 18, 2017 @ 8:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    116.044
    Dallas
    117.025
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 1
    192
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 6 1/2
    197 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (+6 1/2); Under


    Denver @ Utah



    Game 715-716
    October 18, 2017 @ 9:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Denver
    127.283
    Utah
    122.487
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Denver
    by 5
    203
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 2
    206
    Dunkel Pick:
    Denver
    (+2); Under


    Minnesota @ San Antonio



    Game 717-718
    October 18, 2017 @ 9:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    120.392
    San Antonio
    121.370
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 1
    223
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 2
    205 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (+2); Over


    Houston @ Sacramento



    Game 719-720
    October 18, 2017 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Houston
    120.085
    Sacramento
    119.649
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Sacramento
    Even
    221
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Houston
    by 9
    218 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Sacramento
    (+9); Over


    Portland @ Phoenix



    Game 721-722
    October 18, 2017 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Portland
    118.562
    Phoenix
    114.664
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Portland
    by 4
    225
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    by 1 1/2
    220
    Dunkel Pick:
    Portland
    (-1 1/2); Over
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    Wednesday, October 18



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    BROOKLYN (20 - 62) at INDIANA (42 - 44) - 10/18/2017, 7:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 5-3 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    INDIANA is 6-2 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHILADELPHIA (28 - 54) at WASHINGTON (56 - 39) - 10/18/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 49-32 ATS (+13.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 49-30 ATS (+16.0 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    MIAMI (41 - 41) at ORLANDO (29 - 53) - 10/18/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MIAMI is 49-33 ATS (+12.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 26-15 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 33-48 ATS (-19.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 14-26 ATS (-14.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    CHARLOTTE (36 - 46) at DETROIT (37 - 45) - 10/18/2017, 7:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    MILWAUKEE (44 - 44) at BOSTON (62 - 38) - 10/18/2017, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MILWAUKEE is 129-95 ATS (+24.5 Units) in road games against Atlantic division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 4-3 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 5-2 straight up against MILWAUKEE 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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    NEW ORLEANS (34 - 48) at MEMPHIS (45 - 43) - 10/18/2017, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 5-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    MEMPHIS is 6-2 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ATLANTA (45 - 43) at DALLAS (33 - 49) - 10/18/2017, 8:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 3-1 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 4-0 straight up against DALLAS 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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    DENVER (40 - 42) at UTAH (55 - 38) - 10/18/2017, 9:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DENVER is 48-31 ATS (+13.9 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    MINNESOTA (31 - 51) at SAN ANTONIO (69 - 29) - 10/18/2017, 9:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 1004-879 ATS (+37.1 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 805-686 ATS (+50.4 Units) as a favorite since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 510-430 ATS (+37.0 Units) in home games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 43-23 ATS (+17.7 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN ANTONIO is 4-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    SAN ANTONIO is 7-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    HOUSTON (61 - 32) at SACRAMENTO (32 - 50) - 10/18/2017, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HOUSTON is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 6-2 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 7-1 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PORTLAND (41 - 45) at PHOENIX (24 - 58) - 10/18/2017, 10:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 4-3 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 4-3 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Wednesday, October 18



    Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, until these teams get some games under their belts. I’ll give you what relevant information I have:


    Home side won 5 of last 6 Net-Pacer games; Brooklyn lost its last four games in this building, covering once. Over is 7-3 in last ten series games. Favorites covered four of last five series games.


    Washington won 7 of last 9 games vs Philly but 76ers covered four of last five, all as an underdog. Sixers lost their last four visits here (1-3 vs spread), losing by 16-8-12-13 points.


    Orlando won its last three games with Miami, by 11-9-6 points; underdogs covered 5 of last 6 series games. Heat won 3 of its last 5 visits to Orlando.


    Home side won 8 of last 9 Charlotte-Detroit games; Hornets lost their last four visits to Motor City (1-3 vs spread), losing by 6-1-7-39 points. Favorites covered 8 of last 10 series games.


    Boston is without injured star Hayward- they lost by 3 in Cleveland last nite. Celtics won 6 of last 8 games with Milwaukee, covering 3 of last 4. Bucks lost 3 of last 4 visits to Beantown, but are 3-2 vs spread in last five. Over is 6-2-1 in last nine series games.


    Pelicans won their last two games with Memphis after losing previous seven meetings; underdogs covered 6 of last 8 series games. Three of last four series games stayed under the total. New Orleans lost four of last five games in Memphis (2-3 vs spread).


    Hawks won their last seven games with Dallas (6-1 vs spread); they won last three visits here, by 3-3-15 points. Under is 6-1 in last seven series games.


    Home side won 6 of last 7 Denver-Utah games; favorites covered last five series games. Nuggets lost their last five games in this building (1-4 vs spread). 8 of last 9 series games stayed under total.


    Spurs won their last 10 games with Minnesota, but are 3-3 vs spread in last six, all covered by the road team; Timberwolves covered their last three visits to the Alamo, losing by 7-8-6 points. Under is 3-1 in last four series games.


    Portland won its last three games with Phoenix, by 3-9-13 points; three of last four series games went over total. Trailblazers won three of last five games in this building. Underdogs covered 4 of last 6 series games.


    Rockets won five in row, 9 of last 10 games with Sacramento, covering four of last five- they won a tough game in Oakland last night. Over is 7-3 in last ten series games. Houston is 4-1 in last five visits here (3-2 vs spread).
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    CHARLOTTE @ DETROIT
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Charlotte's last 11 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Charlotte's last 12 games
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Detroit's last 11 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 10 games at home


    BROOKLYN @ INDIANA
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Brooklyn's last 8 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Brooklyn's last 13 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
    Indiana is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Brooklyn


    MIAMI @ ORLANDO
    Miami is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing Miami
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Orlando's last 11 games when playing at home against Miami


    PHILADELPHIA @ WASHINGTON
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Philadelphia is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia


    MILWAUKEE @ BOSTON
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games at home
    Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee


    NEW ORLEANS @ MEMPHIS
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans's last 10 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games
    Memphis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New Orleans


    ATLANTA @ DALLAS
    Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing Atlanta


    DENVER @ UTAH
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
    Denver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Utah's last 9 games when playing Denver


    MINNESOTA @ SAN ANTONIO
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games on the road
    San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games at home


    PORTLAND @ PHOENIX
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Portland


    HOUSTON @ SACRAMENTO
    Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
    Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
    Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
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    October 18, 2017



    The NBA opens on its earliest starting date since tipping off on Oct. 10 in 1980. The objective, to limit back-to-backs and improve the on-court product, is a sound compromise to not budging from trimming the scheduled number of regular-season games to 82.


    While that change hasn't been ruled out, other revenue streams are being explored, which is why you'll see patches advertising corporate sponsors on your favorite team's jerseys this season. What else will you see?


    Make sure your printer has ink. Press control and P together and take this down to your favorite sportsbook. It's time to cash some pro basketball futures.


    We'll start with playoff props, where the Golden State Warriors are amusingly -1000000 at Westgate's SuperBook to make the playoffs. Fading the defending champs getting to the postseason pays +10000, but probably isn't a good idea. My eight playoff teams in the Eastern Conference are, in order, Boston, Cleveland, Washington, Toronto, Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte. There's no money to be made on any of those since the 76ers (-200) are the one team out of the eight worth the investment since the odds on them aren't astronomical. Orlando at +300, New York (+450) and Indiana (+400) are potentially worth nibbling on if the 76ers stumble or injuries derail the Hornets or Heat.


    In the Western Conference, Golden State, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Minnesota, Memphis, Portland and New Orleans are my top eight, which leaves out the Nuggets, Clippers, Jazz, Mavs and Lakers. The Grizzlies are +250 to make the playoffs and my favorite play on these "will they or won't they" futures, while fading Denver (+250) and the L.A. Clips (+170) also pays handsomely.


    The Grizzlies may have moved on from Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Vince Carter, but are still built to win now with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol now each in their 30s. If Chandler Parsons can stay healthy, there's potential for improvement on the wing with Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans on board. Mario Chalmers has returned from an Achilles tear 19 months ago and looks like he can be a factor after a strong preseason. With David Fizdale coaching and winners leading the way at key positions, it's strange to see them being written off. I'm all over the 'over' 37.5 wins prop.


    New Orleans is at 39.5 and pays out +150 if it reaches the postseason. Rajon Rondo is out 4-to-6 weeks after surgery to repair a core muscle injury, so the plan to have him and Jrue Holiday work together to ensure the Pelicans get the most out of their Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins tandem. Grindfather Tony Allen and ex-Warriors sniper Ian Clark were brought in to add depth, so this team has the ingredients to challenge for only their second postseason appearance since drafting Davis No. 1 in 2012.


    Denver's win total is way up at 45.5, which is a little steep considering they haven't been over .500 in any of the last four seasons. Nikola Jokic is great, but the Nuggets guards are still young and prone to mistakes. The Clippers' number has been set at 45 despite the fact they haven't won fewer than 51 in any of the last five years, but losing Chris Paul makes it likely that they take a step back with Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic taking over point guard duties for Doc Rivers.


    Despite its loss on opening night, you're very likely to see Golden State win its third championship in four years. The Warriors already overcame getting everyone back on the same page after Kevin Durant's arrival, not to mention a season-threatening knee injury to the eventual NBA Finals MVP. Head coach Steve Kerr overcame complications following back surgery to make it back on to the bench and is feeling much better these days, so his influence on a stacked roster that appears to be even deeper means the Dubs should make a run at 70 wins and are rightfully a heavy favorite to win it all again.


    Westgate has installed Golden State as a 5-to-12 (-240) favorite to win a championship if you want to get in to start the season. I would counsel that you wait in case there is an injury that knocks the odds back in your favor since even an injury to Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green or Klay Thompson would be unlikely to remove the favorite tag off the defending champs. There's more than enough firepower remaining on the roster to overcome one significant injury and hang another banner.


    The Thunder (16/1) have already won big thanks to the stealthy work from GM Sam Presti, who came through on keeping Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma in jaw-dropping fashion. In acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in packages surrounding Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter as the main pieces, OKC significantly upgraded its roster. Westbrook signed his extension, confident that he'll always have a chance to compete for titles despite its small-market status. With Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Patrick Patterson, Ray Felton, Nick Collison and Kyle Singler providing a veteran supporting cast, this roster is built to win now.


    Anthony is the x-factor since he'll have to deal with not being the first option on offense for the first time since playing with Allen Iverson, which was an issue for both. That experiment lasted less than two full seasons and produced a 1-8 playoff record. A decade later, it's on Melo to make the best of this situation in order to reach a conference finals for only the second time in his career. On paper, this team should be among the NBA's final four. George's ability to combat the Warriors' versatility is viewed as a game-changer. Hopefully we'll get to see it in a series. Back the over 53.5 wins.


    Houston (16/1) adding Paul to the mix is a monumental move for the team best-equipped to match the Warriors' preferred tempo. It will keep James Harden fresher, giving him a better opportunity to improve as a shooter, a weakness that ultimately derailed the Rockets when the postseason came and he'd used up most of his legs racking up triple-doubles and chasing a scoring title. Mike D'Antoni has a lot of talent at his disposal, while the addition of PJ Tucker and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute gives them additional options beyond Trevor Ariza to try and defend opposing wings. Shooters Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are also back, so this roster is loaded with pieces. It's up to Paul to add the missing ingredients and push this team over the top. The 55.5 leaves little room for error, so I'd stay away there.


    In the East, the Cavs (13/4) are favored to reach a fourth straight NBA Finals despite granting Kyrie Irving's trade request, shipping him to Boston. Isaiah Thomas won't be ready to be a significant factor until around the All-Star break considering he's got to get healthy first, then get acclimated to a new system where the ball won't be in his hands all the time. Dwyane Wade came on board, showing up in fantastic shape and claiming J.R. Smith's spot in the starting lineup. Kevin Love moves up a spot in becoming LeBron's No. 2, which should keep him happy and productive. Tristan Thompson needs to recover from his NBA Finals no-show and emerge as more of a factor, while Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon were brought in to split Irving's minutes. It wouldn't be surprising to see this group slip to second or even third in the Eastern Conference given all the moving parts, but you can expect them to be the team to beat come April and May so long as LeBron remains healthy. He's demonstrated that his on-court IQ masks any physical regression, and there hasn't been much of that anyway. He's becoming more efficient as he ages, a testament to his brilliance.


    The Celtics (20/1) added Irving and Gordon Hayward away from Utah on July 4, piling on to a nucleus that includes Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum. Fellow newcomers Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes will add frontcourt depth, which makes this the deepest team in the East from a talent standpoint. Hayward's gruesome ankle fracture on Tuesday night forced Westgate to move them from 10/1 to win a title.


    It's going to be up to the very capable Brad Stevens to manage young egos and keep this group straight through rough patches, especially when the playoffs arrive and they're tested by veterans. Irving coveted this challenge, and this will end up being his team since the more reserved Hayward and Horford are likely to let him lead. He's the one with the championship. If Irving gets Boston past Cleveland, he'll have ideas on how to take down Golden State too. He's done it before.


    Washington won 49 games last season, its highest win total since 1978-79. Books have set the Wizards' number at 49, which should be attainable if everyone stays healthy. Scott Brooks got his team to play at a high level after a slow start and returns virtually the entire roster. Trey Burke and midseason acquisitions Bojan Bogdanovic and Brandon Jennings aren't back, but Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott should be capable replacements in the rotation. Expect them to win 50-plus.


    The Bucks also have the look of a 50-win team and should come in over the total set at 46.5. Reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon came into his own late last season and should continue taking some pressure off Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jabari Parker should return by the All-Star break to provide a boost for the stretch run, and with the Pistons, Pacers and Bulls all likely to be below .500, there will be plenty of opportunities for Milwaukee to pad its win total against its Central Division foes.


    Antetokounmpo is an interesting MVP choice at 8/1, but it wouldn't be surprising to see James (4/1) rise up for one last award at the age of 33. He hasn't won since 2013, but could get his fifth in what might end up being his final season in Cleveland. My favorite longshot is Karl-Anthony Towns (40/1), who will be involved in significantly more victories this season with Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague on board, increasing his profile and making those eye-popping numbers he's capable of moving up very meaningful.


    Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (2/1) is my choice to win Rookie of the Year over teammate Markelle Fultz (15/1), L.A.'s Lonzo Ball (3/1), Dallas' Dennis Smith, Jr. (4/1), Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox (10/1) and Phoenix's Josh Jackson (12/1)
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    October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50




    Best Bets:


    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units


    10/17/2017.......................1 - 0..............+5.00...............1 - 0..................+5.00





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    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    PHI at WAS 07:00 PM


    PHI +6.5 *****


    O 217.5 *****



    BK at IND 07:00 PM


    IND -2.5


    O 217.0


    MIA at ORL 07:00 PM


    O 206.0


    CHA at DET 07:00 PM


    CHA +3.0


    U 203.0


    MIL at BOS 07:30 PM


    U 204.0 *****


    NO at MEM 08:00 PM


    NO +2.0


    O 206.0 *****


    ATL at DAL 08:30 PM


    ATL +5.0 *****


    U 198.5 *****



    DEN at UTA 09:00 PM


    U 204.5


    MIN at SA 09:30 PM


    MIN +1.5


    U 204.5


    POR at PHO 10:00 PM


    PHO +1.5 *****


    HOU at SAC 10:00 PM


    HOU -7.5 *****


    O 217.5 *****
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    NBA roundup: Bucks spoil Celtics' emotional home opener
    October 18, 2017



    BOSTON -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Boston Celtics' emotional home opener with a 108-100 victory Wednesday night.


    Boston, which lost for the second straight night under the cloud of the gruesome injury sustained by newcomer Gordon Hayward in Cleveland on Tuesday, appeared to tire late as the Bucks turned a six-point, fourth-quarter deficit into a win.


    In addition to his points in the fourth quarter, Antetokounmpo had two steals, two (of his 13) rebounds and two assists as the Bucks used a 17-4 run to take control.


    Hayward addressed the crowd pregame from his hospital bed, stating, "I'm gonna be all right." With 3:21 left in the first half, the crowd broke into a chant of "Gor-don Hay-ward." Hayward was undergoing surgery Wednesday night, his father tweeted.

    Wizards 120, 76ers 115



    WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half, Bradley Beal had 25 and Washington opened the season with a victory over Philadelphia.


    Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Wizards. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Jodie Meeks each scored 14 points off the bench for Washington, which opened at home for the first time since 2011.


    Joel Embiid had 18 points, 13 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes for the 76ers. Robert Covington had 29 points and sank 7 of 11 3-pointers, and Ben Simmons finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut after missing all of last season with a foot injury.


    Pacers 140, Nets 131


    INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 22 points to lead eight Indiana players in double figures as the Pacers topped Brooklyn in the season opener for both teams.


    Oladipo, a former Indiana University standout, was making his regular-season debut after coming to Indiana from Oklahoma City with Domantas Sabonis in the Paul George trade. Sabonis scored 16 points.


    D'Angelo Russell was high for the Nets with 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Trevor Booker added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin, who scored 18 points, was hurt with 4:53 left and needed help to get off the court with an apparent right knee injury.

    Grizzlies 103, Pelicans 91



    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Conley scored 27 points as Memphis defeated New Orleans in the season opener for both teams.


    The Pelicans got double-doubles from Anthony Davis (33 points, 18 rebounds) and DeMarcus Cousins (28 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks). Cousins also picked up his first technical of the season with 50 seconds left.


    Conley got support from Marc Gasol, who posted 14 points and 11 rebounds plus four assists. Rookie Dillon Brooks scored 19 points with five rebounds and four steals in his NBA debut for the Grizzlies.


    Jazz 106, Nuggets 96


    SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Alec Burks added 16 points off the bench to lift Utah over Denver in the opener for both teams.


    Derrick Favors added 14 points and Joe Johnson chipped in 13 for the Jazz. Utah used hot fourth-quarter shooting to rally after trailing by as many as 15 points, going 9 of 18 from the field in the final 12 minutes.


    Will Barton scored 23 points to lead the Nuggets. Paul Millsap added 19 points in his Denver debut, and Gary Harris chipped in 14. The Nuggets could not overcome a cold shooting fourth quarter, making only five field goals.


    Hawks 117, Mavericks 111


    DALLAS -- Dennis Schroder scored 28 points to lead Atlanta past Dallas in the season opener for both teams.


    Marco Belinelli and John Collins combined to add 34 points off the bench as Atlanta extended its winning streak to eight against Dallas. With the score tied at 111, Dewayne Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead for good with a rebound and putback with 58 seconds left.


    Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., a 19-year-old point guard, looked like a veteran while running the offense, producing 16 points and 10 assists in his first NBA game. Nerlens Noel had 16 points and 11 rebounds backing up Dirk Nowitzki, who shot only 4 of 14 and scored 10.


    Pistons 102, Hornets 90


    DETROIT -- Tobias Harris poured in 27 points, and Detroit celebrated its first regular-season game at Little Caesars Arena with a victory over Charlotte.


    Harris also grabbed 10 rebounds in the new downtown building. Avery Bradley, who was acquired in a trade with Boston during the summer, had 15 points in his Pistons debut. Langston Galloway contributed 16 points off the bench.


    Kemba Walker's 24 points led the Hornets in the opener for both teams. Jeremy Lamb added 15 points, and Dwight Howard supplied 10 points and 15 rebounds in his Hornets debut. Howard was acquired in an offseason trade with Atlanta.


    Magic 116, Heat 109


    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Evan Fournier scored 23 points, including seven in the last two minutes, to lead Orlando over Miami.


    It was the first time since 2012 the Magic won their season opener. Orlando rode a well-balanced attack with six players scoring at least 12 points. Nikola Vucevic led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Terrence Ross had 15 points.


    The Heat's Hassan Whiteside posted game highs with 26 points and 22 rebounds. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead a comeback that fell short.
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    NFL trends with Week 7 upon us……..


    — Chiefs covered 7 of last 9 games as a favorite.


    — Colts covered 12 of last 14 tries as a home underdog.


    — Cleveland is 3-13 vs spread in its last 16 games.


    — Panthers are 1-6-1 in last 8 tries as a road favorite.


    — Dallas is 9-3 vs spread in its last 12 post-bye games.


    — Atlanta is 8-1 in its last 9 games as a road underdog.


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    Thursday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but…….

    13) Philadelphia Eagle fans are not happy with NFL referee Pete Morelli; the last four times Morelli worked an Eagle game, his crew called a total of 40 penalties for 396 yards on the Iggles, only 8 penalties for 74 yards on their opponents. Its enough to make a guy paranoid.


    A petition was circulated; last I heard, over 60,000 people had signed it, requesting that Morelli not work any more Eagle games. Alrighty then.


    12) Andrew Luck had a setback with his injured shoulder, and now there is talk he won’t play at all this season, which is bad news for everyone in Indianapolis except Jacoby Brissett.


    11) 2018 NFL Draft will be at Jerry World in Dallas, the first time the draft will be in an actual NFL stadium.


    10) General Electric shelled out a lot of money to put their patch on the Boston Celtics’ uniforms this season; less than six minutes into the Celtics’ season, newly-acquired star Gordon Hayward breaks his ankle, is lost for the season. So much for seeing those patches in June.


    9) Celtics were the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference last year, but they’ve got 11 new players on their team this season. Am I the only person who finds this unusual?


    8) Jacksonville told its kicker Jason Myers to take a hike, signed former Chargers’ kicker Josh Lambo, who in a perfect world, would kick for the Packers (Lambeau Field…..get it??)


    7) BYU’s football team is 1-6, with only win 20-6 against I-AA Portland State; they’re off to their worst start since 1969. Cougars need to join a league- -maybe when the new dome gets built in Las Vegas, UNLV/BYU can join the Big X as a western tandem.


    6) When I was a kid, I loved game shows, totally enjoyed them. One of the games was Jokers’ Wild, hosted by Jack Barry, where contestants played with a simulated slot machine to try and win their money/prizes. It wasn’t the best show, but it had an odd appeal.


    Now it is coming back on WTBS and it is being hosted by Snoop Dawg. I have no opinion on this, other than I’ve got to watch it at least once. In the commercials I saw, Snoop Dawg appears to be wearing a velour smoking jacket. If gameshows make a comeback, that would be good.


    5) Yu Darvish walked with the bases loaded Monday night; he is the first pitcher in 40 years to walk with the bases loaded in a playoff game. Larry Christensen of the Phillies was the last pitcher to draw a bases loaded walk in a playoff game, in 1977.


    4) Nick Young scored 23 points for the Warriors Tuesday night, but Golden State was also -10 in the 29:00 he was on the floor in their 122-121 loss to Houston. Warriors were +9 in the 19:00 he was on the bench, -10 when he was on the floor. Thats more important than his point total.


    3) There are rumors that the Big 14 is considering moving to 20 conference games next season, with the eventual goal of juicing up their teams’ power ratings so mid-majors get blocked out of at-large bids for the NCAA tournament. That would be sad, if that is the reason.


    2) Baseball playoffs:
    New York 5, Houston 0— Astros have scored 9 runs in five series games.


    1) When you watch NBA/college games this season, consider this:


    Several years ago, I was sitting at an AAU tournament talking to a college basketball coach who is very good at his job. I was asking him lot of questions, trying to pick his brain as far as what he looked for at these tournaments with mostly glorified pickup games being played.


    “I look at what their college skill is” the coach said. “Some guys shoot it well, others pass it well, some rebound well. I’ll tell you this, getting loose balls is a skill, too”


    So when there is a loose ball in an NBA game and the same couple guys are getting most of them, know that their toughness/quickness is what helped get them to the NBA in the first place. Its not an accident.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    Totals:..............11 - 11......50.00%.....-5.50




    Best Bets:


    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units


    10/18/2017.......................2 - 2..............-1.00................1 - 4..................-17.00
    10/17/2017.......................1 - 0..............+5.00...............1 - 0..................+5.00


    Totals................................3 - 2..............+4.00...............2 - 4..................-12.00
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    CHICAGO (0 - 0) at TORONTO (0 - 0) - 10/19/2017, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 257-313 ATS (-87.3 Units) in the first half of the season since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 7-0 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 6-1 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW YORK (0 - 0) at OKLAHOMA CITY (0 - 0) - 10/19/2017, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    LA CLIPPERS (0 - 0) at LA LAKERS (0 - 0) - 10/19/2017, 10:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA LAKERS is 5-3 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 7-1 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Thursday, October 19



    Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, until these teams get some games under their belts. I’ll give you what relevant information I have:


    Bulls won nine of last ten games with Toronto (10-0 vs spread), losing last meeting in OT. Over is 9-1 in last ten series games. Chicago won three of last four visits here, with wins by 2-2-13 points. This is the season opener for both clubs.


    Carmelo Anthony sees his old team on Opening Night. Knicks lost six of last eight games with Oklahoma City- they’re 1-3 in last four visits here (1-3 vs spread), losing by 12-11-29 points. Under is 4-2 in last six series games. This is the season opener for both sides.


    Clippers won nine of last ten games with the Lakers (under 8-2), though Lakers are 6-3 vs spread in last nine meetings. This is season opener for both teams.








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    CHICAGO @ TORONTO
    Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
    Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 10 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago


    NEW YORK @ OKLAHOMA CITY
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 9 games
    New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games


    LA CLIPPERS @ LA LAKERS
    LA Clippers is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Clippers's last 11 games when playing LA Lakers
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Lakers's last 11 games when playing LA Clippers
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    Draymond Green has MRI exam on injured knee, status unclear
    October 18, 2017



    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear.


    Golden State expected to release results of the test Wednesday or early Thursday prior to departing for a game Friday at New Orleans.


    Green got hurt in the closing seconds of the third quarter of Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 home loss to Houston when he drove left to the basket, took an off-balanced shot and landed awkwardly. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee.


    Golden State missed his presence down the stretch and Green finished just shy of a triple-double with nine points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.


    ''I don't think it's serious but we'll see,'' coach Steve Kerr said after Wednesday's practice, in which Green didn't participate.


    Omri Casspi's Warriors debut was cut short after he sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter. He had come into the game questionable with a mild sprain of his right ankle. Casspi did some shooting but didn't practice.


    ''He just slipped on the floor,'' Kerr said. ''We'll see if he's OK. It was a tough break, he's sprained both ankles in the last week.''


    Andre Iguodala, meanwhile, practiced Wednesday after missing the opener with a strained back.


    Kerr remains hopeful he will play on the road trip that includes the team's first back-to-back with Friday's matchup against the Pelicans followed by a game Saturday at Memphis.


    Golden State plays Monday at Dallas before returning home for three games next week.


    The Warriors are being extra cautious at this stage with Iguodala, who is such a valuable contributor off the bench.


    Kerr has said his team still must get in better shape - mentally and physically - and that led to foul trouble throughout the game. Kevin Durant's baseline jumper at the end went in just too late and Golden State squandered a big lead on the night it received its championship rings.


    The Warriors only spent about 30 minutes practicing on the court Wednesday with the focus on skill work, instead using more time to study film.


    ''We were not ready mentally to play that game, even when we weren't tired,'' Kerr said. ''When I say we're not in great shape, I can't come in here today and run them because they're tired from last night. So the physical conditioning will come as we play these games in the next week or two but what we can do is really lock in mentally.''


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    Emotional Celtics drop first 2 games after Hayward's injury
    October 19, 2017



    BOSTON (AP) Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to ''come back stronger than ever.'' One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.


    A few miles away, Hayward was being wheeled into surgery to repair the ankle he mangled in the season opener.


    Hayward's agent said the surgery Wednesday night ''went really well.''


    Mark Bartelstein said Thursday that doctors ''got everything sort of fixed and put back in the right place. So that's great. There's no doubt we'll get him back to be better than he was before.


    ''There's no doubt in my mind about that.''


    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the situation is difficult for him personally, but Hayward will have lots of support.


    ''Having known him as long as I've known him, it's tough to see him go through this,'' said Stevens, who was also Hayward's college coach at Butler. ''We'll make sure he knows that we've got our arms around him.''


    After signing a four-year, $128-million free agent contract to come to Boston from the Utah Jazz, his only professional team, Hayward's Celtics career was less than six minutes old when an awkward landing in Cleveland on Tuesday night left him with a broken left tibia and dislocated ankle.


    Bartelstein didn't have details on a timeframe for Hayward's recovery.


    ''It will be awhile,'' Bartelstein said. ''I think it's very unlikely he'll play this season. But we're not even thinking about a timeframe right now.''


    Players on both teams reacted in horror to Hayward's gruesomely bent leg. Stevens said he couldn't watch the replay. The Celtics, who trailed the Cavaliers by 16 at halftime, lost when Kyrie Irving missed the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.


    Unable to attend the home opener against Milwaukee a night later, Hayward recorded a video message from his hospital bed before heading into surgery, telling Boston fans: ''It's hurting me that I can't be there.''


    In the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the team on Twitter, Hayward thanked the fans for all the messages of support.


    ''I'm going to be all right,'' Hayward said. ''It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I'll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck.''


    Boston fell to 0-2 when Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, adding 13 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-100 victory. Irving scored 17 points for Boston on 7-for-25 shooting, and Jaylen Brown scored 18.


    Stevens said it's going to take them a little more time to figure this all out.


    ''I'm hopeful that we can find the right combinations,'' he said. ''We obviously didn't anticipate going maybe this far into the bench this early.''


    Hayward was expected to make a full recovery, but Stevens did not know if he would be able to return this season.


    ''It's definitely been tough,'' said rookie forward Jayson Tatum. ''We're just keeping Gordon in our prayers, hoping everything is all right.''


    Hayward's acquisition was part of a near-complete roster overhaul for the team that finished first in the East last season before losing to the Cavaliers in the conference finals.


    The team also traded fan favorite Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for Irving and shipped out regular starters Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. In all, just four players on the roster finished last season with the team.


    ''As you saw in the Cleveland game, they fought back,'' Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova said. ''They're not going to quit.''


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    Nets' Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury
    October 19, 2017



    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee.


    Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss at Indiana on Wednesday in their opener. He landed hard behind the baseline after a drive to the basket and was in tears as he clutched at his knee.


    The former Harvard guard was hoping for a stronger second season with the Nets. He was limited to just 36 games in 2016-17 while Brooklyn finished with the NBA's worst record.


    General manager Sean Marks says Thursday in a statement that Lin worked hard during the offseason.


    Marks says its ''awful that the injury will cost him the season'' and the organization ''will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery.''
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    DUNKEL'S HIGHLIGHTED GAME


    LA Clippers at LA Lakers - Thursday October 19, 2017

    The Clippers open their season tonight against a Lakers team that is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 home games. The Lakers are the pick (+5 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Clippers favored by only 3. Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+5 1/2).




    THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2017

    Chicago
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    Toronto

    Game 501-502
    October 19, 2017 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating: Chicago
    110.554
    Toronto
    125.630
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total: Toronto
    by 15
    203
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total: Toronto
    by 12 1/2
    208 1/2
    Dunkel Pick: Toronto
    (-12 1/2); Under


    New York
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    Oklahoma City

    Game 503-504
    October 19, 2017 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating: New York
    107.478
    Oklahoma City
    124.941
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total: Oklahoma City
    by 17 1/2
    218
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total: Oklahoma City
    by 12
    213
    Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City
    (-12); Over


    LA Clippers
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    LA Lakers

    Game 505-506
    October 19, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating: LA Clippers
    123.518
    LA Lakers
    120.727
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total: LA Clippers
    by 3
    224
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total: LA Clippers
    by 5 1/2
    218
    Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers
    (+5 1/2); Over
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    October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    Totals:..............11 - 11......50.00%.....-5.50




    Best Bets:


    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units


    10/18/2017.......................2 - 2..............-1.00................1 - 4..................-17.00
    10/17/2017.......................1 - 0..............+5.00...............1 - 0..................+5.00


    Totals................................3 - 2..............+4.00...............2 - 4..................-12.00





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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    CHI at TOR 07:30 PM


    CHI +12.5


    O 207.5 *****


    NY at OKC 08:00 PM


    OKC -12.5 *****


    O 215.5


    LAC at LAL 10:30 PM


    LAC -6.5 *****


    U 217.5 *****
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    NBA roundup: Knicks no match for Thunder's Big 3
    October 19, 2017



    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's new-look roster got off to a big start Thursday night.


    New additions Carmelo Anthony and Paul George teamed up with Russell Westbrook to score a combined 71 points as the Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 in the season opener for both teams.


    Westbrook turned in a triple-double with 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. George finished with 28 points while Anthony added 22.


    Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 31 points and 12 rebounds. The only other New York player to score in double digits was Enes Kanter, who had 10 points.

    Clippers 108, Lakers 92



    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers continued their recent domination of the Los Angeles Lakers with a victory in the season opener for both teams. The Clippers have won 19 of the past 21 meetings with the Lakers since the start of the 2012-13 season.


    Blake Griffin had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Clippers.


    Rookie Lonzo Ball made his NBA debut for the Lakers, and the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft finished with three points, nine rebounds, four assists and two turnovers while shooting 1 of 6 from the floor.

    Raptors 117, Bulls 101



    TORONTO -- Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, C.J. Miles added 22 points off the bench, and Toronto defeated Chicago in the opening game of the season for each team.


    Norman Powell added 15 points for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry scored 12 points and had nine assists. Delon Wright added 13 points with DeMar DeRozan contributing 11.


    Robin Lopez scored 18 points and nabbed eight rebounds for the Bulls. Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and eight rebounds, Justin Holiday added 15 points, and Denzel Valentine scored 12.
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    Warriors F Green avoids knee injury
    October 19, 2017



    An MRI exam on the injured left knee of Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green came back negative, according to an ESPN report Thursday.


    Green's status for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans is uncertain.


    The two-time All-Star and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year was injured during the third quarter of the Warriors' regular-season opener against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.


    "I'll be good. I'm fine," Green told ESPN following the game.


    Green finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes in Golden State's 122-121 loss.


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    Green has no structural damage in knee
    October 19, 2017



    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green has no structural damage in his injured left knee but is still doubtful to play in the Golden State Warriors' next game.


    The Warriors released the results of the MRI on Thursday and said Green traveled with the team for its current three-game road trip. Golden State plays Friday night at New Orleans.


    Green got hurt in the closing seconds of the third quarter of Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 home loss to Houston when he drove left to the basket, took an off-balanced shot and landed awkwardly. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee.


    Golden State missed his presence down the stretch and Green finished just shy of a triple-double with nine points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
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    October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    Totals:..............15 - 13......53.57%.....+3.50


    Best Bets:


    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units


    10/19/2017.......................2 - 1..............+4.50...............2 - 1..................+4.50
    10/18/2017.......................2 - 2..............-1.00................1 - 4..................-17.00
    10/17/2017.......................1 - 0..............+5.00...............1 - 0..................+5.00


    Totals................................5 - 3..............+8.50...............4 - 5..................-7.50
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    More NFL trends with Week 7 upon us……..


    — Saints are 11-2 vs spread in last 13 games away from home.


    — Minnesota is 15-5 vs spread in last 20 home games.


    — 49ers covered six of their last eight games.


    — Miami is 12-32-1 in last 45 games as a home favorite.


    — Washington is 16-8 vs spread in its last 24 games.


    — Buffalo is 8-4 vs spread coming off its last 12 byes.


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    Friday’s List of 13: Things I’m looking for this weekend


    13) How tired are the Falcons of hearing about last year’s Super Bowl? Now they get to visit Foxboro the week after blowing a 17-0 halftime lead to Miami. Matt Ryan went to Boston College, so a homecoming of sorts for him.


    12) Michigan beat Penn State 49-10 last year; Wolverines are 5-1, but it is a shaky 5-1 and they are playing a backup QB- they needed OT to beat Indiana last week.


    11) Brett Hundley gets his first NFL start at home against New Orleans; no pressure, replacing Aaron Rodgers �� Saints are actually a road favorite in this game.


    10) Arizona Wildcats ran ball for 882 yards in their last two games; now they’re a road favorite at Cal— Golden Bears upset Washington State last week. Interesting game.


    9) First round of rematches this weekend, three of them. Can the Jets sweep Miami? Eagles sweep Washington? Denver sweep the Chargers?


    8) USC-Notre Dame is a stellar primetime game Saturday night. Trojans lost their last two visits to South Bend.


    7) Cardinals-Rams in England is a big game in NFC West; Adrian Peterson added a running element to the Arizona offense last week. Both teams are a LONG way from home.


    6) Think the boosters in Knoxville are happy that Tennessee is a 35-point underdog this week in Tuscaloosa? Hopefully Butch Jones has his resume updated, because he is going to need a job in a few weeks. His bank account will be healthy, though.


    5) Giants got their first win last week, now Seattle visits Swamp Stadium coming off its bye. Giants’ young WR’s will have hard time getting open against a stingy Seahawk defense.


    4) Texas is 3-3, losing to USC/Oklahoma by total of 8 points; now Oklahoma State comes calling, another tough game. State scored 48 ppg in winning its first three road games this year.


    3) Jacksonville is +11 in turnovers in its wins, -1 in its losses; they have a very winnable game in Indy against a Colt team that might be without Andrew Luck for the whole season now. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t played badly, but Indy has been outscored 85-22 in the 4th quarter this year.


    2) Louisville beat Florida State 63-20 LY, but Cardinals lost their last two games, allowing 84 points. Seminoles are struggling (2-3) with a true freshman QB who is skinny as hell- their only two wins are over Wake Forest/Duke.


    1) Trap game for the Titans, a road game after a Monday night win. Winless Browns are going back to DeShone Kizer at QB; maybe they should’ve drafted Deshaun Watson. Ya think?
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    BOSTON (0 - 2) at PHILADELPHIA (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 50-32 ATS (+14.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 26-15 ATS (+9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 24-10 ATS (+13.0 Units) in road games in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 112-146 ATS (-48.6 Units) in home games in the first half of the season since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 5-3 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 7-1 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ATLANTA (1 - 0) at CHARLOTTE (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHARLOTTE is 5-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    CHARLOTTE is 4-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DETROIT (1 - 0) at WASHINGTON (1 - 0) - 10/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 147-190 ATS (-62.0 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 6-1 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 5-2 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CLEVELAND (1 - 0) at MILWAUKEE (1 - 0) - 10/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CLEVELAND is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) on Friday nights over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    PORTLAND (1 - 0) at INDIANA (1 - 0) - 10/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 210-158 ATS (+36.2 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
    INDIANA is 159-124 ATS (+22.6 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1996.
    INDIANA is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home games after scoring 115 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    INDIANA is 49-33 ATS (+12.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    ORLANDO (1 - 0) at BROOKLYN (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ORLANDO is 34-48 ATS (-18.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ORLANDO is 5-2 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    ORLANDO is 6-1 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    UTAH (1 - 0) at MINNESOTA (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    SACRAMENTO (0 - 1) at DALLAS (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 8:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 319-267 ATS (+25.3 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SACRAMENTO is 6-1 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    SACRAMENTO is 5-2 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    GOLDEN STATE (0 - 1) at NEW ORLEANS (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 9:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 4-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 7-0 straight up against NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LA LAKERS (0 - 1) at PHOENIX (0 - 1) - 10/20/2017, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA LAKERS are 204-249 ATS (-69.9 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
    LA LAKERS are 198-244 ATS (-70.4 Units) after a division game since 1996.
    PHOENIX is 153-111 ATS (+30.9 Units) after allowing 115 points or more since 1996.
    PHOENIX is 39-23 ATS (+13.7 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 29-46 ATS (-21.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    Friday, October 20



    Celtics won 9 of last 10 games with Philly; home teams won 7 of last 10 series games. Celtics won 3 of last 4 visits to Philly. Over is 8-2 in last ten series games. Boston lost its first couple games, by 3-8 points (over 1-1). 76ers lost their opener by 5 at Washington.


    Hornets won 3 of last 4 games with Atlanta; Hawks lost last three visits to Charlotte, by 15-4-23 points. Last nine series games stayed under the total. Hawks won their opener 117-111 at Dallas. Charlotte lost its opener by 12 in Detroit.


    Washington won six of last eight games with Detroit, covering six of last seven. Over is 3-1 in last four series games. Pistons lost last five visits to Washington, going 0-3 vs spread in last three visits. Detroit won its home opener by 12 over Charlotte. Wizards won their home opener by 5 over the 76ers.


    Cavaliers are 8-2 in their last ten games with Milwaukee; they won four of last six games in this building. Bucks are 5-4 vs spread in last nine series games. Over is 8-2 in last 10 series games. Cleveland won its home opener by 3 over the Celtics. Bucks won their opener by 8 in Boston.


    Portland won 7 of last 9 games with Indiana; home team won 7 of last 9 series games. Blazers won two of their last three visits to Indiana. Portland won its road opener by 48 in Phoenix. Pacers won their home opener 140-131 over the Nets.


    Orlando won 6 of its last 7 games with the Nets; they split their last four games in Brooklyn. Over is 3-0-1 in last four series games. Magic won their home opener by 7 over Miami. Nets went to indiana and lost their opener, 140-131.


    Jazz won 6 of last 7 games with Minnesota but Timberwolves covered last three; Utah won its last three visits to Minnesota, by 9-9-2 points. Under is 4-2 in last six series games. Jazz won its home opener over Denver by 10. Minnesota lost its opener by 8 in San Antonio.


    Kings won four of last five games with Dallas; teams split last four games played here. Under is 7-3 in last ten series games. Sacramento lost its home opener by 5 to Houston. Mavericks lost its home opener by 6 to the Hawks.


    Warriors won their last ten games with New Orleans, but Pelicans covered three of last four; Golden State is 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Bourbon Street. Warriors lost their opener by a point at home to Houston. New Orleans lost its opener by 12 in Memphis.


    Lakers lost 7 of their last 10 games with Phoenix; they’re 1-4 SU/ATS in last five games in this building. Last five series games went over total. both teams looked awful in their opener; Lakers lost by 16 to the Clippers last night, Suns lost by 48 at home to Portland.
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    PORTLAND @ INDIANA
    Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Indiana is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Portland


    ATLANTA @ CHARLOTTE
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
    Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Atlanta


    BOSTON @ PHILADELPHIA
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    Boston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Boston
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston


    CLEVELAND @ MILWAUKEE
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing at home against Cleveland
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home


    DETROIT @ WASHINGTON
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit


    ORLANDO @ BROOKLYN
    Orlando is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
    Brooklyn is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Brooklyn is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home


    UTAH @ MINNESOTA
    Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Utah is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Minnesota's last 17 games at home


    SACRAMENTO @ DALLAS
    Sacramento is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    Sacramento is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Dallas is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games


    GOLDEN STATE @ NEW ORLEANS
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Golden State
    New Orleans is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home


    LA LAKERS @ PHOENIX
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
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