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    SUNDAY, MARCH 11
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    TOR at NY 01:00 PM
    NY +9.5
    U 218.0


    GS at MIN 03:30 PM
    MIN +4.5
    U 222.5



    CHI at ATL 03:30 PM
    CHI +2.5
    U 214.5


    UTA at NO 04:00 PM
    UTA -2.5
    U 211.5


    SAC at DEN 05:00 PM
    SAC +12.0
    O 217.0



    HOU at DAL 07:00 PM
    DAL +10.0
    U 211.5



    IND at BOS 07:30 PM
    BOS -6.5
    O 207.5


    PHI at BK 07:30 PM
    PHI -6.0
    U 217.5



    CLE at LAL 09:00 PM
    LAL +1.5
    O 228.5
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    Raptors rout Knicks to roll to 8th straight victory
    March 11, 2018



    LOS ANGELES (AP) Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James' favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.


    Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates as the Lakers roared away from James and the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.


    James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.


    Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on Feb. 8.


    Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.


    RAPTORS 132, KNICKS 106


    NEW YORK (AP) - Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks for their season-high eighth straight victory.


    The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBA-leading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with All-Star DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 for 16 for nine points.


    But seven Raptors finished in double figures in Toronto's 15th win in 16 games. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on Jan. 11.


    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 and Luke Kornet had 18 as the Knicks dropped their seventh straight game and 15th in the last 16.

    PACERS 99, CELTICS 97



    BOSTON (AP) - Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the depleted Celtics.


    Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games.


    Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.


    After Boston rallied to tie 95-all with 37 seconds left, Turner gave the Pacers the lead again and, after Terry Rozier's miss, Indiana hit a pair of foul shots to take a four-point lead. With fans heading for the exits, Tatum hit a seemingly meaningless layup to cut the deficit to two points with only 1.5 seconds left. But before the ball could be inbounded, Oladipo was whistled when his elbow caught Marcus Morris in the face. A review confirmed the call.


    Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim.


    TIMBERWOLVES 109, WARRIORS 103


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Karl-Anthony Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-longest three-game losing streak with 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Timberwolves powered their way past Golden State down the stretch to hand the Warriors their second straight defeat without Stephen Curry.


    Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.


    Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who lost twice on the road to the defending champion Warriors earlier this season by a combined 37 points. Curry had a collective plus-36 rating over those two games.


    Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors, but he went 3 for 12 from 3-point range.


    ROCKETS 105, MAVERICKS 82


    DALLAS (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks.


    The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate. Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from deep.


    The Rockets moved 1 + games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday.


    Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting.


    NUGGETS 130, KINGS 104


    DENVER (AP) - Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and the Denver Nuggets cruised past the Sacramento Kings.


    Denver led by as many as 36 points while staying in the thick of the playoff chase. The Nuggets now enter a difficult stretch in their schedule - eight of their next nine games are on the road.


    Buddy Hield scored 18 points, while former Nuggets player Kosta Koufos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who play Monday night in Oklahoma City.


    BULLS 129, HAWKS 122


    ATLANTA (AP) - Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta's comeback, and the Chicago Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks.


    Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago.


    The Hawks, already playing without injured point guard Dennis Schroder, lost Kent Bazemore to a right knee sprain and Jaylen Morris to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with a career-high 38 points. Mike Muscala also set a career high with 19 points.


    JAZZ 116, PELICANS 99


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double for a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans that extended the Jazz's winning streak to six.


    Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, including 15 during the last 3:08 of the third quarter to put Utah in front for good in what could be an important victory in a tightly packed race for one of the Western Conference's final five playoff spots. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road.


    Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots, turned the ball over four times and struggled defensively.


    76ERS 120, NETS 97


    NEW YORK (AP) - Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets.


    Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.


    D'Angelo Russell had 26 points for the Nets, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games.
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    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY MARCH 12, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Milwaukee Bucks Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
    8:00 PM Sacramento Kings Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena
    8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs Houston Rockets Toyota Center
    10:30 PM Miami Heat Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter




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    March NBA Record:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    03/11/2018 10-8-0 55.56% +6.00
    03/10/2018 7-3-0 70.00% +18.50
    03/09/2018 13-7-0 65.00% +26.50
    03/08/2018 4-6-0 40.00% -13.00
    03/07/2018 4-10-0 28.57% -35.00
    03/06/2018 7-7-1 50.00% -3.50
    03/05/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50
    03/04/2018 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    03/03/2018 10-4-0 71.43% +28.00
    03/02/2018 9-10-0 47.37% -10.00
    03/01/2018 6-2-0 83.00% +19.00


    Totals.............82 - 73........52.90%....+48.50
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    Monday, March 12



    Home side won last eight Milwaukee-Memphis games; Bucks are 1-4 vs spread in last five trips to Memphis. Over is 2-0-1 in last three series games. Milwaukee lost six of its last eight games; they’re 5-1 vs spread as road favorites. Five of their last seven games stayed under. Grizzlies lost their last 17 games; their last win was Jan 29. Memphis is 2-6 in last eight games as home dogs. Six of their last seven games stayed under.


    Thunder won four of last five games with Sacramento; three of last four series games stayed under total. Kings are 3-1 vs spread in last four visits to OKC. Sacramento lost eight of their last 11 games; they’re 7-5 in last 12 games as road underdogs, 6-6 if they played night before. Four of their last five games stayed under. OKC won five of last seven games; they’re 6-9 in last 15 games as home favorites. Three of their last four games stayed under.


    Rockets/Spurs split their last eight games; San Antonio is 3-2 vs spread in last five games in this arena. Over is 5-3 in last eight series games. Spurs lost eight of their last 10 games; they’re 9-7 as road underdogs. Last three SA games stayed under total. Houston won 18 of its last 19 games; they’re 2-6 in last eight games as home favorites. Six of last nine series games stayed under the total.


    Portland won/covered its last four games with Miami; three of those games stayed under. Miami is 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Portland. Heat won six of their last eight games; they’re 7-2 in last nine games as road underdogs. Three of their last four games went over. Portland won its last nine games; they’re 8-2 in last ten games as home favorites. Six of their last eight games stayed under.








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    Trend Report
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    MILWAUKEE @ MEMPHIS
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games
    Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games


    SACRAMENTO @ OKLAHOMA CITY
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Sacramento's last 7 games on the road
    Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma City is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento


    SAN ANTONIO @ HOUSTON
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Antonio's last 13 games when playing on the road against Houston
    San Antonio is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
    Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Houston is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games


    MIAMI @ PORTLAND
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
    Miami is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home




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    MILWAUKEE (35 - 31) at MEMPHIS (18 - 48) - 3/12/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MILWAUKEE is 66-83 ATS (-25.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 368-448 ATS (-124.8 Units) in the second half of the season since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 263-321 ATS (-90.1 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 44-26 ATS (+15.4 Units) in road games after scoring 115 points or more since 1996.
    MEMPHIS is 27-36 ATS (-12.6 Units) in all games this season.
    MEMPHIS is 9-26 ATS (-19.6 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    MEMPHIS is 20-33 ATS (-16.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    MEMPHIS is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MEMPHIS is 3-2 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 3-2 straight up against MEMPHIS 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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    SACRAMENTO (21 - 46) at OKLAHOMA CITY (39 - 29) - 3/12/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 27-40 ATS (-17.0 Units) in all games this season.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 21-35 ATS (-17.5 Units) as a favorite this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SACRAMENTO is 7-3 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 6-4 straight up against SACRAMENTO 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 (37 - 29) at HOUSTON (52 - 14) - 3/12/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 14-25 ATS (-13.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 115-85 ATS (+21.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
    HOUSTON is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season this season.
    SAN ANTONIO is 1036-909 ATS (+36.1 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 187-146 ATS (+26.4 Units) in March games since 1996.
    HOUSTON is 32-45 ATS (-17.5 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) in home games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 8-8 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    SAN ANTONIO is 10-6 straight up against HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MIAMI (36 - 31) at PORTLAND (40 - 26) - 3/12/2018, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PORTLAND is 35-25 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all games this season.
    PORTLAND is 17-4 ATS (+12.6 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 84-62 ATS (+15.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 52-32 ATS (+16.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) in road games this season.
    MIAMI is 32-16 ATS (+14.4 Units) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 30-14 ATS (+14.6 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    MIAMI is 43-27 ATS (+13.3 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    MIAMI is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    MIAMI is 21-5 ATS (+15.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 4-1 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 4-1 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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    Milwaukee @ Memphis


    Game 501-502
    March 12, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Milwaukee
    116.791
    Memphis
    104.590
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 12
    211
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 6 1/2
    205
    Dunkel Pick:
    Milwaukee
    (-6 1/2); Over


    Sacramento @ Oklahoma City



    Game 503-504
    March 12, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Sacramento
    109.233
    Oklahoma City
    123.387
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 14
    218
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 12
    210
    Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    (-12); Over


    San Antonio @ Houston



    Game 505-506
    March 12, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Antonio
    118.523
    Houston
    126.613
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Houston
    by 8
    206
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Houston
    by 13
    210
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+13); Under


    Miami @ Portland



    Game 507-508
    March 12, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami
    115.412
    Portland
    126.896
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Portland
    by 11 1/2
    205
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    by 7
    211
    Dunkel Pick:
    Portland
    (-7); Under
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    NBA Betting Roadmap: Raptors primed to do some serious damage in playoffs
    Al McMordie


    Toronto has won its last eight games, and owns the third best record in the NBA at 49-17.


    The Toronto Raptors served notice to the rest of the NBA when they defeated Houston on Friday to snap the Rockets' 17-game win streak. Toronto has won its last eight games, and owns the third best record in the NBA at 49-17. With just a month left in the season there are several open questions such as which team will own the best record and which Western Conference teams will be left out of the playoffs.


    Let's take a look at the NBA's upcoming week.


    Spread Watch


    With apologies to the Houston Rockets, who have lost just once in their past 19 games, the Portland Trail Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA right now. Terry Stotts' crew is on a nine-game win streak - including a 17-point blowout of Golden State on Friday - which has catapulted them to the third seed in the Western Conference. For the season, Portland is 40-26, and is also 36-26-4 ATS.


    The Blazers are even hot in Las Vegas, as they've covered their last six games, and are 16-5-1 ATS since January 18.


    This week, Portland will finish its current five-game home stand with tilts against Miami, Cleveland and Detroit, before hitting the road on Sunday to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Will Portland's hot streak continue? We certainly believe they have a heckuva chance to win their three home games, and especially like them in Monday's match-up vs. Miami. Portland has won and covered four straight in the series and, even better, falls into a 'momentum' system of mine which is 89-36 ATS since 1993. That angle plays on certain home teams off back-to-back blowout home wins, when playing an opponent also off a home win. Lay the points with Portland on Monday.


    Total Watch


    The Memphis Grizzlies have lost their last 17 games in a row, which is the league's longest losing streak since the 76ers opened up the 2015-16 season with 18 defeats. And it seems as if that's perfectly fine, as management no doubt wants to win the race to the bottom in order to have the best opportunity to snare the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.


    Indeed, Memphis chose to rest its best player, Marc Gasol, for the third time in nine games in Saturday's 114-80 loss at Dallas. Thus, Memphis is turning to guys like JaMychal Green, Ben McLemore and Dillon Brooks for offensive production. So, it's not surprising to find that the Grizz' offense failed to get more than 80 points in either of its two previous games. Memphis has now gone Under the total in six of its last seven games and, without significant offensive talent on the floor, will be an excellent candidate to look at to play the Under the rest of this season.


    This week, Memphis will host Milwaukee, Chicago and Denver. We like the Monday game vs. the Bucks to go Under the total, as Milwaukee is also on a 15-6 Under run and these two teams have gone 9-4-1 Under the total in head-to-head matchups since 2011.


    Injury Watch


    The San Antonio Spurs are mired in their worst season since 1996-97. That year, David Robinson missed all but six games due to back and foot injuries. Similarly, this season, San Antone's best player, Kawhi Leonard, has only appeared in nine games due to a quadriceps injury.


    The result is that the Spurs have struggled mightily when playing on the road, and also against the league's better teams. Indeed, San Antonio's streak of 20 consecutive winning seasons on the road (an NBA record) came to an end on Saturday when it lost its 21st road game at Oklahoma City. But if there was a silver lining in that loss to OKC, it came in the form of a report by ESPN's Lisa Salters during the TV broadcast that there is the possibility that Leonard will return to action this Thursday, when the Spurs will host the New Orleans Pelicans.


    If Leonard is in the line-up, I would pull the trigger on San Antonio on Thursday, given that it will be playing with double revenge from two losses suffered earlier this season to the Pels and the Spurs are 19-9 ATS at home in the regular season when playing with double revenge.


    Schedule Watch


    This Saturday, the Phoenix Suns will host the Golden State Warriors. Normally, this would be a game which wouldn't excite many NBA bettors but I've had this game circled for four weeks - ever since the Warriors thrashed the Suns, 129-83, on February 12. I will always look at a team which lost to its opponent by 44+ points in the season's previous meeting, as those teams have covered the point spread 60% since 1990.


    Of course, there's nothing wrong with 60%, but we can significantly improve our angle if we solely focus on going against opponents that aren't succeeding against the point spread in the current season. If we just fade teams whose ATS win percentage isn't .489 or higher then our angle zooms to a perfect 12-0 ATS since 1990. And that's the situation on Saturday, as Golden State is an awful 28-39 ATS on the season, including 0-6 ATS its last six. Take Phoenix plus the points.
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    Monday's Essentials
    March 12, 2018



    Game of the Night - Heat at Trail Blazers, 10:35 ET, ESPN


    At this time last season, the Heat were in the midst of fighting back from an awful 11-30 start, entering March 12 on a 21-4 run as they visited Indiana. They lost, which ended up costing them a playoff bid.


    That’s a little dramatic, but true. The Heat ended up missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker with the Bulls after finishing one game behind the Pacers. They got all the way back to 41-41 and fell painfully short of testing themselves in the postseason, leading Dion Waiters to write that the rest of the East was lucky he had time to put pen to paper in the Players’ Tribune.


    Waiters is sidelined, which gives the ’17-’18 Heat a much different feel than they had last season, when they went from doormat to unlikely second-half power behind a collective approach to compensate for no All-Stars. Waiters was the face of the unlikely run, playing at a level that had eluded him in the pros. With Dwyane Wade gone and Chris Bosh shelved, last season was about hitting the reset button.


    This season, there are expectations.


    As the Heat take the court in Portland to open a three-game road trip and a stretch where they’ll play five of seven outside of south Florida, they’ll be looking to avoid a slide that would cost them a chance at homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference. Miami has lost seven straight road games but hasn’t played poorly. The team is 4-0-1 against the spread over their last five setbacks and has begun to hit its stride.


    Since trading for Wade, the Heat is 7-5 straight up but 9-1-2 against the number, which is indicative of trending in a positive direction.


    Following this stretch, Miami gets to finish the season with six of eight games at home, so this week is critical to staying afloat. Portland has the NBA’s longest winning streak, so the Heat will get arguably their toughest remaining regular-season road test right out of the gate.


    They’ll be shorthanded in chasing an upset, missing center Hassan Whiteside due to hip pain that kept him out of Saturday’s win over Washington. Wade, nursing a hamstring strain, will sit the first part of the trip out in the hopes that he’ll be able to play later in the week with the Kings and Lakers on tap.


    The Heat have a better record and more breathing room in their pursuit of the playoffs than they did last season, coming into the week seventh in the Eastern Conference, a half-game up on Milwaukee and only one game behind emerging rival Philadelphia. The Heat have defeated the 76ers in each of the last two weeks and are in a pack separating the No. 3 and No. 8 seeds by 3.5 games. Detroit and Charlotte still have postseason aspirations but have little room for error since they’re over five games behind with 15 to go.


    Barring a complete collapse, Miami will be in the playoff mix. It reacquired Wade to play in a wing rotation utilizing Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Justise Winslow, so they’ll be fine with Waiters out the rest of the way following ankle surgery. Kelly Olynyk has been an upgrade from Josh McRoberts and rookie Bam Adebayo has had an impact off the bench, so the Heat are deeper, but head coach Erik Spoelstra seemed to be getting more consistency out of last season’s team by this point in the season than he has this year.


    In fairness, there have been injuries to contend with and Wade was just brought back into the mix, dropped into the equation to create a fairly unique situation. Where else would you see a player being trusted in crunch time immediately upon arrival? With everyone in the crowd already wearing your jersey?


    We’ll see who steps up with Wade and Whiteside out, but the expectation here is that it will be Goran Dragic and Richardson who emerge most responsible for success or failure on this trip. Winslow is the x-factor, no longer on the injury report and in the midst of the best run of an inconsistent, injury-riddled third season. Since Feb. 24, he’s helped Miami go 6-2 and has been a tremendous asset at both ends, averaging 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting 52.9 percent.


    Winslow has made 12 of his last 22 3-pointers, which means opposing wings can’t play off him like the scouting report tells them to. If that continues, it could be a game-changer.


    The Trail Blazers are hoping that a win over the Warriors can further fuel a growing confidence that this team is finally ready to emerge in the West, relatively speaking. While Golden State and Houston are still top dogs, Portland’s run since Valentine’s Day has put them in position to win the Northwest and make this a memorable season. They’ve certainly made backers happy, cashing in 10 of their last 12. At home in the Moda Center, the Trail Blazers have won and covered five straight to extend a 14-1 SU run that has seen them cover 12 times.


    Damian Lillard is averaging over 31 points and six assists since February began, shooting 46.7 from 3-point range. Despite his exploits, improved defense has been the key to this run of success for Portland, which has held five of nine opponents to 100 or fewer points during its current win streak. The under has connected in six of its last eight.


    Portland won the lone regular-season meeting between these teams 102-95 on Dec. 13, overcoming Lillard shooting just 1-for-6 from 3-point range thanks to a 28-point outburst from C.J. McCollum. Whiteside missed that game too, while Waiters shot 6-for-18. The Blazers have won four straight in the series and haven’t lost to the Heat at home since 2013.


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    James Harden is expected to return at home against San Antonio after missing last night's win in Dallas as Houston wrapped up a stretch of road games in seven of eight. After their 17-game winning streak was snapped in Toronto, Houston got out to an early lead against the Mavs, lost it entirely and then dominated the second half thanks to a flurry of 3-pointers that allowed them to coast down the stretch.


    San Antonio has ruled out LaMarcus Aldridge due to knee soreness and won't have Kawhi Leonard back in the mix until later in the week at the earliest. Manu Ginobili is getting a rest night, so the Spurs will be short-handed against their Southwest Division rival.


    The Thunder looked sharp in taking down San Antonio on Saturday night, but saw Steven Adams suffer an ankle sprain in the third quarter and may not have him available against the Kings. With Terrance Ferguson out with a concussion, OKC's depth will be tested against Sacramento. Jerami Grant was an x-factor in the win over the Spurs and should again see an enhanced role. The Kings have center Willie Cauley-Stein back in the mix, but talented young forward Skal Labissiere is questionable with a hip injury.


    Memphis is likely to have Marc Gasol back against the visiting Bucks after resting him this weekend, but guards Tyreke Evans, Andrew Harrison and Mario Chalmers remain sidelined. Forward Jarell Martin is questionable with a foot issue.
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    Harden's big 3rd quarter helps Rockets beat Spurs 109-93
    March 12, 2018



    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter to allow the Houston Rockets to build a huge lead and sail to an easy 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.


    The NBA's leading scorer took a little while to get going a night after sitting out against Dallas with a sore left knee and had just 12 points at halftime.


    Despite his slow start, the Rockets had a comfortable lead in the third and were still up by 13 after a basket by San Antonio's Dejounte Murray with about eight minutes left in the quarter. It was then that Harden took over, scoring the next eight points to start a 16-4 run that extended the lead to 82-57 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third and had coach Gregg Popovich calling for a timeout.


    Harden had a 3-pointer and made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to propel that spurt. He didn't return in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.


    The Spurs, who were without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, got 14 points each from Bryn Forbes and Derrick White. They lost for the fifth time in six games as they fight for a playoff spot.


    TRAIL BLAZERS 115, HEAT 99


    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard had 32 points and 10 assists, and Portland beat Miami for its 10th straight victory.


    Jusuf Nurkic added 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA and a two-game lead over Oklahoma City for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.


    Lillard scored 21 points after halftime. He leads the league in second-half scoring.


    Goran Dragic scored 23 points for the Heat, who were without two key players in starting center Hassan Whiteside and sixth man Dwyane Wade.


    BUCKS 121, GRIZZLIES 103


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Khris Middleton scored 24 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 and Milwaukee sent Memphis to its 18th consecutive loss.


    Brandon Jennings, signed to a 10-day contract by Milwaukee on Sunday, finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Eric Bledsoe added 14 points, including a trio of baskets to stem a fourth-quarter Memphis rally.


    Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17 points, while Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore scored 16 apiece.


    THUNDER 106, KINGS 101


    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 17 points and notched his 20th triple-double of the season to help Oklahoma City beat Sacramento.


    Westbrook had 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the 99th triple-double of his career.


    Paul George and Carmelo Anthony each scored 21 points for the Thunder, who moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.


    Thunder center Steven Adams left the game in the third quarter with a left hip contusion and did not return. Just two days earlier against San Antonio, he hurt his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.


    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Garrett Temple and Justin Jackson each added 15 for the Kings.
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    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Indiana Pacers Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center
    7:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Washington Wizards Capital One Arena
    7:30 PM Dallas Mavericks New York Knicks Madison Square Garden
    7:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena
    7:30 PM Toronto Raptors Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center
    8:00 PM Charlotte Hornets New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Center
    8:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Chicago Bulls United Center
    8:30 PM Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center
    9:00 PM Detroit Pistons Utah Jazz Vivint Smart Home Arena
    10:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:30 PM Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center




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    March NBA Record:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    03/12/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    03/11/2018 10-8-0 55.56% +6.00
    03/10/2018 7-3-0 70.00% +18.50
    03/09/2018 13-7-0 65.00% +26.50
    03/08/2018 4-6-0 40.00% -13.00
    03/07/2018 4-10-0 28.57% -35.00
    03/06/2018 7-7-1 50.00% -3.50
    03/05/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50
    03/04/2018 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    03/03/2018 10-4-0 71.43% +28.00
    03/02/2018 9-10-0 47.37% -10.00
    03/01/2018 6-2-0 83.00% +19.00


    Totals.............85 - 76........52.79%....+47.00
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    Mavericks' Matthews likely out for season
    March 12, 2018



    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has a broken bone in his lower right leg and is likely to miss the rest of the season.


    The team says the 31-year-old Matthews was injured in the first quarter against Memphis on Saturday. The nine-year veteran played into the fourth quarter of the Mavericks' 114-80 win.


    The injury was announced Monday as a fracture to the right proximal fibula, just below the knee. Dallas (21-46) already has been eliminated from playoff contention.


    Matthews is averaging 12.7 points in his third season with Dallas since signing a $70 million, four-year contract in 2015. It was the same summer that DeAndre Jordan backed out on an agreement to join the Mavericks, a decision that resulted in more money for Matthews.


    After signing with Dallas, Matthews returned much sooner than expected after tearing an Achilles tendon late in his final season with Portland.


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    Kerr urges youth to work for change
    March 12, 2018



    NEWARK, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr believes the voices of America's youth are finally being heard enough to create real change when it comes to gun violence.


    Kerr told students at a Bay Area high school that safety in schools should be their ''No. 1 issue,'' urged them to vote and consider what they might be able to do to make gun safety and awareness a priority.


    Kerr, the Golden State Warriors coach who has been outspoken on many social justice issues , drew a big crowd and a standing ovation before sharing how his life was affected by gun violence more than three decades ago when his father was shot dead in a terrorist attack.


    ''I'm not here because I'm the Warriors coach. Actually I am, because I wouldn't have been invited. I'm here because I'm a citizen of this country and we're a democracy and when people say stick to sports, stick to coaching, that means nothing,'' Kerr said Monday at Newark Memorial High School. ''I feel like it's my responsibility to speak on something that's very important to me.''


    Kerr joined U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and students from throughout the South Bay to discuss the issue. Also in attendance was Matt Deitsch, 20, whose younger brother and sister stayed locked in closets during last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


    ''I think he sees what so many of us see: There's a moment in this country that can make a difference,'' Khanna said.


    Deitsch identified himself as the oldest member of the ''Never Again'' movement. He and others in his group plan to march in Washington, D.C., on March 24.


    ''It will change things because the youth is mobilizing at a rate that scares the status quo,'' said Deitsch, who noted: ''This is affecting all communities. It can happen anywhere.''


    Kerr believes young people will help create change. ''All I've really done is expressed my outrage and my concern,'' he said.


    Kerr said he'd like to do more, perhaps getting ''my team involved.''


    ''I have been truly inspired by what I'm seeing lately from the kids at Douglas High School,'' Kerr said. ''I'm inspired by what's happening. It feels real. For the first time, it feels like something's happening.''


    Kerr's father, Malcolm, president of the American University of Beirut, was murdered in Beirut when Kerr was 18 and a freshman at the University of Arizona.


    ''I know how the Parkland families feel, or the Aurora families, or Sandy Hook,'' Kerr said. ''I know what it feels like. I met family members from Las Vegas. I know what that feels like. It's awful. It's devastating. It's horrible.''
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    Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack


    — 109 different golfers have won a PGA tournament since the last time Eldrick Woods won.


    — Neil Walker gets $4M for one year from the Bronx Bombers.


    — This is first time in 21 years the Spurs will have a losing road record.


    — There are 30 sets of brothers playing Division I basketball this season.


    — ESPN is running an all-night marathon related to the college basketball tournament; it is a little like a bizarre ESPN variety show. It is oddly entertaining.


    — I wish that kids who enter the NBA Draft but aren’t selected would be allowed to go back to their college team, no harm done. Maybe that can happen soon.




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


    13) Been a rough sports year for the Pac-12; they went 1-8 in bowl games last fall, and now got only three teams in March Madness, two of them in play-in games. USC was shunned, but maybe that was because of the FBI stuff.


    Maybe if more people could watch the Pac-12 Network (hint, hint), they’d get screwed over less on Selection Sunday.


    12) Creighton-Kansas State is really interesting, because the Bluejays’ best player is Marcus Foster, who played the first two years of his college career at…….Kansas State.


    11) Did agent Scott Boras cost Royals’ 3B Mike Moustakas $38.5M this winter?


    There are stories on the Interweb that Boras turned down a 3-year, $45M deal with the Angels, who later signed Zach Cosart instead. Moustakas, who also turned down the $17.5M qualifying offer from the Royals, wound up signing back with Kansas City for $6.5M for 2018.


    Oy.


    10) College basketball coaching carousel:
    — Lorenzo Romar returns to Pepperdine; he coached the Waves from 1996-99.
    — Cal-Northridge hires former NC State coach Mark Gottfried.


    9) Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic became only the 13th goalie in AHL history to score a goal when he found an empty net in Charlotte’s 7-3 win over Hartford last week.


    8) When Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield went to the NFL Combine, he was interviewed by 11 different teams (15:00 each). Would be curious how similar the interviews were.


    7) When Richard Sherman signed with the 49ers over the weekend, he represented himself, saving the 3% agents normally get. Sherman saved roughly $210,000 by doing that, but did he get himself the best deal possible?


    Writer Mke Florio points out that if he signed the same deal with the Lions as he did with the 49ers, Sherman would’ve paid $1,176,500 less in state taxes. Maybe he wanted to stay in the NFC West; only he knows for sure.


    6) Basketball teams that run the Princeton offense generally practice all different kinds of layups for eight minutes in every practice; why doesn’t everyone do this?


    Seems like that would be an important skill to have, to be creative close to the basket.


    5) Providence lost in the Big East finals Saturday night; all three of their tournament games went to overtime, which doesn’t happen very often.


    4) Good grief, I’m tired of the Masters commercials; they started in freakin’ January, before the Super Bowl. Its a golf tournament on a really nice course, we get it. Enough already.


    3) Listening to Nevada coach Eric Musselman Sunday night, he kind of threw St Mary’s under the bus as far as scheduling goes.


    Nevada added four games to their schedule as late as August (URI, Texas Tech, TCU, Davidson) after Musselman read how the Selection Committee would stress road games this season. Wolf Pack didn’t win the Mountain West tournament, but they did get the league’s first at-large bid since 2015.


    St Mary’s apparently refused to schedule better teams, even turning down home/home series. Sunday, they paid for it.


    2) San Diego Padres have a shortstop prospect named Fernando Tatis Jr who they’re very high on; his dad Fernando Tatis is famous for one thing— on April 23, 1999, he hit two grand slams in the same inning, for the Cardinals in Dodger Stadium.


    Not only that, but both grand slams were against the same pitcher- Chan Ho Park. Eight RBI in one inning is a record that likely will never be broken.


    1— Doug Gottlieb tweeted this Sunday night, about the St Mary’s snub:


    “St Mary’s not getting in is the reason Gonzaga will leave the WCC”


    Gonzaga is likely to bolt the WCC soon, much like Wichita State left the MVC last summer. But where will the Zags go? Please don’t tell me the Big East.


    Gonzaga is located in Spokane, WA, which is roughly 30 miles from the Idaho border. How in the name of Rand McNally can a school 30 miles from Idaho be in the freakin’ Big East???
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    Tuesday, March 13



    Washington/Minnesota split their last ten meetings; Wolves are 1-3 vs spread in their last four visits here. Three of last four series games went over total. Minnesota lost three of its last four games; they’re 2-8 in last ten games as road underdogs. Over is 7-3 in their last ten games. Wizards lost four of their last six games; they’re 2-5 in last seven games as home favorites. Six of their last eight games stayed under.


    Pacers won eight of last ten games with the 76ers; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five games in this building. Five of last seven series games stayed under. Indiana won five of its last six games; they’re 5-2 in last seven games as road underdogs. Under is 9-1 in their last ten games. Sixers won four of their last six games; they’re 11-1 vs spread in last 12 games as home favorites. Six of their last eight games stayed under.


    Nets lost their last ten games with Toronto (3-7 vs spread); under is 5-3 in last eight series games. Raptors covered four of their last five visits to Brooklyn. Toronto won its last eight games (6-2 vs spread); they’re 5-1 in last six games as road favorites. Five of their last seven games went under total. Brooklyn lost eight of its last ten games; they’re 1-5 in last six games as home underdogs. Four of their last six games went over.


    Knicks lost six of last eight games with Dallas, which is 2-2 vs spread in last four visits here. Five of last six series games stayed under. Mavericks lost seven of their last ten games; they’re 10-5 vs spread in last 15 road games. Over is 8-5 in their last 13 games. Knicks lost their last seven games (1-6 vs spread); they’re 0-4 vs spread in last four home games. Seven of their last nine games went over.


    Thunder won three of last four games with the Hawks; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to Atlanta. Under is 6-4 in last ten series games. Oklahoma City won six of its last eight games; they’re 5-13 in last 18 games as road favorites. Four of their last five games stayed under total. Atlanta lost eight of its last ten games; they’re 9-5 in last 14 games as home dogs. Eight of their last ten games stayed under.


    Clippers won eight of last ten games with the Bulls (7-3 vs spread); they covered four of last five visits to the Windy City. Six of last seven series games stayed under. Clippers won six of their last eight games; they’re 6-1 vs spread as road favorites. Eight of their last ten games went over total. Chicago won three of its last five games; they’re 8-4 in last dozen games as home dogs. Over is 6-4 in their last ten games.


    Pelicans won their last three games with Charlotte; eight of last ten series games went over total. Hornets are 1-3 vs spread in their last four visits to Bourbon Street. Charlotte lost five of its last six games; they’re 3-5 in last eight games as road underdogs. Over is 6-2-1 in their last nine games. New Orleans lost its last two games after a 10-game win streak; they’re 2-5 in last seven games as home favorites. Seven of their last nine games went over.


    Spurs won eight of last ten games with Orlando; Magic covered their last four visits to the Alamo. Last six series games stayed under the total. Orlando lost eight of its last ten games; they’re 10-4 in last 14 games as road underdogs. Six of last eight series games stayed under the total. Spurs lost nine of last 11 games, are 4-7 vs spread if they played night before. Last three San Antonio games stayed under.


    Jazz won seven of last ten games with Detroit; eight of those games stayed under. Pistons are 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to Utah. Detroit lost seven of its last nine games; they’re 1-9 vs spread in last 10 games as road underdogs. Four of their last six games stayed under the total. Jazz won their last six games; they’re 2-6 vs spread in last eight games as home favorites. Eight of their last ten games stayed under.


    Cavaliers won their last five games with Phoenix but Suns are 6-3 vs spread in last nine series games. Under is 6-2-1 in last nine series games. Cleveland lost four of its last six games; they’re 2-11 vs spread in last 13 games as road favorites. three of their last four road games went under total. Phoenix lost nine of its last ten games; they’re 2-8 in last 10 games as home underdogs. Over is 5-5 in their last ten games.


    Lakers lost six of last eight games with Denver; nine of last ten series games went over. Nuggets are 3-2 vs spread in last five series games played here. Denver won four of last six games; they’re 4-7 as road favorites. Eight of their last ten games went over. Lakers won seven of their last nine games; they’re 6-2 in last eight games as home underdogs. Over is 7-2-1 in their last ten games. These teams had words at end of Nuggets’ 125-116 win Friday.
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    INDIANA @ PHILADELPHIA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana


    MINNESOTA @ WASHINGTON
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Minnesota's last 13 games
    Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Washington is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota


    OKLAHOMA CITY @ ATLANTA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Oklahoma City is 18-4 ATS in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games


    TORONTO @ BROOKLYN
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games at home
    Brooklyn is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games


    DALLAS @ NEW YORK
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing New York
    Dallas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games at home


    LA CLIPPERS @ CHICAGO
    LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 7 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers


    CHARLOTTE @ NEW ORLEANS
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing New Orleans
    New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte


    ORLANDO @ SAN ANTONIO
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing Orlando
    San Antonio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Orlando


    DETROIT @ UTAH
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


    CLEVELAND @ PHOENIX
    Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 16 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Phoenix's last 16 games when playing Cleveland


    DENVER @ LA LAKERS
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Denver's last 11 games when playing LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    LA Lakers is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
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    Minnesota @ Washington


    Game 521-522
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    120.923
    Washington
    119.875
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 1
    212
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 4
    216
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (+4); Under


    Indiana @ Philadelphia



    Game 523-524
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    116.643
    Philadelphia
    125.124
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 8 1/2
    205
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 5
    211
    Dunkel Pick:
    Philadelphia
    (-5); Under


    Toronto @ Brooklyn



    Game 525-526
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    121.745
    Brooklyn
    114.812
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 7
    215
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 10
    219
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+10); Under


    Dallas @ New York



    Game 527-528
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    115.448
    New York
    108.350
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 7
    208
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 2
    212 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (-2); Under


    Oklahoma City @ Atlanta



    Game 529-530
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Oklahoma City
    118.845
    Atlanta
    108.710
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 10
    210
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 5 1/2
    215 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    (-5 1/2); Under


    LA Clippers @ Chicago



    Game 531-532
    March 13, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Clippers
    121.518
    Chicago
    110.939
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 10 1/2
    218
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LA Clippers
    by 5
    224 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    LA Clippers
    (-5); Under


    Charlotte @ New Orleans



    Game 533-534
    March 13, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Charlotte
    114.765
    New Orleans
    117.318
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 2 1/2
    237
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 5
    230
    Dunkel Pick:
    Charlotte
    (+5); Over


    Orlando @ San Antonio



    Game 535-536
    March 13, 2018 @ 8:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Orlando
    109.435
    San Antonio
    120.875
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 11 1/2
    210
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 9 1/2
    204 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (-9 1/2); Over


    Detroit @ Utah



    Game 537-538
    March 13, 2018 @ 9:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Detroit
    113.939
    Utah
    125.208
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Utah
    by 12
    202
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 7 1/2
    197 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Utah
    (-7 1/2); Over


    Cleveland @ Phoenix



    Game 539-540
    March 13, 2018 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Cleveland
    116.393
    Phoenix
    105.158
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Cleveland
    by 11
    235
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Cleveland
    by 7
    230
    Dunkel Pick:
    Cleveland
    (-7); Over


    Denver @ LA Lakers



    Game 541-542
    March 13, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Denver
    120.409
    LA Lakers
    121.522
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    LA Lakers
    by 1
    226
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Denver
    by 2
    232 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    LA Lakers
    (+2); Under
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    MINNESOTA (39 - 29) at WASHINGTON (38 - 29) - 3/13/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 365-429 ATS (-106.9 Units) in the second half of the season since 1996.
    MINNESOTA is 52-79 ATS (-34.9 Units) against Southeast division opponents since 1996.
    MINNESOTA is 21-34 ATS (-16.4 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 33-19 ATS (+12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 15-25 ATS (-12.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
    WASHINGTON is 11-20 ATS (-11.0 Units) in home games this season.

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

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    INDIANA (39 - 28) at PHILADELPHIA (36 - 29) - 3/13/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 37-28 ATS (+6.2 Units) in all games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in home games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 32-20 ATS (+10.0 Units) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 58-40 ATS (+14.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in home games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) after playing 3 consecutive road games over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 39-20 ATS (+17.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 22-5 ATS (+16.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 38-29 ATS (+6.1 Units) in all games this season.
    INDIANA is 67-47 ATS (+15.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    TORONTO (49 - 17) at BROOKLYN (21 - 46) - 3/13/2018, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BROOKLYN is 38-28 ATS (+7.2 Units) in all games this season.
    BROOKLYN is 32-21 ATS (+8.9 Units) as an underdog this season.
    BROOKLYN is 24-14 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    BROOKLYN is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    TORONTO is 38-28 ATS (+7.2 Units) in all games this season.
    TORONTO is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    TORONTO is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    TORONTO is 32-19 ATS (+11.1 Units) after scoring 115 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    TORONTO is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    TORONTO is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    TORONTO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 7-3 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 10-0 straight up against BROOKLYN 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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    DALLAS (21 - 46) at NEW YORK (24 - 43) - 3/13/2018, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 3-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    DALLAS is 3-2 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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    OKLAHOMA CITY (40 - 29) at ATLANTA (20 - 47) - 3/13/2018, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 3-2 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 3-2 straight up against ATLANTA 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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    LA CLIPPERS (36 - 29) at CHICAGO (23 - 43) - 3/13/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA CLIPPERS are 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) in road games this season.
    LA CLIPPERS are 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 this season.
    LA CLIPPERS are 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    CHICAGO is 129-175 ATS (-63.5 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1996.
    CHICAGO is 68-99 ATS (-40.9 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA CLIPPERS is 3-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 4-1 straight up against CHICAGO 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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    CHARLOTTE (29 - 38) at NEW ORLEANS (38 - 28) - 3/13/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 26-37 ATS (-14.7 Units) in all games this season.
    CHARLOTTE is 8-21 ATS (-15.1 Units) as an underdog this season.
    CHARLOTTE is 48-80 ATS (-40.0 Units) against Southwest division opponents since 1996.
    CHARLOTTE is 174-220 ATS (-68.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
    CHARLOTTE is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs this season.
    CHARLOTTE is 14-25 ATS (-13.5 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
    CHARLOTTE is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) after allowing 115 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW ORLEANS is 8-20 ATS (-14.0 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    ORLANDO (20 - 47) at SAN ANTONIO (37 - 30) - 3/13/2018, 8:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    DETROIT (30 - 36) at UTAH (37 - 30) - 3/13/2018, 9:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 29-42 ATS (-17.2 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in the second half of the season this season.
    DETROIT is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in road games in March games over the last 3 seasons.
    DETROIT is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.

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

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    CLEVELAND (38 - 28) at PHOENIX (19 - 49) - 3/13/2018, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CLEVELAND is 21-44 ATS (-27.4 Units) in all games this season.
    CLEVELAND is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 this season.
    CLEVELAND is 11-39 ATS (-31.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
    CLEVELAND is 8-20 ATS (-14.0 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) against Pacific division opponents this season.
    CLEVELAND is 21-37 ATS (-19.7 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    CLEVELAND is 3-14 ATS (-12.4 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more this season.
    CLEVELAND is 7-22 ATS (-17.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    CLEVELAND is 7-21 ATS (-16.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    PHOENIX is 39-26 ATS (+10.4 Units) after allowing 115 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    PHOENIX is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 2-2 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
    CLEVELAND is 4-0 straight up against PHOENIX 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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    DENVER (37 - 30) at LA LAKERS (30 - 36) - 3/13/2018, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA LAKERS are 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
    DENVER is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    LA LAKERS are 142-181 ATS (-57.1 Units) in March games since 1996.
    LA LAKERS are 18-32 ATS (-17.2 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DENVER is 7-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    DENVER is 7-3 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    March 13, 2018



    Game of the Night: Nuggets (-2, 230 ˝) at Lakers – 10:35 PM EST


    The Lakers (30-36 SU, 36-30 ATS) continue to defend their home court as Los Angeles improved to 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS since January 7 at Staples Center following Sunday’s 127-113 blowout of Cleveland. Julius Randle put together a career game against the Cavaliers by scoring 36 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas burned his former team for 20 points off the bench. The Lakers still have plenty of work to do if they want to make the playoffs as they sit 6 ˝ games back of the eighth spot in the Western Conference.


    Four teams are fighting it out for the final two positions in the Western playoff race as the Clippers, Jazz, Nuggets, and Spurs are the teams that are trying to draw either Golden State or Houston in the opening round. Denver (37-30 SU, 31-33-3 ATS) has struggled on the road this season by owning an 11-20 record away from the Pepsi Center, but has won three of its last four on the highway. The Nuggets are fresh off a 130-104 blowout of the Kings on Sunday as 11 ˝-point home favorites, as Denver shot 56% from the floor, while center Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double by scoring 20 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists.


    The home team has won all three matchups this season, as the Nuggets knocked off the Lakers last Friday, 125-116 as seven-point favorites. Los Angeles led by two points heading into the fourth quarter until Denver pulled away by outscoring the Lakers, 31-20 to pick up the home cover. Three Nuggets scored at least 21 points, led by Jamal Murray’s 22, as Denver knocked down 26-of-30 free throws in the win.


    Not on Target


    The race for first place in the Northwest division is a good one with Portland currently leading the way. All five squads have a chance to make the playoffs, while the team in the middle is Minnesota (39-29 SU, 31-35-2 ATS), who is primed for its first postseason appearance since 2004. The Wolves travel to Washington looking to improve on a dreadful 2-13 SU and 3-12 ATS road mark in 2018, including recent divisional setbacks at Utah and Portland.


    Minnesota is coming off a solid 109-103 home victory over Golden State on Sunday afternoon as 3 ˝-point underdogs to snap a three-game skid. The Wolves look to avenge a 92-89 setback to the Wizards from late November at the Target Center, as Minnesota owns a 2-10 record against Eastern Conference teams on the road. Washington (38-29 SU, 32-34-1 ATS) looks to bounce back from a 27-point loss at Miami on Saturday, while losing four of its past six games at Capital One Arena.


    Pacing Up


    Due to Cleveland’s recent struggles, Indiana (39-28 SU, 38-29 ATS) has taken advantage by grabbing first place in the Central division by a half-game heading into Tuesday’s action. The Pacers rallied past the Celtics on Sunday, 99-97 as 4 ˝-point road underdogs, improving to 5-1 SU/ATS in the last six games. Indiana has tightened up its defense in this stretch by allowing less than 100 points five times, while cashing the UNDER in seven consecutive games overall.


    The 76ers (36-29 SU, 36-27-2 ATS) return home from a 2-2 road trip, capped off by Sunday’s 120-97 blowout of the Nets as 5 ˝-point favorites. Philadelphia has yet to lose at Wells Fargo Center in 2018 by posting a perfect 13-0 record, while amazingly covering 12 times in this span. The Sixers and Pacers have split a pair of matchups this season as Indiana won at home in early February, 100-92.


    Sweet Sounds


    One of the most incredible runs this season in the NBA has been produced by the Jazz (37-30 SU, 36-31 ATS), who own a remarkable 18-2 record the last 20 games. The biggest of this winning stretch came in an overtime victory at Detroit on January 24, as the Jazz host the Pistons tonight. Utah swept a three-game road swing over the weekend by rolling past New Orleans, 116-99 as 1 ˝-point favorites.


    The Jazz return to Salt Lake City to start a four-game homestand against four teams all sitting below the .500 mark. The Pistons (30-36 SU, 29-335-2 ATS) embark on a six-game road swing against Western Conference foes, starting with Utah, Denver, and Portland over the next five nights. Detroit is on 3-10 run since a five-game winning streak, coming off Friday’s 99-83 rout of Chicago as 7 ˝-point favorites. The Pistons have struggled on the road of late by dropping nine straight away from Little Caesars Arena, while covering once in this stretch.


    Grounded Pelicans


    New Orleans (38-28 SU, 35-30-1 ATS) pulled off 10 consecutive victories heading into last Friday’s contest against Washington. Anthony Davis sat out due to injury and the Pelicans’ hot streak came to a screeching halt in a 116-97 home setback to the Wizards. Two nights later, New Orleans fell to Utah by 17 points as the Pelicans look to end their sudden losing streak against the Hornets.


    Charlotte (29-38 SU, 27-36-4 ATS) snapped a five-game skid by holding off Phoenix on Saturday, 122-115, but failed to cash as 13-point favorites. Charlotte has slumped from an ATS standpoint of late by covering only once in the last six games, while losing at Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto in this span. The Hornets have lost three straight meetings with the Pelicans since the start of last season, including a 101-96 home setback in late January.


    Setting Suns


    Phoenix (19-49 SU, 31-35-2 ATS) is back home for one game following an 0-4 road trip that included losses to Atlanta, Miami, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte. The Suns made a late run to cover as 13-point underdogs at Charlotte on Saturday, but Phoenix has put together an 0-8 ATS record in its last eight games off a cover. Phoenix is currently on a 1-15 run with the only victory coming at Memphis in late February, a Grizzlies’ team that has lost 18 straight games.


    The Suns welcome in the Cavaliers (38-29 SU, 21-44-1 ATS), who are coming off consecutive losses in Los Angeles to the Clippers and Lakers. As a road favorite, Cleveland has compiled an embarrassing 2-13 ATS mark in their last 15 opportunities, including outright losses at Orlando, Sacramento, and Detroit. The Cavaliers have captured the last five matchups with the Suns since 2015, but have failed to cash in their past two road victories at Phoenix as a favorite.
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    ATS TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Spurs are 12-0-1 ATS (10.23 ppg) as a 8+ favorite coming off a game as a dog.


    OU TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Wizards are 12-0-2 OU (12.04 ppg) with rest off a road loss in which they never led.


    PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:


    -- The Pelicans are 0-11 ATS (-10.14 ppg) as a home favorite off a loss as a dog in which Anthony Davis had a double double.


    CHOICE TREND:


    -- The Jazz are 10-0-1 ATS (13.36 ppg) at home coming off a win in a road game where they were outscored in the paint by double digits.


    ACTIVE TRENDS:


    -- The Jazz are 11-0 ATS (13.41 ppg) off a game as a favorite in which Donovan Mitchell was not the high scorer.


    -- The Hornets are 0-10 ATS (-11.00 ppg) as a dog off a win where Kemba Walker attempted more three pointers than two pointers.
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    Last night's ATS Records
    NBA: 3-3 | NCAA BB: 3-2
    I had plays on every CollegeInsider Tournament contest and already caught a tough loss you can credit March madness for. The college lock came in and both CIT totals hit, but the NBA guarantee came up short. Here is Monday's recap, complete with some of the highlights (and lowlights):


    TUESDAY'S FREE SELECTION


    The pick: Jazz -8

    I hope Stan Van Gundy gets a crack at coaching the team he's helped put together when the Pistons shake up their current structure this offseason, but right now, it's unfair to expect much out of his team. Reggie Bullock joins Stanley Johnson in being hampered by back issues, so an already thin wing rotation is hurting. Reggie Jackson is close to returning, but his continued absence means Ish Smith, Jameer Nelson and Dwight Buycks continue in his place. Watching Brandon Jennings go off last night in his NBA return with the Bucks probably didn't sit too well with Detroit fans. Look for the Jazz to roll to a seventh straight win here. They've won the last four by double-digits and will do so again. Ride Utah and lay the points.


    MONDAY'S FREE SELECTION


    The pick: Bucks -7.5

    Slowly but surely, Jabari Parker is working the rust off his game and becoming a factor as new head coach Joe Prunty gets to work on experimenting with putting his best lineups out there. The Bucks have been terrible against the spread of late, covering just one of their last eight games in a 2-9 run since Feb. 13, but have won and covered in their last three games as a road favorite and should control a game against a Grizzlies team that is been held 280 or fewer points and their last two contests. Ride Milwaukee.


    Result: Milwaukee hooked up the freebie fans with a stress-free 121-103 rout in Memphis. It's on you if there were nervous mements when the Grizzlies closed within six with 6:30 to go, but you shouldn't be so skittish. The Bucks outscored Memphis 24-12 from that point to win 121-103. Brandon Jennings returned to the NBA with 16 points, eight boards and 12 assists in under 24 minutes of action. Anyone offering odds on him getting a second 10-day contract?


    MONDAY'S LOCK


    The pick: San Diego -9.5

    Although USD head coach Lamont Smith resigned due to a sexual assault investigation, he ultimately wasn't charged. It sounds like the school is moving on, but his acquittal should make it easier for players to turn the page and this tournament offers a nice opportunity. The Torerors were fantastic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion this season and get a Hartford squad with limited depth that had to fly cross-country for this CIT opener. If John Carroll or J.R. Lynch get into foul trouble, this will get ugly. Ride San Diego -9.5, guaranteed.


    Result: Hartford showed up ready to play, which kept the Toreros sharp early and allowed them to find a rhythm they sustained throughout despite top scorer Isaiah Pineiro landing in foul trouble. Six scored in double-figures as San Diego won 88-72.


    LOCK THAT DIDN'T CLICK


    The pick: Spurs/Rockets OVER 209.5

    The Spurs will be relying on a team-based approach to offense without LaMarcus Aldridge in the mix, so Rudy Gay will likely have to be aggressive and isn't at 100% to trust in that role yet. With Manu Ginobili resting and Kawhi Leonard not debuting until later in the week, the Spurs are extremely vulnerable heading into Houston, where a fan base that hasn't seen its team in a while is set to pack the house for a rivalry game. With James Harden back, the Rockets are going to find easy offense and proved in Dallas that this road trip hasn't done anything to cool off their strokes or tire their legs. The Spurs are going to have to score to hang around, which means they can't slow the game down to have any shot. Ride the over, guaranteed.


    Result: I wound up splitting here since the Rockets covered, but the Spurs getting so bogged down early doomed this play. Houston held San Antonio to 67 points through three quarters and 40.7 percent shooting for the evening.


    BAD BEAT BULLETIN


    The pick: Drake -8.5

    Abilene Christian found out that it would make its postseason debut a few days ago since they didn't qualify for even the Southland Tourney. The Wildcats are extremely limited in terms of depth, so they can't afford Jalone Friday or Jaren Lewis landing in foul trouble. Keeping both out against a team that can attack proficiently is unlikely, so expect Reed Timmer to be able to close out a double-digit win down the stretch, keeping Abilene Christian from hanging around. Ride Drake -8.5.


    Result: Friday did land in foul trouble and the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half, reaching the 2:00 mark up by 10 after a Nick McGlynn layup. Abilene Christian than forced OT with a 10-0 run highlighted by sloppy Drake turnovers. Drake won in OT, but it finished 80-73.




    TOTAL RECALL


    The pick: Liberty/North Carolina A&T UNDER 141

    This is an awfully high total for a Ritchie McKay-coached team, especially given the fact that unlike many MEAC teams, the Aggies don't prefer to run at all costs. They have bigs who can at least make their presence felt down low, so unless we get a bad whistle, I don't see these teams combining to reach this total. Ride the under in this CIT contest.


    Result: This wasn't in doubt after the opening tip-off, and at one point, I think the Flames caught fire -- sorry -- and hit seven straight shots. Liberty won 65-52.


    UPSET CITY


    The pick: IPFW -5

    The Mastodons have a huge edge here, getting to roll out of bed ready to play this morning in their home gym against a team that is going to run with them. On TV, too. Look for a wide open game in this CIT opener, which you can watch on CBS College Sports Network. Ride IPFW and the over for the in-game parlay.


    Result: Central Michigan pulled off the first upset of the week, claiming the first postseason tourney game 94-89 in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons had their chances to take control, but missed too many wide open 3-point looks they typically make.


    SWING AND A MISS


    The pick: Heat +7

    The Heat know they have to push tempo to stay engaged in Portland given how well Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are playing, so look for the faster pace that prevailed against Washington to be in play here, especially with Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade, both ball-stoppers, sidelined here. The Heat should hang around. Take the points with Miami and ride the over for the in-game parlay.


    Result: Miami made a late run, but was largely overwhelmed by Portland's Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic in a 115-99 loss. Those two combined for 59 points to lead the Trail Blazers to their league-best 10th consecutive win.
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 13
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    IND at PHI
    IND +6.5
    O 211.5



    MIN at WAS 07:00 PM
    WAS -3.5
    O 218.0


    TOR at BK 07:30 PM
    TOR -9.0
    U 219.0


    DAL at NY 07:30 PM
    DAL +1.0
    O 216.0


    OKC at ATL 07:30 PM
    ATL +6.5


    LAC at CHI 08:00 PM
    CHI +7.0
    U 225.5


    CHA at NO 08:00 PM
    CHA +5.0
    U 230.0


    ORL at SA 08:30 PM
    SA -10.5
    U 201.5


    DET at UTA 09:00 PM
    UTA -8.5
    U 195.5


    CLE at PHO 10:00 PM
    PHO +7.5
    O 230.0


    DEN at LAL 10:30 PM
    DEN -2.0
    O 230.5
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    Turner helps Pacers beat 76ers 101-98
    March 13, 2018



    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 on Tuesday night in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.


    Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28), who overcame an off shooting night by leading scorer Victor Oladipo to win their third straight and improve to a season-high 12 games over .500. They were coming off a 99-97 victory at Boston on Sunday night.


    Joel Embiid had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Simmons finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers (36-30), who had won 13 straight home games.


    TIMBERWOLVES 116, WIZARDS 111


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the mouth that left him down on the court and finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds.


    Towns shot 13 for 17, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and showed no ill effects after getting knocked in the face with about a minute left in the first half.


    A 20-3 run capped by an inside basket from Andrew Wiggins off Towns' assist put Minnesota up 105-98 with less than 5 1/2 minutes to go. After the Wizards got within 111-109, Towns sank a corner 3 with 29 seconds left to push the visitors' lead back up to five.


    Markieff Morris led Washington with a season-high 27 points, and Bradley Beal added 19.


    THUNDER 119, HAWKS 107


    ATLANTA (AP) - Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career, and the Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks.


    Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.


    Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 25 points.


    RAPTORS 116, NETS 102


    NEW YORK (AP) - Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto earned its ninth straight win.


    DeMar DeRozan and reserve Fred VanVleet scored 15 points apiece, and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 11 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who held Brooklyn to 35 points after halftime and won a franchise record-tying seventh straight road game.


    D'Angelo Russell hit his first seven shots - all 3-pointers - and scored 24 points in the first quarter for the Nets, who have lost 11 straight to the Raptors. Russell finished with 32 points, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 19.


    JAZZ 110, PISTONS 79


    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, sending Utah to its seventh consecutive victory.


    The Jazz had six players score in double figures. Joe Ingles added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and eight rebounds.


    Luke Kennard scored 18 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 14.


    Donovan Mitchell hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter and put the Jazz ahead 81-51.


    PELICANS 119, HORNETS 115


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, leading New Orleans to the victory.


    Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 17 assists and Jrue Holiday highlighted a 25-point, nine-assist performance with 10 points in the final 2:39, starting with a 3 that put the Pelicans in front.


    Holiday's second 3 in that stretch widened New Orleans' lead to five points with 1:19 to go and he added a driving finger roll that made it 117-110 with 30 seconds left. The Pelicans had dropped two in a row.


    Dwight Howard had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Charlotte, while Kemba Walker added 22 points.


    MAVERICKS 110, KNICKS 97


    NEW YORK (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, and the Mavericks handed the Knicks their eighth straight loss.


    Dallas couldn't stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.


    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki had 13.


    Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who got a visit from Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.


    CLIPPERS 112, BULLS 106


    CHICAGO (AP) - DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, leading the Clippers to the road win.


    Lou Williams scored 26 and Tobias Harris had 18 points for Los Angeles, which took control late in the third quarter on the way to its fifth win in six games.


    Bobby Portis led Chicago with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kris Dunn added 18 points and six assists. But with Lauri Markkanen sidelined by lower back spasms, the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games.


    SPURS 108, MAGIC 72


    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, helping San Antonio stop a three-game slide.


    The Spurs led 62-37 at halftime and extended that cushion to 39 entering the fourth quarter.


    Patty Mills had 13 points for San Antonio, and Dejounte Murray, Danny Green and Pau Gasol each had 11.


    Orlando has lost five straight and 12 of 14. Nikola Vucevic and Jonathon Simmons each had 10 points for the Magic.
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    8:00 PM Washington Wizards Boston Celtics TD Garden
    10:00 PM Miami Heat Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center
    10:30 PM Los Angeles Lakers Golden State Warriors ORACLE Arena




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    March NBA Record:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    03/13/2018 13-8-0 61.90% +21.00
    03/12/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    03/11/2018 10-8-0 55.56% +6.00
    03/10/2018 7-3-0 70.00% +18.50
    03/09/2018 13-7-0 65.00% +26.50
    03/08/2018 4-6-0 40.00% -13.00
    03/07/2018 4-10-0 28.57% -35.00
    03/06/2018 7-7-1 50.00% -3.50
    03/05/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50
    03/04/2018 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    03/03/2018 10-4-0 71.43% +28.00
    03/02/2018 9-10-0 47.37% -10.00
    03/01/2018 6-2-0 83.00% +19.00


    Totals.............98 - 84........53.84%....+68.00
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    Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack


    Some prop bets for the NCAA tournament; wins by conference:


    — ACC— 14 wins


    — Big East— 8.5 wins


    — Big X— 8.5 wins


    — #1 seeds— 11.5 wins


    — #2 seeds— 10.5 wins


    — #3 seeds— 8 wins




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


    13) Minnesota Vikings made their decision; they give Kirk Cousins $84M for three years, all fully guaranteed, to be their QB. Cousins has a 26-30-1 career W-L record, 0-1 in playoffs.


    12) Minnesota went 11-3 with Case Keenum at QB LY; Keenum signed with the Broncos on Monday; he threw for 3,547 yards and 22 TD’s last season.


    11) Drew Brees re-signed with the Saints; he turned down $60M guaranteed from someone else (Cardinals? Vikings?) before deciding to stay in New Orleans.


    10) Cardinals gave oft-injured QB Sam Bradford $20 ($15M guaranteed) for one year. As a long-time Ram fan, I endorse the Keenum signing; the Bradford signing? Not so much.


    9) Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and re-signed Josh McCown, meaning they probably ain’t drafting another quarterback next month.


    8) Gonzaga lost the national title game 71-65 last April, ending an odd run to the Final Four- they were 1-4-1 vs spread in their NCAA tournament games last spring.


    7) Florida made the Elite 8 in each of its last five NCAA tournaments- hard to do that.


    6) Since 2010, Villanova is 5-2 in its first-round games, 1-4 in second round games; the one time they won in second round, they won national title two years ago.


    5) Arkansas is probably glad just to be in a different region than North Carolina this year; last three times the Razorbacks made the NCAA’s, they lost to the Tar Heels in the second round. If they play UNC in this year’s tournament, it’ll be in the Final Four.


    4) Why gambling on NIT/CBI/CIT games can be dicey; USC star Chimezie Metu sat out Trojans’ NIT game Tuesday, for no reason except he didn’t want to get hurt. Not sure that Metu will get picked in the first round of the NBA Draft— he is a junior, so if he got hurt, he could come back to school next year, but it is a free country, and he chose not to play.


    Late night update: With Metu sitting on bench, NC-Asheville played its heart out but fell short, losing 103-98 in double OT at USC- they led by six points in overtime.


    3) Virginia loses its best guy off the bench, DeAndre Hunter for the season with a broken wrist.


    2) Radford 71, LIU 61— Radford advances to play Villanova Thursday; no 16-seed has ever beaten a #1-seed. Last nine years, #16-seeds who won the play-in game are 7-11 vs spread in their next game, against a #1-seed.


    1— St Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58— Season that started with shoplifting in China ended with an ugly loss on a Tuesday night in Dayton. Bruins turned ball over 20 times (-14), shot 10-30 on arc. Bonnies’ Stocker was doubtful to play, then played all 40:00, scored 26 points- they won despite star Adams going 2-16 from the floor.
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    Wednesday, March 14



    Bucks won six of last eight games with the Magic; they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Orlando. Four of last six series games stayed under. Milwaukee won its last two games after a 1-6 skid; they’re 7-1 this season as road favorites. Under is 5-3 in their last eight road games. Orlando are off an 0-5 road trip; they’re 8-3 vs spread in last 11 games as home underdogs. Under is 6-2 in their last eight games.


    Wizards/Celtics split their last eight meetings; Washington is 1-5 vs spread in last six visits to Boston. Seven of last nine series games went over. Wizards lost five of their last seven games; they’re 7-2 vs spread in last nine games as road underdogs. Six of their last eight games went under the total. Celtics won six of their last eight games; they’re 1-7 vs spread in last eight home games. Over is 7-2-1 in their last ten games.


    Miami won eight of last ten games with the Kings; they’re 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to Sacramento. Eight of last ten series games went over. Heat won six of their last nine games; they’re 4-5 vs spread as road favorites. Seven of their last ten games went over. Sacramento lost seven of its last ten games; they’re 3-9 in last 12 games as home underdogs. Five of their last six games stayed under.


    Golden State won its last six games with the Lakers but LA covered last three; Lakers are 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Oakland. Last three series games went over. Lakers are 1-4 vs spread on road if they played night before; they won eight of last ten games, are 4-1 vs spread in last fie road games. Over is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Golden State is 0-6 vs spread in its last six games; five of the six games stayed under.








    NBA


    Wednesday, March 14



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    Trend Report
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    MILWAUKEE @ ORLANDO
    Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 14 games on the road
    Orlando is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games


    WASHINGTON @ BOSTON
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
    Boston is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Washington


    MIAMI @ SACRAMENTO
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
    Miami is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Sacramento's last 13 games when playing Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games


    LA LAKERS @ GOLDEN STATE
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Lakers's last 8 games on the road
    LA Lakers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
    Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers




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    NBA
    Dunkel


    Wednesday, March 14




    Milwaukee @ Orlando


    Game 601-602
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Milwaukee
    118.284
    Orlando
    114.335
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 4
    202
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 8 1/2
    209
    Dunkel Pick:
    Orlando
    (+8 1/2); Under


    Washington @ Boston



    Game 603-604
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    121.843
    Boston
    117.225
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 4 1/2
    199
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 2
    204 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-2); Under


    Miami @ Sacramento



    Game 605-606
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami
    122.749
    Sacramento
    111.326
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Miami
    by 11 1/2
    203
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Miami
    by 6 1/2
    209
    Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    (-6 1/2); Under


    LA Lakers @ Golden State



    Game 607-608
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Lakers
    117.404
    Golden State
    127.522
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Golden State
    by 10
    219
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Golden State
    by 7
    225
    Dunkel Pick:
    Golden State
    (-7); Under









    NBA
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    Wednesday, March 14



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    MILWAUKEE (36 - 31) at ORLANDO (20 - 48) - 3/14/2018, 7:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    WASHINGTON (38 - 30) at BOSTON (46 - 21) - 3/14/2018, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 12-5 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 11-6 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    11 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MIAMI (36 - 32) at SACRAMENTO (21 - 47) - 3/14/2018, 10:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    LA LAKERS (31 - 36) at GOLDEN STATE (51 - 16) - 3/14/2018, 10:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 5-5 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 9-2 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Game of the Night: Wizards (-3, 204 ˝) at Celtics – 8:00 PM EST


    These two Eastern Conference squads played seven games in their second round playoff series last season with the home team winning each time. So of course the first two meetings this season have seen the road squad capturing victory in each instance. The Wizards (38-30 SU, 32-35-1 ATS) knocked off the Celtics on Christmas day, 111-103 as four-point underdogs at TD Garden, but Boston downed Washington in overtime in D.C. on February 8 by a 110-104 count as two-point favorites.


    The Celtics (46-21 SU, 40-25-2 ATS) are the walking wounded currently as forward Marcus Smart is sidelined with a right thumb injury, while leading scorer Kyrie Irving will miss tonight’s contest with a sore left knee. On top of those injuries, forward Al Horford is questionable with an illness, as the Celtics try to rebound from a 99-97 home setback to the Pacers on Sunday as 4 ˝-point favorites.


    Washington travels to Beantown following a 116-111 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday after blowing an eight-point lead going into the final quarter. Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 27 points, but Washington was outscored, 34-21 in the last 12 minutes of the game to drop to 2-9-1 ATS in the past 12 opportunities as a home favorite. The Wizards own a mediocre mark when playing with no rest at 5-6 SU/ATS, including a 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS mark on the road in this role.


    Lake Night in Oakland


    The Lakers (31-36 SU, 37-30 ATS) began the season at 11-27, but the Purple and Gold has rolled to a 20-9 record the past 29 games. The latest victory came against the Nuggets on Tuesday, 112-103 as two-point underdogs to improve to 12-1 in the previous 13 contests at Staples Center. Both Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle posted exact 26-point and 13-rebound stat lines for Los Angeles, while knocking down 15 three-pointers.


    Los Angeles travels up I-5 to face Golden State (51-16 SU, 28-38-1 ATS), who will be without several of its stars. Stephen Curry remains sidelined with an ankle injury suffered last week against San Antonio, while Draymond Green will sit with right shoulder soreness. The Warriors return home following a pair of road defeats at Portland and Minnesota, while Steve Kerr’s squad has failed to cover the number in six straight games.


    The Lakers have cashed in all three matchups with the Warriors this season, including taking two of those games to overtime at Staples Center. In the most recent meeting at Oracle Arena in late December, the Warriors held off the Lakers, 113-106, but L.A. took home the money as 11 ˝-point underdogs. All three games have sailed OVER the total, but the Warriors are currently on a 5-1 UNDER run.


    Cold Road


    The Heat (36-32 SU, 34-29-5 ATS) have received a boost since acquiring former franchise star Dwyane Wade by winning seven of eight home games. However, Miami has struggled on the highway by losing all five road games since Wade returned, while the Heat have dropped eight consecutive contests away from American Airlines Arena. The most recent setback came at Portland on Monday, 115-99 as six-point underdogs, while Wade and Hassan Whiteside each sat out due to injury.


    Both players will sit again tonight as the Heat visit Sacramento (21-47 SU, 31-34-3 ATS), who posted a 3-2 record on its most recent homestand. The Kings are fresh off a pair of road losses at Denver and Oklahoma City, but managed a cover as 13 ˝-point underdogs in Monday’s 106-101 defeat to the Thunder. Sacramento shocked Miami on January 25 as 9 ˝-point ‘dogs, 89-88, ending a six-game losing streak to the Heat dating back to 2015.

    Out of Tricks



    A brutal season for Orlando (20-48 SU, 32-35-1 ATS) hit a low point on Tuesday in a 108-72 setback at San Antonio as 10 ˝-point underdogs. The Magic lost all five games on their road swing, while dropping eight consecutive contests away from central Florida since mid-February. Orlando has won two straight at home as the Magic try to extend that streak as the Bucks invade Amway Center.


    Milwaukee (36-31 SU, 27-35-5 ATS) is riding a two-game hot streak following a 1-6 stretch as the Bucks blew out the hapless Grizzlies on Monday, 121-103. Since the start of February, the Bucks own a dreadful 6-12 ATS record, including a 3-7 ATS ledger as a favorite. Milwaukee has captured the first two matchups with Orlando this season, including a 111-104 road victory as five-point favorites on February 10.
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    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    MIL at ORL 07:00 PM
    ORL +10.0
    O 207.0


    WAS at BOS 08:00 PM
    WAS -3.5
    U 201.0



    MIA at SAC 10:00 PM
    MIA -6.5
    U 207.0



    LAL at GS 10:30 PM
    LAL +6.0
    U 224.0
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