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    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 6, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:05 PM New York Knicks Boston Celtics TD Garden
    10:05 PM Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
    10:35 PM Houston Rockets Utah Jazz Vivint Smart Home Arena


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    NBA RECORD AND BEST BETS:




    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    12/05/2018 9-6-0 60.00% +12.00
    12/04/2018 6-4-0 60.00% +8.00
    12/03/2018 3-9-0 25.00% -34.50
    12/02/2018 6-6-0 50.00% -3.00
    12/01/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50


    Record:..........31-32-0.......49.20%--- -21.00




    NBA BEST BETS:


    DATE......................ATS...................UN ITS...................O/U...................UNITS..............TOTAL


    12/05/2018............2 - 2..................-1.00....................6 - 4................+8.00................+7.00
    12/04/2018............2 - 1.................+4.50...................1 - 2..................-6.00................-1.50
    12/03/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................1 - 2.................-6.00.................17.50
    12/02/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................2 - 1.................+4.50................-7.00
    12/01/2018............2 - 2.................- 1.00....................3 - 4..................-7.00................-8.00


    Record:.................8 - 11................-20.50.................13 - 13...............-6.50.................-27.00
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    XFL is going to be a spring football league that starts in 2020 in these cities:


    — Dallas (Globe Life Park)


    — Houston (TDECU Stadium)


    — Carson, CA (where the Chargers play now)


    — New Jersey (Met Life Stadium)


    — Seattle (Century Link Field)


    — St Louis (Edward Jones Dome)


    — Tampa (Raymond James Stadium)


    — Washington DC (Audi Field)


    Tweet of the Day
    “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and I got lucky.”
    Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota, talking about Sunday’s comeback win


    Thursday’s quiz
    Who was the Tennessee Titans’ coach in their only Super Bowl appearance?


    Wednesday’s quiz
    When George H. W. Bush was President, Dan Quayle was the Vice President.


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Ray Malavasi, Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz have coached the Rams in a Super Bowl.


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    Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….


    13) Arizona Diamondbacks traded their star 1B Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals Wednesday for P Luke Weaver, C Carson Kelly, a minor-leaguer and a draft pick.


    12) Denver Broncos’ WR Emmanuel Sanders tore his achilles in practice Wednesday, and is obviously out for the season. Sanders caught 71 balls for 898 yards this season.


    Within two hours of Sanders going down, Denver scooped up WR Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo. Holmes had previously played for OC Bill Musgrave in Oakland.


    11) There are 130 I-A college football teams; 10 of them are now coached by guys who were at one time, assistant coaches at Alabama under Nick Saban. Colorado hired Mel Tucker this week, the latest former Saban aide to get his own program to run.


    10) AAF is a spring football that starts in a couple months; they have eight teams and some big name coaches.


    XFL is another spring football league that will start in 2020 and won’t be like the goofy XFL that played in 2001, for one year only. Vince McMahon still owns the XFL; they’ll have eight teams, Oliver Luck is the commissioner- they’re going to pay their QB’s around $250,000 a year.


    9) San Antonio Spurs are only the 5th team in NBA history to lose three games by 30+ points within a week and they’re the first since the 2005-06 Trail Blazers.


    8) Adam Ottavino is a relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies; he was on MLB Network the other day and he was saying how his father is a character actor in Hollywood who has been seen on Law and Order, NYPD Blue and in the movie Presumed Innocent, among others.


    7) Washington Redskins signed QB Josh Johnson to back up Mark Sanchez; Johnson was the 5th-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in ’08- he’s played in parts of 29 NFL games, is 0-5 as an NFL starter. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since ’14- he hasn’t thrown a pass since ’11.


    Johnson played his college ball at the U of San Diego (not San Diego State) where his coach was current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.


    6) When Notre Dame basketball player Rex Pflueger was in junior high, he was the QB of his 7th grade football team; one of his teammates was Sam Darnold, who is now obviously a QB in the NFL the first-round pick of the Jets last spring.


    5) Fresno State is favored over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl; it is only the 11th time in last 80 meetings between the two leagues that the Mountain West team is favored over a Pac-12 opponent.


    4) Georgia State 83, Alabama 80— This game happened Tuesday night, when the Crimson Tide led by 21 at halftime and then lost. Georgia State had lost their previous game to Liberty by 26, so this was a terrible loss for Alabama.


    3) Miami, FL was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in ACC basketball this winter, but they’ve now lost four games in a row, the last two to Ivy League teams, so it could be a long winter for the Hurricanes.


    2) ACC football teams are 2-5 vs SEC opponents this year, 0-7 vs spread.


    1) One of three.soldiers killed by an IED explosion last week in Afghanistan.was a man named Drew Ross, who was the son of former Georgia Tech/Chargers’ coach Bobby Ross. and was in his second tour of duty overseas. RIP to all three people who passed away; very sad thing.
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    Thursday, December 6




    New York @ Boston


    Game 701-702
    December 6, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New York
    114.056
    Boston
    123.709
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 9 1/2
    220
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 13
    217 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (+13); Over


    Phoenix @ Portland



    Game 703-704
    December 6, 2018 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    108.457
    Portland
    113.333
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Portland
    by 5
    225
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    by 14
    216
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+14); Over


    Houston @ Utah



    Game 705-706
    December 6, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Houston
    114.685
    Utah
    123.471
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Utah
    by 9
    217
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 2
    216
    Dunkel Pick:
    Utah
    (-2); Over









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    Thursday, December 6



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    NEW YORK (8 - 17) at BOSTON (13 - 10) - 12/6/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 70-50 ATS (+15.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 35-22 ATS (+10.8 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 28-10 ATS (+17.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 16-3 ATS (+12.7 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 45-31 ATS (+10.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 6-4 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 7-3 straight up against NEW YORK 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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    PHOENIX (4 - 20) at PORTLAND (13 - 11) - 12/6/2018, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 45-59 ATS (-19.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 25-37 ATS (-15.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 19-32 ATS (-16.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    PHOENIX is 178-139 ATS (+25.1 Units) after allowing 115 points or more since 1996.

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

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    HOUSTON (11 - 12) at UTAH (12 - 13) - 12/6/2018, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UTAH is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 47-31 ATS (+12.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 107-68 ATS (+32.2 Units) in road games off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.
    HOUSTON is 91-63 ATS (+21.7 Units) in road games after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 8-5 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 9-4 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Armadillo's Write-Up


    Thursday, December 6



    New York lost three of its last four games; they’re 3-5 vs spread in their last eight road games. Four of their last six games stayed under the total. Celtics won four of their last five games; they’re 4-2 vs spread in last six home games. Boston’s last four games went over. Knicks lost seven of last ten games with Boston; they’re 2-3 vs spread in their last five visits to Beantown. Five of last seven games stayed under the total.


    Phoenix lost its last six games (0-6 vs spread); they’re 3-9 vs spread on road this season. Four of their last five games stayed under. Trailblazers lost six of their last seven games; they’re 1-10 vs spread in their last 11 games, 0-3 in last three home tilts. Over is 7-2 in their last nine games. Portland won its last seven games with Phoenix but the Suns covered last three; Phoenix is 4-1 vs spread in its last five visits to Oregon. Last four series games played here went over the total.


    Houston lost five of its last seven games; they’re 2-6 vs spread in last eight road games. Eight of their last nine games went over the total. Utah won four of its last six games; they’re 4-5 vs spread at home this year. Six of their last nine games went over. Jazz lost eight of their last ten games with Houston; under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Rockets covered their last four visits to Salt Lake City.








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    Trend Report
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    New York Knicks
    New York is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
    New York is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games
    New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games on the road
    New York is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing Boston
    New York is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston Celtics
    Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
    Boston is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games at home
    Boston is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games at home
    Boston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing New York
    Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against New York


    Phoenix Suns
    Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Phoenix is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
    Phoenix is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Portland
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
    Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Phoenix is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Portland Trail Blazers
    Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Portland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 9 games
    Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland's last 8 games at home
    Portland is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Phoenix
    Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix


    Houston Rockets
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Utah
    Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 9 games
    Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
    Houston is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Utah
    Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Utah
    Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 15 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Utah Jazz
    Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Utah is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games
    Utah is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Utah is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games at home
    Utah is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Houston
    Utah is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing Houston
    Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
    Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Utah's last 15 games when playing at home against Houston
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    If you bet the favorites in the NBA last night, then accept our congratulations as the ‘chalk’ went 10-0 straight up and 8-1-1 against the spread. The ‘over’ went 7-3 and that combination usually buries the folks behind the counter.


    Tonight’s card isn’t easy but we’re focusing on a quality matchup between Houston and Utah, who met in the second round of last year’s Western Conference playoffs.


    Houston (11-12 SU, 9-14 ATS) at Utah (12-13 SU, 12-13 ATS)


    With a quarter of the season in the books, I don’t think many pundits would’ve expected both Houston and Utah to sit below .500 but that’s the case when the pair meet from Salt Lake City on Thursday. Injuries have played a toll on both teams and VegasInsider.com NBA expert Tony Mejia believes both clubs will get things together before the season really picks up in 2019.


    He explained, “Donovan Mitchell hasn’t been healthy for most of the season and has had so many off nights that you might think he’s got a touch of Markelle Fultz’s Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He opened December by shooting 1-for-7 from beyond the arc in a 102-100 loss to the Heat in which he missed 16 of 24 shots. Last season’s Rookie of the Year runner-up has had games where he’s gone 1-for-11 and 0-for-7 from 3-point range, so bouncing back to shoot 4-for-6 in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Spurs is a great sign for the Jazz, who have to be hoping this early-season slump comes to an end here shortly. Mitchell scored a season-best 38 points, hitting 14-for-25 shots in 100-89 win on Oct. 24 over Houston.”


    “That outburst is a big deal because Mitchell only won one of nine games against Houston as a rookie, largely struggling as the Rockets swept the regular-season series before winning the Western Conference semifinal series 4-1. Getting their shooting guard going to ensure Chris Paul and James Harden have to work on the defensive end will determine whether the Jazz will hold serve at home and it bodes well that he’s done his best work thus far. Mitchell is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range in Salt Lake City as opposed to 29 percent on the road, so keep that in mind if you’re considering riding the Rockets or the under,” Mejia added.


    The Rockets were listed as one-point underdogs in the October meeting Paul was suspended for that game due to his run-in with Rondo and the Lakers. For the rematch, Utah opened as a two-point home favorite and considering it was catching 4 ˝ and six points in last year’s playoffs, it shows you the respect given to the Jazz from the oddsmakers or the lack of respect for the Rockets.


    As Mejia mentioned, Houston got the better of Utah last year and that included a perfect 4-0 record both SU and ATS from Vivint Smart Home Arena. While that mark is impressive, the Rockets limp into this matchup with a dreadful road record (6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS) and that includes a 1-4 run heading into this game. On Monday, Houston dropped a 103-91 decision at Minnesota and it was only able to muster up nine points in the fourth quarter.


    Backing Utah at home has been a great investment (3-6 SU, 3-6 ATS) but it is coming off 139-105 win over San Antonio on Tuesday as an eight-point ‘chalk’ while drilling 20-of-33 (61%) bombs from 3-point land. That victory improved the Jazz to 5-1 versus teams below .500 and while Houston is still considered a contender, it’s currently a losing club as noted above.


    The total on this game opened 218 and dropped quickly to 216 ˝ and I was surprised by the move. Utah has been a great ‘over’ team at home (8-1) and Houston has started to regain its form as an ‘over’ club too. Despite the scoring drought in the final 12 minutes against the T-Wolves on Monday, Houston was averaging 121.6 points per game in its previous eight games and that led to an 8-0 ‘over’ run.


    After this game, the Rockets head to Dallas on Friday while the Jazz get a quick rematch at San Antonio on Sunday.


    There are two other games on tap for Thursday and, based on the opening numbers, are expecting a pair of blowouts.


    New York at Boston (-12 ˝, Total 218 ˝)


    Quick revenge game for the Celtics, who lost to the Knicks 117-109 on Nov. 21 as 14 ˝-point home favorites. Since that setback, Boston has won and covered four of its last five and the offense is finally coming together. The unit is averaging 117.6 PPG during this stretch and that’s helped the ‘over’ go 4-1. Despite owning a lowing record (8-17), the Knicks have returned profits for bettors (14-10-1 ATS) this season. The issue for New York is its defense (114.4 PPG) and if you’re taking the points, then you better hope they get into the 110-120 range offensively. Backing Boston as a home favorite (6-3 SU, 5-4 ATS) hasn’t been a smart decision but they have covered in five of their six wins. As a double-digit favorite this season, the Celtics have gone 2-2 both SU and ATS. Including the aforementioned upset at TD Garden a couple weeks ago, the Knicks are 1-5 SU and 2-3-1 ATS as double-digit underdogs. Total bettors should note that the ‘over’ has gone 5-1 in those games and we’ve seen the number for the rematch open a few points higher (218 ˝ from 215 ˝).


    Phoenix at Portland (-14, Total 215)


    I try not to back an underdog with the points unless I believe they can win the game outright and right now, I don’t see how you can justify taking Phoenix in this spot especially with both Devin Booker (hamstring) and TJ Warren (ankle) on the sidelines for the Suns. Portland could be missing CJ McCollum (ankle) as well tonight and making a case for the Trail Blazers is next to impossible. The club has dropped eight straight games ATS and they’re 2-6 straight up during this span. Portland has better home numbers (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) but its current form should have most passing tonight. For what it’s worth, the Suns have gone 1-7 SU and 4-4 ATS as double-digit underdogs this season. The Blazers have won seven straight against the Suns in this series but they’re just 3-4 ATS.
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    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:

    The Celtics are 12-0-1 ATS (9.81 ppg) off a win as a dog in which they had at least 30% of their points from threes

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:

    The Jazz are 0-8-1 ATS (-4.67 ppg) as a home favorite with less than two days rest after they shot 50% or better from beyond the arc with at least 10 attempts.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:

    The Knicks are 9-0 OU (18.28 ppg) as a dog with more than one day of rest.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:

    The Celtics are 0-9 OU (-10.33 ppg) off a win as a dog where they were outscored in the paint by double digits.
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    Quick off the blocks

    The Celtics host the Knicks as 13-point favorites and both teams have gotten off to quick starts over their previous three games. The Celtics average 31 first-quarter points and 58.7 for the half over that span, while the Knicks average 29 in the first quarter, and 56.7 for the half.

    In the head-to-head over their most recent three contests, the Knicks have gotten out to a better start with a halftime average of 56.3 points. With such a large spread, it is imperative the Knicks come out and play with a sense of urgency, otherwise this game will be over quick. Take the Knicks to keep it close early and back them on the first-half spread of +7.5.


    Leading the offensive charge

    Tim Hardaway Jr. was efficient in the first meeting between these two in November, going eight of 19 from the floor, including four of seven from behind the arc. He added four rebounds, and four assists to go along with 21 points in a Knicks eight point victory.

    Although his stats have dipped a little bit, he's still New York's best offensive weapon and should finish the game with the most field goals attempted and points scored for his team. Look for him to find success once again and back his points, rebounds, and assists total Over 26.5.


    Blazers looking to break out of slump

    The Blazers are happy to return home, where they are 8-4 on the season. Portland has been in a huge slump lately losing seven of their most recent 10 games, but are 13.5-point favorites against a Suns team who are once again missing Devin Booker.

    Phoenix has been terrible away from home winning only one of 11 games. They have not been any better historically versus the Blazers going 0-5 over their most recent five meetings. Scoring points in the first half has been an issue for Phoenix as they rank last in the Association with 50.7 points per game. Expect the Blazers to come out desperate for a win, and take their first half spread -7.5.


    Ugly on offense

    Continuing with the Suns' struggles on the offensive end of the floor, they average just 103 points a contest. The Suns have been held under 100 points nine times this season, and three times over their most recent four games. Back their team total Under 102.


    Playing trends

    Both the Rockets and Jazz enter today's contest in Salt Lake City relatively healthy, with no notable names on the injury report. Both sides have similar stats across the board, so it is no surprise their records are almost identical as well.

    Over their most recent three games, both teams have played solid defense. Opponents have shot 44.5 percent versus the Rockets, and 46 percent versus the Jazz over that stretch. In the head-to-head between these two, the Under has hit in five of the most recent seven games, including 10 of the last 15 in Utah. Look into backing the trend, and taking the Under 215.5.
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    NY at BOS 08:00 PM
    NY +13.5
    U 218.0



    PHO at POR 10:00 PM
    POR -12.5
    U 212.5



    HOU at UTA 10:30 PM
    HOU +1.5
    O 215.0
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    Lillard and Layman lead Blazers to 108-86 win over the Suns
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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard had 25 points and eight assists before sitting for the final quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 108-86 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.


    Jake Layman came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points for the Blazers, who had lost six of their last seven games. Portland led by as many as 31 points.


    Troy Daniels had a season-high 15 points for the struggling Suns, who were held to nine points in the first quarter for the second consecutive game and have lost seven straight. Phoenix has just four victories this season, and just one on the road.


    The Suns started three rookies, Elie Okobo, Mikal Bridges and center Deandre Ayton for the second straight game and third time this season. Phoenix missed T.J. Warren for the fourth straight game because of right ankle soreness and Devin Booker for the second game because of a left hamstring strain. Booker is the team's top scorer, averaging 23.5 points, while Warren averages 17.7.


    The Blazers were without starting guard CJ McCollum because of a sprained left ankle. McCollum was hurt in the fourth quarter of Portland's 111-102 loss at Dallas on Tuesday. Seth Curry started in his place against the Suns.


    The Blazers barely missed McCollum, jumping out to a 26-5 lead after Lillard's 3-pointer. Lillard and Layman both had 15 points in the period.


    Portland led by as many as 27 points in the first half and went into the break ahead 62-41. The gap remained at 20-plus points throughout the third quarter as the Blazers took an 87-61 lead into the final period.


    Suns guard Jamal Crawford showed frustration at the end of the third by slamming the ball down before heading to the bench.


    It was the first of a back-to-back for the Suns, who host Miami on Friday.


    TIP-INS

    Suns: It was the first of three meetings this season between the teams. ... The Suns trailed Sacramento 36-9 after one on Tuesday.


    Trail Blazers: It was the first of a short two-game homestand for Portland before a quick two-game road trip. ... It was Portland's eighth straight victory over the Suns. .... Portland got 57 points from its bench.


    UP NEXT


    The Suns host the Heat on Friday.


    The Trail Blazers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.




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    Irving leads Celtics past Knicks 128-100
    December 6, 2018
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    BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.


    The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York's six-game losing streak.


    ''I was thinking about it since we lost to them,'' the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. ''I remember players from other teams asking about what's going on when we were 10-10.''


    Irving also had eight assists before leaving the game with about four minutes left, rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn't get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.


    The shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irving thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.


    ''I think he got hit,'' Stevens said. ''He didn't seem too concerned about it, but he's going to get looked over, as usual.''


    Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, and Jaylen Brown returned after missing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a season-high 21 points. Jayson Tatum added 17 for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight game.


    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games. Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Noah Vonleh had 12 and 10.


    ''Not going to win in this league giving up 30 points per quarter,'' Hardaway said. ''Need to do a better job as a team and individually, including myself.''


    NOT EVEN CLOSE


    The Celtics scored the first three baskets of the game and never trailed. They led by eight after one, by 11 after two and by 15 points after scoring eight straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quarter.


    New York was within 12 with five minutes remaining before Boston scored the next 11 points on baskets from five different players.


    ''Terrible defense tonight. We just didn't have it,'' Knicks coach David Fizdale said. ''Thought we were right there slugging away with them, but in the fourth we couldn't keep up.''


    LAST TIME


    The Celtics, who went to the Eastern Conference finals last year, were expected to be one of the league's top teams after getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries. But New York won 117-109 in Boston on Nov. 21 loss and sent the Celtics to their third loss in a row.


    Stevens wondered aloud after that one whether his team was ''that good.''


    ''Maybe it's not a wake-up call if you keep getting beat,'' he said.


    But Boston is 5-1 since then.


    ''Disappointing loss against them recently here,'' Horford said on Thursday. ''We just wanted to come out and set the tone from the beginning and I felt like we were able to do that. ... We played much better, and I felt better tonight.''


    TIP-INS


    Knicks:
    Both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first quarter, but the Knicks were just 8 for 26 in the second. ... Hardaway went down to the floor after taking an elbow from Marcus Morris Sr. in the head. The play was ruled a flagrant foul. Hardaway returned a few minutes later. ... Kanter had his seventh double-double in his last nine games.


    Celtics: The Celtics wore green, white and yellow jerseys reminiscent of the 1980s, and they enhanced the theme by using graphics on the scoreboard from the time. During breaks, they showed video of a Green Line train approaching the original Boston Garden on elevated tracks, neither of which exists anymore. ... Aron Baynes limped off in the last two minutes of the first quarter. The team said he had a left ankle injury and he did not return.


    UP NEXT


    Knicks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday


    Celtics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.




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    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:05 PM Denver Nuggets Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center
    7:05 PM Indiana Pacers Orlando Magic Amway Center
    7:05 PM Philadelphia 76ers Detroit Pistons Little Caesars Arena
    7:35 PM Sacramento Kings Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena
    7:35 PM Toronto Raptors Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center
    8:05 PM Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Center
    8:05 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Chicago Bulls United Center
    8:35 PM Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center
    9:05 PM Miami Heat Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena
    9:35 PM Golden State Warriors Milwaukee Bucks Fiserv Forum




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    NBA RECORD AND BEST BETS:




    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    12/06/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    12/05/2018 9-6-0 60.00% +12.00
    12/04/2018 6-4-0 60.00% +8.00
    12/03/2018 3-9-0 25.00% -34.50
    12/02/2018 6-6-0 50.00% -3.00
    12/01/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50


    Record:..........33-36-0.......47.82%--- -33.00




    NBA BEST BETS:


    DATE......................ATS...................UN ITS...................O/U...................UNITS..............TOTAL




    12/06/2018............1 - 2..................-6.00....................1 - 2.................-6.00................-12.00
    12/05/2018............2 - 2..................-1.00....................6 - 4................+8.00................+7.00
    12/04/2018............2 - 1.................+4.50...................1 - 2..................-6.00................-1.50
    12/03/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................1 - 2.................-6.00.................17.50
    12/02/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................2 - 1.................+4.50................-7.00
    12/01/2018............2 - 2.................- 1.00....................3 - 4..................-7.00................-8.00


    Record:.................9 - 13................-26.50.................14 - 15...............-12.50...............-39.00
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    Paul Goldschmidt’s % of knocking in a runner from 3rd base:
    2018: 17-70, 24.3%
    2017: 27-79, 36.5%
    2016: 33-95, 34.7%
    2015: 33-74, 44.6%
    2014: 29-46, 45.7%
    2013: 34-76, 44.7%
    2012: 25-69: 36.2%
    2011: 9-31, 29.0%


    Tweet of the Day
    “The gist of the conversation was more along the lines of just a friend reaching out to another friend, but as far as that concerns of him helping us out, or different things like that, anytime that you can have a coach of his caliber that wants to be around and be able to be an extra set of eyes, has a great vision for offense but also just football in general.


    Those are things that when you have some rare friendships like I’ve been fortunate to form in this profession, you want to be able to, No. 1 be supportive of your buddy, but No. 2 if it’s something that can help you improve as a team, if somebody wanted to do that, we’re always looking for ways to do that.”
    Sean McVay, talking about Kliff Kingsbury


    Friday’s quiz
    Which NFL owner made his fortune when he invented the seamless bumper that is used on cars now?


    Thursday’s quiz
    Jeff Fisher was the Tennessee Titans’ coach in their only Super Bowl appearance, against the Rams; he later became coach of the Rams.


    Wednesday’s quiz
    When George H. W. Bush was President, Dan Quayle was the Vice President.


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    Friday’s List of 13: Some college knowledge……..


    Request for college basketball fans: If you know of an impact transfer who is going to become eligible this month, please e-mail his name/school to me and we’ll post it for everyone’s benefit, because not every school’s semester ends at the same time.


    I have two right now:
    Butler- Tucker
    Western Kentucky- Bearden.


    These two teams will be helped because these kids can play now. Adds some depth and increases the talent level.


    For today, I’m looking at college basketball conferences so far this season:


    13) Big X:
    — Kansas (schedule #10)/Texas Tech (schedule #339) haven’t lost yet
    — Iowa State is 7-2 but has been missing four guys for various reasons; two of those guys came back two games ago. Cyclones’ bench minutes are #345, but depth is on the way.
    — West Virginia is 5-3, has very young guards, and I’m not sure how they get a lot better, unless those young guards suddenly become good young guards.
    — Texas is 5-3, losing at home to Radford/VCU. This is Shaka Smart’s 4th year at Texas- his teams at Texas have played tempo #306-212-316-194.


    When he was at VCU, Smart’s teams played tempo #69-156-173-91-22-70. Why the difference, other than pressing/trapping is hard unless your players are better athletes than your opponents.


    12) Big 14:
    — They’re playing 20 conference games now, so teams play two games in December.
    — Five teams started conference play 2-0; five started 0-2.
    — Illinois is 2-7, the only team under .500
    — Seven Big 14 teams are in KenPom.com‘s top 30
    — Nebraska, Northwestern are two most experienced teams in league.


    11) ACC:
    — Duke is #343 in experience, which is why college hoop handicapping has become so difficult, weighing talent against experience. I want Duke to play Nevada in March.
    — Virginia is only unbeaten team in the league.
    — Pitt was 7-1 before losing at home to Niagara; whoops- they start three freshmen.
    — Louisville is 6-2 vs schedule #86 in Chris Mack’s first season; great job so far.
    — ACC has eight teams in the top 32
    — Miami lost last four games, with three losses by 4 or fewer points.


    10) SEC:
    — Auburn/Tennessee are two highest-rated teams, a change from normal.
    — Kentucky is 7-1 vs schedule #319; they lost 118-84 to Duke- best team they’ve beaten is #71 NC-Greensboro.
    — South Carolina was in Final Four two years ago; they’re 21-20 since. Not good.
    — Texas A&M is 3-4 vs schedule #204; they’re experience team #274, Could be a down year.
    — Vanderbilt lost its star freshman PG Darius Garland for the season (knee)

    9) Big East:

    — St John’s is 8-0 vs schedule #322; how good are they?
    — Georgetown is 7-1 vs schedule #304; same question.
    — Only four Big East teams are listed in the top 50.
    — Creighton has made 45.8% of its 3’s (#2) so far this season.
    — If you were wondering, Indiana State (48.8%) is #1
    — Villanova is playing 5th-slowest tempo in country so far.


    8) Pac-12:
    — Only one team ranked in top 40 and Oregon is only 4-3.
    — USC is 0-3 vs top 70 teams; their five wins are vs teams ranked #198 or lower.
    — Washington is #1 in country in minutes continuity; they’re 6-3 with two top 10 losses (Auburn/Gonzaga).
    — UCLA is 6-2 vs schedule #229; they’re #351 in experience, with two key freshmen out for year with injuries. Best team they’ve beaten so far is #122 LMU.
    — Arizona State is 7-0 vs schedule #282, but they were 12-0 in pre-conference play LY, and wound up 20-12.


    7) AAC:
    — 4 of the slowest 15 tempos in America are teams in the AAC.
    — Temple is 7-2 vs schedule #155 in Fran Dunphy’s last season as head coach.
    — Central Florida is 6-2, with two losses by total of 3 points.
    — Wichita State is 4-3 vs schedule #112; they’re a total rebuild (#343 in MC).
    — Memphis is 4-4 vs schedule #54; Tigers start two freshmen, three seniors. Better beat the Tigers now; Penny Hardaway is going to dominate recruiting in Memphis, which will put them in the top 25 sooner rather than later.


    6) WCC:
    — #8-rated conference right now; they were 14th three years ago, #12 LY.
    — Gonzaga is to the WCC what UNLV was to the Big West 30 years ago; huge fish in a small pond that carries the league’s banner on national stage.
    — San Diego beat San Diego State, USF pounded Cal Wednesday; middle of pack in this league has improved a lot, but St Mary’s is a bit down.
    — LMU is playing pack-line defense like Virginia and it is working- they’re 9-1.
    — If BYU jumps into a league for football reasons, who replaces them in WCC? Hawai’i?


    5) Mountain West:
    — Nevada is 8-0 and starts five 5th-year seniors; will the coach be back next year?
    — Wolf Pack is only team in MW in top 60; its a one-bid league, unless someone beats Nevada in the conference tournament.
    — Fresno State is #17 experience team that is probably 2nd-best team in league; they’re 6-2 and start three seniors, two juniors.
    — Boise State is 2-5, with losses to Idaho State/Drake; could be a down year, after winning 20+ games the last six years.
    — UNLV is turning the ball over 24.4% of time and shooting 27.7% on the arc, which is why they’re 4-3 vs schedule #324- their first road game is Saturday at Illinois.


    4) Atlantic 14:
    — League was #10 LY and is #10 this year, their lowest ranks since 2007.
    — A-14 is down right now: #70 Davidson is their highest-rated team.
    — Saint Louis was touted this year, but they’re turning ball over 21.7% of time and making only 29.9% of their 3’s. Despite that, they’re 6-2 vs schedule #217.
    — VCU has had six coaches since 2002, and no losing records. Big fish, smallish pond, and no football to take resources away from basketball.
    — LaSalle changed coaches but change isn’t always positive; they’re 0-9 this season, with losses to Lafayette, Bucknell, Drexel, Grand Canyon- they wouldn’t be the best team in the freakin’ Patriot League.


    3) MAC:
    — Buffalo is legitimately good; they won at West Virginia, are #42 experience team.
    — Toledo is only other MAC team in top 100, so its likely another one-bid year.
    — Rockets are 8-1 and making 41.5% of their 3’s; they’re experience team #81.
    — You look at Kent State’s 7-1 record, then you look at schedule #343- no thanks.
    — Western Michigan is 4-4 vs schedule #314; they’re turning ball over 22.9% of time and making 29.5% of their 3’s, not a good combination.
    — Bowling Green has one winning season since 2010; their coach that year was fired because of an incident in a bar, where the coach was drunk and being a jerk. That coach is now at New Mexico State and his team is 7-1- some schools would’ve built the guy his own private bar.


    2) Missouri Valley;
    — Defections have crippled this league; Wichita State-Creighton were difference-makers.
    — Loyola-Chi is their only top 90 team, and they’ve lost three of last four games.
    — Evansville’s new coach is former NBA player Walter McCarty; Purple Aces are trying to play faster- they’ll be interesting to follow the next couple years.
    — Drake is experience team #116, but #304 in MC, so they’ve been cobbled together by transfers. Bulldogs are also on their third coach in three years, which doesn’t help, but they’re 5-1 so far this season.
    — Northern Iowa won 184 games from 2009-16, but they’re 33-37 the last 2+ seasons, so the coach’s seat has to be getting a little warm.


    1) Ivy:
    — Yale won at Miami, beat Cal, lost in OT at Memphis; their eFG% is #5 in country.
    — Harvard is 4-4 vs schedule #28, but they also lost at #274 Siena.
    — Columbia is 0-6 vs D-I teams, vs schedule #329. Could be a long winter.
    — Penn Quakers are 7-2, are experience team #63- they start two juniors, two seniors.
    — Cornell is #34 experience team, lost by only 8 at Syracuse- did Boeheim take it easy on the Big Red because his son plays for Cornell? (No, he didn’t)
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    PHILADELPHIA (17 - 9) at DETROIT (13 - 9) - 12/7/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 113-86 ATS (+18.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 31-16 ATS (+13.4 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 29-16 ATS (+11.4 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 54-30 ATS (+21.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    DETROIT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in home games against Atlantic division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    DETROIT is 117-163 ATS (-62.3 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.

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

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    INDIANA (14 - 10) at ORLANDO (12 - 13) - 12/7/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ORLANDO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) after allowing 115 points or more this season.
    INDIANA is 224-169 ATS (+38.1 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
    ORLANDO is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 36-57 ATS (-26.7 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    DENVER (17 - 7) at CHARLOTTE (11 - 13) - 12/7/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 178-224 ATS (-68.4 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
    CHARLOTTE is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHARLOTTE is 3-1 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
    CHARLOTTE is 3-1 straight up against DENVER 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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    SACRAMENTO (12 - 11) at CLEVELAND (5 - 19) - 12/7/2018, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SACRAMENTO is 3-14 ATS (-12.4 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 53-73 ATS (-27.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 22-41 ATS (-23.1 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 23-36 ATS (-16.6 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) against Pacific division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 14-26 ATS (-14.6 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 15-27 ATS (-14.7 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 18-36 ATS (-21.6 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 8-20 ATS (-14.0 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SACRAMENTO is 3-1 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
    CLEVELAND is 2-2 straight up against SACRAMENTO 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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    TORONTO (21 - 5) at BROOKLYN (8 - 18) - 12/7/2018, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 26-11 ATS (+13.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    TORONTO is 25-11 ATS (+12.9 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    TORONTO is 32-17 ATS (+13.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 25-44 ATS (-23.4 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 5-3 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 8-0 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MEMPHIS (14 - 9) at NEW ORLEANS (13 - 13) - 12/7/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MEMPHIS is 170-126 ATS (+31.4 Units) after a win by 10 points or more since 1996.

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

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (16 - 7) at CHICAGO (5 - 20) - 12/7/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 36-49 ATS (-17.9 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    CHICAGO is 134-178 ATS (-61.8 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1996.

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

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    LA LAKERS (15 - 9) at SAN ANTONIO (11 - 14) - 12/7/2018, 8:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 1058-932 ATS (+32.8 Units) in all games since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 840-718 ATS (+50.2 Units) as a favorite since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 33-20 ATS (+11.0 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 346-287 ATS (+30.3 Units) in the first half of the season since 1996.
    SAN ANTONIO is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 300-246 ATS (+29.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

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

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    MIAMI (9 - 14) at PHOENIX (4 - 20) - 12/7/2018, 9:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MIAMI is 3-1 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    MIAMI is 3-1 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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    GOLDEN STATE (17 - 9) at MILWAUKEE (16 - 7) - 12/7/2018, 9:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MILWAUKEE is 3-2 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 3-2 straight up against MILWAUKEE 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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    Philadelphia @ Detroit


    Game 501-502
    December 7, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Philadelphia
    120.598
    Detroit
    116.782
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 4
    211
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 2
    219 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Philadelphia
    (-2); Under


    Indiana @ Orlando



    Game 503-504
    December 7, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    112.547
    Orlando
    124.096
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Orlando
    by 11 1/2
    210
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Orlando
    by 2
    206 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Orlando
    (-2); Over


    Denver @ Charlotte



    Game 505-506
    December 7, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Denver
    119.968
    Charlotte
    120.748
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Charlotte
    by 1
    224
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Denver
    by 1 1/2
    218
    Dunkel Pick:
    Charlotte
    (+1 1/2); Over


    Sacramento @ Cleveland



    Game 507-508
    December 7, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Sacramento
    110.080
    Cleveland
    115.270
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Cleveland
    by 5
    231
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Sacramento
    by 3 1/2
    221 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Cleveland
    (+3 1/2); Over


    Toronto @ Brooklyn



    Game 509-510
    December 7, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    124.608
    Brooklyn
    112.615
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 12
    227
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 9
    221
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (-9); Over


    Memphis @ New Orleans



    Game 511-512
    December 7, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Memphis
    115.331
    New Orleans
    127.081
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 12
    234
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 4 1/2
    217
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Orleans
    (-4 1/2); Over


    Oklahoma City @ Chicago



    Game 513-514
    December 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Oklahoma City
    125.310
    Chicago
    108.749
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 16 1/2
    208
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 8 1/2
    216 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    (-8 1/2); Under


    LA Lakers @ San Antonio



    Game 515-516
    December 7, 2018 @ 8:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Lakers
    113.966
    San Antonio
    117.528
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 3 1/2
    233
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Antonio
    by 1
    226
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (-1); Over


    Miami @ Phoenix



    Game 517-518
    December 7, 2018 @ 9:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami
    117.504
    Phoenix
    101.744
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Miami
    by 16
    211
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Miami
    by 6 1/2
    No Total
    Dunkel Pick:
    Miami
    (-6 1/2); N/A


    Golden State @ Milwaukee



    Game 519-520
    December 7, 2018 @ 9:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Golden State
    120.973
    Milwaukee
    124.693
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 3 1/2
    233
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 1
    240
    Dunkel Pick:
    Milwaukee
    (-1); Under
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    Friday, December 7



    Philly won eight of its last ten games; they’re 0-4 as AF this season. Sixers’ last four games stayed under. Pistons lost last two games by 27-23 points; they won six of last seven home games SU. Detroit’s last four games stayed under. 76ers won five of last six games with Detroit; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to the Motor City. Six of last nine series stayed under.


    Indiana is 3-4 in its last seven games; they’re 3-5 vs spread in last eight road games. Pacers’ last four games stayed under. Magic is 3-5 in their last eight games; they’re 6-7 SU at home, 1-2 as HF. Three of their last four home games went over. Pacers won their last seven games with Orlando (6-1 vs spread); they covered their last five trips to the Magic Kingdom. Three of last four series games went over.


    Nuggets won/covered their last seven games; they won their last five road games. Six of their last eight games stayed under the total. Charlotte lost its last three games; they’re 8-5 SU at home. Three of their last four home games stayed under. Hornets won seven of last ten games with Denver (under 8-2); Nuggets are 1-4 vs spread in their last five visits to Charlotte.


    Sacramento is 4-3 in its last seven games (5-2 vs spread); they covered six of last nine road games. Eight of their last nine games went over. Cleveland lost five of its last six games; they’re 5-7 vs spread at home. Four of their last six games stayed under. Cavaliers won five of last seven games with Sacramento, but Kings covered last three; four of last six series games went over. Kings are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Cleveland.


    Raptors won nine of their last ten games; they’re 4-4-1 as AF. Toronto’s last three games stayed under the total. Brooklyn lost its last eight games (2-6 vs spread); they’re 2-5 in last seven games as HU. Over is 7-4 in their last 11 home games. Toronto won its last 10 games with the Nets (6-4 vs spread); they covered four of their last five visits to Brooklyn. Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.


    Grizzlies lost four of their last six games; they’re 5-4 vs spread as AU this season. Three of their last four road games went over. Pelicans lost six of their last nine games; they’re 6-6 as HF. Over is 6-1 in their last seven home games. Home side won last five Memphis-New Orleans games; four of last six series games went under. Grizzlies are 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to Bourbon Street.


    Oklahoma City won 16 of its last 19 games; they’re 3-2 vs spread as AF this season. Five of their last seven games stayed under the total. Chicago lost its last seven games (3-4 vs spread); they’re 5-4 as HU. Under is 7-2 in their last nine home games. Thunder/Bulls split their last eight games; OKC is 3-2 vs spread in its last five visits to Chicago. Five of last six series games stayed under.


    Lakers won/covered their last four games; they won four of last six road games SU. Under is 14-3 in their last 17 games. San Antonio lost four of its last five games; they’re 5-4 as HF. Over is 11-2 in Spurs’ last 13 games. Lakers won five of last seven games with the Spurs; they beat ‘em by 8 in Staples Center couple nights ago. Four of last five series games went over. LA is 2-2 vs spread in its last four trips to the Alamo.


    Heat split its last six games (4-2 vs spread); they’re 4-6 SU on road. Seven of their last nine games stayed under the total. Suns lost their last seven games (0-7 vs spread); they’re 0-4 vs spread in last four home games. Five of their last six games stayed under. Miami won/covered nine of last ten games with Phoenix; Heat covered four of their last five visits to the desert. Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.


    Warriors won five of last seven games; they’re 2-6 SU in last eight road tilts, 1-2 as AU this year. Six of their last seven games went over. Milwaukee is 1-7 vs spread in game following its last eight wins; they’re 3-5 vs spread in last eight home games. Over is 5-2 in their last seven games. Bucks won last two games with Golden State, after losing seven of previous eight; Warriors are 2-2 vs spread in their last four visits to Milwaukee. Four of last six series games went over.
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    Denver Nuggets
    Denver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 8 games
    Denver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver's last 10 games on the road
    Denver is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Charlotte
    Denver is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Charlotte
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 10 games when playing Charlotte
    Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
    Charlotte Hornets
    Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Charlotte is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    Charlotte is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Denver
    Charlotte is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Charlotte's last 10 games when playing Denver
    Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver


    Indiana Pacers
    Indiana is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
    Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Indiana is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Indiana is 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Orlando
    Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Orlando
    Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Orlando Magic
    Orlando is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Orlando is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Orlando is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Orlando is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana


    Philadelphia 76ers
    Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
    Philadelphia is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Philadelphia's last 19 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
    Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Detroit
    Philadelphia is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Philadelphia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Detroit Pistons
    Detroit is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
    Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Detroit is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    Detroit is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia


    Sacramento Kings
    Sacramento is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Sacramento's last 9 games
    Sacramento is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Sacramento is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games on the road
    Sacramento is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
    Sacramento is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
    Sacramento is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Cleveland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 17 games
    Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Sacramento
    Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Sacramento


    Toronto Raptors
    Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Toronto is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    Brooklyn Nets
    Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Brooklyn is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Brooklyn is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Toronto
    Brooklyn is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
    Brooklyn is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
    Brooklyn is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto


    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
    Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games
    Oklahoma City is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oklahoma City's last 12 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Oklahoma City is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Oklahoma City is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago Bulls
    Chicago is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chicago's last 18 games
    Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Chicago is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    Chicago is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City


    Memphis Grizzlies
    Memphis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Memphis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Memphis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Memphis is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games on the road
    Memphis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing New Orleans
    Memphis is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing New Orleans
    Memphis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing New Orleans
    Memphis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    Memphis is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    Memphis is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    New Orleans Pelicans
    New Orleans is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Orleans's last 12 games
    New Orleans is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Memphis
    New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Memphis
    New Orleans is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Memphis
    New Orleans is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Memphis
    New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis
    New Orleans is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis


    Philadelphia 76ers
    Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
    Philadelphia is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Philadelphia's last 19 games on the road
    Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
    Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Detroit
    Philadelphia is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Philadelphia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Detroit Pistons
    Detroit is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
    Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Detroit is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    Detroit is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia


    Los Angeles Lakers
    LA Lakers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    LA Lakers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Lakers's last 9 games
    LA Lakers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games on the road
    LA Lakers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing San Antonio
    LA Lakers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing San Antonio
    LA Lakers is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing San Antonio
    LA Lakers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    San Antonio Spurs
    San Antonio is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
    San Antonio is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games at home
    San Antonio is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 6 games at home
    San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
    San Antonio is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing LA Lakers
    San Antonio is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
    San Antonio is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
    San Antonio is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers


    Miami Heat
    Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Miami is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games
    Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Miami is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games on the road
    Miami is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Phoenix
    Miami is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing Phoenix
    Miami is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Miami is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix Suns
    Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Phoenix is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
    Phoenix is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Miami
    Phoenix is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games when playing Miami
    Phoenix is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Miami
    Phoenix is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing at home against Miami


    Golden State Warriors
    Golden State is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
    Golden State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games
    Golden State is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Golden State's last 11 games on the road
    Golden State is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Milwaukee
    Golden State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
    Golden State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Golden State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Golden State is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Milwaukee Bucks
    Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Milwaukee is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
    The total has gone OVER in 16 of Milwaukee's last 24 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
    Milwaukee is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Milwaukee is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 17 of Milwaukee's last 24 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games at home
    Milwaukee is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Golden State
    Milwaukee is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Golden State
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Golden State
    Milwaukee is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Golden State
    Milwaukee is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Golden State
    Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against Golden State
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    Game of the Night - Golden State at Milwaukee (PK'em, 240), ESPN, 9:35 ET


    The Warriors still won’t have Draymond Green, so we’re not going to get a chance to see MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo deal with the best team in basketball’s top defender. That doesn’t mean Golden State doesn’t want this game against the Bucks (16-7 SU, 12-11 ATS) more badly than it has wanted to win any individual contest it has suited up for in this young season.


    Head coach Steve Kerr won’t have to say much as his two-time defending champions take the floor for the first time ever at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum, the franchise’s new downtown arena. Although the Warriors (17-9 SU, 12-14 ATS) opened a season-long five-game road trip in Toronto against the team with the NBA’s best record, Stephen Curry was held out for an extra few days of rest. That potential Finals preview will take place in Oakland next Wednesday and will likely include Green, who is nearing closer to a return from a toe injury. DeMarcus Cousins is practicing too and may make an appearance before Christmas, which would definitely be much earlier than I expected we’d see him make his Warriors debut.


    Golden State’s team is in flux but that doesn’t mean Friday night’s clash with the Bucks isn’t personal. The final leg of the road trip is the one that the group has been pointing toward, a task made easier by the fact their old friends the Cavs are in shambles.


    It’s probably killing Green not to play since regular-season games like tonight’s don’t come around often when you’ve won three titles in four years and already own the single-season wins record. However, most opponents don’t come into Oakland and figuratively throw their feet on the furniture while tagging up the walls and desecrating the locker room.


    The Bucks handed the Warriors their first home loss in their final season at Oracle Arena.


    Milwaukee now owns consecutive victories there after posting a 134-111 rout of the Warriors on Nov. 8 snapped their eight-game winning streak. The Bucks hung a 41-point third quarter on the champs, dominating the start of the second half the way Golden State typically does. Stephen Curry left with an adductor strain that would cost him weeks. Kerr said his team came out with “mindless intent,” hurting themselves with foul trouble. They were out-rebounded 46-38. The 134 points Golden State surrendered were the most the team has given up since Game 4 of the 2017 Finals.


    The Bucks had lost eight of nine against the Warriors from Jan. 2014-18 before beating them last March and this time last month and will be looking to become the second Eastern Conference team to sweep Golden State since 2014, following Indiana’s lead from last season. The Central Division leaders bounced back form a 136-134 upset loss to the Knicks over the weekend by absolutely crushing second-place Detroit 115-92 on Wednesday, but the real news out of that one is that shooting guard Khris Middleton was apparently benched.


    Middleton is having a fantastic season that will put him in the conversation for a spot as an All-Star reserve, averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists. He knocked down a game-winner to help close out November with a win over the Bulls but was benched due to a lack of effort and played just 19 minutes in the loss to New York.


    After a film session where Budenholzer pointed out why Middleton was banished to the pine in favor of Sterling Brown, the two had reportedly cleared the air per Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel beat writer Matt Velazquez, but Middleton sat out the Pistons win due to “personal reasons.” He’s not listed on Friday’s injury report and will presumably participate.


    Point guard Eric Bledsoe has been fantastic of late and has replaced Middleton as Antetokounmpo’s primary tag-team partner of late, so his matchup with Curry will be worth watching. Bledsoe led the Bucks with 26 points and six assists, while “Greek Freak” added 24 points. Middleton was a game-high plus-33 in that game and is invaluable in that he can defend Curry and Klay Thompson while serving as a viable threat on the other end more effectively than Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell. It’s important Milwaukee gets him right.


    Even with Green sitting, Golden State should be in much better shape for this rematch than it was for the first meeting since Andre Iguodala has been a fixture in the lineup and was only just returning to the fold this time last month. Shaun Livingston was out with a sore foot and is also back contributing, providing stability for the second unit. Center Damian Jones (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined, so look for Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney to remain in the starting lineup and Jarrett Bell to continue as the primary big man off the bench.


    Milwaukee has rookie Dante DiVincenzo back after an injury and should have Middleton in the mix, but forward Ersan Ilyasova has been nursing a concussion, missing four of the last five. He’s questionable. Center John Henson has been out since mid-November due to wrist surgery, so the Bucks’ frontcourt depth is limited. We could very well see a lot of small ball here, but the total of 240 is certainly taking that into account. The first meeting produced the highest number of the season for Milwaukee, closing at 242. It’s Golden State’s second-largest total to date. The ‘over’ is 2-1 in Warriors games that close over 240.


    Six of Milwaukee’s last nine games have gone ‘under.’ Six of the Warriors’ last seven have gone ‘over.’ Curry is averaging 33.0 points since returning from his groin injury, shooting 18-for-33 from 3-point range.


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    Philadelphia (-2.5/219) at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. ET:
    The Pistons will look to turn around a brutal run that has seen their strong start short-circuit in lopsided losses to Oklahoma City and Milwaukee by a combined margin of 50 points. This will be the first of two games in four nights for Detroit against Philadelphia, so the potential is there for some bad blood to develop between these potential Eastern Conference playoff rivals since most of the guys up front are alphas who thrive on running their mouths. The teams have already split a pair of contentious meetings this season. Andre Drummond landed in foul trouble in the most recent meeting on Nov. 3, playing just 21 minutes. He shot 6-for-20 in an Oct. 23 home win at Little Caesar’s Arena in which Blake Griffin scored 50 points in 133-132 OT win.


    Joel Embiid comes off an awful effort in Wednesday night’s loss to Toronto and has surmised his recent form has been “trash,” so he’ll be looking to rebound and has averaged 36 points and 14 boards in the two games against the Pistons thus far. This will be Detroit’s first look at Jimmy Butler-infused Philly, so we’ll see how Griffin handles another active defender he’ll have to deal with. Starting shooting guard Rodney Bullock and backup point guard Ish Smith are considered doubtful, so Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard and veteran Jose Calderon are likely to play larger roles and starter Reggie Jackson should get a longer leash.

    Indiana at Orlando (-2/206.5), 7:05 p.m. ET:
    Pacers-Magic games got spicier last season given the presence of Frank Vogel on Orlando’s sideline and the emergence of former draft picks Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in Indiana, so it’s disappointing that this first meeting of the season will only feature one of them. Vogel reportedly turned down an assistant’s job in Houston and Oladipo is still on the mend with a sore knee, so only Sabonis’ improvement ties these teams together tonight. Both are playing reasonably well, although Indiana is relying on Darren Collison, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans to adequately replace Oladipo’s magic and have gotten spotty results. The Magic have seen Aaron Gordon return from injury to have a big week so far, while Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier have continued to produce offensively. Orlando has been vulnerable at home, winning just six of 13, while Indiana Is 7-6 on the road.
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    Dominating the glass

    The Hornets have been one of the worst teams in the Association defending the opposing center position surrendering an average of 24.6 points on 53.6 percent shooting, and 16.5 rebounds a game. This is a great spot for one of the league's best centers as Denver's Nikola Jokic comes to town. Jokic is scoring double figures in all but six games, and contributing an average of 16.5 points, 7.8 assists and 9.6 rebounds. Take Over his points, rebounds and assists total today of 36.5


    Forcing outside shooting

    The Pacers are the top ranked team in the Association in opponent points in the paint per game allowing only 41.5 with that number substantially lower at home at 36.5. Along with defending inside well, the Pacers have been able to limit opposing centers’ all season allowing an average of 19.3 points per game, and only 2.8 assists a game.

    This could be a tough matchup for Orlando's Nikola Vucevic who might struggle scoring inside. In what projects to be a low scoring game, take Under his points, rebounds and assists total of 35.5.


    Winning ten straight in the head-to-head

    The Raptors have won nine of their last 10 games overall and find themselves in a matchup they have historically dominated versus the Nets. In the head-to-head, the Raptors have won the last 10 straight meetings by an average score of 114.3-103.

    The Nets have not been able to close games out late allowing for 54.8 second half points per game. They have blown eight double digit leads, and five fourth quarter meltdowns at home since November 13th.

    Toronto enters today ranked fifth in the Association in second half points per game with 56.8 and should be able to pull away late. Take the Raptors to cover as 9-point favorites.


    Far too familiar foes

    This is the fourth meeting the Lakers and Spurs already this season, and the second in two days. The Spurs had won with first two and looked to have the third locked up when the Spurs let the game slip away late as Lebron James dominated the fourth quarter scoring 14 points in the final four and a half minutes to rally for a 121-113 victory.

    The Spurs have posted a 18-7 record over their last 25 games when playing Los Angeles and have won five of their most recent seven home meetings. The Spurs have always played their best ball at home, and today should be no different. Back San Antonio on the money line as small home favorites in what looks like it will close as a Pick.


    Expect offensive fireworks

    There is no surprise why the Warriors versus Bucks have the highest total on the card by over 15 points as the league's top offenses meet up. The Bucks enter today averaging 121.1 points per contest, and the Warriors are scoring 116.8, with that number three points higher since Curry's return.

    Milwaukee's Khris Middleton missed Wednesday's game due to personal reasons but is not listed on the injury report. Although he has been quiet recently, he is still averaging 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Look into taking Over his points, rebounds and assists total of 25.5.
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    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:

    -- The Pistons are 13-0 ATS (+9.96 ppg) with rest off a double-digit road loss when they are facing a team that is averaging less than ten offensive rebounds per game and it is before the All-Star break.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:

    -- The Warriors are 0-14 ATS (-10.00 ppg) when the line is within three of pick with less than two days rest and they are facing a team that is averaging less than ten offensive rebounds per game.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:

    -- The Bucks are 12-0 OU (+13.00 ppg) at home when they won two straight vs their opponent.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:

    -- The Magic are 0-16 OU (-13.47 ppg) at home with less than two days rest when they are facing a team that is averaging less than 20 fouls per game and it is before the All-Star break.
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    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    IND at ORL 07:00 PM
    IND +3.5
    O 205.5


    DEN at CHA 07:00 PM
    DEN +1.5
    O 218.5



    PHI at DET 07:00 PM
    PHI +2.0
    U 220.5


    TOR at BK 07:30 PM
    BK +8.5
    O 220.5


    SAC at CLE 07:30 PM
    SAC -2.5
    O 223.0

    OKC at CHI 08:00 PM
    CHI +8.5
    U 219.5


    MEM at NO 08:00 PM
    NO -5.5
    U 214.0


    LAL at SA 08:30 PM
    O 224.5


    MIA at PHO 09:00 PM
    MIA -8.0
    O 211.0


    GS at MIL 09:30 PM
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    Nets beat Raptors in OT to end 8-game skid
    December 7, 2018
    By The Associated Press



    NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points, including six in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 on Friday night.


    Brooklyn picked the most unlikely way to end its skid, snapping a 12-game slide against Toronto with its first victory over the Raptors since April 3, 2015.


    Jarrett Allen made the go-ahead basket for the Nets with a little more than a minute left, their only basket in overtime not made by Russell.


    Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points for the Raptors, but Toronto couldn't get a look for him on its final possession and had to settle for Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer that just missed.


    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points for Brooklyn.


    Jonas Valanciunas added 24 points for the Raptors.


    WARRIORS 105, BUCKS 95


    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points and Golden Statewrapped up a five-game trip with its third straight win, beating Milwaukee.


    Curry and Thompson were each 4 of 9 from 3-point range. The Warriors shot 41 percent (19 of 46) from long distance. Andre Iguodala added a season-high 15 points.


    Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points for Milwaukee.


    76ERS 117, PISTONS 111


    DETROIT (AP) - Jimmy Butler scored 38 points and Philadelphia overcame Joel Embiid's absence, rallying from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat Detroit Pistons 117-111.


    Blake Griffin had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, but the Pistons squandered their big third-quarter lead, as well as a six-point advantage in the fourth. The 76ers rested Embiid, who missed his first game of the season, but Detroit couldn't take advantage of the big man's absence.


    Butler had 26 points in the second half.


    SPURS 133, LAKERS 120


    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and nine assists and San Antonio rallied to beat Los Angeles.


    San Antonio got 14 points each from Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl off the bench, and Davis Bertans added 13. The Spurs' backups outscored the Lakers' 52-26.


    LeBron James had with 35 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Los Angeles. Kyle Kuzma added 27 points and Lonzo Ball had 13 points and 11 assists for the Lakers.


    BULLS 114, THUNDER 112

    CHICAGO (AP) - Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead Chicago to its first victory under coach Jim Boylen.


    Boylen took over Monday when Fred Hoiberg got fired following a 5-19 start, and the Bulls lost the following night at Indiana in his debut.


    Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in his 109th triple-double, though he also turned the ball over 10 times.

    HORNETS 113, NUGGETS 107



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds, fellow point guard Tony Parker added 19 points off the bench and Charlotte snapped Denver's seven-game winning.


    Marvin Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hornets end a three-game losing streak.


    Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 20 points.


    GRIZZLIES 107, PELICANS 103

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - JaMychal Green scored 24 points in a reserve role to help Memphis beat New Orleans.


    Kyle Anderson scored 19 points, including a key free throw for a four-point lead in the final seconds for the Grizzlies, who whittled away at an eight-point deficit during the final five minutes to send New Orleans to its fourth loss in 14 home games.


    Julius Randle had 26 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans. Anthony Davis added 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

    HEAT 115, SUNS 98



    PHOENIX (AP) - Bam Adebayo scored a career-high 22 points, 20 in the first half, and Miami opened a six-game trip by handing Phoenix its eighth straight loss.


    Justise Winslow added 20 points, including all four of his 3-point tries, and Rodney McGruder scored 14 points for Miami. Former Suns guard Goran Dragic, back after missing eight games with a sore right knee, had 11 points and 10 assists.


    The Suns again were without their top two scorers. Devin Booker missed his third straight because of a left hamstring strain, and T.J. Warren his fifth straight with right ankle soreness.


    PACERS 112, MAGIC 90


    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Cory Joseph added 15 to help Indiana beat Orlando for the eighth straight time and 15th in the last 16 meetings.


    Thaddeus Young had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Tyreke Evans scored 11 points for Indiana. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 14 rebounds.


    KINGS 129, CAVALIERS 110


    CLEVELAND (AP) - De'Aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 assists and Sacramento beat Cleveland.


    Buddy Hield added 25 points for the Kings, who led by as many as 25 after the game was tied at 66 at halftime. Marvin Bagley III scored 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting.


    Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points for Cleveland.
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    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    6:05 PM Houston Rockets Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center
    7:05 PM Sacramento Kings Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    7:35 PM Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Madison Square Garden
    7:35 PM Denver Nuggets Atlanta Hawks State Farm Arena
    7:35 PM Washington Wizards Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena
    8:05 PM Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls United Center
    8:05 PM Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
    10:05 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
    10:35 PM Miami Heat Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center




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    NBA RECORD AND BEST BETS:




    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    12/07/2018 12-7-0 63.16% +21.50
    12/06/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    12/05/2018 9-6-0 60.00% +12.00
    12/04/2018 6-4-0 60.00% +8.00
    12/03/2018 3-9-0 25.00% -34.50
    12/02/2018 6-6-0 50.00% -3.00
    12/01/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50


    Record:..........45-43-0.......51.72%--- -11.50




    NBA BEST BETS:


    DATE......................ATS...................UN ITS...................O/U...................UNITS..............TOTAL


    12/07/2018............0 - 3..................-16.50..................5 - 0.................+25.00.............+8.50
    12/06/2018............1 - 2..................-6.00....................1 - 2.................-6.00................-12.00
    12/05/2018............2 - 2..................-1.00....................6 - 4................+8.00................+7.00
    12/04/2018............2 - 1.................+4.50...................1 - 2..................-6.00................-1.50
    12/03/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................1 - 2.................-6.00.................17.50
    12/02/2018............1 - 3.................-11.50...................2 - 1.................+4.50................-7.00
    12/01/2018............2 - 2.................- 1.00....................3 - 4..................-7.00................-8.00


    Record:.................9 - 16................-43.00.................19 - 15...............+12.50...............-30.50
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    Six interesting college hoop rivalry games for Saturday:


    — Xavier @ Cincinnati (-7)


    — Wisconsin @ Marquette (even)


    — Creighton @ Nebraska (-6)


    — Georgetown @ Syracuse (-11)


    — BYU (-3.5) @ Utah


    — Pitt @ West Virginia (-11)




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    Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind…….


    13) With former basketball standout Kevon Looney in town with the Warriors to play the Bucks in Milwaukee Friday night, Milwaukee Hamilton HS held a ceremony at the school Thursday afternoon to retire Looney’s #5 jersey.


    A surprising thing happened; the whole Warriors’ team showed up- Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, even coach Steve Kerr……all of them showed up to honor their teammate/friend.


    Imagine being a kid at that school and seeing those guys in your gym? Pretty cool.


    12) Titans 30, Jaguars 9— Game is 7-2 Tennessee in 2nd quarter; Jaguars have 4th-and-goal on the 2-yard line but instead of kicking a gimme field goal, they go for it with the backup QB and they don’t get it. Titans run next play for a 99-yard TD, and school is out.


    I don’t give a rat’s ass about analytics; in these cases, if you’re Jacksonville you have to put points on the board in what was a tight, tense game, especially if you’re a losing team.


    I’ll say it this way: the Jaguars tackled with a lot less enthusiasm once that 4th down play failed. Thats a nice way of saying they stopped trying as hard- they quit.


    11) Washington Nationals have given out lot of deferred money in the past to pitchers Max Scherzer ($105M of $210M) and Stephen Strasburg ($70M of $175M), but only $10M of Patrick Corbin’s newly-signed $140M contract is deferred money.


    10) Of the 353 D-I college basketball teams, 27 are coached by former NBA players.


    9) Thru Week 13, best red zone teams, based on points/possession:
    Chiefs 5.75, Bengals 5.73, Bills 5.70, Steelers 5.69


    Worst red zone teams, based on ppp:
    Jets 3.87, 49ers 4.21, Jaguars 4.22, Lions 4.40


    8) Most drives that went into red zone this season:
    Rams 67, Saints/Chiefs 55, Buccaneers 47


    Fewest drives that went into red zone this season:
    Cardinals 22, Bills/Dolphins 23, Jaguars 27


    7) Three things about NFL officiating that bug me:


    a) They call too damn many holding penalties.
    b) They call way too many penalties on punts/kickoffs.
    c) When they call pass interference, a 2nd official usually also throws a flag, to “sell the call”


    6) Phoenix Suns are first team in the shot clock era (since 1955) to be held under 10 points in the first quarter of consecutive games.


    5) Big 14 finished their first round of conference games this week; home favorites were 5-4 vs spread, road favorites were 3-2, making favorites 8-6 vs spread overall.


    4) Here is why Washington Wizards will have a hard time trading John Wall: his contract is outrageous.


    2019-20: $38,150,000
    2019-20: $38,150,000
    2020-21: $41,202,000
    2021-22: $44,254,000
    2022-23: $47,306,000 (player option)


    Good luck getting someone to take that contract.


    3) DeAndre Jordan was a 45% career free throw shooter before this season; he is shooting 75.8% this year (72-95).


    Jordan is in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, whose shooting coach is Peter Patton, who has been teaching basketball for 20+ years, including studying shooting under San Antonio Spurs’ assistant Chip Engelland. Coach Patton deserves a raise.


    2) NBA trade:
    — Cavaliers re-acquired G Matthew Dellavedova and F John Henson from the Bucks, along with a future 1st and 2nd-round draft pick.
    — Milwaukee got veteran PG George Hill, who was with coach Budenholzer in San Antonio; they also got Jason Smith and a 2nd-round draft pick from Washington.
    — Wizards acquired Sam Dekker from Cleveland.


    1) Best wishes to Redskins’ QB Alex Smith, who has an infection in his broken leg following multiple surgeries on the leg last month. Get well soon.
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    HOUSTON (11 - 13) at DALLAS (12 - 11) - 12/8/2018, 6:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HOUSTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    DALLAS is 421-342 ATS (+44.8 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    DALLAS is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games this season.
    DALLAS is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games in the first half of the season this season.
    DALLAS is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 254-206 ATS (+27.4 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
    DALLAS is 19-5 ATS (+13.5 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games after allowing 115 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    HOUSTON is 91-64 ATS (+20.6 Units) in road games after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 6-3 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 8-1 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SACRAMENTO (12 - 11) at INDIANA (14 - 10) - 12/8/2018, 7:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 2-2 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
    INDIANA is 4-1 straight up against SACRAMENTO 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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    DENVER (17 - 7) at ATLANTA (5 - 20) - 12/8/2018, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 4-1 against the spread versus DENVER over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 3-2 straight up against DENVER 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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    WASHINGTON (11 - 14) at CLEVELAND (5 - 19) - 12/8/2018, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    BROOKLYN (8 - 18) at NEW YORK (8 - 18) - 12/8/2018, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in home games in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 34-20 ATS (+12.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 8-2 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 7-3 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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    BOSTON (14 - 10) at CHICAGO (5 - 20) - 12/8/2018, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 9-5 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 10-5 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LA LAKERS (15 - 9) at MEMPHIS (14 - 9) - 12/8/2018, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    MINNESOTA (13 - 12) at PORTLAND (14 - 11) - 12/8/2018, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 16-30 ATS (-17.0 Units) after scoring 115 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) after allowing 90 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 8-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 6-4 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MIAMI (9 - 14) at LA CLIPPERS (16 - 8) - 12/8/2018, 10:35 PM
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    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA CLIPPERS is 2-2 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    LA CLIPPERS is 2-2 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    By Kevin Rogers

    Game of the Night: Wolves at Blazers – 10:00 PM EST


    Minnesota and Portland both sit above .500 but are trailing surging Oklahoma City in the Northwest division. The Wolves (13-12 SU, 14-11 ATS) travel west for a four-game trip looking to improve on a dreadful 2-8 record away from Target Center. The good news is Minnesota has won each of its past two away contests, while going on a 6-1 SU/ATS run the last seven games. The Wolves rallied from a 15-point deficit on Wednesday to stun the Hornets, 121-104, while outscoring Charlotte, 35-18 in the fourth quarter.


    The Blazers (14-11 SU, 12-13 ATS) snapped an eight-game ATS slide by routing the Suns on Thursday, 108-86 to easily cash as 12 ˝-point home favorites. Portland limited an opponent to less than 100 points for the first time since holding Boston to 94 points on November 11. The Blazers jumped out to a 34-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back on Thursday as Damian Lillard led Portland with 25 points and C.J. McCollum sat out due to an ankle injury.


    The home team has dominated this series in two matchups this season. Portland ripped an undermanned Minnesota squad at the Moda Center on November 4 as 5 ˝-point favorites, 111-81, while the Wolves picked up revenge 12 days later, 112-96 at Target Center. The home squad owns a perfect 9-0 record the last nine meetings since March 2017 as the Wolves seek their first victory in Portland since April 2016.


    Sac Daddies


    The Kings (13-11 SU, 15-9 ATS) are proving that the first month was not a fluke. Sacramento picked up its seventh road win of the season on Friday in a 129-110 blowout of Cleveland to improve to 8-4 ATS in its past 12 games away from Golden 1 Center. The Kings shot a scorching 57% from the floor last night, led by De’Aaron Fox’s 30-point, 12-assist effort on 12-of-16 shooting from the field. Sacramento improved to 6-2 against the Eastern Conference as the Kings face another Eastern foe on Saturday.


    On the second stop of a three-game road swing against Central division opponents, the Kings head to Indiana to face the Pacers (15-10 SU, 12-13 ATS) for the second time in seven days. Sacramento edged Indiana at home last Saturday, 111-110 to end a four-game skid to the Pacers. Indiana returns home after routing Orlando on Friday, 112-90 as four-point road underdogs. The Pacers have thrived on the second of a back-to-back this season by compiling a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS record in four tries.


    Purple Pain


    The Lakers (15-10 SU, 10-14-1 ATS) entered San Antonio on a four-game winning streak last night, but exited with a loss following a horrific fourth quarter meltdown. Los Angeles led San Antonio by 10 points after three quarters, but the Spurs outscored the Lakers in the fourth, 44-21 to pick up a 133-120 victory. LeBron James posted 35 points and 11 assists, but the Lakers couldn’t pull off the home-and-home sweep of the Spurs after beating San Antonio by eight on Wednesday.


    Los Angeles heads to Memphis as both teams are playing with no rest for their first matchup of the season. The Grizzlies (15-9 SU, 15-9 ATS) rallied past the Pelicans on Friday, 107-103 as five-point underdogs for their second straight win following a 1-4 stretch. Memphis and Los Angeles split its four-game series last season as three of those contests sailed OVER the total.


    Tex Mess


    Just when the Rockets (11-13 SU, 9-15 ATS) had things figured out by starting November on an 8-2 run, the team with the NBA’s best record last season has slid to 2-6 the past eight games. The latest setback for Houston came at Utah in a playoff rematch on Thursday as the Rockets fell to the Jazz for the second time this season, 118-91 as 1 ˝-point underdogs. The Rockets slipped to 1-5 in their past six games away from Toyota Center, while looking to avenge a blowout loss to Dallas.


    The Mavericks (12-11 SU, 15-8 ATS) have been one of the best home teams in the league at 10-2, but one of their most resounding wins came at Houston last month, 128-108. Not only did the Mavericks easily cash as 5 ˝-point underdogs, but pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to veteran Devin Harris’ 20 points off the bench and a 20-point effort from standout rookie Luka Doncic. The Mavs have dropped four consecutive home meetings with the Rockets since 2016, but Dallas owns a terrific 5-1 SU/ATS mark as a home underdog this season.


    New Yuck


    The Nets (9-18 SU, 12-15 ATS) threw away a 23-point advantage in a last-second home loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Brooklyn bounced back on Friday by edging Toronto in overtime, 106-105 as 8 ˝-point underdogs for its second consecutive cover. Now, the Nets make the short trip to Madison Square Garden on Saturday looking to turn around an ugly 0-6 SU/ATS mark with no rest this season.


    The Knicks (8-18 SU, 13-12-1 ATS) have dropped two straight since a thrilling home overtime victory over the Bucks last Saturday. New York’s defense was shredded at Boston in a 28-point setback on Thursday as the Celtics shot 53% from the floor and drilled 13 three-pointers. These two New York City rivals have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning each time. Since the start of last season, the Knicks have owned the Nets by capturing five of six meetings, while covering in all six instances.
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    Saturday, December 8



    Houston lost six of its last eight games; they’re 3-8 vs spread as AF. Eight of their last ten games went over total. Mavericks won nine of their last 12 games, are 6-1 as HU. Three of their last four games stayed under. Rockets won eight of last nine games with Dallas (6-3 vs spread); Houston covered its last four visits here. Eight of last ten series games stayed under.


    Kings won their last three games; they’re 5-5 as AU. Nine of their last ten games went over the total. Indiana won four of its last six games; they’re 1-6 vs spread in last seven games as a HF. Pacers’ last five games stayed under. Pacers won four of last five games with Sacramento; six of last eight series games stayed under. Kings are 2-1-1 vs spread in their last four visits to Indiana.


    Denver won/covered seven of last eight games; they’re 3-0 vs spread if they played night before, 3-4 as AF. Three of their last four games went over. Atlanta lost 14 of its last 16 games; they’re 1-7 vs spread in last eight home games. Five of their last six games went over. Hawks won seven of last ten games with Denver; three of last four series games stayed under. Nuggets are 1-4 vs spread in their last five visits to Atlanta.


    Washington won/covered its last three games; they’re 2-3 vs spread as AF. Four of their last five games stayed under. Cleveland lost six of its last seven games; they’re 5-8 vs spread at home this year. Six of their last nine home games stayed under. Cavaliers/Wizards split their last six meetings; Washington covered three of last four visits to Ohio. Three of last four series games stayed under.


    Brooklyn snapped 8-game losing skid last nite, upsetting Toronto; they’re 7-6 vs spread on road this season. Three of their last four games stayed under. New York lost four of its last five games; they’re 2-2 as HF. Over is 8-4 in their last dozen games. Knicks won five of their last six games with Brooklyn; last three series games stayed under the total. Nets are 1-4 vs spread in their last four visits to Manhattan.


    Boston won/covered five of last six games; they’re 2-5 as HF this season. Seven of their last eight games went over. Bulls upset OKC last nite, ending 7-game losing skid; Chicago is 7-5 vs spread at home this season. Four of their last six games went over. Celtics won eight of last nine games with Chicago; they covered four of last five visits to Windy City. Six of last nine series games stayed under.


    Lakers won/covered four of last five games; they’re 4-7 vs spread on road this season. Under is 14-4 in their last 18 games, 0-2 in last two. Grizzlies won three of last four games; they’re 7-1 as HF. Last three Memphis games stayed under. Lakers won four of their last six games with Memphis; they’re 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Tennessee. Over is 6-1-1 in last eight series games.


    Minnesota won/covered six of last seven games; they’re 8-3 vs spread in last 11 games. 14 of their last 17 games stayed under. Trailblazers lost six of their last eight games; they’re 1-8 vs spread in last nine games. Over is 7-3 in their last ten games. Home side won last nine Minnesota-Portland games; Timberwolves lost last five visits here (0-5 vs spread). Last three series games stayed under the total.


    Miami split its last six games (4-2 vs spread); they covered four of last six road games. Seven of last nine Heat games stayed under. Clippers won five of their last seven games; they’re 8-0-1 vs spread in last nine home games. Four of their last six games stayed under. Miami/Clippers split their last 10 meetings, with Heat winning last two; Miami is 3-2 vs spread in last five series games played here. Last seven series games stayed under.
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