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    COLORADO ST (3 - 4) at BOISE ST (4 - 2) - 10/19/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOISE ST is 143-105 ATS (+27.5 Units) in all games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 143-105 ATS (+27.5 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 89-61 ATS (+21.9 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 80-50 ATS (+25.0 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 56-33 ATS (+19.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1992.
    COLORADO ST is 64-43 ATS (+16.7 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOISE ST is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOISE ST is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOISE ST is 1-1 against the spread versus COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
    BOISE ST is 2-0 straight up against COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    AIR FORCE (2 - 4) at UNLV (2 - 4) - 10/19/2018, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UNLV is 1-0 against the spread versus AIR FORCE over the last 3 seasons
    AIR FORCE is 1-0 straight up against UNLV over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Colorado State @ Boise State
    Colorado State
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado State's last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado State's last 5 games on the road

    Boise State
    Boise State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado State
    Boise State is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home

    Air Force @ Nevada-Las Vegas
    Air Force
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Air Force's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Air Force's last 5 games when playing on the road against Nevada-Las Vegas

    Nevada-Las Vegas
    Nevada-Las Vegas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Air Force
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nevada-Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing at home against Air Force
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    Week 8

    Friday, October 19

    Colorado State @ Boise State

    Game 307-308
    October 19, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Colorado State
    71.180
    Boise State
    91.957
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boise State
    by 21
    52
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boise State
    by 23 1/2
    61 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Colorado State
    (+23 1/2); Under

    Air Force @ UNLV

    Game 309-310
    October 19, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Air Force
    80.112
    UNLV
    72.569
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Air Force
    by 7 1/2
    48
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Air Force
    by 11
    57
    Dunkel Pick:
    UNLV
    (+11); Over
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    Friday, Oct. 19

    COLORADO STATE at BOISE STATE...Bobo 3-11 last 14 vs. spread since mid 2017, though has covered last two TY. Boise however just 2-11 last 13 as MW chalk on blue carpet. Road team has covered last 3 and 6 of last 7 in series.
    Colorado State, based on team and series trends.


    AIR FORCE at UNLV...Sanchez just 3-7 vs. line last 10 at Sam Boyd, and 4-9 vs. line last 13 as MW host.
    Air Force, based on team trends.
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    Friday’s games
    Boise State won its last six games with Colorado State, but games last two years were 28-23/59-52; Rams lost last three games on the Blue Turf by 5-13-28 points. Boise scored 31+ points in all four of its wins, were held to 21-13 in losses; they’re 5-16 vs spread in their last 21 home games, all as a favorite- three of their last four games stayed under. CSU won its last two games after a 1-4 start; under Bobo, Rams are 6-2 as road underdogs- they’re 1-1 in true road tilts this year, losing 48-10 at Florida (+20), winning 42-30 at San Jose State (-3).

    Air Force lost three of last four games, with one win over rival Navy; over last 3+ years, Falcons are 2-7 as road favorites- four of their last five games stayed under total. AF held San Diego St to 297 TY LW, but lost 21-17 on late TD pass. UNLV’s backup QB is completing 45.8% of his passes, not good enough. Rebels lost last three games, allowing 50-59 points in last two. Under Sanchez, UNLV is 1-5 as home underdogs. Air Force won its last two games with UNLV, 34-30/48-21; they won two of last three visits to the Strip, winning by 27-15 points
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    Preview: Colorado State at Boise State
    When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, October 19, 2018
    Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho



    Overall Team Offense

    The Boise State Broncos are ranked 19 on offense, averaging 481.5 yards per game. The Broncos are averaging 160.7 yards rushing and 320.8 yards passing so far this season.
    The Colorado State Rams are ranked 61 on offense, averaging 412.0 yards per game. The Rams are averaging 113.9 yards rushing and 298.1 yards passing so far this season.

    Home and Away

    The Boise State Broncos are 1-1 at home this season, 2-1 against conference opponents and 6759-6759 against non-conference opponents.
    At home the Broncos are averaging 37.5 scoring, and holding teams to 13.0 points scored on defense.
    The Colorado State Rams are 1-1 while on the road this season, 2-1 against conference opponents and 6759-6759 against non-conference opponents.
    On the road, the Rams are averaging 26.0 scoring, and holding teams to 39.0 points scored on defense.
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    ATS Trends
    Colorado State

    Rams are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    Rams are 12-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
    Rams are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.
    Rams are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games.
    Rams are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
    Rams are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
    Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
    Rams are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
    Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
    Rams are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
    Rams are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

    Boise State

    Broncos are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
    Broncos are 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
    Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
    Broncos are 9-24 ATS in their last 33 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    Broncos are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 home games.
    Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
    Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.

    OU Trends
    Colorado State

    Over is 4-0 in Rams last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
    Under is 7-0 in Rams last 7 Friday games.
    Under is 5-1 in Rams last 6 games overall.
    Under is 4-1 in Rams last 5 road games.
    Over is 10-4 in Rams last 14 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
    Under is 5-2 in Rams last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.

    Boise State

    Under is 8-1 in Broncos last 9 games in October.
    Under is 6-1 in Broncos last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Over is 8-2 in Broncos last 10 Friday games.
    Under is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 conference games.
    Under is 16-6 in Broncos last 22 home games.
    Over is 5-2 in Broncos last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
    Under is 5-2 in Broncos last 7 games on fieldturf.

    Head to Head

    Road team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
    Favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
    Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
    Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
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    Preview: Air Force at UNLV
    When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, October 19, 2018
    Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada




    Overall Team Offense

    The UNLV Rebels are ranked 89 on offense, averaging 381.5 yards per game. The Rebels are averaging 257.8 yards rushing and 123.7 yards passing so far this season.
    The Air Force Falcons are ranked 107 on offense, averaging 355.2 yards per game. The Falcons are averaging 248.3 yards rushing and 106.8 yards passing so far this season.

    Home and Away

    The UNLV Rebels are 2-1 at home this season, 0-2 against conference opponents and 6759-6759 against non-conference opponents.
    At home the Rebels are averaging 37.3 scoring, and holding teams to 30.3 points scored on defense.
    The Air Force Falcons are 0-3 while on the road this season, 0-3 against conference opponents and 6759-6759 against non-conference opponents.
    On the road, the Falcons are averaging 25.3 scoring, and holding teams to 32.0 points scored on defense.
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    Air Force

    Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
    Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
    Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
    Falcons are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up loss.
    Falcons are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 conference games.
    Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
    Falcons are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
    Falcons are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

    UNLV

    Rebels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
    Rebels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
    Rebels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
    Rebels are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
    Rebels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
    Rebels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    Rebels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
    Rebels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October.

    OU Trends
    Air Force

    Over is 5-0 in Falcons last 5 games on fieldturf.
    Over is 4-0 in Falcons last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
    Under is 5-1 in Falcons last 6 games overall.
    Under is 5-1 in Falcons last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
    Under is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 games following a ATS win.
    Under is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Over is 20-6 in Falcons last 26 conference games.
    Over is 9-3 in Falcons last 12 vs. a team with a losing record.
    Over is 6-2 in Falcons last 8 road games.
    Over is 12-4 in Falcons last 16 games following a straight up loss.
    Over is 10-4 in Falcons last 14 games in October.

    UNLV

    Over is 4-0 in Rebels last 4 Friday games.
    Over is 15-5 in Rebels last 20 home games.
    Over is 23-8 in Rebels last 31 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
    Over is 20-8 in Rebels last 28 games following a straight up loss.
    Over is 19-8 in Rebels last 27 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Over is 21-9 in Rebels last 30 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
    Over is 11-5 in Rebels last 16 games following a ATS loss.
    Over is 15-7 in Rebels last 22 vs. a team with a losing record.
    Over is 21-10 in Rebels last 31 games on fieldturf.
    Over is 25-12 in Rebels last 37 games overall.

    Head to Head

    Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in UNLV.
    Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
    Home team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
    Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in UNLV.
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    Colorado State Rams vs. Boise State Broncos Preview and Predictions

    NCAAF Previews 16th October 2018 By Charles Jay for Scores And Stats
    12 hours, 28 minutes for the game
    by Charles Jay Scores & Stats on 10/16/2018

    When they lost at home to Illinois State, which plays in the FCS, the Colorado State Rams were unquestionably not feeling very good about themselves. But they have since rebounded with a couple of victories, although it hasn't been without a struggle.

    Things have not been all that easy lately for the Boise State Broncos either. The last time they were playing at home, it turned out to be a very sobering experience. So obviously they hope to make a much better showing of it for the home fans on Friday night.

    There's also a national television audience to consider, as Boise State and Colorado State will square off at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

    TV: ESPN2, 9 PM ET. LINE: Boise State -23.5

    ABOUT COLORADO STATE: In their "comeback" phase, the Rams first registered a 42-30 victory over San Jose State, in a bizarre game where they lost a 28-point lead by giving up 30 points in the third quarter Then they followed that up with a 20-18 win over New Mexico, although they barely escaped, as it came as a result of a 26-yard field goal from Wyatt Bryan as time expired. The defense did a good job against New Mexico's rampaging quarterback, Sheriron Jones, holding him to just 165 yards through the air, while KJ Carta-Samuels threw for 311 yards. What's very important is that Izzy Matthews had another nice game from the backfield, with 92 rushing yards, coming on the heels of him topping the century mark the week before. At this point, what CSU (3-4 SU and ATS) has to threaten the Boise State secondary is the connection between Carta-Samuels and his top two receivers. Sophomore Preston Williams, the Tennessee transfer who is one of the top receivers in the Mountain West Conference, if not the country, has 671 yards in catches, and defenses can't necessarily overload on him because Olabisi Johnson, the senior from Lakewood, CO, has 533 yards and the higher average than Williams (14.8 yards per reception).



    ABOUT BOISE STATE: Well, it is clear that Brian Harsin's team is a step down from earlier editions, though still a prime Mountain West contender. When they played on the Blue Carpet two weeks ago, they had just 229 total yards against San Diego State in a 19-13 loss. Last weekend they faced the same 3-3-5 defensive alignment, this time from the Nevada Wolf Pack, and things were somewhat choppy here and there. However, in the end, Boise State (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) prevailed 31-27, although some "over" bettors were undoubtedly upset because of the scoreless fourth period. This time the Broncos benefited from big plays that made the difference - an 88-yard TD run from scrimmage from wide receiver John Hightower, which provided a big chunk of BSU's 207 rushing yards, and a 99-yard interception return by Tyler Horton. The reality is that if you took out that run by Hightower, the Broncos have averaged only 2.4 yards per rushing attempt over the last two games. Brett Rypien did have 299 yards through the air on 28-for-38 accuracy. But he also threw three INT's, which helped keep Nevada right in the thick of it.

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Last year's meeting was a wild one, as the Rams put up 570 total yards and 33 first downs, only to yield 641 yards to the Broncos in a 59-52 overtime defeat. The last time they were in Boise, Colorado State launched a furious comeback, scoring 20 points in the last five minutes, in the process recovering two onside kicks, before falling short 28-23 to BSU, which was ranked 15th in the nation at the time.

    2. Wyatt Bryan's winning kick against New Mexico was the 51st field goal of his career, and that tied the all-time Colorado State school record.

    3. Playing in Mountain West Conference games on the Blue Carpet, Boise State has covered just two of its last 13 as a favorite.

    PREDICTION: Boise State 38, Colorado State 21
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    Air Force Falcons vs. UNLV Rebels Preview and Predictions in NCAAF

    NCAAF Previews 11 hours, 28 minutes for the game
    by Charles Jay Scores & Stats on 10/16/2018

    It might just be that the Air Force Falcons are ready to make a move. While it is true that they have suffered four losses, those were to good teams, in contests where they were not out of it by any means. And while they employ the option-based offense that has been familiar for years, they are getting the job done these days with defense.

    On Friday night they will go to Sin City to face off against a team that is clearly looking for some answers. The UNLV Rebels seemed like they could be on the way to only their second bowl bid since 2000, but when Armani Rogers went down with an injury, out went their formula for success. They are feeling their way around a new signal-caller, and the results have not been encouraging thus far.

    The venue is Sam Boyd Stadium, and CBS Sports Network will be televising the game live.

    TV: CBS Sports Network, 10 PM ET. LINE: Air Force -12.5

    ABOUT AIR FORCE: The last game for the Falcons came on a rather bizarre evening in which lightning strikes in the San Diego area led to a long weather delay. In the end, Air Force (2-4 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) came out on the losing end of a 21-17 score - the eighth straight time they have lost to the Aztecs. For a while, it looked as if they might finally have some success against Rocky Long, as they led 17-14 in the fourth quarter. That lead was more a product of the defensive effort, however. Offensively, they managed just 14 first downs and 276 yards against Long's 3-3-5 defense. They were a little behind the eight-ball early, as they lost starting quarterback DJ Hammond to a leg injury, but they inserted Isaiah Sanders, who had previously been the starter, took over and actually completed seven passes, with 49 rushing yards. The Falcons (2-4 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) held SDSU, a team that travels mainly by land, to only 84 yards rushing, and they are now 8th in the nation in Rushing Defense, allowing just 101 yards per game. Air Force is also fourth in the country in Red Zone Defense, and only four teams in the nation have given up fewer first downs.

    ABOUT UNLV: Their journey with quarterback Max Gilliam continues, though it does not continue smoothly. UNLV (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) lost its third straight game, and second with Gilliam as the starter, when it fell 59-28 to a Utah State squad that had just come off a big emotional victory over BYU. The Rebels struck first on a touchdown run by Lexington Thomas, but then it was all Utah State, which effectively ended it by going into the locker room at halftime with a 42-7 lead. Thomas had to be removed from the game after running for just 51 yards when he suffered a head injury in the third quarter. Reports are that he is likely to play this week. Max Gilliam, who has been filling in for injured dual-threat QB Armani Rogers, went 18-for-36 for 250 yards, and that included a 79-yard touchdown to Tyreek Collins. But he was sacked seven times, producing a rushing figure of minus-9 yards. Yes, the absence of the power-running Rogers, who was in the nation's top ten in rushing when he went down, is being felt. And it did not help matters that the offensive line was guilty of five false starts.

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Air Force has shown the ability to play "keep-away" with the ball against its opponents, ranking fourth in the nation in average time of possession.

    2. Before he left the game with his head injury, Lexington Thomas went over the 3000-yard rushing mark for his career.

    3. Air Force has played five unders in six games and is on a 5-14 ATS run against Mountain West opponents.

    PREDICTION: Air Force 37, UNLV 20
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    Not a lot to go on for the first week or so, but I’ll give you the info I’ve got…….

    Charlotte won its last ten games with Orlando, covering 8 of last 9; they won their last four visits here (3-1 vs spread, over 3-1). Hornets lost their home opener by a point to Milwaukee. Orlando won its home opener, by 3 over Miami.

    Knicks won/covered their last four games with Brooklyn; they won three of last four games in Barclays’ Center. Over is 4-2 in last six series games. New York beat the Hawks by 19 in their home opener. Nets lost their opener by 3 in Detroit.

    Road team won last four Pelican-King games (over 3-1); Sacramento won its last two visits to Bourbon Street by 7-11 points. Kings lost its home opener by 6 to Utah. New Orleans won its opener by 19 at Houston, scoring 31 points- impressive.

    Home side last seven Boston-Toronto games; Raptors won/covered last five series games played here. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games. Celtics won their home opener by 18 over Philly. Raptors won their home opener by 12 over Cleveland.

    Cavaliers won seven of last eight games with Minnesota (6-2 vs spread); they won/covered three of last four visits here. Eight of last nine series games went over. Lebron-less Cleveland lost its opener by 12 in Toronto. Timberwolves lost their opener by 4 in San Antonio.

    Hawks won four of their last six games with Memphis; teams split last four series games played here. Eight of last nine series games stayed under the total. Atlanta lost its opener by 19 at New York. Grizzlies lost their opener by 28 at Indiana.

    Pacers won four of their last five games with Milwaukee; Indiana covered only one of its last four visits to Wisconsin. Five of last six series games stayed under. Pacers won their home opener by 28 over Memphis. Milwaukee won its opener by a point in Charlotte.

    Jazz won/covered their last three games with Golden State; teams split last four series games played here. Four of last five series games went over. Warriors won their home opener by 8 over Oklahoma City. Utah won its opener by six at Sacramento.

    Clippers lost seven of last nine games with Oklahoma City; Thunder covered five of last six series games. over is 7-2 in last nine series games. OKC didn’t have Westbrook (check status) for its opener, an 8-point loss at Golden State. Clippers lost their home opener by 9 to Denver.
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    Charlotte Hornets
    Charlotte is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Charlotte is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
    Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games on the road
    Charlotte is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Orlando
    Charlotte is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
    Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Charlotte is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Orlando Magic
    Orlando is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games
    Orlando is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando's last 11 games
    Orlando is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Charlotte
    Orlando is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
    Orlando is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    Orlando is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte


    New York Knicks
    New York is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
    New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
    Brooklyn Nets
    Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New York
    Brooklyn is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 6 games when playing New York
    Brooklyn is 7-13-1 ATS in its last 21 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games when playing at home against New York


    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Cleveland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
    Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    Cleveland is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Cleveland is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Timberwolves
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland
    Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    Minnesota is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Cleveland
    Minnesota is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland


    Atlanta Hawks
    Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Atlanta is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games
    Atlanta is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
    Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Memphis
    Atlanta is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Memphis
    Atlanta is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Memphis is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 9 games
    Memphis is 7-15-1 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Atlanta
    Memphis is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    Memphis is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta


    Boston Celtics
    Boston is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
    Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games
    Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Boston is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
    Boston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Boston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto Raptors
    Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
    Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston


    Sacramento Kings
    Sacramento is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Sacramento is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 7 games
    Sacramento is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Sacramento is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 7 games on the road
    Sacramento is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing New Orleans
    Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    Sacramento is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
    New Orleans Pelicans
    New Orleans is 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games
    New Orleans is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
    New Orleans is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    New Orleans is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Sacramento
    New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    New Orleans is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Sacramento
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Sacramento


    Indiana Pacers
    Indiana is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 9 games
    Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Indiana is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games on the road
    Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
    Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Milwaukee Bucks
    Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 21 of Milwaukee's last 25 games
    Milwaukee is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games at home
    Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 10 games at home
    Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Milwaukee is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana


    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oklahoma City's last 17 games
    Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
    Oklahoma City is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
    Los Angeles Clippers
    LA Clippers is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    LA Clippers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 7 games
    LA Clippers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    LA Clippers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Clippers's last 13 games at home
    LA Clippers is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
    LA Clippers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
    LA Clippers is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 8 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City


    Golden State Warriors
    Golden State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Golden State's last 10 games
    Golden State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Golden State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Golden State's last 9 games on the road
    Golden State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Utah
    Golden State is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing Utah
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing Utah
    Golden State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Utah Jazz
    Utah is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Utah is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Utah is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Utah is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games at home
    Utah is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Golden State
    Utah is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games when playing Golden State
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Golden State
    Utah is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Golden State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games when playing at home against Golden State
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    CHARLOTTE (0 - 1) at ORLANDO (1 - 0) - 10/19/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 69-89 ATS (-28.9 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 70-92 ATS (-31.2 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 31-50 ATS (-24.0 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 29-46 ATS (-21.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHARLOTTE is 7-1 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
    CHARLOTTE is 8-0 straight up against ORLANDO 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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    NEW YORK (1 - 0) at BROOKLYN (0 - 1) - 10/19/2018, 7:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 6-2 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 6-2 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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    SACRAMENTO (0 - 1) at NEW ORLEANS (1 - 0) - 10/19/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW ORLEANS is 53-38 ATS (+11.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    BOSTON (1 - 0) at TORONTO (1 - 0) - 10/19/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 61-37 ATS (+20.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 58-37 ATS (+17.3 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 36-21 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    CLEVELAND (0 - 1) at MINNESOTA (0 - 1) - 10/19/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CLEVELAND is 42-61 ATS (-25.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 12-24 ATS (-14.4 Units) in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 25-43 ATS (-22.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 7-20 ATS (-15.0 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CLEVELAND is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    ATLANTA (0 - 1) at MEMPHIS (0 - 1) - 10/19/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MEMPHIS is 22-38 ATS (-19.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    MEMPHIS is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    INDIANA (1 - 0) at MILWAUKEE (1 - 0) - 10/19/2018, 8:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 53-36 ATS (+13.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 222-166 ATS (+39.4 Units) on Friday nights since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 76-97 ATS (-30.7 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MILWAUKEE is 4-4 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 4-4 straight up against INDIANA 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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    GOLDEN STATE (1 - 0) at UTAH (1 - 0) - 10/19/2018, 10:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UTAH is 7-4 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 7-4 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (0 - 1) at LA CLIPPERS (0 - 1) - 10/19/2018, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 37-50 ATS (-18.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 6-1 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 5-2 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Game of the Night - Golden State (-2.5, 218) at Utah, ESPN, 10:35 ET

    The Jazz were swept by Golden State in 2016-17’s first round, losing all four games by double-digits. They then watched Gordon Hayward walk away, leaving the franchise that developed him behind in order to join forces with his former college coach.

    If not for Detroit passing on Donovan Mitchell to take shooter Luke Kennard with the No. 12 pick, Utah could be mired in mediocrity, preparing to face another season fighting an uphill battle in the loaded West.

    Instead, Mitchell’s return following a brilliant rookie season makes the Jazz one of the primary threats to the Warriors’ plans of a three-peat that would give them four NBA titles in five years. Although he was edged out for Rookie of the Year honors by Philadelphia prodigy Ben Simmons, Mitchell’s brilliance down the stretch cemented a rise we saw come out of nowhere last November, when he overcame shooting 25 percent (13-for-52) over the first five games of his career and ended up averaging 20.5 points to lead all first-year players.

    Utah couldn’t get past Houston in May’s conference semifinals, but Mitchell’s 28.5 points per game in the first round eliminated Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City. Considering the Jazz beat Golden State in all three of their 2018 meetings and are the only team with a winning record against the Dubs over the past two seasons, they’re right to be confident entering their home opener.

    Mitchell hit four of five 3-pointers the last time he ran into the Splash Brothers, breaking Damian Lillard’s NBA record for most makes from beyond the arc by a first-year player. Utah won 119-79, registering a 40-point blowout over a Warriors team that was resting Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala but had multiple All-Stars out there.

    Center Rudy Gobert’s size is a major weapon against Golden State, but Steve Kerr’s counters had typically worked until Mitchell’s arrival. In fact, the last five games the Jazz played against the Warriors in 2017, four of which came in that aforementioned first-round playoffs series, all resulted in double-digit losses.

    Utah didn’t play its trademark defense in Wednesday’s regular-season opener in Sacramento, prevailing despite giving up 117 points, which is sixth-most they’ve surrendered since Mitchell came on board. Golden State scored 126 points in the first meeting between the teams last season (Dec. 27, 2017) but was held under 100 in the next three. Although it’s too early in the season to call this a huge game, the fact the Warriors are well aware of how much trouble this team gave them in posting wins by 40, 30 and 19 points should ramp up the intensity from where we would ordinarily see it in a Game No. 2.

    The Warriors handled Westbrook-less OKC on Wednesday but failed to cover a 13-point spread and fell behind in the third quarter despite being up 10 at the break. Golden State held the Thunder to just 37 percent shooting but went just 7-for-26 from 3-point range since Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined to make just one of their 13 attempts.

    Damian Jones made his first start at center for the Dubs and Kevon Looney came up with 10 points and 11 boards off the bench in replacing JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia, so they held their own against Steven Adams. It’s going to be a different challenge to fare as well on the road against Gobert, who had 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting in Sacramento, adding 15 boards and three blocks in a team-high 37 minutes. His length is a challenge for for Draymond Green, who still isn’t in great shape after taking most of the summer off from basketball to heal a sore knee. He played just 32 minutes on Wednesday and isn’t likely to be himself for a few weeks. Head coach Steve Kerr has said he’d likely play in “shorter bursts.”

    The Warriors are just a 2.5-point favorite here, which is interesting since it took until Game No. 47, a Jan. 20 visit to Houston, for them to be favored by less than a possession in 2017-18. Golden State was an underdog six times last season, mostly down the stretch as key players rested, but were only favored by 2.5 points or less twice last season. They lost at both the Rockets and Pacers in those contests. Utah was a home underdog six times last season and won four of those games outright, including a 129-99 rout of Golden State on Jan. 30.

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    Charlotte (-2/218) at Orlando, 7:05 p.m. ET: If you can’t beat him, hire him. That could be one way to look at the Magic opening the season with Steve Clifford at the helm since he quickly landed on his feet after being let go as Michael Jordan went a different direction. Charlotte carries an 11-game winning streak over Orlando into Amway Arena, posting all of the victories on Clifford’s watch. Kemba Walker will now look to terrorize his ex-coach after opening the season scoring 41 points in a 113-112 home loss to Milwaukee. Nicolas Batum had an opportunity to win it but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Hornets want to push whenever possible, while the Magic want to use their excellent length to become the Eastern Conference’s version of Utah. In that vein, 7-footer Mo Bamba had a fantastic debut off the bench in Wednesday’s win against the Heat, drilling a crucial 3-pointer and finishing with 13 points, seven boards and two blocks. He’s got a 7-foot-10 wingspan. Aaron Gordon led the way with 26 points and 16 rebounds and Orlando survived nearly squandering a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in pulling off an upset of the Heat. The Magic started fast last season too and may be a live home ‘dog here if they can keep Walker from going off. Charlotte has won seven of eight in Central Florida.

    New York at Brooklyn (-3.5/219), 7:35 p.m. ET: New York’s teams cashed in their regular-season debuts. The Nets lost just 103-100 in Detroit when Joe Harris’ 3-pointer on their final possession misfired, but 21-year-old center Jarrett Allen’s block of a Blake Griffin dunk attempt was among Wednesday ‘s top highlights in a strong performance on the road. The Knicks scored a franchise-best 49 points in the second quarter and ran away from the Hawks in a duel of teams expected to vie for the NBA’s worst record. NYK rolled despite lottery pick Kevin Knox shooting just 4-for-16 off the bench and took the game over in Noah Vonleh’s 16 minutes of play that saw him grab 10 boards and shoot 5-for-5 from the field for a double-double no one could’ve seen coming.

    The Knicks and Nets will be seeing each other for the third time this month since they squared off in a pair of preseason games, winning on the other’s home court in competitive games. D’Angelo Russell’s activity stood out, so New York will likely key in on being as disruptive as possible against the Brooklyn point guard as it seeks it fifth straight victory in the series following last season’s sweep that featured three double-digit wins. Kristaps Porzingis will be out for months, but the Knicks could get back versatile guards Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) and Courtney Lee (neck) after both missed the opener. They’re two of New York’s top defenders, so any total plays should wait on announcement addressing their availability. Brooklyn will have shooter Allen Crabbe (ankle) in the mix for the first time, while wing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is expected to be a game-time decision.

    Sacramento at New Orleans (-11/230.5), 8:05 p.m. ET: The Pelicans posted the week’s most impressive victory, crushing Houston on its home floor. Anthony Davis went to work from the opening tip and really never gave the Rockets a shot, finishing with 32 points and 16 rebounds to wear out the Rockets’ defense. New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry stuck to his guns of playing bigs Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle and Davis together, counting on their versatility to be as big a problem for opponents as their pick-and-roll defense will be for his sanity. Although there will likely be headaches ahead, Gentry has said he’s not going to go small whenever possible this season in an effort to make teams adjust to dealing with the size advantage his best guys enjoy.

    Matching up won’t be a problem for the Kings, who covered against Utah thanks to an improved-looking backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. Willie Cauley-Stein anchored the bigs with 23 points despite squaring off against reigning Defensive Player of the Year Gobert, so the hope is that he’ll be able to continue a strong start in a contract year while proving he can be a consistent force for the first time in his career. The Kings are going to try and wear teams down by playing a lot of bodies and started shooters Nemanja Bjelica and Yogi Ferrell to help spread the floor, so expect plenty of track meets as they look to follow Fox’s lead and get out in transition. They’ll be better off when wing Bogdan Bogdanovic returns from a knee issue, but that isn’t expected to be until next month. These teams combined for 215 or more points in each of last year’s four meetings, splitting the series 2-2.

    Boston at Toronto (-3/209), 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN: After crushing the 76ers in their home opener, the Celtics will look to send a message to their other main nemesis in the East, reigning Atlantic Division champ Toronto. Boston will see how it matches up with Kawhi Leonard for the first time after the Cavs had few answers for him in Wednesday’s 116-104 Raptors’ win. Leonard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and was aggressive in attacking the paint and single coverage in an impressive debut. He’s looked like his old self for weeks now. Most important, Kyle Lowry shook off the disappointment of the Raps moving friend and tag-team partner DeMar DeRozan over his protests and poured in a team-best 27 points and eight assists in a 116-104 win over Cleveland. Toronto put its fantastic depth on display and may be at full strength since OG Anunoby (eye) will be fine to play and Delon Wright (thigh) may be available after being held out against the Cavs. Strength in numbers carried Boston past Philadelphia in resounding fashion despite Kyrie Irving (2-for-14) struggling with his shot. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 23 points in the 105-87 rout that featured all nine Celtics who played at least 19 minutes scoring at least seven points. Only Al Horford failed to hit a 3-pointer, a sign that Boston is going to swing the ball to the open man and trust everyone is capable of hitting the outside shot, which includes big Aron Baynes and even Horford, who missed his lone attempt. Marcus Morris produced 16 points off the bench and was instrumental in helping the C’s pull away. These teams went 2-2 against one another last year but Toronto won a huge late-season game 96-78 and has won or split the regular-season series against Boston in each of the last five years.

    Cleveland at Minnesota (-8.5/223.5), 8:05 p.m. ET: Kevin Love will be back in his old stomping grounds, but being the face of a franchise again will take some getting used to. Playing next to LeBron James and Irving while winning a title required him to alter his game, but he’s one of the few holdovers from the team that won the title in ’16 and is being tasked with being the bridge between that era and whatever comes next. Love shot 5-for-18 up in Toronto and has been dealing with a sore foot, so Cleveland may be in for a rough start as it begins truly turning the page. Lottery pick Collin Sexton missed five of seven shots and committed a team-high four turnovers in just 17 minutes, so there are definitely some growing pains ahead.

    If the Timberwolves can’t dispose of this group, it’s going to be hard to resist dealing Jimmy Butler in the coming week. At this point, Tom Thibodeau appears to be buying time since it appears inevitable that Butler will get his wish in getting out of town, having proven too disruptive to play with despite his best intentions on the floor. Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t responded well to how Butler has challenged him to step his game up and fouled out in just 22 minutes in San Antonio, scoring eight points and grabbing nine boards. Towns will see plenty of suspect defenders Love and a slumping Tristan Thompson here, so it’s a must that he turns things around. Butler had four steals against the Spurs and was out there defending and trying to get guys involved, but the lack of chemistry from Minnesota’s group is pretty evident. We’ll see what reaction he gets in the Timberwolves’ home opener. Odds are he’ll be booed lustily while Love is cheered, which will make for an interesting dynamic early.
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    The Orlando Magic are firmly in rebuilding mode and will likely go through peaks and valleys during the season, but they'll be fun to watch. The Magic will try to ride their growing collection of young, athletic players to a second consecutive victory to open the season when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

    The Magic can rival any team in pure athleticism with the likes of Aaron Gordon, Jonathon Simmons, Terrence Ross and rookie center Mohamed Bamba, and it was Bamba making noise in his season debut on Wednesday with key blocks and explosive dunks in a 104-101 triumph over Miami. "He's a super athlete," Gordon told reporters of Bamba. "He's so talented and it's good to know that you have that much talent with you. He makes plays where you're like, 'Whoa! I don't even know if I can make that play.' That’s the type (of rookie) that lets you know that we've got something special in him." The Hornets will see a familiar face on the other end of the floor Friday in Orlando head coach Steve Clifford, who held the same role in Charlotte for five seasons before being fired at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign. Clifford's old team fell just short in its opening game, dropping a 113-112 home decision to the Milwaukee Bucks despite 41 points from star guard Kemba Walker.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Charlotte), FS Florida (Orlando)

    ABOUT THE HORNETS (0-1): Charlotte head coach James Borrego is already shaking things up by using an unconventionally small lineup down the stretch on Wednesday and recovering from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter before falling just short. Borrego had shooting guard Nicolas Batum and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the frontcourt during the run while veteran point guard Tony Parker provided a steady hand in his team debut. "I think we just found a group that wanted to play," Borrego told reporters. "They played with more urgency. They were fighting on the defensive end. For us to be a good defensive team this year we have to be urgent from the start."

    ABOUT THE MAGIC (1-0): Clifford is not convinced that Orlando is rebuilding and believes the team can make the playoffs this season with its collection of talent. "We have enough talent," Clifford told reporters. "I know we haven't been picked to do well, but I've been around long enough to know (what it takes) Now, we have to play well. We're not going to show up and beat people. But we have enough talent where if we have a mature approach, commit to making progress and get better the way we're capable, we can (make the playoffs)." Gordon led the way with 26 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday while going 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Hornets SG Malik Monk scored 18 points off the bench on Wednesday while Parker handed out seven assists in a reserve role.

    2. Ross, Simmons and SG Evan Fournier combined to go 0-of-13 from 3-point range for the Magic on Wednesday.

    3. Charlotte is riding an 11-game winning streak in the series, including a 137-100 win in its last trip to Orlando on April 6.

    PREDICTION: Magic 109, Hornets 101
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    Charlotte

    Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Hornets are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
    Hornets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
    Hornets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    Hornets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss.
    Hornets are 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

    Orlando

    Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast.
    Magic are 22-47-2 ATS in their last 71 games following a ATS win.
    Magic are 18-39 ATS in their last 57 games following a straight up win.
    Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Magic are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Magic are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Magic are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
    Magic are 0-8-1 ATS in their last 9 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

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    Charlotte

    Under is 4-0 in Hornets last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    Over is 4-0 in Hornets last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Under is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    Over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 overall.
    Over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 15-5-1 in Hornets last 21 games following a ATS win.
    Under is 5-2 in Hornets last 7 road games.
    Under is 5-2 in Hornets last 7 games following a straight up loss.
    Over is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 vs. NBA Southeast.
    Over is 11-5-1 in Hornets last 17 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

    Orlando

    Under is 7-1 in Magic last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 vs. NBA Southeast.
    Under is 8-2 in Magic last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 7-2 in Magic last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Under is 10-3 in Magic last 13 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 9-3 in Magic last 12 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Under is 9-3 in Magic last 12 games following a straight up win.
    Under is 27-10 in Magic last 37 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 8-3 in Magic last 11 overall.
    Under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 home games.
    Under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 11-5 in Magic last 16 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

    Head to Head

    Hornets are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
    Favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
    Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Orlando.
    Hornets are 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Orlando.
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    Preview: Knicks at Nets
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    The New York Knicks are in a holding pattern with star forward Kristaps Porzingis unavailable while recovering from knee surgery and the front office reportedly gearing up for free agency next summer, but the team on the floor might prove to be a lot of fun. The Knicks will try to make it consecutive wins to begin the season when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

    New York did not come into the season with high expectations but unveiled a high-paced offense in the season opener under new coach David Fizdale and delighted fans with a 129-107 victory over the Hawks that featured solid debuts from rookie guards Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier. "All I want to see at the end of the day, are we getting better every day at what we talk about, at what we work at?" Fizdale told reporters. "Is our culture getting stronger every day? Are people buying in and really committing to what we’re trying to do? Are players getting better? At the end of the year, hopefully we can say our player development and how we grew these guys and the way we committed to the competition and committed to each other, we can look back and say we didn’t cheat that." The Nets are in building mode as well and fell just short with a 103-100 loss at Detroit in Wednesday's opener. "We had opportunities," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. "We had open shots that didn’t go down. We just didn’t close it out. I thought we did a lot of positive things today."

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), YES (Brooklyn)

    ABOUT THE KNICKS (1-0): New York is expected to go after high-profile free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving next summer but for now will rely on veterans like shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and center Enes Kanter to guide the youngsters. Hardaway enjoyed the most success in Fizdale's fast-paced attack on Wednesday, collecting 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in the win. Fizdale went with three guards in the starting lineup, using point guards Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina with Hardaway, and ran a smaller lineup most of the night with Kanter (27 minutes) and power forward Noah Vonleh (16 minutes) the only big men to get significant run.

    ABOUT THE NETS (0-1): Brooklyn got a big night from its starting shooting guard in the opener as well, with Caris LeVert scoring 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting. LeVert was getting a shot in the starting lineup due to a trio of injuries to starters DeMarre Carroll (ankle), Allen Crabbe (ankle) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin). The extra minutes available proved to be a good thing for reserve point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who recorded 23 points and six assists in 32 minutes.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Nets PG Shabazz Napier (hamstring), PF Kenneth Faried (ankle) and PF Alan Williams (knee) are all questionable to make their season debuts on Friday.

    2. New York swept the four-game season series in 2017-18 and averaged 115 points in two victories at Brooklyn.

    3. Carroll underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on Tuesday and is out indefinitely.

    PREDICTION: Knicks 115, Nets 111
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    Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
    Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
    Knicks are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Knicks are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win.
    Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Knicks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
    Knicks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
    Knicks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.

    Brooklyn

    Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
    Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Nets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
    Nets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
    Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

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    New York

    Under is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Under is 5-1-1 in Knicks last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Over is 5-1 in Knicks last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall.
    Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
    Over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Under is 3-1-1 in Knicks last 5 road games.
    Over is 3-1-1 in Knicks last 5 games following a straight up win.
    Under is 3-1-1 in Knicks last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
    Over is 8-3 in Knicks last 11 Friday games.
    Under is 11-5 in Knicks last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic.

    Brooklyn

    Over is 5-2 in Nets last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Over is 5-2 in Nets last 7 games following a straight up loss.
    Under is 7-3 in Nets last 10 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Under is 22-10 in Nets last 32 home games.
    Over is 11-5 in Nets last 16 games following a ATS win.

    Head to Head

    Knicks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
    Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn.
    Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
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    Preview: Celtics at Raptors
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    The Toronto Raptors beat out the Boston Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, but neither team got a chance to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Both teams entered 2018-19 with high expectations again, and the Raptors will try to get a leg up in the Atlantic Division battle when they host the Celtics on Friday.

    Boston is the odds-on favorite to win the East this season with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward healthy, and the two stars finally got a chance to play a full game together when the Celtics dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 in Tuesday's season opener. "It was amazing to be out there on the court again for a regular-season game," Hayward, who was lost to a season-ending ankle injury two minutes into the 2017-18 opener, told reporters. "My adrenaline was definitely pumping those first three or four minutes. I think everybody's adrenaline was pumping, because it was sloppy at first, but it was great just to be out there. It was a big step for me." The Raptors aren't ready to concede the East to the Celtics and introduced their own superstar when Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points in a 116-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. "I felt good," Leonard told reporters. "I'm happy we came out and got a win, and I came out of the game healthy, so it’s a win-win for me."

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS Boston, Sportsnet (Toronto)

    ABOUT THE CELTICS (1-0): The one benefit to Hayward missing the season and Irving sitting out the stretch run and the playoffs with a knee injury last season was that young players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown got a chance to develop. Tatum is slowly building his way toward superstar status in the league and led Boston with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding nine rebounds on Tuesday. "He's a good player and we need him to be good," Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters of Tatum. "And as I’ve told him and all our other wings, if those guys just really commit to being great defensively and making the next right play, everything’s going to work out. Because there’s a lot of good players out there."

    ABOUT THE RAPTORS (1-0): Leonard was an MVP candidate before a thigh injury limited him to nine games with San Antonio last season and has the ability to change games at both ends of the floor. Leonard added 12 rebounds to his 24 points on Wednesday while point guard Kyle Lowry went 10-of-12 from the floor en route to 27 points. "It's still early," Leonard told reporters after the win. "It's only the first game. We had a lot of mistakes on the defensive end that we can correct. Our offense was also stagnant sometimes tonight. But our skill level and focus and us playing very hard tonight got us the win."

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Celtics PF Marcus Morris grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds off the bench in the opener.

    2. Raptors PG Delon Wright (thigh) sat out the opener and is questionable for Friday.

    3. Boston and Toronto split the four-game season series in 2017-18, with the home team winning each game.

    PREDICTION: Celtics 103, Raptors 92
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    Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
    Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
    Celtics are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Celtics are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
    Celtics are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Celtics are 54-24-1 ATS in their last 79 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Celtics are 23-11 ATS in their last 34 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Celtics are 27-13 ATS in their last 40 games overall.
    Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
    Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

    Toronto

    Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
    Raptors are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.
    Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Raptors are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss.
    Raptors are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
    Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

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    Boston

    Over is 6-0 in Celtics last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
    Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 Friday games.
    Under is 6-0 in Celtics last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 7-0 in Celtics last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games following a straight up win.
    Under is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games following a ATS win.
    Under is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 11-3 in Celtics last 14 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
    Under is 6-2 in Celtics last 8 overall.
    Under is 6-2 in Celtics last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.

    Toronto

    Over is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 home games.
    Over is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 games following a straight up win.
    Under is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 overall.
    Under is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 5-2 in Raptors last 7 games following a ATS loss.

    Head to Head

    Home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
    Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
    Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
    Celtics are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
    Celtics are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
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    Preview: Hawks at Grizzlies
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    Oct 18, 2018

    It was only one game and by all measures a subpar performance, but the Memphis Grizzlies look toward Friday’s home opener against the Atlanta Hawks anxious to bounce back from an opening-night defeat at Indiana. The Grizzlies trailed by 10 points early, were down 24 in the second quarter, shot only 29.8 percent from the field and gave up 57 rebounds in a 111-83 loss, an outing that left coach J.B. Bickerstaff vowing a better showing is coming.

    “We are a much better basketball team than we showed tonight,” Bickerstaff told reporters after his first game as Memphis coach, following two interim stints. “We still believe that, and we’ve just got to be better all around.” The same can be said for the Hawks, who gave up 49 points in the second quarter of a 126-107 loss at New York in their opener. Atlanta’s young squad committed 24 turnovers, four by first-round draft pick Trae Young, who scored 14 points with six rebounds and five assists in his NBA debut. “Definitely, some things that we haven’t been doing coming from preseason,” Young told the media afterward. “But this is just one game, so I am not too worried.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Southeast

    ABOUT THE HAWKS (0-1): Forward Taurean Prince scored a team-high 21 points for Atlanta, which missed forward John Collins (ankle injury) and had no answer as the Knicks hit eight shots in a row from the field early in the second quarter. Guard Vince Carter, the 41-year-old who became the second-oldest opening-night starter in NBA history, finished with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Atlanta outscored the Knicks in three quarters, but gave up as many points in the second quarter (49) as it scored in the entire first half.

    ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (0-1): One positive sign for Memphis was point guard Mike Conley. who missed 70 games a season ago with a left heel injury, scoring 11 points with three assists and one steal in 29 minutes against Indiana. Center Marc Gasol scored a team-high 13 points and added six rebounds in the opener, and rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 10 points in his NBA debut. Memphis was outrebounded 67-39 and were limited by too few second-chance opportunities.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. Atlanta’s two other first-round picks -- F Omari Spellman and G Kevin Huerter -- combined to score seven points with six rebounds in 13 minutes of mop-up time.

    2. Memphis shot 9-of-41 from the field in the first half and trailed 56-39 at the break.

    3. Each team won on its home floor during last season’s two meetings as Atlanta G Kent Bazemore scoring 14.5 points per game and Gasol averaging 10.5 points and six rebounds.

    PREDICTION: Grizzlies 103, Hawks 98
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    Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest.
    Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
    Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
    Hawks are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Hawks are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up loss.
    Hawks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
    Hawks are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
    Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Hawks are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
    Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Hawks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.

    Memphis

    Grizzlies are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
    Grizzlies are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
    Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Grizzlies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
    Grizzlies are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
    Grizzlies are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Grizzlies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Grizzlies are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast.

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    Atlanta

    Under is 6-0 in Hawks last 6 Friday games.
    Under is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 games following a straight up loss.
    Under is 24-8 in Hawks last 32 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Under is 6-2 in Hawks last 8 vs. NBA Southwest.
    Over is 6-2 in Hawks last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 11-4 in Hawks last 15 vs. Western Conference.
    Under is 12-5 in Hawks last 17 road games.
    Over is 7-3 in Hawks last 10 games following a ATS loss.

    Memphis

    Over is 7-1 in Grizzlies last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Over is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Over is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 4-1 in Grizzlies last 5 games following a ATS loss.
    Under is 7-2 in Grizzlies last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
    Under is 6-2 in Grizzlies last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Under is 21-8 in Grizzlies last 29 Friday games.
    Under is 7-3 in Grizzlies last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

    Head to Head

    Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
    Hawks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Memphis.
    Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
    Road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
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    Preview: Cavaliers at Timberwolves
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    Disgruntled guard Jimmy Butler is expected to be greeted with a chorus of boos when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Friday's home opener. The four-time All-Star requested a trade while expressing he wouldn't re-sign with the team and has been a constant distraction as the Timberwolves prepared for the season.

    Butler recently reported to the team and he scored 23 points in Wednesday's 112-108 season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but his presence still represents an uneasy truce as he is clear he doesn't want to remain with the team all season. "I got 81 games, baby. That's all that matters," Butler told reporters. "We've gotta lock in on today, what tomorrow brings, and see where we're at. If that comes to be, that comes to be; there's nothing I can do about it. But in the meantime, I gotta figure out a way to help us win some games." Cleveland forward Kevin Love is back in a go-to scoring role with LeBron James gone and he is looking forward to playing in Minnesota's home opener as the franchise celebrates the beginning of its 30th season. "It was a good six years," Love told reporters Thursday of his Timberwolves stint that included three All-Star berths. "I can't believe this is my fifth season in Cleveland and 11th overall but looking back, lots of positives and lots of fun coming back to the Twin Cities."

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS North (Minnesota)

    ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (0-1): Love scored 21 points but was a dreadful 5-of-18 shooting in Wednesday's 116-104 season-opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and he apologized to coach Tyronn Lue for the poor showing after the contest. Small forward Cedi Osman is now a starter in James' old spot and he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Toronto. ”Of course this season is going to be different, I’m going to have more opportunity to show that I am responsible and I want to give my best every time on the court on offense and defense," Osman told reporters afterward. "I have confidence, I know how to play, I need to keep building my game.”

    ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (0-1): Butler played 32 minutes in the opener despite having no preseason action to build up stamina and his shooting was subpar at 9-of-23 from the field. "It's just timing - getting your legs underneath you," Butler, said. "I'll be OK really soon. We take the best things from this -- and that's our energy and how hard we played for 48 minutes. We'll take that every time." Center Karl-Anthony Towns had a dreadful season debut with just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes before fouling out.

    BUZZER BEATERS

    1. The Cavaliers won seven of the past eight meetings.

    2. Minnesota PG Jeff Teague scored a team-best 27 points in the opener and connected on all nine free-throw attempts.

    3. Cleveland SG J.R. Smith (elbow) will likely miss his second straight game while PF Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) is expected back after missing the opener.

    PREDICTION: Timberwolves 114, Cavaliers 110
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    Cleveland

    Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Cavaliers are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 vs. Western Conference.
    Cavaliers are 14-40-2 ATS in their last 56 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
    Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

    Minnesota

    Timberwolves are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Timberwolves are 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss.
    Timberwolves are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Timberwolves are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
    Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games.
    Timberwolves are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

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    Cleveland

    Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Under is 6-2 in Cavaliers last 8 vs. Western Conference.
    Over is 6-2 in Cavaliers last 8 vs. NBA Northwest.
    Under is 5-2 in Cavaliers last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 27-12 in Cavaliers last 39 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Under is 9-4-1 in Cavaliers last 14 Friday games.

    Minnesota

    Over is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 overall.
    Over is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-0 in Timberwolves last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 7-1 in Timberwolves last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
    Under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 Friday games.
    Over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 vs. NBA Central.
    Over is 16-5 in Timberwolves last 21 home games.
    Over is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    Over is 28-11 in Timberwolves last 39 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Over is 5-2 in Timberwolves last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Under is 5-2 in Timberwolves last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 46-19-1 in Timberwolves last 66 games following a ATS loss.
    Over is 12-5 in Timberwolves last 17 games following a straight up loss.

    Head to Head

    Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
    Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
    Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
    Cavaliers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota.
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