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|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|06-13-19||Raptors +3 v. Warriors||Top||114-110||Win||100||12 h 45 m||Show|
20* Raptors/Warriors Game 6 No-Brainer on Toronto +3
The Toronto Raptors are now 5-2 against the Warriors this season. Even in their two losses they had a chance to win, losing by a combined 6 points. And they’ve been unstoppable at Oracle in Golden State.
Indeed, the Raptors are 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS at Golden State this season with wins by 20, 14 and 13 points. They have actually played their best basketball on the road in this series. And now without Kevin Durant, the Warriors don’t stand much of a chance of slowing them down.
In Game 5, the Warriors got a 3-for-3 from 3-point shooting effort from Durant before he left with injury. His points proved to be the difference in the game in a 106-105 win. In fact, the Warriors made 20 3-pointers compared to just 8 for the Raptors, outscoring them by 36 points from the 3-point line. Yet they still only won by one. The discrepancy in 3-point shooting won’t be near that big in Game 6, and as as result the Raptors should roll again.
The Raptors are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games overall. The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its last four trips to Golden State. Bet the Raptors in Game 6 Thursday.
|06-10-19||Warriors v. Raptors -1.5||Top||106-105||Loss||-105||10 h 53 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Raptors Game 5 No-Brainer on Toronto -1.5
The Warriors are getting a lot of respect from oddsmakers here in Game 5. They are only 1.5-point road underdogs to the Raptors. A lot of that has to do with he speculation that Kevin Durant may return, but even if he does he won’t be 100% and will be on a minutes restriction.
The Raptors continue to get no love from oddsmakers despite saving their best basketball of the season for last. They are now 7-1 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall against the Bucks and Warriors. That’s no small feat. The only game they lost they lost by 5 to the Warriors and shot just 37.2% from the field.
It will be the best atmosphere ever for a Toronto home game tonight. Canada wants their first ever NBA title, and fans will be raucous. The Raptors are 41-12 at home this season and have some of the best fans in the business. They also have the current best player in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard, who continues to make all the right decisions.
The Raptors are 5-1 SU in all meetings with the Warriors this season. The Warriors just aren’t getting much help outside Curry and Thompson in this series, and the injuries and their lack of depth has really caught up to them. I believe this series ends tonight in Toronto. Bet the Raptors Monday.
|06-07-19||Raptors v. Warriors UNDER 215.5||105-92||Win||100||9 h 13 m||Show|
15* Raptors/Warriors Game 4 Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 215.5
The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors meet for a pivotal Game 4 tonight. I think with what’s at stake here with the series basically on the line for the Warriors that we will see a great defensive effort from them. The Raptors bring it defensively every game.
I also think there’s value on the UNDER here when comparing this line to previous in this series. It was 212.5 for Game 1, 213 for Game 2 and 209.5 for Game 3. Now it’s 215.5 for Game 4, the highest of any game thus far.
The Raptors aren’t likely to shoot as well as they did last game as they shot 52.4% from the floor, 44.7% from 3-point range and 95.2% from the free throw line. One team has shot lights out in every game thus far. Expect both teams to struggle offensively now that both teams are more familiar with one another.
The UNDER is 8-3-1 in Raptors last 12 road games. Take the UNDER in this game Friday.
|06-05-19||Raptors +5 v. Warriors||Top||123-109||Win||100||10 h 59 m||Show|
20* Raptors/Warriors Game 3 No-Brainer on Toronto +5
The Toronto Raptors had their fourth-worst shooting performance of the entire playoffs in Game 2. They shot just 35-of-94 (37.2%) from the field, yet they still only lost by 5 points. Look for them to shoot the ball much better in Game 3 and to prove once again that they are one of the best road teams in the NBA.
Of course, injuries to the Warriors makes the job a lot easier for the Raptors. They will still be without Kevin Durant for Game 3, Kevon Looney is out for the playoffs after suffering a shoulder injury in Game 2, and Klay Thompson is questionable tonight with a hamstring injury also suffered in Game 2.
The Looney injury is getting overlooked. The trio of Curry, Green and Looney have the best 3-man rating in the entire playoffs at +20.2 compared to only +2.5 without Looney on the floor. They have a +122.5 offensive rating with Looney compared to a +109.4 rating without him. Plus, they have the best 3-man defensive combination in the entire playoffs when Curry, Green and Looney are on the floor together.
The Warriors are 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS win. The Raptors are 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. A better shooting performance tonight will have them taking advantage of the Warriors’ injuries and likely winning this game outright, though we’ll take the points for some insurance. Bet the Raptors Wednesday.
|06-02-19||Warriors v. Raptors -2||Top||109-104||Loss||-107||9 h 22 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Raptors Game 2 No-Brainer on Toronto -2
The Toronto Raptors have now won five straight games over the Bucks and Warriors. This team is proving they are for real and a legit threat to stop Golden State’s three-peat. They know getting Game 2 here is a must with Kevin Durant likely coming back soon.
The Warriors are vulnerable without KD despite all the numbers they have shown about their record with Curry and without Durant. That was evident last series when they had to come back from 15-plus points down in three straight games against the Blazers. Well, the Raptors are much better than the Blazers.
Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last five games overall. Golden State is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 Sunday games. The Raptors are 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Toronto is now 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in all three meetings with the Warriors this season. Bet the Raptors Sunday.
|05-30-19||Warriors v. Raptors -1||Top||109-118||Win||100||10 h 48 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Raptors Game 1 No-Brainer on Toronto -1
What the Raptors just did to the Bucks in winning four straight was the most impressive feat yet in these playoffs. The Bucks were the best team in the NBA during the regular season, and Nick Nurse and the Raptors came up with the proper game plan to stop them.
Of course, the feat the Warriors just pulled off against the Blazers was also impressive. They swept the Blazers in four games, winning each of the final three games despite trailing by at least 15 points in all three. While impressive, it also shows how vulnerable the Warriors really are. The Blazers aren’t that good.
Certainly this is a step up in class for the Warriors, who will still be without Kevin Durant. And the Raptors proved in the regular season that they could beat the Warriors, sweeping the season series while winning 131-128 at home and 113-93 on the road. Kawhi Leonard is the best player in this series, period, and the role players for the Raptors are really gaining confidence.
I think the 5-day layoff for the Raptors is the superior situation than the 10-day layoff for the Warriors, who are sure to be rusty in Game 1. Toronto is 34-16-2 ATS in its last 52 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Raptors are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings. Bet the Raptors in Game 1 Thursday.
|05-25-19||Bucks +2 v. Raptors||Top||94-100||Loss||-104||8 h 20 m||Show|
20* Bucks/Raptors TNT No-Brainer on Milwaukee +2
The Milwaukee Bucks were the best team in the NBA all season. I’ll back them to get it figured out in Game 6 and get this series back to Milwaukee. The Raptors simply are not this good, getting the breaks late in wins in Game 3 and Game 5.
Officiating certainly went the Raptors’ way in Game 5 as they attempted 31 free throws compared to 18 for the Bucks despite the fact that the game was played in Milwaukee. And Fred VanVleet hit 7 3-pointers, which was the difference and is unlikely to happen again.
The Bucks are 31-16 SU & 28-17-2 ATS on the road this season, so they clearly aren’t phased by traveling. And they lost in double-OT in Toronto in Game 3. Not to mention, they won both regular season meetings in Toronto.
Milwaukee is 16-4 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this season. The Bucks are 22-3 SU & 19-6 ATS off a loss this season. Milwaukee is 37-16-2 ATS in its last 55 vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Bet the Bucks Saturday.
|05-23-19||Raptors v. Bucks -6.5||Top||105-99||Loss||-110||11 h 43 m||Show|
25* NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs GAME OF THE YEAR on Milwaukee Bucks -6.5
After losing both games in Toronto, and getting embarrassed in Game 4, the Milwaukee Bucks return home highly motivated for a victory in Game 5 to regain control of this series. The Bucks are still 10-3 SU & 10-3 ATS in these playoffs and the best team in the East, and that will show tonight.
Milwaukee has been a great bet off a loss. In fact, the Bucks are 22-2 SU & 19-5 ATS following a loss this season. That’s right, they’ve only lost back-to-back games twice all season, and it just happened for the second time. It’s been a resilient team, and that resiliency will really be on display tonight with the support of their home crowd on their side.
Kawhi Leonard is clearly hobbled and tired. The Bucks made the mistake of double-teaming him last game, and he found open shooters time and time again. The Raptors’ roll players hit those shots at home, but now it will be the Bucks’ role players who step up at home this time around. And I expect Mike Budenholzer to make the right adjustments like he’s done all season and to not double-team Kawhi. He can’t beat them on his own.
Plays on favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Milwaukee) - revenging a loss by 10 points or more, off two or more consecutive road losses are 37-13 (74%) ATS over the last five seasons. Milwaukee is 10-1 ATS off an upset loss as a road favorite this season. The Bucks are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games off a loss. Milwaukee is 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS at home in the playoffs this season. Bet the Bucks Thursday.
|05-21-19||Bucks -3 v. Raptors||Top||102-120||Loss||-104||8 h 55 m||Show|
20* Bucks/Raptors TNT No-Brainer on Milwaukee -3
The Milwaukee Bucks played about as poorly as they could have in Game 3. Yet, they still forced double-overtime despite shooting just 37.3% from the field. It was a must-win game for the Raptors in that spot, and they were fortunate to escape with a victory.
They won’t be so fortunate in Game 4 tonight. The Bucks aren’t going to shoot that poorly again as this has been one of the best offensive teams in the NBA this season at 117.9 points per game on 47.3% shooting. They are loaded with great 3-point shooting to surround the unstoppable Greek Freak.
Milwaukee is a ridiculous 22-1 SU & 19-4 ATS following a loss this season. It is coming back to win by 15.0 points per game in this spot. The Bucks are 12-2 ATS off a road loss this season. They have been the most resilient team in the NBA this season. Milwaukee is 20-7-1 ATS in its last 28 road games. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Bet the Bucks Tuesday.
|05-20-19||Warriors v. Blazers +3.5||Top||119-117||Win||100||10 h 58 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Blazers ESPN No-Brainer on Portland +3.5
The Golden State Warriors just became the first team in NBA history to win consecutive playoff games after trailing by 13 or more points. It shows their resiliency, but it also shows how the Blazers could easily be up 2-1 in this series instead of down 0-3.
From a line value perspective, there’s certainly value taking the Blazers in Game 4 here as 3.5-point underdogs when you consider they were 2.5-point favorites in Game 3. That’s a 6-point adjustment. I think the Blazers will show some pride here and not want to get swept.
The Warriors are already without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, and now they could be without Andre Iguodala, who left with a calf injury in Game 3. He is their best defender and the Blazers should have a lot more success offensively if he can’t go.
Golden State is 4-12 ATS as a road favorite of 6 points or less this season. Portland is 11-2 ATS when revenging a loss by 10 points or more this season. The Blazers are 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss. The Warriors are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win. Golden State is 19-42-2 ATS in its last 63 games off a win by more than 10 points. Bet the Blazers Monday.
|05-19-19||Bucks v. Raptors -2||112-118||Win||100||12 h 1 m||Show|
15* Bucks/Raptors TNT ANNIHILATOR on Toronto -2
It’s now or never for the Toronto Raptors. They must win Game 3 if they want to get back in this series after losing the first two, and I trust them to get the job done.
The Raptors are 37-11 at home this season. Milwaukee is 7-21 ATS in its last 28 games off three or more consecutive home wins. Toronto is 18-5 ATS after failing to cover four of its last five ATS over the last three years. Toronto is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Roll with the Raptors Sunday.
|05-18-19||Warriors v. Blazers -2||Top||110-99||Loss||-113||14 h 16 m||Show|
25* NBA Conference Finals GAME OF THE YEAR on Portland Trail Blazers -2
The Portland Trail Blazers know they can beat the Warriors. They proved it in the regular season by splitting the season series 2-2. And they certainly gave them a run for their money in Games 1 and 2 in Golden State.
Indeed, the Blazers were tired off their seven-game series with the Nuggets, yet they were only down by 6 points at the end of three quarters despite playing their worst game of the playoffs in Game 1. They played much better in Game 2 and actually led by 17 in the 3rd quarter, but the Warriors came back and stole a victory late.
Now, with their season on the line, the Blazers should be able to win Game 3 at home. The Warriors are likely to relax after protecting their home court, while the Blazers are likely to play with a big chip on their shoulder here after letting Game 2 slip away. This is my favorite bet of the conference finals.
The Warriors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games off a win. The Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Bet the Blazers Saturday.
|05-17-19||Raptors v. Bucks UNDER 216||103-125||Loss||-102||10 h 36 m||Show|
15* Raptors/Bucks TNT Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 216
The pace was a rapid one in Game 1 as the Raptors got 92 shots up and the Bucks got 93 up. Yet, they still went UNDER the 218-point total as the Bucks won 108-100 for 208 combined points. I have to think the pace slows down quite a bit in Game 2 now that these teams are more familiar with one another, and as a result I like it to stay UNDER the total again.
The UNDER is 7-1-1 in Raptors last nine road games. The UNDER is 6-0 in Raptors last six games following an ATS loss. The UNDER is 11-3 in Raptors last 14 games overall. The UNDER is 4-1 in Bucks last five games off a win. The UNDER is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee. Roll with the UNDER in Game 2 Friday.
|05-16-19||Blazers +7.5 v. Warriors||111-114||Win||100||9 h 44 m||Show|
15* Blazers/Warriors ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Portland +7.5
The 22-point blowout the Warriors put on the Blazers was a bit misleading. This was a 6-point game at the end of three quarters. Portland managed to hang around despite committing 21 turnovers and shooting just 36.1% from the field.
So, the Blazers couldn’t have played any worse in Game 1, and they still had a chance to pull the upset going into the 4th quarter. And they were in a tough spot off a difficult Game 7 win in Denver. Now a few more days removed, and they should come back much fresher for Game 2 tonight. Expect the Blazers to give the Warriors a run for their money.
Golden State has shot 49.4% and 50% from eh field in its last two games. Both of those were without Kevin Durant. The Warriors aren’t a better team without Durant, and they certainly will be hard-pressed to continue shooting as well as they did in their last two games against Houston and Portland.
Portland is 8-0 ATS when revenging a road loss by 10 points or more this season. It is bouncing back to win by 8.3 points per game in this situation. Golden State is 9-19 ATS off a win by 15 points or more this season. The Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games off an ATS win. Take the Blazers Thursday.
|05-15-19||Raptors v. Bucks -6||Top||100-108||Win||100||9 h 50 m||Show|
20* Raptors/Bucks TNT No-Brainer on Milwaukee -6
The Milwaukee Bucks have been the best team in the NBA all season. And as a result, they’ve been the best team for bettors to back, too. They are currently 68-23 SU & 55-33 ATS this season. They’ve been even better in the playoffs, going 8-1 SU & 8-1 ATS for backers with seven wins by double-digits.
The Bucks went 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS against the Raptors in the regular season. They are in the favorable spot here having a full week off after closing their series with the Celtics last Wednesday. The spot is a much tougher one for the Raptors.
Indeed, Toronto just completed a grueling seven-game series with the 76ers on Sunday. We saw how much the seven-game series took out of the Blazers last night, and I think it will be the same for the Raptors. I think they relax in Game 1 here after surviving the 76ers, and they will simply still be too tired to match the energy and effort the Bucks put into this game.
Toronto is 1-9 ATS in road games after allowing 90 points or less over the last two seasons. The Bucks are 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Bucks Wednesday.
|05-14-19||Blazers +7.5 v. Warriors||94-116||Loss||-106||10 h 32 m||Show|
15* Blazers/Warriors ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Portland +7.5
The Warriors are ripe for the picking with Kevin Durant likely to miss the first two games of this series. Yes, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson caught fire against the Rockets in Game 6 last series to steal a victory, but they can’t be expected to stay that hot.
The fact of the matter is the Warriors are short-handed. They already lacked a bench before losing both DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant. The Blazers won’t take them lightly like the Rockets did, and this is a Blazers team with something special going right now.
Indeed, the Blazers upset both the Thunder and the Nuggets as underdogs in their series. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are showing why they are one of the best guard tandems in the NBA. And the Blazers are getting significant contributions from most of their role players like Seth Curry, Zach Collins, Enes Kanter, Al-Farouq Aminu, Rodney Hood and Maurice Harkless.
The Blazers split the season series with the Warriors 2-2, including a 110-109 upset at Golden State as 9-point dogs. Golden State is 1-8 ATS in home games when revenging a loss this season. The Warriors are 9-18 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points this season. Golden State is 0-6 ATS in its last six games following an ATS win. Bet the Blazers Tuesday.
|05-12-19||76ers v. Raptors -6||90-92||Loss||-110||9 h 59 m||Show|
15* 76ers/Raptors TNT ANNIHILATOR on Toronto -6
The Philadelphia 76ers just can’t be trusted to go on the road and win a big Game 7 like this. They only have one player you can trust, and that’s Jimmy Butler. Joel Embiid has been held in check this series by Marc Gasol, Ben Simmons has only had one good game, and Tobias Harris hasn’t been much of a factor.
The Raptors did lose once at home to the 76ers in Game 2, but they blew them out by 13 and 36 points in the other two meetings in Toronto. The Raptors are now 15-1 SU & 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home meetings with the 76ers. They have covered six of their last seven at home against Philadelphia.
Home teams are 105-28 (79%) at home in Game 7’s all-time. Toronto is 16-3 ATS in home games vs. division opponents over the last two seasons. The Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following. Loss by more than 10 points. Take the Raptors Sunday.
|05-12-19||Blazers v. Nuggets -5.5||Top||100-96||Loss||-105||5 h 29 m||Show|
20* Blazers/Nuggets ABC No-Brainer on Denver -5.5
The Denver Nuggets had the best home record in the NBA during the regular season. They are 39-9 at home, outscoring opponents by 10.1 points per game, and I trust them to get the job done here in Game 7 at home by 6-plus points to cover this spread.
After all, the Nuggets already showed they could handle the pressure of a Game 7 by beating the Spurs at home, and they didn’t even play that well in that game. I expect them to play more like they did in the pivotal Game 5 when they buried the Blazers 124-98 as identical 5.5-point favorites. Home teams are 105-28 (79%) at home in Game 7’s all-time.
Portland is 3-15 ATS in road games after failing to cover five or six of their last seven games aover the last three seasons. Denver is 14-6 ATS as a home favorite of 6 points or less this season. The Nuggets are 13-5 ATS in home games when revenging a loss this season. The Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win. Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a loss. The Nuggets are 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings. Bet the Nuggets Sunday.
|05-10-19||Warriors v. Rockets -7||Top||118-113||Loss||-105||9 h 40 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Rockets ESPN No-Brainer on Houston -7
The Houston Rockets let the Warriors off the hook in Game 5. I think they let down from the Kevin Durant injury, and James Harden wasn’t his usual self, shooting just one time in the final eight minutes, 30 seconds of the game.
I think after reflecting on the fact that Durant is out, the Rockets won’t feel bad at all. Remember, they held a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors last season before Chris Paul went out with a hamstring injury and missed the final two games. I believe they would have won that series had Paul not gotten hurt.
Now, the Rockets should win this series because Durant is hurt, and DeMarcus Cousins is already out. The Warriors don’t have any depth this year, which is why they have had to play their starters such big minutes already. That certainly could have attributed to the Durant injury. Now, too much of the scoring load will be placed on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson because the Warriors really don’t have any other scorers.
Houston is 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS at home in the playoffs this season, outscoring opponents by 13.6 points per game. The Rockets are now 36-10 at home this season. Houston is 8-1 ATS in home games off two or more consecutive ATS wins this season. Bet the Rockets Friday.
|05-09-19||Raptors v. 76ers UNDER 212.5||Top||101-112||Loss||-109||9 h 42 m||Show|
20* Raptors/76ers ESPN No-Brainer on UNDER 212.5
The Toronto Raptors have been absolutely dynamite defensively in the playoffs and down the stretch. In fact, they have allowed 42% shooting or less in 11 of their last 12 games overall. As a result, the UNDER is 9-2 in Raptors’ last 11 games overall.
The Philadelphia 76ers have shot 42% or worse in four of five games in this series. They have been respectable defensively as the Raptors have had a hard time getting anyone other than Kawhi Leonard going. And the UNDER is 6-1 in 76ers' last seven games overall.
The Raptors and 76ers have combined for 203, 183, 211, 197 and 214 points in their five meetings in this series. That’s an average of 201.6 combined points per game, which is roughly 11 points less than this 212.5-point total for Game 6 tonight. I think there continues to be value with the UNDER tonight.
Philadelphia is 21-4 UNDER when playing four or less games in 10 days this season. The UNDER is 6-0-1 in Raptors last seven road games. The UNDER is 8-1 in 76ers last nine home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six meetings. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|05-08-19||Rockets +6.5 v. Warriors||99-104||Win||100||11 h 38 m||Show|
15* Rockets/Warriors TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Houston +6.5
The Houston Rockets are loaded with confidence now after taking two must-win games in Houston to even this series at 2-2. They know this pivotal Game 5 is where they can really take a stranglehold on this series and get the sweet revenge they’ve been waiting for since blowing a 3-2 lead last year after Chris Paul went down with injury.
The Rockets have been the more aggressive team in this series, and they’ve done a great job of limiting both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They are letting Kevin Durant get his, but the Warriors are much better when the ball is moving and everyone is getting involved. They are playing a brilliant defensive game thus far.
Considering all four meetings in this series have been decided by 6 points or less, I think we are getting some real value here with the Rockets as 6.5-point dogs in a game that will likely go down to the wire again. The Rockets are now 5-3 SU & 6-2 ATS in their eight meetings with the Warriors this season, and I actually believe they are the better team. The Rockets have a deep bench, while the Warriors’ bench is the worst its been in a long time.
Golden State is 9-18 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points this season. Houston is 30-16 ATS in road games off a home win over the last three years. The Rockets are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Houston is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games following a win. The Warriors are 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 home games. Take the Rockets Wednesday.
|05-08-19||Celtics +9 v. Bucks||Top||91-116||Loss||-110||8 h 5 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Bucks TNT No-Brainer on Boston +9
The Boston Celtics won’t go down without a fight. That’s the type of team they are, and they have heard in the media that this series is already over from everyone. I think there’s a ton of value on the motivated Celtics as 9-point dogs in this contest.
Boston shot 54% in its upset Game 1 victory, which wasn’t sustainable. However, the Celtics have shot just 39.5%, 43.2% and 37.8% in their three games since, and they are a much better shooting team than that. Look for them to get closer to the 50% mark in this Game 5 than they have been in their previous three games.
Boston is 13-4 ATS after failing to cover the spread in three or more consecutive games over the last two seasons. It is winning outright by 8.0 points per game in this spot. Milwaukee is 67-112 ATS in its lsat 179 games off three or more consecutive wins. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings. Bet the Celtics Wednesday.
|05-07-19||Blazers v. Nuggets -4.5||Top||98-124||Win||100||10 h 52 m||Show|
20* Blazers/Nuggets TNT No-Brainer on Denver -4.5
The Denver Nuggets are a resilient bunch. They trailed 2-1 against San Antonio and went and got a huge road win 117-103. Then they followed it up with an 18-point victory at home in Game 5 to regain control of the series. I think we see something similar here against Portland.
After trailing 2-1 after losing a four-overtime heartbreaker, the Nuggets went into Portland and pulled out a victory in Game 4. They have all the momentum and confidence now, and I look for them to continue playing very well on their home court.
The Nuggets had the best home record in the NBA during the regular season and are now 38-9 at home this season. I simply believe they are the deeper, more talented team in this series, and as long as they shoot the ball hallway decent they will win and cover. They have covered in six of their eight meetings with the Blazers this season.
Denver is 18-5 ATS in home games off an ATS win this season. Portland is 3-14 ATS in road games after failing to cover five or six of their last seven ATS over the last three seasons. Plays against road underdogs (Portland) vs. division opponents, off an upset loss to a division rival as a favorite are 25-8 (75.8%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Nuggets Tuesday.
|05-06-19||Warriors v. Rockets -1||Top||108-112||Win||100||9 h 22 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Rockets TNT No-Brainer on Houston -1
The Rockets will be brimming with confidence after taking down the Warriors in overtime in Game 3 and saving their season. Now, I look for them to put forth their best performance yet in a series that has been closely-contested thus far with all three games decided by 6 points or less.
The Rockets are 35-10 at home this season and 4-0 at home in the playoffs, outscoring opponents by an average of 16 points per game. They certainly got more from their role players at home in Game 3 as they made 18 3-pointers as a team and shot 48.4% from the field.
The Rockets are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 home games. Houston is 8-2 ATS in its lsat 10 games following a win. The Rockets are 4-3 SU & 5-2 ATS in their seven meetings with the Warriors this season. Bet the Rockets Monday.
|05-06-19||Bucks v. Celtics -1.5||113-101||Loss||-105||7 h 49 m||Show|
15* Bucks/Celtics TNT ANNIHILATOR on Boston Celtics -1.5
The Boston Celtics are fighting for their lives tonight at home in Game 4. If they lose this game, the series is overall. The Celtics will want it more, and the Bucks could easily relax after regaining home-court advantage after an impressive Game 3 victory.
The Celtics shot 54% in Game 1, which wasn’t sustainable. But they have shot just 39.5% in Game 2 and 43.2% in Game 3 since. They are a better shooting team than that, and I look for their offense to be much smoother in Game 4 as more guys get involved.
It was a rare home playoff loss for the Celtics in Game 3. The Celtics are 12-2 ATS in home playoff games over the last two seasons. Boston is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home meetings with the Bucks. Take the Celtics Monday.
|05-05-19||Raptors v. 76ers UNDER 214.5||Top||101-96||Win||100||5 h 54 m||Show|
20* Raptors/76ers ABC No-Brainer on UNDER 214.5
This pivotal Game 4 will be a low-scoring, defensive battle just as the first three games have been. The UNDER is 3-0 in this series with combined scores of 203, 183 and 211 points. And now we have a 214.5-point total for Game 4, which is too high.
That’s especially the case when you consider that the Raptors will be without arguably their second-best player in Pascal Siakam today. He is the team’s second-leading scorer at 16.9 points per game and he has just gotten better as the season has gone on.
Philadelphia is 16-4 to the UNDER in its lsat 20 during the 4th game of a playoff series. The UNDER is 5-0-1 in Raptors last six road games. The UNDER is 8-1 in Raptors last nine games overall. The UNDER is 5-0 in 76ers last five games overall. The UNDER is 4-0 in the last four meetings. Bet the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|05-04-19||Warriors v. Rockets -3||Top||121-126||Win||100||10 h 45 m||Show|
25* NBA 2nd Round GAME OF THE YEAR on Houston Rockets -3
The Houston Rockets had their chances in both Games 1 and 2 at Golden State. The officials cost them Game 1 in a 4-point loss, and they got within 3 late in the second half of Game 2 but lost by 6. They certainly know they can beat this team, and I can’t see them falling down 3-0 and not putting up a fight.
The Rockets proved they could beat the Warriors by winning three of four regular season meetings with their only loss coming by 2 points. And now they get the Warriors at home for the first time in this series. I expect Golden State to relax after taking care of business at home, and for the Rockets to simply want this one more.
Getting three days off between games was huge for James Harden. His eye injury got extra time to heal, and he should be near 100% for this one. Harden still had 29 points in Game 2 with that eye injury, so I’m not concerned about it at all.
The Warriors are plus-15 in field goal attempts in this series because the Rockets have been terrible in turnovers and allowing offensive rebounds. They have turned the ball over 31 times and have allowed 26 offensive rebounds with the Warriors regaining possession on 30.2% of their misses. Look for the Rockets to shore up those two areas, and that will make all the difference here.
Houston is 8-1 ATS when playing with double revenge this season, coming back to win by 13.6 points per game on average. The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. The Rockets are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine home games. They went 3-0 at home against the Jazz last series, outscoring them by a combined 59 points in the three victories. Bet the Rockets Saturday.
FREE Kentucky Derby Picks!
Win: No. 5 Improbable (5/1)
Improbable was undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old. Since then he lost by a neck in the Rebel Stakes and by a length to Derby favorite Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby. That effort showed he could go the distance with what was previously the best horse in the field in Omaha Beach. Now, I believe Improbable is the best horse in the field.
The pedigree is a good one as well. He is the son of City Zip, a Grade 1-winning sprinter and half brother to 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. It’s also worth mentioning he has the same trainer and owner as Triple Crown winner, Justify.
I like the running style of Improbable. He likes to stalk the leader and sit no more than one or two lengths behind before making his move around the final turn. There isn’t going to be a lot of speed in this race, so the stalkers will have the advantage over the closers. Horses sitting too far off the pace will have no chance. Improbable has as good a chance as any at winning the Run for the Roses this year.
Place: No. 16 Game Winner (9/2)
Game Winner is basically a nose and a half-length away from being unbeaten with the two losses coming to elite competition. He lost to Omaha Beach in the Grade II Rebel Stakes by a nose, and we all know that Omaha Beach was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby before getting scratched.
Then, with his ticket already punched into the Kentucky Derby, Game Winner lost to fellow Bob Baffert trainee Roadster by a half-length in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. Well, there’s been talk that Game Winner didn’t give it his all in that race because he didn’t need to. Roadster needed the win to quality for the Kentucky Derby, so it would make sense that Baffert would have instructed the jockey of Game Winner to let Roadster win.
The pedigree is a good one as well for Game Winner, which is a bay colt by Candy Ride, the sire of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner. He is also out of Indyan Giving, the daughter of A.P. Indy and champion older mare Fleet Indian. Game Winner can get the distance as Fleet Indians scored in the 1 1/4-mile Personal Ensign (G1) and Delaware H. (G2), and her other stakes wins all came at 1 1/8-miles, the most notorious of which was the Beldame (G1).
Show: No. 8 Tacitus (8/1)
Tacitus won both of his Derby prep races with victories in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade II Wood Memorial. His victory in the Wood Memorial was made even more impressive by the fact that he was bumped at the start, yet he went on to post the best Brisnet speed figure (103) of any horse in their final prep race.
Tacitus has the perfect racing style to win the Kentucky Derby, too. He likes to sit mid-pack, just behind the first set of stalkers. He has drawn the 8th post position, and most horses have had success from the 5-10 spots. He should get a nice trip and be able to stalk the early leaders.
Juddmonte Farms has captured all of the world’s biggest races except the Kentucky Derby. In Tacitus, they believe they will capture the Run for the Roses this year. Dam Close Hatches is a thorough Juddmonte product top and bottom. Sire First Defence is a near relation to homebred Empire Maker, the runner-up as the Derby favorite that went on to win the Belmont.
Exacta Pick: 5, 8, 14, 16 ($2 Exacta Box Costs $24)
Trifecta Pick: 5, 8, 14, 16 ($2 Trifecta Box Costs $48)
Superfecta Pick: 5, 8, 14, 16 ($1 Superfecta Box Costs $24)
Note: I’m throwing in No. 14 Win Win Win (15/1) in my Trifecta Box as I believe he is the horse with the fourth-best chance to hit the board. Other horses I consider to have a shot in order are Roadster (5/1), Vekoma (15/1), Maximum Security (8/1) and Code of Honor (12/1).
|05-03-19||Nuggets v. Blazers OVER 214.5||137-140||Win||100||13 h 32 m||Show|
15* Nuggets/Blazers ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on OVER 214.5
After combining for 234 points in Game 1, the Blazers and Nuggets combined for just 187 in Game 2. I’m certain that Game 2 was the aberration as the Nuggets shot just 34.7% from the field and missed 32 shots in the paint. The Blazers only shot 42.4% themselves.
Still, these teams have combined for 223 or more points in five of their six meetings this season. So that fact alone shows there’s value on the OVER tonight. And I like that they only have one day off in between games, giving them less time to make defensive adjustments. The offenses will win out tonight.
Portland is 9-0 OVER in its last nine home games vs. poor pressure defensive teams that force 14 or fewer turnovers per game. The Blazers are 13-2 OVER in their last 15 home games vs. poor defensive teams that allow 106 or more points per game. The OVER is 5-0 in Nuggets last five road games. The OVER is 16-4-1 in Blazers last 21 home games. The OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings. Bet the OVER in this game Friday.
|05-03-19||Bucks v. Celtics UNDER 220||Top||123-116||Loss||-110||10 h 7 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Bucks ESPN No-Brainer on UNDER 220
The Celtics and Bucks combined for just 202 points in Game 1. But then they exploded for 225 combined points in Game 2 thanks to the Bucks making a ridiculous 20 3-pointers. That’s not going to happen again. I look for a low-scoring, defensive battle in this pivotal Game 3 tonight.
The Celtics and Bucks have combined for 208 or fewer points in seven of their last 10 games overall. That fact alone shows there’s a ton of value with the UNDER in this matchup tonight. These teams are so familiar with one another after meeting up for a seven-game series in the playoffs last year that points are usually hard to come by.
The UNDER is 14-2-1 in Celtics last 17 home games following a road trip that lasted seven or more days. The UNDER is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|05-02-19||Raptors -1 v. 76ers||Top||95-116||Loss||-110||9 h 33 m||Show|
20* Raptors/76ers ESPN No-Brainer on Toronto -1
After shooting 51.9% in a Game 1 blowout victory, the Raptors were upset in Game 2. That’s because they shot just 36.3% from the field and 27% from 3-point range. They also let the 76ers shoot 11 more free throws than them.
I can’t foresee the Raptors shooting that poorly again. They are the better offensive team in this series, and they are certainly the better defensive team, which has shown. They have held the 76ers to 39.3% shooting and 39.5% shooting in Games 1 and 2, respectively. They clearly have Philadelphia figured out. It took a heroic game from Jimmy Butler to beat them in Game 2.
Plays on road favorites (Toronto) - a good team that outscores its opponents by 3-plus points per game, after scoring 90 points or less are 46-21 (68.7%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Toronto is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games overall, including 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss. Toronto is 27-12-2 ATS in its lsat 41 trips to Philadelphia, and 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall. Bet the Raptors Thursday.
|05-01-19||Blazers v. Nuggets OVER 219||Top||97-90||Loss||-110||10 h 12 m||Show|
20* Blazers/Nuggets TNT Total DOMINATOR on OVER 219
The OVER is 5-0 in five meetings between the Nuggets and Blazers this season. They have combined for at least 223 points in all five meetings, and they’ve averaged 228 combined points in those five meetings.
The Nuggets and Blazers scored their most combined points yet this season in Game 1 with 234 points in a 121-113 victory by Denver. Neither of these teams are known for their defense, but they are both loaded offensively.
A big reason why they can’t stop each other is that they don’t have an answer for two star players. Nikola Jokic is a mismatch, and he had 37 points in Game 1. Enes Kanter can’t guard him. Damian Lillard had 39 points in Game 1 and the Blazers can’t defend the pick and roll because Jokic is so slow on his feet. Basically, both teams can’t defend the pick and roll, and they both run it as much as anyone.
The OVER is 21-7-2 in Blazers’ last 30 games when playing on one days’ rest. The OVER is 7-1 in Nuggets’ last eight games when playing on one days’ rest. The OVER is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Denver. Bet the OVER in this game Wednesday.
|04-30-19||Rockets +5.5 v. Warriors||Top||109-115||Loss||-108||11 h 42 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Warriors TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Houston +5.5
Even with the Warriors getting all the calls in Game 1, the Rockets only lost 100-104. And the Rockets shot just 41.9% in the process compared to 50.7% for Golden State. That’s a good sign that the Rockets will win Game 2 with a few more things going their way.
Remember, the Rockets had the Warriors down 3-2 last year in the conference finals before Chris Paul got hurt. They went on to lose the final two games. I think they would have won that series had Paul not got hurt.
The Rockets won three out of four meetings with the Warriors during the regular season with their only loss coming by 2 points. They have clearly shown they are on the Warriors’ level, if not the better team now.
Houston is 8-0 ATS when playing with double-revenge this season. It is bouncing back to win by 15.8 points per game in this spot. The Warriors are 10-23-1 ATS in their last 34 home games. Golden State is 7-19 ATS in its last 26 games off a win. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Rockets Tuesday.
|04-30-19||Celtics v. Bucks -7||102-123||Win||100||8 h 9 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Bucks TNT ANNIHILATOR on Milwaukee -7
Everything that could go wrong for the Bucks in Game 1 did. They shot just 34.8% as a team compared to 54% for Boston. Don’t expect that kind of discrepancy again. The Bucks will roll in Game 2 to even this series.
Remember, the home team went 7-0 SU & 6-1 ATS last year when these teams met in the playoffs. The Bucks are 35-9 at home this season. They are scoring 119.2 points per game at home and were held to just 90 in Game 1. That’s nearly 30 points off their season average.
The Bucks are 18-4 ATS off a loss this season. They are coming back to win by 14.8 points per game on average in this spot. Milwaukee is 15-3 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this year, including 9-1 ATS off an upset loss by 10 points or more as a favorite over the last two seasons. Take the Bucks Tuesday.
|04-29-19||Blazers v. Nuggets -4||Top||113-121||Win||100||12 h 44 m||Show|
20* Blazers/Nuggets TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Denver -4
The Portland Trail Blazers are getting a lot of respect from the books now after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Well, the Thunder basically self-destructed and shot less than 41% from the field in three of the five games. Too many poor jump shots by Russell Westbrook did them in.
Getting Enes Kanter was huge for the Blazers to help make up for the loss of Jusuf Nurkic. But now Kanter has a shoulder injury and said it was difficult to even put his jersey on. It’s a separated shoulder, and I just think that now Jokic is going to dominate in this series, starting with Game 1. Jokic owned the Blazers in the regular season, too.
Getting Denver as only a 4-point favorite here is a nice value when you consider they are 37-8 at home this season. And the Nuggets won three out of four during the regular season. Their only loss came in their fourth and final meeting in a game that didn’t matter to them. The Blazers were 8.5-point home favorites in that game, compared to only 2-point home favorites in their first meeting in Portland.
The Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Denver is 5-0 ATS in its last five conference semifinals games. The Nuggets are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven meetings with the Blazers with their only loss coming in that meaningless game. Bet the Nuggets Monday.
|04-28-19||Celtics v. Bucks UNDER 224||Top||112-90||Win||100||2 h 18 m||Show|
20* Celtics/Bucks ABC No-Brainer on UNDER 224
I expect a low-scoring Game 1 between the Celtics and Bucks. These teams are so familiar with one another after playing in a seven-game series in the playoffs last year with the home team winning each game.
Boston is 19-7 UNDER in road games off a win by 6 points or less over the last three seasons. Boston is 11-2 UNDER in road games against good teams that outscore their opponents by 3-plus points per game I the second half of the season over the last two seasons.
The UNDER is 7-1 in Celtics last eight games against a team with a winning percentage above 60%. The UNDER is 4-0 in Bucks last four games playing on three or more days’ rest. Bet the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|04-27-19||76ers +6.5 v. Raptors||Top||95-108||Loss||-102||10 h 16 m||Show|
20* 76ers/Raptors TNT No-Brainer on Philadelphia +6.5
The Toronto Raptors are 2-14 in their last 16 during Game 1 of a playoff series. They are notorious slow starters. They lost to the Magic in Game 1 last series, and Kyle Lowry was held scoreless. He seems to disappear in Game 1’s and that has been the constant.
The 76ers are 39-19 ATS when revenging a home loss over the last three seasons. Toronto is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 during Game 1 of a playoff series. The Raptors are 4-14 ATS off four consecutive wins this season. Bet the 76ers Saturday.
|04-26-19||Warriors v. Clippers UNDER 233.5||Top||129-110||Loss||-110||12 h 27 m||Show|
20* Warriors/Clippers ESPN Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 233.5
It’s Game 6 between the Warriors and Clippers tonight. These teams are obviously very familiar with each other by now, and points will be hard to come by because of it.
I think this number has been inflated after these teams combined for 250 points in Game 5 after combining for just 218 points in Game 4. I think we see a similar output to Game 4 here as there’s no way the Clippers are going to shoot 54.1% again.
The Warriors are 14-4 UNDER in road games when revenging a home loss over the last three seasons. The UNDER is 18-8 in Warriors last 26 games overall. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|04-25-19||Nuggets v. Spurs -2.5||Top||103-120||Win||100||30 h 30 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Spurs TNT No-Brainer on San Antonio -2.5
The Nuggets managed to end a 14-game losing streak in San Antonio with their victory in Game 4. They followed that up with an 18-point home victory in Game 5. I think they are now being overvalued here, and I expect the Spurs to get a victory in this must-win game and keep this series alive.
This is a very young Nuggets team that hasn’t experienced a close out game outside of Paul Millsap. They are the toughest games to win, especially since they know they have a home game in their hop pocket in Game 7 if need be. The Spurs are going to want this game more, and that will show on the court Thursday night.
As mentioned before, the Spurs are now 14-1 SU in their last 15 home meetings with the Nuggets. They have been one of the best home teams in the NBA this season as well, going 33-10 SU & 25-18 ATS in San Antonio. This is a very short number for them to be laying given those 14-1 & 33-10 numbers.
The Spurs are 24-5 ATS revenging a road loss this season, including 13-2 when revenging a road loss by 10 points or more. Bet the Spurs Thursday.
|04-24-19||Jazz +8.5 v. Rockets||Top||93-100||Win||100||8 h 22 m||Show|
20* Jazz/Rockets TNT No-Brainer on Utah +8.5
The Utah Jazz showed what they were capable of against the Rockets in Game 3 and 4 in Salt Lake City. Nobody in the league can defend the Rockets better than them, and that showed as they held the Rockets to 38.4% shooting in Game 3 and 35.4% in Game 4.
Now, the Jazz have the belief they can win in Houston and extend this series. The amazing part is that the Jazz still haven’t shot up to their capabilities once this series. They shot 39% in Game 1, 39.8% in Game 2, 41.6% in Game 3 and 43% in Game 4. They haven’t shot better than 31.4% from 3-point range in any game, and going 4-for-26 on open looks cost them Game 4.
I think their best shooting performance of the series is still to come. It’s a Jazz team that shoots 46.5% on the season and 35.2% from 3-point range while averaging 111.1 points per game. Yes, the Rockets are a good defensive team, but they aren’t this good. Now that they have some confidence after a 16-point victory in Game 4, expect the Jazz to knock down those open shots in Game 5.
Utah is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 off an upset win by 15 points or more as a home underdog. Bet the Jazz Wednesday.
|04-23-19||Thunder +4 v. Blazers||Top||115-118||Win||100||11 h 56 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Blazers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Oklahoma City +4
The Portland Trail Blazers are already talking like they’ve won this series. They have been reflecting back on getting swept the last few years and how much criticism they’ve taken in the media that have fueled them. These are things you’re supposed to be talking about after the series is over, not before.
You can bet the Thunder have heard all the interviews and now will be the team playing with a chip on their shoulder. Russell Westbrook certainly needs quit taking contested jumpers, and he should be wise enough to make the proper adjustments in Game 4. Look for him to be in attack mode and looking to get to the rim every chance he gets, which is when he’s at his best.
Keep in mind the Thunder swept the Blazers in the regular season, going 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS. So they know they aren’t out of this yet. Win Game 4 and get this series back to OKC, and it’s a whole new series. I still believe they are the better team, and with their backs against the wall tonight, I expect their best effort of the season to try and stave off elimination.
The Thunder have shot worse than 41% from the field in all three of losses in this series. They are a much better shooting team than that, and the Blazers aren’t as good as they’ve shown defensively. It’s a Blazers team that gives up 110.1 points per game and 45.5% shooting on the season, and a lot of that was with their best defender in Jusuf Nurkic. Bet the Thunder Tuesday.
|04-23-19||Spurs v. Nuggets OVER 210.5||90-108||Loss||-110||10 h 46 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday Total DOMINATOR on Spurs/Nuggets OVER 210.5
Oddsmakers continue to set the bar too low here for this contest between the Spurs and Nuggets tonight. This has quickly become an OVER series as both defenses are struggling to stop the opposition.
Indeed, the OVER is 3-0 in the last three games in this series with combined scores of 219 points in Game 2, 226 points in Game 3 and 220 points in Game 4. Now the total is set at only 210.5 points in a game that should be pushing 220 easily.
The Spurs are 9-1 OVER in road games when revenging a loss as a favorite this season. Take the OVER in this game Tuesday.
|04-22-19||Rockets v. Jazz +3||Top||91-107||Win||100||11 h 30 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Jazz TNT No-Brainer on Utah +3
A lot has been made about James Harden opening 0-for-15 from the floor and the Rockets still winning Game 3. Well, that’s easily explainable that they won when the Jazz went 4-for-26 on wide open shots in Game 3. The Jazz had control of the game the entire way until the final minutes despite that terrible shooting performance.
The Jazz are a prideful team and will not go down without a fight here. They don’t want swept. And they certainly cannot shoot any worse than they have thus far in this series, shooting 39% in Game 1, 39.8% in Game 2 and 41.6% in Game 3. They have better shooters than those numbers, and I have to think they are due for at least an average shooting performance tonight.
Utah has found a way to slow down James Harden, perhaps better than any other team is capable of in the NBA. They have hung their hats on defense all season as they’ve been one of the best defensive teams in the league. And that’s why they have a good chance to get a win tonight with just an average shooting night, because their defense will be good again.
Quin Snyder is 30-16 ATS revenging a loss as a home favorite as the coach of Utah. The Rockets are 6-14 ATS in road games off a road game this season. The Jazz are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss. Bet the Jazz Monday.
|04-21-19||Blazers v. Thunder -6||Top||111-98||Loss||-105||37 h 14 m||Show|
20* Blazers/Thunder TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Oklahoma City -6
The Oklahoma City Thunder were 7.5-point favorites in a must-win Game 3. I was all over them as my 25* NBA 1st Round GAME OF THE YEAR, and they delivered with a 12-point victory. Now we are getting them in another must-win situation Sunday, but at an even better price. They are only 6-point favorites for Game 4 and we’ll take advantage.
The Thunder are a completely different animal at home. The ‘orange out’ by the fans was sweet in Game 3, and expect another raucous atmosphere here in Game 4. The Thunder have lost 11 straight road playoff games, but it has been a different story at home. And keep in mind that the Blazers are still just 2-11 SU in their last 13 playoff games.
Russell Westbrook promised he’d be more assertive on the offensive end leading into Game 3, and he delivered with 33 points. Look for him to remain in attack mode, especially after Damian Lillard really got under his skin in Game 3. This team took a business-like approach and will do so again in Game 4 against a Blazers team that is still undermanned without Jusuf Nurkic, and that’s just now starting to come to fruition.
The Thunder are 5-2 SU & 5-2 ATS in their seven meetings with the Blazers this season. I stated they’d shoot better in Game 3, and they did just that going 15-of-29 (51.7%) from 3-point range. They are just so much more confident at home. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS in its last four home games. Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games. Bet the Thunder Sunday.
|04-20-19||Rockets v. Jazz -2.5||Top||104-101||Loss||-104||16 h 10 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Jazz ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah -2.5
A little home cooking should do the Utah Jazz wonders after playing terrible in Houston while losing the first two games of this series in blowout fashion. The Jazz are favored for good reason here despite those poor performances because their season is on the line tonight.
The Jazz couldn’t have shot any worse than they did in Houston. They shot 39% from the floor and 7-of-27 (25.9%) from 3-point range in Game 1. They weren’t any better in Game 2, shooting 39.8% from the floor and 8-of-38 (21.1%) from 3-point range.
Now the Jazz are back at home in the friendly confines of Salt Lake City, where they are 29-12 on the season. While the Jazz will be laying it all on the line in this ‘must-win’ game, the Rockets could certainly let up in Game 3, especially after how easy those first two games came for them.
Plays on home favorites (Utah) - revenging a loss by 10 points or more, off two or more consecutive road losses are 52-21 (71.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. Houston is 0-7 ATS in road games after leading their last two games by 10-plus points at halftime this season. The Rockets are losing by 9.3 points per game in this spot. Bet the Jazz Saturday.
|04-20-19||76ers v. Nets +1.5||112-108||Loss||-103||9 h 35 m||Show|
15* 76ers/Nets TNT Early ANNIHILATOR on Brooklyn +1.5
The Philadelphia 76ers were able to overcome the absence of Joel Embiid in Game 3 by shooting lights out. They shot 48.4% from the floor and 40.7% from 3-point range as a team to take a 131-115 victory. Embiid is expected to be out again for Game 4.
The 76ers were way worse without Embiid during the regular season as he proved to be the most important player to any team in the league based on the numbers. And the 76ers aren’t going to shoot this well again, especially Tobias Harris and JJ Redick, who combined to go 11-of-15 from 3-point range.
Conversely, Brooklyn isn’t going to shoot as poorly as it did in Game 3. The Nets shot just 41.1% from the floor and a woeful 8-for-39 (20.5%) from 3-point range. They are looking at this game as a ‘must-win’, and I think they treat it that way while the 76ers know they still have two games at home to finish the series if need be.
The 76ers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a win by more than 10 points. The Nets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss by more than 10 points. Philadelphia is 2-13 ATS after covering three of its last four against the spread this season. The 76ers are 7-21 ATS off two more more consecutive wins this season. Brooklyn is 21-10 ATS when revenging a loss this season. Take the Nets Saturday.
|04-19-19||Blazers v. Thunder -7.5||Top||108-120||Win||100||11 h 37 m||Show|
25* NBA 1st Round GAME OF THE YEAR on Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s road playoff woes continued in Portland in Games 1 and 2. They have now lost 11 consecutive road games in the playoffs. But now they’re back home here in a ‘must-win’ Game 3 that should go their way from start to finish in a blowout victory.
Shooting has been the issue for the Thunder as they shot 39.8% in Game 1 and 40.7% in Game 2. They were 5-for-33 (15.2%) from 3-point range in Game 1, and 5-for-28 (17.9%) in Game 2. Obviously, it’s going to be hard for them to shoot this poorly again.
As is the case with most series, role players step up and hit shots at home and miss shots on the road. So guys like Ferguson and Grant for the Thunder will likely start hitting their shots in Game 3 tonight. And Russell Westbrook will be more assertive on offense after saying his play was unacceptable in Game 2. Look for huge games from both Westbrook and George as we see a very inspired effort from the Thunder tonight.
Plays on home favorites (Oklahoma City) - revenging a loss of 10 points or more, off two or more consecutive road losses are 52-21 (71.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Thunder Friday.
|04-18-19||Nuggets v. Spurs -3.5||Top||108-118||Win||100||10 h 48 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Spurs NBA TV No-Brainer on San Antonio -3.5
The San Antonio Spurs have controlled this series thus far outside of the 4th quarter in Game 2. They have pretty much led the entire way other than that one quarter, where Jamal Murray went off for 21 points. Look for them to take back control of this series with a win and cover at home in Game 2.
The Spurs have been one of the best home teams in the NBA this season. They are 32-9 on their home floor. The Nuggets have a losing road record, and they just can’t win in San Antonio. Indeed, the Nuggets have lost 13 straight games in San Antonio, a streak that dates back to March 2012.
San Antonio is 7-0 ATS in home games when playing four or less games in 10 days this season. The Spurs are 27-8 ATS when revenging a loss this season. San Antonio is 20-2 ATS when revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 points or more this year. They are winning by 12.2 points per game on average in this spot. Bet the Spurs Thursday.
|04-18-19||76ers v. Nets +3.5||131-115||Loss||-105||8 h 13 m||Show|
15* 76ers/Nets TNT ANNIHILATOR on Brooklyn +3.5
The Nets have really been impressive in this series with the 76ers thus far. They led basically the entire way in their 111-102 win in Game 1. They hung tough in the first half and only trailed 64-65 at the break in Game 2 in what was essentially a must-win game for the Nets. They got blown out in the second half, which is to be expected.
The Nets haven’t been to the playoffs in years, so it’s going to be a raucous atmosphere in Brooklyn tonight for Game 3. And the Nets will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after Joel Embiid was seen laughing about elbowing Jarett Allen in the postgame news conference. They want revenge in a big way here.
The Nets are 23-18 at home this season, while the 76ers actually have a losing record on the road. Brooklyn is 33-16 ATS when revenging a loss this season. The Nets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games when playing on two days’ rest. Take the Nets Thursday.
|04-17-19||Jazz +7 v. Rockets||Top||98-118||Loss||-107||10 h 53 m||Show|
20* Jazz/Rockets TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah +7
The Utah Jazz are deploying a new strategy in defending James Harden. They are making him go to his weak hand with a trailing defender. They didn’t execute in Game 1, but they should be much more successful in Game 2.
The Jazz shot 39% compared by 50.5% for the Rockets in Game 1, as well as 25.9% and 36.6% from 3-point range, respectively. Utah is one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, and they were actually out rebounded, too. Look for both of those stats to be swayed more in their favor in Game 2.
Utah is 10-1 ATS off two or more consecutive road losses over the last two seasons. The Jazz are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up loss. The road team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings, and the Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five meetings in Houston. Bet the Jazz Wednesday.
|04-17-19||Pacers +7.5 v. Celtics||91-99||Loss||-105||7 h 24 m||Show|
15* Pacers/Celtics TNT ANNIHILATOR on Indiana +7.5
It’s pretty impressive the Pacers only lost by 10 to the Celtics in Game 1 with how poorly they shot the ball. They shot 33.3% from the floor, 22.2% from 3-point range and 57.1% from the free throw line. They certainly won’t shoot that poorly again, and as a result they should be able to stay within this 7.5-point spread in Game 2.
The Pacers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 conference quarterfinals games. Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following an ATS loss. Boston is 1-8 ATS in its last nine home games. The Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Take the Pacers Wednesday.
|04-16-19||Thunder +1.5 v. Blazers||Top||94-114||Loss||-105||11 h 43 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Blazers TNT Late-Night BAILOUT on Oklahoma City +1.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder shot just 39.8% as a team and 5-for-33 (15.2%) from 3-point range in Game 1. The Blazers shot 11-for-25 (44%) from 3-point range. Yet, the Thunder still had a chance to win late and only lost 99-104.
Knowing that those shooting percentages will almost certainly turn in their favor in Game 2 as they can’t get much worse, I’m taking the Thunder to bounce back with a victory tonight. They still have several big advantages in this series, not the least of which is the loss of Jusuf Nurkic.
I think the Blazers will breathe a sigh of relief after they ended a 10-game playoff losing streak. And the Thunder will get back to dominating them just as they did in the regular season. The Thunder went 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS against the Blazers in the regular season. Bet the Thunder Tuesday.
|04-16-19||Spurs v. Nuggets -6.5||105-114||Win||100||9 h 19 m||Show|
15* Spurs/Nuggets NBA TV ANNIHILATOR on Denver -6.5
The Nuggets lost 96-101 to the Spurs in Game 1. I was on the Spurs in that game, and they pulled the upset. But I’m reversing courses here and taking the Nuggets to get the win and cover in Game 2 in what is essentially a must-win game.
The Spurs are content with winning one game in Denver, and they were aided by some great performances from their role players in White, Gay and Forbes, who all scored 14-plus points. They were also helped by poor shooting by the Nuggets.
Indeed, the Nuggets shot just 42% for the game and 6-of-28 (21.4%) from 3-point range. That’s not going to happen again as this is one of the most dynamic offensive teams in the league, and the Spurs have the worst defense they’ve had in years. The Spurs shot 48.2% as a team and 46.7% from 3-point range in Game 1, also numbers that will be hard for them to match.
The Spurs are 17-25 on the road this season, while the Nuggets are 34-8 at home. Take the Nuggets Tuesday.
|04-15-19||Nets v. 76ers -7.5||Top||123-145||Win||100||8 h 15 m||Show|
20* Nets/76ers TNT No-Brainer on Philadelphia -7.5
The Philadelphia 76ers shot just 40.7% in Game 1 and were upset as a result. They will come back highly motivated for a victory in Game 2 tonight to square this season. Look for them to get the win and cover at home tonight.
Joel Embiid did play in Game 1 after being questionable leading up to it. He hadn’t practiced before. Now that the 76ers got a feel for playing with him again, they should be much sharper offensively in Game 2. And look for them to get a lot more from Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris, who weren’t assertive enough in Game 1.
I think there’s value here with the 76ers considering they were 8-point favorites in Game 1, and now they are only 7.5 to 8-point favorites in Game 2. The Nets are simply happy with stealing one game and won’t bring the same kind of effort for Game 2. They will have a hard time matching the intensity the 76ers play with tonight.
The 76ers are 31-15 ATS in their last 46 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Philadelphia is 31-11 at home this season. Bet the 76ers Monday.
|04-14-19||Pistons +12.5 v. Bucks||86-121||Loss||-103||35 h 20 m||Show|
15* Pistons/Bucks TNT ANNIHILATOR on Detroit +12.5
The Detroit Pistons played about as well as anyone down the stretch just to make the playoffs. They went 19-12 SU & 20-11 ATS in their last 31 games overall to get to .500 on the season and snag the final playoff spot in the East.
And many of those losses came without Blake Griffin, who has an excellent chance to return to the lineup for the playoffs. The Pistons got a break with their Game 1 being on Sunday, meaning they have been off for three days since last playing on Wednesday. That should give him ample time to get rested and ready.
Even if Griffin doesn’t play, the Pistons are still good enough to stay within 12.5 points of the Bucks, who are also banged up. The Bucks are likely to be without Malcolm Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol and Tony Snell to start the playoffs. And Giannis is banged up with a calf injury. The Bucks did not play well down the stretch with all these injuries, and it’s asking them a lot to cover a spread this high in Game 1 with all their injuries.
Dwane Casey is 16-2 ATS after leading their previous game by 20 or more points at halftime in all games he has coached. The Pistons are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Detroit is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 games off a win by more than 10 points. The Bucks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference quarterfinals games. Roll with the Pistons Sunday.
|04-14-19||Thunder +3.5 v. Blazers||Top||99-104||Loss||-109||32 h 50 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Blazers ABC Sunday No-Brainer on Oklahoma City +3.5
I’m surprised the Portland Trail Blazers are actually favored against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They shouldn’t be favored in any game in this series, and as a result I’ll take the Thunder as road underdogs in Game 1 of this series.
The Blazers were swept by the Pelicans in the playoffs last year, getting upset despite having home-court advantage. And they are worse off this season with the loss of Jusuf Nurkic. His loss hasn’t been felt to close out the regular season, but it will be felt in the playoffs.
Now, Steven Adams’ job just got a whole lot easier, and he’s going to be a big factor in this series. Lillard and McCollum are two great players, but they aren’t good enough on their own to beat the Thunder without Nurkic, and there just isn’t a whole lot of talent outside those two now.
The Blazers will regret not losing their final game of the season, which meant they’d face the Thunder instead of the Jazz in the first round. The Blazers are 0-4 SU & 0-4 ATS against the Thunder this season, and that one-sided dominance is only going to continue. They have no answer for Paul George and Russell Westbrook, who are better than Lillard and McCollum. Portland is 7-24-2 ATS in its last 33 conference quarterfinals games. Bet the Thunder in Game 1 Sunday.
|04-13-19||Spurs +6 v. Nuggets||Top||101-96||Win||100||15 h 1 m||Show|
20* Spurs/Nuggets ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on San Antonio +6
There aren’t many series that have upset potential, but this is certainly one of them. That’s because the experience and coaching of the Spurs can overcome the young, talented Nuggets in a seven-game series.
I think the Spurs have a great chance to steal Game 1. Greg Popovich once again overachieved based on expectations, and let’s not forget the Spurs still have two of the best players in the NBA in Aldridge and DeRozan. They will be prepared for Game 1 tonight.
The Nuggets will be making the playoffs for the first time in a long time. They barely missed out on the playoffs on the final day of the season last year. They could have used that experience, and I think nerves will be an issue for them in Game 1 of this series tonight.
I also think the fact that Denver recently beat San Antonio by 28 at home has inflated this line. But that was the 2nd of a back-to-back for the Spurs, and nobody throws away back-to-backs like Popovich. In the other three meetings this season, the Spurs won by 8 and 1 at home, and only lost by 3 on the road.
The Spurs are 26-8 ATS when revenging a loss this season. San Antonio is 19-2 ATS when revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 or more points this season. The Nuggets are 0-7 ATS in their last seven conference quarterfinal games. Take the Spurs in Game 1 Saturday.
|04-13-19||Nets v. 76ers -5.5||111-102||Loss||-106||7 h 50 m||Show|
15* Nets/76ers NBA Playoffs Opener on Philadelphia -5.5
We are getting the Philadelphia 76ers cheap because Joel Embiid is doubtful. It would be a bonus if he plays, but I’m not expecting it. I still think the 76ers have enough to win this game by 6-plus points at home over the Nets in Game 1 Saturday.
This is a great story that the Nets have put together this year, making the playoffs after being down in the dumps for years. But that also means they’re inexperienced, and I’m not expecting them to be on their ‘A Game’ in Game 1 tonight because of it. Nerves will be an issue, and by the time they settle down it will be too late.
The 76ers still have four All-Stars and got their much-needed playoff experience last year. They are still the more talented team with the likes of Simmons, Butler, Harris and Redick. And they will get the job done at home today.
Philadelphia is 18-5 ATS after failing to cover four or five of its last six games this season. The 76ers are 20-8 ATS in home games when playing on two days’ rest over the last three seasons. Brooklyn is 14-29 ATS in its last 43 road games after covering the spread in three or more consecutive games. Bet the 76ers in Game 1 Saturday.
|04-10-19||Magic v. Hornets -2||Top||122-114||Loss||-109||10 h 47 m||Show|
20* Magic/Hornets ESPN Wednesday No-Brainer on Charlotte -2
The Charlotte Hornets have to win tonight and have the Detroit Pistons lose on the road to the New York Knicks to get into the playoffs. First things first. They will win at home tonight over the Orlando Magic and handle their business.
The Hornets have fought too hard to put themselves in this position to lose this game tonight. They have gone 8-3 SU & 9-2 ATS n their last 11 games overall, which includes upset wins over the Celtics, Raptors (twice), Spurs and Pistons.
The Magic have already clinched a playoff spot and really don’t care whether or not they lose this game tonight. There is some seeding at stake, but it’s minimal and not important because the top three teams in the East that they’d potentially face are all very formidable opponents in the Bucks, Raptors and 76ers.
Charlotte owns Orlando, going 13-1 SU & 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. That domination continues tonight as the Hornets get the win and cover as short home favorites to keep their playoff hopes alive. Bet the Hornets Wednesday.
|04-10-19||Thunder -3 v. Bucks||127-116||Win||100||10 h 47 m||Show|
15* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Oklahoma City Thunder -3
The Oklahoma City Thunder still have a lot to play for tonight. If they beat the Bucks tonight, they would be the NO. 6 seed in the West. A loss though, and they could finish anywhere from 6th to 8th. They want to do anything possible to avoid the 8th spot and a matchup with the Warriors in the first round.
The Bucks have nothing to play for. They clinched the No. 1 seed in the East and the No. 1 seed overall, so they will have home-court advantage. They are expected to rest Giannis, Brook Lopez, Malcolm Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic, Tony Snell and Pau Gasol, among others.
We have one motivated team playing all their starters up against a non-motivated team resting all their starters. It’s an easy choice here tonight folks. Take the Thunder Wednesday.
|04-09-19||76ers v. Heat -4||Top||99-122||Win||100||9 h 10 m||Show|
20* NBA Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -4
The Miami Heat have lost four straight games and now trail the Pistons by one game for the final playoff spot in the East. The Pistons have also lost four straight, opening the door for both the Heat and Hornets to catch them.
No matter what happens, you know that the Heat will be motivated to win what could likely be the final home game of Hall of Fame Dwyane Wade, who is retiring at season’s end.
The Philadelphia 76ers have absolutely nothing to play for. They are locked into the No. 3 seed in the East. That’s why they are resting Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick tonight due to minor injuries. They want nothing to do with winning this game tonight.
Plays on home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Miami) - revenging a loss where opponent scored 100 o more points, off two or more consecutive road losses are 52-21 (71.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. Miami is 15-5 ATS off two or more consecutive road losses over the last three seasons. Bet the Heat Tuesday.
|04-07-19||Hornets +6.5 v. Pistons||Top||104-91||Win||100||7 h 45 m||Show|
20* NBA Eastern Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Charlotte Hornets +6.5
This is a must-win game for the Hornets. They trail the 8th place Pistons by two games and each team has three games remaining. If Charlotte were to go 3-0 and Detroit 1-2, they’d get in the playoffs.
That’s because the Hornets have swept the season series with the Pistons thus far, winning all three meetings. And now they go for the season sweep and are somehow catching 6.5 points against a team they’ve owned.
The Hornets are 6-3 SU & 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. The Pistons are starting to feel the pressure of making the playoffs. They are just 2-6 SU in their last eight games overall. Bet the Hornets Sunday.
|04-07-19||Thunder v. Wolves +6.5||132-126||Win||100||6 h 14 m||Show|
15* NBA Western Conference ANNIHILATOR on Minnesota Timberwolves +6.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves are always a tough out at home. And the Oklahoma City Thunder certainly aren’t playing well enough to be laying 6.5 points on the road to the Timberwolves.
The Thunder are just 4-7 SU & 4-7 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Timberwolves have won three of their last five, including upset home wins over the Warriors and Heat. Minnesota is now 25-14 SU at home this season.
The Timberwolves have owned the Thunder this season, going 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in their three meetings and will be going for the season sweep today. They have won outright as underdogs in all three meetings.
The Thunder are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 vs. Western Conference teams. Oklahoma City is 1-8 ATS in Sunday games this season. The Timberwolves are 7-0 ATS in their last seven meetings with the Thunder. Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in its last seven home meetings with OKC. Take the Timberwolves Sunday.
|04-06-19||Nets +8.5 v. Bucks||Top||133-128||Win||100||8 h 53 m||Show|
20* NBA GAME OF THE WEEK on Brooklyn Nets +8.5
The Brooklyn Nets are fighting for their playoff lives right now. They are 39-40 and hanging on to a playoff spot, just one game ahead of the 9th-place Heat and two games ahead of the 10th-place Hornets. They need a win tonight.
The Milwaukee Bucks are primed for a letdown. They just clinched the top seed not only in the East, but overall, too. They did so with an impressive comeback against the 76ers in the final minutes. Now, they literally have nothing to play for in their final three games, and they should be resting starters.
Brooklyn also wants revenge form a 121-131 home loss to the Bucks on April 1st earlier this week. They don’t have to wait long to get their revenge tonight. And they come in on two days’ rest, so they are fresh and ready to go.
The Nets are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games playing on two days’ rest. Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the Nets Saturday.
|04-05-19||Celtics v. Pacers +1||117-97||Loss||-105||9 h 43 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Pacers ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Indiana +1
The Indiana Pacers just lost a 112-114 heartbreaker at the buzzer at Boston on March 29th. They don’t have to wait long for revenge now as they play them a week later, but at home this time around. And these teams are tied for 4th and 5th place in the East, so it’s a huge game likely determining which team gets home-court advantage in the first round.
The Pacers have been dynamite at home this season. They are 29-10 SU at home this year, while Boston is just 19-20 SU on the road. The home team has won all three meetings between these teams this season.
The Pacers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games. Indiana is 16-5 ATS in its lsat 21 Friday games. The Celtics are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games off an ATS win. Indiana is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Take the Pacers Friday.
|04-05-19||Heat -3 v. Wolves||Top||109-111||Loss||-109||9 h 43 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on Miami Heat -3
The Miami Heat are currently in 9th place in the East. They are a half-game behind both the Magic and Nets for the 7th and 8th spots. This is a must-win game for them Friday night in Minnesota, and they should get the win and cover here.
Minnesota has been playing without Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson, and they remain out. The Timberwolves are just kind of going through the motions right now, going 3-8 SU & 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
The Heat are 11-3 ATS in non-conference road games this season. Miami is 26-12 ATS in all road games this season. The Heat are 45-16-2 ATS in their last 63 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Minnesota is 1-7 ATS in its last eight vs. Eastern Conference opponents. The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Bet the Heat Friday.
|04-04-19||Cavs +9.5 v. Kings||104-117||Loss||-104||11 h 35 m||Show|
15* NBA Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5
The three NBA teams with the worst records in the league get an equal chance at the No. 1 pick this year. Well, Cleveland is basically assured of being a bottom three team now. So they can afford to try here down the stretch. And they’ve done a decent job of that as they are 8-6-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. They have not packed it in yet.
I know their six-game losing streak doesn’t look good, but when you look at who they’ve played it’s easier to make sense of it. They’ve lost to five playoff teams in the Clippers, Bucks, Celtics, Spurs and Clippers, and they also lost on the road at Phoenix. Now they are rested and ready to go coming in on two days’ rest since that loss to the Suns Monday.
The Kings were recently officially eliminated from the playoffs. They have gone 1-3 SU & 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall, including their 25-point home loss to Houston on Tuesday. I just don’t foresee the Kings being motivated enough to put away the Cavs by double-digits, which is what it would take for them to cover this 9.5-point spread tonight.
Cleveland is 12-4 ATS after failing to cover the spread in two or more consecutive games this season. Plays against home teams (Sacramento) - off a home blowout loss by 20 points or more, in April games are 43-15 (74.1%) ATS since 1996. Plays on underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Cleveland) - in non-conference games, off three or more consecutive road losses are 38-10 (79.2%) ATS since 1996. Take the Cavaliers Thursday.
|04-03-19||Rockets v. Clippers -1||Top||135-103||Loss||-110||29 h 51 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Los Angeles Clippers -1
Don’t look now but the Clippers are currently only a half-game behind the Jazz for the 5th seed in the West. Prior to the season, nobody could have foreseen this coming. They lost Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan over the past few seasons, and traded away leading scorer Tobias Harris prior to the deadline.
The Clippers haven’t missed a beat, and this is one of Doc Rivers’ best coaching jobs ever. They play team basketball as well as anyone in the NBA, lacking a true superstar, but loaded with players who are playing their roles to perfection. And few teams have been playing better than the Clippers down the stretch. They are 13-2 SU & 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
While the Clippers come in fresh on two days’ rest having last played on Sunday, the Rockets will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a trip to Sacramento Tuesday night. The Kings play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, so that game will have taken a lot out of the Rockets. I don’t think Houston will have much left in the tank tonight.
The Clippers have won both meetings with the Rockets this season by a combined 24 points. Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in its last seven meetings with Houston. The Clippers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a. Winning road record. Los Angeles is 7-1 ATS in its last eight vs. Western Conference foes. Houston is 1-11 ATS off three consecutive covers as a favorite over the last three seasons. Bet the Clippers Wednesday.
|04-03-19||Pacers v. Pistons -3.5||108-89||Loss||-107||8 h 54 m||Show|
15* NBA Eastern Conference ANNIHILATOR on Detroit Pistons -3.5
I love the situation for the Detroit Pistons tonight. This is a home-and-home with the Pacers, and the Pistons lost 102-111 in Indiana on Monday. Now they don’t have to wait long for revenge as they get them at home this time around Wednesday and will likely have Blake Griffin back in the lineup after he sat out Monday’s game.
The Pistons are an incredible 11-0 SU & 11-0 ATS in their last 11 home games. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 0-10 SU & 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The home team is 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, and 8-1 SU & 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings.
The Pacers are likely to be without three starters tonight. They were already without Victor Oladipo, but now both Wesley Matthews (hamstring) and Darren Collison (groin) have been downgraded to out for this contest. It’s revenge time for Detroit tonight as they get their 12th straight home win and cover. Take the Pistons Wednesday.
|04-02-19||Nuggets v. Warriors OVER 219||Top||102-116||Loss||-110||12 h 2 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Warriors TNT No-Brainer on OVER 219
This is by far the lowest total of the four meetings between the Nuggets and Warriors this season. The first meeting had a total of 230.5, the second was 227, and the third was 234.5. Now we’re seeing a total set of only 219 points, which is 15.5 points less than the last total. I believe there’s value on the OVER as a result.
The books have lowered this total despite the fact that the last two meetings have easily sailed OVER this number. They combined for 253 points in their second meeting this season and 227 in their third meeting. And the Nuggets shot just 37.9% in that third meeting.
The OVER is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. The OVER is 25-10 in the last 35 meetings at Golden State. Bet the OVER in this game Tuesday.
|04-01-19||Magic +7 v. Raptors||109-121||Loss||-105||8 h 2 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on Orlando Magic +7
The Orlando Magic are a half-game back of the Heat for 8th, one game back of the Nets for 7th and 1.5 games back of the Pistons for 6th. They have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs here with just five games to play. And I know they’ll be max motivated tonight against the Raptors.
It’s safe to say the Magic have been playing their best basketball of the season down the stretch with hopes of making the playoffs. Indeed, the Magic are 7-1 SU & 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. That includes upset road wins over both Miami and Indiana.
The Raptors are stuck in limbo. They are three games out of first place in the East with five games to go, and 4.5 games ahead of 3rd place. They really have nothing to play for the rest of the way, and it’s starting to show. Don’t be surprised if they continue giving their starters some rest with nothing to play for.
Nobody has played Toronto tougher than Orlando this season. The Magic are 2-1 SU & 3-0 ATS in their three meetings with the Raptors. They only lost by 2 at home as 7-point dogs, won by 29 at home as 4.5-point dogs, and won by 15 on the road as 6.5-point dogs. Now they are catching 7 points in the 4th and final meeting, which is simply too much given what’s at stake for them.
Toronto is 0-7 ATS after scoring 110 points or more in four straight games this season. Orlando is 13-3-1 ATS in its last 17 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Magic are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. NBA Atlantic Division opponents. The Raptors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest Division foes. Orlando is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Take the Magic Monday.
|04-01-19||Bucks v. Nets +2||Top||131-121||Loss||-105||8 h 57 m||Show|
20* NBA Eastern Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Brooklyn Nets +2
The Brooklyn Nets are trying to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are only one game ahead of the 9th place Magic. They can’t afford losses at this point, and they have been playing with a sense of urgency here of late because of it.
The Nets have handled the pressure well by going 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall despite playing five of those six games on the road. They won their lone home game by 14 over Boston on Saturday, and now have a day to get ready for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are a mash unit right now. They are without Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic, Malcolm Brogdon and Pau Gasol. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are questionable after sitting yesterday, meaning they’ll be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after an overtime loss to the Hawks. The Bucks would be wise to rest these guys again because they basically have the No. 1 seed locked up in the East with a three-game lead with only five games to play.
I know I’m going to get a max motivated, healthy Nets team today. You don’t know what you’re going to get from the Bucks. That makes this an easy choice. The Nets are also 5-0 ATS in their last five Monday games. Bet the Nets Monday.
|03-30-19||Blazers v. Pistons -5||90-99||Win||100||8 h 13 m||Show|
15* NBA Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Detroit Pistons -5
The Detroit Pistons are playing their best basketball of the season here down the stretch. They are 16-8 SU & 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Pistons are 9-0 SU & 9-0 ATS in their last nine home games. Look for them to make easy work of the Portland Trail Blazers tonight.
The Blazers are in a tough spot tonight. They will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd road game in 4 days. They are already short-handed missing two of their three best players in Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum. They were able to get by the Bulls and Hawks without them, but the Pistons are a different animal.
Detroit is 14-3 ATS in home games after covering five or six of their last seven against the spread over the last two seasons. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on zero rest. Portland is 1-6 ATS in its last seven trips to Detroit. Take the Pistons Saturday.
|03-29-19||Hornets -2 v. Lakers||115-129||Loss||-115||12 h 44 m||Show|
15* Hornets/Lakers NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Charlotte -2
The Charlotte Hornets are 1.5 games out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They need wins like blood right now, and I’ll gladly back them as short road favorites over the hapless Los Angeles Lakers, who have nothing to play for but pride.
The Hornets are brimming with confidence right now. They are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Jeremy Lamb hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat the Raptors outright as 11.5-point dogs two games ago, and that shot makes them feel invincible. They went on to upset the Spurs in overtime as 4.5-point dogs.
Now, the Hornets are rested and ready to go as they come in on two days’ rest. They are taking on a Lakers team that has completely folded down the stretch, going 4-13 SU & 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Lakers are missing a ton of key players due to injury, and Lebron James is on a minutes restriction. They just don’t have the talent or the desire now to compete with Charlotte tonight.
The Hornets are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 Friday games. The Lakers are 7-25-1 ATS in their last 33 vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 0-6 ATS in its last six Friday games. The Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a loss by more than 10 points. The Hornets are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 trips to Los Angeles. Take the Hornets Friday.
|03-29-19||Blazers v. Hawks +3.5||118-98||Loss||-110||9 h 44 m||Show|
15* NBA Friday UPSET SHOCKER on Atlanta Hawks +3.5
The Atlanta Hawks have been the best-kept secret in the NBA here down the stretch. The betting public wants nothing to do with them because they are just 27-48 on the season. That has allowed for a great opportunity for sharp players to back them knowing that they are playing much better than their record.
Indeed, the Hawks are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall. They have won three straight, including upset home wins over Utah and Philadelphia to really show what they are capable of. They also won by 10 on the road at New Orleans as 2.5-point favorites.
Now, the Hawks come in on two days’ rest, so they’ll be fresh and ready to go against the Blazers. The Blazers are getting too much respect for their blowout win at Chicago against the Bulls’ D-League team last time out. But this is where the injuries to CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic really show up tonight against a Hawks team that is better than Portland minus those two key players.
The Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference opponents. Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last five games following a straight up win. Portland is 4-15 ATS in road games after failing to cover four or five of its last six ATS over the last three seasons. Take the Hawks Friday.
|03-29-19||Pacers v. Celtics -6.5||Top||112-114||Loss||-105||8 h 22 m||Show|
20* NBA Friday No-Doubt Rout on Boston Celtics -6.5
I love the spot for the Boston Celtics tonight. They trail the Indiana Pacers by one game for the 4th seed in the East, which would mean home-court advantage in the first round. These teams will meet in the first round for sure, so home-court advantage will be huge. The season series is tied 1-1, so this will determine the tiebreaker.
Boston comes in on two days’ rest and fully healthy for the first time in a long time. They are primed for a big effort at home, where they are 26-12 on the season. They beat Indiana 135-108 in their lone home meeting this season, and a similar blowout can be expected.
That’s especially the case when you consider how poorly the Pacers have been playing on the road here of late. That’s where they really miss Victor Oladipo’s leadership and ability to get big buckets on the highway. The Pacers are 0-9 SU & 1-8 ATS in their last nine road games, losing by 10.7 points per game on average.
Boston is 10-1 ATS after having lost four of its last five games over the last two seasons. It is coming back to win by 11.1 points per game on average in this spot. Bet the Celtics Friday.
|03-28-19||Clippers +9 v. Bucks||Top||118-128||Loss||-110||10 h 55 m||Show|
20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on Los Angeles Clippers +9
No team is playing better than the Los Angeles Clippers right now. The Clippers are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games overall with their only loss coming on the 2nd of a back-to-back against Portland. And yet they’re still getting no respect as 9-point dogs to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.
This is a depleted Bucks team that is playing without Malcolm Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol, Tony Snell and Donte DiVencenzo. And the Bucks are in a massive letdown spot off their huge win over the Rockets on Tuesday on National TV. That was an MVP battle between Harden and Giannis and there was a lot of hype leading into it. I expect them to fall flat tonight.
Milwaukee has only won one of its last 14 meetings with the Clippers by more than 9 points. That makes for a 13-1 system backing the Clippers based on this 9-point spread. Bet the Clippers Thursday.
|03-27-19||Pacers v. Thunder UNDER 218||Top||99-107||Win||100||8 h 30 m||Show|
20* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Pacers/Thunder UNDER 218
The Pacers and Thunder just played less than two weeks ago on March 14th. Indiana won 108-106 at home for 214 combined points with a 218-point total. Now, we have an identical 218-point total in the rematch. I like the UNDER knowing that both teams are very familiar with one another now, and that almost always favors the UNDER.
These are two teams that are struggling mightily on offense right now. The Thunder are 29th in offensive efficiency for the month of March. The Pacers are only one spot ahead of them in 28th for the month of March. And both teams rank in the Top 10 in defensive efficiency for the month of March as well.
The UNDER is 8-2 in Pacers last 10 games overall. They have combined with their opponents to score 215 or fewer points in eight of those 10 games. The UNDER is 10-5-1 in Thunder last 16 games overall. The UNDER is 6-1 in Pacers last seven road games. The UNDER is 36-16-1 in Oklahoma City’s last 53 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The UNDER is 4-0 in the last four meetings in this series. Bet the UNDER in this game Wednesday.
|03-26-19||Rockets +4 v. Bucks||Top||94-108||Loss||-103||8 h 23 m||Show|
20* Rockets/Bucks TNT No-Brainer on Houston Rockets +4
The Houston Rockets are 14-2 in their last 16 games overall with their two losses coming by a combined 3 points. They are playing their best basketball of the season and are ready to take down the Milwaukee Bucks, who have just recently been hit hard by injuries that will have them more worried about getting healthy for the playoffs than winning games down the stretch.
The Bucks will be without Malcolm Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic, Tony Snell and Pau Gasol tonight. The good news for them is that they have a four-game lead over the Raptors first 1st place in the East, and a 4.5-game lead over the Warriors for the 1st overall seed in the playoffs. They can certainly afford some losses here down the stretch.
Milwaukee is 13-29 ATS in home games after having won three of its last four games over the last three seasons. Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last five vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Bet the Rockets Tuesday.
|03-26-19||Spurs v. Hornets +4||116-125||Win||100||7 h 53 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday UPSET SHOCKER on Charlotte Hornets +4
The Charlotte Hornets are just two games out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Miami Heat for the final playoff spot. They have come up clutch by winning and covering against Minnesota, Boston and Toronto in three consecutive games, including their buzzer-beater from half court to beat the Raptors on the road. This team is playing with a ton of confidence now.
The Spurs are going to make the playoffs. They are simply playing for positioning at this point, and that’s it. They can’t get home court in the first round, but they could get anywhere from the 5th to the 8th seed. In all reality, that’s not a lot to play for. Don’t be surprised to see Greg Popovich start to rest players when he gets the chance here down the stretch.
The Hornets went into San Antonio and won 108-93 as 7-point road dogs in their first meeting this season. And now they are catching 4 points at home in the rematch in what is a must-win for them, and not a must-win for the Spurs. It’s especially important considering the Hornets go on the road for six of their next seven games after this contest.
Charlotte is 13-1 ATS vs. bad pressure defensive teams that force 12 or fewer turnovers over the last three seasons. It is winning by 9.5 points per game in this spot. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings. Take the Hornets Tuesday.
|03-25-19||Nets +6.5 v. Blazers||144-148||Win||100||10 h 10 m||Show|
15* Nets/Blazers NBA TV Late-Night BAILOUT on Brooklyn +6.5
The Brooklyn Nets have really turned it on with the playoffs approaching. They have won six of their last nine with their only three losses all coming on the road to three of the best teams in the West in OKC, Utah and the LA Clippers. But they’ve also gone on the road and beaten the Lakers, Kings and Hawks during this stretch.
Now, the Nets come in on two days’ rest after beating the Lakers on Friday. And while they’re fully healthy, the same cannot be said for the Pistons, who are missing CJ McCollum. They have been able to squeak by Indiana, Dallas and Detroit at home in their first three games without him. And if they win tonight, it won’t be by more than 6 points.
Brooklyn is 7-0 ATS in road games after two straight games where they attempted 90 or more shots this season. The Nets are 14-4 ATS when revenging a home loss by 10 points or more over the last two seasons. Brooklyn is 13-2 ATS in road games after allowing 105 points or more in four straight games over the last two seasons. The Nets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Take the Nets Monday.
|03-25-19||Thunder -5.5 v. Grizzlies||Top||103-115||Loss||-110||8 h 10 m||Show|
20* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5
It’s time to ‘buy low’ on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. They have lost four of their last five both straight up and ATS, but all five games were against playoff teams. In fact, they have played nine straight games against playoff teams coming in, so their recent struggles can largely be attributed to the schedule.
Now, the Thunder finally get to play a non-playoff team in the Memphis Grizzlies, who are so decimated by injuries right now that they can’t possibly be competitive tonight. They are playing without Jaren Jackson Jr, Kyle Anderson, CJ Miles, Avery Bradley and Joakim Noah tonight.
It’s no wonder the Grizzlies have lost four of their last five games overall despite playing four non-playoff teams. They have played five of their last six against non-playoff teams as well. They are coming off a 13-point home loss to Minnesota, and a similar beat down can be expected in OKC’s favor tonight.
Memphis is 1-10 ATS in home games off a home loss by 10 points or more over the last three seasons. The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their last eight Monday games. Oklahoma City is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on two days’ rest. The favorite is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Bet the Thunder Monday.
|03-24-19||Nuggets -1.5 v. Pacers||88-124||Loss||-109||11 h 3 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Denver Nuggets -1.5
The Denver Nuggets are neck-and-neck with the Golden State Warriors for 1st place in the Western Conference. They actually lead the Warriors by 0.5 games for 1st place. They know their best chance to beat them in a 7-game series is to have home-court advantage, so they should be max motivated in every game they play the rest of the way.
The Indiana Pacers are in a different position. They certainly want to get home games if they can, but there’s no doubt the Celtics catch them and pass them for 4th place before the season is over. The Pacers only hold a one-game lead over the Celtics for 4th place. And this is an Indiana team playing without its best player in Oladipo, and possibly missing Darren Collison Sunday, who is questionable with a quad strain.
Reality has certainly hit the Pacers hard here of late being without Oladipo. They have lost four straight and two of those losses came by double-digits. Meanwhile, this max-motivated Nuggets team has put themselves in this great position of getting the No. 1 seed in the West by winning six straight coming in. They’ll make it 7 in a row Sunday with a win and cover at Indiana.
The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. The Pacers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last five games off a loss. Denver is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 trips to Indiana. Take the Nuggets Sunday.
|03-23-19||Heat v. Wizards -1.5||Top||113-108||Loss||-104||9 h 14 m||Show|
20* NBA Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Washington Wizards -1.5
The Washington Wizards are still clinging on to hope of making the playoffs. The team they are chasing is the Miami Heat, and they get a shot at the Heat tonight. This is clearly a must-win game for the Wizards, and I fully expect them to lay it all on the line to get the victory at home Saturday.
The Wizards gave a big effort on Thursday but came up short in a 5-point home loss to Denver as 8.5-point dogs. They had yesterday off, and they also have two more days off after this game before embarking on a four-game road trip. That’s another reason they should be ‘all in’ tonight knowing they have two days off after this.
Miami is in a very difficult situation. The Heat will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a loss at Milwaukee last night, and they’ll also be playing their 5th game in 7 days. Making matters worse is the fact that they are expected to be without both Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder.
Washington is 17-5 ATS in home games when revenging a loss this season, including 13-3 ATS in home games when revenging a road loss. The Wizards are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss. Washington is 22-13 ATS at home this season. Roll with the Wizards Saturday.
|03-20-19||Celtics v. 76ers -2.5||Top||115-118||Win||100||10 h 42 m||Show|
20* Celtics/76ers ESPN No-Brainer on Philadelphia -2.5
The Philadelphia 76ers rested Joel Embiid last night and still beat the Hornets. Now they’ll have Embiid back for this game against the Boston Celtics, which helps ease the effect of the back-to-back situation.
No player is more important to their team than Embiid. He is coming off a 40-point, 15-rebound effort in an impressive road win over the Bucks. And he averages 27 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season.
The 76ers should be highly motivated for this game. They’ve already lost the first three meetings of the season with the Celtics, and they desperately want to avoid the season sweep. Now, they get the Celtics in Philadelphia, where they are 28-9 on the season.
The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last six games vs. a team with a winning record. The Celtics are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on one days’ rest. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet the 76ers Wednesday.
|03-19-19||76ers v. Hornets +2||118-114||Loss||-115||6 h 8 m||Show|
15* NBA Tuesday UPSET SHOCKER on Charlotte Hornets +2
The Charlotte Hornets really need wins right now. They are 2.5 games back of 8th place Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Now they’re back home after a tough four-game road trip and should be able to take advantage as they are 21-14 at home this season.
This is a great spot to fade the 76ers. They are coming off a huge upset win at Milwaukee on Sunday, and they have Boston on deck tomorrow night. They are in a letdown spot off that win over the Bucks, and they are also in a sandwich spot with the Celtics on deck.
The 76ers have done the Hornets a favor by deciding to rest their best player in Joel Embiid (27.3 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 2.0 BPG). I’m not sure there’s another player in the NBA that is more important to their team than Embiid. He had 40 and 15 against Milwaukee the other night.
Philadelphia is 6-18 ATS off two or more consecutive wins this season. Charlotte has lost by 2, 1 and 3 points in its three meetings with Philadelphia this season with two of those coming in overtime. It’s safe to say the Hornets want to exact some revenge as well and avoid the season sweep. Roll with the Hornets Tuesday.
|03-18-19||Jazz v. Wizards +6||Top||116-95||Loss||-109||6 h 56 m||Show|
20* NBA DOG OF THE MONTH on Washington Wizards +6
The Washington Wizards are fighting to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are 3.5 games out of 8th place. They have kept themselves alive by going 5-3 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. This is been one of the most underrated teams in the NBA down the stretch.
The Utah Jazz are coming off three straight wins and covers over Phoenix, Minnesota and Brooklyn. I think they are overvalued now, and it’s time to ’sell high’ on them tonight as they are laying 6 points on the road here. The Jazz are just .500 on the road this season, while the Wizards are 21-13 SU & 21-12-1 ATS at home.
The Wizards are 7-0 ATS in home games after scoring 120 points or more this season. Washington is 8-1 ATS in home games after having covered four or five of their last six against the spread this season. Utah is 7-15 ATS after having won three of its last four games this season. Bet the Wizards Monday.
|03-17-19||Hawks v. Magic -7.5||Top||91-101||Win||100||17 h 6 m||Show|
20* NBA Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Orlando Magic -7.5
The Atlanta Hawks will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a tough 120-129 loss at Boston on Saturday. They won’t have much left in the tank for the Orlando Magic today after losing that shootout.
The Magic need wins like blood. They are in 9th place in the East, just one game back of the Heat for the 8th and final playoff spot. And they come in rested and ready to go on two days’ rest.
The Magic have certainly had the Hawks’ number in their two meetings this season. They won 122-103 at Atlanta on January 21st as 2-point dogs. They also blew out the Hawks 124-108 on the road as 1-point favorites on February 10th.
It should be more of the same given the situational and motivational advantages the Magic have in this one. And the Magic finally get the Hawks at home for the first time this season. Bet the Magic Sunday.
|03-16-19||Blazers v. Spurs -2||Top||103-108||Win||100||10 h 11 m||Show|
20* NBA Saturday No-Doubt Rout on San Antonio Spurs -2
The San Antonio Spurs have been on fire since returning from their annual Rodeo Road trip. They are 7-0 SU & 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. And considering they are 27-7 at home this season, they should be more than 2-point home favorites over the Blazers tonight.
San Antonio will be paying the 2nd of a back-to-back, but it’s only their 2nd game in four days because they had two days off prior to the Knicks game last night. And they beat the Knicks by 26, which allowed them to rest their starters late and save them for tonight.
The Blazers are also playing the 2nd of a back-to-back after a 122-110 win in New Orleans last night. Now they have the long flight to San Antonio to deal with, while the Spurs got to stay at home and sleep in their own beds. That’s a huge advantage for the home team.
Home-court advantage has been huge in this series as the home team is 5-0 SU & 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Spurs won their two most recent home meetings with the Blazers by 13 and 11 points. San Antonio is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 home meetings with Portland.
The Spurs are 17-1 ATS when revenging a loss where opponent scored 110 points or more this season. They are winning by 14.5 points per game on average in this spot. Bet the Spurs Saturday.
|03-15-19||Bucks v. Heat +5.5||Top||113-98||Loss||-115||8 h 9 m||Show|
20* NBA Eastern Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Miami Heat +5.5
The Miami Heat are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now. They have won five of their last six, including a 34-point win over the Pistons last time out. They are rested and ready to go as they will be playing just their 2nd game in 5 days.
The Heat are playing well enough to hang with or possibly upset the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the best record in the NBA. That has them overvalued here down the stretch.
A big reason for the solid play by the Heat of late has been the return of PG Goran Dragic from injury. He makes all the difference for this team, especially offensively. The Heat have scored 114 points or more in six of their last nine games overall, and 104-plus in eight of those.
Miami is 21-10 ATS as an underdog this season. The home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings with the Bucks. Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last five home meetings with Milwaukee. Bet the Heat Friday.
|03-14-19||Cavs v. Magic -7.5||Top||91-120||Win||100||8 h 20 m||Show|
20* NBA Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Orlando Magic -7.5
The Orlando Magic need wins and they need them in a hurry. They are currently in 9th place in the East, two games behind Miami for the 8th and final playoff spot. So motivation won’t be a problem for them moving forward.
The good news for the Magic is that they get to beat up on the 17-51 Cleveland Cavaliers today. It’s a Cavs team that is depleted by injuries right now. They are expected to be without Dellavedova and Nance Jr. today, and they were already missing three key guys. They could be without more, too.
Plays on favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (Orlando) - revenging a loss by 10 points or more, off two or more consecutive road losses are 34-13 (72.3%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet the Magic Thursday.
|03-13-19||Pistons v. Heat -1.5||Top||74-108||Win||100||10 h 56 m||Show|
20* NBA Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Miami Heat -1.5
The Miami Heat come in playing well having won four of their last five games overall. And they’re coming off a blowout loss to the Raptors in their only defeat, which I think adds to the line value we are getting on the Heat at home tonight in a game they basically just have to win to cover.
A big reason for Miami’s strong play of late has been the return of PG Goran Dragic from injury. They are hitting on all cylinders offensively with him running the show now. The Heat have scored at least 114 points in six of their last eight games overall.
The Pistons are getting a lot of respect from oddsmakers after a recent stretch of strong play, and I think it’s time to ’sell high’ on them tonight. They will be playing in their 3rd different city in 4 days, while the Heat come in on two days’ rest. And the home team has won five of the last seven meetings in this series.
Detroit is 8-22 ATS on the road when the line is +3 to -3 over the last three seasons. Miami is 21-8 ATS off an upset loss as a home favorite over the last three years. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. Bet the Heat Wednesday.
|03-12-19||Wolves v. Nuggets -10||Top||107-133||Win||100||11 h 8 m||Show|
20* NBA Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Denver Nuggets -10
The Denver Nuggets come into this game highly motivated for a victory Tuesday night. They have lost four of their last five coming in. But now they’ve had some time to regroup, coming in on three days’ rest having last played on Friday. Look for them to put forth one of their best efforts of the season tonight.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be playing their 3rd game in 4 days and their 11th game in 21 days out of the All-Star Break. The schedule makers have done them no favors as they now have to play five of their next six on the road against some of the best teams in the NBA.
It’s bad timing for the Timberwolves, who just had both Andrew Wiggins (Quad) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Knee) suffer recent injuries that kept them out of their game against the Knicks on Sunday. And now both are highly questionable to play tonight as well.
The Nuggets are 27-6 at home this season, while the Timberwolves are 9-25 on the road. Minnesota is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games. Denver is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 home games. Bet the Nuggets Tuesday.
|03-11-19||Hornets +9.5 v. Rockets||106-118||Loss||-103||7 h 11 m||Show|
15* NBA Monday Undervalued Underdog on Charlotte Hornets +9.5
This is a great spot to fade the Houston Rockets. They are starting to become overvalued now due to their eight-game winning streak. That streak could come to an end tonight, and we’ll gladly take the points with the Hornets given the spot.
Houston will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and its 3rd game in 4 days after narrowly escaping with a 94-93 win at Dallas Sunday. And now the Rockets have the Warriors on deck Wednesday, so this is a sandwich game and a look ahead spot. They won’t give their best effort against the Hornets tonight because of it.
The Hornets will be giving their best effort. They are one game behind the Heat for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And they had yesterday off, so they’re rested and ready to go. They also want revenge from a 103-108 home loss to the Rockets on February 27th just two weeks ago, only adding to their motivation.
Houston is 21-44-2 ATS in its last 67 games vs. a team with a losing record, including 2-10 ATS in its last 12 vs. a team with a losing record this season. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a losing road record. They tend to play to the level of their competition. The road team is 3-0-2 ATS In the last five meetings. Take the Hornets Monday.
|03-11-19||Pistons v. Nets -2||Top||75-103||Win||100||7 h 23 m||Show|
20* NBA Monday No-Doubt Rout on Brooklyn Nets -2
The Brooklyn Nets have turned it around by winning three straight. They still trail the Pistons by a half-game in the East, and now they host the Pistons tonight. The situation really favors the home favorite Nets in this one.
Brooklyn comes in playing just its 2nd game in 5 days. Meanwhile, Detroit will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back, its 3rd game in 4 days and its 6th game in 10 days. I’ll gladly back the more motivated, more rested team at home tonight.
The Pistons couldn’t possibly be more overvalued than they are currently after going 7-1 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. It’s time to ’sell high’ on them now, especially considering how tough a spot this is for them.
Brooklyn is 15-5 ATS when playing just its 2nd game in 5 days this season. Detroit is 8-21 ATS on the road when the line is +3 to -3 over the last three seasons. The Nets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning record. Brooklyn is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. Bet the Nets Monday.
|03-10-19||Raptors v. Heat +1||125-104||Loss||-109||6 h 51 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Miami Heat +1
The Miami Heat are balling out right now as they try and cling on to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are 5-1 SU & 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, including upset wins over the Warriors and Hornets, and they’re only loss during this stretch came on the road against red-hot Houston by 3 as 9-point dogs.
A big reason for the Heat’s recent resurgence has been health. They are now as healthy as they’ve been all season. Point guard Goran Dragic has returned to the lineup and made all the difference in the world for this team. They are clearly clicking offensively now, scoring 114-plus points in six of their last seven games overall.
The Raptors have been big money burners since losing Fred VanVleet to injury. He’s one of the most valuable backup point guards in the NBA, and they miss him badly. And now the Raptors are going to rest Kawhi Leonard today, which should make Miami’s job a whole lot easier.
The Raptors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Toronto is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games following a win. The Raptors are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game. The Heat are 7-0 ATS in their last seven vs. NBA Atlantic Division opponents. Miami is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings. These last four trends combine for a perfect 31-0 system backing the Heat. Take the Heat Sunday.
|03-10-19||Pacers v. 76ers -4.5||Top||89-106||Win||100||6 h 51 m||Show|
20* NBA Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
The Philadelphia 76ers return home today highly motivated for a victory off back-to-back road losses at Chicago and Houston. Now they’re back home, where they are 25-9 on the season and outscoring opponents by 8.0 points per game.
Plus, the 76ers are expected to get Joel Embiid back from an eight-game absence, which has been the main reason for their struggles of late. And the Pacers have some injury concerns of their own as Victor Oladipo is out for the season, while Domantas Sabonis, Tyreke Evans and Alize Johnson are all questionable.
Philadelphia is 26-9 ATS off a road loss by 10 points or more over the last three seasons. Indiana is 3-13 ATS in road games when revenging loss as a favorite over the last three seasons. The Pacers are 0-6 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The 76ers are 27-13 ATS in their last 40 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Bet the 76ers Sunday.
|03-10-19||Bulls v. Pistons UNDER 216||108-131||Loss||-109||2 h 26 m||Show|
15* NBA Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Bulls/Pistons UNDER 216
This is one of my favorite situations to back an UNDER. The Bulls and Pistons are in a home-and-home situation here after just playing on Friday in Chicago. Now they are playing on Sunday in an early start time at 12:00 EST in the rematch, and they’ll surely still be groggy, which favors the UNDER.
These teams combined for 216 points in that meeting Friday despite Chicago shootings 51.2% and Detroit shooting 54.2%. What are the chances they shoot that good again? The answer is not very good. I expect this game to be played at a snail’s pace just as that one was, and for it to easily stay UNDER the 216-point total. Familiarity favors UNDERS, and these home-and-home situations allow teams to get familiar with one another.
Chicago is 21-11 UNDER when the total is 210 to 219.5 this season. The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Detroit. The UNDER is 6-0 in Bulls last six vs. NBA Central Division opponents. The UNDER is 11-4 in Pistons last 15 when playing on one days’ rest. Roll with the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|03-09-19||Celtics -6 v. Lakers||120-107||Win||102||9 h 24 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Lakers Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Boston -6
The Lakers are done for. They faced four basically must-win games in their last four, and they went 0-4 SU & 0-4 ATS. They are also 0-7 ATS in their last seven games overall. Considering they were max motivated and lost all four, it’s not a good sign for this team.
Now, the Lakers have publicly stated that they will limit LeBron James’ minutes the rest of the way. That’s because they are basically eliminate from playoff contention now unless they win out. It’s a smart move by them because at this point getting the best draft pick they can is the priority.
Conversely, the Boston Celtics are trying to move up in the Eastern Conference standings. They have gotten it together by winning three of their last four, including a 33-point win at Golden State. This team is playing for something, while the Lakers are not. So I’ll gladly back the more motivated team here in the Celtics tonight.
Boston is 26-12 ATS when revenging a same-season loss over the last two seasons. The Lakers are 4-15 ATS after allowing 105-plus points in five straight games this season. Roll with the Celtics Saturday.
|03-08-19||Thunder v. Clippers -2||Top||110-118||Win||100||11 h 36 m||Show|
20* Thunder/Clippers NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Los Angeles -2
This is such a favorable spot for the Los Angeles Clippers, who are already playing their best basketball of the season right now and getting no respect from oddsmakers. The Clippers are 6-2 SU & 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with their only losses coming on the road to the Jazz and Nuggets.
Now, the Clippers come in on three days’ rest after last playing and beating the Lakers 113-105 on the road on Monday. They will be fresh and ready to go tonight back at the Staples Center, where they are 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in their last three home games winning by 27, 9 and 21 points.
The Thunder are playing terrible right now, going 3-6 SU & 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall. And it doesn’t get any easier for them tonight as they are in their toughest spot of the season tonight. Not only will the Thunder be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back, they are coming off an overtime win at Portland last night. And they will also be playing their 5th game in 7 days here. They won’t have anything left in the tank for the rested Clippers tonight.
The Thunder are 2-10 ATS off a division game this season. The Clippers are 9-1 ATS in Friday games this season. The favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings. The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. Bet the Clippers Friday.
|03-08-19||76ers +7.5 v. Rockets||91-107||Loss||-100||8 h 6 m||Show|
15* 76ers/Rockets ESPN No-Brainer on Philadelphia +7.5
The Houston Rockets are starting to get too much respect from oddsmakers now due to their six-game winning streak. We’ll ’sell high’ on them here tonight, especially off back-to-back upset road wins over Boston and Toronto. This is clearly a letdown spot for them tonight, and they are laying too big of a price.
We’ll ‘buy low’ on the 76ers, who are still without Joel Embiid and coming off a last-second loss to the Bulls. They also blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and lost to the Warriors 117-120 recently. But they’ve won three of their last five outside of those two toss-up losses. In fact, the 76ers have only lost by more than 3 points once in their last 11 games overall. There’s a ton of value on the 76ers tonight catching 7.5 points.
The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings with the Rockets. They won by 28 at home in their first meeting this season, and also won by 8 on the road as 7-point dogs in their final meeting last season. Their two losses came by 1 point at home as 3-point dogs and by 5 at home as 6.5-point dogs. The Rockets haven’t been able to put them away.
Houston is 10-19 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points this season. The 76ers are 20-9 ATS in their last 29 Friday games. The Rockets are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games. Take the 76ers Friday.
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