Basketball picksApril 18, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets NBA Playoff Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston RocketsNBA Playoffs – Wednesday Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets

Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: Houston -7.5

Total Line: 224 

Oklahoma City at Houston Game Matchup Overview

The Thunder went an even 6-6 straight-up (5-7 against the spread) to close out the final 12 games of the regular season starting with a 137-125 road loss to Houston on March 26 as 5.5-point road underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing line. They started the postseason in the same fashion by losing Game 1 of this best-of-seven series 118-87 as 7.5-point underdogs on the road. The total went OVER 230.5 in that March loss; however it stayed UNDER the closing 228-point line in Sunday’s loss.

Russell Westbrook has been the story for Oklahoma City this season in his drive towards a probable league MVP award. He ended Sunday’s game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Andre Roberson was the only other starter in double figures with 18 points. The Thunder shot just 37 percent from the field while going 9-for-29 from three-point range. On the year, they averaged 106.6 points per game, which was the 11th-highest total in the NBA.

Houston has extended its current SU winning streak against the Thunder to four games after losing to them early in the season on the road. Game 1 of this series was the first time that the Rockets covered BetAnySports’ closing spread in their last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of those games during this costly ATS slide. Houston is now 31-11 SU at home this season with a 19-23 record ATS.

The Rockets also have a MVP candidate leading the way in James Harden and he definitely came out on top in his first postseason head-to-head matchup against Westbrook with 37 points in Sunday’s win. Houston shot 49.5 percent from the floor and it outrebounded the Thunder 56-41. The Rockets were the second-highest scoring team in the NBA this season with an average of 115.3 PPG, but it fell all the way to 26th at the other end of the court with a points-allowed average of 109.6 points a game.

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Basketball picksApril 17, 2017

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoffs Monday Preview

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Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs 

Monday, April 17, 9:30 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: San Antonio -10.5

Total Line: 189.5

Memphis at San Antonio Game Matchup Overview

The Grizzlies came up well short in Saturday’s Game 1 this best-of-seven opening round playoff series with a 111-82 loss as 9.5-point road underdogs on closing betting line. They have now lost six of their last seven games straight-up while going 2-5 against the spread. The total went OVER 190.5 points in Saturday’s loss and it has gone OVER three of their last five games. Back on April 4, Memphis covered as a nine-point road underdog in a 95-89 loss to the Spurs. The total in that game stayed UNDER 195.5 points.

To reverse this recent losing trend against their Southwest Division rivals, Memphis is going to need a much better effort from an offense that was ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 100.5 points per game. With just 82 points in Game 1, this offense has failed to eclipse the century mark in six of its last eight games. Marc Gasol ended Saturday’s game with 32 points while going 11-for-18 from the field, but the rest of the Grizzlies’ starting five accounted for a total of 25 points.

San Antonio closed out the regular season with three SU losses in its last four games while going 2-4-1 ATS over its last seven outings, but it appeared to be in solid postseason form in Saturday’s opener. The total has now gone OVER  closing line in four of its last five games. The Spurs went 31-10 SU at home this season, but going back to a 97-90 victory against Memphis at the AT&T Center on March 23 as 7.5-point favorites, they are 3-6 ATS in their last nine home games.

Kawhi Leonard has been San Antonio’s leading scorer all season long with an average of 25.5 PPG and he led the way in Game 1 with 32 points while going 11-for-14 from the field. Lamarcus Aldridge added 20 points and veteran point guard Tony Parker ended the game with 18 points. The Spurs remain one of the most balanced teams in the NBA with an offense that is scoring 105.3 PPG complementing a defense that is second in the league in points allowed (98.1).

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Basketball picksMarch 20, 2017

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder Game Preview

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Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder 

Monday, March 20, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: Golden State -2.5

Total Line: 221 

Golden State at Oklahoma City Game Matchup Overview

The last time Golden State faced Oklahoma City on the road was Feb. 11 and it rolled to a 130-114 victory as an eight-point favorite behind Kevin Durant’s 34 points. Flash forward to Monday night’s rematch and it could be a completely different story with Durant still out of the lineup with a knee injury and the Warriors struggling through a straight-up 5-5 record in their last 10 games. They have gone a costly 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 outings and the total has stayed UNDER closing line in their last six games.

Without Durant, Golden State has only scored more than their league-high 116.2 average in three of its last 10 games, but it did just put up 122 points against Orlando and 117 points against Milwaukee in its last two contests to cover as a double digit favorite at home. Stephen Curry scored 28 points in the win against the Bucks after Klay Thompson led the way against the Magic with 29 points.

Since that mid-February loss at home to the NBA’s top team, the Thunder have gone 9-5 SU and they bring a five-game winning streak (both SU and ATS) into Monday’s Western Conference clash. After beating Toronto 123-102 as a two-point road underdog last Thursday, Oklahoma City returned home to thrash Sacramento 110-94 on Saturday as a heavy 12.5-point favorite. It is now 26-9 SU at home with a profitable 24-11 record ATS.

A quick start out of the gate led to a 22-point lead by the half against the Kings as part of three-straight victories by a double digit margin. The Thunder have averaged 113.8 points during their current six-game tear as opposed to a 106.9-point scoring average that is ranked 10th in the NBA. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points against Sacramento after posting a triple-double against Toronto with 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

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Basketball picksMarch 13, 2017

Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs Game Preview

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Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs

Monday, March 13, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Pointspread: San Antonio -4

Total Line: 204

Atlanta at San Antonio Game Matchup Overview

The Hawks bring a three-game straight-up winning streak into Monday night’s contest after hammering Memphis 107-90 on Saturday as 6.5-point road underdogs closing line. The total stayed UNDER 206 points in that win and it has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games. They are holding down the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 37-29 on the year. However, Atlanta has been a tough team to bet on lately with a 3-8 record against the spread in its last 11 outings in NBA picks.

Taurean Prince led the Hawks on Saturday with 17 points off the bench while Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder added 16 points each to the winning cause. Atlanta shot 50 percent from the field against the Grizzlies while also converting on half of its 30 three-point attempts. This team is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring with 104.0 points per game and its 104.4 points-allowed average is 11th in the league.

In a possible preview of this season’s Western Conference Finals, San Antonio pasted Golden State 107-85 on Saturday night as an 11-point home favorite with much of the star power for both teams on the bench. The total stayed UNDER  closing 197.5-point line and it has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games. With just one SU loss in their last 11 games, the Spurs are now a game and a half out of the top spot in the West at 50-13 SU. They are 24-6 SU at home this season with an even 15-15 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight home games.

The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge against the Warriors and both players could also be out of the lineup against the Hawks. Tony Parker is also questionable with a bad back so San Antonio may once again have to turn to its reserves to pick up the win. Patty Mills filled the void on Saturday night with team-high 21 points and Davis Bertans added 13 points off the bench. Defense may have to once again carry the Spurs as the second-ranked unit in the league in points allowed (98.3).

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Basketball picksMarch 8, 2017

Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers Game Preview

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Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers

Wednesday, March 8, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN

NBA Pointspread: Indiana -3.5

Total Line: 205 

Detroit at Indiana Game Matchup Overview

The Pistons are coming off a huge 109-95 victory against Chicago on Monday night as six-point home favorites to keep them tied with the Bulls for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They have now won five of their last seven games both straight-up and against the spread to improve to 31-32 both ways on the year. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 204.5-point line in Monday’s win and it has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 13 contests.

Detroit got a solid performance from its entire lineup against Chicago with six different players ending the night in double figures. Reggie Jackson led the way with 26 points while going 11-for-16 from the field. The Pistons shot 48.9 percent from the floor and they outrebounded Chicago 48-37. On the year, Detroit is averaging 102.1 points per game, while holding opponents to 102.1 points at the other end of the court.

Indiana is just a game ahead of the Pistons in the East at 32-31 SU (29-34 ATS). With Monday’s 100-88 loss to Charlotte on the road as a 4.5-point underdog with BetAnySports, it has just three SU victories in its last 12 games. The Pacers have failed to cover in half of those 12 outings and the total has stayed UNDER in their last eight games. They are 21-10 SU at home on the year with a 16-15 record ATS.

Paul George did his part on Monday night with a game-high 36 points while pulling down 10 rebounds, but it still was not enough to overcome a slow start out of the gate that resulted in a 21-point deficit at the half. Indiana has the slight edge on the scoreboard in Wednesday’s matchup with 104.9 PPG, but it is allowing an average of 105.9 points on defense.

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Basketball picksFebruary 27, 2017

Monday Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks NBA Preview

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Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks

Monday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TNT

NBA Betting Line: Miami -1.5

Total Line: 200

Miami at Dallas Game Matchup Overview

Miami (27-32) continues to make a run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three victories in a row both straight-up and against the spread. It knocked off Indiana at home 113-95 on Saturday as a 4.5-point favorite. Going all the way back to a win against Houston at home on Jan. 17, the Heat are 16-2 both SU and ATS. They are 19-12 ATS in 31 previous road games this season and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last seven games.

Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points while pulling down 17 rebounds against the Pacers and Dion Waiters also tallied 22 points in that game to help pace the win. Goran Dragic remains Miami’s leading scorer this season with 20.3 points per game and he put up 21 points on Saturday night. The Heat are averaging 101.8 PPG this season and they are holding teams to 102.1 points at the other end of the court, which is the sixth-lowest total in the NBA.

With Saturday’s 96-83 romp against New Orleans as two-point home underdogs, the Mavericks were able to stop a three-game slide both SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER 204.5 points in that game and it has stayed UNDER in their last five contests. Dallas is 23-25 SU this season with a 31-27 record ATS. They have gone 18-11 ATS on their home court and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last nine games at home.

Four of the Mavericks’ five starters ended the night in double figures against the Pelicans led by Harrison Barnes’ 19 points. Dallas fell behind early in that game, but it was able to outscore New Orleans by 15 points in the second half. The Mavs added Nerlens Noel in a recent trade with Philadelphia and he added nine points and 10 rebounds to the winning cause. Dallas is dead last in the NBA in scoring with 97.8 PPG, but it moves all the way up to fourth when it comes to points allowed (100.0)

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