<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/los-angeles-lakers-vs-phoenix-suns-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the Staples Center on Friday night.

The Suns have lost five of their last six and will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight following Wednesday's 109-94 loss to the Pacers. Eric Bledsoe led the team with 15 points, Devin Booker added 13 points and four more players finished in double digits in scoring, but playing on the second night of a back-to-back set, the Suns faded as the game wore on and they were outscored by 60-41 in the second half. As a team, the Suns shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the three-point…

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The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the Staples Center on Friday night.

The Suns have lost five of their last six and will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight following Wednesday's 109-94 loss to the Pacers. Eric Bledsoe led the team with 15 points, Devin Booker added 13 points and four more players finished in double digits in scoring, but playing on the second night of a back-to-back set, the Suns faded as the game wore on and they were outscored by 60-41 in the second half. As a team, the Suns shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the three-point line while committing a total of 19 turnovers. With the loss, Phoenix drops to 6-16 overall and 3-6 at home.

Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost seven of their last nine and they'll still be scratching their heads following their 134-95 loss at Houston on Wednesday. Lou Williams led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench, Julius Randle added 21 points while Brandon chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds but this game was over before it really began as the Rockets poured on the points early and led by 43-27 after the first quarter. Nick Young sat out his sixth straight game with a calf injury and he is targeting a Monday return,  while D'Angelo Russell sat out his 10th straight game but he did return to practice on Thursday so he could suit up for Friday's game.

Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 games following a double-digit loss at home and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Lakers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games.

Head to head, the Suns are 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and the home team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.

The Suns have been in a major slump but could see this matchup as a real chance for a much-needed win, but the Lakers were absolutely crushed in their last outing so I'm banking on them to bounce back and earn a much-needed win at home with Russell likely back in the starting lineup.

 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:19:31 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66731
<![CDATA[Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/milwaukee-bucks-vs-atlanta-hawks-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks collide at the Bradley Center on Friday night.

The Hawks have lost 10 of their last 12 games but they'll be breathing a huge sigh of relief after snapping a seven-game skid with a 103-95 home win over the Heat on Wednesday. Dwight Howard dominated the matchup against the Heat's Hassan Whiteside, finishing with a team-high 23 points to go along with 17 rebounds and four assists, Paul Millsap added 21 points while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 17 points and seven assists as the Hawks took full advantage of a shorthanded Heat team playing without…

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The Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks collide at the Bradley Center on Friday night.

The Hawks have lost 10 of their last 12 games but they'll be breathing a huge sigh of relief after snapping a seven-game skid with a 103-95 home win over the Heat on Wednesday. Dwight Howard dominated the matchup against the Heat's Hassan Whiteside, finishing with a team-high 23 points to go along with 17 rebounds and four assists, Paul Millsap added 21 points while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 17 points and seven assists as the Hawks took full advantage of a shorthanded Heat team playing without five injured players. With the win, Atlanta improves to 11-12 overall and 7-4 at home where they had lost four straight before Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Bucks have won five of their last six games and will look to build on Wednesday's 115-107 home win over the Trailblazers. Jabari Parker led the scoring with 27 points on 11 of 23 shooting, Matthew Dellavedova added 17 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up a triple-double of 15 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists as the Bucks took control of a close contest with a dominant 34-18 third quarter to escape with the win and improve to 11-9 overall and 8-5 at home where they've won three of their last four.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games, while the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the Hawks are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Milwaukee.

It was encouraging to see the Hawks finally win a game and return to some level of normality, but their win over the Heat was anything but convincing so while the trends are in favor of the Hawks to cover, I'm sticking with the Bucks who have clearly been in better form over the last couple weeks. Take Milwaukee to get the win and cover at home.

 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:40:35 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66725
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-miami-heat-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers do battle at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.

The Heat have lost seven of their last 10 and they'll be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after losing at Atlanta by 103-95 on Wednesday. Tyler Johnson led the team with a career-high 27 points off the bench, Goran Dragic added 21 points while Wayne Ellington  chipped in with 19 points but it still wasn't enough to get past the Hawks who were mired in a seven-game losing streak until Wedneday. The Heat have been dealing with injuries and only had nine players available as Dion Waiters,…

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The Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers do battle at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.

The Heat have lost seven of their last 10 and they'll be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after losing at Atlanta by 103-95 on Wednesday. Tyler Johnson led the team with a career-high 27 points off the bench, Goran Dragic added 21 points while Wayne Ellington  chipped in with 19 points but it still wasn't enough to get past the Hawks who were mired in a seven-game losing streak until Wedneday. The Heat have been dealing with injuries and only had nine players available as Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Luke Babbit, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow were all in street clothes. With the loss, Miami drops to 7-15 overall and 5-7 on the road where they've lost their last two.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have bounced back from a string of three losses with a couple of wins on the trot after blowing past the Knicks in a 126-94 win on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving poured in 28 points with six assists, LeBron James added 25 points while Kevin Love chipped in with 21 points as the Cavs jumped out to an early 17-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Cavs were simply too lethal from deep, connecting on 22 of 40 three-point attempts which is just too much for any team to handle, let alone a shorthanded Knicks team playing without Derrick Rose. With the easy win, Cleveland improved to 15-5 overal and 6-3 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference, while the Cavs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record.

Head to head, the Heat are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Cleveland and the home team is 8-0 ATS in the last eight meetings overall. 

This seems like too many points to be giving the Heat af first, but they're shorthanded and looked poor in their loss against the slumping Hawks on Wednesday, so I'm sticking with the Cavs to keep things rolling with another double-digit home win tonight.

 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:23:03 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66716
<![CDATA[Sacramento Kings vs. New York Knicks - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/sacramento-kings-vs-new-york-knicks-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings meet late Friday night in a NBA showdown at the Golden 1 Center.

The New York Knicks look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22.4 points and six rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing three rebounds. The New York…

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The New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings meet late Friday night in a NBA showdown at the Golden 1 Center.

The New York Knicks look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22.4 points and six rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing three rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four of their last six road games.

The Sacramento Kings look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 103.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 28.8 points and 10.6 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 19.4 points and 3.2 assists. Darren Collison is the third double-digit scorer and Arron Afflalo is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost four of their last six home games.

The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Knicks are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Sacramento and the road team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

There's no line yet due to Rose being questionable with a back injury. Please check back later for a pick once a line is released. 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:10:08 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66692
<![CDATA[Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/phoenix-suns-at-los-angeles-lakers-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Staples Center on ESPN.

The Phoenix Suns could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 19 points and 2.7 assists while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Knight is dishing 2.9 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 32.7 percent…

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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Staples Center on ESPN.

The Phoenix Suns could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 19 points and 2.7 assists while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Knight is dishing 2.9 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers also need a bounce back victory after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 104.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 48 percent shooting. Louis Williams is averaging 18.7 points and 3.4 assists while D'Angelo Russell is averaging 16.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Young is dishing 1.1 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last six home games.

The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Suns are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Suns have owned the Lakers with wins in seven of the last nine meetings, but this is a different Los Angeles team that finds ways to compete despite being shorthanded. The Suns still struggle defensively and have been horrible on the road this season. This is a game the Lakers need to win in order to stop the bleeding a bit, and I think they get it done on their home court. 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:01:45 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66689
<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/dallas-mavericks-vs-indiana-pacers-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday night in a NBA matchup at the American Airlines Center.

The Indiana Pacers look for another big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 20.7 points and 3.4 assists while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and C.J. Miles is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.4…

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The Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday night in a NBA matchup at the American Airlines Center.

The Indiana Pacers look for another big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 20.7 points and 3.4 assists while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and C.J. Miles is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last six road games.

The Dallas Mavericks are still in dire need of a victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 92.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 20.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 15.2 points and 2.2 assists. Dirk Nowitzki is the third double-digit scorer and Deron Williams is dishing 6.5 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Pacers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Pacers are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Dallas and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Neither one of these teams are that impressive, so I'd stay away from either side in this spot. However, the Dallas Mavericks still aren't putting the ball in the hoop and are probably the worst offensive team in the NBA. The Pacers can get above .500 with this victory and do have Paul George back on the floor. If forced to pick, you have to like the Pacers and the reasonable line, but Indiana has been hot and cold. 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:50:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66686
<![CDATA[Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/atlanta-hawks-at-milwaukee-bucks-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks square off Friday night in a NBA contest at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 100.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and 3.5 assists while Dennis Schroder is averaging 15.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 1.5 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting…

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The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks square off Friday night in a NBA contest at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 100.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and 3.5 assists while Dennis Schroder is averaging 15.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 1.5 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five straight road games.

The Milwaukee Bucks look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 103.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 22 points and 8.9 rebounds while Jabari Parker is averaging 19.2 points and 2.2 assists. Greg Monroe is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Snell is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won four of their last six home games.

The Hawks are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Milwaukee and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Hawks look nothing like the team that started the season and have lost five straight on the road. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen the light and are finally starting to look like the playoff team from a couple of years ago. If the Bucks can continue to score consistently with their lenghty defense, they're a dangerous team. You have to like Milwaukee and the small chalk at home given the way the team has looked the last two weeks.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:41:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66683
<![CDATA[Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/oklahoma-city-thunder-vs-houston-rockets-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday night in a NBA contest at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on ESPN.

The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and 11.4 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 17 points and 2.9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is grabbing five rebounds. The Houston…

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The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday night in a NBA contest at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on ESPN.

The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and 11.4 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 17 points and 2.9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is grabbing five rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five of their last six road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder also look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 31 points and 11.3 assists while Victor Oladipo is averaging 17 points and 4.5 rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six home games.

The Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Rockets are steamrolling teams with their offense and are quietly looking like a contender in the West if they can limit the turnovers. The difference for me in this game is the Thunder's ability to rebound and play defense. OKC can slowdown the Rockets attack and that's going to keep them in this game. The Thunder have also been rolling at home. In a toss-up game, I give the edge to the Thunder. 

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:31:58 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66680
<![CDATA[Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/miami-heat-at-cleveland-cavaliers-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers square off Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Miami Heat could use a feel good win after losing five of their last seven games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 44 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 18 points and 6.5 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 17.6 points and 14.7 rebounds. Wayne Ellington is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is dishing 3.9 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 34.1…

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The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers square off Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Miami Heat could use a feel good win after losing five of their last seven games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 44 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 18 points and 6.5 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 17.6 points and 14.7 rebounds. Wayne Ellington is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is dishing 3.9 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last six road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 111.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.6 points and 4.8 assists while LeBron James is averaging 23.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Channing Frye is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last six home games.

The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cavaliers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Heat are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland and 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are likely going to buckle down after LeBron called them out, and we saw some of that Wednesday when they beat down the New York Knicks. The Heat have so many injuries to compete against quality teams and the lack of depth is going to kill them here. You have to like the Cavs by double digits, as Miami is too banged up to keep this thing close.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:23:34 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66677
<![CDATA[Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic - 12/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2016/12/09/charlotte-hornets-vs-orlando-magic-12/9/16-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets clash Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Spectrum Center.

The Orlando Magic look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 94.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 16.7 points and 3.3 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Elfrid Payton is dishing 5.3 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 33.3…

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The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets clash Friday night in a NBA matchup at the Spectrum Center.

The Orlando Magic look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 94.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 16.7 points and 3.3 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Elfrid Payton is dishing 5.3 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won three straight road games.

The Charlotte Hornets look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 104.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 23.6 points and five assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky III is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last six home games.

The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Magic are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Charlotte and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Don't look now, but the Orlando Magic have played some solid basketball the last week or so and have won three straight on the road. The Hornets have been hot and cold pretty much all year and can have serious droughts on the offensive side. There's a lot of value with the Magic and the truckload of points given the way they've played recently, so I'm siding with Orlando on the road.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:13:15 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66674