<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/utah-jazz-vs-new-york-knicks-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Knicks and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The New York Knicks need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 18 points and 3.2 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc…

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The New York Knicks and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The New York Knicks need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 18 points and 3.2 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four of their last six road games.

The Utah Jazz need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 101 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.3 points and 3.3 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 16.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 4.7 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost three of their last four home games.

The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Utah, 22-4 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The New York Knicks are being outscored on the road this season by 7.4 points, while the Jazz are outscoring teams by 6.4 points at home. Neither team is in great form and are both dealing with injuries, but the Jazz at home are a much better team than the Knicks on the road. It's just that simple for me in this spot. Give me Utah and the reasonable number. 

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:31:18 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110875
<![CDATA[Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/denver-nuggets-vs-phoenix-suns-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.

The Phoenix Suns need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and 4.6 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Greg Monroe is the third double-digit scorer and Mike James is dishing 3.8 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw…

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The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.

The Phoenix Suns need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and 4.6 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Greg Monroe is the third double-digit scorer and Mike James is dishing 3.8 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost three straight road games.

The Denver Nuggets need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won four of their last five home games.

The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Suns are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver, 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 27-13-1 ATS in the last 41 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets aren't playing well enough to be throwing numbers out there this large, especially against a Phoenix team that can score. The Nuggets are being outscored by 7.6 points in their last five games and are allowing 47.2 percent shooting during that stretch. You can say what you want about the Suns, but they put the ball in the hoop and compete. Give me the buckets as a fade from the Nuggets here.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:21:55 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110872
<![CDATA[Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/memphis-grizzlies-vs-sacramento-kings-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.

The Sacramento Kings could use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 97.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 48 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 12.3 points and 1.7 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and…

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The Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.

The Sacramento Kings could use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 97.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 48 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 12.3 points and 1.7 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings haven’t won a road game since December 20. 

The Memphis Grizzlies also need a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 99.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 45 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.7 points and 4.9 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 18.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have won three straight home games.

The Kings are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Kings are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis, 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.

There's no line yet due to Marc Gasol and others being questionable. Please Check Back For a Pick Once a Line is Released. 

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:35:21 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110866
<![CDATA[Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/toronto-raptors-vs-san-antonio-spurs-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.

The San Antonio Spurs could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 97.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points and 8.5 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 2.1 assists. Paul Gasol is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc…

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The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.

The San Antonio Spurs could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 97.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points and 8.5 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 2.1 assists. Paul Gasol is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last six road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for a victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 13 of their last 15 home games.

The Spurs are 11-2-2 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Spurs are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The San Antonio Spurs continue to look like an average team this season, especially on the road where they're being outscored by 1.6 points on the season. The injuries obviously aren't helping this squad that clearly lacks the depth. The Toronto Raptors are one of the best home teams in the league, and they're outscoring teams by 12 points on the season. The Raptors haven't beaten the Spurs since December of 2015, but this is a game where they should easily end that streak. The Spurs aren't good right now.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:24:30 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110863
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/los-angeles-lakers-vs-indiana-pacers-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Indiana Pacers look for a victory here after winning five of their last seven games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.3 points and four assists while Myles Turner is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond…

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The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Indiana Pacers look for a victory here after winning five of their last seven games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.3 points and four assists while Myles Turner is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost four of their last six road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 15.9 points and 3.4 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won their last three home games.

The Pacers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.

There's no line yet due to so many Lakers being questionable. Please Check Back For a Pick Once a Line is Released. 

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:12:24 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110860
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/brooklyn-nets-vs-miami-heat-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.

The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from…

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The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.

The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last six road games.

The Brooklyn Nets need a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 105.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 13.1 points and 6.5 assists. DeMarre Carroll is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is dishing 4.2 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost five straight home games.

The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Heat are 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Brooklyn, 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I said a couple of weeks ago that the Miami Heat are a team to keep an eye on, as they're starting to play like the team we saw in the second half last season. The Heat are allowing just 42.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have one of the best records in the NBA since Christmas. The Brooklyn Nets are in full struggle mode, as they're being outscored by 11 points in their last five games and are now being outscored by 2.8 points at home on the season despite so many covers. Give me the Heat and the small number.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110848
<![CDATA[Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/19/detroit-pistons-vs-washington-wizards-1/19/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Washington Wizards need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 9.3 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond…

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The Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Washington Wizards need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 9.3 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Detroit Pistons also need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.1 points and 5.2 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.8 points and 2.2 assists. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Drummond is grabbing 15 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won five of their last six home games.

The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Neither of these teams are teams I'm trying to get behind right now, as the losses are piling up and the confidence can't be high. However, the Wizards are still the better team between the two and have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Pistons. I know Detroit has been solid at home this season, but it's easier to trust the Wizards regardless of where the game is played, and you can't ignore the history between these squads. I'll back Washington in this toss-up.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110851
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/18/houston-rockets-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-1/18/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.6 points and 5.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.6 points and 5.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost three straight road games.

The Houston Rockets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.6 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 47 percent shooting. Eric Gordon is averaging 19.7 points and 2.6 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.6 points and 9.1 assists. Gerald Green is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last six home games.

The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a brutal loss to the Orlando Magic, and that may have been a lookahead game. Minnesota needs wins like this to prove it can hang with the big boys and should be taken seriously. The Rockets were already without Harden, but now they're missing depth with Ariza and Green suspended. The value is with the points in this game.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:50:03 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110620
<![CDATA[Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/18/boston-celtics-vs-philadelphia-76ers-1/18/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing six rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc…

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing six rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last eight road games.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 98.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.1 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 10 of their last 15 home games.

The 76ers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 19-9-2 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest, 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Boston Celtics have won the last three meetings against the 76ers, which includes an 11-point victory in London last week. However, the 76ers had their chances to win that game and were up big until late in the second half when they fell apart. The Celtics head into this game banged up, and the 76ers are 10-3 ATS this season when an underdog by less than eight points. We're getting too many points in this spot, so I'm going to give the 76ers a chance here.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:05:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110614
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/18/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-orlando-magic-1/18/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Orlando Magic could use a victory after losing 16 of their last 18 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.6 points and eight rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc…

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The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Orlando Magic could use a victory after losing 16 of their last 18 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.6 points and eight rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic haven’t won a road game since December 3. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers also need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Magic are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Magic are 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland, 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the favorite is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.

I'm not laying this type of chalk with a Cavs team that's falling apart quickly, but I'm not backing a Magic team that's been just as awful and can't cover a road game for anything. Instead, I'm playing the over. In the last five games for each of these of teams, they're allowing a combined 236.8 points. The Magic are allowing 51.4 percent shooting in their last five games and the Cavs are giving up 49.4 percent shooting. Expect some fireworks from two teams that can't play a lick of defense. Give me the over.

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