<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/boston-celtics-vs-atlanta-hawks-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet Monday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks need a bounce back victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 17.4 points and 6.3 assists. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 2.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34 percent…

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The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet Monday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks need a bounce back victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 17.4 points and 6.3 assists. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 2.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last 10 road games.

The Boston Celtics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 108.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 29.7 points and 6.3 assists while Al Horford is averaging 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jae Crowder is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won seven straight home games.

The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.

The Hawks will have a nice rest advantage with the Celtics playing Sunday night and having to travel from Toronto. However, the Celtics are the better team here and play very well on their home court. I've been iffy on the Hawks all season and don't think they're a good team if we're being honest. Even on the end of a back-to-back, I like the Celtics at home, as I just don't have much confidence in the Hawks, especially on the road.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:47:38 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78338
<![CDATA[New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/new-york-knicks-vs-toronto-raptors-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks meet Monday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 108.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 22.8 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37 percent from…

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The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks meet Monday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 108.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 22.8 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost seven of their last eight road games.

The New York Knicks need another big victory after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 106.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 23.5 points and six rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last 10 home games.

The Raptors are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 Monday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New York.

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

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:22:01 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78329
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-milwaukee-bucks-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena on TNT.

The Milwaukee Bucks could use another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Greg Monroe is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee…

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena on TNT.

The Milwaukee Bucks could use another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Greg Monroe is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won three straight road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 111.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.6 points and 5.9 assists. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Williams is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Bucks are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and the over is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings overall.

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

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:31:48 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78311
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/houston-rockets-vs-indiana-pacers-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets duel at the Toyota Center on Monday night.

The Indiana Pacers are in need of a win as they’ve now lost seven of their last eight games following Saturday’s 113-95 loss at Miami. Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 18 points, Jeff Teague added 16 points while Glenn Robinson III chipped in with 13 points off the bench but the Pacers were simply run off the court in a 30-16 fourth quarter after Paul George was ejected in the third quarter after receiving two technical fouls in quick succession. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 30-29 on the…

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The Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets duel at the Toyota Center on Monday night.

The Indiana Pacers are in need of a win as they’ve now lost seven of their last eight games following Saturday’s 113-95 loss at Miami. Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 18 points, Jeff Teague added 16 points while Glenn Robinson III chipped in with 13 points off the bench but the Pacers were simply run off the court in a 30-16 fourth quarter after Paul George was ejected in the third quarter after receiving two technical fouls in quick succession. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 30-29 on the season and 9-19 on the road where they have lost three straight.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have won six of their last seven games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Timberwolves in a 142-130 shootout on Saturday. James Harden steered the offense with 24 points with five rebounds and 10 assists, Ryan Anderson added 18 points while Lou Williams added 17 points off the bench as the Rockets shot 46 percent from the field and 22 of 58 from the three-point line. With the win, Houston improves to 42-18 on the season, 22-7 at home and 8-2 in their last 10 games when attempting at least 50 three-pointers.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against the Eastern Conference.

Head to head, the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.

The Rockets are in great form so another win by double digits is certainly on the cards, but I just feel that the Pacers will be able to hang around and keep this one close as George will look to make it up to his teammates for his ejection in Saturday's loss that was close until the fourth quarter. Give me the Pacers with the points in what should be another shootout.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:16:58 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78296
<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/dallas-mavericks-vs-miami-heat-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks duke it out at the American Airlines Center on Monday night.

The Miami Heat have won 16 of their last 18 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after blowing past the Pacers in a 113-95 rout on Saturday. Hassan Whiteside dominated the paint with 22 points and 17 rebounds, Dion Waiters also added 22 points while Goran Dragic added 21 points with four assists as the Heat dominated the second half by 60-41 to run away with the victory. James Johnson struggled in his last two outings as he scored just eight points on three of 14 shooting,…

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The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks duke it out at the American Airlines Center on Monday night.

The Miami Heat have won 16 of their last 18 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after blowing past the Pacers in a 113-95 rout on Saturday. Hassan Whiteside dominated the paint with 22 points and 17 rebounds, Dion Waiters also added 22 points while Goran Dragic added 21 points with four assists as the Heat dominated the second half by 60-41 to run away with the victory. James Johnson struggled in his last two outings as he scored just eight points on three of 14 shooting, but he provided the spark off the bench with 15 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals. With the win, Miami improved to 27-32 on the season and 14-14 at home where they have won nine of their last 10.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last eight games but they were able to snap a three-game skid with a 96-83 win over the new-look Pelicans on Saturday. Harrison Barnes led the team in scoring with 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points on eight of 12 shooting while Seth Curry chipped in with 13 points and eight assists as the Mavericks made light work of a struggling Pelicans team still trying to figure out their offense. Defensively, the Mavs did a great job of holding the Pelicans to 39 percent shooting and just 34 points in the second half despite a 39-point performance from Anthony Davis. With the much-needed win, Dallas improved to 23-35 on the season and 15-14 at home where they have won seven of their last nine.

Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record, 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall.

Head to head, the Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas. The road team is 21-6-2 ATS in the last 29 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.

The Mavs actually opened as slight favorites in this matchup, but the public has bet them into slight underdogs which looks about right to me. The Heat have been one of the most consistent teams over the past few weeks while the Mavs have been in a major slump so I think there's plenty of value with the Heat who have covered in seven of their last eight road games.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:05:39 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78275
<![CDATA[Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/sacramento-kings-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Monday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last seven games but they will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 142-130 loss at Houston. Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster night of 37 points with 22 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 30 points while Gorgui Dieng had a double-double of 16 points with 13 rebounds as the Wolves shot 52 percent from the field while holding the Rockets to 46 percent shooting. The Wolves also outrebounded the Rockets by 58-31 but they committed a season-high…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Monday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last seven games but they will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 142-130 loss at Houston. Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster night of 37 points with 22 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 30 points while Gorgui Dieng had a double-double of 16 points with 13 rebounds as the Wolves shot 52 percent from the field while holding the Rockets to 46 percent shooting. The Wolves also outrebounded the Rockets by 58-31 but they committed a season-high 23 turnovers and they could do little to slow the Rockets’ perimeter scoring as they connected on 22 of 58 three-point attempts. With the loss, Minnesota dropped to 23-36 on the season and 8-18 on the road where they have lost three of their last four.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have won five of their last seven games but they will still be nursing their wounds after getting blown out by the Hornets in a 99-85 home loss on Saturday. Ben McLemore led the team in scoring with 18 points, Buddy Hield added 15 points off the bench in his second game for his new team, while Tyreke Evans chipped in with 11 points and five assists but the Kings simply had one of those letdown performances after pulling off an emotional win over the Nuggets in their first game without DeMarcus Cousins. With the loss, Sacramento falls to 25-34 on the season and 13-16 at home where they had won four straight before Saturday’s loss.

Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than10 points, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days’ rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Sacramento.

The Timberwolves will be disappointed with the fact that they allowed 142 points in their last game so they’ll be looking to tighten up their defense so a matchup with the Kings could be just what they need. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Kings pulled off the upset at home, but the Wolves to get the win and cover looks like the right play to me, especially when you look at the betting trends.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:01:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78272
<![CDATA[Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors - 2/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/27/philadelphia-76ers-vs-golden-state-warriors-2/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors have won six of their last seven games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win following Saturday’s 112-95 blowout of the Nets. Stephen Curry led from the front with 27 points with five assists, Klay Thompson added 24 points but no one else even finished in double figures as the Warriors won easily despite shooting just 42 percent from the field. In fact, Draymond Green scored just five points on one of 10 shooting from the field while Kevin Durant…

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The Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors have won six of their last seven games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win following Saturday’s 112-95 blowout of the Nets. Stephen Curry led from the front with 27 points with five assists, Klay Thompson added 24 points but no one else even finished in double figures as the Warriors won easily despite shooting just 42 percent from the field. In fact, Draymond Green scored just five points on one of 10 shooting from the field while Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season with a hand injury which affected the team’s usually fluent ball movement. With the win, Golden State improved to 49-9 on the season which means the Warriors are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this early on the calendar since the 1985-86 Celtics.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last six overall, but they will be looking to atone for Saturday’s heartbreaking 110-109 loss to the Knicks. In the absence of Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor led the team with 28 points, Robert Covington added 20 points while Dario Saric had 19 points with 15 rebounds and five assists, but it still wasn’t enough to get the win as the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony drained the game-winner in the last second of the game to cap off a 37-point performance. With the loss, Philadelphia drops to 22-36 on the season and 8-20 on the road where they have lost seven of their last nine.

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record, 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight against the Eastern Conference and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing home record. Meanwhile, the 76ers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games overall.

Head to head, the Warriors are 1-8 ATS in the last nine meetings in Philadelphia, the home team is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:38:18 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78266
<![CDATA[Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 2/26/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/26/oklahoma-city-thunder-vs-new-orleans-pelicans-2/26/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on NBATV.

The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.7 points and 11.9 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Frazier is dishing 5.7 assists. The New Orleans…

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on NBATV.

The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.7 points and 11.9 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Frazier is dishing 5.7 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 30.8 points and 10.2 assists while Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six home games.

The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The Thunder are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Even with the Thunder likely being without Oladipo, they're a far better team than the Pelicans right now. New Orleans is still trying to figure out how to play with Cousins and the lack of outside shooting hurts them. The Pelicans are also on the end of a back-to-back, and tired legs won't be good when trying to keep OKC's athletes in check. This is a game that could get away from the Pelicans real quick.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:52:25 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78254
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 2/26/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/26/los-angeles-clippers-vs-charlotte-hornets-2/26/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Sunday night.
 
The Charlotte Hornets have lost 12 of their last 14 games but they will be looking to build on last night's 99-85 win at Sacramento. Frank Kaminsky led the team with a double-double of 23 points with 13 rebounds, Marvin Williams had 16 points, Nicolas Batum added 15 points while Kemba walker chipped in with 12 points and six assists. As a team, the Hornets shot just 40 percent from the field, but they still managed to dominate the game and lead by as many as 23 points…
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The Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Sunday night.
 
The Charlotte Hornets have lost 12 of their last 14 games but they will be looking to build on last night's 99-85 win at Sacramento. Frank Kaminsky led the team with a double-double of 23 points with 13 rebounds, Marvin Williams had 16 points, Nicolas Batum added 15 points while Kemba walker chipped in with 12 points and six assists. As a team, the Hornets shot just 40 percent from the field, but they still managed to dominate the game and lead by as many as 23 points until the reserves kept the final score respectable. With the much-needed win, Charlotte improves to 25-33 overall and 9-20 on the road where they had lost 12 straight before last night's win.
 
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have lost five of their last nine games and they will be aiming to avoid a third straight loss following Friday's 105-97 defeat to the Spurs. Blake Griffin led the team with 29 points, Austin Rivers added 23 points off the bench while Chris Paul chipped in with 17 points and five assists in his first game back from a 14-game absence but the Clippers were always fighting an uphill battle after scoring just 13 points in a sloppy first quarter. Defensively, the Clippers did a fine job of limiting the Spurs to just 42 percent shooting, but they were outrebounded by 51-36 which was a major factor in a close contest. With the loss, the Clippers fall to 35-23 overall and 18-9 at home.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days' rest, 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Eastern Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
 
Head to head, the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Los Angeles. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles. 
 
The Hornets will be feeling much better after snapping a five-game skid with their win over the Kings, but the Clippers will provide a much stiffer test and they'll be looking to build some momentum heading into the playoffs now that CP3 is back in the lineup. I think the Clippers come out firing in this one and I like them to win this one by double digits when it's all said and done.
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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:48:37 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78236
<![CDATA[Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics - 2/26/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/02/26/detroit-pistons-vs-boston-celtics-2/26/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday night.
 
The Boston Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 games overall but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat following Friday's 107-97 loss at Toronto. Isaiah Thomas led the team with 20 points but didn't quite look like himself as he shot just six of 17 from the field. Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart added 19 points each while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 13 points as the Celtics shot just 42 percent from the field. It really was a game of two halves as the…
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The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday night.
 
The Boston Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 games overall but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat following Friday's 107-97 loss at Toronto. Isaiah Thomas led the team with 20 points but didn't quite look like himself as he shot just six of 17 from the field. Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart added 19 points each while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 13 points as the Celtics shot just 42 percent from the field. It really was a game of two halves as the Celtics had the wood over the shorthanded Raptors in the first half before getting outscored by 62-42 in the second half behind a career-high 43 points from DeMar DeRozan. With the loss, Boston drops to 37-21 overall and 17-13 on the road.
 
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last 10 games and they will be gunning for a third straight home win following Thursday's 114-108 overtime victory over the Hornets. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drained seven three-pointers en route to 33 points, Tobias Harris added 25 points while Marcus Morris chipped in with 16 points as the Pistons rallied back from an 18-point deficit to win the game in overtime. As a team, the Pistons shot just 41 percent from the field but a healthy 15 of 37 from the three-point line. With the win, Detroit improves to 28-30 on the season and 18-11 at home where they have won six of their last seven.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Meanwhile, the Pistons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
 
Head to head, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Detroit, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
 
The Celtics have been one of the hottest teams in the league and they could have easily won their last two games, but the Pistons have been in decent form and they will be well-rested as they haven't played since Thursday so this one could go either way. This is basically a coin flip of a game to pick but I'm leaning towards the Celtics as I'm looking for Thomas to atone for his poor showing in Friday's loss.
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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:28:19 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78233