<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/washington-wizards-vs-brooklyn-nets-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Verizon Center.

The Brooklyn Nets look to play spoiler after splitting their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 105.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 20.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jeremy Lin is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists. Sean Kilpatrick is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Booker is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent…

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The Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Verizon Center.

The Brooklyn Nets look to play spoiler after splitting their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 105.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 20.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jeremy Lin is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists. Sean Kilpatrick is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Booker is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

The Washington Wizards are still battling for playoff positioning after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 108.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.1 points and 3.2 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 22.9 points and 10.8 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won 10 of their last 14 home games.

The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nets are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington, 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

I know the Wizards are great at home and are playing for possibly the second seed in the East if they can continue to win games. But this seems like a lot of points to give a Brooklyn Nets team that's won five of their last 10 and has covered a ton over the last two weeks. I'm just not going to spot the Wizards double-digit points when the Brooklyn is finding ways to win right now let alone cover. Not to mention Washington has been awful against the number as of late. I'll take a stab with the points based on the value. 

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:37:09 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81422
<![CDATA[Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/boston-celtics-vs-phoenix-suns-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Phoenix Suns look to play spoiler at this point while snapping their six-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 20.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Marquese Chriss is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond…

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The Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Phoenix Suns look to play spoiler at this point while snapping their six-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 20.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Marquese Chriss is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

The Boston Celtics are chasing the top seed in the East and have won five of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 107.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 29 points and six assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 16.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five straight home games.

The Suns are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Friday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.

The Phoenix Suns look like a team that's mailed in the season, as a lot of their key guys take nights off and the energy isn't there at either end. The Suns are also on the end of a back-to-back and were just destroyed by the bad Brooklyn Nets. It doesn't get any worse than that. The Celtics are fighting the Cavs for the top spot in the East and have the offensive / defensive combo to open this game wide open. I don't lay big chalk often, but this seems like one of those spots where you have no choice.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:30:26 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81419
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/los-angeles-lakers-vs-minnesota-timberwolves-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers collide at the STAPLES Center on Friday night.
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after Sunday's 100-93 loss to the Spurs. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 25 points and 14 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 22 points while Shabazz Muhammad chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 15 from the three-point line as they dominated the first half to lead by 51-42 going…
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers collide at the STAPLES Center on Friday night.
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after Sunday's 100-93 loss to the Spurs. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 25 points and 14 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 22 points while Shabazz Muhammad chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 15 from the three-point line as they dominated the first half to lead by 51-42 going into the halftime break before the Spurs took over in the second half. With the loss, Minnesota dropped to 28-42 on the season and 18-19 at home where they had won four straight before Sunday's loss.
 
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have won 14 of their last 15 games and they will be looking to snap a six-game skid after Tuesday's 133-109 loss to the Clippers. Brandon Ingram led the team with 21 points, Julius Randle added 19 points while D'Angelo Russell chipped in with 18 points but this game was over before it really began as the Clippers put the game to bed early with a 70-40 first half. With the loss, Los Angeles dropped to 20-51 on the season which is good for last place in the Western Conference.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record, 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. 
 
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and the road team is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall and the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
 
The Lakers will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday's embarrassing loss to the Clippers, but I don't see that happening against this Timberwolves team who were pretty close to beating the Spurs in their last outing. Give me the Timberwolves to get the win and cover against a struggling Lakers team.

 

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:11:25 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81416
<![CDATA[Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/milwaukee-bucks-vs-atlanta-hawks-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks do battle at the Bradley Center on Friday.
 
The Atlanta Hawks have lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after Wednesday's 104-100 loss at Washington. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with 29 points on nine of 16 shooting, Dennis Schroder added 18 points while Dwight Howard chipped in with 14 points and 16 rebounds but it was a game of two halves as the Hawks held the Wizards to 40 points in the first half where John Wall was held scoreless. However, Wall would go on to score…
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The Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks do battle at the Bradley Center on Friday.
 
The Atlanta Hawks have lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after Wednesday's 104-100 loss at Washington. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with 29 points on nine of 16 shooting, Dennis Schroder added 18 points while Dwight Howard chipped in with 14 points and 16 rebounds but it was a game of two halves as the Hawks held the Wizards to 40 points in the first half where John Wall was held scoreless. However, Wall would go on to score 22 points in the second half to snatch victory from the Hawks. With the loss, Atlanta dropped to 37-34 overall which is good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
 
Meanwhile, the Bucks have won 10 of their last 12 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory following Wednesday's 116-98 win at Sacramento. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Greg Monroe added 15 points while Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic chipped in with 13 points each. As a team, the Bucks shot 53 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the three-point line as they exploded for 44 points in the second quarter to lead by 19 points going into halftime before cruising in the second half. With the dominant win, Milwaukee improved to 36-35 on the season which is good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 against the Eastern Conference, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 9-3  ATS in their last 12 games overall.
 
Head to head, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Milwaukee. The over is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings in Milwaukee and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
 
The Hawks have owned the Bucks ATS if you look at the betting trends, but I don't expect those trends to continue as the Hawks have been in a major rut while the Bucks are playing their best basketball of the season. With that being said, I'm taking the Bucks to get the win and cover the reasonable spread at home.
 
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:59:06 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81413
<![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/houston-rockets-vs-new-orleans-pelicans-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets do battle at the Toyota Center on Friday.
 
The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after taking down the Grizzlies by 95-82 on Tuesday. DeMarcus Cousins had his best game for his new team, leading the way with 41 points with 17 rebounds on 14 of 27 shooting. Anthony Davis added 19 points with 13 rebonds while Jrue Holiday added 11 points with six assists as the Pelicans used a 32-13 third quarter to take control of the game after scoring just 33…
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The New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets do battle at the Toyota Center on Friday.
 
The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after taking down the Grizzlies by 95-82 on Tuesday. DeMarcus Cousins had his best game for his new team, leading the way with 41 points with 17 rebounds on 14 of 27 shooting. Anthony Davis added 19 points with 13 rebonds while Jrue Holiday added 11 points with six assists as the Pelicans used a 32-13 third quarter to take control of the game after scoring just 33 points in the first half. With the impressive win, New Orleans improved to 30-41 on the season which is currently good for 11th place in the Western Conference standings.
 
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have won five of their last six games and they will be aiming to stay hot after sneaking past the Nuggets in a 125-124 win on Monday. Six players finished in double figures with Eric Gordon scoring 18 points and Trevor Ariza chipping in with 14 points, but the night belonged to James Harden who strengthened his claim for the NBA MVP trophy as he poured in 39 points including the game-winning layup with just 2.4 seconds left in the game to carry the Rockets over the line. With the impressive win, Houston improved to 49-22 on the season which is good for third place in the Western Conference standings.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on two days' rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 against the Western Conference.
 
Head to head, the underdog is 18-8-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Houston.
 
The Pelicans have really started to heat up with three consecutive wins including a win over the Grizzlies, but it's hard to go past the red-hot Rockets who will be well-rested as they haven't played since Monday's home win. This will be a close one but I expect the Rockets to pull away late on the back of their three-point shooting.
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:43:35 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81410
<![CDATA[Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/indiana-pacers-vs-denver-nuggets-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.

The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers. Gary Harris led the team with 21 points, Wilson Chandler added 18 points while Nikola Jokic added 16 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists. However, the strength of the Nuggets was their depth as their bench combined for 56 points thanks to 20 points from Will Barton and 17 points in 19 minutes from Kenneth Faried. As a team, the Nuggets shot 53 percent…
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The Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.

The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers. Gary Harris led the team with 21 points, Wilson Chandler added 18 points while Nikola Jokic added 16 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists. However, the strength of the Nuggets was their depth as their bench combined for 56 points thanks to 20 points from Will Barton and 17 points in 19 minutes from Kenneth Faried. As a team, the Nuggets shot 53 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the three-point line as they scored 120+ points for the fourth time in five games. With the win, Denver improved to 34-37 on the season and 21-17 at home where they have won four of their last five.
 
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have alternated wins with losses for 15 straight games now so they'll be looking for a win after Wedesday's 109-100 loss at Boston. Paul George led the way with 37 points on 11 of 26 shooting while Jeff Teague added 25 points with six assists on 10 of 15 shooting, but no other player finished in double figures as the Nuggets shot just 43 percent from the field. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 36-35 on the season which is currently good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings which would most likely be a first-round playoff matchup with the Celtics.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
 
Head to head, the Nuggets are 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Indiana. The over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
 
The Pacers need to make the most of their last 11 regular season games if they want to climb up the standings, but they're just too inconsistent right now for me to back them against this streaking Nuggets team coming fresh off a win over the Cavaliers. Give me the Nuggets to stay hot and win this one by single digits in a shootout.
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:31:14 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81407
<![CDATA[Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/charlotte-hornets-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on on Friday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last seven games but they will be aiming to bounce back after Wednesday's 126-113 loss at Denver. Kyrie Irving led the way with 33 points on 11 of 22 shooting, Deron Williams added 19 points while LeBron James had 18 points with five assists. As a team, the Cavs shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the three-point line, but it wasn't enough to get past the line as the Cavs were always running uphill in the second half after…
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The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on on Friday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last seven games but they will be aiming to bounce back after Wednesday's 126-113 loss at Denver. Kyrie Irving led the way with 33 points on 11 of 22 shooting, Deron Williams added 19 points while LeBron James had 18 points with five assists. As a team, the Cavs shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the three-point line, but it wasn't enough to get past the line as the Cavs were always running uphill in the second half after trailing by 74-59 in the first half. On the bright side, the Cavs were able to rest most of their starters in the fourth quarter as they were unable to cut into the double digit deficit. With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 46-24 on the season which is still good for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.
 
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have won six of their last 10 games and they will be aiming to build on their current three-game win streak after Wednesday's 109-102 win at Orlando. Kemba Walker led the way with 22 points and seven assists, Marco Belinelli added 20 points while Frank Kaminsky chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the three-point line as they trailed for most of the game until they rallied in a 32-20 fourth quarter. With the win, Charlotte improves to 32-39 on the season which is currently good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the NBA Central.
 
Head to head, the Cavs are 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
 
The Hornets are starting to heat up with three wins on the trot so this looks like a good spot for them to make the most of playing an inconsistent Cavaliers team. I wish the bookies were giving us more points, but I'm taking the Hornets at home in an upset.
 
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:16:20 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81404
<![CDATA[Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/golden-state-warriors-vs-sacramento-kings-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors meet Friday in NBA action at the Oracle Arena.

The Sacramento Kings could use a feel good victory here after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 102.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while Darren Collison is averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 assists. Tyreke Evans is the third double-digit scorer and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.7 assists. The Sacramento Kings are shooting…

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The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors meet Friday in NBA action at the Oracle Arena.

The Sacramento Kings could use a feel good victory here after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 102.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while Darren Collison is averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 assists. Tyreke Evans is the third double-digit scorer and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.7 assists. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Golden State Warriors look to build on their five-game winning streak while building their lead in the West. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 116.1 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 24.9 points and 6.3 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 22.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Iguodala is grabbing four rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Kings are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Warriors are 3-11-2 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Kings are 0-6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Golden State, 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and the favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

You guys who have followed me over the years know I don't like heavy chalk and refuse to play it majority of the time. Say what you want about the Kings, but they're still an NBA team and 18 points is insane and opens yourself up to a brutal backdoor cover. So, instead of laying this chalk, I'm siding with the over. The Warriors are finding their groove again with Durant out and usually shoot lights out at home. The Kings struggle defensively and the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Oracle. I expect a lot of buckets and think the total is a safer route than messing with an unreal line.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:42:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81401
<![CDATA[Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/chicago-bulls-vs-philadelphia-76ers-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers look to play spoiler at this point in the season after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Robert Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while Dario Saric is averaging 12.6 points and 2.2 assists. Jahlil Okafor is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Henderson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia…

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers look to play spoiler at this point in the season after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Robert Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while Dario Saric is averaging 12.6 points and 2.2 assists. Jahlil Okafor is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Henderson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost eight of their last nine road games.

The Chicago Bulls need a win to stay in the playoff race after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 23.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while Robin Lopez is averaging 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams is dishing 2.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last six home games.

The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Bulls continue to fall apart and look like a team that doesn't have the energy to make a late playoff push. Say what you want about the Philadelphia 76ers, but they continue to be one of the best and consistent teams in the league when it comes to covering numbers, and that includes road games. This is a game the Bulls should win, but we've made a killing on the 76ers all year backing them to cover. Shouldn't stop now against a Bulls squad that's playing below average basketball. 

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:29:53 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81398
<![CDATA[Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/24/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/03/24/orlando-magic-vs-detroit-pistons-3/24/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Detroit Pistons need a victory here to stay in the playoff convo after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while Reggie Jackson is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists. Andre Drummond is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are…

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The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Detroit Pistons need a victory here to stay in the playoff convo after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while Reggie Jackson is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists. Andre Drummond is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost four straight road games.

The Orlando Magic look to play spoiler after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 16.9 points and 3.1 assists while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.

The Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pistons are 19-9 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Orlando, 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

I know the Pistons need a win to stay in the playoff mix, but they've needed to win before this game and it hasn't mattered much. The Pistons are just awful on the road and shouldn't be laying chalk. After all, Detroit lost to the worst team in the league on the road earlier this week. So, while I don't love this game and wouldn't be surprised if Orlando stinks up the joint, the value is with the Magic and the points at home. 

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