<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/houston-rockets-vs-denver-nuggets-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Rockets play host to the Denver Nuggets at the Toyota Center on Wednesday.

The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Monday’s 114-98 blowout win at Sacramento. Will Barton drained five three-pointers on his way to 25 points, Gary Harris added 20 points, Jamal Murray scored 18 points while Nikola Jokic chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 48 percent from the field and 15 of 32 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 67-51 to pull away from the Kings after being tied at halftime.…

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The Houston Rockets play host to the Denver Nuggets at the Toyota Center on Wednesday.

The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Monday’s 114-98 blowout win at Sacramento. Will Barton drained five three-pointers on his way to 25 points, Gary Harris added 20 points, Jamal Murray scored 18 points while Nikola Jokic chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 48 percent from the field and 15 of 32 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 67-51 to pull away from the Kings after being tied at halftime. With the win, Denver improves to 10-7 overall and 3-5 on the road where they had lost three straight before Monday’s win.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have won eight of their last nine games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after blowing past the Grizzlies in a 105-83 win on Saturday. James Harden led the way with 29 points and seven assists, Chris Paul and Clint Capela added 17 points each while Ryan Anderson chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 18 of 43 from the three-point line as they held the shorthanded Grizzlies to just 33 points in the second half to run away with the easy victory. With the win, Houston improved to 13-4 on the season and 4-3 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win, 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days’ rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Houston.

The Nuggets have been in great form and are coming into this game fresh off a blowout win over the Kings, but the bad news is that Paul Millsap will be out indefinitely as he undergoes surgery on his wrist which hurts the team big time. The betting trends are in favor of the Nuggets in this one, but I have to side with the Rockets who have been on an absolute tear lately with eight wins in their last nine games.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:42:09 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102095
<![CDATA[Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/philadelphia-76ers-vs-portland-trail-blazers-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Portland Trailblazers pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

The Portland Trailblazers have won four of their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after escaping Memphis with a 100-92 win on Monday. CJ McCollum led the way with 24 points, Damian Lillard added 21 points with four assists while Shabazz Napier provided the spark off the bench with 16 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 39 percent from the field and six of 15 from the three-point line, but it came good in the final 6:23 of the game where…

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The Portland Trailblazers pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

The Portland Trailblazers have won four of their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after escaping Memphis with a 100-92 win on Monday. CJ McCollum led the way with 24 points, Damian Lillard added 21 points with four assists while Shabazz Napier provided the spark off the bench with 16 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 39 percent from the field and six of 15 from the three-point line, but it came good in the final 6:23 of the game where the Blazers outscored the Grizzlies by 20-12. With the win, Portland improved to 10-7 overall and 3-3 on the road. 

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have won three of their last four games and they will be aiming to build on Monday’s 107-86 win over the Jazz. Ben Simmons continued his great rookie season with a team-high 27 points with 10 rebounds and four steals, JJ Redick shook off his shooting slump to add 20 points, while Joel Embiid chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the 76ers shot 51 percent from the field while holding the Jazz to just 35 percent shooting as they never looked threatened after jumping out to a 47-36 lead going into halftime. With the easy win, Philadelphia improved to 9-7 overall and 3-3 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Meanwhile, the 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 46-21 ATS in their last 67 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia, the Trailblazers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Philadelphia and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

There was a chance that Lillard was going to miss this game, but he isn't listed on the injury report which is a big boost for the Blazers. However, the 76ers are starting to really heat up and they looked particularly good against the Jazz on Monday, so in what should be a close contest, I'm sticking with the 76ers to stay hot with a win and cover at home behind a big night from Embiid who should be able to put up big numbers in this one.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:48:09 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102074
<![CDATA[Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/sacramento-kings-vs-los-angeles-lakers-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another big victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.5 points and 1.4 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Ingram is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 29.4 percent from…

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another big victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.5 points and 1.4 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Ingram is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last six road games.

The Sacramento Kings could use a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 93.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 47 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 11.6 points and 1.8 assists. De'Aaron Fox is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 2.5 assists. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.2 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have split their last six home games.

The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Kings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

The Lakers are on the end of a back to back and did spend a lot of energy making a comeback to beat the Chicago Bulls, but they're still a better basketball team than the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers are finding ways to win games and the Kings are being outscored by 15 points in their last five contests. The Kings are rested and at home, which are things I usually favor in toss-up matchups, but the Lakers are actually winning, something we can't say about Sacramento. Give me LA on the road.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:09:34 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102269
<![CDATA[Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/utah-jazz-vs-chicago-bulls-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Chicago Bulls are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 95.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.6 points and eight rebounds while Justin Holiday is averaging 15.2 points and 1.9 assists. Bobby Portis is the third double-digit scorer and Robin Lopez is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 33.7 percent from…

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The Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Chicago Bulls are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 95.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.6 points and eight rebounds while Justin Holiday is averaging 15.2 points and 1.9 assists. Bobby Portis is the third double-digit scorer and Robin Lopez is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five straight road games.

The Utah Jazz need a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 99.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Rodney Hood is averaging 17.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell is averaging 14.9 points and 2.9 assists. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost four of their last five home games.

The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-14 ATS in their last 20 Wednesday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings.

I'm not eating this chalk with the way the Jazz have played since losing Gobert to injury. Utah isn't nearly good enough defensively due to missing its top player, and everybody scores on these Chicago Bulls. So, I'm kind of liking the over in this spot, as I could easily see both teams topping 100 points. The over is also 8-3 in the Bulls last 11 road games.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:03:58 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102266
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-brooklyn-nets-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 110.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Dinwiddie is dishing 5.7 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting…

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The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 110.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Dinwiddie is dishing 5.7 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.3 points and 8.5 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.4 points and 10.3 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six home games.

The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 17-7 ATS in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The Nets are 20-9 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Cleveland, 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Cavs have put together a little winning streak and oddmakers are back to throwing out double-digit lines. No, thank you. Despite the wins, the Cavs are shooting just 45.2 percent from the field in their last five games, a percentage that is actually lower than their season average. The Nets aren't winning due to their starting backcourt being out, but they're being outscored by just 1.4 points in their last five games. The Nets have also owned the Cavaliers against the number, covering six of the last nine meetings. I probably won't touch this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd take a stab with the points and the Nets. The Cleveland Cavaliers have too many holes to be getting numbers like this.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:05:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102089
<![CDATA[Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/minnesota-timberwolves-vs-orlando-magic-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Orlando Magic need a win to snap a four-game losing streak to get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 19 points and 3.3 assists while Aaron Gordon is averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond…

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The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Orlando Magic need a win to snap a four-game losing streak to get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 19 points and 3.3 assists while Aaron Gordon is averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last eight road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 107.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.6 points and 11.4 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18.8 points and 1.6 assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last five home games.

The Magic are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota, 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

After a strong start to the season, the Orlando Magic are back to looking like the Orlando Magic, a team that can't defend and struggles mightily on the defensive side. In fact, the Magic are being outscored by 16 points in their last five games and shooting just 43.2 percent from the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves have their hits and misses, but they've been far more consistent as of late and easily play their best ball at home. I have to side with the better team here by double digits even if it is a fade against the Magic. I don't trust Orlando in its current form. 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102068
<![CDATA[New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/new-orleans-pelicans-vs-san-antonio-spurs-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.2 points and 8.5 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 11.4 points and 1.5 assists. Danny Green is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.8 percent…

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The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.2 points and 8.5 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 11.4 points and 1.5 assists. Danny Green is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last five road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 108.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 26.6 points and 12.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.

The Spurs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Spurs are 5-18 ATS in the last 23 meetings in New Orleans, 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans look like a team that's starting to figure things out, as the confidence is growing and the wins are piling up. At home, the Pelicans are shooting 49.4 percent from the field and really put pressure on the opposing team to keep up. The Spurs have lost four of their last five on the road and are actually being outscored by three points on the road this season overall. I like the way the Pelicans look right now. I'll lay the bucket with the home team.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102071
<![CDATA[New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/new-york-knicks-vs-toronto-raptors-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks meet Wednesday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.5 points on 45 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Miles is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the…

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

The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.5 points on 45 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Miles is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven road games.

The New York Knicks look for a statement victory after winning six of their last nine games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 27.6 points and 7.1 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.2 points and 3.1 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing four rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Raptors are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Knicks are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Raptors have won the last eight meetings against the Knicks with the last loss coming in November of 2015, but these are not the same Knicks from past years. The Knicks are quietly playing solid basketball right now, especially at home where they're outscoring teams by seven points, shooting a healthy 48.1 percent from the field and have covered seven straight. The Raptors do have those games where they don't show up sometimes and it only takes a bad game from one of their star guards and they become an average/subpar team. I'll take the free bucket in a game the Knicks can win outright. There's value with New York at home given the way its played all season at MSG.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102077
<![CDATA[Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/atlanta-hawks-vs-los-angeles-clippers-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers are getting desperate for a victory to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 104.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 17.1 points and 3.6 assists. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is dishing 2.8 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 34.9…

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers are getting desperate for a victory to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 104.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 17.1 points and 3.6 assists. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is dishing 2.8 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost six straight road games.

The Atlanta Hawks also need a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.7 points and 7.1 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last six home games.

The Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in Atlanta. The over is 8-3 in Hawks last 11 overall and the under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall.

The Los Angeles Clippers are in serious trouble, as they're being outscored by 11 points in their last five games and look lost on the defensive end no matter who they play. There may be some rumblings about a possible coaching change if this continues. With that said, the Hawks aren't playing much better basketball and don't have the size to counter Deandre and Blake in the paint. If the Clippers can't win this game, I have no more hope for this team and it may be time to think about blowing things up more than just CP3 leaving. 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102083
<![CDATA[Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/11/22/phoenix-suns-vs-milwaukee-bucks-11/22/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks have had an inconsistent start to the season and they will be looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Wizards in a 99-88 home loss on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 23 points but shot just eight of 21 from the field, Khris Middleton added 15 points while Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 14 points and six steals. As a team, the Bucks shot just 44 percent from the field and four of 22 from the three-point line as they faded away in the fourth…

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The Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks have had an inconsistent start to the season and they will be looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Wizards in a 99-88 home loss on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 23 points but shot just eight of 21 from the field, Khris Middleton added 15 points while Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 14 points and six steals. As a team, the Bucks shot just 44 percent from the field and four of 22 from the three-point line as they faded away in the fourth quarter against the defense of the Wizards. With the loss, Milwaukee dropped back to .500 with a record of 8-8 on the season and 5-4 at home.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have won three of their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the Bulls in a 113-105 home win on Sunday. TJ Warren led the way with 27 points on 13 of 20 shooting, Devin Booker and Mike James added 15 points each while Greg Monroe chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Suns shot 51 percent from the field and seven of 27 from the three-point line as they went on a 15-5 run in the fourth quarter to run away the game. With the win, Phoenix improved to 7-11 on the season and 4-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games following a double-digit loss at home. Meanwhile, the Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Phoenix.

The Bucks are in need of a win after losing their last two games to fall back to .500 on the season but they’re up against a young Suns team who have actually been playing some decent basketball with three wins in their last five games. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Suns pulled off the minor upset at home but I feel the Bucks are due for a win, especially against one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:02 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=102101