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OKC Has History of Hammering Lakers

Lakers vs Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat down the Los Angeles Lakers twice in December and will be looking to make it three in a row Friday when the Western Conference foes collide once again in California. The Thunder won the two meetings by 40 and 35 points and have an opportunity to collect their seventh-straight win over L.A.

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  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Lakers' last seven games with no days off.
  • The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last five games after an ATS win.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Thunder's last six games with one day off.

OKC held the Lakers to an average of 81.5 points and lowly shooting percentages of 34.9 and 36 percent from the field in the routs. The Thunder have seemingly put last year’s injury-plagued season behind them and have won 14 of their last 17 overall games after topping Memphis 112-94 on Wednesday.

Covering the spread has been a Herculean task for visiting clubs in this series. In the last 11 meetings between the Lakers and Thunder, the visitor is 2-9 ATS.

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Floundering Wolves Host High-Flying Cavs

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A date with the high-flying Cleveland Cavaliers is the last thing a team that’s struggled to find the bottom of the basket wants, but that’s exactly what the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves have on their plate Friday when the Cavs invade the Target Center.

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  • The Timberwolves are 5-22 SU in their last 27 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games after a win
  • The Timberwolves are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games after losing the previous game.

Minnesota has failed to eclipse the 100 point mark in each of its last nine games while dropping eight of those. The T-Wolves managed only nine points in the fourth quarter of a 78-74 home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Cleveland took both meetings between the clubs last season, averaging an 18.5 point margin of victory.

The good news for Wolves backers is, for some reason, the Cavs have simply not been able to get the job done on the road against teams with losing records. The wine and gold are a paltry 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 road games versus sub .500 teams.

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Bruins Have Historically Dominated Devils

The Boston Bruins have only one win in their past six contests, but a trip to New Jersey Friday may cure what ails them. The Bruins are 12-2 in their last 14 games when facing the Devils, including 5-1 at Prudential Center.

The Bruins start a five-game road trip on Friday night, which could help out a struggling Boston team who is 11-3-2 while travelling this season. Boston has called up David Pastrnak from the AHL to fill the void left in the lineup after placing Adam McQuaid on injured reserve Thursday.

The Devils offense has been downright bad this season as they are averaging the third-fewest goals per game in the NHL. It doesn’t help that the Mike Cammalleri, the Devils top scorer, has been placed on I.R. and has not played a game since December 30.  

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NCAAB Betting: Utah vs Colorado

The college basketball schedule Friday leaves a lot to be desired, but the Pac-12 features a matchup between the 11-4 Utah Utes and the 12-3 Colorado Buffaloes. Utah has gotten the better of Colorado in recent memory, as the Utes are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight against the Buffaloes.

Utah opened their conference play dropping back-to-back games to Stanford and Cal. The Utes offense was anaemic in those two affairs as they averaged 63 points compared to 81.9 on the season as a whole. Sophomore Jacob Poeltl is one of the best players in the nation this season as he has averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while registering eight double-doubles on the season.

Colorado started Pac-12 play with a 1-1 record thanks to a one point victory over Stanford in their past games. The Buffaloes have their own offensive machine this season with senior Josh Scott averaging 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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Spurs Have Become ATS Gold

A sure thing when wagering against the spread is basically a mirage, but the San Antonio Spurs have become as close as it gets to being a guarantee. In their last 14 games, the Spurs have gone 12-2 ATS, covering spreads of 11 or more points eight times during that span. The Spurs opened as 14.5 favorites for tonight’s home game against the Knicks.

The AT&T Center has treated the Spurs and there backers well this season, as the team is still undefeated on their home court. They’re also 16-5 ATS at home, including a 9-1 ATS run over their last 10 games.

While they can’t touch the Spurs in terms of ATS or SU success, the Knicks are on a mini run of their own, winning four of their last five games both SU and ATS. The Knicks have been on the underdog side of two double-digit spreads this season and covered both times.

The teams met earlier this season on November 2nd, with the Spurs winning 94-84, covering a 7.5 point spread in New York. The Spurs were in a sharing mood that night, as four players scored 16 or more points.

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Chiefs Have Struggled In The Postseason

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The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the football world by closing out their season with 10 consecutive wins, but they are now in the postseason, which is something that has historically been terrible for the team.  The Chiefs have lost and failed to cover in each of their past eight playoff games with their last postseason victory coming in the 1993 against the Houston Oilers. Kansas City will look to win their first postseason game since Aladdin was in theatres when they visit the Houston Texans on Saturday.

After allowing an average of 26.5 points per game through their first six contests of the season, the Chiefs defense locked down opponents as they have allowed a mere 12.8 ppg during their 10-game winning streak. Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season as the Washington-alum tied for the league lead in interceptions while bolstering the ninth-best passing defense in the NFL.

The years of questionable receiver play in Kansas City may finally be over as Jeremy Maclin has been a revelation with the diminutive pass-catcher racking up 1,000 yards. Maclin is the first Chiefs wideout since Dwayne Bowe in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Alex Smith has been his usual dependable self as he completed 65.3 percent of his passes while throwing 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

The year started just as bad for the Texans as it did for the Chiefs, with Houston opening the year 2-5 through their first seven games and lost Arian Foster for the season. Brian Hoyer has stepped in and steadied the offense after the quarterback gong-show with Ryan Mallett at the start of the year, as the veteran has thrown for 19 touchdowns while only turning the ball over seven times this year. 

Defensively, the Texans have been in the top tier of the NFL as they rank in the top 10 in points per game and yards per game. Houston finished the season fifth in sacks with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus combining for 29.5 quarterback takedowns this season. 

The line opened with the Texans as a three-point home underdog and the total set at 40.5. These two teams met in Week 1 of the season in a game that saw the Chiefs win 27-20. 

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NFL: 2016 Head Coach Prop Odds

Seven NFL teams are on the hunt for a new head coach after Black Monday. Many of these teams have been attached to the same potential head coaches with interviews already well underway to see who will lead the 49ers, Browns, Dolphins, Eagles, Giants and Titans into the future.

Bovada has released odds for who will be carrying the clipboard for each of these teams come the start of the 2016 season.


Soccer Odds: Serie A, La Liga on Board

The Premier League and Bundesliga are not in action this weekend, but La Liga and Serie A have a full slate of matches.

In Italy Fiorentina is in second place in the league table and they are at home to face a Lazio squad that has been a disappointment this season. AS Roma only has one win in their last five matches and host an AC Milan squad that is coming off a loss.

In Spain Celta Vigo has been a surprise and they host first-place Atletico Madrid. Atletico Bilboa and Sevilla face off in a match between two clubs in the top 10 in the league table.


NCAAB Betting: Illinois vs Michigan State

The fifth-ranked Michigan Spartans will participate in their fourth-straight game without guard Denzel Valentine Thursday evening when they welcome Illinois to town. The Spartans spent four weeks as the top ranked team in the nation but have struggled on the defensive end of the floor without Valentine. The good news is the Wooden Award candidate shouldn’t miss too much more time.

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  • Illinois is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games against Michigan State.
  • Michigan State is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games in January.
  • Illinois is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road in January.

Home court advantage hasn’t meant much in this series, as road sides are a perfect 4-0 SU in the last four matchups between the Spartans and Fighting Illini. OVER bettors have taken a special liking to Illinois as a result of the OVER/UNDER going 4-1 in the last five times the team has taken the floor.

Spartans head coach Tom Izzo is a big deal for a lot of reasons, but the veteran bench boss has been especially great in conference openers. Of Izzo’s 20 Big Ten home openers, Sparty is 17-3 including 12 of their last 13.

These teams are certainly no stranger to participating in a lot of nail-biting games. Eighteen of the last 19 games in this series have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

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Cincinnati Superb When Facing AAC

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The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to get back to their typically strong play within the AAC after splitting their first two conference games this season. Despite the early set back against Temple, Cincinnati is 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games within the American.  It will not be easy for Cincy though as they will visit the undefeated SMU Mustangs Thursday.

If Cincinnati will look to upset SMU, they will need to stick to their defensive guns. The Bearcats have allowed an average of 57 points per game in their wins this season, but have allowed 75.3 points in their losses. Cincinnati is one of just three teams to defeat SMU at Moody Coliseum since the start of the 2013-14 season, a span of 45 games.

Keith Frazier, the junior guard who was at the forefront of an academic fraud investigation against SMU, has decided to leave the team to deal with personal reasons according to coach Larry Brown. The Mustangs depth should help limit the impact of Frazier’s absence with four other players averaging double-digit points this season.

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