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Jazz are a Hot Bet in Back-to-Backs

The Jazz will be hoping to bounce back from a 123-98 whipping at the hands of the Spurs last night when they continue their Texas road trip tonight in Houston. Opening as +9 underdogs for the game, the Jazz are a team to watch, as they’ve performed well at the betting window in the second game of back-to-backs, going 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games when in that scenario.

The Rockets have been on an ATS slide, failing to cover in five straight games. For the season, Houston has been fairly miserable at covering spreads, going just 13-23 ATS. Houston backers will want to be cautious with tonight’s game, as Houston has only covered a spread of 9 or more once this season.

The teams faced off on Monday in Utah, with the Rockets taking a close 93-91 win, failing to cover the -3.5 spread. The Jazz exploded for 37 points in the second quarter, but were only able to tally 33 points in the second half. James Harden scored 30 points in the game, but also turned the ball over eight times.

As for the total, which opened at 198, Houston has gone OVER in three straight games when playing on two days’ rest, while Utah is 3-1 O/U when playing on no days’ rest. 

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NHL: Kings Excelling on Home Ice

Anze Kopitar

The bright lights of the STAPLES Center have been kind to the Kings as they have gone 11-3 in their last 14 games in Los Angeles. The defensive effort has been a big reason for their hot play at home as the Kings have allowed just two goals per game in their last 14 at the STAPLES Center. The Kings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are in their second leg of a three-game California road trip, Thursday.

The Kings acquired Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick Wednesday. LA was looking to bolster their physicality on defense as Matt Greene has spent most of the season on injured reserve. Schenn will make his debut for his new team against the team that originally drafted him fifth overall in 2008.

The Leafs started their California road trip off in victorious fashion with a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday. Coach Mike Babcock that Jonathan Bernier would get a rest Thursday, after starting eight consecutive games, with James Reimer expected to start. Reimer has not started since December 3 as he has been nursing a groin injury. 

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OVER Bettors Loving Bulls-Celtics Tilts

Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas

In the last meeting between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls on December 9th, the Celts handed the Bulls their third straight loss, which led many people to question if Chicago had what it takes to make a run in the playoffs. All Chicago did was go 10-4 since then while collecting five wins in a row heading into tonight’s rematch at the United Center.

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  • The Celtics are 6-18 SU in their last 24 games on the road in January
  • The Bulls are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games
  • The Celtics are 2-6 O/U in their last 8 games on the road in January

The C’s, meanwhile, are just 6-7 since the last encounter with their Eastern Conference foes. Boston is coming off a 99-94 setback at the hands of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, but the good news for Celtics backers is the team has fared surprisingly well on the second game of back-to-backs this season. Brad Stevens’ crew are 5-2 in the second half of back-to-backs, including 3-1 on the road.

When the Celtics and Bulls collide, OVER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. In the last five meetings between the squads, the OVER is a perfect 5-0.

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Nover: QBs the Key For Road Favorites

By Wednesday afternoon it was official. The marketplace had received enough significant money to turn the Packers into a favorite against Washington. Now, for the first time, all four road teams are favored in the NFL Wild Card Playoffs.

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Home Dogs are a Red-Hot Wild Card Bet

Houston Texans JJ Watt

Home underdogs have always been an attractive play for NFL bettors, but just how profitable have they been when playoff time rolls around? According to recent history, they’ve been cashing at a rapid pace.

Out of the last 22 games that have closed with home dogs in the Wild Card round, 15 have covered the spread (15-6-1 ATS). They’re slightly more pedestrian straight up (13-9 SU), but it’s worth noting just how much playing in front of their hometown fans has helped bettors.


End of an Era: Kobe Bryant Props

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant

The NBA has changed quite a bit over the course of the last two decades, but one thing has remained the same: Kobe Bryant has always held the crown as the league’s most polarizing player. Simply put, you either love Kobe or you hate him. There isn’t much of a gap in between.


Heat Have Great Track Record vs Knicks

You can’t blame the New York Knicks if they’re looking more nervous than usual for tonight’s contest with the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. The Heat have absolutely dominated this series as of late, garnering eight wins in a row against their Eastern Conference foes including two wins earlier this season by an average of 18 points. The Heat limited the Knickerbockers to a paltry 78 points in both outings.

Shark Bites
  • The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
  • The Over is 9-3 in the Knicks' last 12 games.
  • The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between the Knicks and Heat in Miami.

The Heat have won three-straight heading into the tilt – a season high – thanks to a 103-100 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers that saw them erase an 18 point deficit. New York has won two straight to improve to 17-19 SU on the year while looking like a completely different team from last year’s club that posted a woeful 17-65 record – the worst season in franchise history.

A big reason for New York’s success is the emergence of Latvian rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis is averaging 13.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in the 2015-16 campaign and has been especially in the last few weeks, collecting three double-doubles in the Knicks’ last seven games.

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NBA Odds: Thunder are on an ATS Slide

Kevin Durant Thunder

Despite winning four out of their last five games SU, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been a team to stay away from as of late, as they’ve gone just 1-5 ATS over their last six games. The poor ATS showing has been the result of facing some relatively large spreads, as OKC has faced a spread of 10 or higher in five out of their last seven games. 

Tonight they’ll host the Memphis Grizzlies, who are on an ATS slide of their own—going just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games. The game opened with a 5.5-point spread in favor of the Thunder, and a total of 199.5.

The teams have already played each other twice this season, with each winning a game SU and covering. Both games went OVER, totalling 213 and 236 respectively. 

In their December 8th win over the Grizzlies, Kevin Durant went off for 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Durant has a history of dominating Memphis, as he’s averaged 28.1 points and 7.4 rebounds against them in 27 career games. 

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Ducks Continue To Be UNDER Royalty

The Anaheim Ducks have not been very good this season, but their struggles have equalled profits for bettors as the team has gone UNDER in nine of their past 14 with only three of those games going OVER. The Ducks and their opponents have combined for 51 goals since the start of December, an average of just 3.6 goals per game. The Toronto Maple Leafs will head to the Pond Wednesday night for a battle of the mediocres.

The Ducks have been surprisingly strong recently as they have gone 4-0-1 in their past five thanks to their special teams play. Anaheim is a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill in that span while scoring six goals on the powerplay. Goaltending has also been incredibly hot for the Ducks as the team’s netminders have only allowed seven goals in the past five games.

The Leafs will give Jonathan Bernier his eighth consecutive start in nets to start their three-game California road trip. Bernier is 5-2 with a 2.42 goals against average and a .925 save percentage during his seven game starting streak. 

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Wake Forest An Excellent Play vs Duke?

Wake Forest continues to be a scary play against top teams with close losses to Xavier and Louisville, plus a victory against LSU in their past three games. Duke will need to be careful when they visit the Demon Deacons Wednesday as Wake Forest has played them tight and covered in six of the last eight contests between the two teams.

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram continues to look like a lottery pick in the NBA Draft as he has averaged 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds over the past seven games. Duke’s offense, which is fourth in the nation, has a wealth of scoring talent with six players averaging at least 9.5 points per game (though that does include injured Amile Jefferson).

Senior Devin Thomas continues to be the focal point of this Wake Forest team as he has averaged 16.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game thanks to his massive frame. Thomas will be looking for redemption as Duke held him scoreless in 20 minutes of play last time the two teams met back in March. 

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