UConn must be on their guard against Florida State in Newark

Six-foot senior guard David Nichols negotiates traffic in Florida State’s squeaker against Purdue.

Is there a natural law forbidding a school from excelling at basketball and football [forget academics] simultaneously? Florida State’s shift from football powerhouse to AP Top 25 basketball program hints there is. 

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Once upon a time, the Seminoles bossed the college football landscape. Before Nick Saban went to Alabama, Bobby Bowden had his team in the national title picture year in, year out. When quarterback Charlie Ward ended up as the New York Knicks’ point guard, the general reaction was, “Wait, the ‘Noles play roundball, too?”

Now, Florida State’s gridiron program is in disarray. They’re 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the ACC. No bowl for you. 

On the other hand, the hoops squad is rocking the rock. Leonard Hamilton’s group is 7-1 on the early season, ranked 11th. They travel to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies tonight in an early evening tussle. 

Coach Dan Hurley’s Huskies are on a roll themselves, boasting a 7-2 record ahead of conference play. It helps that UConn’s games all came at Gampel Pavilion or a neutral venue but they’re not complaining.

The Seminoles only road trip to the opponent’s building ended in an 80-69 win over Tulane. They’re 2-1 in neutral venues. The Huskies are 1-1.

Alterique Gilbert controlled Lafayette. Can he ride his momentum to dominate Florida State?

Sophomore Alterique Gilbert [4.7 apg] runs the offence for the Huskies. He’s coming off a career-high in assists [11] in the 90-63 win over Lafayette but senior Jalen Adams is the star, averaging 19.3 ppg. UConn is weak on the boards. Third guard Christian Vital leads the team with 5.9 rpg. You might say it’s vital for Dan Hurley to recruit a presence in the paint.

Expect FSU to attack them there. Seven-foot-four senior centre Christ Koumadje should have a big game. Hamilton expects twin point guards Terence Mann [sr, 2.1 apg] and Trent Forrest [soph, 3.6 apg] to spread the ball around. Four players average double figures in points, with Mann the highest at 11.1 ppg. Senior guard PJ Savoy averages 9.5. While both sides emphasise guard play, the ‘Noles look to penetrate more.

 It should come as no surprise that the UNDER is 9-2-1 in FSU’s last dozen outings. On the other hand, they save their best for Saturdays. The OVER is in their last eight to start the weekend. UConn loves the OVER. It’s 7-1 in the Huskies last eight non-conference tilts, 15-5-1 in recent neutral site matchups and 16-5 in their last 21 overall.

The TOTAL for this one is 152.5, the LINE UConn +9.5. The two schools have only met twice, the last time in 2011, so throw their head-to-head results out the window. This season, Florida State games have been consistently UNDER 152.5, often narrowly. UConn’s been well OVER on most occasions. Trust their magnetism to have the greater pull.

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Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trailblazers (Western Conference) NBA Betting preview for Thursday, December 6, 2018.

     

Written by National Basketball Association Expert Point Spread Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (4-20) SU, (8-16) Phoenix Suns will try to break a six-game losing streak both SU/ATS. Phoenix has been as bad as expected through the first quarter of the 2018-19 season. The latest a December 4th, a 122-105 defeat to Sacramento as 5′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS.

Sacramento got off to a 36-9 first-quarter lead, never looking back in victory.

  • The Suns are 4-1 ATS their last five in Portland.
  • Phoenix is 0-5 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five after an ATS loss.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 4 of Phoenix last five overall.
  • Phoenix is 2-4 ATS their last six on the road.

The (13-11) SU, (11-13) ATS Portland Trailblazers have dropped six of seven and have not had a POINT SPREAD cover since November 18th. Portland is 8-4 SU playing in front of the home crowd this season. They’re four games behind first-place Denver in the Northwest division.

The Trailblazers got outscored 34-20 in the opening quarter in their latest loss to Dallas as 2 point road FAVORITES ATS.

  • The Trailblazers are 0-6 ATS their last six on one day of rest.
  • Over bettors have made profits the last four meetings between the teams in Portland.
  • Portland is 0-3 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their previous three at home.
  • The OVER is 7-3 Portland last ten overall.

Thursday’s game is at 10:05 PM EST at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The Local Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Phoenix as 13 point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 214′ points for Thursday’s contest.

Trade rumors surrounding 33-year-old forward Trevor Ariza are swirling around the Phoenix Suns organization. The former Rockets star has plenty of value with an ability to clamp down on defense and shoot from the perimeter.

Phoenix wants a quality point guard to distribute, freeing up Devin Booker (out tonight) to freelance on the wing.

The Suns (103.0) points per game are 28th in the league while the (45.6%) shooting from the field ranks 17th in basketball. Booker (23.5) ppg along with TJ Warren whos out with a hamstring injury, (17.7) are the primary offensive weapon. The organization wants 2017 number-four overall draft pick, Josh Jackson, to play a more prominent role, and he’ll get his chance tonight with the two top scorers out.

Rookie Deandre Ayton is the real deal and is showing why he was the top overall pick this season grabbing a team-best (10.2) rebounds per game. The Suns 25th ranked defense allows opponents (114.0) points per game; the last two opponents have scored at least 120 points. Phoenix allows the opposition a high shooting percentage which must be corrected.

Forward Ryan Anderson has been a disappointment since coming over from New Orleans but provides leadership to the youthful roster. Phoenix knows that Portland is desperate for a victory.

However, it’s going to be tight with Booker and Warren out tonight.

Bovada.Lv list the Phoenix Suns win total at 29′ games for 2018-19.

The Portland Trailblazers front office didn’t make any drastic moves after they got swept in the opening round of last season’s playoffs. Portland began the season playing efficiently at both ends of the court, but now fans around the city are questioning head coach Terry Stotts.

As expected All-Star point guard Damian Lillard is playing at an elite level. However, role players such as Zach Collins, Moe Harkless, and Al-Farouq Aminu are struggling which reminds the faithful of the Pelicans playoff series.

Lillard average a team-high (27.3) ppg on a unit that produces (112.5) points per contest. If the season ended today, Portland would be the number-seven seed in the Western Conference. Portland allows the opposition (111.7) points per game, 20th in the NBA on a dismal (46.0%) shooting from the field which is too high.

Portland excels at forcing turnover; the (12.2) is the 2nd league-wide. CJ McCollum is questionable for tonight’s game after suffering an ankle injury.

A key to a Portland win tonight to come out and play with enthusiasm; someone other than Lillard has to produce on offense.

Bovada.Lv list the Portland Trailblazers win total at 42 games for 2018-19.

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Are Temple ready for the National Champs?

Temple supporters are passionate but the Owls must swoop into the national champion’s house to claim a victory tonight. (Photo by Chris Chambers)

Sarcasm is a centuries-old art form as evidenced by the continued reference to Philadelphia as the City of Brotherly Love. If you’re looking for tenderness and compassion, you’ve come to the wrong town. The only love you’ll get in Philly is the tough kind. Its fans are loud and in your face. 

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They’re also knowledgeable on and off the court. The city is blessed with several of the nation’s top colleges and universities. When two meet on the hardwood… well, in the immortal words of Dick Vitale, “Oh baby!”

Tonight, the 7-1 Temple Owls fly out to the ‘burbs to take on national champs Villanova in the Pavilion. It’s said the early bird gets the worm. Even though worms and Wildcats aren’t an Owl’s natural prey, Fran Dunphy’s squad might wish this trip had been on the calendar in early November rather than December.

Jay Wright’s defending champions came into the season with something of a title hangover, going 2-2 in their first four. Since the rough start, Villanova’s ripped off four in a row. At 6-2, they’re now ranked 21st in the nation according to the AP.

The Wildcats’ points come from seniors Phil Booth [16.9ppg] and Eric Paschall [15.8]. Both love to let fly from beyond the arc. Half of Booth’s shots come from three-point land. Paschall finds his way inside a bit more. While 43% of his shots are threes, he also pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game. Six-foot-nine-inch sophomore forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is the main force on the boards, however, pulling down 8.4 per. Fellow sophomore Collin Gillespie supplements Booth and Paschall’s scoring with another 11.3ppg.

Jay Wright’s side is small. Cosby-Roundtree and freshman Saddiq Bey [at 6’8″] are the big men. Oddly, Wright doesn’t have a true point guard running the show. The ball moves around, with no one player averaging more than 3 assists per game [Gillespie].

Obviously, the team mentality works for Villanova. They’re national champions two of the past three seasons and Wright’s players like to stay in the program for the full four years.

The Wildcats celebrate their 2018 NCAA National Championship.

While Fran Dunphy may wish he could’ve run up against Jay Wright earlier in the season, any history majors in his squad will tell him December 5th might be exactly the right time to play Villanova. Temple’s last win against the Wildcats came six years ago to the day in 2012. 

In the interim, the Owls have been shredded by their rival, losing five in a row with the narrowest margin being 16 points [in 2014 &16]. Little wonder the LINE in this one has Villanova giving away ten points. In every win, the Wildcats covered by at least 5.5 points. The OVER is 4-1 during that streak.

The American Athletic Conference doesn’t receive the same love as the Big East but, following two mediocre seasons in which Temple posted a combined 33-32 record their hot start has them back in the discussion for the NCAA tournament.

The Owls’ offence is more focused than Villanova’s. The scoring derives primarily from the guards. Senior Levan Shawn Alston and junior Quinton Rose each average 17.1ppg. When Alston isn’t taking the shot himself, he’s the main floor general with 5.8 assists per game.

Fronting up outside the paint isn’t Ernest Aflakpui’s natural habitat. He will eat opponents up inside, however.

Archbishop Carroll product Ernest Aflakpui will match up with Cosby-Roundtree in the paint. The 6’10” doesn’t score often [6.4ppg] sophomore pulls down 7.5 boards per game. Sophomore Nate Pierre-Louis loves to mix it up with the big lads too. The 6’4″ guard from Plainfield, NJ’s Roselle Catholic HS pitches in 11.3ppg and 7.1 rebounds.

Temple’s 7-1 start hasn’t come against the same level of opposition Villanova faces. The Wildcats were blown out by #5 Michigan then edged by #25 Furman in OT, but rebounded with a victory over #11 Florida State. If you like comparing common opponents, however, both teams have beaten LaSalle this season. Temple beat them by eight at home, a PUSH. Villanova comes off a tough road win against the Explorers, their seven-point FAILING TO COVER the -16 line. 

This is a home game, though. The Wildcats are 15-5 AGAINST THE SPREAD in their last 20 at the Pavilion.

That said, the most compelling trend in this matchup is the UNDER. It’s 11-4 in Temple’s last 15 road games, 7-3 against their last non-conference opponents and 7-1 in Villanova’s last eight non-conference tilts and their last eight overall. Go with that in this one.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz (Western Conference) NBA Betting preview for Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Written by National Basketball Association ATS Analyst Al Presto.

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The (11-12) SU/ATS San Antonio Spurs broke a two-game losing streak on December 2nd with a 131-118 win over Portland as 1 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 36 points making 13 of 27 shots from the field.

After suffering consecutive double-figure losses, Sunday’s victory over Portland showed fans in San Antonio their team has what it takes to compete in the West.

  • San Antonio is 2-4 ATS their last six on the road.
  • The OVER is 5-0-1 San Antonio last six when giving up 100 points or more in the game before.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 7 of the last eight meetings between the teams.
  • The Spurs are 0-6 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD the last six after scoring more than 125 point their previous contest.

The (11-13) SU/ATS Utah Jazz ended a three-game trip with a 102-100 SU loss to Miami as 4-point road FAVORITES ATS. Utah is last in the competitive Northwest division, five and a half games behind first-place Denver.

Utah will host Houston on December 6th before traveling to the Alamo City to face the Spurs again on the 9th of this month.

  • The UNDER is 10-4 the last fourteen between the teams in Salt Lake City.
  • Over bettors have made profits Utah last six at home.
  • Utah has lost their previous two games ATS at home.
  • The Jazz is 1-8 ATS their last nine vs. Teams with a losing SU road record.

Tuesday’s game is at 9:00 PM EST at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The NBA Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Utah as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 216′ points for Tuesday’s contest.

Gregg Popovich and RC Buford are known to some around the NBA as the most efficient Head Coach and General Manager duo in the NBA, that’s why the Spurs will be relevant in the 2019 playoffs.

San Antonio is tied with Houston for fourth place in the Southwest division with a team that’s still trying to find an identity.

The Spurs one time smothering defense is a work in progress giving up (112.3) points per contest, 22nd in the league. Popovich will also continue to address the (48.1) shooting percentage they allow opponents which ranks 28th league-wide. Center Pau Gasol has been out since late November with a foot injury, and they don’t know when he’ll be back in the lineup. DeRozan (24.3) ppg is the top scorer on an offense that puts up an average of (109.4), 17 in the league. The (38.9%) shooting from beyond the three-point line is the best in the Association.

Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge grabs a team-best (10.5) rebounds per game on a unit that average (44.0) per game, 18th in the league. With the departure of longtime Tony Parker, San Antonio is looking for Patty Mills or Derrick White to take the lead. DeRozan is a shooting guard but leads the team in assists, Buford could make a trade for an upgrade at the position.

San Antonio must play with consistency at both ends of the floor while Aldridge and Rudy Gay must get physical with Utah in the post.

Bovada.Lv list the San Antonio Spurs win total at 44′ games for 2018-19.

Fans who root for the lone major sports franchise in the Beehive State are a bit shell-shocked through the first quarter of 2018. After taking down Oklahoma City in the playoff, last season expectations for this year were through the roof.

Many NBA Experts believe Utah would challenge Golden State for supremacy. However, it’s been tough going for the Jazz who seem to be average at best so far this season. In an attempt to shake things up they acquired Kyle Korver from Cleveland and are 2-1 since his arrival; Korver played for the Jazz from 2007-10.

Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (21.4) points per contest lead a Utah offense that ranks 26th in the NBA with (105.7) ppg with a (45.8) shooting percentage from the field. The (32.6%) from three-point territory is also 26th.

What’s baffling is their lack of presence in the post with Rudy Gobert (13.0) rebounds per game and Derrick Favors (7.1) they should be better than their 23rd ranking grabbing boards.

Point Guard Ricky Rubio (6.4) assists per game are growing into a prominent role with the team but can be a defensive liability at times.

Forward Jae Crowder brings a sense of toughness to the roster to a defense that allows (108.0) ppg, sixth in the league. The Jazz must contest the Spurs from the 3-point line, Utah allows (36.5%) from beyond the arc with (47.4%) from the field.

Head Coach Quin Snyder believes Korver brings another shooter to the lineup which they’ll need tonight.

Bovada.Lv list the Utah Jazz win total at 49′ games for 2018-19.

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Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat (Southeast Division) NBA Betting preview for Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Written by National Basketball Association Expert Point Spread Analyst Charlie Red          McDougall.

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The (11-12) SU, (14-9) ATS Orlando Magic are at the end of a six-game road trip as they’ll take on division foe Miami. Orlando should be well rested after their 99-85 win over Phoenix as 4-point road FAVORITES ATS on November 30th.

What’s better for the betting public is Orlando has covered the POINT SPREAD in four consecutive games. Center Nikola Vucevic scored 25-points with 15 rebounds against 2018 first overall draft pick Deandre Ayton.

  • Orlando is 6-2 ATS the last eight meeting between the teams.
  • The Magic have covered their last four AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD After an SU win.
  • OVER bettors have made a profit in 3 of Orlando last six on the road.
  • The OVER is 8-3 the last eleven times the teams have played.

The (9-13) SU, (10-12) ATS Miami Heat have won two consecutive, a 106-101 win Over New Orleans as 3 point home UNDERDOGS ATS and a 102-100 victory against Utah as dogs on Sunday, December 2nd.

Dwyane Wade made two free throws with two seconds left in regulation after a foul by Jazz Center Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Hassan Whiteside recorded his second 20 point, twenty rebound game of his career in the victory.

  • Miami is 0-5 ATS their last five on Tuesday’s.
  • The Heat is 1-6 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last seven at home vs. Teams with an SU losing road record.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 4 of the last five between the teams in Miami.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 Miami last six after allowing 100 or more points their previous game.

Tuesday’s game is at 7:30 PM EST at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Local Network will be broadcasting.

The Opening Betting Line has Orlando as 2′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 207′ points for Tuesday’s contest.

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford likes where his team’s mindset is and after a successful West Coast road trip they’re tied for first place with Charlotte in the Southeast division. With the first quarter of the 2018 season coming to an end the organization is pleased with the progress of a team that was thought to be in the 2019 draft lottery. Vucevic was one of five who was nominated for Conference player of the week, but it went to Kawhi Leonard of Toronto.

Vucevic, (21.0) ppg leads an offense that scores an average of (105.8) points per game which is 25th in the NBA while Aaron Gordon (16.1) is second. Terrance Ross(14.3) ppg has been doing an excellent job in a reserve role at both ends of the floor; Clifford is impressed with the skill set of the former Raptors standout. The Magic pulls down an average of (42.2) rebounds per contest which ties Indiana for 24th best in the league.

Where the Magic excel is at the other end of the floor with a defense that allows opponents (108.1) ppg which is 7th league-wide. The opposition shoots (46.1%) shooting against Orlando while the (36.2%) from downtown is tied with Minnesota and San Antonio.

A key to an Orlando win is how Vucevic plays Whiteside in the post, also Gordon defending a versatile James Johnson at the forward position. Miami doesn’t have an answer for Ross on the second unit.

Bovada.Lv list the Orlando Magic win total at 31 games for 2018-19.

The Miami Heat organization understands they’ll no longer have the services of Dwyane Wade after the 2018-19 season as he’ll retire the top scorer in franchise history. After winning 5 of fourteen games last month (2-6) at home the Heat are off to a good start in December. Miami looks to close the gap in the division with a win over Orlando. Head Coach Eric Spoelstra will do more to insert the versatile Justin Winslow into the rotation especially with Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters out with injuries.

Miami is a game and a half out of the division lead with the Washington Wizards creeping up on everyone in the Southeast. The Heat are getting back to playing their signature style of defense after a stretch in November when the lost four consecutive at home giving up no less than 104-points. However, the last two victories at the American Airlines Arena opponents have average (101.0) ppg. The Heat averages (108.2) ppg which are 22nd league-wide but the (43.3%) shooting from the field is last in the NBA.

The (36.2%) Miami shoots from beyond the 3-point line is seventh in the NBA.

Better shot selection is a must, and it’s what they must do to beat Orlando Tuesday.

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Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers NBA Betting preview for Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

         

     Written by National Basketball Association Expert Point Spread Analyst Charlie Red        McDougall.

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The (4-16) SU, (8-12) ATS Phoenix Suns have lost five of six including a 104-109 loss to Indiana on Tuesday, November 27th, as 2′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS. On a recent road trip, the Suns turned some heads with a 116-114 road win in Milwaukee who’s one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Phoenix is playing their second back to back games since the end of October when they lost to Memphis and Oklahoma City on consecutive nights.

  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 4 of Phoenix last five on the road.
  • The Suns are 3-10 ATS their last thirteen after scoring 100 points or more their previous game.
  • Phoenix is 6-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last eight after an ATS loss.
  • The Suns are 0-4 ATS the last four between the teams.

The (13-6) SU, (12-7) ATS Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland 104-100 as 4 point road UNDERDOGS ATS their last game. Los Angeles is the best of the cities two teams and are a half game behind first-place Golden State in the Pacific division.

The Clippers have won seven of eight SU with the lone loss coming in Washington which was the last game of a road trip.

  • The Clippers are 4-1 ATS their last five overall.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits 5 of the last six between the teams in Los Angeles.
  • The OVER is 6-1 the Clippers last seven at Staple Center.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 8 of the Clippers last nine overall.

Wednesday’s game is at 10:30 PM EST at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Local Network will be broadcasting.

The Opening Betting Line has Phoenix as 11′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 229 points for Wednesday’s contest.

Phoenix won the 2018 NBA draft lottery and drafted University of Arizona standout Deandre Ayton (17.0) ppg with a (62.1) shooting percentage. The Suns have plenty of young talent, but they must understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and defense or their NBA experience will be short lived.

Phoenix averages (104.4) ppg which ranks 28th in the NBA. Devin Booker (24.6) points per game lead a unit that shoots (46.4) which is a high percentage from the field. Former Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoškov is doing a respectable job in his first season on the bench. The Sun’s shoot (34.1%) from beyond the three-point line which ranks 22nd league-wide and Booker is struggling this season on three-pointers.

The Suns up (114.3) ppg to opponents which is 25th in the league on (48.2%) shooting from the field, 28th in the NBA. Ayton (10.5) rebounds per contest in the only Suns player who grabs double figures in the category for a team that ranks next to last in rebounding.

Point Guard Isaiah is in his fifth season but hasn’t played to his potential since coming out of Murray State; he must do a better job distributing the basketball.

They’ve been playing competitively as of late and will keep it close tonight with the shooting of Trevor Aria and Booker.

Bovada.Lv list the Phoenix Suns win total at 29′ games for 2018-19.

Head Coach Doc Rivers is in his sixth season with the Clippers which could be his best coaching job he’s done. After expectations put on the Clippers in the Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan era Rivers looks like he’s enjoying the process again. Perhaps the main reason is Rivers no longer has the pressure of having his son Austin, who players despised in a Clippers uniform.

Tobias Harris (21.5) ppg leads a group in which five players are averaging double figures scoring the basketball. It shows as the Clippers (116.8) points per contest rank 4th in the league while their (46.9) shooting percentage is 8th league-wide. The (37.3%) Los Angeles shoots from the three-point line is good enough for 5th in the NBA.

As good as the Clippers are on offense they must play better defense if they’re going to do damage in the playoffs. The Clippers allow opponents (112.5) ppg which are 23rd in the league, but the (43.5%) from the field is better than any team in the league.

Former Wizards Center Marcin Gortat fits is a good fit in Los Angeles, and Boban Marjanovic is efficient at both ends of the floor. Guard Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley bring a tough mindset to the roster while Lou Williams can flat out shoot the ball.

The Clippers must play the way they always do; they know the Suns will compete; ask the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bovada.Lv list the Los Angeles Clippers win total at 36′ games for 2018-19.

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Orlando Magic @ Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting preview for Sunday, November 25, 2018.

     

     Written by National Basketball Association Point Spread Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (9-10) SU, (10-9) ATS Orlando Magic lost the first of their game six-game road trip 112-87 as 8 point rad UNDERDOGS ATS. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points in defeat.

Former Denver guard Evan Fournier went 0-5 on three-pointers scoring just five points. Forward Wes Iwundu who was recently inserted in the starting lineup scored 3-points.

  • Orlando is 4-1 ATS the last five between the teams.
  • The Magic are 1-4 ATS the last five times the teams have played in Los Angeles.
  • Orlando is 3-0-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four on Sunday’s.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 2 of Orlando last three on the road.

The (11-7) SU, (7-11) ATS Los Angeles Lakers have won three consecutive after losing in Orlando on November 17th as 4′ point road FAVORITES ATS.

Los Angeles will travel to Denver the 27th of this month before hosting Indiana and Dallas on back to back nights. Point guard Rajon Rondo is out with a hand injury and won’t return until the end of December.

  • UNDER bettors have cashed 9 of the Lakers last eleven overall.
  • The Lakers are 0-5 ATS their last five following a POINT SPREAD cover.
  • UNDER bettors have profited in 7 of the Lakers last eight when giving up 100 or more points their previous game
  • The UNDER is 16-3 the previous nineteen between the teams in Los Angeles.

Sunday’s game is at 3:35 PM EST at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Local Network will be broadcasting.

The Opening Betting Line has Orlando as 8 point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 217′ points for Sunday’s contest.

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford has his team one game from the top in the Southeast division. As a result of their recent surge Center Nikola Vucevic (19.8) ppg along with (11.1) rpg is getting respect around the league.

Orlando scores an average of (105.5) point per game which ranks 25th in the NBA while the (45.1%) shooting from the field is 16th league-wide. Clifford doesn’t have a player the caliber of Kemba Walker who he coached in Charlotte, but he believes the tight defense can make up for deficiencies. As a result of this mindset, the Magic rank 9th league-wide on defense allowing (108.8) ppg.

Number ix overall draft pick Mo Bamba provides length off the bench with a team-best (1.32) shot blocks per game. However, Wesley Iwundu who doesn’t do anything well, in particular, he provides an intangible. Clifford opted to start Iwandu instead of Terrence Ross or Jonathon Simmons who can offer a specific contribution to the team.

The Magic are challenged rebounding, and it shows as they grab (42.7) team rebounds per contest, 23rd in the NBA. Orlando allows opponents (46.3%) from the field which is 21st in the nation.

A key to a season sweep over the Lakers is for the coaching staff to devise a scheme to contain LeBron James.

Bovada.Lv list the Orlando Magic win total at 31 games for 2018-19.

The Los Angeles Lakers will welcome the only team they’ve lost to in the past eight games. Lakers head coach Luke Walton played for the team he currently coaches. General Manager Rob Pelinka and the rest of Southern California were ecstatic when the best player on the planet LeBron James decided to bring his talents to Los Angeles. As a result, player such like Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant could sign with the Lakers which would be the league’s next SuperTeam. It’s all speculation, but Davis recently signed with James agent Rich Paul who’s from Cleveland.

For now, the Lakers are rolling after a shaky the start they’re currently 7th in the Western Conference. James leads the Lakers in scoring, assists, rebounds, and steals. The Lakers ranks 7th in the league scoring with an average of (114.8) ppg as a offense. Los Angeles shoots (47.9%) from the field good enough for 4th in the NBA along with Indiana and Sacramento. The (35.8%) shooting from beyond the three-point line ranks 12th with Milwaukee.

As efficient as the Lakers are on offense the must improve on the (113.0) ppg they give up to opposing teams, 21st league-wide.

The Lakers will be ready Sunday which will be an early start.

Bovada.Lv list the Los Angeles Lakers win total at 48′ games for 2018-19.

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