Charlotte Hornets @ Los Angeles Lakers Free NBA Vegas Steam Betting Prediction.

Date: Friday. March 29, 2019

Venue: Staple Center. Los Angeles California.

Time: 10:35 PM EST.

Betting Line: 2′ Points/Total 228′.

The Local Network will broadcast the game.

Written by National Basketball Association ATS Analyst Al Presto.

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The (35-39) SU, (35-38-1) ATS Charlotte Hornets look to extend their current winning streak to five after a 125-116 victory over San Antonio as 4 point home UNDERDOGS AGAINST THE SPREAD on April 26th. It’s was part of Charliessports.com highly rated Trifecta lock in which we went 2-1. Tonight’s game is the first of a four-game West coast trip with Golden State, Utah and New Orleans entertaining Charlotte. They’re a game and a half behind division rivals Miami for the eight seed with Orlando holding the ninth seed.

A once mighty Southeast is now a worst in the Eastern Conference with one team getting into the postseason which will probably be bounced in the first round against Milwaukee. Whatever the case the Hornets are performing up to the task but will be without Center Cody Zeller who’s been downgraded with a knee injury while Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb are listed as probable. The Lakers beat Charlotte 128-100 in December of 2018, and the Hornets are seeking payback; they’re 4-0 ATS during the current streak going OVER the total the last three as they should be able to impose their will on a Lakers team that’s waiting to go fishing for the playoffs.

Bovada.Lv List the Charlotte Hornets win total at 35′ games for the 2018-19 season. (Another win and OVER bettors take their tickets to the window)

The (33-42) SU, (30-43-2) ATS Los Angeles Lakers lost to Utah 115-100 as 15 point road UNDERDOGS ATS their last time on the hardwood which broke a two-game win streak. However, the betting public has gone to the window the previous three times they’ve played, and the UNDER is 5-0 their last five overall. All-Star LeBron James is probable tonight while Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart are out for the season. It’s been a nightmare season for the Lakers and what makes matters worse it the Staples Center will be hosting a playoff, but it’s the Clippers who’ll be participating. The Lakers come into tonight’s game averaging (111.6) points per game on (47.1%) shooting from the field.

Los Angeles has outscored Charlotte by an average of eight-points the last three times with the victorious team winning by double figures. You can bet Charlotte has revenge on their minds, and it shouldn’t be a problem the way Los Angeles is playing defense; they’ve held three teams under 206 point in the past ten games. LeBron James could do his good friend Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat a favor by taking over the competition tonight.

Bovada.Lv List the Los Angeles Lakers win total at 48′ games for the 2018-19 season. (King James didn’t make that much of a difference, UNDER bettors win).

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The Battle of Los Angeles set for Monday on the hardwood.

Written by National Basketball Association ATS Analyst Al Presto.

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The (36-29) SU, (37-28) ATS Los Angeles Clippers took down the New York Knicks 128-107 on Sunday as 10 point home FAVORITES AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD. The Clippers are second in the Pacific division with little chance of overtaking Golden State but are the number-seven seed in the Western Conference. They’re 1-1 SU when taking on the in-city rivals this season.

  • UNDER bettors have cashed in three of the Clippers last five overall.
  • The Clippers are 6-1 their previous seven ATS.
  • UNDER bettors have profited in 12 of the past seventeen in the series.
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last eight vs. The Lakers.

The (30-33) SU, (26-35-2) ATS Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of five including an embarrassing 118-109 loss to Phoenix as 6′ point road FAVORITES ATS.

Since megastar LeBron James returned from a seventeen game absence with a groin injury the Lakers a 4-7 SU. It’s time for the King to put up or shut up as the Lakers chances of getting into the playoffs are dwindling.

  • OVER bettors have cashed in 2 of the Lakers last three at home.
  • The OVER is 3-1-1 the past five between the teams.
  • The Lakers are 0-4 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last four vs. — a team with an SU winning record.
  • The Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS their last nine at home.

Monday’s game is 10:35 PM EST at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The NBA television network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has the Clippers as 3′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 234′ points for Monday’s contest.

 

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is doing a masterful job this season on the bench. They were active during the trade deadline but are 6-3 since sending their leading scorer Tobia Harris to Philadelphia they’re still winning. Danilo Gallinari (18.9) points per game now lead the team putting the ball in the basket. The Clippers have the youngest starting lineup in the NBA, and Landry Shamet (12.4) ppg made seven three-point shot in the win over the New York Knicks.

They’re averaging (114.1) points per game on offense on (46.8%) shooting from the field. The 84 points scored by halftime against the New York Knicks was the most by the franchise in nearly 35 seasons. The top team of Sports Handicappers at Charliessports.com are aware the Clippers organization is positioned themselves to make a run at a high profile player in free agency. We also have a 500* rated play on the TOTAL tonight with the Clippers vs. Lakers.

The Clippers will also play their next eight at Staples Center, but they’ll be visitors tonight as both teams share the arena.

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

 

LeBron James may have spoken too soon talking about needing Anthony Davis to bring an NBA title to the organization. Although James is considered the best player on the planet his dedication to the current roster is causing friction in the locker room. Whenever you have as much success as LeBron, it can bring on a narcissistic attitude that you’re not even aware. What has happened to James; his need to be validated on social media has to be recognized and corrected by his support group.

It won’t happen because James is too concerned with being politically correct. They’re currently 4 1/2 games behind the eighth-seed San Antonio for the final playoff spot. The Lakers 24th ranked scoring defense allows opponents (113.9) ppg and the last time they held an opponent to UNDER 100 point was in a 111-106 victory over Houston on February 21st.

This Sports Handicapper is aware of the team’s struggles but looks for head coach Luke Walton to have them ready for action tonight against their crosstown rivals. FREE PICK, Lakers-3′ Points. Don’t Forget we’ve got a rated play on the OVER/UNDER with this game tonight.

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

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A Christmas Feast on the West Coast

The top two teams in the Pacific Division meet on Christmas Day.

The NBA began playing Christmas games in their sophomore season [1947]. Television broadcasts started in 1967. Marketing consultants didn’t need to be consulted for the league to schedule top matchups on a day when everyone was at home with nothing to do except pretend they were listening to Uncle Dan.

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Who wouldn’t want to watch Bernard King post 60 points rather than hear another lecture on Ronald Reagan’s statesmanship? Or see Patrick Ewing rally the Knicks past the Celtics and bury Michael Jordan and the Bulls at the buzzer in ’85 and ’86 rather than Dan’s Reagonomics reprisals?

Although the Knicks carried the tradition through its early decades, the Lakers and Celtics took over the role just before the millennium turned. One or the other has featured since 1999. Both since 2008. When LeBron James made his Decision, the Miami Heat joined the act.

Now that LeBron has taken Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s advice and gone to California, the blockbuster matchup is the Lakers v the Golden State Warriors.

After a sluggish start in LaLa Land, the King has his new team rolling. The Lakers are second in the Pacific [19-14 SU], behind the Warriors, fourth overall in the Western Conference.

Golden State is doing slightly better [23-11 SU] but isn’t the imperious side of recent years, as their .500 record away from the Oracle Arena demonstrates.

The Warriors are at home for this one, however, where they are 15-3 Straight Up. The Lakers are two games under .500 on the road.

Kevin Durant may have elected for strength in numbers by signing with Golden State,
 but he isn’t afraid to take on any double team.

In addition to entering hostile territory, LA arrives shorthanded. JaVale McGee’s 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game are a significant miss. Without him, they dropped a 107-99 decision to Memphis on Sunday. Tyson Chandler is also questionable after missing that game with back spasms.

The Warriors aren’t completely healthy although Damian Jones 5.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg are easier for Steve Kerr to replace.

Luke Walton’s one advantage in this matchup is familiarity. He coached Golden State during Kerr’s recovery from back problems in 2015/16. He knows the Warriors’ roster, Kerr’s tendencies, and how to deal with the hostile crowd. On the other hand, it hasn’t helped him yet. Kerr has won all but the first of their eight games since Walton became Lakers head coach in 2016.

Even with LeBron on the court at the Staples Center, it wasn’t close. The Warriors came away 117-106 winners while giving away six points to the LINE. They’re giving away nine at home.

Kerr’s squad welcomed the Christmas Eve amnesty after hosting the Mavericks and Clippers on back-to-back nights. They came away with wins in both but may be a little gassed on Christmas. Sunday night against the Clippers was a wide-open affair. It ended 129-127 with the Warriors only failing to score more than 30 in the final quarter.

Can LeBron add to tradition and intrigue by pulling off the latest NBA Christmas miracle?

Golden State tends to respond when opponents light them up. They’re 4-0 with the UNDER after giving up more than 125. The Under is also 8-1-1 following the Lakers’ last nine SU defeats and 6-1-1 in their last eight against .600+ teams.

That said, the OVER is running 28-11 in the series. Knowing that, I still expect it to be 28-12 come Boxing Day [!]. Both coaches will be emphasising defending, the Lakers are shorthanded, the Warriors fatigued.

The TOTAL is 235. While Golden State topped that on Saturday and Sunday, they didn’t in six of their previous seven. The Lakers have managed it in just three of their last ten. Both teams need to be at their best to hit that level. Neither is. Go with the Under.

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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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Are LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers poised for a turnaround?

Are LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers poised for a turnaround?

In July 2014, LeBron James announced he was reversing his Decision, leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After going to four straight finals in South Florida, critics thought he was crazy to leave a good thing, let alone the weather, behind. You can’t go home again and all that.

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The King didn’t go 0-3 to start his first season as a prodigal son. The Cavs lost to the New York Knicks in the Quicken Loans Arena on opening night but topped the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. James and company needed overtime to get it done, however, then lost their next two against Portland and Utah. Not too different from his first games as a Laker.

Finally, they started a four-game winning streak against Denver only to stutter again with a commensurate losing run. With the hounds baying at the 5-8 beginning, the squad found its bearings, ripping off eight wins in 15 days.

Overall, it was an inconsistent season. A six-game losing streak loomed but would soon be followed by an 18-2 run in the New Year.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying the Lakers can match that success in LeBron’s first season at the Staples Center. I don’t think a ninth straight Finals appearance is in the cards. I wouldn’t put it past the man to prove me wrong but I wouldn’t bet on it either. According to Alex Kay of Forbes, the Lakers were +2000 to win the NBA title before James signed but the odds shrank to +350 when he inked. No one cared who else Magic Johnson did or didn’t sign afterwards.

What I am saying is 0-3 is just bedding in, getting the lay of the La La Land, as it were. It’s going to take some time for the Lakers to play a tune fans can dance to, but they aren’t going to keep losing either.

Tonight’s game looks like a ground floor opportunity to start profiting from a Laker resurgence. With Phoenix 1-2, it’s an opportunity for LA to claim their first win in the LBJ era even though the Suns’ lone victory came at home.

The total trends are more telling, however. Phoenix is 1-6 Against The Spread in their last seven home games against losing opposition. Igor Kokoskov’s team is 6-1 ATS in their last seven anywhere against a sub .400 squad, 4-1 in their last five against any losing team. That’s confused seas in the desert if you’re betting the line. When you combine those numbers with the following:

  • the Over is 7-2 in recent meetings between the Suns and Lakers,
  • it’s 7-1-1 in the last nine in Phoenix,
  • the Over is 3-0-1 in the Lakers last four road games and
  • 3-0-1 following games in which they surrendered 100+ pts,

you must take a long, hard look at the over.

It’s 236.5 in this game. Phoenix posted 124 in their home opener. They knocked up 103 against Golden State, the team where Lakers coach Luke Walton cut his teeth. The Lakers threw in 119 and 115 in their two defeats in regulation. LeBron contributed 26 and 24 in those games and just 32 in the overtime affair with San Antonio. He’s been consistent but hasn’t made a statement yet.

Tonight, against a team that hasn’t held an opponent below 100, seems like a good time.

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If it’s June, mistakes must be magnified

If it’s June, mistakes must be magnified

They say no one remembers who finishes second. ‘No one else’ is more accurate. The players who finish second can never forget until they finally win it all.

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Right now, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Vegas Golden Knights are having series they would rather forget in the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals respectively. If they cannot forget now, the end will arrive sooner rather than later and both will have at least a year to replay it all in their minds, wishing after what might have been.

Vegas

Last night, the team playing with house money took the game to the Washington Capitals in the opening ten minutes. Down two games to one in the series, victory would both level terms and return home-ice advantage to the Golden Knights.

The puck gods had other ideas and, apparently, all their money on the Caps. Ninety seconds in, a shot deflected off Eric Haula’s skate then the post. Reilly Smith was up next. He fanned on a shot with the net gaping. James Neal hit the post on the powerplay with Washington netminder Braden Holtby flat on his back, helpless. Those three misses may have cost Vegas the series and the rest of us an amazing Cinderella story to get us through the next lockout.

The Capitals would not miss three times in the following ten minutes, taking a commanding lead into the second period, one that would translate into a 6-2 victory and a 3-1 series advantage.

Washington Capital TJ Oshie pops in the rebound Vegas Golden Knight Marc-Andre Fleury couldn't control in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Lady Luck has caught up with irrepressible Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, too. The ever-smiling, effervescent ex-Penguin carried the club through the regular season, then the playoffs’ first three rounds. Against Los Angeles, San Jose and Winnipeg, his net was emptier than Donald Trump’s promises. Fleury boasted a .947 save percentage. At the worst possible time, he has regressed to the mean, his number in the Finals 102 points lower.

It will have to come back up and the skaters in front of him will have to start converting their chances. As hard as it is to relax when it’s win or go home, Vegas can’t afford to grip their sticks any tighter or make that one extra pass out of uncertainty.

Cleveland

It wasn’t three misses that put the Cavaliers under the cosh in the NBA Finals; it was one shot declined. Things had been going swimmingly for the Cavs in the NBA playoffs. LeBron James had been carrying the load and the supporting cast was ensuring he had a clear path to the basket against Indiana, Toronto and Boston. Matters were much the same for 47 minutes and 56 seconds or so of Game 1 in the fourth instalment of their annual NBA Finals confrontation. Then JR Smith happened.

In case you were locked in your bathroom for five days [it happens, I’m not judging], the 6’9″ Freehold, New Jersey native who the game program lists as a shooting guard suddenly declined to do so. Collecting the ball under the rim with the score tied [NHL Fan Book rule number 14: Never listen to Don Cherry], Smith dribbled to the sideline to run out the clock, apparently thinking the Cavs had the lead when the score was tied. Cleveland then lost in overtime.

Needless to say, LeBron was displeased. He’d been driving the bus for three series just to get the chance to beat the Warriors, and now JR Smith decides to hop out for cigarettes?

Game 2 was a debacle. Cleveland suddenly couldn’t trust each other while Golden State had to believe the stars were aligned and the moon was in the house of Klay and Curry. The Warriors won by 19 to take a two-games-to-none lead as the series switched to The Land.

Another time-honored truism in best-of-seven series is that you’re never in trouble until you lose at home. Well, the Cavs are 48 minutes from trouble of a kind they absolutely do not want. They cannot afford to give Golden State a 3-0 or even 3-1 lead. There will be no coming back. JR Smith, at 32, may face a lifetime thinking, “I could have sworn we were up one.”

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Are you ready for LeBron versus the Gang of Three, Chapter Four?

Are you ready for LeBron versus the Gang of Three, Chapter Four?

We live in an age of instant gratification. Our attention spans have dwindled to almost nothing. Virtually everyone’s kids–look at me when I’m talking to you–are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or ADWTF. They’re all heavily medicated. Moms and dads take out one-year leases on cars built to last a decade. We trade in our old phones for the newest on a monthly basis. Nothing is ever good enough. In the immortal words of Freddie Mercury, we want it all and we want it now.

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Except when it comes to the NBA. Then, we’re happy to slog through an 82-game season listening to Charles Barkley make no sense, followed by four rounds of playoff action just so we can get to what everyone knows is coming: another episode of the LeBron and Steph Show known as the NBA Finals.

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors deserve credit. They tried to throw us off the scent, teasing us that maybe this was the year a new team would step up to move the NBA forward by taking their respective conference finals to seven games. Golden State even let a Houston Rockets side without Chris Paul run out to a double-digit lead in the first half before pulling out another patented shock-and-awe third quarter to put the series to bed.

In the end, though, there will be a fourth consecutive final between the Cavs and Warriors, and people couldn’t be happier. If LeBron can somehow drag his supporting cast of cable repairmen and UPS drivers to a title, it could tie this best-of-seven-years series at two and force it to at least a sixth season. And the fans would eat it up. So would the television executives. Guaranteed ratings for the foreseeable future.

The opening matchup of this year’s series is tonight in Oakland. Golden State open as 12.5 point favorites. My gut wants to buy into that line by taking Golden State. I can see Steph, KIay Thompson and Kevin Durant outshooting King James. Both teams won on the road to close out but the Warriors went last and have the momentum.

On the other hand, I remember that opening scene from Once Upon a Time in the West. The planks on the train platform are too rotted and warped to dribble a ball, but the tension in the three-against-one gunfight is dead-on. Harmonica (Charles Bronson) asks Not Frank (Jack Elam) if he brought a horse for him. Not Frank laughs and says, “Looks like we’re shy one horse.” Harmonica shakes his head and replies, “You brought two too many.” Then he outdraws Not Frank and his two cohorts, gunning them all down.

I worry that LeBron James is feeling his inner Harmonica coming into Game One. He certainly felt it in Games 6 and 7 against Boston, when he ripped off 81 points.

Is he still up to it? Maybe, but he’ll definitely be alone. Kevin Love remains doubtful as he undergoes Concussion Protocol. Larry Nance Jr isn’t likely to be effective simply because Golden State doesn’t go inside as often as Boston. He should be around to clean up for James at the other end, however.

The critical point in this series will come when Golden State starts strongly. If they are even or ahead going into the half, how will Cleveland respond in the third quarter? If they have an answer for the Warriors berserker onslaught, it will be a long series. If they don’t, well, LeBron will have to take Harmonica lessons in the off-season.

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