Wake-up call for the Rockets against the Nets in the Barclay Center?

Wake-up call for the Rockets against the Nets in the Barclay Center?

During this stretch in which west coast teams make an eastern pilgrimage, you would think the Houston Rockets would be looking to establish momentum while keeping the Brooklyn Nets down. Instead, it’s the other way around. The Rockets obviously don’t have the Beastie Boys on their playlist. All they’ve been doing is sleeping on their early season journey to Brooklyn. Will they finally wake up now they’ve arrived?

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A fairly anonymous Nets squad is 3-5 SU under first-time head coach Kenny Atkinson. Mike D’Antoni’s Rockets, featuring James Harden, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, are 1-5 SU. Early season concerns focussed on Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers’ 0-3 start. They’ve won three of their next five. Houston’s issues appear to go much deeper.

Harden and Paul are driving the team but the former is doubtful for this one after already missing two games with a strained hamstring. Houston lost both those games [to Portland and the LA Clippers] by double digits.

Despite Harden’s absence, both the betting public and the experts are solidly in the Rockets’ corner. Is that because Brooklyn needed overtime to break their own three-game slide against Detroit on Hallowe’en night? It might be. Even so, Houston will need a few tricks to treat themselves to a win on the road.

Much will depend on what they get from Carmelo Anthony. Against the Clippers in Harden’s first game out of the lineup, the Brooklyn native responded with 24 points in 34 minutes. He hurt the team at the other end, however, ending up -17 on the court for the night. Against Portland, he disappeared completely, putting up eight points on 2/12 shooting while attempting only a pair of threes. Once again, the Rockets were outscored by 17 while he was on the court. If Carmelo with the hot hand shows up, Houston can cope better at the other end against the Nets than the Blazers.

For all that, Houston is giving away a point on the road. I know Brooklyn doesn’t throw a lot of household names at you but is everyone a slave to the brand these days? Or is it that the visitors have won the last four STRAIGHT UP in this series?

The Nets’ lack of flash is reflected in the TOTAL, as well, which sits at a meagre 213.5. On the other hand, the Rockets didn’t score a 100 points until their fifth game, a 19-point loss to New Orleans. It’s D’Antoni’s style to let it all hang out. The Rockets haven’t held an opponent under a 100 this season. Their 1-5 record tells you how that’s worked for the team. How will it be any better without Harden?

Brooklyn’s defence may have the answer, as in they haven’t had an answer for most teams in this campaign. The only team they held to double-digits was Cleveland. Can these teams run at each other all night? Recent trends say they can. The OVER took the last four games between the two in Brooklyn and four of the last five overall. Can Houston pull out a win? They’re 1-6 AGAINST THE SPREAD in the last seven against the Nets. Again, with the LINE at one in Brooklyn’s favour, there’s not much margin for error. Leave that alone and go with the Over.

 

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The (56-14) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest division will travel to the “PACIFIC NORTHWEST” for the matchup. Houston play’s the (44-26) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest.

Tip-off is 10:30 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The teams will play at Moda Center in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon.

The TNT Television network will broadcast the game.

It seems as though the Houston Rockets have taken over supremacy in the Western Conference with all of the injuries to reigning Champions Golden State.

Portland is equally as hot as we come down the stretch of the 2018 NBA regular season. Portland has plenty of young talent, and the future is bright in “RIP CITY.”

The opening betting line has Houston as a four and a half-point road favorite against the spread. The betting odds total is 214′ points for Tuesday’s game.

 

The Houston Rockets are on a five-game winning streak after consecutive road victories at New Orleans and Minnesota.

Houston will return the “LONE STAR STATE.” following Tuesday’s contest.

The Rockets are 6-4 to the Las Vegas number their last ten basketball games, going over the betting odds total just three times in the ten game span.

Not only do the Houston Rockets have the best record in the NBA they are 29-8 on the road which is also the best in the “ASSOCIATION.”

Head Coach Mike D’Antoni had the luxury of watching his brother coach the Marshall Thundering Herd to a first-round win in the 2018 NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament.

It’s a good time for the D’Antoni family. However, the Herd lost in the second round to the University of West Virginia.

General Manager Daryl Morey deserves a lot of credit for putting the pieces together to make an NBA Title run.

All-Star James Harden is the team’s leading scorer with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon also contributing.

The Rockets understand playing tight defense will get them where they want to go.

Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Rockets at +175 to win the 2018 NBA Western Conference Crown.

 

The 2018 Portland Trailblazer’s are first in the Northwest two game in front of second place Oklahoma City.

Portland is currently on a ten game winning streak including covering all ten against the point spread, making ATS bettors in Las Vegas very happy.

Portland will host the Boston Celtics on March 23rd before a crucial road game at Oklahoma City.

The dynamic backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum is one of the most productive in the league.

Lillard should get a long-term contract shortly with McCollum not far behind.

Head Coach Terry Stotts is one of the brightest young minds in the profession but also understands his team has to get past the first round of the playoffs if he is to stay on board, it’s a what have you done for me lately league.

The key to a Portland victory is to play inside out with Center Jusuf Nurkic getting plenty of touches in the post.

Bovada.Lv lists Portland at -145 to win the 2018 Northwest Division Title.

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The Best NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament(ACC) ATS Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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The (8-23) and Fifteen Seed Pittsburgh Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference are in the “LARGEST BOROUGH OF THE BIG APPLE” for their opening round matchup.

Pitt takes on the (18-13) and Number Ten Notre Dame Fighting Irish also of the ACC. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The teams will play at the Barclays Center home of the NBA Nets in Brooklyn, New York.

The ESPN2 network will broadcast the game.

The University of Pittsburgh basketball program has fallen on hard times since the departure of Jamie Dixon. The Athletic Department must find a remedy for two season’s of mediocrity; it could be a complete overhaul of the program.

Notre Dame missed the leadership of All ACC performer Bonzie Colson for most of the regular season, but he’s back and ready to lead the team to an NCAA tournament berth.

The opening betting line has Pittsburgh as a fourteen point underdog against the spread on a neutral court. The betting odds total is not available for Tuesday’s game.

 

The 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers will probably be playing their last game of the season Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Head Coach Kevin Stallings is finding it rough going his first two years since coming to the program from Vanderbilt.

Pitt didn’t win an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season, and that’s unacceptable at any program let alone the University of Pittsburgh.

Expectations are always high in Western Pennsylvania and the athletic department could buy out the contract of Stallings.

The Pitt Panthers were also winless on the road this season. Pittsburgh is 5-5 their last ten against the Las Vegas number but covered the point spread in their previous game at Notre Dame.

However, it’s Tournament time, and the Fighting Irish will have focus the entire game Tuesday as they are seeking to make to run to improve their seeding in the “BIG DANCE.”

Guard Jared Wilson-Frame is the team’s leading scorer with a little over twelve points per game. Pittsburgh must use the entire clock and take the best shot possible on offense.

Bovada.Lv has the Pittsburgh Panthers at +25,000 to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost their regular season finale on the road to number-one ranked Virginia.

Head Coach Mike Brey watched his team compete for the entire game at both ends of the floor which shows they are ready to compete in the ACC Tournament.

Notre Dame is also 5-5 their last ten to the number of betting enthusiasts, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under four.

Massachusetts native Bonzie Colson played in just sixteen games this season and is averaging a team-high twenty points per contest.

Guard Matt Farrell is second in scoring and can knock down the three-point shot.

The coaching staff doesn’t want the team to feel they are already in the March Madness field; they want to advance to at least the semifinals.

The key to a Notre Dame victory is to play with a sense of urgency at both ends of the court.

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Free Winning NBA ATS Expert Picks, and Odds: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic.

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The (29-32) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central division will make the trip to the “SUNSHINE STATE” for a conference of game. Detroit play’s the (18-43) Orlando Magic of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2018 NBA action.

Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST on Local Television Networks. The game is on Friday, March 2, 2018.

The teams will play at Amway Center in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida. The

Best Sports Handicapper believes the Detroit Pistons will get in the 2018 NBA postseason. Detroit has too much talent in the interior at both ends of the court.

The Orlando Magic are rebuilding, and the coaching staff could be let go at the end of the 2018 season. Orlando will probably finish the regular season with the worst record in the NBA.

The Opening Betting line has the Orlando Magic as a two and a half-point home underdog against the spread. The betting odds total is 214 points for Friday’s contest.

 

The 2018 Detroit Pistons broke a three-game losing streak with a 110-87 blowout home victory against Milwaukee.

Not only did the Pistons get their first win since the All-Star break they got an ATS cover for the first time in eight games.

Detroit is seven and a half games behind first-place Cleveland in the Central division and is barely holding on to the finals playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has a formidable frontcourt with the addition of Blake Griffin. All-Star Andre Drummond can learn a lot from the former Clippers star.

Detroit is just 9-19 on the road this season, dropping their last three away from the brand new Little Caesars Arena in the downtown section of the “MOTORCITY.”

The Pistons rank ninth in the league in points allowed per game; defense is Van Gundy’s calling card.

Point Guard Reggie Jackson is set to return later this month; he’s recovering from a severe ankle sprain.

Detroit must play inside out with Griffin and Drummond controlling the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017-18 Detroit Piston Over/Under win total at thirty-nine and a half games.

 

The Orlando Magic have lost seven in a row and hasn’t posted a win since February 10, 2018.

Orlando is 6-4 ATS their last ten and the betting odds over the total is 5-5 in the same span. The Magic have not performed on the offensive end very well the past three games.

However the return of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Rookie Jonathan Isaac is also set to return after an injury.

Vogels also understands with the return of Gordon, Vucevic, and Isaac it’s going to be a logjam for playing time.

Orlando made a mistake in parting ways with defensive specialist and point guard Elfrid Payton; the Louisiana native can compete with anyone in the NBA at his position. Orlando has challenges at the defensive end of the court; they rank near the bottom statistically.

Evan Fournier and Gordon lead the team in scoring at eighteen points per game.

The key to a Magic victory is to make shots from the perimeter and neutralize Griffin and Drummond.

Bovada.Lv lists Orlando at winning Over 34 Games in the 2017-18 season.

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The (47-14) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific division will be in the “NATION’S CAPITAL” for an out of the matchup. Golden State play’s the (35-25) Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2018 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network. The game is on Wednesday. February 28, 2018.

The teams will play at Capital One Arena in the “CHINATOWN” section of downtown Washington, D.C.

The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Golden State Warriors are still the team to beat in the West. However, the Houston Rockets own the best record in the West, and Golden State will begin to flex their muscle.

The Washington Wizards have been playing better without star point guard John Wall. Wall is set to return to the team in late March.

The Opening Betting line has the Golden State Warriors as a nine-point road favorite against the spread. The betting odds total is 229 points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

The 2018 Golden State Warriors are undefeated since the All-Star break, going 2-1 to the Las Vegas betting number.

Golden State took down the New York Knicks in a high scoring affair in their last contest. The Warriors are on the East Coast for the second time this season.

Superstar Kevin Durant will get to perform in front of his hometown crowd for the first and probably only time this season.

The former Oklahoma City forward also gets a chance to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks, who is now having issues on the bench in the “BELTWAY.”

Warriors head coach Steve Nash has his team performing at an elite level as the Rockets are showing they can go toe to toe with the reigning NBA Champions.

As usual, Golden State ranks number-one overall in the NBA scoring the basketball, but they must concentrate on defense if they want to repeat as Champions.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors 5 to 8 to repeat as National Basketball Association Champions.

 

The Washington Wizards are 2-1 both straight up and against the Vegas number since the start of the second half of the season.

Washington is also 2-0 ATS their last two vs. Golden State, but with their best player on the sidelines, it could be a tough outing for the Wizards.

As bad as the teams have been performing this season they still have a four-game lead over second place Miami in the Southeast division.

The Wizards are 18-11 when playing in front of the home crowd, they also have a winning record on the road.

Washington scores an average of 107.5 points per game while allowing opponents 105.6 ppg.

Head Coach Scott Brooks seems to face criticism wherever he goes, and Washington is no different. Brooks is underrated and has the track record to prove detractor wrong.

The key to a Wizards victory is to play man defense, and the bench player must perform at an optimum level.

Bovada.Lv lists the Washington Wizards at +10 to 12 to win the 2018 Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

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The (30-26) Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Southeast division is “NORTH OF THE BORDER” for a conference matchup. Miami takes on the (39-16) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic.

Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The teams will play at Air Canada Centre in Maple Leaf Square in frigid Toronto, Ontario.

Local Television networks will broadcast the game.

The Miami Heat brought local hero Dwyane Wade back at the trade deadline, and fans in South Florida are ecstatic. Can the Heat become relevant in the East? Probably not.

Toronto is one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, but they can’t seem to take the next step. What is it going to take for the Raptors to get over the hump?

The Opening Betting line has the Toronto Raptors as an eight-point home favorite against the spread. The Betting Odds Total is 207 And A Half Points for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Miami Heat beat Toronto once this season at the Air Canada Centre in a close contest in which point guard Goran Dragic and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto got into a shoving match at the final buzzer.

Miami broke of the five-game losing streak against Milwaukee last Friday in the return of Dwyane Wade.

General Manager Pat Riley called the return of the franchises most recognizable star unbelievable.

How much the team will improve is still the question, and this sports handicapper doesn’t think it will help a bit. The thirty-six-year-old future hall of fame was brought back for the curtain call of his career.

The Miami Heat are second in the Southeast division and should get a postseason berth, but they will get outed in the first round.

Miami ranks third in the “ASSOCIATION” defensively, allowing opponents just 101.1 ppg.

Miami finds a ways to score easy baskets in the post and head coach Erik Spoelstra wants to go into the All-Star break on a positive note.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Miami Heat at +1,110 to win the Eastern Conference Southeast Division Title.

 

The 2018 Toronto Raptors are on top of the standings in the Atlantic division, just a half-game in front of the slumping Boston Celtics.

Toronto has the best home record in the NBA with only four losses and is also good to point spread bettors.

The Raptors are on a five-game winning streak both straight up and to the number.

Head Coach Dwane Casey is in his seventh season on the bench and is one of the best motivators in the NBA.

The Raptors are in the top ten in the league scoring the basketball and defensively. The backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is one of the best in the East; they have been playing alongside on and other for quite some time.

Center Jonas Valanciunas and Power Forward Serge Ibaka makes them a dangerous team in the postseason. Could the 2018 season be the year the Toronto Raptors get into the NBA Finals?

Bovada.Lv has the 2018 Toronto Raptors at +700 to win the Eastern Conference Championship.

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The (28-25) New Orleans Pelicans of the Western Conference Southwest division are in the most extensive borough of the “BIG APPLE” for an out of conference matchup.

New Orleans play’s the (19-37) Brooklyn Nets of the Eastern Conference Atlantic. Tip-off is 6:00 PM EST.

The game is on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The teams will play at Barclays Center where Flatbush meets Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

The Local Television networks will broadcast the game. The New Orleans Pelicans topsy turvy season continues, and head coach Alvin Gentry is getting exposed.

It’s time for the front office to make a coaching change. Brooklyn is among the worst teams in the NBA landscape, and fans understand it’s going to take time, they are willing to wait a few years for the franchise to turn the corner.

The opening betting line has Brooklyn as a one and a half point home underdog against the spread. The betting odds total is 220 points for Saturday’s game.

 

The 2018 New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last five both straight up and to the Las Vegas number.

New Orleans is third in the Southwest, twelve games behind first-place Houston. The team suffered a setback when multi-talented Center DeMarcus Cousins out for the season with an Achilles injury.

On a positive note, the Pelicans have a positive record on the road.

The high scoring New Orleans offense ranks fourth in the NBA, averaging a little over one hundred and team points per game.

However, defensively they allow opponents 111.1 ppg. All-Star and former number one overall draft pick Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring; he must also pick up the point production with the loss of Cousins.

Point Guard Jrue Holiday is underrated, and the team recently acquired sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic form the Chicago Bulls.

New Orleans play in Philadelphia on Friday, so they must allow starters to get plenty of rest.

Bovada.Lv has the New Orleans Pelicans win total at thirty-nine and a half games for the 2018 NBA season.

 

The Brooklyn Nets lost to New Orleans back in December of this year and are looking for revenge.

Brooklyn is 2-8 their last ten overall but is 5-5 Against the Point Spread in the span.

The Nets are in the cellar of the Atlantic division and have the third worst record in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn also has a losing record in front of the home crowd as well as on the road.

General Manager Seas Marks is going to stick with head coach Kenny Atkinson for at least the remainder of the 2018 season. Atkinson took over at the fifty game mark in the 2017 season.

The Nets have some talent on offense, but give up too many points to the opposition.

Multi-talented guard D’Angelo Russell is back in the lineup after missing most of the first half of the season and will produce a few more victories.

A key to a Brooklyn victory is to take advantage of the Pelicans playing back to back games.

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