Cleveland Cavaliers @ Memphis Grizzlies Free NBA Betting Preview for Wednesday. December 26, 2018.

                              Written by National Basketball Association ATS Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (8-26) SU, (16-18) ATS Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of five the latest a 112-94 defeat by their Eastern Conference Central division rivals Chicago Bulls as 1 point home FAVORITES ATS.

Fans in Cleveland seem to be up in arms about LeBron James remarks that it was hard to recruit players to the city his first tenure in Northeast, Ohio. That’s about all the faithful have to talk about in 2018 as their team is one of the worst in the NBA.

  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS their last five against Southwest division opponents.
  • The OVER is 6-1 Cleveland last seven after losing by 10 points or more their previous game.
  • OVER bettors have made a profit in 5 of Cleveland last six after a POINT SPREAD defeat.
  • The Cavaliers are 16-6 ATS their last twenty-two vs. Memphis.

The (17-16) SU/ATS Memphis Grizzlies broke a five-game losing streak with a 107-99 win over the Lakers as 5 point road UNDERDOGS ATS which was the finale of a four-game trip.

Memphis scored 35 points in the final quarter on 8 of 10 shooting from beyond the three-point line to overcome a three-point deficit in the victory. Rookie Jaren Jackson jr scored a team-high 27 points.

  • Memphis is 1-5 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last six overall.
  • The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS their last five following an SU win.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 Memphis last four overall.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 9 of the last thirteen between the teams in Memphis.

Wednesday’s game is 8:05 PM EST at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Local Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Memphis as 10′ point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 196′ points for Wednesday’s contest.

Cleveland Cavaliers interim head coach Larry Drew hopes to have his team ready for a three-game road trip beginning in Memphis before back to back contests in Miami and Atlanta. The Cavaliers own the worst record in the Eastern Conference a season after going to the NBA Finals.

However, there’s a good reason LeBron James has taken his talents to Southern California. Power Forward Larry Nance has been playing at an elite level. Since their December 12th win over the Knicks, he’s averaging 6.4 assists per game along with 11.2 rebounds which leads the team.

Rookie Collin Sexton (14.2) ppg is going to be an excellent player and is third on the leagues 27th ranked scoring offense (102.8) points per contest. Cleveland dishes out (19.7) assists per game a statistic that shows how much Sexton must learn at the highest level of Basketball. The Cavaliers shoot (44.7%) from the field which is 23rd in the NBA.

Defensively the Cavaliers 21st ranked defense gives up (111.6) ppg to opponents.

Wednesday game is winnable for Cleveland with the Grizzlies style of Basketball that play to their advantage. Sexton and Jordan Clarkson as quick enough to contest in the backcourt.

Bovada.Lv list the Cleveland Cavaliers win total at 30′ games for 2018-19.

 

Memphis began the 2018 season as one of the feel-good stories in the NBA; however, recent struggles have them 10th in the Western Conference. They’ll play two at home before ending the calendar year in Houston in a New Years Eve matchup. As usual, Memphis has struggled on offense as the (101.9) points per game are 29th in the Association.

Point Guard Mike Conley leads the team with (20.6) ppg and is familiar with the offense. Marc Gasol puts in (16.1) ppg while pulling down a team-best (8.6) rebounds per game. General manager Chris Wallace made a splash by adding Kelly Oubre into the mix, the former Wizards reserves have a scorers mentality, but much more will be required in Memphis.

Forward JaMychal Green (10.4) ppg, along with guard Shelvin Mack (8.3) ppg play substantial roles off the bench where they need more depth.

The recent acquisition of Joakim Noah could pan out as the season progresses; he scored 13-points in his debut in a Grizzlies uniform. It seems as though when Gasol is in rhythm so is Memphis as a team, and he should be ready to perform in front of the home fans against Larry Nance.

A key for a Memphis victory is to play their signature defense while giving Oubre looks on offense.

Bovada.Lv list the Memphis Grizzlies win total at 33′ 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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Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans (Western Conference) NBA Betting preview for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

 

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The (17-8) SU, (15-10) Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six including a 122-113 home victory over Utah as 5 point home FAVORITES ATS on December 10th.

Oklahoma City is on top of their division and leads Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. They’ll be playing four of their next six on the road with crucial games at Northwest foes Denver and Utah.

  • Oklahoma City is 14-6 ATS their last twenty overall.
  • The Thunder are 6-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last eight vs. New Orleans.
  • The OVER is 6-1 the last seven between the teams in New Orleans.
  • Over bettors have cashed Oklahoma City last five vs.Teams with an SU losing record.

The (14-15) SU, (13-16) ATS New Orleans Pelicans return home after a two-game road trip in which they beat Detroit and lost to Boston.

After beginning the 2018-19 season with four consecutive SU wins the Pelicans are trending downwards with a 10-15 SU/ATS record. They’re fourth in the Southwest division, two and a half game behind first-place Memphis.

  • UNDER Bettors have cashed in New Orleans last three games.
  • The Pelicans are 2-3 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five at home.
  • New Orleans is 4-11 ATS their last fifteen at home against Oklahoma City.
  • The OVER is 4-0 the Pelicans last four vs. — teams with a winning percentage above 60.

Wednesday’s game is 8:05 PM EST at Smoothie Kings Arena adjacent to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ESPN Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Oklahoma City a 2 point road UNDERDOG ATS. The TOTAL is 234 points for Wednesday’s contest.

After losing to Utah in the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs, Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti found at the hard way that Super teams don’t always work. Russell Westbrook and Paul George are still around, but they decided Carmelo Anthony wasn’t a good fit.

Center Steven Adams (15.4) points per game is turning into a threat on offense. Adman outplayed Pelicans star Anthony Davis in their November 6th meeting.

The Thunder average (111.6) ppg while allowing opponents (104.7) points per contest. George (24.3) ppg leads the Thunder in scoring, but everything runs through Westbrook who’s only played in 17 games. An indication of how much he means to the franchise; they began the season 0-4 while he was rehabilitating his knee.

Oklahoma City is at their best when in transition scoring a league-best (16.2) ppg on turnovers. The Thunder also leads the NBA with (12.0) offensive rebounds per contest, (10.0) steals and they force a league-high (18.0) turnovers per game.

The addition of Dennis Schroeder adds quickness to the second unit.

Head Coach Billy Donovan has a scrappy bunch, he’s sold them on the idea they can win with extensive effort, and it’s showing. A key to a Thunder win is Adams making Davis into a mid-range shooter.

Bovada.Lv list the Oklahoma City Thunder win total at 48′ games for 2018-19.

Pelican head coach Alvin Gentry must find way’s for his team to fight through a stretch where they’ve played 17 games in 30 days. Also, Jrue Holiday along with Anthony Davis leads the league in minutes played this season. Fatigue showed up their last game which was part of back to back at Boston without E’Twaun Moore (14.0) ppg, Nikola Mirotic (17.4) ppg, and Elfrid Payton in the lineup.

While Moore is listed as day to day, Mirotic and, Payton have no timetable to return. Julius Randle (19.2) points per contest are showing he’s capable of attention from opposing defenses since coming to New Orleans for the Lakers; he’s also one of the five former University of Kentucky Wildcats on the roster. The Pelicans average (117.4) ppg which ranks 2nd in the NBA but the (115.6) ppg they allow opponents is the third worst league-wide.

New Orleans is (10-4) ATS at home this season while the Thunder have a (7-5) ATS road record. Davis has heard all the whispers of how Adam’s is turning into an elite player and will be out to show he’s untouchable.

Also, the matchup between former UCLA standouts Holiday and Westbrook is must-see television, and it’s why ESPN is showing the game. Both teams are in the top seven in rebounding; does New Orleans have enough in the tank to get the win tonight in front of the home crowd?

Bovada.Lv list the New Orleans Pelicans win total at 45′ games for 2018-19.

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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.

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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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