The red hot Bucks are in the Metroplex Friday against surging Dallas.

 

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The (40-13) SU, (31-19-3) ATS Milwaukee Bucks took down Washington 148-129 as 12-point home FAVORITES ATS on Wednesday. January 6th for their fifth consecutive victory.

Milwaukee owns the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 1′ game lead over Toronto and is 5′ games in front of second place Indiana in the Central division. They recently acquired sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans to make a postseason run.

  • Milwaukee is 5-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last five overall.
  • The Bucks are 4-0 ATS their last four on the road.
  • Milwaukee is 0-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four in Dallas.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in four of Milwaukee last seven on the road.

The (25-28) SU, (31-19-1) ATS Dallas Mavericks took down Charlotte 99-93 as 5′ point home FAVORITES ATS in their last game. Owner Mark Cuban has the franchise looking promising for the future with the acquisition of former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.

For now, the Mavericks will make do without point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, and DeAndre Jordan. All four were part of a busy trade deadline for the organization.

  • Dallas is 5-0-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last six following an ATS cover.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 Dallas last five at home.
  • Dallas is 16-5-1 ATS their last twenty-two games teams at home.
  • bettors have cashed in 5 of the last seven between the teams.

Friday’s game is 8:35 PM EST at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The local television network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Milwaukee as 7′ point road FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 222′ points for Friday’s contest.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for the season sweep over the up start Mavericks, they won in 116-106 back on January 21st in America’s Dairyland. Many experts around the NBA has the Bucks playing in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals; after all, they’ve swept Golden State this season.

Head coach Mike Budenholzer has fans in Milwaukee excited moving forward and why not, they’ve also taken down all the elite teams in the East and seem to be the most consistent contender for the Larry O’Brien trophy. Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.0) ppg is the leader of the league’s second ranked scoring offense (117.8) ppg while they allow opponents (107.6) points per game. The Bucks also lead the NBA with (48.7) rpg. Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon distributes the ball evenly throughout the rotation, and it shows with (26.5) assists per game among the top five in the NBA.

Milwaukee shoots (48.2%) from the field which ranks second league-wide while the (13.3) three-pointers per game is 11th. All five starter for Milwaukee average double figures in scoring while George Hill, and Tony Snell, are significant contributors off the bench. With less than a week before the All-Star break, the Bucks want to keep their momentum by executing to perfection. Getting the newly acquired Mirotic acclimated into the system is a priority.

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Bovada.Lv list the Milwaukee Bucks win total at OVER 46′ for 2018-19.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a hands-on owner who has had success with European players. Dirk Nowitzki brought an NBA title to the city, but his era is coming to an end. However, rookie Luka Doncic, a team, leading (20.6) points per game has turned head at nearly every NBA arena in the league this season. To upgrade the roster they traded for former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis who is also from abroad.

Head coach Rick Carlisle can’t wait until next season when Porzingis is fully recovered from a knee injury that keeps him out this season. For now, he’ll make do with the current roster. Dallas averages (109.1) ppg on offense which ranks 20th in the NBA with the (108.4) ppg they allow opponents are coming in at 10th. Dallas shot (41.4%) from the field in the earlier contest between the teams and took a 57-59 lead into the half. The second half the Mavericks allowed too many second-chance points under the basket, it’s wah the Bucks do well.

Sports Handicapper Charlie Red McDougall believes without Deandre Jordan to grab rebounds tonight the results could be similar as the Mavericks are in disarray acclimating new players into the rotation. However, they should be able to get the POINT SPREAD cover the 8 points at home.

Bovada.Lv list the Dallas Mavericks win total at 34′ games for 2018-19.

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Warriors seek revenge against San Antonio in Oakland Wednesday on ESPN.

Written by NBA Point Spread Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (32-23) SU, (31-23-1) ATS San Antonio Spurs are looking to bounce back after a 127-112 loss to Sacramento as 2 point road FAVORITES ATS. San Antonio is tied for first place in the Southwest division with Houston and is the sixth seed out West. The Spurs are in the midst of their annual rodeo tour, playing eight-game away from home.

They’ll be in Memphis before 2019 All-Star break and then it’s three on the road against Atlantic division foes before returning to the Alamo.

  • San Antonio is 1-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four on the road.
  • The UNDER is 5-2-1 the last eight between the teams.
  • San Antonio is 0-4 ATS in their last four after giving up 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • UNDER bettors have made a profit in 6 of the Spurs last seven overall.

The (37-15) SU, (23-21) ATS Golden State Warriors have won nine of ten with the lone defeat coming at the hands of Philadelphia on January 31st as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS.

Golden State owns the best record out West and has an 8′ game lead over second-place Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific division. Golden State will look to finish strong before the 2019 NBA All-Star break.

  • Golden State is 5-1 ATS their last six when playing on three day’s rest.
  • The OVER is 6-2-1 the last nine between the teams in Oakland.
  • The Warriors are 13-5 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last eighteen as double-digit FAVORITES.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in golden State last two at home.

Wednesday’s game is 10:30 PM EST at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The ESPN network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has San Antonio as 14′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 230′ points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

Every season San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gets criticized for resting players around the All-Star break. The 2018-19 season is no exception with stars DeMar DeRozan (21.3) ppg and LaMarcus Aldridge (21.2) ppg getting a rest day tonight in front of a nationally televised audience.

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas took notice, and the POINT SPREAD went from 11 to 14′ or 15 at some sportsbooks. Popovich isn’t concerned what commissioner Adam Silver or paying fans to think; all he wants is for his player to perform at a high level to keep the Spurs in contention for a Championship run. It’s also a chance for the future Hall of Famer to find out how much progress reserves have made as the organization always seems to find a diamond in the rough.

The team of NBA Handicappers at Charliessports.com understands how the line movement in tonight’s game can affect ATS bettors. However, we also know the San Antonio Spurs bench players are eager to prove they’re worthy of making an impact. San Antonio is 9-1-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD after losing a game straight up. Take the 14′ points tonight.

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

 

The only thing that matters in the East Bay is hanging another banner at Oracle Arena in the final season before they relocate to San Francisco where they’ll be tipping it off at the Chase Center. Golden State looks to continue their run as we approach the All-Star break where Kevin Durant (27.5) ppg along with Stephen Curry (29.2) ppg will be featured.

As good the Golden State core player have been performing the rest of the NBA must also prepare for DeMarcus Cousins (14.4) points per contest who missed forty-five games but is now healthy. Kerr has instructed the training staff to limit Cousins playing time, so far he’s on the floor for a little over twenty-two minutes per game.

Besides getting ready for the break, Golden State is well rested as for tonight’s game, but Kerr will continue to push progress and not complacency with starters. The Warriors are familiar with San Antonio and their style of play;

This Sports Handicapper knows the Warriors coaching staff wants to avoid a letdown against a short-handed San Antonio basketball team tonight.

Bovada.Lv list the Golden State Warriors win total at 63′ games for 2018-19.

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76ers return from four-game West Coast trip to host Toronto Tuesday.

Written by NBA Expert Betting Analyst Greg Nelson.

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The (38-16) SU, (24-30) ATS Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-103 as 9 point home FAVORITES ATS on Super Bowl Sunday. Toronto looked impressive without point guard Kyle Lowry in the lineup Sunday, and he along with Center Toronto Raptors are listed as doubtful tonight.

With less than two weeks until the All-Star break, Toronto is two games Milwaukee for the best record in the East.

  • Toronto is 1-4 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last five on the road.
  • The UNDER is 6-4 Toronto last ten overall.
  • The OVER is 6-1 Toronto last seven on the road
  • Toronto is 12-4 ATS the previous sixteen between the teams.

The (34-19) SU, (25-28) ATS Philadelphia 76ers lost to Sacramento 115-108 as 3 point road FAVORITES ATS in the finale of the four-game road trip. Philadelphia too down the Lakers and Golden State while they were out West but failed to finish strong.

The win over the two times defending champion Warriors proved how good the 76ers could be when they play as a team.

  • Philadelphia is 0-4 ATS their last four on Tuesday’s.
  • The 76ers are 6-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last eight following an SU loss.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 7 of the previous eight between the teams in Philadelphia.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 Philadelphia last six after an SU loss.

Tuesday’s game is 8:05 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The TNT network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Philadelphia as 3 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 231′ points for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Toronto Raptors believe backup point guard Fred Van Vleet is doing an admirable job filling in for Kyle Lowry who missed six games in December and January with a back injury. Both are six foot which has caused Toronto problems in the postseason which has the organization leaving options open through the trade deadline.

Toronto is 8-4 with Lowry out of the lineup but an impressive 16-11 SU on the road this season. Toronto averages (113.8) ppg but they’ve scored more than 120 points in two of the last meeting against Philadelphia. The Raptors shoot (47.4%) from the field which ranks ninth in the NBA. Leading scorer Kawhi Leonard (27.4 ppg, 7.9 RPG and 1.9 steals) is their best player, and if the franchise is to move forward, they must keep him in a Raptors uniform.

Head coach Nick Nurse knows his team must play tight defense tonight to get a victory. The Raptors (110.5) ppg to the opposition on the road which is 12th, league-wide.

This Sports handicapper understands the Toronto Raptors want to finish the first half of the season strong and they’re playing the 76ers for the final time in the 2018-19 regular season.

With Lowry out Leonard and power forward Serge Ibaka must take the lead.

Bovada.Lv list the Toronto Raptors win total at 55′ games for 2018-19.

 

Anytime you have young stars the caliber of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on your roster there’s a reason for optimism. However, head coach Brett Brown still looks for veteran leadership from JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, and Wilson Chandler. Reddick will play tonight, but Chandler is on the shelf with a quadricep injury until after the All-Star break.

Philadelphia will play four of their next five at the Wells Fargo Center before their February 13 game in New York the last before the annual All-Star break.

The (115.4) ppg the 76ers averages is the fourth league-wide while the (47.1%) field goal shooting ranks 8th in the NBA. Embiid (27.2) ppg and Simmons (8.1 assists per game) lead Philadelphia in all five major categories.

After last seasons second-round playoff loss to Boston the organization decided they needed to be more robust and enter Jimmy Butler who was once homeless as a teenager. It’s been a rocky start as the alway’s critical Butler takes nothing for granted and wants maximum effort from the team each time they take the floor. Egos are going to get in the way, but they’ll reap the rewards sooner than later.

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Bovada.Lv list the Philadelphia 76ers win total at 53′ games for 2018-19.

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Phoenix Suns @ Indiana Pacers NBA Betting Preview for Tuesday. January 15, 2019.

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The (11-33) SU, (24-20) ATS Phoenix Suns have won two of three including a 103-93 victory over Western Conference frontrunner Denver as 8′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS.

Kelly Oubre jr led the Suns with 26 points, and they outscored Denver 52 to 36 in the paint. Phoenix took a 60-47 lead into halftime, and although the Nuggets held them to 42 second-half points, it wasn’t enough.

  • Phoenix is 5-5 ATS their last ten following an SU win.
  • UNDER bettors have a made profits in 5 of the last six between the teams.
  • The Suns have covered their last 2 AGAINST THE SPREAD on the road.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 Phoenix last five overall.

The (28-14) SU, (22-10) ATS Indiana Pacers took down the New York Knicks 121-106 as 8′ point road FAVORITES AGAINST THE SPREAD on Friday. January 11th, ending a five-game road trip.

Center Domantas Sabonis poured in a team-best 22 points while grabbing 15 rebounds in victory as Indiana outscored the Knicks in all four quarters.

  • OVER bettors have cashed in nine of Indiana last ten overall.
  • The Pacers are 1-5 ATS their last six overall.
  • Indiana is 4-0 ATS the previous four times the teams have met.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits 16 of the Pacers last twenty-seven following an SU win.

Tuesdays game is 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Local Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Indiana as 10′ point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 219 points for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Phoenix Suns have won two of their last three both SU/ATS as they hit the road after playing eight of nine at home. They’re 4-16 SU on the road this season and tonight begin a stretch of four straight away from home.

Phoenix looks for revenge on a 109-104 PAcers victory on November 27th loss in the Valley of the Sun as the two teams play for the final time this season.

Guard Devin Booker has missed the past three games with back spasms, and his status is questionable for tonight’s contest.

The Suns are 1-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD as a 10 to 10′ point UNDERDOG, but they’ve shown progress dropping 1 of their last ten games by more than ten points. 2018 number-one overall draft pick DeAndre Ayton is embracing his role as the future of the franchise, the former University of Arizona standout isn’t backing down to anyone in the post.

A win tonight against an Eastern Conference front runner would serve as a confidence booster for the youthful Phoenix Suns. The coaching staff is emphasizing the results of playing tight defense an entire four quarters, and that’s what they did against the Nuggets.

Forward Josh Jackson understand the to pull off an upset tonight against an Indiana team that has been scoring a lot is to play efficiently at both ends of the floor the entire game.

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

With Myles Turner who’s the league’s leading shot blocker out of the lineup, the Indiana Pacers had to adjust, and they went 1-3 ATS with Turner out of the lineup, which shows his value to the franchise. The former University of Texas product hopes to return tonight but is a game-time decision.

Indiana hasn’t played since Friday and should be well rested after returning from a five-game road trip in which they allowed 135 points to Boston, the highest scoring output against the Pacers this season.

Head Coach Nate McMillan take a defensive approach, but without Turner in the lineup they gave up 120 points or more in three of the four road games.

POINT SPREAD bettors who are enamored with Indiana now understand the value of Turner in the lineup; his ability to adjust shots is why they usually play at a lot slower than when he’s not on the floor.

All-Star guard Victor Oladipo needs to get back on track after getting held under 20 points the last four, all without the services of Turner, showing how he affects the entire landscape of Indiana.

This Sports Handicapper believes the Pacers are going to be in for a battle tonight with the Suns Kelly Oubre finding a comfort zone in Phoenix since the trade from Washington.

Bovada.Lv list the Indiana Pacers win total at 47′ games for 2018-19.

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Will second meeting in the Big Easy provide different results for Eagles in 2019 NFC Divisional Round?

Written by National Football League Expert Point Spread Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (10-7) SU, (8-9) ATS Philadelphia Eagles began their quest for another Championship last Sunday in the wildcard round with a 16-15 victory over the Chicago Bears as 6′ point road UNDERDOG ATS.

Quarterback Nick Foles continued to blossom in the postseason but threw two interceptions. However, it didn’t matter due to a missed Bears field goal as time expired.

  • Philadelphia is 1-4 AGAINST THE Point SPREAD the last five between the teams.
  • The Eagles are 3-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last three on the road.
  • The UNDER is 4-2 Philadelphia last six on the road.
  • OVER bettors have made profits 6 of the last nine times the teams have played.

The (13-3) SU, (10-6) ATS New Orleans Saints got a bye last week but lost to Carolina 33-14 in the regular season finale as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. Regardless of how Nick Foles has performed when it counts Drew Brees is better.

New Orleans easily took down the Eagles 48-7 on November 18, 2018, as 7 point home FAVORITES ATS and have won 4 of the last five between the teams both SU and AGAINST THE SPREAD.

  • OVER bettors have cashed the last 6 Saints playoff games at home.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 New Orleans last five vs. NFC opponents.
  • The OVER is 9-4 New Orleans last thirteen in NOLA.
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS their last five overall.

Kickoff will be Sunday, January 13, 2019. Game time is 4:25 PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The FOX Television Network will be broadcasting.

The current Betting Line has New Orleans as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 51′ Points for Sunday’s contest.

Fans in the city of Brotherly Love watched their Eagles advance to the divisional round last Sunday against a Chicago team that took down Minnesota to get Philadelphia in the postseason in the first place. They weren’t satisfied with the favor, and now they’ll face a team they’ve beaten two of the last three times in postseason action. Coached by Chip Kelly with Foles under center the Eagles beat New Orleans 26-24 in a 2014 home wildcard contest.

Although New Orleans crushed the Eagles in the 2018-19 regular season head coach Doug Pederson is downplaying the revenge factor. However, it still left a bad taste in many Eagles mouths.

It’s a different season in a looser game home, and the Eagles have won six of seven since the loss to the Saints. Quarterback Nick Foles who’s in his comfort zone is undefeated since taking over for starter Carson Wentz.

The game could come down to the time of possession which the Eagles (32:32) minutes of offense ranks number one in the NFL. The Eagles coaching staff also understand the Saints have the league’s top run defense; meaning Foles with have to make plays in uncomfortable situations.

On the other side of the Football defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz safety, Malcolm Jenkins along with tackle Fletcher co will be ready for battle.

The Best NFL Handicapper is 9-0 when going on or against the Eagles ATS this season.

Bovada.Lv, list the Philadelphia Eagles at +1,200 to win Super Bowl LIII.

 

It’s already a festive atmosphere in and around the Bayou with Mardi Gras on the horizon and what’s better to go along with the annual festival? A Saints home playoff game. These two teams should have played in the 2018 NFC Championship game, but the miracle in Minnesota sent the Saints home.

New Orleans is a perfect 5-0 at home in the playoffs in the Sean Payton era. The Saints explosive offense ranks second league-wide with (31.5), total yards (379.2), and rushing yards (126.6) per contest. Did we forget to mention a Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm who has elite weapons at every skilled position one can imagine?

Running Back Alvin Kamara has (1,500 yards) rushing and (1,500 yards) receiving in his first two seasons as a pro; he’s one of two players to own the honor. Drew Brees will do everything imaginable to get Kamara one on one with Eagles linebackers while Mark Ingram (5.0) yards per carrying attempts soften them up with the run.

The X-Factor Sunday could be Saints backup quarterback/utility player Taysom Hill who’ll make an impact in some area. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen must get a pass rush from Cameron Jordan and rookie Marcus Davenports while nose tackle Sheldon Rankins stops the run. The Eagles will take their shots against a New Orleans secondary that allows (288.9)yards per game through the air.

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Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Betting Preview for Friday. January 4, 2019.

Written by NBA Expert Point Spread Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (18-20) SU, (18-19-1) ATS Utah Jazz were beaten by Toronto 122-116 as 1′ point road FAVORITES ATS on New Year’s Day. Jae Crowder led all scorers with 30 points as Utah gave up 44 third-quarter points in a pathetic defensive effort.

They’re playing the second of a four-game road trip which end in Milwaukee on the 9th.

  • Utah is 4-0-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five after an SU defeat.
  • The Under is 3-1 Utah last four on the road.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits in Utah last four on the road vs. Teams with an SU losing record.
  • The Jazz is 5-0-1 ATS the last six between the teams.

The (8-30) SU, (18-10) ATS Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to end a seven-game SU losing streak after a 117-92 defeat at the hands of Miami as 5′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS.

Forward Kevin Love is getting set for basketball-related activities after undergoing foot surgery in November, but there’s no timetable for his return on the court. Cleveland owns the worst record in the NBA as we enter 2019.

  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS their last five on Friday’s.
  • The Cavaliers are 0-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four at home.
  • The OVER is 7-1 Cleveland last eight at home.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in the last five times, the teams have played.

Friday’s game is 7:30 PM EST at Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Local Network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Cleveland as 9 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 208′ points for Friday’s contest.

 

Expectations around the NBA for the Utah Jazz were prematurely high after a tremendous 2018 postseason. However, the Jazz finds themselves in an unpopular position as far as the standings are concerned.

Head Coach Quinn Snyder insists his guys aren’t panicking but also indicated tonight’s game is critical for team confidence. It’s been seven years since Utah has been victorious in Cleveland, but that’s when they were competing against the likes of LeBron James or Kyrie Irving. Sharp Shooter Kyle Korver returns to Cleveland for the first time since getting traded for Alec Burks while the Cavaliers Rodney Hood also looks forward to seeing his old teammates.

Guard Donovan Mitchell (20.8) points per game lead the leagues 21st ranked offense that scores (107.7) ppg. Point Guard Ricky Rubio is questionable tonight with a minor foot injury which could affect ball distribution. Utah shoots (46.3%) from the field which ranks 13th league-wide.

What bothers the coaching staff is their effort on defense in Toronto, they allow opponents (106.1) points per contest and 144 is unacceptable. They also understand it was New Years and Toronto is city players like to frequent although the weather is frigid.

Utah will face two former players who’ll be looking to take their abilities to new heights tonight; they must stick to the game plan by getting the ball to Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors in the post.

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

 

After the departure of LeBron James the Cleveland Cavaliers face many dilemmas in the first month of 2019. Owner Dan Gilbert fired Tyronn Lue earlier in the season, replacing him with Larry Drew on an interim basis.

Nothing is working, and now they’re in the hunt for Duke star Zion Williamson who’ll enter the 2019 NBA draft and it in some circles being compared to the King.

Trade rumors are swirling surrounding Kevin Love who’s talent could land him in the Western Conference when he becomes healthy. For now, the coaching staff remembers the production of Donovan Mitchell in two appearances last year averaging (27.5) ppg while shooting (63.6%) and that was against a team that played Golden State in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers allows opponents a league-worst (48.7%) from the field which should have Mitchell licking his chops. Jordan Clarkson (16.9) ppg leads the leagues 28th ranked scoring offense that puts up (102.0) points per contest while rookie Colin Sexton (14.7) ppg is playing up to expectations. The former Alabama Crimson Tide point guard looks forward to facing Rubio if he’s available.

Cleveland doesn’t have a star in the lineup since Love is on the shelf and their dependency of James no longer an option they’ll lose but cover the POINT SPREAD tonight.

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

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Can the Timberwolves bring the undefeated Bucks down?

Can the Timberwolves bring the undefeated Bucks down?

Five teams remain unbeaten to start the 2018/19 NBA season. The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs,  Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James Lakers do not rank among them. That isn’t sarcasm, by the way. After winning the over in the Lakers’ first victory this season, based on LBJ delivering an overdue statement, I owe the man a compliment. The King was understated, scoring only 19, but delivered 10 assists in the 131-113 romp. Was he telling me not to sweat the details? Unfortunately, I know no other way to get through life.

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The details this year are that Milwaukee is undefeated in their first four. The Minnesota Timberwolves are casting about for the scent to bring the Bucks down in their encounter tonight in the aptly named Target Center. When you keep on winning games, that’s what you find on your back.

The biggest target is tacked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak leads Mike Budenholzer’s squad in scoring, rebounds at both ends of the floor and matches Eric Bledsoe with 6.8 assists per game. He also has the joint-most blocks in the squad, although Brooks Lopez averages more per game. So, can T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau come up with a scheme to stop the Bucks’ superstar?

Moving on…

Seriously, though, the Wolves can compete. Jimmy Butler can match Antetokounmpo’s scoring numbers. Karl-Anthony Towns is a force on the boards. Andrew Wiggins is coming along. Derrick Rose is in there somewhere. Off-court issues continue to plague the team. Butler is the new DeMarcus Cousins, desperate to be elsewhere. What’s odd is he has a supporting cast many stars would die for and a coach with whom he’s bonded at two different clubs. Talk about sweating the details.

Can the Wolves run as a pack against the Bucks to end their perfect start? Milwaukee’s won seven from their last ten meetings although the teams have split the last four. After a narrow, one-point victory at Charlotte to open, Budenholzer’s crew won the next three comfortably, albeit all at the FiServ Forum. Minnesota has a point-and-a-half to play with at home. Milwaukee will be out of their comfort zone. Intriguing, but with a moody team like the Wolves, it can go either way.

What about the total? Again, it depends on which Timberwolves team we get. In their five games to date, they’ve played two well over and three a distance below the 232 the houses are offering for this one. the Bucks scores are grouped tighter around that number but they’ve only exceeded it once.

Both teams’ recent trends Against The Spread and the total favour the Bucks and the over.

The Bucks are 4-0 on Fridays ATS of late. They’re over in their last five after winning ATS. On the other hand, they failed to beat the line in their last five against teams who win at home. Small sample size, but the Wolves are 2-0 at the Target Center this season.

Minnesota went over in nine of their last ten against teams with winning road records. Again, small sample size. The Bucks only travelled to Carolina this term. Flipping the script, Minnesota’s philosophy is ‘thank God, it’s not Friday’. They’re 1-6 ATS heading into the weekend.

Head-to-head, the Bucks are running 7-2 ATS. I don’t see them as a lock to go 5-0, however. I’m more comfortable with the overwhelming under numbers: 7-1 in the last eight in Minneapolis, 15-5-1 overall in the last 21. We’re not playing blackjack, so hit me one more time on that one, dealer.

Free Pick: MIL v MIN: Under [232]
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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.