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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Bovada. Lv, list the New Orleans Saints at +225 to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

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

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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.

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Now that he’s woke, will DeMar DeRozan ever dream again?

Now that he’s woke, will DeMar DeRozan ever dream again?

Maybe for you, not everything has to be about racism. For DeMar DeRozan, it does. That’s not by choice. He tried to escape it and failed. The question is how that failure will shape his life and [more important to you] his career going forward?

If life is a game, teams in the United States are readily identifiable by colour. Scoring is not kept by baskets, touchdowns, runs or goals, however. Laws tell you who is winning and losing. For every one written to promote equality, dozens are passed to make sure one team continues to hold a comfortable advantage. The margin is so wide that some people on the winning side can pretend they’re not playing.

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In case you’re colourblind, DeMar DeRozan doesn’t play for the winning team. Growing up in Compton, California motivates people to choose one of two paths. They can try to control their environment, which too often means a life of violent crime frequently interrupted by prison sentences or just once by bullets. If they have lucrative talents, the second option is attempting an escape through sport or music. Attempting is the operative word.

DeMar DeRozan played two seasons at USC before going 9th overall in the 2009 NBA draft.

DeRozan’s basketball talents led him to the University of Southern California for two seasons. In 2009, he forewent his junior year to enter the NBA Draft where he was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors. Seven years before privileged white celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell said they would leave the country if Donald Trump was elected President, the 6′ 7″ small forward/shooting guard took the opportunity they didn’t.

Toronto wasn’t a sanctuary from prejudice. Fear and hatred have existed there even longer than in the US. White people settled in Canada first. However, with far fewer people of colour to subjugate, bigotry didn’t become so deeply rooted. One consequence is police tend to ask questions first and rarely shoot later. Politically, there is a conscious, more effective effort to provide opportunity for all.

With a rookie salary that allowed him to pay someone else to shovel snow and buy as much warm clothing as needed, there was nothing not to like about this foreign city in which he would spend the next eight years. Toronto’s cosmopolitan nature allowed for American and Canadian music, food and other cultures to blend. People were polite. They apologized rather than telling you to watch where you were going. Even better, they didn’t shove it down your throat that basketball’s inventor, James Naismith, was Canadian. [Sorry]

DeRozan fell in love with his new home. Toronto wasn’t a good team, but he worked hard to make it better and engage fans rooted in another Canadian game, hockey. [Again, sorry]

Gradually, the Raptors improved. They became contenders. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Still, when free agency beckoned, DeRozan didn’t entertain offers. Instead, he pronounced, “I am Toronto,” and re-signed with the club.

Believing, he had found a haven from the cutthroat nature of American life, he allowed himself to be happy. The city loved him; he loved it. That should have been enough but he didn’t factor the team into his calculations.

Kawhi Leonard was the rare player unhappy with the Spurs.

Even though LeBron had left Cleveland for Los Angeles, throwing open the Eastern Conference door to the NBA Finals, the Raptors felt like they needed to make a change. On July 18th, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Was the club as polite as the city and nation it represents? Did it need to be more cutthroat? Raptors GM Masai Ujiri apparently thought so. Not only did he move to acquire a more selfish player who wasn’t fitting into the Spurs’ famously collective environment, he elected not to inform DeRozan about the deal until the last possible moment.

It made sense from an organisational standpoint. Toronto wouldn’t have an unsettled, disillusioned star on their hands if the trade failed to materialise. When it went through, DeRozan’s emotional state became San Antonio’s problem.

Ujiri was probably right. Betrayal on that level doesn’t grow less painful over a few days or weeks. He knew how committed his star was to the organisation and that DeRozan’s resentment would be proportionate. None of that is to say the trade was an easy choice to make, only that sadness at having to make it is easier to handle. The GM isn’t packing up and leaving everything he ever wanted behind.

Masai Ujiri can't afford to be an optimist with the Raptors.

Twelve days have passed since the trade was consummated. DeRozan’s anger hasn’t diminished. That said, he isn’t dwelling on it.

It was a rough week, extremely hard. I can’t sit up here and lie and say it wasn’t. But I don’t want to be living in the past or dwelling in the past or asking or wondering why.

It’s the best possible attitude he can adapt. Whether or not the new Spur is able to speak to Masai Ujiri in the future, and he has indicated he has “no reason”, the Toronto GM had the decency to send him to an ideal environment.

The culture in San Antonio is everything DeRozan thought he had in Toronto, except [speaking of bad trades] the beer is watered down and the food is spicier. Coach and team president Gregg Popovich believes in commitment. He likes players who want to spend their careers in one city. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli prove that. The organisation is also committed to its principles on diversity. Becky Hammon was not only named the league’s first female assistant coach, the level of responsibility that Pops entrusted her with has led to speculation she might be on some clubs’ shortlists as a future head coach.

DeMar DeRozan gets an early start with Gregg Popovich.

DeRozan is already working with Popovich at the Team USA camp ahead of the World Championships. He has expressed optimism about developing that relationship further in San Antonio.

His resume speaks for itself. If you are a basketball fan and you know the game, Pop is one of those guys you definitely have to be a fan of, inside and out.

The question is whether he will be able to trust the Spurs to the same level he did the Raptors? You have to believe he won’t. Even if he wants to invest himself to that emotional level a second time, he will now look for reasons it could go wrong. For instance, Pops is 69. De Rozan is under contract for five years. Can he reasonably expect the coach to be around for his entire term? Will the team’s culture change for the worse when its most influential figure is gone? DeRozan will be more guarded in his approach this time.

Will losing that emotional commitment affect his play? Only time will tell.

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