2016-NBA-Wednesday night – Games previews
Rockets at Spurs – 8:05 PM EST
These Texas rivals meet for the third time this season as the home team has won each time. Of course San Antonio (38-7 SU, 30-15 ATS) beat Houston at home, because no one has knocked off the Spurs at the AT&T Center this season. Gregg Popovich’s team looks to improve to 25-0 at home, coming off Monday’s 120-90 drubbing at Golden State. The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, who plans to sit out again with soreness his knee. Since mid-December, San Antonio has covered 10 of its last 13 at home, including an incredible 8-2 ATS mark as a double-digit home favorite.
The Rockets (25-22 SU, 20-27 ATS) hope to get center Dwight Howard back in the lineup after missing the last three games with a sprained ankle. Houston has survived without its big man, winning and covered all three times, including in Monday’s 112-111 triumph at New Orleans as 4 ½-point underdogs. The Rockets are starting to distance themselves from the .500 mark by winning nine of their last 12 games since losing at San Antonio to tip off January. Houston is returning to its run-and-gun ways, cashing the ‘over’ in eight of the past 10 games, while busting the 100-point mark nine times in this span.
Clippers at Hawks – 8:05 PM EST
The Clippers (29-16 SU, 21-21-3 ATS) wrap up this roller-coaster of a road trip after splitting the first four games. Los Angeles held off Indiana on Tuesday, 91-89 to cash as one-point favorites, improving to 6-2 ATS the last eight times in the favorite role. However, Doc Rivers’ club hasn’t responded well as an underdog, losing by double-digits in recent defeats to Cleveland and Toronto. The Clippers have finished ‘under’ the total in three straight games, but each of their last five visits to Philips Arena have resulted in ‘overs.’
This is a tough scheduling spot for Atlanta (27-19 SU, 23-22-1 ATS), who returns home from a 2-2 West Coast trip, followed by a road game at Indiana on Thursday. The Hawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 119-105 blowout of Denver as four-point favorites, the fourth time Atlanta has topped the 114-point mark this month. Mike Budenholzer’s team cashed the ‘over’ for the first time in six games, while hitting the ‘under’ in each of the last two home contests. The Hawks have posted a 5-3 SU and 3-5 ATS home record against Western Conference foes, but three of the ATS losses came as a favorite of 8 ½ points or more.
Thunder at Wolves – 8:05 PM EST
Oklahoma City (34-13 SU, 19-28 ATS) heads to Minnesota off an exciting double-overtime victory at New York on Tuesday, 128-122. Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, but the Thunder failed to cover as nine-point favorites, dropping to 0-7 ATS the last seven road games. One of those ATS losses came at Minnesota two weeks ago in a 101-96 win as 10 ½-point favorites, as the Thunder have won nine straight meetings with the Timberwolves.
Minnesota (14-32 SU, 19-26-1 ATS) has had a January to forget, going 2-11 SU and 5-8 ATS, but is coming off consecutive covers against Memphis and Cleveland. The Wolves cashed as 12 ½-point underdogs in Monday’s 114-107 setback at Cleveland, as top pick Karl-Anthony Towns continues his push towards Rookie of the Year with a 26-point, 11-rebound performance. Minnesota has covered three straight games at the Target Center, while winning each of its last two home games against Memphis and Phoenix.
Hornets at Jazz – 9:05 PM EST
These two teams met up last week in Charlotte as the Hornets outlasted the Jazz in overtime, 124-119 to cash as 3 ½-point favorites. Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker exploded for a career-high 52 points, cancelling out a 36-point effort from Utah’s Gordon Hayward as Charlotte beat Utah for just the second time in the last 10 meetings. Charlotte (22-23 SU, 22-22-1 ATS) rallied from a 17-point deficit to stun Sacramento in double-overtime on Monday, 129-128 to cash outright as eight-point ‘dogs to start their four-game road trip. Steve Clifford’s team has covered three straight games, while winning back-to-back road contests since dropping 10 consecutive away games from December 16 to through January 20.
Utah (19-25 SU, 22-22 ATS) continues a six-game homestand after falling to Detroit on Monday, 95-92 as 2 ½-point favorites. The Jazz have lost four of their past six games with two of those defeats coming in overtime and another setback coming at the buzzer to Sacramento.Quin Snyder’s club has posted a 4-1-1 mark to the ‘under’ in the past six home contests, while holding seven of the last eight opponents at home to 96 points or less.
Mavericks at Warriors – 10:35 PM EST
Only four teams have beaten the defending champions this season with Dallas being one of those clubs. The Mavericks (26-21 SU, 27-19-1 ATS) routed the Warriors at the American Airlines Center, 114-91 in late December, taking advantage of Stephen Curry sitting out with a leg injury. Dallas looks to build on a 7-4 SU/ATS record with no rest after beating the Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday thanks to a last-second basket by Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs hope to improve on a 2-4 ATS record in its last six as a road underdog, while going 1-3 ATS this season as a double-digit ‘dog.
Golden State (41-4 SU, 27-17-1 ATS) crushed San Antonio on Monday in a possible Western Conference finals matchup, 120-90 to improve to 21-0 at home. The Warriors easily cashed as 4 ½-point favorites, picking up their second cover in their last six games at Oracle Arena.Steve Kerr’s squad travels east after tonight’s contest for a three-game road trip against a trio of below .500 foes starting with Philadelphia on Saturday. The Warriors routed the Mavericks in two home matchups last season, as Golden State caught Dallas with no rest in a 15-point victory last March.