NBA

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 12-point home favorites tonight over the Utah Jazz.  The over/under total is set at 200 points. San Antonio is 60-19 overall and 46-33 against the spread.  They clinched home-court throughout the West playoffs with a 124-92 Wednesday home win over Sacramento, coupled with a L.A. Lakers loss later that night. The 216 combined points scored went “over” the big 211-point total. The “over” is 8-1 in San Antonios last nine games. Coach Gregg Popovich still wants like to finish ahead of Chicago for home-court throughout the entire playoffs, but he doesnt want to burn out his key players. Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker all had recent ailments, but have helped the Spurs go 3-0 overall and against the spread in their last three contests. Popovichs plan is likely to limit his stars to around 25-30 minutes per game. Hes done a great job Read More

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are 14-point favorites over the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.  The over/under for the game is set at 213. Twelve straight losses has Minnesota sitting level with Cleveland for the worst record in the NBA and finding a victory in their remaining games should be tough, as their All-Star Kevin Love is listed as doubtful for tonight’s meeting with Denver. The Wolves’ latest loss came on Wednesday against the Suns, in a game where Michael Beasley had a game-high 24 points, while Anthony Randolph added 19 points in Love’s absence. The Nuggets have lost just twice in the last nine games and both of them have come against the Thunder. In the Nuggets loss to the Thunder last night, Nene had a team-high 18 points while the Nuggets shot just 40.3 percent from the field as a team. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night was that the Nuggets Read More

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets are 5-point favorites over the Phoenix Suns this evening.  The over/under total for the game is set at 199. New Orleans finally clinched a playoff spot with a 101-93 victory over Houston on Wednesday night as a three-point home favorite. It was the Hornets fifth win in their last seven games and followed a 108-96 win over Indiana as a 4-point home favorite this past Sunday.   The New Orleans Hornets are currently tied with Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference with a record of 45-33 and 40-38 against the spread. The Hornets lost David West for the season with a knee injury, but Chris Paul and Carl Landry have done a good job in picking up the slack in his absence. Paul is averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists a game and Landry is averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza Read More

Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-point favorites tonight at home over the Denver Nuggets.  The over/under total for the game is set at 201.  This should be a first-round playoff matchup with the Thunder holding home-court advantage. Denver has much to prove from a confidence factor after the Thunder beat the Nuggets, 101-94, as 4-point road underdogs this past Tuesday. Oklahoma City had lost by an average of 19.3 points per game during its past seven trips to Denver. The Nuggets were unable to corral NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points despite being double and even tripled-teamed at times. Durant then poured in 29 points, Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and center Kendrick Perkins pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds as the Thunder followed that victory up by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-108, as 10-point home favorites this past Wednesday. The combined 220 points sailed “over” Read More

Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz

The Portland Trail Blazers are 3-point road favorites tonight when they take on the Utah Jazz tonight.  The over/under for the game is set at 189. The National Basketball Associations regular season is quickly coming to a close, but there is still some time to improve or maintain playoff positioning. Portland is 45-33 overall and 43-35 against the spread.  They currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.  It seems highly unlikely that the Trail Blazers will catch Denver, but they must really worry about New Orleans and Memphis overtaking them in the standings.  Portland had won two in a row before Tuesdays loss to Golden State as 10-point favorite, 108-87.  The combined 195 points failed to topple the 203-point closing total.  The Trail Blazers did secure a playoff berth despite the setback when Houston lost at Sacramento. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted 17 points and 12 rebounds Read More

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are 4-point favorites over the Boston Celtics this evening is Chicago.  The over/under total for the game is set at 179 points.  This should be an excellent game that pits two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is 57-20 overall and 46-31 against the spread.  They top Boston and Miami by three games each for the Eastern Conference lead. All three teams have just five games left, so a Bulls win would almost eliminate any Boston chance of overtaking them. Chicagos last game was a 97-94 home win over Phoenix on Tuesday. Joakim Noah returned after missing three games and Carlos Boozer played despite battling an illness. Both scored 12 points and Derrick Rose had a team-high 19 as he continues his ascension towards league-MVP. Chicago failed to cover as 11-point favorites and is 0-3 against the spread in its last three, despite winning Read More

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat

The Miami Heat is 10-point home favorites over the Milwaukee Bucks.  The over/under total for the game is set at 198. Miami has won eight of its last nine games and is battling Boston for the No. 2 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Since losing five in a row back in late February/early March, the Heat have gone 11-2. The Heat play twice more before hosting the Celtics in a Sunday showdown. Chicago point guard Derrick Rose is generating a lot of MVP buzz. However, a strong case can be made for LeBron James. Hes second in scoring next to Kevin Durant averaging 26.6 points a game, 13th in assists at seven per game and 32nd in rebounding at 7.5 per contest. James also is No. 1 in plus/minus minutes when on the court, a category Rose currently ranks 10th. James has scored in double figures in 75 consecutive Read More

New Jersey Nets vs. New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are 9-point home favorites over the New Jersey Nets tonight at Madison Square Garden.  The over/under total for the game is set at 208. The New Jersey Nets are 23-50 overall and 34-39 against the spread. Its really hard to think that the Nets only finally just got mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night when the Houston Rockets at home beat them 112-87. It was the third straight loss coming by double digits for New Jersey, and it marked the ninth straight game in which the team didnt score 100 points. The last time that it dropped 100 in a game in regulation was in England against the Toronto Raptors on March 4th. Get used to this theme of virtually no offense. New Jersey ranks No. 28 in the league in scoring at 93.5 points per game, and it really hasnt done that entire Read More

Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Miami Heat is 13-point favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the matchup this evening.  The over/under total for the game is set at 197. LeBron James returns to Cleveland for the second time since his unceremonious departure. Miami is 3-0 overall and 2-1 against the spread against the Cavaliers this year. That includes the first meeting back on December 2nd. James brushed off the jeers of his former fans to explode for 38 points, winning 118-90 in a blowout as 5-point favorites. The Heat won the two home meetings since then, 101-95 as 16-point favorites on December 15th and 117-90 as 17-point favorites on January 31st. The “over” is 3-0 in the three meetings between the teams. Miami is 51-22 on the season and 34-39 against the spread.  They trail Chicago by 2-games in the Eastern Conference and Boston by 1-game for second. Miami has won five straight and Read More

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are 10-point home favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers at home this evening.  The over/under total for the game is set at 192.  The Bulls continue to push for the Eastern Conferences top seed and will need to continue to win to achieve this. Chicago is 53-19 overall and 46-26 against the spread.  They found ways to win over the weekend, which is what championship teams are supposed to do. The first game was a close 99-96 home win over Memphis on Friday. Derrick Rose scored the teams final six points, although failing to “cover” the nine-point spread. Saturday night was equally as tough in Milwaukee, the offensively challenged Bucks led 87-83 with under three minutes left before a furious 12-0 Bulls rally to end the game. Rose was again the hero with eight late points and30 overall.  The 95-87 final scored covered the 5 –point spread for Read More