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    NBA PRESEASON
    10/25/2014

    Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns

    Home - Utah Jazz
    Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

    The Utah Jazz are 5-2 this preseason but this franchise has been down in recent years and they are looking to at least begin the turnaround. While it doesn’t mean much the Jazz are coming off of a crushing the Thunder in their last game Enes Kanter played 29 minutes last game and scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead all scorers. Trey Burke had a nice night scoring 23 points and dishing out five assists. Alec Burks had 15 points and six rebounds and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz shot just 40 percent from the floor but they dominated the boards outrebounding OKC 52-38. The Jazz just need to take some steps forward but they are a few pieces of the puzzle away from being competitive.

    Away - Phoenix Suns
    Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-L

    The Phoenix Suns are 4-2 for the preseason and they are coming off of a 3-point loss to the Clippers on Wednesday after playing on back-to-back nights. Eric Bledsoe had 27 points in 34 minutes to lead all scorers and Gerald Green scored 23 points off of the bench and he had five rebounds. Marcus Morris had 17 points and eight rebounds and Miles Plumlee had eight points and eight rebounds. The Suns won the battle on the boards 43-35but they shot just 44.3 percent from the floor. Phoenix should be fun to watch this season as they have some nice young talent.

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    Pick - Phoenix Suns (-2.00)
    Odds - 1.95
    Stakes - 8/10
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    10/25/2014

    LA Lakers vs Sacramento Kings

    Home - LA Lakers
    Last away matches - L-L-W-W-L-L

    The Los Angeles Lakers are 3-4 this preseason and there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of expectations for them this year. The Lakers are coming off of a win in their last game as they knocked off the Portland Trailblazers by eight points. Kobe Bryant sat out and Steve Nash is now out for the season and Jordan Hill is sitting with a cervical strain. Rookie Julius Randle led the Lakers against the Blazers scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jeremy Lin scored 13 points and he should have an increased role with the Nash injury. Wesley Johnson and Wayne Ellington each had 11 points. Many are counting the Lakers out already but that might be right where the Lakers want their opponents thinking.

    Away - Sacramento Kings
    Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

    The Sacramento Kings are 2-4 this preseason and they are coming off of a loss to the Spurs. Demarcus Cousins appears to be ready for the season as he scored 32 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Kings against the Spurs. Rudy gay had 18 points and seven rebounds, Carl Landry had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Darren Collison had 14 points and six rebounds. Sacramento shot 50.7 percent from the floor but turned the ball over 23 times. The Kings were solid last year but to make the playoffs in the Western Conference it takes more than that.

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    Pick - LA Lakers (+3.00)
    Odds - 2.02
    Stakes - 9/10
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    10/25/2014

    Golden State Warrior vs Denver Nuggets

    Home - Golden State Warrior
    Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

    The Golden State Warriors are looking to become more than a one man show as they have accumulated some young talent in hopes of taking it to the next level. The Warriors are coming off of a blowout win over the Clippers where Stephen Curry scored 27 points and had six assists to lead the way. David Lee had 12 points and six rebounds, Andre Iguodala scored 11 points, and Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Festus Ezeli each had 10 points. The Warriors shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Clips 46-31 in the route. The Warriors have leaned on Curry but they are going to need to be more than one player if they hope to go further in the playoffs.

    Away - Denver Nuggets
    Last away matches - W-L-L-L-L-L

    The Denver Nuggets are 2-5 this preseason and are coming off of a loss to Portland where they scored just 75 points. Wilson Chandler was the leading scorer scoring just 13 points. Darrell Arthur had 10 points, Alonzo Gee had seven points, and Randy Foye had seven points. Denver has been one of the highest scoring teams over the years but they shot just 32.6 percent from the floor last game and were out rebounded 57-42. Denver has been nearly unbeatable at home over the years but they didn’t have that edge last season so it puts more pressure on them in their road games.

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    Odds - 1.98
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/25/2014

    LA Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers

    Home - LA Clippers
    Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

    The Los Angeles Clippers are just 2-5 in the preseason, which goes to show that the results are absolutely meaningless. The best player in all of the preseason has been Blake Griffin, who has dropped 62 points and 12 rebounds in his last two games. Griffin continues to improve every year and seems to be even more aggressive this season. Chris Paul is also coming off one of his better games in the preseason, shooting 12-18 from the field and dishing out nine assists. Although he didn’t play in the Clippers last matchup, DeAndre Jordan is an impressive 9-12 from the field in his last two games. Glen Davis continues to miss time with a groin injury and remains questionable for the season opener. Overall, the Los Angeles Clippers are a scary team entering the regular season.

    Away - Portland Trail Blazers
    Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

    The Portland Trail Blazers are 3-3 in the preseason, which already includes a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Trail Blazers pretty much know what they are as a basketball team which is why a lot of their key guys haven’t been playing as much lately. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play in Portland's last game and Damian Lillard saw just 17 minutes of action. Hoping other guys would step up, Chris Kaman is 12-17 from the field in his last three games and Thomas Robinson continues to dominate the glass and bring the energy to the Trail Blazers in limited minutes. Will Barton is also a solid 9-16 from the field in his last three games, giving the Trail Blazers a solid backup shooting guard. The Trail Blazers are once again going to be a fun team to watch this season.

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    Pick - LA Clippers (-4.50)
    Odds - 2.04
    Stakes - 10/10

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    NBA PRESEASON
    10/27/2014

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic

    Home - New Orleans Pelicans
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

    New Orleans "Pelicans" are one of the most intrigueing squad in the league. After bad last season, when their starting five players didn't play in tons of games because of injuries, they are back with new hopes and expectations. Ryan Anderson, the sniper beyond the 3pt line is back together with Jrue Holiday, who is mostly known because of numbers of assists he makes per game. Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon seems to be fully fit and ready to play. Omer Asik and the rising superstar Anthony Davis, the protectors of the rim are also fully concentrated to their first gae of the new season at home. "Pelicans" just proved theirselves as very powerful team in pre-season games, where they managed to get 5 wins out of 7. Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon were guiding their team to success in preseason games, but they only played around 25 minutes, so I'm sure "Pelicans" haven't shown their real potential.

    Away - Orlando Magic
    Last away matches - L-L-W-W-W-L

    On the other hand we have still struggling "Orlando Magic" who can't find their way back to play-offs. The team is made of really promising, but not so experienced players, who ain't that high class. Their most important player, I can surely call him team's leader, Victor Oladipo is out for no timeable period because of facial fracture. Tobias Harris and Nicola Vučevič were probably the most important players for "Magic" in preseason games, they scored 30 points average together. Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier might be the only players who can play well enough to keep rotation on, couse other young players just are too weak. Kyle O'Quinn and Aaron Gordon are very unconsistant players, they can score many points in one game and make lots of else for team, but in other game they can be a black hole.

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    Pick - New Orleans Pelicans (-9.00)
    Odds - 1.85
    Stakes - 9/10
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    10/27/2014

    San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks

    Home - San Antonio Spurs
    Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

    Last season, the San Antonio Spurs were able to climb their way back to the top of the hill and capture their fifth championship since drafting Tim Duncan back in 1997. With the deepest and most unselfish roster in the league, the Spurs just about ticked every box last season: finish the regular season with the best overall record, keep your core players fresh, and develop young talent. As fans of the game, we expected nothing less from the players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but what elevated the Spurs to a new level was Kawhi Leonard who was able to make "the Leap" and claim his first Finals MVP at just 22 years old. Of the roster from last season, the Spurs are returning 14 players and will be introducing the rookie, Kyle Anderson, a player who looked to be one of the steals of the draft, so expect to see San Antonio set the benchmark for the league once again.

    Away - Dallas Mavericks
    Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

    Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 49-33 record which was good enough for the eighth seed in the crowded Western Conference, but not quite good enough to get past the Spurs in the first round. Coming off a disappointing finish, the Mavs kept busy in the offseason and signed six new players, the two most notable being the return of Tyson Chandler and the addition of the underappreciated Chandler Parsons. Together with the additions of Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton, Dallas look to returning as one of the best offenses in the league and a true championship contender in the West.

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    Odds - 1.93
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/27/2014

    LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets

    Home - LA Lakers
    Last away matches - L-L-W-W-L-L

    Coming off a massively disappointing 27-55 season, the only way is up for the Los Angeles Lakers and the first step was to get Kobe Bryant back on the court and playing. Kobe played in five of the seven preseason games for the Lakers and was able to average 26.3 points in his final three, but with good news for the Lakers comes plenty of bad as they learnded that Steve Nash is set to miss the entire season with his ongoing back injury. Fortunately, LA were able to acquire Jeremy Lin in the offseason and he'll surely step in as the starter where he averages 14.4 points, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Other offseason additions include Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Ronnie Price, but not surprisingly, the majority of the scoring load will fall on Kobe once again.

    Away - Houston Rockets
    Last away matches - W-L-L-W-L-W

    Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets finished last season with a 54-28 regular season record and but were eliminated by the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference semifinals. After opting not to match Chandler Parons' $46 million offer from the Mavericks and shipping off Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, the Rockets acquired Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry. With Parsons gone, even more of the scoring burden falls on the shoulders or James Harden and Dwight Howard now so I just get the feeling that Houston didn't do enough in the offseason.

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    Pick - Houston Rockets (-6.50)
    Odds - 2.00
    Stakes - 9/10

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    10/29/2014

    Denver Nuggets vs Detroit Pistons

    Home - Denver Nuggets
    Last away matches - L-W-L-L-L-L

    Nuggets PG Ty Lawson, who suffered a broken rib in his only meeting with Detroit last season, is on track for the opener despite dealing with a hamstring issue that limited him to four preseason games.Denver is aiming to improve itself defensively, its biggest offseason splash came when it reacquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo, the team's second-leading scorer in 2011-12, the final season of his first stint with the Nuggets. Afflalo's scoring averages have improved in each of his seven NBA seasons, reaching 18.2 in a solid effort as Orlando's go-to guy in 2013-14. Afflalo was eighth in the league from 3-point range (42.7 percent), making him a potentially lethal addition for a team that likes to shoot early and often but finished in the middle of the pack from beyond the arc in terms of accuracy (35.8 percent).

    Away - Detroit Pistons
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

    Stan Van Gundy makes his return to the sidelines on Wednesday as the new head coach for the Detroit Pistons, who open a hopeful campaign at Denver. Van Gundy, who owns a .641 winning percentage in eight seasons with Miami and Orlando, was brought in to revive an organization that has endured six straight losing campaigns. Last season's edition went 8-24 down the stretch under interim head coach John Loyer, but Van Gundy's squad has some promise as it builds around star center Andre Drummond. Among the many items on Van Gundy's to-do list is to get more out of swingman Josh Smith, whose overall production took a tumble in his first season with the Pistons. Smith shot a career-low 41.9 percent and was a woeful 26.4 percent from long range, a factor that never deterred him from taking as many 3-pointers as he wanted; Smith's 265 long-distance attempts were a career high. Detroit made the fewest 3s in the Eastern Conference (507) but Van Gundy's teams in the past have often been among the best in the league from the perimeter.

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    Pick - Detroit Pistons (+7.00)
    Odds - 1.92
    Stakes - 8/10
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    10/29/2014

    New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls

    Home - New York Knicks
    Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

    Jackson’s second-biggest move was hiring a new head coach, and the decision maker went with a familiar face in Derek Fisher, who ran Jackson’s triangle offense with the Los Angeles Lakers. “We want to be consistent in who we are, so when we get rebounds and stops we can get out into the open floor and attack before the defense is set up,” Fisher told reporters of the new New York offense. “That’s not the triangle offense, that’s transition offense.” Pushing the pace will be a pair of new point guards in veteran Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin, who saw limited time as a rookie in Dallas last season.

    Away - Chicago Bulls
    Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

    Rose has played just 10 games in the last two seasons and missed the playoffs in each of those campaigns, leaving Chicago defense-first and a little short on the offensive end. The 2010-11 MVP showed off his old explosiveness over the summer and continued to impress during the preseason as the Bulls worked Gasol and rookie Doug McDermott into the offense.

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    Pick - Chicago Bulls (-4.50)
    Odds - 1.99
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/29/2014

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Home - Portland Trail Blazers
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

    The Portland Trailblazers have the luxury of returning a fully healthy starting five that are coming off the franchise's best season since 2000. The offseason additions of Chris Kaman and Steve Blake add much-needed depth to one of the least productive benches in the league last season, and given the continued development of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, this team looks primed to deep in the playoffs this season.In ATS trends, the Thunder are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Portland. However, the Thunder have never been this shorthanded, so despite the dominance over the Blazers, I'm actually taking the favorites at home to cover the spread. As good as Westbrook is, there just doesn't seem to be enough scoring to keep up with this Blazers squad.

    Away - Oklahoma City Thunder
    Last away matches - L-W-L-W-W-L

    The Oklahoma City Thunder kick off their season with a visit to the Moda Center to battle the Portland Trailblazers.Often criticized for taking too many shot attempts, Russell Westbrook will now have the reins taken off him to start the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without Kevin Durant for at least a month. Being a professional athlete, Westbrook deflected all questions about the upcoming challenge in typical fashion, saying that it will be a team effort. However, things recently went from bad to worse as Reggie Jackson just joined the injury ward along with Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow, so get ready to see plenty of shot attempts for Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Durant has said that he won't make the mistake of getting back on the court too soon, so it's going to be up to coach Scott Brooks to find a way to keep the team afloat in the crowded West until reinforcements arrive.


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    Pick - Oklahoma City Thunder (+8.00)
    Odds - 2.02
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/29/2014

    Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves

    Home - Memphis Grizzlies
    Last away matches - L-L-L-L-W-L

    The Memphis Grizzlies hope to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season and with nearly the same veteran roster returning they should. The tag team tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol remains one of the more physical and dominant big man duos we’ve seen in a while. The Grizzlies also added Vince Carter, who may have lost his prime ages ago but is still capable of hitting big shots and dropping double digits most nights. The main issue I have with the Grizzlies is the lack of scoring that’s haunted them over the years. Yes, Mike Conley is one of the more underrated point guards and improved his game tremendously last season, but there’s not enough offensive firepower to help Memphis get over that hump. Still, the Memphis Grizzlies are one of those squads most teams in the league don’t want to play.

    Away - Minnesota Timberwolves
    Last away matches - W-W-W-L-W-L

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will finally find out what life is really going to be like without superstar Kevin Love. While the star power is gone from Minnesota, the Timberwolves have some young talent in place to be excited about moving forward. Ricky Rubio is one of the better young point guards in the game and Thaddeus Young has been a consistent scorer for the last six seasons. Anthony Bennett should also improve with a full season under his belt and less pressure being on a new team. Of course, everybody is wondering how Andrew Wiggins is going to perform as a rookie, as he was the ultimate prize in the Love deal. I also like the addition of Mo Williams, as he adds some experience to a young roster and a much needed scoring spark off the bench. I like the direction the Minnesota Timberwolves are taking, but it’s going to take time for everything to fall into place.

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    Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (+8.00)
    Odds - 1.95
    Stakes - 9/10
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    10/29/2014

    Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks

    Home - Toronto Raptors
    Last away matches - W-W-W-L-L-L

    The Toronto Raptors finished last season at 48-34 that was good enough to win the Atlantic Division. The Raptors had a nice season but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Nets and they are hoping this season to take another step forward. DeMar DeRozan was an All Star last season and he led the Raptors averaging 22.7 points per game. Kyle Lowry is also back after signing a contract extension averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game and Jonas Valanciunas is back in the middle where he averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. The Raptors shot 44.5 percent from the floor last season including 37.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Dwane Casey appears to have a team that knows how to and expects to win.

    Away - Atlanta Hawks
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

    The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs last season despite finishing the regular season six games under .500 but once they got there they threw the record out the window and nearly knocked off the top seeded Indiana Pacers losing to them in seven games. The Hawks return talent as Al Horford played just 29 games last season but he averaged 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Paul Milsap is averaged17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds and Jeff Teague averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists. The Hawks shot 45.8 percent including 36.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc and they set a team record making 768 three-pointers a year ago. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer may have his work cut out for him this year.

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    Pick - Toronto Raptors (-4.50)
    Odds - 2.01
    Stakes - 10/10

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    10/30/2014

    Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards

    Home - Orlando Magic
    Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

    The Orlando Magic were crushed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, as they struggled from the field were sloppy with the ball. The Magic shot 38.1 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times. Tobias Harris led the way with 25 points, Nikola Vucevic grabbed 23 rebounds and rookie Aaron Gordon scored 11 points off the bench. The Magic held their own for much of the game but were outmaned by Anthony Davis in the paint and simply didn’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up. The Orlando Magic are a young team that’s going to need some time to become more competitive in this league. However, a combination of Gordon and Elfrid Payton has the potential to be very effective this season. Tobias Harris is questionable for this game with a knee injury.

    Away - Washington Wizards
    Last away matches - L-L-L-W-W-W

    The Washington Wizards are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which they were outscored by 10 points in the second half. The Wizards have to be somewhat disappointed with the results, as they shot a solid 48 percent from the field and turned the ball over only 14 times. Drew Gooden and Marcin Gortat each scored 18 points while John Wall had 16 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce was 6-10 from the field in his Washington debut and racked up five assists. Nene Hilario and DeJuan Blair, who missed the game due to suspension, are expected to participate in this game. The Washington Wizards played well enough to win the game in Miami, but now have to be pleased to get majority of their team back heading into this matchup.

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    Pick - Washington Wizards (-4.00)
    Odds - 1.91
    Stakes - 9/10
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    10/30/2014

    Minnesota Timberwolves vs Detroit Pistons

    Home - Minnesota Timberwolves
    Last away matches - L-W-W-W-L-W

    The Timberwolves opened their season on the road for the first time since 2000-01 with a 105-101 loss Wednesday at Memphis. Thaddeus Young, who was acquired from Philadelphia in the three-team deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, scored 26 on 10-of-18 shooting in his Minnesota debut. Despite being without Love, who averaged 12.5 rebounds in his final season with the club, the Timberwolves held a 47-33 rebounding advantage against a Grizzlies squad that finished fifth last season with an average rebounding margin of plus-3.2.

    Away - Detroit Pistons
    Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

    The Detroit Pistons lost to the Denver Nuggets during their season opener on Wednesday, 89-79. Josh Smith led the way with 25 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 points off the bench. While Andre Drummond shot 50 percent from the field and grabbed nine rebounds, he wasn’t nearly as aggressive and dominant as he was in the FIBA tournament. Detroit clearly missed Greg Monroe on the offensive end and the glass, but the big man is expected to miss this game as well to finish up his suspension. The Detroit Pistons need to discover more offensive weapons, as shooting 36.9 percent from the field simply isn’t going to cut it against anybody in this league. Expect guys such as Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin to be more aggressive off the bench in this matchup.

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    Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (-4.00)
    Odds - 1.90
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/30/2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks

    Home - Cleveland Cavaliers
    Last away matches - L-W-W-W-W-L

    All eyes will be on the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers tonight as they look to kick off their season with a win at home. After going just 33-49 last season, the Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick and looked to be fully set to rebuild around Kyrie Irving. Scrap that idea. LeBron James decided to return home which meant that the Cavs were able to draw in Kevin Love and the new Big Three of the NBA was formed. Most people have the Cavs winning it all this season, including the bookies, but it remains to be seen how well the new team can gel together in just one season. This team has looked fantastic in the preseason games but the real test begins tonight.

    Away - New York Knicks
    Last away matches - L-W-W-L-W-W

    York Knicks kept busy in the offseason themselves and hired Derek Fisher as the new head coach to employ Phil Jackson's famous triangle offense. It's a system that many have struggled to learn in the past and it looks like the Knicks haven't quite gotten it down pat yet. Last night, Carmelo Anthony scored just 14 points as the Knicks got absolutely destroyed by the Bulls 104-80. The late scratching of Jose Calderon didn't help the cause but to be fair, he wouldn't have had that much impact because the Bulls simply played at a much higher level across the board.They are working their way through a new system on offense, the Cavs will be working out how to play with a new roster so don't be surprised if this game is full of turnovers and sloppy mistakes. It's tough to lay so many points on a team that has yet to play a game, but all I know for sure is that the Knicks struggled mightily last night and I'm not expecting their problems to improve overnight.

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    Away - (+11.50)
    Pick - New York Knicks (+11.50)
    Odds - 2.02
    Stakes - 8/10
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    10/30/2014

    Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz

    Home - Dallas Mavericks
    Last away matches - L-W-L-L-W-W

    Dallas Mavericks are coming off a loss of their own, but there's no real shame in falling one point shy of knocking off the defending champs on the road. Monta Ellis poured in 26 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Mavericks fell to the Spurs by 101-100 on opening night. Chandler Parsons who signed with the Mavs in the offseason struggled his way to just five points on two of 10 shooting, but had a wide open three just bounce off the rim with 0.4 seconds remaining. Parsons will still be thinking about the missed shot, but I wouldn't put too much blame on him because both Nowitzki and Ellis passed up the ball in that possession.

    Away - Utah Jazz
    Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

    The Utah Jazz are expected by most people to finish right at the bottom of the Western Conference like last season, but there are plenty of positives to draw from their 104-93 loss against the Rockets last night. Sure, a loss is still a loss, but Alec Burks led the way with 18 points, Derrick Favors added 16 and Trey Burke had 15 points as the Jazz hang tough in a game they would've lost by 20 last season. There's still plenty of work to do on defense because the Rockets were allowed to shoot 14 of 27 from the three-point line, but the Rockets led by as many as 13 points in the third before the young Jazz stormed back to within three points to start the fourth.

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    Pick - Dallas Mavericks (-11.00)
    Odds - 1.98
    Stakes - 10/10
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    10/30/2014

    LA Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Home - LA Clippers
    Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

    The Los Angeles Clippers will be eager to write off the ugliness of last season after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs following the Donald Sterling dramas. In the summer, LA signed Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar who will both play significant roles on this team, but probably their biggest move was taking in the excitable Steve Ballmer as their new owner. Finishing last season as the league's best offense, the Clippers did little to improve their defense. However, you just feel that the key players just need to stay healthy and we will see the LA right near the top of the Western Conference.

    Away - Oklahoma City Thunder
    Last away matches - L-L-W-L-W-W

    The Oklahoma City Thunder hope Kevin Durant can get over his injury quick because even with Russell Westbrook pouring in 38 points last night, they still lost to the Trailblazers by 106-89. Lance Thomas added 14 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka had 10, but the Thunder completely fizzled out in the fourth quarter where the Blazers outscored them by 31-12. Durant did say after he had surgery that he won't rush his rehab at all, but after what I saw last night, his patience will surely be tested for a while.

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    Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies

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    The injury depleted Indiana Pacers managed a 103-91 opening home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Center Roy Hibbert led the way with a monster stat line of 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocks. The win marked the 4th consecutive season opening win for the Pacers. Indiana will likely be without All-Star Forward Paul George for the entire season. we all knew that the Indiana Pacers would struggle early on without the services of Paul George, but it wasn't till right before the season that we learned that they would also be without David West and George Hill. Fortunately, the Pacers' first test came against the lowly 76ers and they were able to take care of that, no problem. Roy Hibbert led the way on both ends, scoring 22 points on just eight shot attempts with eight rebounds and seven blocks while Donal Sloan and Rodney Stuckey added 16 points each. CJ Miles slipped into the starting lineup and added 15 points of his own but was an inefficient six of 17 from the field, but he will get plenty of chances to improve with George expected to be out for the entire season.

    Away - Memphis Grizzlies
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    Marc Gasol said that he would make sure to be more aggressive on the team's offense and I guess he isn't a liar because he lit up the Timberwolves for a career-high 32 points on Wednesday night. Zach Randolph added 25 points and Mike Conley had 16 as the Grizzlies beat the Wolves by 105-101 for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000. All the early signs for the Grizzlies are looking real good, but perhaps it's not time to get too excited because it's just one game and it was only the Wolves who just shipped off their leading scorer in Kevin Love.Memphis opened up their season at home with a 105-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was the Grizzlies 15th straight home victory. Center Marc Gasol had 32 points to lead the Grizzlies to their first season opening win since the franchise left Vancouver. Memphis used their strength inside to outscore the young Timberwolves 58-34 in the paint. The inside duo of Gasol and Forward Zach Randolph combined to shoot 24 for 33 on the evening. However, the Grizzlies will have to be better on the glass, as they were out rebounded 47-33 against an athletic Timberwolves frontline.

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    Away - (-7.00)
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    Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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    The Chicago Bulls made short work of the Knicks in their opening contest at home on Wednesday, cruising to a 104-80 win while holding New York to a paltry 36.5% shooting. Derrick Rose played just 21 minutes scoring 13 points with five assists and two steals while getting to the foul line in signature fashion and converting 7-8 from the charity stripe. Pau Gasol scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds in his debut while Joakim Noah was quiet by his usual standards with three points, six boards, and three blocks in 20 minutes of work. The Bulls had a chance to test out their bench in the rout with 12 total players seeing action in the game; Taj Gibson produced as we’ve come to expect as a league-leading sixth man with 22 points on 10-12 shooting and eight rebounds and Aaron Brooks and Doug McDermott showcased the scoring potential Bulls’ teams in past years have been lacking from reserves with 13 and 12 points respectively.

    Away - Cleveland Cavaliers
    Last away matches - L-W-W-W-W-L

    The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their opening tilt against the Knicks as 13 point favorites last night, failing to live up to lofty expectations on their home court despite building a 25-18 lead after the first quarter. LeBron James committed eight of the team’s 19 turnovers on the night while shooting just 33% overall and 1-5 from three point range. Kevin Love posted 19 points and 14 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while dishing seven assists, but the Cavs got virtually nothing in the way of bench production with Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova each scoring six points as the only non-starters playing more than ten minutes. A trip to Chicago to face the Bulls’ typically suffocating defense doesn’t seem like the remedy for a team that may need time to develop chemistry before showcasing a finished product on the court.

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    Away - (+5.00)
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    Odds - 2.11
    Stakes - 10/10
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    Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers

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    the goat horns for their first loss on the season go to Jabari Parker. Parker managed only 33% of his field goal shots, missed both his free throws, and ended the night with only eight points despite playing 38 minutes. The Bucks are a team that's thin on offense and will need bigger nights from players like Parker and Jared Dudly, who made only three points and one field goal on the night. Speaking of not competing for 48 minutes, the Milwaukee Bucks hit the ground running and stormed out of the gates to a lead of 74-50 only to be chased down and beaten by 108-106 in overtime against the Hornets. Brandon Knight flirted with a triple double, scoring 22 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists while OJ Mayo and Khris Middleton added 17 points each, but all eyes were on Jabari Parker who scored just eight points in 37 minutes of court time. Being the first game of the season, you have to say that the Bucks didn't look too bad at all, except for the fact that they blew a 24-point lead.

    Away - Philadelphia 76ers
    Last away matches - L-L-L-L-L-L

    The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to bounce back from a 103-91 loss at Indiana last night in which they actually led by three points going into halftime. The real 76ers showed up in the second half and were outscored by 55-40 against a Pacers team missing four starters from last season. Tony Wroten filled in for the injured Michael-Carter Williams and led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Alexey Shved added 18 points off the bench, but the new starting lineup of the 76ers just couldn't compete for the entire 48 minutes.You can blame Philly's loss in their first game on several players, but not Tony Wroten. The 76ers small forward played 35 minutes and racked up 22 points including nine field goals, seven assists, and eight total rebounds. Nerlens Noel had a strong defensive game with three blocks and six defensive rebounds, but amassed only six points on the night.

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    Away - (+9.50)
    Pick - Milwaukee Bucks (-9.50)
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    Stakes - 8/10

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    nice to see some NBA content.
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    Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs

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    The Phoenix Suns won their season opener with a Wednesday victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and displayed an offensive explosion. The Suns shot 54.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, as all five of their starters scored in the double figures. Oddly enough, newly acquired Isaiah Thomas lead the Suns with 23 points off the bench and dropped three assists. As for the starters, Marcus Morris scored 21 points, while Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists. While it was against a defensively challenged Lakers team, the Suns performance was a great sign for a team that’s looking to breakthrough the West this season. The Phoneix Suns have firepower at pretty much every position and now have an All-Star caliber point guard coming off the bench. Of course, this game will be a measuring stick for the Suns. Phoenix is coming off of a big 20-point blowout win over the Lakers while the Spurs are coming off of a sneaky 1-point win over the Mavericks. The Spurs are going to be in pace mode for basically the entire year, so it would not be surprising if they let games like these slip away.

    Away - San Antonio Spurs
    Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

    The San Antonio Spurs survived a close game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and look to start the year with a 2-0 record for the fourth straight season. The Spurs looked like they didn’t miss a beat, as they shot 52.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, while racking up 23 assists on 37 made baskets. Tony Parker led the way with 23 points and Manu Ginobili scored a healthy 20 points off the bench. The Spurs 20 turnovers allowed the Mavs to hang around but clutch shots late the game won the game in typical San Antonio fashion. The Spurs should be even better in this matchup as Kawhi Leonardis probable after missing the opener with an eye injury. It’s no secret the San Antonio Spurs are one of the favorites to win it all once again, and they’ve won 24 of their last 28 regular season games SU. The Suns might also have to pace themselves as they have to travel to Utah for a game against the Jazz on Saturday. The Suns will also need to figure out their rotation with essentially three starting point guards plus backup Tyler Ennis on their roster with three solid shooting guards as well. The Suns are surprisingly deep at almost every position, which will suit them well going forward. The Spurs are obviously deep at every position barring any injuries, which is not an assumption with all of their older, veteran players.

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    Away - (-1.50)
    Pick - San Antonio Spurs (-1.50)
    Odds - 1.98
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    Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Sacramento Kings looked pretty bad in their season opener against the Warriors, committing 27 turnovers and shooting just 30.8 percent from the field and three of 18 from the three-point line. DeMarcus Cousins missed his first five shots and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds but was constantly battling foul trouble. Rudy Gay and Darren Collison added 14 and 13 points respectively, but other than that, no one else even finished in double figures as the Kings lost by 95-77.

    Away - Portland Trail Blazers
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-W

    We all knew LaMarcus Aldridge had a great jumpshot for a big man, but he seems to have extended his range in the offseason, kicking off the night against the Thunder with a three pointer on his way to a team-high 27 points. Wesley Matthews added 22 points while Damian Lillard had a quiet night of just 10 as the Blazers took down the shorthanded Thunder by 106-89. A big victory at home is a nice way to start the season but the Blazers were certainly nervous for most of the game when Russell Westbrook was running loose. Thankfully, they put it all together in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Thunder by 31-12 to run away with the win.

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    Away - (-6.50)
    Pick - Portland Trail Blazers (-6.50)
    Odds - 2.11
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmyatt View Post
    nice to see some NBA content.
    A few questions.
    What is Asian Handicap?
    Why does it say Preseason?
    Asian Handicap is for bettors uhm i mean it is a form of bet in which teams are handicap. for example the matches for Pacers vs Grizzlies, i bet for Grizzlies let say the final score is 80-90 Grizzlies win right?
    then if you look the Asian Handicap my pick is Grizzlies with (-7.00). you will minus the -7.00 cause that is your pick so the score will be 80-83. meaning im still win with my bet did you get it? XD

    I forgot to change the title :P i will change the title in my next post, anyway thanks for your question have a nice day sir

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    LA Clippers vs Sacramento Kings

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    The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top teams in the NBA this season, and if all goes according to plan for the Clippers, L.A. is planning on challenging the Spurs for the West. The Clippers had the day off on Saturday, after taking care of business against the lowly Lakers, beating Los Angeles 118-111. The Clippers offense was on point Saturday night, as the Clippers had five different players reach double digit points against the Lakers, with Griffin leading the way with 39. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul also finished the night with double/doubles against the Lakers.

    Away - Sacramento Kings
    Last away matches - W-L-L-L-W-W

    The Sacramento Kings are sitting at 1-1 this season, and while I do feel the Kings could be an improved team this year, the Kings aren’t exactly in a favorable position, sharing the same division as the Suns, the Clippers and the Warriors. Sacramento did earn a solid win in their last outing, defeating the Phoenix Suns 103-94 on Friday night. The Kings were even up with the Suns heading into the fourth quarter, but a solid late push by Sacramento put them over the top. Rudy Gay went off against the Suns on Friday, putting up 40, while both Cousins and Collison finished the night with 17 points.

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    Home - (-9.00)
    Away - (+9.00)
    Pick - LA Clippers (-9.00)
    Odds - 1.87
    Stakes - 10/10
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    Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors

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    The Miami Heat are currently sitting at 2-0 this season, as the Heat try and prove to everyone that they are still a solid team, even without that LeBron guy hanging around. The Heat are coming off a solid win against the Sixers, defeating Philly 114-96 on the road on Saturday. The Heat put on an offensive show against the Sixers, with five different players reaching double digit points on the night. Miami was led by Bosh, who finished with 30 on the night against the Sixers, but Deng, Williams and Cole also finished with double digit points, and off the bench, Chalmers finished with 20 as well. The Heat are playing like a team with something to prove right now, but having to play at home after a road trip to Philly the night before isn’t the easiest of home games.

    Away - Toronto Raptors
    Last away matches - W-W-W-W-L-L
    The Toronto Raptors, like the Heat, are playing some solid ball right now. The Raptors are 2-0 on the season, with wins against the Hawks and the Magic. Toronto’s latest win was against those Magic on Saturday, where the Raptors defeated Orlando 108-95. The Raptors went nuts against the Magic, having six different players reach double digit points on the night, with Valanciunas leading the charge with 10 points and 11 boards. The Raptors are attacking the boards this season, and that will be needed on Sunday against Miami if the Raptors want to get the upset. The Miami Heat are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Raptors, and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Miami.

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    Away - (+3.00)
    Pick - Miami Heat (-3.00)
    Odds - 2.03
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    New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets

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    The New York Knicks are sitting at 1-1 this season, following a win over the Cavs on Thursday. The Knicks shocked the NBA world on Thursday, upsetting the Cavs in Cleveland’s season opener, which just happened to be the first game back in Cleveland for LeBron. The Knicks are far from a great team this season, but with Jackson at the helm, the Knicks will have games like this one. The season is early,but the Knicks are currently fourth in the league in assists per game, which means this team is moving the ball around well, an important part of the Phil Jackson offense

    Away - Charlotte Hornets
    Last away matches - L-L-W-L-L-W

    The Charlotte Hornets are 1-1 this season, and coming off a loss on Saturday to the Grizzlies. The Hornets fell to Memphis, 71-69 in a tough defensive battle. Charlotte is playing well defensively, and on the boards this season, currently ranking second in the league in poitns allowed and fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game. Obviously, stats don’t mean much right now as the season is so young, but still this is a good sign for the future. Charlotte does have a tough draw here. After a physical game, going to playing a Knicks team that can put up points off of no rest can be a challenge. The over is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings between the Knicks and the Hornets, and the Hornets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in New York.


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    Home - (-4.50)
    Away - (+4.50)
    Pick - New York Knicks (-4.50)
    Odds - 2.06
    Stakes - 8/10
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    Portland Trail Blazzers vs Golden State Warriors

    Home - Portland Trail Blazzers
    Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

    The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-1 on the season and hope to bounce back from a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers offense isn’t clicking the way it usually is, as they’re shooting just 42.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 24.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews is averaging 19 points and 4.5 rebounds. The one player who has been a little shaky out the gate has been star point guard Damian Lillard, who is just 7-23 from the field in the first two games. Of course, the Trail Blazers are a team that relies heavily on the three ball and efficient offense and they haven’t gotten it done it the first two games. Defensively, the Trail Blazers are allowing teams to shoot 41.4 percent from the field.

    Away - Golden State Warriors
    Last away matches - W-L-L-W-W-W

    The Golden State Warriors improve to 2-0 on the season. The Warriors have done a great job of sharing the basketball the first couple of games and getting a better shot for their playmakers. Stephen Curry has been lights out with a combined 55 points and 15 assists, while Klay Thompson is 18-32 from the field so far this season. While Harrison Barnes didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Warriors season opener, he is coming off a 15-point performance Saturday and has picked up 10 rebounds overall. The most impressive thing for the Golden State Warriors is that they’ve held their two opponents to a combined 7-32 from downtown.

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    Away - (+2.50)
    Pick - Golden State Warriors (+2.50)
    Odds - 2.03
    Stakes - 9/10

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    Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans

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    The Memphis Grizzlies perfect on the season so far, having a record of 3-0 on the season with wins over the Timberwolves, Pacers and Hornets. In their last outing, the Grizzlies defeated the Hornets 71-69. As the score would suggest, this was a very defensive game, but as we’ve seen in the past few seasons, that is to be expected with this Memphis team. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies offensively against the Hornets, scoring 22 on the night, while the only other Grizzly with double digit points on the night was Randolph, who finished with 12 against the Hornets. The Memphis Grizzlies identify as a defensive oriented team and they'll need to exhibit that down low. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will have to show their defense prowess in the block while providing an appropriate amount of offense. Experienced veteran Grizzlies team can see the window closing on their chance at winning as a unit and that has Memphis playing with an even greater sense of urgency this season.

    Away - New Orleans Pelicans
    Last away matches - W-L-W-L-L-L

    The New Orleans Pelicans enter play this Monday night with a 1-1 record and a tough loss against the Dallas Mavericks in their immediate past. The Pelicans are 4th in the Southwest but they plan to make a push for the playoffs this year as their young team is finally together and healthy. They'll be facing off against the 3-0 Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum where the Grizzlies have been incredibly tough in recent years.The Pelicans are 12th in the league right now as they average over 102 points per game. The guy doing the most of the heavy lifting has been second year pro, Anthony Davis. Davis is one of the youngest superstars in the league and he is looking like a legitimate MVP candidate. Davis is coming off of a 31 point 15 rebound game. He's taken his play to the next level and having offensive weapons like Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday, and Tyreke Evans will only make his job easier down low.

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    Home - (-4.00)
    Away - (+4.00)
    Pick - Memphis Grizzlies (-4.00)
    Odds - 1.94
    Stakes - 8/10
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    Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics

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    The Mavericks are, make no mistake, an offense oriented team. Between Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chandler Parsons this team should be challenging for 105+ PPG every single night. Right now Monta Ellis is leading the team with 19 PPG and 5 APG and he should have a tough time trying to go off against Rajon Rondo from Boston.Rajon Rondo is now the focal point of Boston's most storied franchise. Rondo is averaging 9 RPG and 10 APG to be a constant triple double threat every single night. Jeff Green, the former OKC Thunder, leads the team with 17 points from the small forward position. They'll lean heavily on Jeff Green in this offense oriented match-up.They have won two straight and have been an offensive explosion right out of the gate. The Mavericks are shooting a cool 52 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from downtown, scoring 100 or more points in now six straight games. Monta Ellis leads the Mavericks with an average of 19 points per game, while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.7 points per game and five rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 30.8 percent from downtown and Devin Harris has been a huge spark off the bench. Defensively, the Dallas Mavericks are allowing 102.3 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field. The Mavericks have split their last 10 regular season home games.

    Away - Boston Celtics
    Last away matches - L-W-W-L-L-W

    The Boston Celtics will head to the American Airlines Center in Dallas to take on the Mavericks. Right now Boston is 1-1 and coming off of a 14 point loss to one of the Western Conference's best teams, the Houston Rockets. Dallas as well is on the short list of quality squads in the West and they'll look to push to 3-1 with a win over the visiting Celtics. Dallas is coming off of a 5 point win over the New Orleans Pelicans behind a solid performance by Chandler Parsons.The Boston Celtics have held their own in their first two games by competing with two playoff caliber teams. The Celtics are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and a brutal 19.1 percent from downtown. Still, the Celtics have scored a combined 211 points in their first two games and have shown signs of life. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with an average of 17 points per game and five rebounds, while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10 assists per game and has turned the ball over 18 times. Defensively, the Boston Celtics are allowing 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting, which is an area they clearly need to improve in if they’re truly going to be better than expected. The Celtics have lost 15 of their last 16 games dating back to last season.

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    Away - (+10.00)
    Pick - Dallas Mavericks (-10.00)
    Odds - 2.00
    Stakes - 10/10
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    Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings

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    The Nuggets are coming off of a loss against a depleted Thunder team that should be disappointing going forward. The Nuggets defense has looked solid over their first two games, but they definitely will need to improve offensively.The Denver Nuggets are sitting at 1-1 this season, following a loss to their rivals the OKC Thunder on Saturday, 102-91. The Nuggets are playing some good ball, Denver just ran into a talented Denver team that was coming off a loss, and coming into this game as the underdog, and as such the Nuggets received OKC’s full attention. The Nuggets currently have the third ranked scoring defense in the league at this point, and Denver is also sold on the boards, grabbing an average of 46 rebounds per game. The offense has struggled so far however, with the leading scorer for the Nuggets being Arron Afflalo with an average of 14.5 per outing.

    Away - Sacramento Kings
    Last away matches - W-W-L-L-L-W

    The Kings beat the Clippers and Blazers in consecutive games behind strong play from Rudy Gay and Boogie Cousins. The Kings, projected to finish towards the bottom in the West, could be sneaky good with solid talent at almost every position except power forward, where they have veteran cog Jason Thompson. The Kings can really run 9 deep, with a combination of young and veteran talent, who can all put up points in droves.The Sacramento Kings are in the black right now, holding a 2-1 record currently. Sacramento will head to Denver fresh off a solid win against the Clippers on SUnday, upending the Clippers 98-92, helping to contribute to one of the many upsets in the early NBA season. Sacramento’s Center, Cousins went off against the Clippers, registering 34 points and 17 total boards on the day. Rudy Gay had a big impact as well, putting up 25 points against the Clippers. The Kings should be improved this season if they can stay healthy, but in their tough division, it will take a strong record to compete.

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    Away - (+6.50)
    Pick - Sacramento Kings (+6.50)
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    LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

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    The Clippers are scheduled to play against the Jazz. Both of these teams are looking to make a statement in the Western Conference. But the Clippers may have what it takes to make a Finals run, so a win here will help them get their season started right. The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday and are clearly having issues out of the gate. The Clippers could easily be 0-3 on the season if it weren’t for big late-game shots in their first two contests. The Clippers are one of the biggest teams in the league with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin but are somehow averaging just 34.5 rebounds per game, which is last in the NBA. The Clippers have also taken plays off defensively, allowing teams to shoot 47.6 percent from the field and average more than 100 points. The good news for the Clippers is that scoring still isn’t an issue, as Chris Paul has 28 points and 21 assists in his last two games and even Spencer Hawes is coming off a 17-point performance. Still, the Los Angeles Clippers need to get their act together quickly before sloppy play becomes a trend.

    Away - Utah Jazz
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    Utah has been in a rebuilding process, but the franchise has made some improvements. This was on full display as they beat the Suns by a score of 118 to 91. This moved the Jazz up to a 1-2 record, but they need to continue to win to keep pace in the West. Players like Derrick Favors and Trey Burke will need to emerge as leaders on the squad as well.The Utah Jazz are coming off their first win of the season Saturday over the Phoenix Suns and hope to get their first road win of the year here. If the Jazz hope to keep things going, their defense has to improve greatly. Through three games, the Utah Jazz are allowing 105 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz have lost 19 of their last 20 games when allowing 100 or more points. Offensively, Derrick Favors leads the way with 21.7 points per game and nine rebounds, while Gordon Hayward is scoring 16 points and handing out 5.3 assists. Scoring really hasn’t been an issue for the Jazz who are shooting 46 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown. The Jazz just need to figure things out on the defensive end if they’re ever going to start turning the corner.

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    New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards

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    Center Amar'e Stoudemire said during the preseason that he was feeling great after enduring three straight injury-plagued seasons and he looked pretty healthy Sunday. The 12-year veteran posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes in the win over Charlotte. Stoudemire's production has bolstered a second unit that has been a big boost for New York; the Knicks' bench averages 38.5 points, fourth in the NBA, while hitting a league-high five 3-pointers per game. As Carmelo Anthony goes, so often go the New York Knicks, a pattern playing out in a big way early in the season. Anthony and the Knicks look to ride his recent surge and win their third straight game when they host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. After scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a dismal 104-80 loss to Chicago in the season opener, Anthony has averaged 26.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting in back-to-back victories over Cleveland and Charlotte.

    Away - Washington Wizards
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    The nine-time All Star became the 40th member of the 20,000-point club and scored the final three points of a 96-93 victory over the Hornets on Sunday. He is one of eight active members of the club, including Wizards swingman Paul Pierce, who had a very different experience his last time out, getting ejected in Washington's home opener, a 108-97 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. Nene led a balanced attach with 22 points for the Wizards, who swept three games from the Knicks last season, including a pair of one-point wins in Madison Square Garden.Pierce's ejection turned out to be a silver lining for Washington, as it provided an opportunity for Otto Porter Jr., the former No. 3 overall pick who did little as a rookie last season. With Pierce in the locker room, Porter scored 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half while playing all 24 minutes, a far cry for a player who has worked hard to erase the sting of his rookie campaign. "I've just been getting in the gym and going after my coaches to prepare for games like this and to always stay ready," Porter told the Washington Post.

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    Stakes - 9/10
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    11/4/2014

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Portland All-Star Damian Lillard is off to a rough start and bottomed out with a 4-of-18 performance in the 95-90 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. “When you don’t make shots, it looks like the offense is out of sync,” coach Terry Stotts told reporters. “The shots are going to fall; that I’m not that concerned about.” Lillard, who averaged 20.7 points last season, is putting up 13.7 points while shooting 26.8 percent from the field in the first three games.

    Away - Cleveland Cavaliers
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    The Cleveland Cavaliers looked far more comfortable on the road in gaining their first win and have three games left on the trip to further solidify their level of trust in each other. LeBron James and company will look for a second straight win when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers won their opener but have since dropped two straight while being held under 95 points in each setback.James insisted that it wasn’t nerves that made him go 5-of-15 and turn the ball over eight times in the opener in front of fans that had been anticipating his return for months. Whatever the problem was, the four-time MVP cleaned things up at Chicago with 36 points, including eight in overtime, while role players like Tristan Thompson stepped up to support the trio of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. “My role is to get those rebounds,” Thompson, who pulled down 12 offensive boards, told reporters. “I have a knack for finding the ball. … My motto is ‘see ball, get ball.’”

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    Stakes - 10/10
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    LA Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have been far from exciting, losing 127-104 on Saturday to fall to 0-4 on the season despite 28 points from Kobe Bryant. Jordan Hill added 23 points and Wesley Johnson added 15, but the Lakers just couldn't defend the Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who torched them for a combined 72 points. In fact, the Lakers have yet to hold a team under 118 points which spells nothing but trouble for a team so bereft of scoring talent outside of Kobe. Los Angeles will be anchored by Kobe Bryant, who is still playing at a high level this year. But the Lakers have made some important additions to their overall line up. They have brought on board Carlos Boozer to help establish an inside presence. Jeremy Lin will also be a facilitator for the team, helping them distribute the ball effectively.

    Away - Phoenix Suns
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    The Phoenix Suns were unable to build on their two-game win streak on Saturday when they got absolutely destroyed by 118-91. Despite having six players finish in double digits, the Suns simply ran out of the gas against the Jazz in the second half and got outscored by 59-36, which suggests that their dramatic comeback win over the Spurs the previous night must have taken too much out of them. Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas all finished with 10 points as one of the most exciting offenses shot just 41.4 percent from the floor as a team. Phoenix has found themselves with a 2-1 record. They can add to this if they manage to take down the Lakers on the road. The Suns will have some fierce competition in the Pacific Division, so they need to make a statement here.

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    Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic

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    Center Joel Embiid (foot), the third overall pick in last summer’s draft, is out until at least January and 2013-14 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams missed the first four games after shoulder surgery. Carter-Williams could return to the lineup as soon as next week while Wroten is averaging 19.3 points, 6.8 assists and three steals. Forward Brandon Davies (10.8), in his second NBA season, is the only other player averaging in double figures in scoring and is shooting 53.1 percent from the field.

    Away - Orlando Magic
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    Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton has shown improvement the last two games, averaging 12.5 points, eight assists and only 1.5 turnovers while playing more than 30 minutes in each outing. Payton’s progress should help shooters such as Fournier and Tobias Harris, who scored 21 points Tuesday at Chicago. Vucevic must get more help inside with power forward Kyle O’Quinn (ankle) questionable and rookie forward Aaron Gordon, averaging 5.3 points, could be ready for a breakout game.

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    Pick - Orlando Magic (-3.00)
    Odds - 2.02
    Stakes - 9/10
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    11-5-2014

    Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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    The Brooklyn Nets look like a different team with Brook Lopez in the starting lineup, and they’ll need his big body Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lopez made his season debut Monday against the severely shorthanded Oklahoma City Thunder after missing the first two games with a sprained right foot, the same one he broke last December. He finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the 116-85 victory. A key reason for Brooklyn’s success the last two games has been limiting its turnovers. The Nets had 21 turnovers in their season-opening blowout loss to the Celtics, but trimmed that number to eight in the wins against the Pistons and Thunder. Brooklyn will have its hands full against Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio and Young, who averaged the second and third-most steals in the league last season.

    Away - Minnesota Timberwolves
    Last away matches - L-W-W-W-L-W

    The Timberwolves don’t have Kevin Love manning the key any longer but Nikola Pekovic is still a tough cover for any opposing center. He outplayed Andre Drummond of the Pistons and Joakim Noah of the Bulls in each of the last two games, and the three days off between games should benefit the ankle bursitis that’s bothered him since January. Minnesota is also expected to have power forward Thaddeus Young available after he passed his concussions tests and returned to practice after a scary collision with Chicago guard Jimmy Butler on Saturday. Kevin Martin is hoping to find a home after bouncing around the league the last four seasons. He sat out the season-opening loss to the Grizzlies with an ankle injury, had a sub-par performance against the Pistons the following night, but then exploded for 33 points on 9-for-14 shooting against the Bulls. After which, he was fined $15,000 by the league for an inappropriate gesture following a 3-pointer.

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    Pick - Minnesota Timberwolves (+5.00)
    Odds - 1.98
    Stakes - 8/10
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    11-5-2014

    San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks

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    The San Antonio Spurs aim for a 17th consecutive home win over the Atlanta Hawks when the teams clash Wednesday. The Spurs have won seven straight and 15 of 16 overall in the series and haven't lost to the Hawks in San Antonio since Feb. 15, 1997. It's a homecoming for Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who was an assistant with the Spurs for 19 years before taking over in Atlanta last season. Despite returning 14 players — and all five starters — from last year's championship team, San Antonio has been less than impressive in its first two contests. Part of the problem has been a slow start at the offensive end from sharpshooter Danny Green and defensive whiz Kawhi Leonard, who was 0-for-5 from the field in his season debut against Phoenix. The veteran core of Tony Parker (21 points), Tim Duncan (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Manu Ginobili (11 points) has been solid, though, so the Spurs should be fine when their role players come around.

    Away - Atlanta Hawks
    Last away matches - L-W-L-W-L-L

    The Hawks are aiming for their first road win of the season but are coming off a wire-to-wire 102-92 victory over Indiana. Conversely, the Spurs are 1-0 at home after a 101-100 win over Dallas on opening night but are looking to rebound from a 94-89 defeat at Phoenix last time out. Despite San Antonio's sluggish start, Atlanta views the early matchup as a valuable measuring stick. "They're the defending champs," Hawks center Al Horford told reporters. "We obviously still have a lot of things we need to work on, but it's a good test for us to see where we're at as a team. Atlanta has been efficient at the offensive end, topping 100 points, 25 assists and 50 percent shooting in each of its first two games. All five starters and one reserve are averaging double-digit scoring with point guard Jeff Teague (22.5 points, seven assists) leading the way. The Hawks haven't defended the perimeter especially well, but they've been outstanding inside the arc, holding opponents to a league-low 42.5 percent on two-point attempts.

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    Odds - 2.05
    Stakes - 10/10
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    11-5-2014

    Sacramento Kings vs Denver Nuggets

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    Sacramento is benefiting from solid production from its role players, whether it’s Carl Landry with his offensive punch off the bench, or Reggie Evans with his tenacious rebounding. Ray McCallum got the nod over McLemore and Stauskas down the stretch against the Nuggets and the second-year guard responded with two clutch baskets, the second giving Sacramento the lead for good with 3:17 remaining. Some outsiders are calling for McCallum to replace McLemore in the starting lineup.

    Away - Denver Nuggets
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    Ty Lawson was questionable to play Monday because of an ankle injury and the veteran point guard shot 1-for-8 but did find a way to distribute 12 assists and get to the free throw line eight times to scrape together nine points. Lawson needs to be better on both ends of the floor in the rematch, however. Darren Collison, his counterpart on Sacramento, scored a team-high 21 points with six assists and one turnover, and even backup Ramon Sessions scored 13 points in 21 minutes.

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    Odds - 1.84
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    Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks

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    The Charlotte Hornets aim to snap their second long losing streak in three nights when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. The Hornets, who ended a 16-game skid against Miami with a 96-89 win Wednesday, look to snap a streak of six straight home losses to the Hawks. Atlanta, which dug out of a 17-point hole Wednesday at San Antonio before falling 94-92, has dropped its first two road games by a combined nine points. Al Jefferson (20.4 points, seven rebounds) and Kemba Walker (15.2 points, four assists) form a strong inside-outside duo. The Hornets haven't gotten newcomer Lance Stephenson into a rhythm at the offensive end yet — he's shooting just 26.7 percent and averaging 6.6 points — but he's averaging 10 rebounds and 5.6 assists and adds some versatility that allows Walker to work off the ball more. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds) has missed the past two games with bruised ribs and Is questionable, but second-year center Cody Zeller (nine points, 4.8 rebounds) is giving the Hornets solid minutes off the bench.

    Away - Atlanta Hawks
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    Atlanta has been unselfish at the offensive end, leading the league with 26 assists per game and boasting six players who average double-digit scoring. Point guard Jeff Teague (16.7 points, seven assists) leads the team in scoring, but the Hawks have a tough tandem in the post with Al Horford (14 points, eight rebounds) and Paul Millsap (14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds). The Hawks have to do a better job of taking advantage of opponents' miscues — they forced San Antonio into 21 turnovers but converted them into only 14 points.Atlanta has scored 30 or more points in the fourth quarter of each game this season and is shooting 56.9 percent in the final stanza, but a slow start doomed the Hawks against the Spurs. "They talk about the fourth quarter and how it's a different level of play, and it is, but you've got to come out ready every night," Hawks guard Kyle Korver told reporters. "We put ourselves in a big hole and didn't quite have enough." The Hawks won three of four meetings last season and haven't lost in Charlotte since April 13, 2011.

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    Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberworlves

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    The Orlando Magic look to build upon an emotional first win of the season when they return home to take on Minnesota on Friday. Tobias Harris' jumper at the buzzer lifted the Magic to a 91-89 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday, snapping an eight-game losing streak dating to last season and a 12-game slide on the road. Harris continues to emerge as the primary contributor for a young Orlando team that had lost its first four this season by an average of 11.3 points. Orlando acquired veteran forward Channing Frye and shooting guard Evan Fournier to provide a perimeter presence after they combined for 249 3-pointers last season with Phoenix and Denver, respectively. The pair is a combined 16-for-42 from beyond the arc thus far, but there is little help from the rest of the squad - which has gone 10-for-38 - and the Magic rank 27th in the NBA with 5.2 3-pointers per game. They have not performed very well from the foul line as well, ranking 28th with a free-throw percentage of 67.4 and 29th with 12.8 made foul shots per game.

    Away - Minnesota Timberworlves
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    In two games since signing a four-year contract extension on Halloween, Rubio has posted averages of 10 points, 14.5 assists, six rebounds and two steals. The 24-year-old continues to show signs of progress with an average of 11 assists - second in the league - and a shooting percentage of 41.9, a less-than-stellar figure that looks fantastic next to the 36.8 percent mark he had through his first three NBA seasons. Rubio had double-doubles in both games against Orlando last season, averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 assists.The Timberwolves opened up a three-game road trip Wednesday with an impressive 98-91 win at Brooklyn, riding 26 points from Kevin Martin to the club's first victory away from home. Ricky Rubio continued his solid start with 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Minnesota. Orlando has won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Timberwolves and six in a row at home.

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    Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers

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    Boston hit 15-of-19 shots in the opening quarter en route to a 35-23 lead Wednesday, but Smart got stripped by Kyle Lowry, who fed DeMar DeRozan for the go-ahead three-point play that snapped a tie with 33 seconds remaining. “He’s probably really hurting right now, which, if he’s not, there’s something wrong," Boston coach Brad Stevens said of his prized rookie. "This should hurt. If it doesn’t hurt, then that’s where you would have issues." Rajon Rondo recorded his 30th career triple-double with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, and Jared Sullinger added season highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds.

    Away - Indiana Pacers
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    Indiana has started a season 1-4 for the first time since opening 1-5 in the 1996-97 season. In its latest setback Wednesday at Washington, Donald Sloan fueled a comeback with a career-high 31 points but a surprising 3-point attempt by Roy Hibbert in the waning seconds clanked away and the Pacers fell 96-94. "Go for the win doesn't mean Roy go for the win, but you got to play the game," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said about the shot. "We did say in the timeout that we wanted to go for the win." Indiana still plays solid defense but ranks 27th with 18.4 turnovers per game and has very few options on offense. C.J. Miles, who has taken injured Paul George's spot in the lineup, is shooting 25.4 percent - lowest in the NBA among players with 50 shots - and Luis Scola ranks last in the NBA among starters in plus-minus per 48 minutes (-27). Hibbert and Sloan are the only starters to top 20 points in a game (once each), but Chris Copeland has offered some firepower off the bench, averaging a team-high 17.2 points and 3.4 3-pointers.

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    Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks

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    Brook Lopez missed all but 17 games last season and sat out the first two of the 2014-15 campaign before stepping up with 18 points in 24 minutes in a victory over Oklahoma City on Monday. Lopez’s second game was not quite as sharp, and he was regularly beaten by Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic while struggling to 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting on Wednesday. “I didn’t take care of my responsibilities on defense down the line,” Lopez told reporters after the loss. “I’m very disappointed in myself tonight. We had an opportunity and I killed it. It’s on me.”

    Away - New York Knicks
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    The New York Knicks are struggling, and Carmelo Anthony’s shooting woes are a big part of the problem. Anthony will try to snap out of his funk and help the Knicks avoid a three-game slide when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The Nets got off to a hot start offensively but suffered through a letdown at home on Wednesday, going cold just at the wrong time while being outscored 9-0 in the final minutes of a 98-91 setback. Anthony was over 50 percent from the field in each of New York’s two wins but has been held under 20 points in each of the last two games. “If they’re good shots and makeable shots, which I think a lot of them were; Carmelo’s a shot maker,” Fisher told reporters. “He missed some shots that were good shots. That happens.” The bright spot in the loss to the Pistons on Wednesday came from center Jason Smith, who scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in his first start.

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    Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukwee Bucks

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    The Detroit Pistons finally have a victory in hand and they’ll try for two in a row when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. The Pistons edged the Knicks 98-95 on Wednesday night, getting 23 points and 18 rebounds from power forward Greg Monroe, who was starting his first game after sitting out the first two due to a suspension. Detroit is still shooting a league-worst 39.3 percent from the floor while averaging a league-low 89.5 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the player who’ll likely be matched up against Antetokounmpo at the outset, and he’ll be giving up six inches in height. Caldwell-Pope seems to be gaining confidence as a scorer though, averaging 15.6 points over the last five games dating to the regular-season finale last April. The second-year player out of Georgia scored 20 against the Knicks on Wednesday, the second time in his career he has hit that mark.

    Away - Milwaukwee Bucks
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    Bucks point guard Brandon Knight, who was drafted eighth overall by the Pistons in 2011 and spent his first two seasons in Detroit, is averaging 18.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists through the first five games and his first career triple-double seems close at hand. O.J. Mayo gave Milwaukee a nice boost off the bench while combining for 42 points on 14-for-23 shooting the first two games, but has been held to single digits while shooting 7-for-24 the last three. Pistons small forward Josh Smith is experiencing an even worse shooting slump lately and was 2-for-17 from the floor against the Knicks. Milwaukee is looking for second-year shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo to take his performance to another level after not showing much improvement during his rookie season. Antetokounmpo, whose shooting percentage and scoring average dropped in each of the last four months of last season, has reached double figures in scoring in two straight games, something he last accomplished in January. The 6-11 Greek took advantage of his height to grab eight rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Bulls, something he should be able to repeat against Detroit’s smallish backcourt.

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