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NBA betting trends, odds and predictions for Friday, November 17th, 2017 from various handicappers and websites
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Pacers won eight of last 10 games with Detroit; three of last four games went over the total. Pistons are 0-4 vs spread in their last four visits to Indy. Detroit won five of its last six games; they’re 4-0 vs spread as a road underdog. Four of their last five games went over the total. Indiana lost five of its last seven games; they’re 2-1 as a home favorite. Over is 5-3 in their last eight games.

Miami won five of its last six games with Washington (4-2 vs spread); over is 4-2 in those six games. Heat is 4-1 vs spread in last five games in this building. Miami is 4-6 in its last ten games; under is 6-2 in their last eight, Heat is 3-2 as a road underdog. Wizards won/covered their last four games; they’re 3-5 as home favorite. Last six Washington games stayed under the total.

Toronto won its last seven games with New York (4-3 vs spread); over is 6-4 in those ten games. Knicks are 2-3 vs spread in their last five visits to Canada. New York won five of its last seven games; they’re 1-3 as road underdogs. Over is 6-3 in their last nine games. Raptors won four of their last five games; they’re 2-3 as home favorites. Over is 6-2 in their last eight games.

Cleveland won four of its last six games with the Clippers; under is 7-2 in last nine series games. Clippers are 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Ohio. LA lost their last six games (0-6 vs spread); they’re 1-3 as a road underdog. Over is 5-3 in their last eight games. Cavaliers won their last three games, covered three of last four; they’re 1-6 as home favorites. Over is 6-2 in their last eight games.

Utah won/covered six of its last seven games with Brooklyn; they covered last three games in the Barclays Center. Over is 6-4 in last ten series games. Jazz lost six of their last seven games; big guy Gobert is out. Utah is 4-5 as a favorite, 0-1 on road. Over is 6-3 in their last nine games. Nets lost seven of last nine games; G Russell is out. Brooklyn is 5-5 as an underdog, 1-2 at home. Over is 5-3 in their last eight games.

Oklahoma City won four of last six games with San Antonio; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to the Alamo. Under is 6-2 in last eight series games. Thunder won their last three games, all at home, but lost last three on road- they’re 2-5 vs spread on road. Seven of their last nine games stayed under the total. Spurs won five of last seven games; they’re 5-2 as home favorites. Under is 3-1 in their last four games.

Home team won seven of last nine Charlotte-Chicago games; Hornets are 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to the Windy City. Over is 4-2-1 in last seven series games. Charlotte lost its last five games, four of which were on road- they’re 2-4-2 vs spread on road. Six of their last eight games went over total. Bulls lost seven of their last eight games; they’re 1-3 as home underdogs. Under is 7-2 in their last nine games.

Home side won six of last seven Minnesota-Dallas games; Wolves are 1-3 vs spread in last four games in this building. Under is 8-1-1 in last ten series games. Minnesota won seven of its last nine games; they’re 1-1-1 as road favorites. Wolves’ last seven games stayed under the total. Dallas lost nine of last ten games, are 2-7 vs spread in last nine; they’re 2-4 as home underdogs. Five of last six Dallas games stayed under.

Portland won eight of last nine games with Sacramento; Kings are 3-2 vs spread in last five. Under is 7-3 in last ten series games. Blazers are 3-1 vs spread in last four games is Sacramento. Portland won four of last six games, all at home; they’re 1-1 as road favorites. Last five Portland games stayed under the total. Kings lost eight of last ten games but won last two at home; they are 3-1 as home underdogs. Over is 5-2 in their last seven games.

Nuggets won three of last four games with New Orleans; visitors won eight of last ten series games. Over is 5-3 in last eight series games. Pelicans are 3-1 vs spread in last four visits to Denver. New Orleans won five of its last seven games; they’re 3-2 vs spread as a road underdog. Under is 6-3 in their last nine games. Denver won five of its last seven games; they’re 3-3 as a home favorite. Under is 3-1 in their last four games.

Lakers won last three games with Phoenix, all in the desert; over is 6-1 in their last seven games. Suns are 2-2 vs spread in last four series games played here. Phoenix is awful; they lost seven of last eight games, giving up 142 points to Houston last nite. Suns are 3-3 as a road underdog- over is 4-1 in their last five road games. Lakers lost four of last five games; they’re 1-0 as home favorites. under is 4-1 in their last five games.

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Pelicans, Nuggets meet on Friday
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Nikola Jokic will take on Boogie and The Brow on Friday night.

The Denver Nuggets have been building to this point for a while now. With a roster full of young talent, Denver and its fans were hoping that this would be the season the team would make a leap into the back half of the Western Conference playoff picture. About a sixth of the way into the campaign, that's right where the Nuggets are sitting after going 5-2 in their last seven games. They suffered a defeat in their most recent contest, though, falling 99-82 on Monday to a Trail Blazers team that has become something of a rival after last season's Jusuf Nurkic trade. Denver gets three nights of rest going into Friday night, when they'll host the New Orleans Pelicans. After a lottery finish last year, C DeMarcus Cousins and PF Anthony Davis have each put up huge numbers to keep a shallow roster in the playoff race. New Orleans is coming off a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Despite sharing the same frontcourt, Cousins and Davis have had zero trouble this year putting up stats that reflect their shared status as two of the league's best big men, bar none. Each has MVP-caliber stat lines: Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (28.0 PPG) and second in rebounding (13.7 RPG), while Davis is sixth (25.6 PPG) and eighth (11.4 RPG), respectively. Davis is 13th in the NBA with a .563 shooting percentage, and only two players ranked ahead of him attempt more shots: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. If you haven't watched Cousins in a while, you might be shocked learn that he attempts 7.6 three-pointers a game, the eighth most in the NBA, a staggering number for a man of his girth and post skills. In the loss to Toronto, Cousins put up 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals; Davis had 19 points, five rebounds and three steals. The third wheel of this ostensible Big Three is PG Jrue Holiday—he has a max contract, after all—and he scored 18 points in 36 minutes. He functioned more as a 2-guard in the starting lineup, though, as PG Rajon Rondo got his first start of the season, scoring four points and dishing out eight assists in only 14 minutes. If he can play at the level he did in last year's playoffs before getting injured, the Pelicans could become a whole lot more dangerous. His start moved SG E'Twaun Moore to the bench, making him and PG Jameer Nelson the most-used players off the pine for New Orleans.

After a breakout 2016-17 campaign, Denver C Nikola Jokic has continued to improve at the age of 22. He's one of the best passers in the league, a fact that is especially remarkable given his enormous stature. He showed his full potential against Brooklyn last week, dropping 41 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in only 31 minutes before fouling out. And against Orlando this past Saturday, he neared a triple-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. He had a bad outing against Portland, scoring six points on 2-of-9 shooting in 35 minutes, but with a plus/minus of 0 he was one of only two Nuggets to not finish in the negatives. His pairing with free agency signing PF Paul Millsap has been smooth, as both can pass and stretch the floor with shooting. His 15.7 PPG would be his lowest average since before he joined the Hawks in 2013, but he's certainly a meaningful part of the offense. He made a season-high five three-pointers against Portland. PG Jamal Murray matched him with a team-high 18 points. Murray is still progressing in his second year, but he certainly appears to have a brighter future than former top-ten pick PG Emmanuel Mudiay, who was a -29 against Portland. No other Nugget was worse than -15. Normally a sixth man, SG Will Barton got his second start of the season and scored 12 points. SG Gary Harris is likely to return for Friday night's game, which would send Barton back to the bench.
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Friday's Tip Sheet
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Game of the Night: Pelicans at Nuggets

Denver (8-6 SU, 5-9 ATS) has started to build a home-court advantage at Pepsi Center by winning six of eight games at home this season. The Nuggets return home following a 17-point setback at Portland on Monday, but Denver compiled a solid 5-1 record on its most recent homestand. Mike Malone’s team picked up victories over Toronto, Oklahoma City, Orlando, while failing to cover in wins over Miami and Brooklyn.

New Orleans (8-7 SU, 9-6 ATS) heads to Colorado for one game before returning to the Big Easy on Monday against Oklahoma City. The Pelicans couldn’t pull off a perfect 3-0 homestand following victories over the Clippers and Hawks as Toronto tripped up New Orleans, 125-116. The Raptors torched the Pelicans by shooting 59% from the floor, as Alvin Gentry’s club failed to cover for the second straight game after cashing in its previous five contests.

The Pelicans have been a terrific team to back away from Smoothie King Center by going 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. New Orleans won four of those games with the lone loss coming at Toronto on November 9, but the Pels are 2-2 ATS in the role of a road underdog this season. Last season, the Nuggets captured three of four meetings with the Pelicans, while the two squads split a pair of games at Pepsi Center.

Thunder Road

Oklahoma City and San Antonio have played several epic playoff series over the years, as the Thunder most recently knocked out the Spurs in 2016. The Thunder (7-7 SU, 7-7 ATS) reached the .500 mark by winning and covering in three straight home games over the Clippers, Mavericks, and Bulls. Carmelo Anthony returned following a one-game absence to score 18 points and pull down 11 rebounds for OKC, who held Chicago to seven points in the opening quarter on Wednesday.

The Thunder struggled on its recent away swing by scoring 99 points or less in losses at Portland, Sacramento, and Denver. Last season, OKC lost in its only visit to San Antonio, a 108-94 setback as 9½-point underdogs. The Spurs (9-6 SU, 7-8 ATS) look to bounce back from a 98-86 road defeat at Minnesota on Wednesday, as San Antonio has won four of its past five games at AT&T Center.

Fall that Jazz

Utah (6-9 SU, 7-8 ATS) is normally a tough to play as the Jazz have won six of 10 games in Salt Lake City this season. However, Quin Snyder’s team is winless in five road games this season, coming off a 106-101 defeat to the Knicks on Wednesday as 3½-point underdogs. Utah dropped 60 first half points against New York, but was limited to 41 points in the final 30 minutes in spite of knocking down 17 three-pointers in the loss.

The Jazz held off the Nets at home last Friday, 114-106 as seven-point favorites, as Utah seeks the season sweep of Brooklyn at Barclays Center. The Nets (5-9 SU, 7-7 ATS) fought hard against the Celtics on Tuesday, but dropped a 109-102 decision as 6½-point home ‘dogs to suffer their seventh loss in the last nine games. Things don’t get easier for Brooklyn, who hosts Golden State on Sunday, then heads to Cleveland next Wednesday.

The Clip Stops Here?

Does anyone remember the last time the Clippers won a game? Actually, it was on November 1 against Dallas, as Los Angeles (5-8 SU, 5-8 ATS) has lost six consecutive contests, including three straight away from Staples Center. L.A. heads to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to start a five-game road swing, as the Clips have allowed at least 109 points in five of the six losses during this skid. The Clippers have been ice-cold against the number since a 4-0 ATS beginning to the season as Doc Rivers’ squad owns a dreadful 1-8 ATS mark the last nine contests.

Cleveland (8-7 SU, 5-9-1 ATS) is starting to put things together following a 5-7 start by winning the final three games of their road trip at Dallas, New York, and Charlotte. The home favorite role has not been kind to the Cavaliers so far, who have put together an 0-6-1 ATS mark when laying points at the “Q,” including straight-up losses to Orlando, New York, Indiana, and Atlanta.

Capital Punishment

The Wizards (9-5 SU, 8-6 ATS) are starting to hit their stride after picking up their fourth straight win on Wednesday at Miami, 102-93. The two Southeast division rivals finish off the second end of their home-and-home set in D.C. as the Wizards’ defense has stepped up of late by allowing 95 points or less during each win of this hot streak. Washington is currently riding a six-game UNDER streak, including four straight UNDERS cashed at Capital One Arena.

The Heat (6-8 SU, 4-8-2 ATS) are playing in their eighth different city since November 3, while 3-4 over the last seven games. Miami won both matchups in the Nation’s Capital last season, as the Heat have captured four of the past five meetings with Washington.

Three for Three?

The Lakers and Suns are meeting up for the third time already this season as Los Angeles has captured the first two matchups in Phoenix. The venue shifts to Staples Center after the Lakers knocked off the Suns on Monday, 100-93. Both teams are off home losses in their last trips to the court as the Lakers fell to the 76ers on Wednesday, 115-109, while the Suns were torched by the Rockets on Thursday, 142-116.

L.A. didn’t shoot well in Monday’s victory at Phoenix, hitting only 42% of its shots, but the Lakers knocked down 14 three-pointers. The Suns finished off a 1-5 SU/ATS homestand, while covering only once in their last eight games overall. The UNDER in Monday’s contest in Phoenix ended a six-game OVER streak in the series dating back to 2016.

Border Patrol

Following a one-point loss to the Celtics, the Raptors (9-5 SU, 8-6 ATS) pulled off a pair of impressive victories at Houston and New Orleans as underdogs to finish up their road swing at 2-1. Toronto shot lights out at New Orleans, while knocking down 16-of-34 three-pointers as DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined to score 47 points. The Raptors welcome in the Knicks for their first meeting of the season, but Toronto has failed to cover in each of its past three opportunities as a home favorite.

New York (8-6 SU, 9-5 ATS) has already played 10 home games (7-3) compared to only four contests on the highway. The Knicks try to improve on a 1-3 record away from Madison Square Garden as all three losses came by double-digits and New York was held to below 100 points. Since starting the season 0-3 ATS, the Knicks have covered in five of their past seven opportunities as an underdog, but New York dropped all four games against Toronto last season.

Head-to-Head Matchups

Detroit’s five-game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday at Milwaukee as the Pistons face the Pacers for the second time in less than 10 days. The Pistons dominated the Pacers in their first matchup at Little Caesars Arena, 114-97, but Detroit has lost five straight visits to Bankers Life Fieldhouse since 2015.

The Hornets have spun out of control of late by losing five in a row, including four straight on the road. Charlotte looks to get right at Chicago, as the Bulls are also limping through a five-game losing skid. Last season, the Bulls captured two of three meetings from the Hornets, while Charlotte has lost in six of its past eight visits to the United Center.

Minnesota and Dallas are meeting for the second time this month as the Wolves cruised past the Mavericks on November 4 at Target Center, 112-99. The Wolves seek their third straight win with a trip to the Lone Star State, while coming off seven consecutive UNDERS. Dallas has won only two games this season, while going 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS at American Airlines Center.

Portland finished off its homestand with consecutive wins over Denver and Orlando, in spite of not busting the 100-point mark in the last four games. The Blazers travel to Sacramento to face a Kings’ squad returning home off a 46-point setback at Atlanta. Portland has owned Sacramento the last few seasons by winning eight of the past nine matchups, but the Kings won the lone home matchup last season.
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NBA Pick 'n' Roll: Friday's Picks and Analysis
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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers (-6.5, 226)

The pressure is building in LA on rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. The No. 2 pick in the last spring’s draft is shooting 30 percent from the field and 22.9 percent from 3-point land. The low point came Wednesday night with the Lakers getting housed by Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on the late ESPN game. Ball made just one of his nine shot attempts and went 0-for-6 from distance.

His shot always looked goofy but he was an effective shooter for his year at UCLA and scouts projected he’d be able to carry it over to the pros. Lakers president Magic Johnson is already talking about how the team won’t rework his shot until the offseason and head coach Luke Walton had to tell reporters he wouldn’t bench his struggling point guard.

The good news for Ball and the Lakers is that the Suns are the opposition. Phoenix played last night and surrendered the second most points in the first half of a game in NBA history. The Rockets scored 90 points in the first 24 minutes and finished the contest with 142 points on the scoreboard.

Pick: Over 226

Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (+7.5, 198.5)

The Sacramento Kings know a thing or two about bad losses. They finished off their three-game road trip Wednesday in Atlanta where the Hawks beat the Kings by 46 points. Yes, the same Hawks who were 2-12 straight up and hadn’t won a home game before that contest.

There should be a sense of embarrassment from the players and we expect a bounce-back effort from the Kings in this spot.

Pick: Kings +7.5

Yesterday’s record: 1-0
Season record: 29-32

Total Streaks

*The under is 6-0 in the Wizards' last six overall.
*The over is 6-2 in Cavaliers' last eight overall.
*The under is 7-0-1 in Knicks' last eight road games.
*The under is 13-3 in Thunder's last 16 road games.
*The under is 7-0 in Timberwolves' last seven overall.
*The under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers' last five overall.

Injury to Note

Thunder starting center Steven Adams is questionable to play tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. Adams has missed OKC’s last three games and the team has gone 3-0 straight up and against the spread during that stretch – albeit against weak competition.

The big man has long been an important part of the Thunder’s makeup by doing the dirty work in the paint and setting good screens to free up Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma City is a 1-point underdog tonight at San Antonio.

Trends

*The Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
*The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
*The Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
*The Clippers are 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.
*The Kings are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Consensus

About 80 percent of players like the Washington Wizards to cover as 5-point home favorites against the Miami Heat on Friday.
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