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    Eastern Conference First Round – Game 1

    No. 8 Detroit at No. 1 Milwaukee (TNT, 7:00 p.m. ET)


    2018-19 Regular Season (Bucks 4-0, Under 2-1-1)
    Dec. 5 - Bucks (-7.5) 115 vs. Pistons 92 (Under 225.5)
    Dec. 17 – Bucks (-3) 107 at Pistons 104 (Under 225.5)
    Jan. 1 – Bucks (-10) 121 at Pistons 98 (Push 219)
    Jan. 29 – Bucks (-7) 115 at Pistons 105 (Over 216)

    It’s hard to beat a team eight times without them getting on the board, especially when they’re well-coached. Dwane Casey surely has some ideas on how to try to give his team a fighting chance in this Eastern Conference 1-8. The Pistons are the last No. 8 seed to be swept in the East, falling against the LeBron James-led Cavs in ’16. They were swept in their previous postseason trip back in ’09 by LeBron’s Cavs too, so the last team in franchise history to win a playoff game is probably the one you remember best. Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton were among the league’s top guard combos. Tayshaun Prince, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace held down the frontcourt with Ben Wallace gone a couple of years by then.

    That was 11 years ago.

    Any chance to end that drought hinges on whether Blake Griffin can participate and be his normal self. Going into Game 1, that remains in doubt.

    Knee soreness sidelined Griffin down the stretch throughout the final two weeks of the regular season, which forced Detroit to reach the postseason on the strength of center Andre Drummond and point guards Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith. They locked up the No. 8 seed and secured a .500 record by sweeping a back-to-back against the depleted Grizzlies and Knicks. Both the Heat and Hornets would’ve been better candidates to play spoiler here if Griffin isn’t available.

    If he is, this series at least has a chance to be compelling.

    Griffin averaged 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the four losses against Milwaukee, but also committed seven turnovers per contest, making him rather inefficient to play through. Despite that, he’s certainly the best option to try and successfully score against a Bucks team that led the NBA in defensive rating (104.9). Thon Maker, Zaza Pachulia, Jon Leuer and Glenn Robinson, Jr. would be Casey’s options to pair with Drummond up front, though he can also go small and play four guards alongside the league’s top rebounder. Jackson and Smith run the point, while shooters Wayne Ellington, Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and slasher Bruce Brown will man the wing.

    Even with Malcolm Brogdon expected to miss at least this first round as he recovers from a torn plantar fascia and Tony Snell sidelined with an ankle injury, the top-seeded Bucks have more than enough ammunition to squash a Griffin-less Pistons team. Giannis Antetokounmpo had his own issues with a sore knee throughout the regular-season’s final month and missed two of the last three contests, but he’s good to go here. Milwaukee has won nine of the last 10 games he’s played in, including each of the last seven. The “Greek Freak” has averaged 31.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists over his last 10. He shot 58 percent over the four conquests of Detroit, averaging 20.8 points, 8.8 boards and 7.0 assists despite shooting just 10 percent from 3-point range.

    Point guard Eric Bledsoe averaged 20.5 points in the four games against the Pistons, while wing Khris Middleton averaged 19.7 points over the course of three wins against the team that originally drafted him, missing one due to injury. Drummond averaged just 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game against the Bucks, well below his season averages. He shot just 44.9 percent from the field, his fifth-lowest clip among the 30 teams he faced this season.

    Only the Clippers (+10000) are a bigger underdog entering this first round than the Pistons (+2000) are against the Bucks, who were a 5-to-4 (+125) choice to win the East at the Westgate SuperBook even before the Raptors and 76ers blew their first-round Game 1s. Milwaukee is +600 to win the NBA title behind favored Golden State (-200) and led the NBA in wins and margin of victory all season while ranking in the top-five in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

    The Bucks were the East's top home team, winning 33 of 41 at the brand new downtown Fiserv Forum, which will host its first playoff game. The Pistons had the worst road record of any of the 16 teams that reached the playoffs, finishing 15-26. Their season-ending win in New York snapped a five-game road losing streak.

    Milwaukee has seen the ‘over’ go 6-1 in its last seven contests. The ‘under’ has prevailed in four of the last five games involving Detroit.


    Western Conference First Round – Game 1

    No. 5 Utah at No. 4 Houston (TNT, 9:30 p.m. ET)


    2018-19 Regular Season (Split 2-2, Under 3-1)
    Oct. 24 – Jazz (+1) 100 at Rockets 89 (Under 217)
    Dec. 6 – Jazz (-1.5) 118 vs. Rockets 91 (Under 215.5)
    Dec. 17 – Rockets (-5) 102 vs. Jazz 97 (Under 212)
    Feb. 2 – Rockets (+7) 125 at Jazz 98 (Over 222)

    Considering how fun and competitive Saturday’s action was, the NBA looks like it has saved its best first-round offering for last. Of the eight series, only OKC-Portland and Denver-San Antonio are seen as more of a toss-up than this matchup featuring the Rockets and Jazz, the only pairing featuring two 50-win teams. It’s a battle of the two teams with best point differential since the All-Star break, though in Utah’s case, a favorable schedule contributed to some of its dominance. Houston has the league’s second-most efficient offense. Utah has the second-ranked defense. Game on.

    The regular-season meetings couldn’t have been weirder. Each team won on the other’s home court once and got blown out there as well. Rudy Gobert got ejected over a beef with the refs in the second meeting, a 27-point Jazz win, but he struggled with foul trouble in one of the games and finished with just 10 points in the 27-point loss in the most recent encounter back in February. Neither Chris Paul nor Clint Capela participated in that rout, and both have actually struggled in the games they have played in against the Jazz.

    Capela is shooting just 38.7 percent from the field and 33 percent from the free-throw line in his three outings vs. Utah, averaging only 9.0 points against its length. Paul has only suited up into of the four matchups, shooting 38 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from 3-point range in averaging just 11.5 points and 7.0 assists.

    James Harden wasn’t slowed down. Although the 33.5 points he averaged against the Jazz is a lower figure than the 36.1 he managed to lead with the NBA this season, he shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range and wasn’t shut down in any way by one of the league’s top defensive teams, so the Rockets are confident he’ll be able to get himself and teammates off at home to secure a good start to this complicated series. Houston went 31-10 at the Toyota Center, which was tied with Philadelphia for the league’s sixth-best home mark. The Jazz went 21-20 outside Salt Lake City, making them one of nine teams that finished above .500 on the road.

    Donovan Mitchell helped land Utah in the No. 5 seed with a 118-108 win over Denver in which he tied a career-high with 46 points on Tuesday before sitting out the regular-season finale. Considering his streaky perimeter range and uncanny ability to use his body to get to the line, comparisons to Harden and the now retired Dwyane Wade have been made in regards to the second-year Jazz star, who already has one series victory under his belt after leading his team to a series upset of Oklahoma City as a rookie.

    Mitchell has scored 30 or more in 17 games this season, which is obviously nowhere near Harden territory but certainly eye-catching. After struggling from the perimeter early in the season, he’s shot 45 percent from 3-point range since the All-Star break and can therefore get wherever he wants with defenders no longer being able to simply sag on him.

    Ricky Rubio has been dealing with a quad contusion but he and backup point guard Raul Neto (ankle) practiced on Saturday and should be fine to play without limitations. The lone injury concern for either team involves Jazz shooter Kyle Korver, who is dealing with a knee injury.

    Both teams have averaged 119.4 points over their last 10 games, each winning eight times. The Rockets are 25-2 when they win the rebounding battle, but that’s because they often struggle so much to close out possessions. The Jazz are one of the top teams on the boards and can therefore really do damage by convincingly winning on the glass.

    The expectation here is that this will be a long series. The Rockets run more isolations than anyone, while the Jazz run the fewest. There will be games that should swing on whether officials swallow their whistle when Harden and Mitchell go trolling for contact in the paint, so this matchup is really one to break out the magnifying glass on. This first chapter may include feeling one another out, but could also swing on who shoots the 3-ball more accurately or who draws the most fouls. Harden shot 12 free throws in the Rockets’ losses and got to the stripe 31 times in their wins.

    Utah will use Rubio and Royce O’Neale on Harden when it can dictate the defensive matchup here, while Eric Gordon will be tasked with dealing with Mitchell so the “Beard” doesn’t have to. It’s unlikely either team speeds the other up, so the total is back to 214, the neighborhood where it was for the first three meetings between the teams.

    The ‘over’ has prevailed in three straight Jazz games, but the late-season atmosphere might have had something to do with that. The ‘under’ had gone 14-6 from Feb. 27-April 5. The low-side in 14-5-1 over the Rockets’ last 20 contests since the beginning of March.
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    INDIANA (48 - 34) at BOSTON (49 - 33) - 4/14/2019, 1:00 PM

    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in road games revenging a home loss vs opponent this season.
    BOSTON is 98-79 ATS (+11.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in home games in all playoff games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 18-3 ATS (+14.7 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 68-54 ATS (+8.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 92-77 ATS (+7.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 40-27 ATS (+10.3 Units) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 25-11 ATS (+12.9 Units) on Sunday games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in the second half of the season this season.
    BOSTON is 11-20 ATS (-11.0 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    BOSTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 6-5 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 8-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

    OKLAHOMA CITY (49 - 33) at PORTLAND (53 - 29) - 4/14/2019, 3:30 PM

    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 45-37 ATS (+4.3 Units) in all games this season.
    PORTLAND is 34-22 ATS (+9.8 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 31-20 ATS (+9.0 Units) as a favorite this season.
    PORTLAND is 47-33 ATS (+10.7 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 33-21 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 33-21 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 26-44 ATS (-22.4 Units) in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History

    PORTLAND is 7-5 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 7-5 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

    DETROIT (41 - 41) at MILWAUKEE (60 - 22) - 4/14/2019, 7:00 PM

    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 47-32 ATS (+11.8 Units) in all games this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 40-29 ATS (+8.1 Units) as a favorite this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 18-6 ATS (+11.4 Units) after allowing 115 points or more this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 37-27 ATS (+7.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 36-25 ATS (+8.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    DETROIT is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 426-494 ATS (-117.4 Units) in home games since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 110-143 ATS (-47.3 Units) in April games since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 397-473 ATS (-123.3 Units) in the second half of the season since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MILWAUKEE is 5-5 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 9-3 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

    UTAH (50 - 32) at HOUSTON (53 - 29) - 4/14/2019, 9:30 PM

    Top Trends for this game.
    UTAH is 44-36 ATS (+4.4 Units) in all games this season.
    UTAH is 101-71 ATS (+22.9 Units) on Sunday games since 1996.
    UTAH is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 40-27 ATS (+10.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    UTAH is 23-14 ATS (+7.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
    UTAH is 37-28 ATS (+6.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    UTAH is 39-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History

    HOUSTON is 9-6 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 11-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    511Indiana -512 Boston
    BOSTON is 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) in home games in playoff games over the last 2 seasons.

    513Oklahoma City -514 Portland
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 12-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) in road games after covering 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.

    515Detroit -516 Milwaukee
    MILWAUKEE is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) after having lost 2 of their last 3 games in the current season.

    517Utah -518 Houston
    UTAH is 10-2 ATS (7.8 Units) after a loss by 6 points or less in the current season.




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    Dunkel

    Sunday, April 14



    Indiana @ Boston

    Game 511-512
    April 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    116.767
    Boston
    121.010
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 4
    207
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    by 7
    209 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+7); Under

    Oklahoma City @ Portland


    Game 513-514
    April 14, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Oklahoma City
    123.607
    Portland
    122.751
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 1
    230
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    by 3 1/2
    225
    Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    (+3 1/2); Over

    Detroit @ Milwaukee


    Game 515-516
    April 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Detroit
    111.564
    Milwaukee
    126.904
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 15 1/2
    205
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Milwaukee
    by 12 1/2
    219
    Dunkel Pick:
    Milwaukee
    (-12 1/2); Under

    Utah @ Houston


    Game 517-518
    April 14, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Utah
    123.148
    Houston
    131.553
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Houston
    by 8 1/2
    228
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Houston
    by 6
    214
    Dunkel Pick:
    Houston
    (-6); Over





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    INDIANA (48 - 34) at BOSTON (49 - 33) - 4/14/2019, 1:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in road games revenging a home loss vs opponent this season.
    BOSTON is 98-79 ATS (+11.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in home games in all playoff games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 18-3 ATS (+14.7 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 68-54 ATS (+8.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 92-77 ATS (+7.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 40-27 ATS (+10.3 Units) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 25-11 ATS (+12.9 Units) on Sunday games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in the second half of the season this season.
    BOSTON is 11-20 ATS (-11.0 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    BOSTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 6-5 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 8-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (49 - 33) at PORTLAND (53 - 29) - 4/14/2019, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 45-37 ATS (+4.3 Units) in all games this season.
    PORTLAND is 34-22 ATS (+9.8 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 31-20 ATS (+9.0 Units) as a favorite this season.
    PORTLAND is 47-33 ATS (+10.7 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 33-21 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 33-21 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 26-44 ATS (-22.4 Units) in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 7-5 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 7-5 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DETROIT (41 - 41) at MILWAUKEE (60 - 22) - 4/14/2019, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    MILWAUKEE is 47-32 ATS (+11.8 Units) in all games this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 40-29 ATS (+8.1 Units) as a favorite this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 18-6 ATS (+11.4 Units) after allowing 115 points or more this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 37-27 ATS (+7.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 36-25 ATS (+8.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    DETROIT is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    MILWAUKEE is 426-494 ATS (-117.4 Units) in home games since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 110-143 ATS (-47.3 Units) in April games since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 397-473 ATS (-123.3 Units) in the second half of the season since 1996.
    MILWAUKEE is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MILWAUKEE is 5-5 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    MILWAUKEE is 9-3 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    UTAH (50 - 32) at HOUSTON (53 - 29) - 4/14/2019, 9:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UTAH is 44-36 ATS (+4.4 Units) in all games this season.
    UTAH is 101-71 ATS (+22.9 Units) on Sunday games since 1996.
    UTAH is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 40-27 ATS (+10.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    UTAH is 23-14 ATS (+7.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
    UTAH is 37-28 ATS (+6.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    UTAH is 39-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 9-6 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 11-5 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Sunday, April 14


    Sunday’s games

    Pacers are in playoffs for 8th time in nine years; they lost their first round series the last three years. Celtics are in playoffs for 5th year in row; they lost in Eastern Conference final the last two years. Indiana is 4-9 in its last 13 games; they covered their last three road games. Celtics won six of their last eight games; they’re 0-8 vs spread in their last eight home games. Over is 11-5 in in their last 16 games. Pacers lost their last three games with Boston; Indiana is 3-2 vs spread in its last five visits to Beantown. Seven of last ten series games went over.

    Thunder are in playoffs for 9th time in last ten years; they lost in first round the last two years. Trailblazers are in playoffs for 6th year in row; they’re 2-9 in last 11 first round series. OKC won its last five games (4-1 vs spread); they’re 4-8 vs spread in last dozen road games. Portland won 14 of its last 17 games; they covered their last three home games. Three of their last four games went over. Thunder won/covered their last four games with Portland; they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Oregon. Four of last six series games stayed under.

    Pistons are in playoffs for only 2nd time in last 10 years; their last playoff series win was in ’08. Milwaukee is in playoffs for 3rd year in row; they lost last eight first round series- their last series win was in ’01. Bucks won eight of last ten games with Detroit; under is 5-2-1 in last eight series games. Pistons are 2-3-1 vs spread in last six visits to Milwaukee. Detroit split its last eight games; they’re 5-2 vs spread in last seven road games. Five of their last seven games went under. Bucks won seven of last ten games; six of their last seven games went over.

    Jazz are in playoffs for 3rd year in row; they’re 5-2 in last seven first round series. Houston is in playoffs for 7th year in row; they won three of last four first round series. Utah won eight of last ten games; they’re 6-2 vs spread in last eight road games. Last three Jazz games went over. Rockets won/covered six of its last seven games; they’re 5-0-1 vs spread in last six home games. Over is 3-1-1 in their last five games. Houston won seven of its last ten games with the Jazz; five of last seven series games stayed under. Jazz is 3-1-1 vs spread in its last five visits to Houston.




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    Trend Report
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    Indiana Pacers
    Indiana is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games
    Indiana is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
    Indiana is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 11 games on the road
    Indiana is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Boston
    Indiana is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 10 games when playing Boston
    Indiana is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston Celtics
    Boston is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
    Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
    Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing Indiana
    Boston is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Indiana

    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Oklahoma City is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Portland
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Portland
    Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Oklahoma City is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Portland
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Portland Trail Blazers
    Portland is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games
    Portland is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Portland's last 16 games at home
    Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Portland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    Portland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

    Detroit Pistons
    Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
    Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games on the road
    Detroit is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
    Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
    Detroit is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
    Milwaukee Bucks
    Milwaukee is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Milwaukee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games
    Milwaukee is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Milwaukee is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games at home
    Milwaukee is 3-4-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Detroit
    Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit

    Utah Jazz
    Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Utah is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
    Utah is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games on the road
    Utah is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Houston
    Utah is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing Houston
    Utah is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Utah's last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
    Houston Rockets
    Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Houston's last 20 games
    Houston is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games at home
    Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
    Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Utah
    Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
    Houston is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Utah
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing at home against Utah
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    SUNDAY, APRIL 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    IND at BOS 01:00 PM
    BOS -7.0
    U 209.5

    OKC at POR 03:30 PM
    POR -3.5
    O 225.0

    DET at MIL 07:00 PM
    DET +13.0
    U 218.0


    UTA at HOU 09:30 PM
    UTA +6.5
    O 214.0
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    Antetokounmpo, Bucks pound Pistons 121-86 in opener
    April 14, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night.

    The MVP candidate ran and dunked all over the Pistons, who only really caught him when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.

    Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.

    Seven Bucks players scored in double figures. Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

    Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who sat out with a left knee injury.

    ROCKETS 122, JAZZ 90

    HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help Houston rout Utah in the opener of a best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

    The Rockets had a double-digit lead for most of the game, but the Jazz got within five points midway through the third quarter before Houston used a big run to pull away and sail to the victory.

    Houston's starting lineup helped carry the scoring load on Sunday night, with each starter scoring at least 10 points. Eric Gordon had 17, Clint Capela scored 16, Chris Paul added 14 and P.J. Tucker had 11.

    Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, but did not have an assist as the Jazz went long stretches without scoring.

    Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.

    TRAIL BLAZERS 104, THUNDER 99

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 30 points and third-seeded Portland opened its playoff series against No. 6 Oklahoma City with a victory.

    Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

    Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth career postseason triple-double. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds after a slow start.

    CELTICS 84, PACERS 74

    BOSTON (AP) - Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and Boston rallied in the second half to beat Indiana in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

    Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points. Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points. It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year's postseason with injuries.

    Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

    The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth. Indiana scored 29 points in the second half, and the quarter and half were both its worst of the season.

    Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.
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    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center
    10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors ORACLE Arena

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    NBA PLAYOFF RECORD OPINIONS AND BEST BETS !

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    04/14/2019 4-4-0 50.00% -2.00
    04/13/2019 7-1-0 87.50% +29.50

    Totals..............11-5-0 68.75% +27.50


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    BEST BETS:

    DATE........................ATS................... ..UNITS..................O/U..................UNITS.............TOTALS

    04/14/2019.............2 - 2.....................-1.00....................2 - 2.................-1.00...............-2.00
    04/13/2019.............3 - 0.....................+15.00.................3 - 0.................+15.00............+30.00

    Totals.....................5 - 2.....................+14.00.................5 - 2.................+14.00............+28.00
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    Monday’s 6-pack

    — Celtics 84, Pacers 74— Indiana scored 8 points in third quarter.

    — Blazers 104, Thunder 99— OKC was 5-33 behind the arc.

    — Rockies 4, Giants 0— Marquez had a no-hiiter into 8th inning.

    — Cardinals 9, Reds 5— NL Central rivals split pair of games in Mexico.

    — Astros 3, Mariners 2— Houston goes to Seattle and sweeps the Mariners.

    — Dodgers 7, Brewers 1— LA snaps its 6-game losing streak.

    Quote of the Day
    “Just the way he gave the deadline. He’s been a tremendous player there for them, but to me, that gives just enough ammo for the fans out there to not really like that and enough for the Seahawks to maybe do what they’ve done, jettisoning some of their other players before they overpay.”
    Former Raiders coach Jack del Rio

    Monday’s quiz
    What two colleges did Russell Wilson play football for?

    Sunday’s quiz
    Hubie Brown coached the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA.

    Saturday’s quiz
    Luke Walton played his college basketball at Arizona.

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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sport weekend……

    13) I’m listening to Hubie Brown analyze the Spurs-Nuggets game Saturday, and he talks about when he coached games in Denver in the old ABA, when he coached the Kentucky Colonels, who were a really good team. He was talking about the high altitude in Denver.

    Then it dawned on me; the ABA folded in 1976, WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

    Hubie is so awesome, so sharp, a pleasure to listen to. Absolutely no nonsense; he was coaching pro ball when I had a full head of curly hair, and thats a damn long time ago.

    12) The 1974-75 Kentucky Colonels were really good; they went 58-26, won the second-to-last ABA title, with a roster that included Artis Gilmore, Dan Issel, Louie Dampier, Will Jones, really good players.

    Had the Colonels’ owner not sold out to the ABA’s other owners and folded the Colonels (he was later allowed to buy the Celtics as a reward for screwing the Kentucky fans), Hubie Brown would have had a hell of a ballclub to go into the NBA with.

    Instead, the Nets, Pacers, Nuggets, Spurs joined the NBA for the 1976-77 season.

    11) One thing that disappointed me about Showtime’s 4-part Action series about sports betting is that they never showed the Westgate Theater on an NFL Sunday, which is my favorite place to be on any football Sunday. Just a perfect setup. Food to the left, betting in back, people are respectful of each other. I’ve had some excellent conversations in there with total strangers while watching football.

    On a college football Saturday, the Westgate SuperBook is great fun. The SuperBook is a cool place to hang out and the SouthPoint is awesome for baseball/basketball nights, but for an NFL Sunday, a 1,500-seat theater with food/betting is pretty much ideal.

    10) Last episode of the Action series last night focused on the Super Bowl, which was a very sad few hours at Armadillo World HQ (I’ve been a Ram fan since 1966). This isn’t an episode I’ll watch more than once. Too soon.

    9) FOX should have a much better #1 baseball analyst than John Smoltz, who doesn’t seem to like baseball that much. Listen to him for a few innings and it is obvious he’d much rather be out on the golf course. He should work for the Golf Channel.

    8) Congrats to the person who wagered $85,000 on Eldrick Woods this week at 14-1 odds; his payday is $1.19M, about half of what Woods won at Augusta.

    7) Baseball injuries:
    — Seattle put P Wade LeBlanc (oblique) on the IL
    — Braves put P Aroyds Vizcaino (shoulder) on IL
    — Boston OF Andrew Benitendi left Sunday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot.

    6) First two days of NBA playoffs, favorites were 4-4 vs spread; under was 8-0.

    5) Coaching carousel:
    — Cincinnati hired Northern Kentucky’s John Brannen as its new coach.
    — Utah Valley hired Lakers’ assistant Mark Madsen as its new coach.
    — Wofford promoted associate coach Jay McAuley as head coach.

    4) James Harden won the NBA scoring title this season by 8.09 points/game, the biggest margin of victory since Wilt Chamberlain won it by 16+ points in 1962-63.

    3) It is April 15; Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are still free agents. Weird.

    2) Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant is playing at Missouri now; when Mizzou had its spring game this weekend, 7 or 8 of his Clemson teammates went to Columbia to watch Bryant play- thats something NFL scouts will take note of down the road. A quarterback being liked/respected by teammates is a big deal to NFL scouts.

    1) NFL schedule comes out this week; seems like last season just ended.
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    NBA Playoffs best bets and prop predictions: Early scoring drives Warriors and Clippers
    Monique Vág

    Two games are scheduled for the NBA playoffs today with the 76ers 8-point favorites as they attempt to avenge their upset loss at home against the Nets, and the Warriors listed as 13.5-point favorites after making light work of the Clippers in the first game. We’re here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.

    BROOKLYN NETS AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

    Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -8
    Over/Under: 226 points
    Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The Nets were victorious 111-102 in game one, despite a slow performance from D’Angelo Russell who missed 12 of his first 15 shots from the floor, but still finished with 26 points. The difference in the first game was the 3-point shooting of both teams where the Nets shot 11 of 26 for 42 percent from beyond the arc, and the 76ers only managed to connect on three of 25 for 12 percent.

    The 76ers will need to be more aggressive and take advantage of a weak Nets team inside the paint where they rank 25th in point allowed with 51.2 ppg. Although he doesn’t shoot a lot, Ben Simmons is efficient when he does. He is shooting just over 56 percent from the field and if he is unable to connect attacking the hoop, being aggressive could at the very least get him visits to the charity. Bet his points, rebounds, assists total Over 29.5.

    LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

    Spread: Golden State Warriors -13.5
    Over/Under: 230.5 points
    Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

    In game one it was the Warriors hot start which helped secure the victory putting up 69 points at halftime. This was the eighth win out of the most recent 10 in the head-to-head versus the Clippers. During that 10 game stretch, the Warriors averaged 63 first half points.

    The Warriors and Clippers rank first and third in first-half points per game. The Warriors are second in first-quarter scoring with 30.4 ppg, and the Clippers rank first in second-quarter ppg with 30.1.

    The pace of the game should help with cashing on Over bets. The Clippers rank first in the Association in possessions per game over their last three games averaging 113.3. The Warriors rank eighth over their last three averaging 107.1. Look for both teams to start out quick and efficient and back the first half total Over 118.

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    NBA Playoffs best bets and prop predictions: Early scoring drives Warriors and Clippers
    Monique Vág

    Two games are scheduled for the NBA playoffs today with the 76ers 8-point favorites as they attempt to avenge their upset loss at home against the Nets, and the Warriors listed as 13.5-point favorites after making light work of the Clippers in the first game. We’re here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.

    BROOKLYN NETS AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

    Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -8
    Over/Under: 226 points
    Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The Nets were victorious 111-102 in game one, despite a slow performance from D’Angelo Russell who missed 12 of his first 15 shots from the floor, but still finished with 26 points. The difference in the first game was the 3-point shooting of both teams where the Nets shot 11 of 26 for 42 percent from beyond the arc, and the 76ers only managed to connect on three of 25 for 12 percent.

    The 76ers will need to be more aggressive and take advantage of a weak Nets team inside the paint where they rank 25th in point allowed with 51.2 ppg. Although he doesn’t shoot a lot, Ben Simmons is efficient when he does. He is shooting just over 56 percent from the field and if he is unable to connect attacking the hoop, being aggressive could at the very least get him visits to the charity. Bet his points, rebounds, assists total Over 29.5.

    LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

    Spread: Golden State Warriors -13.5
    Over/Under: 230.5 points
    Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

    In game one it was the Warriors hot start which helped secure the victory putting up 69 points at halftime. This was the eighth win out of the most recent 10 in the head-to-head versus the Clippers. During that 10 game stretch, the Warriors averaged 63 first half points.

    The Warriors and Clippers rank first and third in first-half points per game. The Warriors are second in first-quarter scoring with 30.4 ppg, and the Clippers rank first in second-quarter ppg with 30.1.

    The pace of the game should help with cashing on Over bets. The Clippers rank first in the Association in possessions per game over their last three games averaging 113.3. The Warriors rank eighth over their last three averaging 107.1. Look for both teams to start out quick and efficient and back the first half total Over 118.




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    Monday, April 15



    Brooklyn @ Philadelphia

    Game 521-522
    April 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Brooklyn
    123.137
    Philadelphia
    115.749
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Brooklyn
    by 7 1/2
    229
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 8
    225 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+8); Over

    LA Clippers @ Golden State


    Game 523-524
    April 15, 2019 @ 10:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    LA Clippers
    117.029
    Golden State
    122.925
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Golden State
    by 6
    227
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Golden State
    by 14
    230 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    LA Clippers
    (+14); Under





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    Monday, April 15


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    BROOKLYN (43 - 40) at PHILADELPHIA (51 - 32) - 4/15/2019, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 140-116 ATS (+12.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 51-36 ATS (+11.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) after a division game this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 38-19 ATS (+17.1 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 78-57 ATS (+15.3 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 42-25 ATS (+14.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 75-56 ATS (+13.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 42-25 ATS (+14.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 46-37 ATS (+5.3 Units) in all games this season.
    BROOKLYN is 34-23 ATS (+8.7 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 this season.
    BROOKLYN is 66-51 ATS (+9.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 26-16 ATS (+8.4 Units) in road games this season.
    BROOKLYN is 29-14 ATS (+13.6 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in road games in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 34-14 ATS (+18.6 Units) in road games after a division game since 1996.
    BROOKLYN is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) off an upset win as an underdog this season.
    BROOKLYN is 52-34 ATS (+14.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 35-22 ATS (+10.8 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 38-22 ATS (+13.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
    BROOKLYN is 20-11 ATS (+7.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 13-25 ATS (-14.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BROOKLYN is 7-5 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 8-5 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LA CLIPPERS (48 - 35) at GOLDEN STATE (58 - 25) - 4/15/2019, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA CLIPPERS are 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    LA CLIPPERS are 234-288 ATS (-82.8 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996.
    LA CLIPPERS are 229-291 ATS (-91.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
    GOLDEN STATE is 137-100 ATS (+27.0 Units) in April games since 1996.
    GOLDEN STATE is 69-44 ATS (+20.6 Units) in all playoff games since 1996.
    GOLDEN STATE is 28-10 ATS (+17.0 Units) in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.
    GOLDEN STATE is 87-58 ATS (+23.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
    LA CLIPPERS are 45-37 ATS (+4.3 Units) in all games this season.
    LA CLIPPERS are 47-34 ATS (+9.6 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    LA CLIPPERS are 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    LA CLIPPERS are 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    LA CLIPPERS are 60-45 ATS (+10.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 36-46 ATS (-14.6 Units) in all games this season.
    GOLDEN STATE is 32-43 ATS (-15.3 Units) as a favorite this season.
    GOLDEN STATE is 38-53 ATS (-20.3 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 22-34 ATS (-15.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    GOLDEN STATE is 28-41 ATS (-17.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GOLDEN STATE is 8-5 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    GOLDEN STATE is 11-2 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Monday, April 15


    Nets’ bench was +74 in Game 1; remarkable. 76ers shot 3-25 on arc, 29-42 on foul line in 111-102 Game 1 loss, when home crowd booed them. Philly was -21 in 32:00 with Simmons on floor, +12 in 16:00 he sat out. Philly lost five of their last seven games overall; they’re 5-3-2 vs spread in last ten home games. Nets won/covered their last four games; they covered seven of their last eight road games. Under is 13-5 in their last 18 games. 76ers won five of their last eight games with Brooklyn; three of last four series games went over. Five of Philly’s last seven games went over.

    Golden State won three of last four NBA titles; they won first round series five of last six years. Warriors won seven of its last eight games (under 5-2-1). Golden State cruised in Game 1; they had 69 points at half, were +15 on boards- Steph Curry had 15 rebounds himself. Clippers lost four of last five games; they’re 2-4 vs spread in last six road games. LA’s top two scorers in Game 1 (Harrell, Williams) both came off bench. Over is 10-3-1 in their last 14 games. Warriors won nine of last 11 games with the Clippers, but LA covered four of last seven- Clippers covered four of last six visits to Oakland. Eight of last 11 series games went over.




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    Brooklyn @ Philadelphia
    Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home
    Philadelphia is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

    LA Clippers @ Golden State
    LA Clippers
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Clippers's last 12 games when playing Golden State
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of LA Clippers's last 14 games
    Golden State
    Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Golden State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against LA Clippers


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    Monday's Playoff Essentials
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    Eastern Conference First Round – Game 2

    No. 6 Brooklyn at No. 3 Philadelphia (TNT, 8 p.m. ET) -- Nets lead 1-0


    Apr. 13 - Nets (+7.5) 111 at 76ers 102 (Under 228)

    2018-19 Regular Season (Split 2-2, Over 3-1)
    Nov. 4 – Nets (+4) 122 vs. 76ers 97 (Under 224)
    Nov. 25 – 76ers (-4.5) 127 at Nets 125 (Over 226)
    Dec. 12 – Nets (+6) 127 at 76ers 123 (Over 224.5)
    Mar. 28 - 76ers (-7) 123 vs. Nets 110 (Over 231.5)

    Philadelphia center Joel Embiid is again ‘questionable’ for Game 2.

    He wore the same designation prior to the series opener, warming up to see how his knee would hold up before ultimately playing 24 minutes in the 76ers’ 111-102 setback against the Nets. It’s pretty obvious to anyone who watched him play this season that he’s hurt. There’s a lack of explosiveness compared to what he normally brings to the table. Of course, Embiid at 80 percent is much better than almost everyone else at full strength, so if he’s able to suit up and get through warmups, Philadelphia can count on the production of the game’s top center to help even things up.

    Embiid wasn’t the problem in Saturday afternoon’s defeat since he finished with 22 points, 15 boards and five blocks while playing much less than he ordinarily would have. He drew a pair of fouls on counterpart Jarrett Allen inside the game’s first minute, so Philly had the visiting Nets right where they wanted them early. You would have expected them to continue playing through their All-Star center in the post, taking advantage of working inside-out the way few other teams are capable of, especially with Brooklyn’s top rim protector in foul trouble. Instead, Embiid fired up a 3-pointer and floated around the perimeter and the sets that were used produced very little.

    Boban Marjanovic replaced Embiid five minutes in, part of Philly’s usual rotation since Brett Brown likes to come back in with his best player later in the quarter after a short break, so there wasn’t a lot to take from a first quarter where both teams appeared to be feeling one another out. Brooklyn was going to ride the 3-ball and got a lot of its rotation involved immediately with Jared Dudley, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Ed Davis all getting their feet wet by the 4:00 mark.

    Philadelphia seemingly cleared the Embiid hurdle but struggled to see Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick, its top 3-point shooters, find the range. Ultimately, it caught up with the 76ers when Brooklyn closed the opening quarter on a 12-0 run fueled by the energy provided by its bench. They were stuck playing from behind the rest of the way and failed to rattle the Nets enough to get them to fumble away the result.

    If you’re into finger-pointing, there is plenty of blame to go around for why the 76ers find themselves in what feels like the first must-win situation of the postseason. While they would certainly still have a legitimate shot to get out of the series even if they fall behind 2-0, the Nets hosting three of the final five games would make them the series favorite. As things stand now, series odds still favor Philly (-215) over Brooklyn (+180), but anyone who rode the Nets to pull the upset at 5-to-1 before Game 1 has to be thrilled.

    Butler dominated to finish with 36 points, helping the Sixers hang around, but where he excelled as a playmaker, Ben Simmons failed miserably. The backcourt comprised by him and Redick was a minus-21. The Nets successfully sagged on him, daring him to shoot, so he ended up just 4-for-9. Worse yet, he had just three assists since Butler was playing catalyst and further dragged the team down by shooting 1-for-5 on free throws. Redick, Harris and Mike Scott, the team’s designated long-range threats who have to punish defenses for the way they play Embiid and Simmons, shot 2-for-14 from beyond the arc. Embiid, in part hoping to lighten the load on his sore knees, crept around the perimeter too much for my taste and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.

    If you’re looking to ride Philadelphia in a game it has to have, be sure you tail Embiid’s status all day and have faith that the team isn’t likely to have a 3-point shooting night as terrible as they had on Saturday. Missing 22 of 25 is hard to do.

    From the Nets standpoint, they have to be encouraged that they got on the board in the series first without All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell being particularly dominant. He led the team with 26 points, but committed four turnovers and ended up a minus-10 in his time on the floor. Dinwiddie scored 18 off the bench while Ed Davis finished a plus-28 while racking up 12 points and 16 rebounds, so the 76ers must do a better job keeping him from making such an impact on the boards. Brooklyn might have young starlets like Russell and Allen, but its sole rides with its journeymen, overachievers like Davis, Dinwiddie, De’Marre Carroll, Joe Harris and Dudley. Those guys have been told multiple times they wouldn’t make it and defied odds, which makes them extremely dangerous as they try to climb the mountain against the more talented 76ers.

    The total for Game 2 opened at 226, which is two points (228) lower than the closing number in Saturday’s opener. Chris David of VegasInsider.com offered up his thoughts on Monday’s number.

    “The 76ers getting held to 102 points at home by the Nets had nothing to do with Brooklyn’s defense and everything to do with making shots. Philly couldn’t buy a bucket from the outside, going 3-of-25 (12%) from 3-point land and missing 13 free throws certainly didn’t help their cause either,” said David. “I’m expecting a big rebound from Philadelphia, especially in the first quarter. Getting held to 22 points in the first 12 minutes was well below their season average (31.2 PPG) and that slow start on Saturday gave the Nets the confidence they needed. The 76ers only lost back-to-back games at home twice during the regular season and I’d ride that trend here, with the offense coming together. Along with a lean to the ‘over’ (55 ˝) in the first quarter, I’d ride the Philadelphia Team Total Over (117) as well.”

    In case Embiid can’t go, it’s worth knowing that Philly went 8-10 without him in the lineup. The 76ers will likely push tempo if they can help it to get Simmons and Harris in a better flow in transition. If Embiid does suit up, I’m a fan of the first-quarter ‘over.’ The series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Thursday.


    Western Conference First Round – Game 2

    No. 8 L.A. Clippers at No. 1 Golden State (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET) -- Warriors lead 1-0


    Apr. 13 - Warriors (-13.5) 121 vs. Clippers 104 (Under 233)

    2018-19 Regular Season (Warriors 3-1, Split 2-2)
    Nov. 12 - Clippers (+3.5) 121 vs. Warriors 116 (Over 226.5)
    Dec. 23 – Warriors (-11) 129 vs. Clippers 127 (Over 234)
    Jan. 18 – Warriors (-7.5) 112 at Clippers 94 (Under 241.5)
    Apr. 7 – Warriors (-11.5) 131 vs. Clippers 104 (Under 237.5)

    Any questions over whether we should be concerned about Stephen Curry’s latest foot injury, a slight sprain suffered in Game 81, got an emphatic ‘no’ as an answer on Saturday night.

    The Warriors’ guard became the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA playoff history by making eight in a 121-104 Game 1 win, knocking down eight en route to 38 points. He added a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists for good measure just so we’re all sure, displaying tremendous energy in his activity. He’s locked in and healthy.

    We’ll see whether complacency sets in at some point this postseason, but Golden State and its crowd was tremendous in the series-opening win over the Clippers, which included the reserves holding off any hopes of an L.A. backdoor cover in the final minutes. The Warriors shot just under 50 percent from the field, finished 14-for-30 from 3-point range and missed just three of 20 free-throws, sparing little in frustrating Clippers-backers who were counting on at least a cover given such a large number.

    Unlike the Eastern Conference’s 1-8 series where the Pistons seemingly had no chance against the Bucks going in, even if Blake Griffin can go, the West’s 1-8 features a team that won 48 games and is bolstered by the league’s highest-scoring bench. L.A.’s bench led the NBA averaging 53.2 points this season, and it came in looking to swing games in this series behind key reserves like Sixth Man of the Year lock Lou Williams and big forward Montrezl Harrell, whose energy and post production is typically an asset. That duo combined to score 51 points in the Game 1 loss, so the Clips were at least successful in fulfilling one of their goals despite the loss.

    The key to hanging around in the series will be to keep the Warriors from getting as comfortable as they managed to in the opener, which is why you saw irritant Patrick Beverley get up in Kevin Durant’s face late in a contest that was already decided on Saturday night. The Clippers have no answer for Durant, who averaged 27.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists in his four regular-season games against them and finished with 23 points in 32 minutes in Game 1. Beverley defended him despite giving up roughly 10 inches in height and was hoping to get a rise out of Durant to try and throw off the Warriors’ All-Star.

    Expect L.A. to go back to that well again given the volatile nature of guys like Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Durant, hoping one of them will take themselves out of the equation. It was amusing to see Cousins get after Green early in Game 1 when he went after an official, chastising him to keep his head in the game. It worked too. Green punished the Clippers for playing off him and shot 7-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-4 from 3-point range. Considering what a liability he was shooting it earlier this season, the fact he’s gotten some of his confidence back is a major development that could ultimately play x-factor in the Warriors winning a third straight title.

    Golden State opened the postseason as a 2-to-7 favorite (-350) at Westgate to win the West and 1-to-2 (-200) to win the NBA title, so we’ll see whether their odds are ever better than the present going foward.

    With Cousins on board, the Warriors are more talented than they’ve ever been. They were 23-7 in games he’s played in and then added Andrew Bogut to add another rim protector to the mix. Draymond Green shot 34 percent from 3-point range in March and 38.5 in April, improving his season clip to 28.5 percent. If he can avoid being a liability in that department, Steve Kerr’s team has no real weaknesses.

    The Clippers have beaten the Warriors only once, posting a 121-116 OT win at Staples in a game that featured Harris, Marcin Gortat and Mike Scott, all of whom are now gone. Curry didn’t play in that contest. Golden State has lost just two of the last 18 games it has played against the Clippers at Oracle since 2012 and is 27-11 in that span, which includes a 16-2 run since ’15. Doc Rivers has done a fantastic job rolling with the punches over the past few years and may have just engineered his best coaching job, but the fact is that he hasn’t been able to solve the Warriors and now has to deal with Cousins thrown in the mix against an undersized frontcourt once you get past center Ivica Zubac.

    For the nightcap from Oakland, David believes another blowout should be expected unless Los Angeles connects at a very high percentage offensively.

    “I believe Doc Rivers has done an incredible job with this team but L.A. padded it’s record versus losing clubs this season and it the offense hasn’t traveled against quality opponents. When listed as a road ‘dog, the team went 10-18 SU and 13-14-1 ATS, which includes Saturday’s loss in Game 1. Since the All-Star break, they’re 2-4 in that role and the defense has allowed 122.8 PPG in the losses. Since Doc arrived in Los Angeles, the Clippers are just 2-14 in their last 16 games (7-9 ATS) at Golden State,” explained David.

    “If you’re leaning to the ‘dog, a better look could be the Clippers Team Total Over (107 ˝) on Monday. The last four road covers for Los Angeles in this series watched the team score 113, 125, 127 and 127 points. All of those games went ‘over’ as well and after seeing a barrage of ‘under’ tickets cash this weekend, seeing things balance out in the Game 2’s is likely.”

    The series shifts to L.A. for Game 3 on Thursday.

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    Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets
    April 15, 2019
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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons got an earful from the Philly crowd.

    With the same 76ers fans Simmons put on blast for booing in the playoff opener now going wild in Game 2, Simmons cupped a hand to his right ear just like Allen Iverson's signature move to spur the cheers even louder.

    And he did it with Iverson rooting on the Sixers from courtside.

    Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for the pesky Brooklyn Nets in a 145-123 win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series Monday night.

    ''I was just trying to be me,'' Simmons said.

    Simmons had a disastrous Game 1 , on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half en route to his second career postseason triple-double.

    The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime.

    ''I was thinking about the boos from the last game,'' Simmons said, smiling. ''I have a lot of love for this city.''

    Iverson and former Sixers teammate Dikembe Mutombo attended the game and tossed T-shirts into the crowd.

    Had Mutombo played in this one, the Nets surely would have received one of his signature finger wags.

    ''Everybody's got to bring it,'' Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid said. ''We need everybody.''

    The Sixers got a little something from everybody in this one.

    The Nets collapsed in the second half, outplayed and overmatched much as expected by pundits and bookmakers (they were 7.5-point Game 2 underdogs). The Sixers scored 51 points on 18 of 25 shooting and made all 11 free throws in the third.

    ''We expect a haymaker,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game. ''We know it's coming. They're too good, too talented. too well coached. It's coming. It's going to be how we react.''

    Not well.

    Embiid shook off another game-time decision to play through tendinitis in his left knee and delivered after a sluggish Game 1. Embiid scored 13 points in the third as the Sixers raced to a 29-point lead.

    ''Whenever I'm out there, I kind of forget about the pain and just try and do the right things,'' Embiid said.

    On a minutes restriction, Embiid had some unexpected help from popular backup Boban Marjanovic. He scored 14 points in the first half (only Simmons had more with 16) and let the Sixers find a comfort level on offense with Embiid out for long stretches.

    ''This is just the path we're on with Joel,'' coach Brett Brown said. ''There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel.''

    Embiid was whistled for a flagrant foul for throwing an elbow at Jarrett Allen late in the half and the Sixers nursing a 65-64 lead.

    ''I got him pretty good and I'm sorry about it,'' Embiid said, laughing at the pseudo apology.

    Embiid had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Marjanovic scored 16.

    Embiid played ball boy and had the crowd laughing when he hopped off the bench to wipe off a basketball.

    The Sixers mopped the floor with the Nets.

    The Nets head home for Games 3 and 4 certainly grateful for a split and at least a half of good basketball before the Sixers picked them apart. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 19 points and D'Angelo Russell had 16.

    ''I know the Barclays Center is going to be jumping in there,'' Russell said. ''The buzz around the city is what we needed.''

    TIP-INS

    Nets: C Jared Dudley sat out with tightness in his right calf.

    76ers: Mutombo, who helped lead the Sixers to the 2001 finals, rang the ceremonial bell. Iverson moved from his courtside seat to a suite to sit with actor Jamie Foxx.

    PLENTY OF POINTS

    The Sixers topped the 141 points scored in a 1967 playoff game against the San Francisco Warriors to set a team franchise record.

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    Clippers stun Warriors with record comeback
    April 16, 2019
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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn't answer on the other end, and the Los Angeles Clippers climbed back from a 31 points down to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

    It was a historic comeback that topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semis over Seattle.

    Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet's dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.

    Lou Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted.

    Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter and was done for the game, but Golden State's depth shined and the Warriors built a 23-point halftime lead they pushed to a 31-point advantage failing to hold off Los Angeles late.

    76ERS 145, NETS 123

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ben Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the 76ers had an answer for the pesky Nets in a win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series.

    Simmons had a disastrous Game 1, on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half - and then put the game away in the third.

    The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime.

    Iverson and former Sixers teammate Dikembe Mutombo attended the game and tossed T-shirts into the crowd.


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    DeMarcus Cousins injures left quadriceps early in Game 2
    April 15, 2019
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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Starting Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter of Monday night's Game 2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Clippers and was done for the night.

    Golden State said Cousins wouldn't return and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam in the next 24 hours after he got hurt in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.

    He hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad.

    Cousins fouled out of Saturday's 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.
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    Warriors squander 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1
    April 15, 2019
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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn't answer on the other end, and the Los Angeles Clippers climbed back from a 31 points down to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

    It was a historic comeback that topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semis over Seattle.

    Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet's dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.

    Lou Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted.

    Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter and was done for the game, but Golden State's depth shined and the Warriors built a 23-point halftime lead they pushed to a 31-point advantage failing to hold off Los Angeles late.

    Williams' jumper and three-point play with 5:34 left pulled the Clippers within 120-117 then he rebounded his own miss and scored the putback at the 5:05 mark and cut it to 121-119.

    Kevin Durant drove through the paint past Montrezl Harrell for a one-handed jam and three-point play with 2:48 left, then went at Harrell the next time down and was whistled for the offensive foul. Durant fouled out with three straight offensive fouls.

    Cousins was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam after the injury in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.

    His status for Game 3 on Thursday at Staples Center is in serious doubt.

    Cousins hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad.

    LeBron James tweeted prayers for Cousins, who fouled out of Saturday's 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

    Kevon Looney picked up the bulk of the extra minutes in Cousins' absence and scored a career-high 19 points making all six of his shots but the Warriors had their seven-game postseason winning streak snapped that dated to last year's run to a repeat championship. Durant had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 17 points and Draymond Green 14 with nine assists.

    Curry followed up a 38-point performance in Game 1 to give him the most 3s in postseason history with another nice showing but Golden State hurt itself with too many miscues.

    The Warriors committed 21 turnovers in Game 1, then 22 more Monday - nine by Durant.

    Los Angeles wanted to do a better job stopping the late bursts each quarter the Warriors had in Game 1, and the Clippers were somehow able to claw their way back.

    Both coaches challenged their teams to be more poised in Game 2 following the ejections of Beverley and Durant in the opener. Beverley again pushed the limits but the sides avoided a testy encore, and he fouled out with 4:33 to go to roaring cheers from the sellout crowd. Durant left at 1:21.

    DURANT'S APOLOGY

    At morning shootaround, Durant apologized for being tossed from Game 1.

    The two-time reigning finals MVP has two technicals, and if he reaches seven during the postseason it brings an automatic one-game supsension.

    ''I don't want to disappoint my coaches and my fan base and owners who expect me to be out on the floor, so I apologize for being thrown out the game,'' Durant said. ''Just keep my mouth shut, just play the game. Simple.''

    DOC APPRECIATES GOOD DEED

    Doc Rivers dropped $2,000 cash on the street in San Francisco earlier in the day - and offered a pregame ''shoutout'' to the man with the integrity to return the money.

    ''Kept walking, didn't know it. The guy tapped me on the back and said, `that's your money,''' Rivers shared. ''I don't know a lot of places that that would happen, but it happened today, so whoever that was he could have had free tickets if you hadn't ran away.''

    TIP-INS

    Clippers: Williams scored 17 points in the third to match Chris Paul's postseason franchise record done May 5, 2014, against Oklahoma City. ... The L.A. backups scored another 83 points after getting 65 in the opener. In fact, in Game 1, Harrell (26) and Williams (25) were the first teammates to come off the bench and score 25 or more points in a postseason game since bench stats began in 1970-71, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    Warriors: With his 129th career playoff game, Durant passed coach Steve Kerr for 73rd place on the NBA's all-time list. ... C Andrew Bogut (419) moved by Clifford Ray (411) for sixth place on the Warriors' career postseason rebounds list.
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:05 PM Orlando Magic Toronto Raptors Scotiabank Arena
    9:05 PM San Antonio Spurs Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center
    10:35 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center at the Rose Quarter


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    NBA PLAYOFF RECORD OPINIONS AND BEST BETS !

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    04/15/2019 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    04/14/2019 4-4-0 50.00% -2.00
    04/13/2019 7-1-0 87.50% +29.50

    Totals..............11-7-0 61.11% +16.50


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    BEST BETS:

    DATE........................ATS................... ..UNITS..................O/U..................UNITS.............TOTALS


    04/15/2019.............0 - 1.....................-5.50....................0 - 1.................-5.50...............-11.00
    04/14/2019.............2 - 2.....................-1.00....................2 - 2.................-1.00...............-2.00
    04/13/2019.............3 - 0.....................+15.00.................3 - 0.................+15.00............+30.00

    Totals.....................5 - 3.....................+8.50.................5 - 3.................+8.50................+17.00
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