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    Trends and Indexes

    Monday, March 25

    Good Luck on day # 84 of 2019!

    NOTE: As information becomes available, we will attempt to post the trends and indexes as soon as possible.Information is posted from what we believe are reliable sources.Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the posting member or BettorsChat.

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    Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

    Conference record in first two rounds of NCAA tournament:

    — ACC: 10-2 SU, 5-7 vs spread.

    — Big 14: 10-5 SU, 10-5 vs spread

    — Big X, 5-5 SU, 7-3 vs spread

    — Big East: 1-3 SU, 0-3-1 vs spread (also lost play-in game)

    — Pac-12: 3-2 SU, 3-2 vs spread (also won play-in game)

    — SEC: 9-3 SU, 4-8 vs spread


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    Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Sunday……

    13) Duke 77, Central Florida 76— When you lose a game like this and your season or career end, you will remember that game for the rest of your life. UCF played its hearts out, the game was there for them to take but it slipped away. Their effort was exceptional.

    Duke was 309th in country in 3-point %age before this game; they made 10-25 Sunday, and scored off a missed free throw with 0:09 left to win this interesting game.

    Aubrey Dawkins scored 32 points for UCF; this game had to be personal for him, living in Durham until he was 11 years old when his father was an assistant coach at Duke. He played at Michigan, then UCF; he was excellent in this game.

    12) This is the first time since the NCAA tournament went to 64 teams that every betting favorite won in the round of 32. Favorites were 12-4 vs spread Saturday/Sunday.

    Tennessee 83, Iowa 77 OT— Volunteers led this game 44-19, so if you laid eight points, this was a sad ending. If you had the under, this was a sad ending. If you had Iowa and the over, then be thankful. Tennessee survived and it advances, and that is all that matters this time of year.

    For the first time since 1996 the SEC has four teams in the Sweet 16. Tennessee has zero points this season from freshmen, which in modern times is really unusual.

    CBS had the father of one of the Iowa players miked during this game; this is a bad idea. Parents should be seen and not heard during these games. Let the kids be the show.

    11) North Carolina 81, Washington 59— Tar Heels are in Sweet 16 for 4th time in five years; this wasn’t a good game. Huskies shot 36.7% from the floor.

    Washington is 48-21 in Mike Hopkins’ first two years as coach, so things are looking up for them, though they graduate three starters this spring.

    10) Texas Tech 78, Buffalo 58— Bulls hadn’t lost since February 1st; over last six years, they’re 138-62, 75-31 in MAC games. Five of their top seven players graduate; will coach Nate Oats leave for green$r pa$ture$? Now would be a good time.

    Texas Tech moves on to Anaheim, will play Michigan in the next round.

    9) Virginia Tech 67, Liberty 58— Hokies beat Duke 77-72 at home Feb 26; now they get another shot at the Blue Devils Friday night in Washington. Justin Robinson played 29:00 Sunday, so his foot must be OK. He looked a little gimpy late in Friday’s game.

    Liberty has a 5-9 freshman named Darius McGhee who played 27:00, and was 5-11 from floor, all 3-pointers, with no assists. Sounds like a good gig, take a 3-pointer every 2:00 or so.

    8) Virginia 63, Oklahoma 51—Starting center Jack Salt isn’t playing much; he has back/ankle issues. Cavaliers are basically playing six guys; Kyle Guy was 0-10 on the arc in this game but Virginia still covered a double digit spread.

    Oklahoma finished 20-14 this year, after going 18-14 LY, when they had Trae Young. Go figure.

    7) Houston 74, Ohio State 59— Cougars move on and play Kentucky Friday in Kansas City. Indiana fans who might be watching will be conflicted; they didn’t like Kelvin Sampson much when he was coach of the Hoosiers, but they really dislike Kentucky.

    6) Oregon 73, Cal-Irvine 54— Ducks are in Sweet 16 for third time in last four years; they missed their first ten shots of 2nd half as Irvine came back from down 12 at the half to the game, but Oregon pulled away late. Kenny Wooten had seven blocks; he is a force in the paint.

    5) Coaching carousel:
    — Ron Hunter bolts Georgia State for Tulane. Interesting decision; his Georgia State team would’ve clobbered Tulane this year, but AAC is a step up from the Sun Belt.
    — California fires Wyking Jones; Cal alum Jason Kidd is a possible replacement.

    4) Bryce Harper is from Las Vegas and goes to some UNLV basketball games in the winter; he has posted stuff on social media imploring UNLV to hire Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller as its new basketball coach.

    3) Two baseball players have had ten seasons with 20+ homers and 20+ stolen bases; they are father/son, Bobby and Barry Bonds. Bobby Abreu is next, with nine.

    2) They had 38,031 fans in Anaheim Stadium Sunday night for Dodgers-Angels exhibition game; they drew 23,967 in Oakland for a Giants-A’s game. Baseball season starts Thursday; we’ll have information every day from then until October.

    Russell Martin caught all eight innings for the Dodgers, which is really unusual for a spring training game.

    1) Cubs-Colorado exhibition game drew 14,022 fans Saturday night in Arizona. These games are more affordable and to lot of people, their best chance to see big league baseball.

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    547Philadelphia -548 Orlando
    PHILADELPHIA is 15-2 ATS (12.8 Units) after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread in the current season.

    549Oklahoma City -550 Memphis
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 48-65 ATS (-23.5 Units) versus good passing teams, averaging >=23 assists/game in the last 3 seasons.

    551Phoenix -552 Utah
    PHOENIX is 44-65 ATS (-27.5 Units) after a game where they covered the spread in the last 3 seasons.

    553Brooklyn -554 Portland
    BROOKLYN is 7-0 ATS (7 Units) in road games after 2 straight games where they attempted 90 or more shots in the current season.




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    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Monday, March 25


    Sixers won six of their last seven games; they’re 7-4 vs spread in last 11 road games. Philly’s last five games went over the total. Orlando won its last four games (3-1 vs spread); 5-3 vs spread in last eight home games. Five of their last six games stayed under. Home side won six of last seven 76er-Magic games; Philly covered three of their last four visits to Orlando. Six of last eight series games went over.

    Oklahoma City lost four of its last five games; they’re 3-6 vs spread in last nine road games. Six of their last eight games stayed under. Memphis lost four of its last five games; they’re 5-2 vs spread in last seven home games. Four of their last five games went over. Thunder won their last nine games with the Grizzlies; they’re 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to Memphis. Six of last eight series games went over the total.

    Suns lost five of their last six games; they covered their last six road games. Nine of their last 11 games stayed under. Jazz won six of their last seven games; they’re 2-4 vs spread in last six home games. Six of their last eight games stayed under. Utah won nine of its last ten games with Phoenix, covering four of last five; Suns are 2-2-1 vs spread in their last five visits to SLC. Last four series games stayed under.

    Nets won six of their last nine games; they’re 8-5 vs spread in last 13 road games. Eight of their last ten games stayed under. Trailblazers won six of their last seven games; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five home games. Four of their last six games stayed under. Portland won eight of its last ten games with Brooklyn (6-4 vs spread); Nets are 2-3 vs spread in their last five visits to Oregon. Five of last seven series games went over.




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    Philadelphia 76ers
    Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Philadelphia's last 23 games
    Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Orlando
    Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Orlando
    Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Philadelphia is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
    Orlando Magic
    Orlando is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games
    Orlando is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home
    Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games at home
    Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
    Orlando is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando's last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
    Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    Orlando is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 15 games
    Oklahoma City is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Oklahoma City is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Memphis
    Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games when playing Memphis
    Oklahoma City is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Memphis
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Memphis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Memphis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
    Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Memphis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Memphis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
    Memphis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

    Phoenix Suns
    Phoenix is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
    Phoenix is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games
    Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Phoenix is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games on the road
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Utah
    Phoenix is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah
    Utah Jazz
    Utah is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Utah is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 8 games
    Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Utah is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games at home
    Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Utah is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix

    Brooklyn Nets
    Brooklyn is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Brooklyn is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Brooklyn's last 10 games
    Brooklyn is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 7 games on the road
    Brooklyn is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Portland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 7 games when playing Portland
    Brooklyn is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Portland
    Portland Trail Blazers
    Portland is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
    Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 16 of Portland's last 24 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games
    Portland is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Portland is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Portland's last 12 games at home
    Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
    Portland is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Brooklyn


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    PHILADELPHIA (47 - 26) at ORLANDO (35 - 38) - 3/25/2019, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 14-23 ATS (-11.3 Units) after scoring 115 points or more this season.
    ORLANDO is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) against Atlantic division opponents this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 136-110 ATS (+15.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 73-51 ATS (+16.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 40-20 ATS (+18.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 48-67 ATS (-25.7 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    ORLANDO is 123-162 ATS (-55.2 Units) when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
    ORLANDO is 24-39 ATS (-18.9 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 7-3 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 6-4 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (43 - 30) at MEMPHIS (29 - 44) - 3/25/2019, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 52-71 ATS (-26.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in road games against Southwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    MEMPHIS is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 6-4 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA CITY is 9-1 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (17 - 57) at UTAH (43 - 30) - 3/25/2019, 9:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) after a division game this season.
    PHOENIX is 13-22 ATS (-11.2 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses this season.
    PHOENIX is 38-51 ATS (-18.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 41-54 ATS (-18.4 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 41-59 ATS (-23.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    UTAH is 35-23 ATS (+9.7 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
    UTAH is 33-17 ATS (+14.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 60-46 ATS (+9.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    UTAH is 34-18 ATS (+14.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UTAH is 4-4 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    UTAH is 8-1 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BROOKLYN (38 - 36) at PORTLAND (45 - 27) - 3/25/2019, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PORTLAND is 40-32 ATS (+4.8 Units) in all games this season.
    PORTLAND is 26-17 ATS (+7.3 Units) as a favorite this season.
    PORTLAND is 45-31 ATS (+10.9 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 29-12 ATS (+15.8 Units) in March games over the last 3 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    PORTLAND is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    PORTLAND is 25-15 ATS (+8.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    PORTLAND is 26-15 ATS (+9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 29-16 ATS (+11.4 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PORTLAND is 30-16 ATS (+12.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 86-69 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 29-20 ATS (+7.0 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 this season.
    BROOKLYN is 49-29 ATS (+17.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 28-15 ATS (+11.5 Units) in road games in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 25-12 ATS (+11.8 Units) in road games revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
    BROOKLYN is 47-31 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    BROOKLYN is 33-19 ATS (+12.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PORTLAND is 3-2 against the spread versus BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    PORTLAND is 4-1 straight up against BROOKLYN over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Game of the Night - Brooklyn at Portland (-6, 225), 10:05 ET, NBA TV

    If D’Angelo Russell hadn’t delivered one of the 2018-19 NBA season’s most memorable single-quarter performances last Tuesday night, one of the league’s best feel-good stories might be headed for a grim ending. If the Brooklyn Nets hadn’t rallied from a 25-point fourth-quarter deficit in Sacramento, riding a 45-18 explosion over the final 12 minutes to a remarkable 123-121 upset, they would enter this week at .500 instead of two games up.

    Brooklyn’s grip on its first playoff appearance since 2015 would be slipping given its remaining schedule and the fact Miami, Orlando and Charlotte have all had excellent stretches over the past week-plus to close the gap in the race for the final available spots in the Eastern Conference. Instead, Russell scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to help fuel a ridiculous comeback, outscoring the Kings by nine points by himself. Sacramento was obviously complicit in aiding the cause since leads of that magnitude don’t get blown without both teams doing their part, but Russell scoring 44 points not only reminded everyone that the Lakers gave up on him prematurely, it also served to provide a cushion between them and a suddenly surging pack of Southeast Division squad that now look like it might come in handy.

    The Nets open the week in the No. 7 spot in the East, one game up on the Heat and two up on the Magic, whose four-game winning streak is currently the longest in the conference. Rescuing a game that they were certain to lose six days ago may wind up making the difference between watching the playoffs from home and participating.

    Brooklyn takes the floor in Portland on Monday night with only one team currently under .500 remaining on its incredibly difficult schedule going forward. The lone team without a winning record, Miami, may indeed have one by the time it visits Barclays Center on April 10 regular-season finale that could be among that night’s most important contests or might wind up utterly meaningless. It remains to be seen how things play out, but the Heat, Magic and Hornets going on a run since mid-March has turned up the pressure for the Nets, who have visits to Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Indiana following their final game against a Western Conference opponent tonight. Their home games will come against the Celtics, Bucks, Raptors and Heat.

    It’s possible that the “Load Management” fairy winds up being kind to Brooklyn by removing a Joel Embiid or Giannis Antetokounmpo from the equation for a night, but if Russell hadn’t hit 10 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter in Sacramento, things would look bleak as a season-long seven-game road trip winds down with games in Portland tonight and Philly on Thursday. The Nets will head back east after their game against the Trail Blazers and are playing with house money at this point, knowing they’ll be bringing at least one win that should’ve eluded them back with them on the long flight home. They beat the Lakers on Friday night as Russell followed up his dominance in Sacramento by finishing with 21 points and 13 assists in a 111-106 victory, helping Brooklyn climb back above .500 for the first time since early this month.

    The Nets own tie-breakers over the Magic and Hornets but have gone 1-2 against the Heat, which spells trouble if they haven’t wrapped up a playoff bid by the time the regular-season’s final night rolls around. They can really take a lot of pressure off themselves by stealing this game in Portland, which is possible since this is just their third game in six days and they should have fresh legs.

    The Blazers have won six of seven and currently reside in the fourth spot in the Western Conference, one game behind Houston and two games up on the Clippers, their surprise first-round opponent if the season ended today. While they can’t control who they play, Terry Stotts’ team is in control of their ability to open the postseason at home and can still move up past the Rockets, who they own the tie-breaker over due to a 2-1 head-to-head edge. The Nets are one of only three teams with winning records that Portland has to face in a very manageable slate over the next two weeks, though it will have to navigate a couple of back-to-backs and faces a home-and-home with the Nuggets that could help it close the gap in the Northwest Division.

    It’s very likely that the Blazers will finish top-four and not out of the question that they can finish as high as No. 2, although that will take a near-perfect run. Following this one, they’ll leave for a four-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Chicago and features stops in Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota.

    C.J. McCollum, who suffered a scary-looking knee strain on March 16, will remain sidelined for this game but is working towards a return and should be in the mix come in April. Rodney Hood, Jake Layman and Seth Curry have been filling in, showing off a level of depth that Portland hasn’t enjoyed in a while. It will be looking to close out a 4-0 homestand after victories over the Pacers, Mavs and Pistons without McCollum as Damian Lillard has averaged 30.3 points and 12 assists to fuel the results. The Trail Blazers are 11-4 since the All-Star break.

    Portland defeated Brooklyn 113-99 on Feb. 21 in the only meeting between the teams this season. It out-rebounded the Nets 60-49 and got 27 points and 12 rebounds from Jusuf Nurkic, who has teamed with Enes Kanter to give the Blazers a formidable center combination that has helped wear down defenses over the past few weeks. Over his past seven games, Lillard has shot nearly 47 percent (28-for-60) from 3-point range and has made six from beyond the arc in each of the last two.

    His duel with Russell highlights a light four-game night in the NBA but figures to be worth staying up for. The Nets will be without shooting guard Allen Crabbe (knee) but are otherwise at full strength. The ‘under’ has prevailed in eight of the last 10 games involving Brooklyn. Portland has won six of seven in the series, scoring at least 112 points in each of its victories. The lone Nets’ win did come at the Moda Center on Nov. 10 of last season as Russell scored a team-high 21 points in a 101-97 upset.

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    Philadelphia at Orlando, 7:05 p.m. ET, NBA TV:
    The Magic put their four-game winning streak on the line against the visiting 76ers, hoping to even the season series in order to keep the pressure on Miami in the race for the Southeast Division and the final playoff spot in the East. Orlando visits the Heat on Tuesday night to open a crucial four-game road trip, so securing a victory in its 39th home game of the season carries increased importance. Philadelphia will be the last team with a winning record to come through Amway Center this regular-season, so pulling off an upset as a two-point underdog would go a long way in keeping them in the postseason mix.

    The Sixers are the first team with a winning record Orlando has seen since it lost a Philadelphia on March 5. J.J. Redick shot 8-for-9 from 3-point range to help take down the team that drafted him despite the absence of Joel Embiid. The Magic has gone 5-2 against their sub-.500 competition and has won five straight home games, last losing on Feb. 22. Philly lost in Atlanta 127-125 on Saturday night and will be looking to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since March 6 and only the fourth time in 2019. Orlando has been among the NBA’s top defensive teams since the All-Star break, so it will be interesting to see how they hold up against a playoff team that’s at full strength after saving its season with an overtime win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

    Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8:05 p.m. ET:
    The Thunder are even with Utah for the No. 6 seed, a half-game behind the Clippers for the fifth spot and a half-game up on the Spurs, who are currently eighth. The Western Conference’s playoff teams are all set, but OKC will want no part of a first-round series with the Warriors and will have to win in order to ensure it stays out of the final two spots since Golden State figures to finish first or second. Defeating the Raptors in Toronto on Friday night snapped a four-game skid and puts the Thunder on track to finish strong since six of their final eight games will come at home in Oklahoma City. Winning in Memphis should be made easier by the fact guard Avery Bradley (shin) is sidelined and Joakim Noah (knee soreness) isn’t likely to play. Dennis Schroder is expected to participate despite rolling his ankle against the Raps.

    Phoenix at Utah, 9:05 p.m. ET:
    The Jazz rolled past Phoenix 114-97 when the teams played less than two weeks ago on March 13, getting 26 points on Donovan Mitchell. Rudy Gobert grabbed 20 boards as Utah won the battle of the boards 57-35. The line is hovering around 15 points here as Utah opens a four-game homestand as it looks to chase down Portland and Houston in the race for homecourt advantage out West. Utah is at full strength outside of the absence of backup point guard Dante Exum, while the Suns list Josh Jackson as questionable and have declared Kelly Oubre (thumb) out for the season. Forward T.J. Warren and guard Tyler Johnson remain out, so look for rookies De’Anthony Melton and Mikal Bridges to play major minutes. Utah has beaten Phoenix by a combined 45 points this season, getting averages of 17 points and 16 rebounds from Gobert, who has made life difficult for No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton.
    Last edited by StarDust Bum; 03-25-2019 at 01:36 PM.

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    Monday, March 25



    Philadelphia @ Orlando

    Game 547-548
    March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Philadelphia
    129.129
    Orlando
    124.529
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 4 1/2
    233
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Philadelphia
    by 2
    219
    Dunkel Pick:
    Philadelphia
    (-2); Over

    Oklahoma City @ Memphis


    Game 549-550
    March 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Oklahoma City
    120.450
    Memphis
    112.285
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 8
    221
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Oklahoma City
    by 6
    218
    Dunkel Pick:
    Oklahoma City
    (-6); Over

    Phoenix @ Utah


    Game 551-552
    March 25, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    110.330
    Utah
    123.151
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Utah
    by 13
    223
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 15
    218
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+15); Over

    Brooklyn @ Portland


    Game 553-554
    March 25, 2019 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Brooklyn
    117.687
    Portland
    122.110
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Portland
    by 4 1/2
    221
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Portland
    by 6
    225 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Brooklyn
    (+6); Under
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    Hoop Trends - Monday
    Vince Akins

    ATS Play ON Trend of the Day:

    -- The Jazz are 15-0 ATS (+12.93 ppg) with less than two days rest after a game as a road favorite in which their opponent shot under 40% from the field.

    ATS Play AGAINST Trend of the Day:

    -- The Grizzlies are 0-14 ATS (-9.04 ppg) at home off a 10+ loss in a home game facing an opponent averaging more than 27 points from threes.

    OU Play OVER Trend of the Day:

    -- The 76ers are 12-0 OU (+17.25 ppg) as a road favorite after a game in which they had at least 15 fewer shots than their opponent.

    OU Play UNDER Trend of the Day:

    -- The Grizzlies are 0-14 OU (-13.68 ppg) with less than two days rest off a loss as a dog when they are facing a team that is averaging more than 62 ppg from 2-point range.

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