Memphis Grizzlies (-3) at Indiana Pacers(+3), 5:00 PM ET, FSMWThe Grizzlies were utterly annihilated by the visiting Cavs, who delivered a 106-76 win over Memphis on Wednesday. Just about the only positive was that Zach Randolph gave a decent show, tallying 12 PTS, 8 REB and 1 STL. On the opposite end, the Pacers equally had a bad opening night, losing 106-99 to the Raptors, despite a spirited effort from returning star Paul George, who had a good game for Indiana, putting up a near triple-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Going by the way both teams played yesterday, there’s definitely talent to work with, but the lack of dependable sharpshooters (particularly from beyond the arc) will hurt their seasons. That said, expect a dogfight that could go either way, depending on which team fights hardest.
Key Betting Trends• Indiana is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games • Memphis is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 road games against Memphis. • Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home (with a 4-1 ATS in the process) • Memphis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 overall games against Indiana • Indiana is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Memphis. • The total has gone UNDER in Memphis’ last four games played on the road • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana’s last 6 games when playing Memphis
PredictionBoth teams change leads on several occasions in a back-and-forth affair, with the Pacers (+3) eking out a close home win and cover in the end, possibly with the total staying UNDER (188).
Atlanta Hawks (-4) at New York Knicks, 5:00 PM ET, TNTLed by Derrick Williams’ 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting, the Knicks kick-started their season in style, dismantling the Milwaukee Bucks 122-97 on Wednesday night, and are hoping for another huge performance when they host Atlanta tonight. The Hawks, on the other hand, couldn’t start their season on a winning fashion, suffering a 106-94 loss at the hands of the Pistons on Tuesday. Even so, the Oddsmakers expect the Hawks to bounce back, placing them as slight road favorites over the Knicks. Given the talent in players like Dennis Schroeder (who had a team-high 20 points in their opening loss), the Hawks are well-capable of making necessary adjustments to win this game. Even so, after New York’s rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 16 points yesterday, supported by a serviceable show from the rest of the team, the Hawks defense must improve, or an upsetting night could be in the books from Williams, Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony.
Key Betting Trends• Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 overall games against New York • New York is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games at home • Atlanta is 3-2 ATS in its past five road games versus the Knicks • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York’s last 9 home against Atlanta. • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games at home • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 overall games between Atlanta and New York
PredictionAtlanta (-4) earns a hard-fought win plus cover of the spread, with the total looking to stretch high to go OVER the set (199) game total.
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers (-11), 5:00 PM ET, TNTBlake Griffin was the game’s high scorer with 33 points on 14-for-20 shooting, while rebound-specialist DeAndre Jordan started the season like he did last year with a monster dunk and a solid night of work in cleaning up the paint, helping the Clippers to defeat the Kings 111-104 on Wednesday. The Clippers will be looking for more of the same from Griffin, Jordan, along with a bigger performance from Chris Paul and Co., when they host the Mavericks, who are coming off a 111-95 win over the Suns on Wednesday. The Mavs had the points shared across the roster, led by Raymond Felton who had a team-high 18 points, followed by Dirk Nowitzki’s 11 points and a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards from Dallas debutant center Zaza Pachulia. Obviously, the Clippers have more talent on paper, but that doesn’t mean that Norwitzki and company will be laying low in this Western Conference rivalry game.
Key Betting Trends• The Clippers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games at home • The Clippers have won four of their last five games against Dallas • The Mavericks are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games against Dallas • LA Clippers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games at home • The Mavericks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games against Dallas. • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Clippers last 9 games • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing Dallas
PredictionThe Clippers play their way into a win, but the Mavs do well enough to cover the spread as 11-point underdogs. An explosive high-scoring game looks to be in the books, going by how the two teams played on Wednesday, so expect the total to sail OVER the set (211) total.
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