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  • October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    10/30/2017 12-6-0 66.67% +27.00
    10/29/2017 8-5-1 61.54% +12.50
    10/28/2017 8-6-0 57.14% +7.00
    10/27/2017 ......8-6-0 .57.14%. +7.00
    10/26/2017 1-7-0 12.50% -33.50
    10/25/2017 11-7-0 61.11% +16.50
    10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
    10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
    10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
    10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
    10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

    Totals:............97-82-3.......54.18%.....+39.00

    Best Bets:

    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

    10/30/2017....................2 - 2.............-1.00................2 - 1.................+4.50
    10/29/2017....................2 - 2.............-1.00................4 - 0.................+20.00
    10/28/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................2 - 3..................-6.50
    10/27/2017....................1 - 2.............-6.00............... 3 - 1..................+9.50
    10/26/2017....................0 - 2.............-11.00..............1 - 2..................-6.00
    10/25/2017....................2 - 1.............+4.50...............4 - 3.................+3.50
    10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
    10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
    10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
    10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
    10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
    10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
    10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
    10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

    Totals............................23 - 24..........-16.00...............27 - 25.................-3.00

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    • Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

      — World Series has been tied 2-2 42 times; the Game 5 winner won 28 of those 42 World Series.

      — Knicks 116, Denver 110— Porzingis had 38, Knicks are fun to watch. I wonder why?

      — Celtics 108, Spurs 94— San Antonio lost its last three games.

      — Warriors 141, Clippers 113— Game was 74-57 at half; Clippers had been #1 in defense.

      — Chiefs 29, Broncos 19— Broncos are now 0-3 on the road; their QB’s are substandard.

      — Happy birthday to former LSU hoop coach Dale Brown, who turns 82 today.


      **********

      Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……

      13) New England traded backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers last night for a 2nd-round pick next April, but the 49ers’ 2nd-round pick figures to be the 33rd pick, pretty much a first round pick. Patriots don’t have a backup QB on their roster right now; would they be the team that signs Colin Kaepernick?

      12) Following Twitter during the baseball game Sunday night was funny; people are so fickle, they overreact quickly and in a 13-12, 10-inning game, there is a lot to comment on.

      11) One thing the great baseball game obscured was a pretty good football game in Detroit; Lions were putrid in red zone, scoring 9 points on five drives. Steelers’ JoJo Schuster-Smith caught a 97-yard touchdown pass, right after the Lions were stuffed on a goal-line stand by Pittsburgh.

      10) Astros’ payroll this year is $124,343,900, broken down this way:
      — Justin Verlander makes $28M a year, but he was only in Houston for a month, so his money isn’t included in the $124M figure you see up above.
      — Other four starting pitchers made a combined $17,239,500 this season.
      — Catcher Brian McCann makes $17M, DH Carlos Beltran makes $16M
      — Yuli Gurriel, Josh Reddick made a combined $27.4M this season.
      — Altuve/Springer/Correa/Bregman earned a combined $9.661,900 this season.

      At some point, Astros have to shed some of these hitters and add pitching, or else we’re in for an endless stream of 13-12 playoff games. Gurriel/Reddick’s contracts seem excessive, Altuve is going to break the bank when he hits free agency (his agent is Scott Boras)

      Seems logical that out of Correa/Springer/Bregman, two of them will wind up elsewhere.

      Verlander is on the books for 2018 and 2019, both at $28M a season.

      9) Detroit Lions gained 482 yards Sunday night but didn’t score a TD; only 1994 Bengals (496 yards vs Seattle) and ’86 49ers (501 yards vs Washington) gained more yards without scoring a touchdown.

      8) Washington Nationals named Dave Martinez manager; he has been Joe Maddon’s right-hand man for several years……….Phillies named Gabe Kapler skipper- both guys are first-time major leaguer managers.

      7) ESPN’s Mike Breen also does play-by-play for the Knicks on MSG Network; he is the best at what he does because he is fair and smart.

      Monday night, Knicks’ Doug McDermott took a 3-pointer in transition with 0:06.9 left in first quarter; he made it, but Denver came down an hit a 3-pointer of their own at the buzzer to end the quarter. Breen simply said: “That is why coaches like to hold the ball to take the last shot of a quarter, so the other team can’t score.”

      6) Boston Celtics got an $8.4M salary cap exemption because of Gordon Hayward’s injury; they have to use it by March 10.

      5) College basketball starts next week; Missouri Valley Conference is going downhill, with both Creighton/Wichita State jumping ship in recent years. Missouri State/Illinois State are expected to be the Valley’s frontrunners this winter.

      4) Houston Texans traded disgruntled LT Duane Brown to Seattle, for CB Jerome Lane, a 5th round pick next year and a 2nd round draft pick in 2019.

      3) You wonder why baseball teams coddle pitchers? Because they only last so long— look at the career of Fernando Valenzuela— from age 19-25, Valenzuela was 99-68, with an ERA of 2.94- he threw 257+ innings five years in a row. He was box office gold, for sure.

      From age 26-36, he went 74-85, with an ERA of 4.55, bouncing around between five teams. You only have so many pitches in your arm. Valenzuela threw 149 pitches in a playoff game when he was 20. If that happened today (it wouldn’t), heads would roll.

      2) Ticket brokers apparently own 15,000 tickets to both Games 6-7 of the World Series; should Houston win Game 6, those brokers would lose out of a potential $20M in profits with no Game 7 to benefit from.

      1) RIP Lewis D’Antoni, 103, who passed away this weekend; the father of Rockets coach Mike and Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni, Lewis D’Antoni was a coach himself— I saw him interviewed in the stands at a Marshall game a couple years ago, when he was 101. Lot of energy even then; he lived a full life. RIP, sir.

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      • NBA
        Dunkel

        Tuesday, October 31


        Sacramento @ Indiana

        Game 501-502
        October 31, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

        Dunkel Rating:
        Sacramento
        115.403
        Indiana
        117.593
        Dunkel Team:
        Dunkel Line:
        Dunkel Total:
        Indiana
        by 2
        216
        Vegas Team:
        Vegas Line:
        Vegas Total:
        Indiana
        by 5 1/2
        209 1/2
        Dunkel Pick:
        Sacramento
        (+5 1/2); Over

        Phoenix @ Brooklyn


        Game 503-504
        October 31, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

        Dunkel Rating:
        Phoenix
        115.564
        Brooklyn
        110.790
        Dunkel Team:
        Dunkel Line:
        Dunkel Total:
        Phoenix
        by 5
        235
        Vegas Team:
        Vegas Line:
        Vegas Total:
        Brooklyn
        by 4
        229 1/2
        Dunkel Pick:
        Phoenix
        (+4); Over

        Oklahoma City @ Milwaukee


        Game 505-506
        October 31, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

        Dunkel Rating:
        Oklahoma City
        126.557
        Milwaukee
        117.361
        Dunkel Team:
        Dunkel Line:
        Dunkel Total:
        Oklahoma City
        by 9
        205
        Vegas Team:
        Vegas Line:
        Vegas Total:
        Oklahoma City
        by 1
        213
        Dunkel Pick:
        Oklahoma City
        (-1); Under

        Detroit @ LA Lakers


        Game 507-508
        October 31, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

        Dunkel Rating:
        Detroit
        122.898
        LA Lakers
        117.034
        Dunkel Team:
        Dunkel Line:
        Dunkel Total:
        Detroit
        by 6
        205
        Vegas Team:
        Vegas Line:
        Vegas Total:
        Detroit
        by 4
        209
        Dunkel Pick:
        Detroit
        (-4); Under





        NBA
        Armadillo's Write-Up

        Tuesday, October 31


        Indiana is 6-4 in its last ten games with Sacramento; Kings are 2-0-1 vs spread in their last three visits to Indianapolis. Under is 4-1 in last five series games. Sacramento lost its last four games; they’re 1-2 on road, 1-1 as road underdogs, losing away games by 2-17 points. Under is 4-2 in their games this month. Pacers split their first six games (over 3-3); they’re 2-1 at home, 1-0 as a home favorite.

        Nets won four in row, eight of last 10 games with Phoenix, covering last four; Suns are 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Brooklyn (under 5-0). Phoenix is 3-0 vs spread (2-1 SU) since they changed coaches; they’re 0-2 on road (1-1 vs spread) losing by 42-7 points. Brooklyn lost three of last four games; they’re 3-1 at home, 2-0 as a home favorite. Over is 4-2-1 in their games this month.

        Home side won six of last seven Thunder-Buck games; OKC won six of last eight (5-3 vs spread) series games. Under is 7-2 in last nine series games. Oklahoma City split its first six games (under 4-2); they’re 1-2 on road (favored in all 3), losing by 9 in Utah, 3 in Minnesota. Bucks won three of last four games; over is 4-2 in their games this month. Milwaukee split its four home games SU.

        Lakers lost their last three games with Detroit, by 20-5-19 points; Pistons are 1-4 vs spread in last five series games played here. Under is 4-2 in last six series games. Detroit won its last three games, by 21-8-8 points; over is 4-2 in their last six games. Pistons won their last three road tilts; they’re 6-1 vs spread overall. Lakers lost three of last four games; they’re 1-3 at home. Last three Laker games stayed under total.




        NBA

        Tuesday, October 31


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        Trend Report
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        SACRAMENTO @ INDIANA
        Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento's last 5 games when playing Indiana
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Sacramento
        Indiana is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games

        PHOENIX @ BROOKLYN
        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
        Brooklyn is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

        OKLAHOMA CITY @ MILWAUKEE
        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
        Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
        Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

        DETROIT @ LA LAKERS
        Detroit is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
        Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Lakers's last 9 games at home
        LA Lakers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit

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        • NBA
          Long Sheet


          Tuesday, October 31

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          SACRAMENTO (1 - 5) at INDIANA (3 - 3) - 10/31/2017, 7:05 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          SACRAMENTO is 158-198 ATS (-59.8 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1996.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          SACRAMENTO is 2-1 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
          INDIANA is 2-2 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
          2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          PHOENIX (2 - 4) at BROOKLYN (3 - 4) - 10/31/2017, 7:35 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          PHOENIX is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
          PHOENIX is 30-47 ATS (-21.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
          BROOKLYN is 33-16 ATS (+15.4 Units) against Pacific division opponents since 1996.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          BROOKLYN is 4-0 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
          BROOKLYN is 4-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
          2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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          OKLAHOMA CITY (3 - 3) at MILWAUKEE (4 - 2) - 10/31/2017, 8:05 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 7-20 ATS (-15.0 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
          MILWAUKEE is 389-453 ATS (-109.3 Units) in home games since 1996.
          MILWAUKEE is 252-310 ATS (-89.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
          MILWAUKEE is 57-91 ATS (-43.1 Units) in home games after a win by 10 points or more since 1996.
          MILWAUKEE is 426-513 ATS (-138.3 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=98 points/game since 1996.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          MILWAUKEE is 2-1 against the spread versus OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 3-1 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
          3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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          DETROIT (5 - 2) at LA LAKERS (2 - 4) - 10/31/2017, 10:35 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          DETROIT is 15-33 ATS (-21.3 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game since 1996.
          LA LAKERS are 15-28 ATS (-15.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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          • Inside the Paint - Tuesday
            October 31, 2017

            Week 3 of the NBA season tipped off last night with nine games and the visitors dominated the slate with a 6-3 record. Four of the six winners were underdogs, which included notable victories by the Magic (+8, ML +260) and 76ers (+7, ML +240) over the Pelicans and Rockets respectively. Underdogs were 5-4 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread.

            Including the above wins, the Eastern Conference went 6-1 against the Western Conference on Monday and the lone team to come out on top was Minnesota, who needed overtime to defeat Miami 125-122 as a three-point road favorite.

            After watching the ‘under’ go 35-17 (67%) from last Monday through Sunday, we finally saw the ‘over’ rebound last night with a 7-2 mark. There were actually three totals that closed in the nineties and all of those results went to the high side.

            The Association sticks with the non-conference theme on Tuesday as all four games will feature East vs. West matchups and below is my quick handicap.

            Check out more NBA Odds & Props at Heritage Sports!

            Sacramento (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS) at Indiana (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS)

            The Kings (+5 ½) will be looking to snap a four-game losing skid in this spot and based on their upcoming schedule, this could be the game they take. However, if you’re backing Sacramento then you better hope they play some defense because they don’t have the offensive talent to win games. They’re ranked 28th in the league with 96 points per game and they’re also 28th in effective field goal percentage (47.3%).

            Even without center Myles Turner (concussion) out of the lineup, Indiana is the more talented team of the pair but I’d be hesitant to lay the points here. The Pacers just upset the Spurs 97-94 on Saturday as 6 ½-point home underdogs and we haven’t seen them win back-to-back games yet this season.

            The Pacers swept both games against the Kings last season but the outcomes were decided by four and six points. Sacramento covered at Indiana last year and is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in its last three trips to the Hoosier State. The ‘under’ is on a 4-1 run in this series.

            Phoenix (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) at Brooklyn (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS)

            Since the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson and disciplined starting point guard Eric Bledsoe, they've gone 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS. The lone loss came Saturday at Portland (114-107) and the Suns were in the game late but the youngsters couldn’t execute on the road. This matchup against the Nets will be the second game of their five-game road trip and first of three on the East Coast. Bledsoe remains ‘out’ and the latest rumors have him getting traded to a handful of teams in the East.

            Brooklyn, like many teams in the NBA, lives and dies by the 3-pointer. Lately, the Nets have been dead ducks as they enter this game with two straight losses after starting the season 3-2. Brooklyn doesn’t boast any All-Stars but it has a lot of guys who chuck from distance and none of them play defense. The unit is ranked last in scoring (118.3 PPG). The Suns are just below them defensively (117.2 PPG) and while they have more size than the Nets, they send their opponents to the line 24.2 times per game (ranked 29th).

            This has been a very one-sided series with the Nets winning four straight and eight of the last 10 meetings against the Suns. During this span, Brooklyn has covered four in a row and it dropped 126 and 128 points on Phoenix last season.

            The Nets opened as four-point favorites and they have gone 2-0 both SU and ATS in this role. The total in those games ranged from 218 ½ to 227 and Tuesday’s number opened at 230. It’s hard to argue an ‘under’ look based on the pace and defensive liabilities for both teams. If the shots fall, the loser will likely put up 115 in this game.

            Oklahoma City (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) at Milwaukee (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)

            Of the four matchups, this is the best one on paper and NBATV will provide national coverage of this game at 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s a good test for both teams and it’s not an easy handicap.

            The Thunder sit at .500 through six games and the three wins came against inferior clubs while the losses occurred to the Jazz on the road plus a pair of nail-biters against the Timberwolves. Meanwhile, Milwaukee hasn’t proven to me that it’s a contender just yet. They had a nice road win at Boston to start the season and they stole a game at the Bradley Center against Portland, but home setbacks to the Cavaliers and Celtics keeps you wondering how good they really are.

            OKC has been installed as a favorite in all six of its games and its laying a short price (-1 ½) for this matchup. The Thunder are 1-2 on the road and the only victory came on Saturday in wire-to-wire (101-69) fashion at Chicago. Milwaukee hasn’t been a home ‘dog yet this season but the oddsmakers had a good feel on them last season as the team was just 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS when catching points.

            The home team won and covered both contests between the pair last season and the ‘under’ connected in both of the games and the low side is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

            The total for Tuesday opened 210 and was pushed up quickly to 212 and you could question that move based on what we’ve seen from OKC. The Thunder are ranked third in shooting defense (41.9%) and fourth in scoring defense (96.5 PPG), which has helped the ‘under’ go 4-2.

            Detroit (5-2 SU, 6-1 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS)

            The expression ‘Hunter to Hunted’ is often used in sports betting circles and it applies to the late-night matchup between the Pistons and Lakers. Detroit has had a solid start to the season and it enters this game off a pair of big upsets against the Clippers and Warriors over the weekend as an underdog. In those wins, Detroit outscored Los Angeles 50-32 in the second-half and followed that effort with a 63-50 effort in the final 24 minutes against the Warriors.

            Tonight, the Pistons are expected to win as they look to wrap up their three-game road trip in California as favorites (-4) against the Lakers. Los Angeles has dropped two straight and the offense was held to 92 and 81 points, which has been a major weakness this season. Bottom line is that the Lakers just can’t shoot from the outside, ranked last in 3-point percentage (27.8%) and head coach Luke Walton is already trying to sugarcoat the issue.

            "We're better when we're out in transition and we're not bogged down against a half-court defense," Walton said. "Because we're playing so many young guys ... we've got to get out, let them make plays, where they can use some of their skills, some of their youth to their advantage."

            The Lakers have started the season 4-2 to the ‘under’ and the oddsmakers continue to drop their totals down, which is the right move. The first five games ranged from 219 to 229, while Tuesday’s number is hovering around 210.

            Stan Van Gundy’s squad went 2-0 both SU and ATS versus the Lakers last season and that includes a 102-97 win at the Staples Center.

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            • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
              GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

              SAC at IND 07:00 PM
              IND -5.5
              U 208.0 *****

              PHO at BK 07:30 PM
              BK -5.0 *****
              U 231.0 *****

              OKC at MIL 08:00 PM
              MIL +1.5 *****
              U 209.0

              DET at LAL 10:30 PM
              DET -4.0 *****
              O 208.5 *****

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              • NBA roundup: Suns win again under interim coach
                October 31, 2017

                NEW YORK -- The Phoenix Suns beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114 on Tuesday to improve to 3-1 since interim coach Jay Triano replaced Earl Watson last week.

                ns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to win.

                Devin Booker scored 32 points for Phoenix, his second 30-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. Rookie Mike James added 24 for the Suns. He capped his sixth straight double-digit scoring game with jumper that pushed the lead to 118-110 with 1:37 to go.

                TJ Warren scored all 20 of his points after halftime and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Suns, who controlled the glass by a commanding 66-44 margin.

                D'Angelo Russell scored a season-high 33 points as the Nets (3-5) dropped their third straight.

                Thunder 110, Bucks 91

                MILWAUKEE -- Paul George scored 20 points, Carmelo Anthony had 17 and Russell Westbrook added 12 as Oklahoma City cruised past Milwaukee on the Bucks' home court.

                Westbrook finished an assist short of his fourth triple-double of the season, dishing out nine assists while grabbing 10 rebounds.

                Jeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who won consecutive games for the first time this season, while Milwaukee (4-3) lost for the second time in three games.

                Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a team-high 28 points to lead the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.

                Pacers 101, Kings 83

                INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana put five players in double figures, led by Bojan Bogdanovic with 17 points, in a romp over Sacramento.

                Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Thaddeus Young added 15 points for Indiana (4-3). Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points.

                Rookie De'Aaron Fox was the high scorer for the Kings (1-6) with 18 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Sacramento has dropped five consecutive games.

                Indiana scored the first nine points of the game and never looked back.

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                • NBA notebook: 76ers decline option on Okafor's contract
                  October 31, 2017

                  The Philadelphia 76ers exercised four contract options on Tuesday but more noteworthy is that they passed on picking up center Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option.

                  The third overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft has fallen out of favor and has seen action in just one game this season.

                  The club's failure to pick up the option worth $6.3 million will make Okafor an unrestricted free agent after the season. Philadelphia has been trying to trade Okafor.

                  The 76ers announced that they picked up the third-year options of forward Ben Simmons and Dario Saric as well as guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Philadelphia also picked up the fourth-year option of forward Justin Anderson.

                  Okafor averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as a rookie before falling to 11.8 and 4.8, respectively, last season.

                  ---The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the fourth-year contract of forward Jarell Martin, the team announced.

                  The move comes after the Grizzlies reportedly told Martin prior to training camp that they planned to cut him to clear a regular-season roster spot. Memphis elected to waive 2016 first-round pick Wade Baldwin and Rade Zagorac instead.

                  --Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss at least another week with a sore right knee.

                  Shumpert underwent an MRI exam on Monday, with the team saying tests didn't reveal any structural damage. He will be out five to seven days while undergoing treatment and rehab.

                  The 27-year-old Shumpert is averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.2 minutes for the Cavaliers (3-4), who have dropped three in a row.

                  --Golden State Warriors legend Al Attles has been released from the hospital, the team revealed Tuesday.

                  Attles was released on Monday night and is resting comfortably at his home, according to the team. The Warriors didn't divulge the reason for the hospitalization.

                  Attles, who turns 81 on Nov. 7, missed Friday's night game against the Washington Wizards when the team was paying tribute to his 58 years of service with the franchise.

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                  • October NBA Best Bets And Opinions ( Based on 5 Units )

                    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

                    10/31/2017 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
                    10/30/2017 12-6-0 66.67% +27.00
                    10/29/2017 8-5-1 61.54% +12.50
                    10/28/2017 8-6-0 57.14% +7.00
                    10/27/2017 ......8-6-0 .57.14%. +7.00
                    10/26/2017 1-7-0 12.50% -33.50
                    10/25/2017 11-7-0 61.11% +16.50
                    10/24/2017 7-5-0 58.33% +7.50
                    10/23/2017 8-6-1 57.14% +7.00
                    10/22/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
                    10/21/2017 8-9-1 47.06% -9.50
                    10/20/2017 7-10-0 41.18% -20.00
                    10/19/2017 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
                    10/18/2017 8-10-0 44.44% -15.00
                    10/17/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

                    Totals:............100-87-3.......53.47%.....+26.50


                    Best Bets:

                    Date.................................ATS.......... .....Units.............Over/Under............Units

                    10/31/2017....................0 - 3.............-16.50..............1 - 2..................-6.00
                    10/30/2017....................2 - 2.............-1.00................2 - 1.................+4.50
                    10/29/2017....................2 - 2.............-1.00................4 - 0.................+20.00
                    10/28/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................2 - 3..................-6.50
                    10/27/2017....................1 - 2.............-6.00............... 3 - 1..................+9.50
                    10/26/2017....................0 - 2.............-11.00..............1 - 2..................-6.00
                    10/25/2017....................2 - 1.............+4.50...............4 - 3.................+3.50
                    10/24/2017....................1 - 3.............-11.50..............1 - 1..................-0.50
                    10/23/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................3 - 3..................-1.50
                    10/22/2017....................1 - 1.............-0.50................1 - 1..................-0.50
                    10/21/2017....................5 - 2............+15.00..............1 - 4..................-17.00
                    10/20/2017....................2 - 4.............-12.00..............1 - 1..................-1.00
                    10/19/2017....................2 - 1..............+4.50..............2 - 1..................+4.50
                    10/18/2017....................2 - 2..............-1.00...............1 - 4..................-17.00
                    10/17/2017....................1 - 0..............+5.00..............1 - 0..................+5.00

                    Totals............................23 - 27..........-32.50...............28 - 27.................-9.00

                    Comment


                    • NBA
                      Dunkel

                      Wednesday,November 1


                      Phoenix @ Washington

                      Game 701-702
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Phoenix
                      112.101
                      Washington
                      127.094
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Washington
                      by 15
                      214
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Washington
                      by 12 1/2
                      226 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Washington
                      (-12 1/2); Under

                      Milwaukee @ Charlotte


                      Game 703-704
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Milwaukee
                      116.501
                      Charlotte
                      122.442
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Charlotte
                      by 6
                      196
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Charlotte
                      by 3
                      204 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Charlotte
                      (-3); Under

                      Atlanta @ Philadelphia


                      Game 705-706
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Atlanta
                      105.993
                      Philadelphia
                      123.305
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Philadelphia
                      by 17 1/2
                      214
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Philadelphia
                      by 8 1/2
                      210
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Philadelphia
                      (-8 1/2); Over

                      Indiana @ Cleveland


                      Game 707-708
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Indiana
                      112.574
                      Cleveland
                      125.510
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Cleveland
                      by 13
                      221
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Cleveland
                      by 10 1/2
                      215 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Cleveland
                      (-10 1/2); Over

                      Sacramento @ Boston


                      Game 709-710
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Sacramento
                      109.422
                      Boston
                      125.815
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Boston
                      by 16 1/2
                      200
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Boston
                      by 12 1/2
                      196 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Boston
                      (-12 1/2); Over

                      Chicago @ Miami


                      Game 711-712
                      November 1, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Chicago
                      111.503
                      Miami
                      119.750
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Miami
                      by 8
                      215
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Miami
                      No Line
                      N/A
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Miami
                      N/A

                      Orlando @ Memphis


                      Game 713-714
                      November 1, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Orlando
                      123.096
                      Memphis
                      122.067
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Orlando
                      by 1
                      196
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Orlando
                      No Line
                      N/A
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Orlando
                      N/A

                      Houston @ New York


                      Game 715-716
                      November 1, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Houston
                      115.781
                      New York
                      122.246
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      New York
                      by 6 1/2
                      207
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Houston
                      by 5 1/2
                      213 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      New York
                      (+5 1/2); Under

                      Minnesota @ New Orleans


                      Game 717-718
                      November 1, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Minnesota
                      118.464
                      New Orleans
                      118.017
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Minnesota
                      Even
                      217
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      New Orleans
                      by 2
                      224
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Minnesota
                      (+2); Under

                      Toronto @ Denver


                      Game 719-720
                      November 1, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Toronto
                      123.778
                      Denver
                      121.766
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Toronto
                      by 2
                      205
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Denver
                      by 1 1/2
                      213 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Toronto
                      (+1 1/2); Under

                      Portland @ Utah


                      Game 721-722
                      November 1, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Portland
                      121.365
                      Utah
                      123.432
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Utah
                      by 2
                      190
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Utah
                      by 4
                      196
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Portland
                      (+4); Under

                      Dallas @ LA Clippers


                      Game 723-724
                      November 1, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Dallas
                      116.469
                      LA Clippers
                      120.481
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      LA Clippers
                      by 4
                      198
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      LA Clippers
                      by 9 1/2
                      204 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Dallas
                      (+9 1/2); Under

                      Comment


                      • NBA
                        Long Sheet

                        Wednesday,November 1


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                        PHOENIX (2 - 4) at WASHINGTON (4 - 2) - 11/1/2017, 7:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        WASHINGTON is 18-6 ATS (+11.4 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
                        WASHINGTON is 105-149 ATS (-58.9 Units) in November games since 1996.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        PHOENIX is 3-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
                        WASHINGTON is 4-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
                        2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        MILWAUKEE (4 - 2) at CHARLOTTE (4 - 3) - 11/1/2017, 7:05 PM
                        There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        MILWAUKEE is 5-3 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
                        CHARLOTTE is 4-4 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
                        4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        ATLANTA (1 - 6) at PHILADELPHIA (3 - 4) - 11/1/2017, 7:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        PHILADELPHIA is 54-34 ATS (+16.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
                        PHILADELPHIA is 22-9 ATS (+12.1 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
                        PHILADELPHIA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
                        PHILADELPHIA is 47-31 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
                        PHILADELPHIA is 113-147 ATS (-48.7 Units) in home games in the first half of the season since 1996.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        ATLANTA is 7-0 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
                        ATLANTA is 7-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
                        5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        INDIANA (3 - 3) at CLEVELAND (3 - 4) - 11/1/2017, 7:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        INDIANA is 75-51 ATS (+18.9 Units) in road games in November games since 1996.
                        INDIANA is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
                        CLEVELAND is 14-27 ATS (-15.7 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
                        CLEVELAND is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        INDIANA is 8-3 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
                        CLEVELAND is 10-2 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
                        8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        SACRAMENTO (1 - 5) at BOSTON (5 - 2) - 11/1/2017, 7:35 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        BOSTON is 127-163 ATS (-52.3 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1996.
                        BOSTON is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 3 seasons.
                        BOSTON is 220-281 ATS (-89.1 Units) in home games versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=98 points/game since 1996.

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

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                        CHICAGO (1 - 4) at MIAMI (2 - 4) - 11/1/2017, 7:35 PM
                        There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        MIAMI is 6-1 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
                        MIAMI is 5-2 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
                        4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        ORLANDO (5 - 2) at MEMPHIS (5 - 2) - 11/1/2017, 8:05 PM
                        There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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                        HOUSTON (5 - 3) at NEW YORK (3 - 3) - 11/1/2017, 8:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        HOUSTON is 317-264 ATS (+26.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
                        HOUSTON is 98-62 ATS (+29.8 Units) in road games off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.

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

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                        MINNESOTA (4 - 3) at NEW ORLEANS (3 - 4) - 11/1/2017, 8:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        MINNESOTA is 46-74 ATS (-35.4 Units) after scoring 115 points or more since 1996.
                        MINNESOTA is 12-24 ATS (-14.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
                        NEW ORLEANS is 5-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
                        7 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        TORONTO (4 - 2) at DENVER (3 - 4) - 11/1/2017, 9:05 PM
                        There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        DENVER is 4-0 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
                        DENVER is 2-2 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
                        3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                        PORTLAND (4 - 3) at UTAH (4 - 3) - 11/1/2017, 9:05 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        UTAH is 83-58 ATS (+19.2 Units) in home games in November games since 1996.

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

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                        DALLAS (1 - 7) at LA CLIPPERS (4 - 2) - 11/1/2017, 10:35 PM
                        Top Trends for this game.
                        DALLAS is 381-314 ATS (+35.6 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
                        DALLAS is 483-407 ATS (+35.3 Units) in road games since 1996.
                        DALLAS is 158-123 ATS (+22.7 Units) in road games in the first half of the season since 1996.
                        DALLAS is 266-217 ATS (+27.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
                        LA CLIPPERS are 218-268 ATS (-76.8 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        LA CLIPPERS is 4-3 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                        LA CLIPPERS is 5-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                        5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

                        Comment


                        • NBA
                          Armadillo's Write-Up

                          Wednesday,November 1


                          Wizards won their last four games with Phoenix but Suns covered six of last seven series games. Under is 7-1-1 in last nine series games. Suns covered three of last four games in this building. Phoenix won three of last four games after an 0-3 start; they’re 2-1 as a road underdog. Wizards won their two home games by 4-5 points but didn’t cover either one. Under is 3-1 in their last four games.

                          Bucks won their last three games with Charlotte; road team won five of last seven series games. Milwaukee covered its last four visits to Charlotte. Under is 6-3 in last nine series games. Bucks are 4-3 to start season but won both their road games; three of their last four games stayed under. Hornets won three of last four games; they’re 3-1 vs spread at home. Under is 5-2 in Charlotte games this season.

                          Hawks won/covered their last seven games with Philly; they’re 5-1 vs spread in last six visits to Philly. Over is 5-2 in last seven series games. Atlanta lost its last six games; they’re 0-3-1 vs spread in last four road games. Under is 4-1-1 in their last six games. 76ers won three of last four games after an 0-3 start (over 4-3); they’re 0-2 at home, losing by 1-10 points.

                          Cavaliers won their last seven games with Indiana (4-3 vs spread); Pacers covered four of their last five visits to Cleveland. Four of last five series games went over total. Indiana won three of last four games; their last three games stayed under total. Pacers covered two of their three road games. Cleveland lost its last three games, by 5-22-19 points; they’re 1-6 vs spread, 0-4 at home. Under is 4-3 in their games.

                          Home side won nine of last ten Kings-Celtics games; Sacramento is 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Boston. Under is 3-1 in last four series games. Kings lost their last five games (0-5 vs spread); they’re 1-3 as road underdogs- under is 5-2 in their games. Boston won/covered its last five games; they’re 2-1 as home favorites. Under is 4-1 in their last five games.

                          Heat won five of last seven games with Chicago; road team is 7-3 in last ten series games. Bulls are 3-2 vs spread in their last five visits to Miami. Under is 7-3 in last ten series games. Chicago are 1-4 to start season, but they covered three of last four games. Under is 3-1 in their last four games. Miami lost its last three games, all at home; they’re 0-4-2 vs spread this season. Over is 4-2 in their games this season.

                          Memphis won eight of last ten games with Orlando; home team won last five. Magic is 1-3 vs spread in last four visits to Music City. Three of last four series games went over total. Orlando won four of last five games; they’re 2-2 vs spread as a road underdog. Over is 4-3 in their games. Grizzlies are 5-2 to start season; they’re 3-2 vs spread at home. Under is 5-1-1 in their games.

                          Rockets won nine of last ten games with New York; they covered their last five visits to Madison Square Garden. Four of last five series games went over. Houston won four of its first five road games; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five games overall. Under is 6-1 in their last seven games. Knicks won their last three games after a 3-0 start; they’re 2-1 at home. Under is 4-2 in their first six games.

                          Pelicans won eight of last ten games with Minnesota (7-3 vs spread); Timberwolves are 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Bourbon Street. Last seven series games went over. Minnesota won four of its first six games (over 5-0-1); they split four road games (1-2-1 vs spread). New Orleans is 3-4 to start season, losing two of three home games- four of their last six games went over the total.

                          Raptors won five of last seven games with Denver; over is 8-1-1 in last ten series games. Toronto is 3-2 vs spread in its last five visits to Denver. Raptors won four of their last six games (5-1 vs spread); their last four games stayed under. Toronto is 3-1 vs spread on road. Nuggets are 3-4 to start season, splitting pair of home games. Five of their first seven games stayed under the total.

                          Home side won last seven Portland-Utah games; Trailblazers are 0-3 vs spread in their last four visits to Utah. Last three series games stayed under total. Portland is 4-3 to start season, 2-0-1 vs spread on road; their only road loss was by 3 at Milwaukee. Under is 5-2 in Portland games. Jazz won/covered all four home games; they’re 0-3 on road- under is 5-1-1 in their games this season.

                          Clippers won four of last six games with Dallas (under 4-2). Mavericks are 1-2-1 vs spread in last four series games played here. Dallas is 1-7 to start season, 1-2 vs spread on road, losing away games by 16-5-15 points- over is 3-1-1 in their last five games. Clippers lost their last couple of games after a 4-0 start (under 5-1); they’re 2-1 vs spread as a home favorite.

                          Comment


                          • NBA

                            Wednesday,November 1


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                            Trend Report
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                            INDIANA @ CLEVELAND
                            The total has gone OVER in 11 of Indiana's last 12 games on the road
                            Indiana is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
                            Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
                            Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana

                            PHOENIX @ WASHINGTON
                            Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
                            Phoenix is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Washington
                            Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
                            The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Phoenix

                            MILWAUKEE @ CHARLOTTE
                            Milwaukee is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
                            Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
                            The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 9 games
                            Charlotte is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

                            ATLANTA @ PHILADELPHIA
                            Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
                            Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
                            Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
                            The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing Atlanta

                            SACRAMENTO @ BOSTON
                            No trends to report

                            CHICAGO @ MIAMI
                            No trends to report

                            HOUSTON @ NEW YORK
                            The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New York's last 15 games
                            New York is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games

                            ORLANDO @ MEMPHIS
                            Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

                            MINNESOTA @ NEW ORLEANS
                            No trends to report

                            PORTLAND @ UTAH
                            The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games
                            Portland is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games

                            TORONTO @ DENVER
                            No trends to report

                            DALLAS @ LA CLIPPERS
                            No trends to report

                            Comment


                            • Wednesday's Tip Sheet
                              November 1, 2017

                              Game of the Night: Blazers at Jazz – 9:05 PM EST

                              Utah (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) continues its four-game homestand following 15-point triumphs over the Lakers and Mavericks. The Jazz owns a perfect 4-0 SU/ATS record at home, while limiting each of their opponents to 96 points or less. In Monday’s 104-89 victory over the Mavs, Utah erased a nine-point halftime deficit by outscoring Dallas 60-36 in the second half to cash as 8 ½-point favorites. The starting backcourt duo of Ricky Rubio and Rodney Hood combined to score 45 points, while knocking down nine three-pointers.

                              Portland (4-3 SU, 3-3-1 ATS) is playing the only road contest in an 11-game stretch following a 2-2 homestand. The Blazers were tied with the Raptors at 29-29 after one quarter on Monday night before the lid was placed on Portland’s rim. Amazingly, the Blazers scored only six points in the second quarter, while their only field goal came from Evan Turner with five seconds remaining in the half. Terry Stotts’ squad was held below 100 points for the first time this season, while failing to cover in the last three games.

                              The home team captured all four matchups between these Northwest division squads last season, including a pair of blowouts by the Jazz in Salt Lake City. In the last eight matchups dating back to New Year’s Eve 2015, the team with the home court advantage has come out on top, including three consecutive victories at Vivint Smart Home Arena by the Jazz.

                              Quicken Change

                              It’s early in the season, but the Cavaliers had an October to forget after going 3-4. It wasn’t too bad following a 3-1 start, as three consecutive losses to the Nets, Pelicans, and Knicks have dropped Cleveland to below .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2014. Cleveland’s Sunday night setback to New York was the low point, falling to the Knicks as 10 ½-point favorites, 114-95, while the Cavaliers shot 38% from the floor.

                              Cleveland (3-4 SU, 1-6 ATS) hosts Indiana for the first time since sweeping the Pacers in the opening round of the playoffs last season. The Cavaliers have won seven straight meetings with Indiana, but the Pacers have covered in their last three trips to Quicken Loans Arena. Indiana (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS) plays with no rest following Tuesday’s home victory over Sacramento as the Pacers are 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS this season on the second end of a back-to-back.

                              Magic Men

                              Of course Golden State is the top-scoring offense in the NBA, but right behind them is Orlando? The Magic (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) are averaging nearly 117 points per game through seven contests, while coming off their fourth outright victory in the underdog role. Orlando followed up a seven-point loss on Sunday at Charlotte by pulling away from New Orleans in the second half of a 115-99 triumph on Monday as 7 ½-point underdogs. The Magic have yet to cover back-to-back games, as they will look to accomplish that feat for the first time at Memphis.

                              The Grizzlies (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) suffered their first home loss of the season in Monday’s late meltdown to Charlotte, 104-99 as 5 ½-point favorites. Memphis covered its first three games of the season prior to a 1-3 ATS mark the last four contests. Since busting the 100-point mark in each of the first two games, the Grizzlies have failed to reach triple-digits in four of the past five contests, while hitting their first OVER of the season in Monday’s setback to the Hornets.

                              New York Win It

                              The Knicks (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) fell into an early 0-3 hole, which included blowout road losses to Oklahoma City and Boston. New York has rebounded nicely by putting together a three-game winning streak, including underdog victories over Cleveland and Denver on a back-to-back set. The Knicks continue a five-game homestand at Madison Square Garden with a suddenly struggling Houston club invading the Big Apple.

                              The Rockets (5-3 SU, 3-5 ATS) have dropped two straight since a 5-1 start, including a surprising 115-107 home setback to the 76ers on Monday as seven-point favorites. Houston allowed Philadelphia to shoot 55% from the floor, compared to 40% for the Rockets, who were led by James Harden’s 29 points in the loss. The Rockets have captured nine of the past 10 matchups with the Knicks since 2012, including five consecutive wins at MSG.

                              Howl at the Moon

                              Big things are expected out of Minnesota this season after acquiring Jimmy Butler from Chicago and the recent emergence of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves (4-3 SU, 2-4-1 ATS) lost their opener at San Antonio, then won two straight, lost two in a row, but are coming off back-to-back victories over the Thunder and Heat by three points each. Minnesota has gone OVER the total in six of seven games this season, but its defense has been scratched up recently by allowing 113 points or more in five straight games.

                              The Wolves travel to New Orleans to face a Pelicans (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) squad that has seen plenty of ups and downs this season. The Pelicans drilled the Cavaliers as short home underdogs last Saturday, 123-101, but ran out of gas in Monday’s 115-99 setback to the Magic as 7 ½-point favorites. Last season, the Pelicans owned the Wolves by capturing all three meetings, while the last seven matchups between these teams have sailed OVER the total.

                              Head-to-Head Matchups

                              -- The Bucks hit the road following a 110-91 home defeat to the Thunder on Tuesday as Milwaukee travels to Charlotte to face the Hornets. Milwaukee knocked off Charlotte at home last Tuesday, 103-94 as seven-point favorites, the third consecutive win in the series. The Bucks are 1-0 this season with no rest, while winning five of their last six on the second of a back-to-back since last season.

                              -- Atlanta won its season opener at Dallas, but the Hawks haven’t picked up a victory since by losing six straight games. In three of their last four road defeats, Atlanta has been limited to 93 points or less as the Hawks head to Philadelphia. The 76ers have won three of their past four games, but have dropped seven consecutive meetings with the Hawks, including all four last season.

                              -- Phoenix continues its road trip after knocking off Brooklyn on Tuesday as the Suns travel to Washington. The Suns have dropped four straight meetings with the Wizards, but covered both matchups last season. Washington returns home following a 2-2 trip out west, but hasn’t cashed yet at Capital One Arena in two victories this season.

                              -- Sacramento suffered its fifth straight loss on Tuesday at Indiana as the Kings venture to Boston as double-digit underdogs. The Kings are 0-5 ATS in this stretch, but were 2-0 ATS against the Celtics last season. Boston is going the other way by winning and covering five consecutive games.

                              -- The Heat are the only team in the league that has failed to cover a game as they try to turn around their luck tonight against the Bulls. Miami lost two of three matchups with Chicago last season, while the underdog covered in all three meetings.

                              -- Toronto continues its six-game road trip in Denver, going for its third straight win. The Raptors captured both matchups with the Nuggets last season by a combined five points, but Denver has covered the last four meetings in the series. Denver is back home following a 2-2 road trip, while going 1-4 ATS the past five games overall.

                              -- Both the Clippers and Mavericks have been struggled of late as L.A. has dropped two straight since a 4-0 starts, while Dallas is riding a three-game skid since beating Memphis for its only victory of the season. The Clips and Mavs split four games last season as each team won once at home and once on the road.

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                              • Kerr says Finals hangover is real
                                November 1, 2017

                                There's still no reason to think that a fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland cannot happen, even though both teams have been often less than razor-sharp to start this season.

                                Warriors coach Steve Kerr, frankly, isn't surprised by some early struggles.

                                Golden State has had uncharacteristic issues with turnovers and defense to start this season - though the Warriors started to look like themselves again in a 141-113 romp past the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Cleveland has dealt with defensive lapses as well, and the Cavaliers went into LeBron James' annual Halloween party this week on a three-game losing streak.

                                Kerr has seen this before. He played for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98, part of a team that was coming off two straight titles but started just 8-7.

                                ''Everybody was fried,'' Kerr said.

                                Those Bulls figured things out, eventually finishing off a repeat threepeat by getting their sixth title in eight seasons. And Kerr has no doubt that whatever's been plaguing the Warriors and Cavaliers in October will be long forgotten when the playoffs start in April.

                                ''It's not easy,'' Kerr said. ''I think that's the hardest thing probably for people to understand, fans, media, whoever - whomever, my mom would want me to say - is the fatigue, the emotional and spiritual fatigue that sets in when you've been going to The Finals. That's why LeBron going to The Finals seven years in a row, to me, is one of the most amazing accomplishments ever for a player in this league.''

                                For all the talent in the Warriors' lineup, players still take their cues from Kerr.

                                And since he wasn't panicking after a 4-3 start to this season, neither were they. Scoring 141 points on the Clippers' home floor Monday night was the clear reminder that the Warriors are still the Warriors.

                                ''Not to sound arrogant, but we knew it was coming,'' two-time MVP Stephen Curry said of the breakout night by the reigning champions.

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                                ODD START

                                Parity, anyone?

                                For the first time since 1968-69, no team started 6-1 or 7-0. The best seven-game start in the NBA this season was 5-2.

                                The last time that happened, the league's 14 teams included ones in Cincinnati, Baltimore, San Diego and Seattle - and Bill Russell was busy leading the Boston Celtics to their 11th championship in 13 years.

                                So while plans of going 82-0 went out the window early this season, so did fears of going 0-82: For the first time since 2010-11, no team started 0-7.

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                                LEBRON MILESTONES

                                LeBron James is coming up on a pair of milestone moments.

                                The Cleveland star is 41 points away from 29,000 in his career going into Wednesday night's home game against Indiana. He'll be the seventh NBA player to score that many, and - as he's been for countless other milestones in his career - he's on pace to be the youngest to reach that mark.

                                And Friday could be the night where he records his 800th consecutive regular-season game of scoring at least 10 points. The last time James didn't score 10 in a regular-season game was Jan. 5, 2007 in Milwaukee, where he scored only eight on 3-for-13 shooting.

                                He has been held to single-digits in the postseason during that span, most recently when he scored seven at Indiana on May 28, 2014.

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                                THE WEEK AHEAD

                                A look at some of the games to keep an eye on in the coming days:

                                - Orlando at Memphis, Wednesday: Two of the best surprise stories in the NBA so far.

                                - Golden State at San Antonio, Thursday: Until proven otherwise, the standards in West.

                                - Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, Friday: Brook Lopez goes against the Nets for the first time.

                                - Oklahoma City at Portland, Sunday: Last time they played, Russell Westbrook scored 58.

                                - Milwaukee at Cleveland, Tuesday: Giannis Antetokounmpo faces off with LeBron James.

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                                STAT LINE OF THE WEEK

                                DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans: He had 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists in his return to Sacramento on Oct. 26. It was the first time any NBA player finished a game with that many points, rebounds and assists since Joe Barry Carroll in 1987.

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