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  • SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY MARCH 10, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    5:00 PM Phoenix Suns Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center
    7:30 PM Washington Wizards Miami Heat AmericanAirlines Arena
    8:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center
    8:30 PM San Antonio Spurs Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena
    10:30 PM Orlando Magic Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center


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    March NBA Record:

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    03/09/2018 13-7-0 65.00% +26.50
    03/08/2018 4-6-0 40.00% -13.00
    03/07/2018 4-10-0 28.57% -35.00
    03/06/2018 7-7-1 50.00% -3.50
    03/05/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50
    03/04/2018 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
    03/03/2018 10-4-0 71.43% +28.00
    03/02/2018 9-10-0 47.37% -10.00
    03/01/2018 6-2-0 83.00% +19.00

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    • NBA
      Dunkel

      Saturday, March 10


      I'll edit this reply after Dunkel runs the missing matchups....

      Phoenix @ Charlotte

      Game 501-502
      March 10, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

      Dunkel Rating:
      Phoenix
      00.000
      Charlotte
      00.000
      Dunkel Team:
      Dunkel Line:
      Dunkel Total:
      Phoenix

      Vegas Team:
      Vegas Line:
      Vegas Total:
      Phoenix

      Dunkel Pick:
      Phoenix
      ( );

      Washington @ Miami

      Game 503-504
      March 10, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

      Dunkel Rating:
      Washington
      00.000
      Miami
      00.000
      Dunkel Team:
      Dunkel Line:
      Dunkel Total:
      Washington

      Vegas Team:
      Vegas Line:
      Vegas Total:
      Washington

      Dunkel Pick:
      Washington
      ( );

      San Antonio @ Oklahoma City

      Game 505-506
      March 10, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

      Dunkel Rating:
      San Antonio
      119.894
      Oklahoma City
      121.374
      Dunkel Team:
      Dunkel Line:
      Dunkel Total:
      Oklahoma City
      by 1 1/2
      215
      Vegas Team:
      Vegas Line:
      Vegas Total:
      Oklahoma City
      by 4 1/2
      210 1/2
      Dunkel Pick:
      San Antonio
      (+4 1/2); Over

      Memphis @ Dallas


      Game 507-508
      March 10, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

      Dunkel Rating:
      Memphis
      110.257
      Dallas
      116.338
      Dunkel Team:
      Dunkel Line:
      Dunkel Total:
      Dallas
      by 6
      208
      Vegas Team:
      Vegas Line:
      Vegas Total:
      Dallas
      by 9
      204
      Dunkel Pick:
      Memphis
      (+9); Over

      Orlando @ LA Clippers


      Game 509-510
      March 10, 2018 @ 10:35 pm

      Dunkel Rating:
      Orlando
      114.674
      LA Clippers
      122.589
      Dunkel Team:
      Dunkel Line:
      Dunkel Total:
      LA Clippers
      by 8
      224
      Vegas Team:
      Vegas Line:
      Vegas Total:
      LA Clippers
      by 12
      218
      Dunkel Pick:
      Orlando
      (+12); Over





      NBA
      Armadillo's Write-Up

      Saturday, March 10


      Hornets won three of last four games with Phoenix; last six series games went over the total. Suns are 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to Charlotte. Phoenix lost four in row, nine of last 10 games; they’re 3-6 vs spread in last nine games as road underdogs. Three of their last four games stayed under. Charlotte lost its last five games; they covered last five games as home favorites. Over is 5-2-1 in their last eight games.

      Miami won six of last eight games with Washington (over 5-3). Wizards are 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to South Beach. Washington split its last eight games; they covered last five games as road underdogs. Five of their last six games stayed under total. Miami won five of its last seven games, covered four of last five games as a home favorite. Seven of their last ten games went over the total.

      Thunder is 5-3 in its last eight games with the Spurs; four of last five series games stayed under the total. San Antonio is 3-3 vs spread in last six visits to Oklahoma. Spurs lost seven of their last nine games; they covered six of last eight tries as a road underdog. Seven of their last ten games went over total. OKC won six of its last nine games; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five games as home favorites. Over is 6-2-1 in their last nine home games.

      Dallas won three of its last four games with Memphis, which is 1-4 vs spread in its last five visits here. Under is 3-1-1 in last five series games. Grizzlies lost their last 16 games; they’re 13-11-1 as road underdogs. Five of their last six games stayed under the total. Mavericks lost seven of their last nine games; they’re 6-8 vs spread as home favorites. Six of their last eight games went over the total.

      Clippers won their last eight games with Orlando (5-2-1 vs spread); Magic is 1-2-1 vs spread in last four series games played in Staples. Eight of last ten series games stayed under the total. Orlando lost nine of its last 11 games; they’re 9-4 vs spread in last 13 games as road underdogs. Six of their last seven games stayed under. Clippers won five of their last seven games; they’re 3-6 in last nine games as home favorites. Over is 7-2 in their last nine games.




      NBA

      Saturday, March 10


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      Trend Report
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      PHOENIX @ CHARLOTTE
      The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
      The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
      The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
      The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix

      WASHINGTON @ MIAMI
      Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
      Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
      The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games when playing at home against Washington
      Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

      MEMPHIS @ DALLAS
      The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games
      The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Dallas
      The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games at home
      Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Memphis

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

      ORLANDO @ LA CLIPPERS
      The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games
      The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games on the road
      LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
      LA Clippers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Orlando

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      • Inside the Paint - Saturday
        March 10, 2018


        The NBA takes a step back to “March Madness” on Saturday with just five games on the card. Bettors following the Association last night watched the favorites produce some eye-opening results as the ‘chalk’ went 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS while the ‘under’ went 7-3.

        (Straight Up – SU, Against the Spread – ATS)

        San Antonio (37-28 SU, 33-30-2 ATS) at Oklahoma City (38-29 SU, 25-40-2 ATS)
        Opening Odds: Thunder -4 ½, Total 210 ½


        This week’s ABC showcase is a very tough matchup to handicap because you can make cases to fade both clubs in this spot rather than back them. San Antonio currently holds the fifth seed in the Western Conference due to a tiebreakers but a home win tonight would have Oklahoma City jump into that position.

        Many pundits expected the Spurs to clinch the No. 3 spot in the West but they’ve been in terrible form lately. San Antonio has gone 3-9 SU and 5-7 ATS in its last 12 games, which includes a 110-107 loss at Golden State as an 11-point underdog. The Spurs haven’t figured out a way to finish and five of the previous seven losses have come by five points or less.

        The difference in this year’s San Antonio squad has been its play on the road. The club has gone 14-20 SU and 16-17-1 ATS, which includes Thursday’s loss to the Warriors.

        After this game, the Spurs finish off this road trip with another tough task at Houston on Monday so the sense of urgency should be very high for this winnable game.

        Another glaring trend that could have you hesitant to back San Antonio is its record against winning teams (13-22). The Spurs have the most wins (24-6) in the Western Conference against losing clubs.

        Even though the Thunder are a short favorite and they’ve gone 22-11 at home, they’ve burned bettors with a 13-19-1 ATS mark.

        Oklahoma City has been in better form than San Antonio lately, going 7-5 in its last 12 games but four of the five losses came against playoff teams while all seven of the wins were against clubs below .500.

        Sticking with that trend could have you leaning San Antonio tonight and taking the points has been the sound investment lately in this series with the underdog going 4-0 ATS in the last four encounters. Also, the last three meetings in this series have been decided by five points or less.

        In their first two matchups this season, San Antonio captured a 104-101 home win on Nov. 17 while OKC returned the favor with a 90-87 win on Dec. 3. The teams will meet for the fourth and final time of the season on Mar. 29 from San Antonio.

        Total bettors could be scratching their heads on this game. The ‘under’ has gone 3-1 in the last four in this series yet we’re staring at a higher total for this matchup. San Antonio has been a strong ‘under’ bet (21-13) away from home this season and Oklahoma City has also leaned to the ‘under’ (18-15) at home.

        Spurs center Pau Gasol (shoulder) sat out Thursday’s game at Golden State and is listed as ‘questionable’ for tonight.

        Zero Days Rest

        Four teams will be playing on no rest Saturday and listed below are their records when facing back-to-back spots this season and notable trends as well. Three of the four will be on the road with the exception of the Clippers, who are hosting the Magic and they're also facing two games in two days.

        Memphis (3-10 SU, 7-6 ATS, 8-4-1 O/U) at Dallas: The Grizzlies have lost five straight on zero days rest and the offense has been held to 96.6 points per game during this span.

        Orlando (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS, 5-6 O/U) at L.A. Clippers: The Magic have gone 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in their last four back-to-back spots but make a note that the three wins came at home.

        L.A. Clippers (2-8 SU, 4-6 ATS, 4-5- O/U) vs. Orlando: Eight of the 10 were played away from home and the Clippers haven’t won (0-2) at home on no rest this season.

        Washington (5-5 SU, 5-5 ATS, 5-4-1 O/U) at Miami: The Wizards are just 1-4 both SU and ATS in their last five on no rest and the defense (113.9 PPG) has been very suspect during this skid.

        Fearless Predictions

        This feature has gone 8-5 (61%) since the All-Star break and I’m only putting out one selection on Saturday because nothing major sticks out. As always, Press, Pass or Fade but in the end – Good Luck!

        L.A. Clippers (-11 ½) over Orlando

        Even though the ATS numbers and B2B trends point to Orlando in this matchup as a double-digit underdog, I’m going with my eyes and backing the more talented team at home. The Clippers have been great against teams below .500 this season (23-6) and they’ve scored 123, 128, 128 in their last three against losing clubs. The Magic have been decimated by injuries and they might have trouble breaking the century mark. Twenty of the 35 wins this season by the Clippers have come by double digits and I’m expecting another blowout at home tonight.

        Slight Leans
        Suns +12, Over 219 ½ Suns-Hornets
        Miami -4 ½, Miami Team Total Over (105 ½)
        San Antonio Money Line (+160)

        Comment


        • Pro Basketball Trend Report

          PHOENIX (19 - 48) at CHARLOTTE (28 - 38) - 3/10/2018, 5:05 PM

          There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

          WASHINGTON (38 - 28) at MIAMI (35 - 31) - 3/10/2018, 7:35 PM

          There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

          SAN ANTONIO (37 - 28) at OKLAHOMA CITY (38 - 29) - 3/10/2018, 8:35 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 22-8 ATS (+13.2 Units) in home games on Saturday games since 1996.
          SAN ANTONIO is 1036-908 ATS (+37.2 Units) in all games since 1996.
          SAN ANTONIO is 187-145 ATS (+27.5 Units) in March games since 1996.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 26-40 ATS (-18.0 Units) in all games this season.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 20-35 ATS (-18.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 9-6 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
          OKLAHOMA CITY is 8-7 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
          10 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

          MEMPHIS (18 - 47) at DALLAS (20 - 45) - 3/10/2018, 8:35 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          MEMPHIS is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses this season.
          DALLAS is 251-202 ATS (+28.8 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
          DALLAS is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          DALLAS is 8-3 against the spread versus MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
          DALLAS is 7-4 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
          5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

          ORLANDO (20 - 46) at LA CLIPPERS (35 - 29) - 3/10/2018, 10:35 PM
          Top Trends for this game.
          ORLANDO is 63-82 ATS (-27.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
          ORLANDO is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
          ORLANDO is 22-37 ATS (-18.7 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
          LA CLIPPERS are 36-27 ATS (+6.3 Units) in all games this season.
          LA CLIPPERS are 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
          LA CLIPPERS are 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
          LA CLIPPERS are 166-208 ATS (-62.8 Units) in home games in the second half of the season since 1996.

          Head-to-Head Series History
          LA CLIPPERS is 2-2 against the spread versus ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
          LA CLIPPERS is 5-0 straight up against ORLANDO over the last 3 seasons
          3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

          Comment


          • SATURDAY, MARCH 10
            GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


            PHO at CHA 05:00 PM
            PHO +11.5
            O 220.5


            WAS at MIA 07:30 PM
            WAS +5.0
            O 206.0

            SA at OKC 08:30 PM
            OKC -5.0
            O 210.0


            MEM at DAL 08:30 PM
            DAL -9.0
            U 206.0

            ORL at LAC 10:30 PM
            LAC -11.5
            U 218.5

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            • Grizzlies fall to Mavericks 114-80 for 17th straight loss
              March 10, 2018


              DALLAS (AP) Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 17 games.

              The Grizzlies (18-48), who have the longest losing streak in the NBA this season and the league's worst record, trailed by 26 points after shooting 26 percent in the first half and didn't lead after the 9:20 mark of the first quarter.

              The only longer losing streaks in franchise history were skids of 23 and 19 games in the expansion season of 1995-96 in Vancouver. It's the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

              Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and JaMychal Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

              The Mavericks (21-45), also among the NBA's worst teams, allowed their fewest points in any half this season while building a 56-30 halftime lead on the way to their largest margin of victory this season.

              THUNDER 104, SPURS 94

              OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and posted his 19th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs.

              Westbrook had 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 98th triple-double of his career.

              Jerami Grant scored 15 points, Corey Brewer added 12, Paul George and Alex Abrines each scored 11 and Patrick Patterson had 10 for the Thunder. Nick Collison scored all seven of his points in six critical minutes in the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City, which improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break.

              Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans each scored 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost eight of 10.

              HEAT 129, WIZARDS 102

              MIAMI (AP) - James Johnson scored 20 points, Wayne Ellington added 17 and the Miami Heat ran away in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards.

              Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Kelly Olynyk all scored 13 for the Heat, who never trailed and outscored Washington 43-28 in the third. That was Miami's highest-scoring quarter in a regular-season contest since Oct. 30, 2013 - 394 games ago.

              Dwyane Wade got the 8,000th field goal of his career in the first half, but left less than a minute into the fourth quarter with what was diagnosed as a mild left hamstring strain. He doesn't expect to play on Monday when the Heat start a three-game road trip in Portland.

              Jodie Meeks scored 23 for the Wizards, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.

              HORNETS 122, SUNS 115


              CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Dwight Howard had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Nic Batum flirted with a triple-double and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Phoenix Suns to snap a five-game losing streak.

              Batum added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Marvin Williams chipped in with 16 points as the Hornets won despite nearly squandering a 22-point fourth quarter lead to a Suns team playing without star Devin Booker.

              The Hornets led by eight at halftime and seemed ready to put this one on cruise control after outscoring the Suns 35-21 in the third quarter behind 14 points from Batum. But Phoenix wouldn't go away. The Suns cut the lead to two with less than a minute to go, but Howard and Batum each added two clutch free throws down the stretch to secure the win for Charlotte.

              Comment


              • SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY MARCH 11, 2018
                Time (ET) Away Home Site
                1:00 PM Toronto Raptors New York Knicks Madison Square Garden
                3:30 PM Chicago Bulls Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena
                3:30 PM Golden State Warriors Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center
                4:00 PM Utah Jazz New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Center
                5:00 PM Sacramento Kings Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center
                7:00 PM Houston Rockets Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center
                7:30 PM Indiana Pacers Boston Celtics TD Garden
                7:30 PM Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center
                9:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center

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                March NBA Record:

                DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

                03/10/2018 7-3-0 70.00% +18.50
                03/09/2018 13-7-0 65.00% +26.50
                03/08/2018 4-6-0 40.00% -13.00
                03/07/2018 4-10-0 28.57% -35.00
                03/06/2018 7-7-1 50.00% -3.50
                03/05/2018 7-7-0 50.00% -3.50
                03/04/2018 5-9-0 35.71% -24.50
                03/03/2018 10-4-0 71.43% +28.00
                03/02/2018 9-10-0 47.37% -10.00
                03/01/2018 6-2-0 83.00% +19.00

                Totals.............72 - 65........52.55%....+42.50

                Comment


                • Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

                  Over last two years, best 3-point shooters in NBA:

                  6) Seth Curry, 137-322, 42.5%

                  5) Darren Collison, 145-339, 42.8%

                  4) Klay Thompson, 471-1101, 42.8%

                  3) Otto Porter Jr, 257-595, 34.2%

                  2) Kyle Korver, 307-698, 44.0%

                  1) Joe Ingles, 289-649, 44.5%

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                  • NBA
                    Long Sheet

                    Sunday, March 11


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                    TORONTO (48 - 17) at NEW YORK (24 - 42) - 3/11/2018, 1:05 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    TORONTO is 37-28 ATS (+6.2 Units) in all games this season.
                    TORONTO is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
                    TORONTO is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
                    NEW YORK is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in the second half of the season this season.
                    NEW YORK is 11-21 ATS (-12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                    NEW YORK is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season this season.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    TORONTO is 6-5 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
                    TORONTO is 9-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
                    7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                    CHICAGO (22 - 43) at ATLANTA (20 - 46) - 3/11/2018, 3:35 PM
                    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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                    GOLDEN STATE (51 - 15) at MINNESOTA (38 - 29) - 3/11/2018, 3:35 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    GOLDEN STATE is 27-36 ATS (-12.6 Units) in all games this season.
                    GOLDEN STATE is 59-33 ATS (+22.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.
                    MINNESOTA is 364-429 ATS (-107.9 Units) in the second half of the season since 1996.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    MINNESOTA is 5-3 against the spread versus GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
                    GOLDEN STATE is 7-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
                    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                    UTAH (36 - 30) at NEW ORLEANS (38 - 27) - 3/11/2018, 4:05 PM
                    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    UTAH is 6-3 against the spread versus NEW ORLEANS over the last 3 seasons
                    UTAH is 7-3 straight up against NEW ORLEANS 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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                    SACRAMENTO (21 - 45) at DENVER (36 - 30) - 3/11/2018, 5:05 PM
                    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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                    HOUSTON (51 - 14) at DALLAS (21 - 45) - 3/11/2018, 7:05 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    DALLAS is 406-330 ATS (+43.0 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
                    DALLAS is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
                    DALLAS is 252-202 ATS (+29.8 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
                    DALLAS is 26-14 ATS (+10.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                    HOUSTON is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in road games this season.
                    HOUSTON is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in road games in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
                    HOUSTON is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
                    HOUSTON is 101-64 ATS (+30.6 Units) in road games off a upset loss as a favorite since 1996.
                    HOUSTON is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    HOUSTON is 7-4 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                    HOUSTON is 9-2 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                    8 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                    INDIANA (38 - 28) at BOSTON (46 - 20) - 3/11/2018, 7:35 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    BOSTON is 39-24 ATS (+12.6 Units) in all games this season.
                    BOSTON is 13-2 ATS (+10.8 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
                    BOSTON is 45-31 ATS (+10.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
                    BOSTON is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
                    INDIANA is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
                    INDIANA is 66-47 ATS (+14.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    BOSTON is 5-5 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
                    BOSTON is 6-4 straight up against INDIANA 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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                    PHILADELPHIA (35 - 29) at BROOKLYN (21 - 45) - 3/11/2018, 7:35 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    BROOKLYN is 38-27 ATS (+8.3 Units) in all games this season.
                    BROOKLYN is 32-20 ATS (+10.0 Units) as an underdog this season.
                    BROOKLYN is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
                    BROOKLYN is 24-13 ATS (+9.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                    BROOKLYN is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 85-60 ATS (+19.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 57-40 ATS (+13.0 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 38-25 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 38-20 ATS (+16.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
                    PHILADELPHIA is 21-5 ATS (+15.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    BROOKLYN is 4-4 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
                    PHILADELPHIA is 5-4 straight up against BROOKLYN 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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                    CLEVELAND (38 - 27) at LA LAKERS (29 - 36) - 3/11/2018, 9:05 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    CLEVELAND is 21-43 ATS (-26.3 Units) in all games this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) when the total is greater than or equal to 220 this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 11-38 ATS (-30.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last 2 seasons.
                    CLEVELAND is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) against Pacific division opponents this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 21-36 ATS (-18.6 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
                    CLEVELAND is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 7-21 ATS (-16.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 7-20 ATS (-15.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
                    CLEVELAND is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
                    LA LAKERS are 11-23 ATS (-14.3 Units) in March games over the last 3 seasons.

                    Head-to-Head Series History
                    LA LAKERS is 4-1 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
                    CLEVELAND is 5-0 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
                    5 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                    • NBA
                      Armadillo's Write-Up

                      Sunday, March 11


                      Knicks lost nine of last ten games with Toronto; five of last six series games stayed under. Raptors are 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Manhattan. Toronto won its last seven games; they’re 5-2 vs spread in last seven games as road favorites. Five of their last six games went under the total. New York lost its last six games; they’re 0-6 in last six games as a home underdog. Six of their last eight games went over.

                      Bulls won their last three games with the Hawks; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to Atlanta. Six of their last nine games stayed under. Chicago lost seven of its last nine games; they’re 0-8 in last eight tries as road underdogs. Three of their last four games went under the total. Hawks lost seven of their last nine games; they’re 3-4 as home favorites. Eight of their last nine games stayed under.

                      Golden State won eight of its last ten games with Minnesota, but are 2-5-1 vs spread in last eight series games. Four of last six series games stayed under. Warriors won seven of their last eight games; they’re 2-8 vs spread in last ten road games. Four of their last five games stayed under. Timberwolves lost their last three games; they’re 2-1 as home underdogs. Eight of their last ten games went over.

                      Jazz won six of their last seven games with the Pelicans; they covered three of last four visits to Bourbon Street. Six of last eight series games went over. Utah won its last five games; they’re 8-2 vs spread in last ten road games. Eight of their last nine games stayed under. New Orleans won nine of its last ten games; check status of Davis (ankle). Pelicans are 2-2 vs spread in last four home games. Over is 7-2 in their last nine games.

                      Nuggets won four of last five games with Sacramento; five of last six series games stayed under the total. Kings are 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to Denver. Sacramento is 3-2 in its last five games; they’re 7-3 vs spread in last ten road games. Kings’ last four games stayed under total. Denver is 3-4 in its last seven games; they’re 4-7 in last 11 games as home favorites. Eight of their last ten games went over.

                      Rockets won their last seven games with Dallas; they’re 4-1 vs spread in last five games in this arena. Seven of last eight series games stayed under. Houston had their 17-game win streak snapped Friday; they’re 9-2 vs spread in last 11 road games. Six of their last nine games went under the total. Mavericks lost seven of their last nine games; they’re 7-4 in last 11 games as home underdogs. Six of their last eight games went over.

                      Celtics won five of last six games with Indiana; four of last five series games went over the total. Pacers are 2-2 vs spread in their last four visits to Benton. Indiana won four of its last five games; they’re 4-2 in last six games as road underdogs. Eight of last nine Pacer games stayed under the total. Celtics won six of their last seven games; they’re 1-6 in last seven games as a home favorite. Over is 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

                      76ers/Nets split their last ten games; Philly is 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Brooklyn. Under is 6-3-1 in last ten series games. Sixers are 3-4 in their last seven games; they’re 1-5 in last six games as road favorites. Five of their last seven games stayed under. Brooklyn lost eight of its last ten games; they’re 1-4 in last five games as home underdogs. Four of their last five games went over.

                      Lakers lost their last seven games with Cleveland; last nine series games went over. Cavaliers are 2-3 vs spread in last five series games played in Staples. Cleveland is 4-5 in its last nine games; they’re 2-11 in last 13 games as road favorites. Seven of their last nine games stayed under total. Lakers won six of their last eight games; they’re 5-2 in last seven games as home underdogs. Over is 7-2-1 in their last ten games.

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                      • NBA

                        Sunday, March 11


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                        Trend Report
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                        TORONTO @ NEW YORK
                        Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                        Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
                        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing Toronto
                        New York is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto

                        CHICAGO @ ATLANTA
                        The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Chicago's last 22 games when playing Atlanta
                        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
                        Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
                        Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

                        GOLDEN STATE @ MINNESOTA
                        Golden State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
                        Golden State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
                        Minnesota is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home

                        UTAH @ NEW ORLEANS
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
                        Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
                        New Orleans is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games

                        SACRAMENTO @ DENVER
                        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing Denver
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games on the road
                        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games at home
                        The total has gone OVER in 11 of Denver's last 13 games

                        HOUSTON @ DALLAS
                        Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
                        Houston is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games
                        The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing Houston
                        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games at home

                        INDIANA @ BOSTON
                        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games
                        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
                        Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
                        Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

                        PHILADELPHIA @ BROOKLYN
                        Philadelphia is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
                        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
                        Brooklyn is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
                        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games

                        CLEVELAND @ LA LAKERS
                        Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
                        The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
                        LA Lakers is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

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                        • Sunday's Essentials
                          March 11, 2018


                          Game of the Night - Cavaliers at Lakers, 9:05 ET

                          Selection Sunday will have its time. We’ll see whether this new format of announcing teams in alphabetical order works out – I’m keeping an open mind since they’re going to treat it like the NBA Draft lottery with the golf whispers as we work down the list.

                          “Look, Chuck, there’s Gonzaga. This means Georgia did in fact miss the tournament.”

                          “Well, it’s a good thing since they don’t have a coach!”

                          Could be good stuff. It has a shot to be better than the thud of seeing that final bracket unveiled to know if you’re in it. Keep an open mind.

                          Regardless of how it goes down, get the kids to bed early and save the bracket work for halftime of this Sunday night showcase.

                          Normally, a disjointed Cleveland team getting together to face a Lakers team that isn’t going to make the playoffs wouldn’t be can’t miss-TV other than seeing whether the Cavs can handle business as 2-point favorites, but an overflow of drama adds to the allure. We’ve got reunions everywhere you look, not to mention pandering.

                          Lakers fans have their chance to show LeBron James in-game love after the Clippers got their shot in a 116-102 win on Friday night, snapping Cleveland’s two-game winning streak.

                          Isaiah Thomas will get his chance too. It’s not clear whether there are any hard feelings between the two, but Thomas obviously knows that James was notified of the deal that sent him out of town before it was consummated.

                          After being given up on after a few weeks on on-court action because the Cavs had no choice but to move on from something that clearly wasn’t working, he’s looked much improved coming off the bench for L.A. Thomas proclaimed that he had his powers back after playing his first game in the purple and gold and opened the month with a 29-point outburst, but he’s shot 34 percent since, going 21-for-62 over a four-game span, including 5-for-22 from 3-point range.

                          It’s likely that Thomas will be aggressive off the bench given the opposition and his improved state of health, but that won’t be a good thing for L.A. if he remains in a slump.

                          For Larry Nance, Jr. Jordan Clarkson, Jr., it’s a chance to go at former teammates that they’ve learned with and worked against in practice throughout the majority of their pro careers. The times Nance gives James a break in squaring off Julius Randle in this game’s most defining individual matchup will be vital.

                          James is helping turn Nance into a formidable offensive weapon simply by playing to his strengths. The new Cavs big man is averaging 15.6 points and 11 rebounds in March and has done a nice job staying out of foul trouble since he’s playing center whenever he’s on the floor. That should give Randle and Brook Lopez an advantage in the post since they know Nance has to be cautious.

                          Randle has unquestionably been the most consistent Lakers performer with Brandon Ingram sidelined. An improved shot selection has him averaging about 20 points and nearly nine rebounds since Jan. 31. Can he take whatever weaknesses Nance he’s exposed against Nance in countless practices to live action and deliver a win? The Lakers are 6-2 since the All-Star break thanks, more than anything else, to his steady development.

                          Ironically, most Lakers fans would love to see James playing his role next season, which should make for an interesting atmosphere. Seriously, who is Jack Nicholson going to be cheering for come fourth quarter?

                          James is averaging 30 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.2 assists in March and is just missing out on a triple-double since the All-Star break. He’s shot a tremendous 58 percent and has only worked one back-to-back, so he’ll be fresh for this one.

                          Ante Zizic is due for some extended run given the absence of Cedi Osman, which combined with Rodney Hood being sidelined due to a lower back injury, thrusts Jeff Green into the starting lineup and really ties Tyronn Lue’s hands in terms of depth. Kyle Korver figures to get a lot of run as only eight should play significant minutes.

                          Clarkson scored 21 points in his Staples return in Friday’s 116-102, his largest output since joining the Cavs in early February. He’s averaged over 13 points per game and shot the ball well, providing an upgrade from what Thomas brought to the table since he’s a much better defender.

                          Clarkson gets to go at Lonzo Ball, who has participated in L.A.’s last six games since returning from a knee issue and has averaged roughly 13 points, six boards, six assists and three steals. The Lakers are 4-2 in those games, but one can argue they would’ve beaten the Nuggets on Friday night if not for Ball’s 1-for-8 3-point shooting.

                          The total opened at 228.5, in part because the over is 8-2-1 over the Lakers’ last 11 games. Cleveland’s defensive issues are well-documented, but the low-side has actually prevailed in their last three games. Over their last seven, the Cavs have surrendered an average of 111 points per game.

                          These teams looked different when the Cavs beat L.A. 121-112 on Dec. 14 but surpassed that total (221). Ingram was available and led the Lakers with 26 points, while Randle was coming off the bench and played just over 21 minutes. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 28 points but is still out with a broken hand, though he’s hoping to return sooner than expected. There isn’t much to take from that matchup or the fact that Cleveland has won the last seven meetings between the teams other than the obvious. Cleveland has been good and L.A. has been a doormat.

                          Things are slowly changing, however, as this 2-point spread would indicate.

                          Injury report

                          James Harden is considered doubtful against Dallas as Houston wraps up a stretch of road games in seven of eight. After their 17-game winning streak was snapped in Toronto, it appears that the Rockets are going to give the MVP frontrunner a breather since he’s been playing at a high level despite knee soreness and the Rockets find themselves in a back-to-back situation with San Antonio coming into town on Monday night.

                          They’ll have a few days off before hosting the Clippers on Thursday before hitting the road to face the Pelicans, Timberwolves and Blazers. This looks like a well-earned night off for Harden, but does expose the Rockets to an upset since the pressure to keep a winning streak going has dissipated and the Mavs have been playing well. The number opened at Rockets -12.5.

                          Jaylen Brown has been put in concussion protocol after taking a nasty spill on Thursday, injuring his neck. The Celtics host Indiana, which got back Darren Collison on Friday but brought him off the bench, keeping Cory Joseph in the lineup for now.

                          Anthony Davis, still nursing a tender ankle, is considered a game-time decision for tonight’s big home date with the surging Jazz. Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reported that Davis felt a lot better and has been upgraded to questionable. Utah is up 2.5 games on New Orleans in the tightly-packed Western Conference and the Pels stand no chance against Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors without him, so I’d expect him to play. The game was off the board at most places but some early numbers listed the Jazz as a 2.5-point road favorite.

                          Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder is questionable with an elbow strain as the Hawks host Chicago. With backup Malcolm Delaney sidelined due to an ankle issue, Isaiah Taylor could be in for major minutes despite playing with a tweaked ankle. The Bulls opened as a 3-point underdog, but the line has come down to 2.5 at most shops.

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                          • Hoop Trends - Sunday
                            March 11, 2018



                            ATS TREND OF THE DAY:

                            -- The Pacers are 0-11 ATS (-9.50 ppg) off a win as a favorite in which they scored a least 18 fast break points.

                            OU TREND OF THE DAY:

                            -- The Bulls are 14-0 OU (19.14 ppg) as a dog with less than two days rest off a game as a dog in which they scored fewer than 85 points.

                            PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:

                            -- The Jazz are 10-0 ATS (13.35 ppg) off a game as a favorite in which Donovan Mitchell was not their high scorer.

                            CHOICE TREND:


                            -- The Mavericks are 0-11 ATS (-6.91 ppg) as a home dog after they had a shooting percentage at least 10 higher than their opponent last game.

                            ACTIVE TRENDS:


                            -- The Rockets are 12-0 OU (17.62 ppg) as a favorite after they had at least 10 less three point attempts than their season-to-date average last game.

                            -- The Warriors are 0-8 ATS (-7.56 ppg) off a road game in which Kevin Durant was their high scorer.

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                            • SUNDAY, MARCH 11
                              GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


                              TOR at NY 01:00 PM
                              NY +9.5
                              U 218.0

                              GS at MIN 03:30 PM
                              MIN +4.5
                              U 222.5


                              CHI at ATL 03:30 PM
                              CHI +2.5
                              U 214.5

                              UTA at NO 04:00 PM
                              UTA -2.5
                              U 211.5

                              SAC at DEN 05:00 PM
                              SAC +12.0
                              O 217.0


                              HOU at DAL 07:00 PM
                              DAL +10.0
                              U 211.5


                              IND at BOS 07:30 PM
                              BOS -6.5
                              O 207.5

                              PHI at BK 07:30 PM
                              PHI -6.0
                              U 217.5


                              CLE at LAL 09:00 PM
                              LAL +1.5
                              O 228.5

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                              • Raptors rout Knicks to roll to 8th straight victory
                                March 11, 2018


                                LOS ANGELES (AP) Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James' favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

                                Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates as the Lakers roared away from James and the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.

                                James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.

                                Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on Feb. 8.

                                Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.

                                RAPTORS 132, KNICKS 106

                                NEW YORK (AP) - Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks for their season-high eighth straight victory.

                                The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBA-leading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with All-Star DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 for 16 for nine points.

                                But seven Raptors finished in double figures in Toronto's 15th win in 16 games. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on Jan. 11.

                                Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 and Luke Kornet had 18 as the Knicks dropped their seventh straight game and 15th in the last 16.

                                PACERS 99, CELTICS 97


                                BOSTON (AP) - Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the depleted Celtics.

                                Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games.

                                Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.

                                After Boston rallied to tie 95-all with 37 seconds left, Turner gave the Pacers the lead again and, after Terry Rozier's miss, Indiana hit a pair of foul shots to take a four-point lead. With fans heading for the exits, Tatum hit a seemingly meaningless layup to cut the deficit to two points with only 1.5 seconds left. But before the ball could be inbounded, Oladipo was whistled when his elbow caught Marcus Morris in the face. A review confirmed the call.

                                Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim.

                                TIMBERWOLVES 109, WARRIORS 103

                                MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Karl-Anthony Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-longest three-game losing streak with 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Timberwolves powered their way past Golden State down the stretch to hand the Warriors their second straight defeat without Stephen Curry.

                                Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.

                                Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who lost twice on the road to the defending champion Warriors earlier this season by a combined 37 points. Curry had a collective plus-36 rating over those two games.

                                Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors, but he went 3 for 12 from 3-point range.

                                ROCKETS 105, MAVERICKS 82

                                DALLAS (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks.

                                The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate. Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from deep.

                                The Rockets moved 1 + games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday.

                                Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting.

                                NUGGETS 130, KINGS 104

                                DENVER (AP) - Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and the Denver Nuggets cruised past the Sacramento Kings.

                                Denver led by as many as 36 points while staying in the thick of the playoff chase. The Nuggets now enter a difficult stretch in their schedule - eight of their next nine games are on the road.

                                Buddy Hield scored 18 points, while former Nuggets player Kosta Koufos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who play Monday night in Oklahoma City.

                                BULLS 129, HAWKS 122

                                ATLANTA (AP) - Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta's comeback, and the Chicago Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks.

                                Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago.

                                The Hawks, already playing without injured point guard Dennis Schroder, lost Kent Bazemore to a right knee sprain and Jaylen Morris to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with a career-high 38 points. Mike Muscala also set a career high with 19 points.

                                JAZZ 116, PELICANS 99

                                NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double for a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans that extended the Jazz's winning streak to six.

                                Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, including 15 during the last 3:08 of the third quarter to put Utah in front for good in what could be an important victory in a tightly packed race for one of the Western Conference's final five playoff spots. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road.

                                Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots, turned the ball over four times and struggled defensively.

                                76ERS 120, NETS 97

                                NEW YORK (AP) - Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets.

                                Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.

                                D'Angelo Russell had 26 points for the Nets, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games.

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