December 12, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
Wizards at Hawks - 7:35 PM EST
Washington: 9-11 SU, 11-9 ATS
Atlanta: 11-11 SU, 13-9 ATS
The Wizards hit the road following close consecutive home losses to the Bucks and Nuggets, as Washington travels to Atlanta for a division matchup. In spite of the back-to-back defeats, the Wizards have won seven of their past 11 games, including a 108-101 home victory over the Hawks in late November to cash as 4 ½-point favorites. Washington has stumbled on the highway with a 3-7 SU and 5-5 ATS record, with all three wins coming against Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.
The Hawks fell short against the surging Thunder in Wednesday's 101-92 defeat, as Atlanta concludes a four-game homestand on Friday. Atlanta's four-game 'over' streak ended in the loss to OKC, while the Hawks' run of four consecutive contests scoring at least 100 points was snapped. The Hawks have owned the Wizards at Philips Arena recently, beating Washington 10 straight times, while posting a 6-3-1 ATS record.
Lakers at Thunder - 8:05 PM EST
Los Angeles: 10-11 SU, 12-8-1 ATS
Oklahoma City: 17-4 SU, 12-9 ATS
Kobe Bryant hits the road for the first time this season after the Lakers dropped home contests to the Raptors and Suns as home favorites. Los Angeles has performed well against the number away from Staples Center recently, cashing in four straight road games, while winning three times outright as an underdog. The Lakers have allowed at least 100 points in five consecutive contests, including an average of 110 points per game in each of the two games since Bryant has returned to the lineup.
The Thunder remains one of two teams in the league that has not lost at home yet this season (Indiana the other) by posting a 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS record at Chesapeake Energy Arena. OKC has eclipsed the 100-point mark in six of the last seven games, while picking up home victories over San Antonio, Indiana, and Golden State this season. The Lakers have lost six straight visits to Oklahoma City since 2012, but the Thunder covered just three times in that span.
Wolves at Spurs - 8:35 PM EST
Minnesota: 11-11 SU, 11-11 ATS
San Antonio: 17-4 SU, 11-10 ATS
These two teams are meeting for the first time this season after getting smoked out in their last matchup. Minnesota and San Antonio were set to face off in Mexico City on December 4, but a generator malfunction in the arena caused smoke and ultimately postponed the contest. The Spurs have been on fire of late, scoring 116 points at Toronto and 109 points at Milwaukee in double-digit road victories this week. San Antonio has failed to cover each of its last three home games, which includes outright defeats to Houston and Indiana.
The Wolves erased a 19-point deficit in Wednesday's 106-99 home victory over Philadelphia, but failed to cash as heavy 13-point favorites. Minnesota is making its third trip to Texas this season, losing to the Rockets by 11, while knocking off Dallas as short favorites in late November. Each of Minnesota's last three road games have clearly sailed 'over' the total, as the Wolves have scored at least 103 points in all three away contests since Thanksgiving. These two clubs split four matchups last season, including Minnesota going 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS in San Antonio.
Jazz at Nuggets - 9:05 PM EST
Utah: 5-19 SU, 10-13-1 ATS
Denver: 13-8 SU, 11-10 ATS
The Jazz snapped a four-game skid in Wednesday's resounding 122-101 rout at Sacramento, as Utah put up a season-high in points, while cashing outright as 6 ½-point underdogs. Utah tries to avoid its league-high 20th defeat on Friday, as the Jazz own a dreadful 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS record against Northwest Division opponents. Tyrone Corbin's club has finished 'over' the total in each of the last three road games, while looking to avenge a 100-81 defeat in Salt Lake City to the Nuggets in mid-November.
The Nuggets return home off a 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS road swing, as Denver hopes to get point guard Ty Lawson back in the lineup. Lawson sat out the wins at Philadelphia and Washington with a hamstring injury as his status is up in the air for Friday night. Denver is playing just its fourth game at the Pepsi Center since November 16, as the Nuggets have won six consecutive home contests since losing the first two to Portland and San Antonio.
Rockets at Warriors - 10:35 PM EST
Houston: 15-8 SU, 12-10-1 ATS
Golden State: 13-10 SU, 10-11-2 ATS
The Rockets continue a three-game West Coast swing in Oakland, as Houston plays with no rest at Golden State after last night's loss at Portland. The last time these teams hooked up at the Toyota Center last Friday, the Rockets dominated the Warriors, 105-83 to easily cash as five-point favorites. Houston jumped out to a 61-36 halftime lead and never looked back, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were held to 7-of-24 shooting from the floor. The Rockets have exceled on the second of a back-to-back this season by posting an impressive 4-1 SU/ATS record.
The Warriors rallied past the Mavericks in Wednesday's wild home victory, but failed to cover as six-point favorites. Since the starting the season 5-0 at Oracle Arena, Golden State has split each of its last four home contests, while cashing just once in a monster comeback triumph over Toronto. Golden State looks to overcome this Houston jinx, as the Rockets have beaten the Warriors eight of the last 10 meetings, including two losses in Oakland last season.
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