January 8, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
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Mavericks at Spurs - 7:00 PM EST
Dallas: 20-15 SU, 19-16 ATS
San Antonio: 27-8 SU, 18-17 ATS
Both the Spurs and Mavericks enter Wednesday's action with no rest as the two Lone Star State rivals meet for the second time this season. San Antonio defeated Dallas at the American Airlines Center the day after Christmas, 116-107 to cash as 2 ½-point favorites for its sixth straight win in the series, including three consecutive victories in Dallas. The Spurs took three of four on their recent homestand, while scoring at least 101 points in each of those contests ('over' 3-0-1).
The Mavericks have played extremely well on the highway of late, winning four straight games, including a perfect 3-0 trip at Chicago, Minnesota, and Washington. Rick Carlisle's club owns a sterling 8-1 ATS record the last nine opportunities in the road underdog role, while going 4-1 ATS the past five on the highway with no rest. The defense has stepped up of late for Dallas, allowing 98 points or less in five of the last six games, while cashing the 'under' four times in this stretch.
Pistons at Raptors - 7:00 PM EST
Detroit: 14-21 SU, 14-20-1 ATS
Toronto: 16-17 SU, 19-14 ATS
The Raptors fell a game below .500 following last night's defeat at Indiana, as Toronto has won seven of its past 10 games. Dwane Casey's team saw its five-game winning streak snapped in Sunday's 102-97 defeat at Miami on Sunday, but the Raptors have covered seven straight games. Toronto is playing just its fourth home contest since December 14, as the Raptors have captured three of its past four games at the Air Canada Center.
The Pistons are unraveling before our eyes by dropping five in a row, while giving up at least 106 points in defeats to the Wizards twice, Magic, and Grizzlies. Detroit has found a way to win as heavy road underdogs at Miami and Indiana, but five of its last eight losses have come by double-digits. The 'over' is currently on a 12-3 run the past 15 trips to the court for the Pistons, but Maurice Cheeks' squad has drilled the 'under' in each of the last three road contests. Detroit and Toronto split four games last season with each team winning on its home court once and winning on the road once.
Pacers at Hawks - 7:30 PM EST
Indiana: 28-6 SU, 23-11 ATS
Atlanta: 18-17 SU, 19-16 ATS
These two teams are meeting up for the first time their six-game series in last season's opening round of the playoffs. Indiana won three games at home in the series, while going 1-2 at Philips Arena, including the series-clincher victory in Game 6 in Atlanta, 81-73. The Pacers play on the second of a back-to-back after Tuesday's home win against Toronto, as Indiana is 2-4 SU/ATS the last six road games with no rest this season. The defensive-minded Pacers are riding a 7-1 stretch to the 'under,' including three straight 'unders' on the highway.
The Hawks look to snap a three-game skid following Monday's 91-86 setback at Brooklyn. Atlanta has dropped four of six contests since Al Horford suffered a season-ending pectoral injury, while going 'under' the total in four straight games. However, the Hawks own a 7-2 mark to the 'over' in the last nine games at Philips Arena, including last Friday's one-point setback to Golden State. Since late November, Atlanta has won eight of its past 10 home contests, while going 3-1 ATS this season as a home 'dog.
Suns at Wolves - 9:35 PM EST
Phoenix: 20-13 SU, 23-9-1 ATS
Minnesota: 17-17 SU, 19-15 ATS
The Suns continue their road trip through the frigid Midwest, as Phoenix is 15-3 ATS as an underdog this season. Jeff Hornacek's club plays with no rest after Tuesday's defeat against short-handed Chicago, as the Suns have won each of their last three games on the second of a back-to-back. Eric Bledsoe continues to be out of the Phoenix lineup with a knee injury as the Suns have split eight games this season without the guard.
The Wolves have been up and down as of late, alternating wins and losses in each of their five games, coming off a 126-95 rout of the Sixers on Monday. Minnesota has won and covered four straight contests as a favorite of at least five points, while Rick Adelman's team has scored at least 117 points in each of their last five victories. Last season, the Wolves took three of four meetings from the Suns, including a pair of wins at the Target Center.
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