January 30, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
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Suns at Pacers - 7:05 PM EST
Phoenix: 27-18 SU, 30-14-1 ATS
Indiana: 35-9 SU, 29-15 ATS
The Suns wrap up a four-game road swing tonight in Indianapolis looking for a perfect 4-0 trip. Phoenix rallied from a 20-point deficit in Sunday's victory at Cleveland, as that comeback has spurred the Suns' offense to a 124-point and 126-point effort in wins over Philadelphia and Milwaukee, respectably. In last night's triumph against the Bucks, the Suns knocked down 12 three-pointers, while shooting at least 53% from the floor the last two games.
The last time Phoenix met up with Indiana was eight days ago in the Valley, as the Suns dominated the Pacers, 124-100 as 5 ½-point home underdogs. All five Phoenix starters finished in double-figures, while Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 20 points, as the Suns burned the Pacers by knocking down 54% of their shots from the field. The Suns have covered six straight meetings with the Pacers, including three consecutive visits to Indianapolis.
The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse following a 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS West Coast swing, capped off by a 104-92 victory over the Lakers as 10 ½-point favorites. Frank Vogel's defense struggled in the middle three games of the trip, allowing at least 100 points to the Suns, Kings, and Nuggets, while finishing 'over' the total in those three contests. Now, Indiana comes back to the Hoosier State where it has won 21 of 22 games, while covering nine of its past 10 home contests.
Cavaliers at Knicks - 8:05 PM EST
Cleveland: 16-29 SU, 19-26 ATS
New York: 18-27 SU, 19-26 ATS
All of the sudden, the Knicks have woken up with three straight wins, although the three victories came against below .500 competition (Bobcats, Lakers, and Celtics). New York continues its eight-game homestand which concludes with Miami on Saturday, as the Knicks have gone 5-1 to the 'over' so far through the first six games. Mike Woodson's team is seeking its second winning streak of at least four games this season with a victory tonight, as the Knicks have scored at least 110 points in the first three wins.
The Cavaliers are going backwards of late, dropping four of five on a recent five-game homestand. Cleveland is coming off consecutive losses to Phoenix and New Orleans as short favorites, while scoring 93 points or less in four straight games (4-0 to 'under). Anderson Varejao missed Tuesday's loss to the Pelicans with a knee injury, as the Cleveland center is questionable for tonight. The Cavs put together a 3-2 SU/ATS record on its last road trip, which included victories over the Nuggets and Jazz.
The last time these teams hooked up at Quicken Loans Arena in mid-December, the Cavs dominated the Knicks, 109-94 as 2 ½-point favorites. Kyrie Irving burned New York for 37 points and 11 assists, while the Cavs shot 57% from the floor. The Knicks attempted only five free throws in the loss, but New York has beaten Cleveland four straight times at Madison Square Garden.
Clippers at Warriors - 10:35 PM EST
Los Angeles: 33-15 SU, 28-20 ATS
Golden State: 27-19 SU, 20-24-2 ATS
The Warriors currently own the seventh-best record in the Western Conference, as many pundits predicted Golden State could be a team that could play in the NBA Finals. Mark Jackson's team still is playing a shade under .600 basketball, but the Warriors need to get on track after losing three of the first four games on their current homestand. Golden State put up just 85 points in Tuesday's three-point defeat to Washington, the fewest points scored at Oracle Arena this season. From a pointspread perspective, the Warriors own a 2-7 ATS record since winning 10 straight games from late December through early January.
The Clippers hit the road again after a home victory over the Wizards last night, 110-103, but failed to cover as eight-point favorites. Los Angeles finished its Grammys road trip 5-2 SU/ATS, but only two of those victories came against teams above .500 (Chicago and Toronto). The Clips have lost four straight visits to the Bay Area, including a testy 105-103 defeat on Christmas Night at Oracle Arena. Los Angeles barely cashed as three-point underdogs, while the two teams finished 'over' the total for the seventh straight meeting.
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