Wednesday's Tip Sheet
April 22, 2014
By Brian Edwards
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**Bobcats at Heat**
-- Miami (55-28 straight up, 38-43-2 against the spread) took a 1-0 series lead by taking the opener over Charlotte by a 99-88 count as a 10-point home favorite. LeBron James was the catalyst with a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and five assists, while Chris Bosh and James Jones chipped in with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
-- Charlotte (43-40 SU, 47-33-3 ATS) led 21-14 late in the first quarter of Game 1 when Al Jefferson left the game for five minutes with an injured foot. Jefferson played 35-plus minutes and produced 18 points and 10 rebounds despite having a noticeable limp in the last three quarters. Kemba Walker scored a team-best 20 points. Gary Neal scored 17 points off the bench, while Josh McRoberts finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
-- For Game 2, most books have the Heat favored by 10.5 with a total of 186. Gamblers can take the Bobcats to win outright for a +500 return (risk $100 to win $500).
-- Since James signed with Miami, the Heat has beaten Charlotte 16 consecutive times.
-- Jefferson, who averages 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, is 'probable' for Game 2, but the foot injury could keep him from performing at an elite level.
-- The 'over' is 45-38 overall for the Heat, cashing in six of its last nine games. In its home games, Miami has seen the 'over' go 23-19.
-- The 'under' is 42-39-2 overall for Charlotte, but the 'over' is 24-17-1 in its road assignments.
-- The 'over' has hit in four straight head-to-head meetings between these teams.
-- Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern on TNT.
**Mavericks at Spurs**
-- San Antonio (63-20 SU, 45-38 ATS) played from behind for much of the game but nonetheless captured a 90-85 home win in the series opener. But Dallas took the cash as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 175 combined points stayed way 'under' the 203-point total. Tim Duncan led the way with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Tony Parker produced 21 points, six assists and four boards. Manu Ginobili was effective off the bench, contributing 17 points, six boards and three assists.
-- In the Game 1 loss, Dallas (49-34 SU, 45-38 ATS) had five players score in double figures led by Devin Harris, who finished with 19 points and five assists. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis were held to 11 points apiece, as both players made just 4-of-14 shots from the field.
-- For Wednesday's Game 2, most books have Gregg Popovich's club listed as an eight-point favorite with a total of 198. The Mavs are +320 on the money line (risk $100 to win $320).
-- The updated series price at Sportsbook.ag has the Spurs at -1300, while the Mavs are +800 on the comeback (risk $100 to $800).
-- San Antonio has won 10 straight games over Dallas. Also, the Spurs bring a 16-game home winning streak into Wednesday's contest.
-- The 'over' is 45-38 overall for the Mavs, 21-21 in their road assignments. Regardless of the venue, the 'under' has cashed at a 5-2 clip in Dallas's last seven contests.
-- The 'over' is 44-38-1 overall for San Antonio, 21-20-1 in its home games.
-- NBA-TV will have the telecast at 8:05 p.m. Eastern.
**Trail Blazers at Rockets**
-- Houston (54-29 SU, 40-41-2 ATS) dropped Game 1 after allowing a late fourth-quarter lead, in addition to an overtime advantage, to get away in a 122-120 defeat. Portland won outright as a 5.5-point underdog, hooking up money-line supporters with a +190 payout (risk $100 to win $190). Bettors on the 'under' had to check into the Heartbreak Hotel as 'over' backers cashed a fortunate winner when the 30 points scored during the extra session surpassed the 215.5-point mark. The teams combined for only 212 combined in regulation.
-- LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff record 46 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in Game 1. Damian Lillard scored 31 points including all sorts of clutch plays at the end of regulation and overtime. His tying and go-ahead free throws with 17 seconds left in OT were the difference. In the losing effort, Dwight Howard finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. James Harden had 27 points, six assists and five boards. Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds.
-- For Game 2, most spots have the Rockets listed as a six-point 'chalk' with a total of 214.5. Gamblers can take the Trail Blazers to win outright for a +230 return (risk $100 to win $230).
-- The updated series price at Sportsbook has Portland at -130 vs. Houston (+110).
-- Portland (55-28 SU, 45-38 ATS) has seen the 'over' 47-35-1 overall, 25-17 in its road assignments.
-- Portland has won six in a row and 10 of its last 11. The Trail Blazers are 7-4 ATS during this span. They have covered the number in four of their last five outings as underdogs.
-- The 'over' is 45-36-2 overall for the Rockets, 23-18-1 in their home games. The 'over' is in the midst of a remarkable 15-4 run in Houston's last 19 contests.
-- The 'over' has hit in eight consecutive head-to-head meetings between these Western Conference rivals.
-- Tip-off is slated for 9:35 p.m. Eastern on TNT.
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