Wednesday's Tip Sheet
December 6, 2017
By Kevin Rogers
Game of the Night: Wolves at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST
These two Western Conference foes are hooking up for the second time in four days as Minnesota edged Los Angeles on Sunday night, 112-106. The Wolves failed to cover as hefty 12-point home favorites, while shooting 43% from the floor. Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 33 points, while the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Lou Williams and Austin Rivers combined to score 53 points in the loss. Since dropping of six of seven to the Clippers since 2015, Minnesota has won three consecutive meetings against Los Angeles.
The Wolves (14-11 SU, 10-13-2 ATS) have been pointspread poison in the favorite role recently by posting an 0-6-1 ATS record in the past seven opportunities when laying points. The latest pointspread defeat came in Monday’s 95-92 setback at Memphis as three-point favorites, helping the Grizzlies snap an 11-game losing streak. Minnesota has done a solid job of rebounding off a road loss this season by going 5-1 SU, but 2-4 ATS in this situation.
The Clippers (8-14 SU, 9-13 ATS) return to Staples Center following the six-point setback at Minnesota, wrapping up an 0-2 road swing that included a 26-point defeat at Dallas last Saturday. Since beginning the season at 2-0 on their home court, Doc Rivers’ squad has slipped to 2-6 in the past eight home contests, while compiling only four ATS wins in the past 18 games since a 4-0 ATS start to the season.
The Warriors (19-6 SU, 12-13 ATS) picked up their fourth straight victory on their six-game road trip by erasing a 22-point deficit in Monday’s 125-115 triumph at New Orleans to barely cash as nine-point favorites. However, Golden State will be without MVP guard Stephen Curry for the next two weeks after he suffered a sprained ankle in the win. Curry will be unable to face the team he grew up watching, the Hornets, as Golden State seeks its seventh consecutive victory against Charlotte since 2014.
The Hornets (9-13 SU, 10-11-1 ATS) continue to be a terrific home team after grabbing their eighth victory in 11 tries at Spectrum Center this season in Monday’s 104-94 victory over Orlando. Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak, while improving to 7-1 SU/ATS as a home favorite. However, the Hornets have slumped to a 3-8-1 ATS record overall in the underdog role, while putting together a 1-2 SU/ATS mark as a home ‘dog.
King vs. Kings
Cleveland (17-7 SU, 9-14-1 ATS) is hitting its stride as the Cavaliers have run off 12 consecutive victories. LeBron James helped lead the Cavs to a 113-91 blowout over the rebuilding Bulls on Monday with 23 points, while Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade each put up 24 points to help Cleveland easily cash as nine-point favorites. Cleveland returns to Quicken Loans Arena to host Sacramento, as the Cavs try to improve on a dreadful 1-10-1 ATS home mark, which includes an 0-7 ATS ledger as a double-digit favorite.
Sacramento (7-16 SU, 9-11-3 ATS) has performed well of late against the number by posting a 4-1-1 ATS record the last six games. The Kings rallied late against the Bucks on Saturday but fell short in a 109-104 defeat, as Sacramento covered 13-point underdogs, while eclipsing the OVER for the fourth straight game. Sacramento went into Cleveland last season as 10 ½-point ‘dogs and upset the Cavaliers in overtime, 116-112 to snap a four-game skid to the Eastern Conference champs dating back to 2015.
The Bucks and Pistons are each coming off road losses on Monday as the two Central division rivals meet up in Milwaukee. Detroit captured the first matchup this season at home, 105-96 as 1 ½-point favorites, but Milwaukee rebounded with a 99-95 home triumph less than two weeks later as each game finished UNDER the total.
Milwaukee (12-10 SU, 9-11-2 ATS) returns home after dropping a 111-100 decision at Boston on Monday, as the Bucks have won four of their past five games at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Pistons (14-9 SU, 15-7-1 ATS) look to close out their four-game road swing with a victory after losing the first three games at Washington, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. In spite of the defeat to the Spurs on Monday, Detroit improved to 8-2 ATS this season in the role of a road underdog.
Following a 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS start to the season, Dallas (7-17 SU, 10-14 ATS) has stepped up its play of late by covering in seven of the last 10 contests. The Mavericks are coming off a wire-to-wire 122-105 blowout of the Nuggets on Monday, as Rick Carlisle’s team picked up back-to-back wins for only the second time this season. The task doesn’t get easier on Wednesday with a trip to Boston as the Mavericks attempt to avenge a 110-102 overtime loss to the Celtics on November 20 as 6 ½-point underdogs.
The Celtics (21-4 SU, 19-5-1 ATS) finish off a five-game homestand after coming off three straight wins over the 76ers, Suns, and Bucks. Boston has won all seven games against Western Conference foes this season, while the C’s are currently on an 8-1 OVER run overall.
-- The Pacers destroyed the Bulls in their first matchup at the United Center, 105-87 on November 10. The two Central division rivals hook up in Indianapolis as the Pacers have captured three of the past four home meetings with the Bulls. Chicago is riding a nine-game losing streak, while Indiana owns a perfect 5-0 SU/ATS record as a home favorite this season.
-- The Magic and Hawks meet for the first time this season as the two Southeast division squads split four games last season. Atlanta has dropped seven of its last 10 games, while Orlando has lost 11 of its past 13 contests since an impressive 8-4 start.
-- Since December 2013, the Grizzlies have captured seven of the past eight meetings with the Knicks, as New York’s only win in this stretch came last season at Madison Square Garden. Memphis ended an 11-game losing streak in Monday’s home victory over Minnesota, while New York has lost five of its past six contests.
-- Denver ripped up New Orleans in its last matchup at Pepsi Center last month, 146-114, marking the Nuggets’ third straight win over the Pelicans since last April. New Orleans is riding a 1-4 run following Monday’s home setback to Golden State, while Denver has dropped six of its previous seven road contests.
-- The Spurs have owned the Heat since Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals by winning 10 straight matchups. San Antonio cruised past Miami in its first meeting this season, 117-100, as the Spurs are 9-1 ATS in this stretch. The Spurs are rolling of late by winning five of their past six contests, while the Heat have lost three of their last four games.
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