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LAKERS: (-3, O/U 211.5) Facing the Knicks the day after battling the Boston Celtics is a recipe for disaster. That's exactly the scenario facing the Lakers tonight. Los Angeles is currently on a long road trip, and they are determined to show their true worth on this difficult trip. The Lakers are 36-16 SU and 23-28-1 ATS overall this season. Los Angeles is 17-8 SU and 13-11-1 ATS on the road this season. The Lakers are 2-4 ATS as a road favorite favorite of 3 PTS or fewer this year. Los Angeles is really focusing on their defense, and it's slowly improving. The Lakers are allowing just 96.4 PPG this season, 10 fewest in the NBA. G Kobe Bryant is leading the Lakers in scoring yet again this year, as he's averaging 25.4 PPG. F Lamar Odom might be having his best season ever, as he's averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.5 RPG this year. C Andrew Bynum is the subject of multiple trade rumors currently, as he's averaging 11.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG this year. The Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. Los Angeles is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Projected Score: 106 (SIDE of the Day)
Lakers are 1-4 ATS last 5 Friday games.
Under is 19-7-1 last 27 games against the Eastern Conference.
KNICKS: Despite losing 3 of their past 4 games, New York is quite optimistic as we approach the All Star break. If the playoffs started today, the Knicks would be the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. New York is 26-25 SU and 31-18-2 ATS overall this season. Few teams have been as profitable as the Knicks have this basketball season, pro or college. New York was dominated by the Lakers when they faced them earlier this season, so there is little doubt that the Knicks will be ready for tonight's affair. The Knicks are 14-11 SU and 13-11-1 ATS in home games this year. New York is 19-6 ATS as the listed underdog this season. New York is averaging 106.6 PPG this year, 2nd most in the NBA. F Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 26.2 PPG this year, 3rd most in the NBA. PG Raymond Felton is averaging 17.2 PPG and a team high 9 APG for the Knicks this season. The Knicks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. New York is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%. The Knicks are 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games overall. New York is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Western Conference.
Knicks are 0-4 ATS last 4 games against the NBA Pacific.
Over is 4-0 last 4 home games.
SUNS: Phoenix is playing some of their best basketball of the season right now. The Suns are really trying to get back into both the playoff chase in the Western Conference as well as get back to having a winning record. Currently, Phoenix is 24-25 SU and 21-26-2 ATS overall this season. The Suns are currently 2.5 games back of 8th place in the Western Conference standings. Phoenix is 10-14 SU and 11-12-1 ATS in road games this year. The Suns are 13-12 ATS as the listed underdog this season. Phoenix is averaging 105.1 PPG as a team this season, 3rd most in the NBA. PG Steve Nash is averaging 16.7 PPG and a team high 11.1 APG this season for Phoenix. F Grant Hill is averaging 14.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG this year, while also playing solid defense for the Suns. Phoenix has been focusing on their defense of late, as they have held 6 of their past 10 opponents under 100 PTS. The Suns are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the NBA Northwest Division.
Suns are 4-1 ATS last 5 games overall.
Under is 5-0 last 5 road games.
JAZZ: (-6.5, O/U 208) The inevitable has happened, as Coach Sloan has stepped down as coach of the Jazz. Sloan is an instant Hall of Famer, and it's likely to be an emotional game tonight. Understanding how the Jazz players will handle this news is truly anyone's guess and the ultimate gamble. Utah is 31-23 SU and 24-29-1 ATS overall this season. The Jazz are currently in 6th place of the brutally difficult Western Conference. Utah is 17-11 SU and 12-16 ATS in home games this season. The Jazz are 16-19 ATS as the listed favorite this year. PG Deron Williams is having another outstanding season despite recent injury concerns. Williams is averaging a team high 21.6 PPG and 9.6 APG this year. F Al Jefferson is averaging 17.2 PPG and a team high 9 RPG this season. F Paul Millsap is averaging 17.1 PPG and 7.9 RPG this year. The Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the NBA Pacific. Utah is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jazz are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against the Western Conference. Utah is 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
Jazz are 3-9 ATS last 12 home games.
Under is 4-0 last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record.