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LAKERS: Los Angeles hasn't lost since the All Star break, as they're a perfect 6-0 SU. The Lakers are playing with a sense of urgency that hasn't been seen since the playoffs last season. Los Angeles is 44-19 SU and 30-32-1 ATS this year. The Lakers have lost both meetings with the Spurs this year SU and ATS, so revenge in certainly on their minds today. Los Angeles is 22-11 SU and 18-15 ATS in road games this year. The Lakers are 1-2 ATS as the listed underdog this season. Los Angeles has been winning thanks to a stifling defense, as they've held their past 4 opponents to 95 PTS or fewer. For the season, the Lakers are allowing just 95.6 PPG, 8th fewest in the league. G Kobe Bryant is again leading the Lakers in scoring, as he's averaging 25.1 PPG. F Lamar Odom is having a career year, as he's averaging 14.5 PPG and 9 RPG off the bench for Los Angeles. The Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record. Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. Los Angeles is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
Projected Score: 97 (SIDE of the Day)
Lakers are 6-0 ATS last 6 games against the Western Conference.
Under is 20-6 last 26 games against a team with a winning SU record.
SPURS: (-2.5, O/U 191.5) San Antonio is coming off arguably their finest performance of a world class season. The Spurs simply throttled the Miami Heat from the opening tip, ultimately winning 125-95 SU. San Antonio has the best record in the NBA at 51-11 SU. The Spurs currently have a 5.5 game lead over Dallas in the Western Conference. San Antonio is a very profitable 36-24-2 ATS overall this year. The Spurs are 29-2 SU and 16-14 ATS overall this season. San Antonio is 29-21 ATS as the listed favorite this season, including 2-0 ATS as a home favorite of 3 PTS or fewer. San Antonio is averaging 103.7 PPG this year, 6th most in the NBA. G Manu Ginobli is averaging team highs of 18 PPG and 1.6 SPG this year. F Tim Duncan is averaging 13.4 PPG and a team high 9.1 RPG this season. The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the NBA Pacific. San Antonio is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Spurs are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win. San Antonio is 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. The Spurs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Projected Score: 94
Spurs are 8-2 ATS last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Under is 11-3 last 14 games as a home favorite.
CELTICS: (-7.5 O/U 182.5) Boston has won 4 consecutive games SU heading into tonight's nationally televised game. The Celtics currently have a 3 game lead in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston is 45-15 SU and 29-29-2 ATS overall this year. The Celtics are 18-10 SU and 15-13 ATS on the road this season. Boston is 2-3 ATS as a road favorite between 6.5 and 9 PTS this year. Tonight would be a classic letdown spot for such a powerful team, except for the fact this is an ESPN game. G Paul Pierce leads the Celtics in scoring this year, averaging 19.1 PPG. 6 different Celtics players average double figures in PPG this year, proving just how balanced this offensive attack is. Boston is allowing an NBA low 91.7 PPG this year. Facing the NBA's worst offense should give the Boston another chance to showcase their dominant defense. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Celtics are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss. Boston is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a SU win. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite. Boston is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing SU record.
Projected Score: 91 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Celtics are 11-1 ATS last 12 Sunday games.
Over is 4-0 last 4 games as a favorite.
BUCKS: Milwaukee is facing adversity right now, as they have to decide whether to save their season or simply throw in the towel. The Bucks have fallen on hard times, as they find themselves in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 23-37 SU record. Milwaukee is also 26-32-2 ATS overall this season. The Bucks have been very inconsistent offensively this year, as they are averaging an NBA low 91.4 PPG. Milwaukee is 15-15 SU and 12-17 ATS in home games this year. The Bucks are 1-0 ATS this year as a home underdog between 6.5 and 9 PTS. PG Brandon Jennings is the only Milwaukee player that is averaging more than 15 PPG this year. Jennings is averaging team highs of 15.5 PPG and 4.7 APG this year. F John Salmons is averaging 13.8 PPG for the Bucks this year, 2nd most on the team. The Bucks are 21-3-2 ATS in their last 26 games against the Atlantic division. Milwaukee is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games games against a team with a winning SU record. Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bucks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Projected Score: 81
Bucks are 5-1 ATS last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
Under is 12-2 last 14 games following a SU loss.